God’s Creation and The Future Kingdom.

God’s Creation and The Future Kingdom.

A HUGE thanks goes out to the anonymous folks at C4 who gave us a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary.  I told Ronda, our admin, that I was probably more relaxed after a few days into the sail than I’ve been in 10 years or so. It was a good time to decompress and just celebrate our marriage commitment and also God’s creation.  For those who live in the Houston area; the ocean water really does turn blue once you get a few miles out from Galveston.  It was incredible to see and experience the colors of the sea, sky, greenery and animals of Cozumel and Progreso.

But beyond that, it was amazing to see the international makeup of the crew on the ship that carried us on our anniversary adventure.  I had heard of cruises like this before.  The complement of the crew was comprised of people from all over the world. Western and Eastern European nations.  Russia and Slavic nations.  People from the UK, Australia, and South Africa.  Countries from Asia, South America, and other were all represented. (more…)

25 Years With The Debster!

25 Years With The Debster!

That’s right! Today marks the 25th anniversary for Deb and me. Earlier today I went up to Deb’s school and surprised her with an anniversary ring and a second proposal.  Big thanks to Kayla Stanfield for setting up the logistics.  For everyone who missed the occasion; my “Re- Proposal” went something like this:

Deborha, 25 years ago today we made a promise. I made one to you and you made one to me. More importantly, we made a covenant promise before God, the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  We‘ve kept that promise.  We’ve been faithful to the covenant.  We’ve had quite the adventure. (more…)

Kenyan Report and Words of Encouragement!

Kenyan Report and Words of Encouragement!

“I lift up my eyes to the hills; where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of Heaven and Earth.”  That was my theme.  David’s prayer from Psalms 121:1-2 is what I carried with me two weeks ago when I headed out to Kenya to help with an amazing ministry called Marked Men For Christ.  The purpose of MMFC is singular and that is simply to build stronger men for Jesus Christ.  That is exactly what we did with around 325 men from several nations all converging near Nakuru, Kenya.  For my part, I had the privilege of leading two prayer teams during our time there and the transformation in the lives of men was miraculous.  Below is a link to the report I gave yesterday at Cypress Crossings.  Part of the message was ministry report but most of it was a sermon of encouragement. I hope it will be a blessing to you in your walk.  Thank you again to everyone who lifted this project up in prayer and financial support. The time was incredibly productive with even eternal ramifications.

Lift Up Your Eyes from Cypress Crossings on Vimeo.

Prayer Request for African Mission.

Prayer Request for African Mission.

We are just six week away from the Africa Marked Men For Christ mission project and I wanted to send out a prayer email in preparation.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve participated in an international project like this and only recently was reminded of my personal need for prayer support.  So with that I’d like to invite you to lift up me and the other 46 men from the States who are headed to Nairobi in late April to minister to African men from Kenya and five other African nations.

For the logistics of the trip, I will be flying out of Houston on the 23rd 10:45a and arrive in Nairobi on Sunday night, the 24th at 6p. My return flights will begin on Sunday, May 1st at 11:25p and landing in Houston on Monday at 2:45p. The exact event timing will be from Tuesday through Thursday with prep on Monday and follow up training on Friday.  My particular role will be to lead one of the four prayer teams during the three day event.

The stakes are high and the need is huge for leadership development of men in these nations. The goal is that these men will be able to return to their home stronger ambassadors for Christ in their neighborhoods, cities, and countries. Maybe eventually to the nations.

I want to thank you who have already begun to pray for this ministry and for the financial support of many of you.  Specifically, I am asking that you write the trip dates down on a good calendar as a reminder to lift us up daily during that season.  The chances are good that I will have email access during the evenings so that I will be able to make on the ground reports.

For prayer, please lift up:

-Safe travel for the African men going to and from Nairobi.

-Safe travel for the American and European men.

-Safety would be both from danger and sickness.

-Protection from Satanic, political, and physical distractions.

-Open hearts of the African men.

-Wisdom for myself and the other leaders.

-Protection for Debi and the girls while I am gone.

-Anything else that the Holy Spirit might lay on your heart.

Thank you again and please let me know if you have any questions.

Steve

 

PS If you’d like to be included in the update email list just shoot me a note.

Living with Time in Mind.

P7270001I love this picture that Deb took of the boys when they were younger back in Nor Cal.  This was our first camping trip at 8,000 feet in the Yosemite National Park area.  Now John is headed back to Ozark Christian College for his 4th semester and David is just a few weeks out from graduating from USMC Boot Camp. Several years ago a couple of strangers told me as I was graduating with my MA that I needed to treasure the time with my kids as they would grow up before I knew it. My how they were right.  My two daughters are still at home in High School but I know those days are numbered as well.  In fact, all of our days are numbered.  From time to time I’m taken back to the wise words in the Bible where the psalmist prayed that God would “teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Indeed we only have so much time on this good green earth that God created and it’s up to us to make the most out of the days we have been given.  There are just three more days in 2015.  What are you going to do with them?  2016 is right around the corner.  How are you going to make the New Year count?

Professor Larycia Hawkins’ Suspension, President Obama, and the Lost Jesus of Christmas

Professor Larycia Hawkins’ Suspension, President Obama, and the Lost Jesus of Christmas

Solidarity is what she opened her discussion with.  Shortly after the December 2nd mass shooting in San Bernardino by a Muslim husband and wife, Wheaton College Professor, Larycia Hawkins, set out to demonstrate solidarity with her Muslim neighbors by wearing a hijab.  She cleared the actions with Wheaton, which is a major Christian liberal arts university, and all appeared to be fine.  While my idea of solidarity promotion wouldn’t include the wearing of a hijab any more than suggesting that a Muslim cleric wear a Catholic Priest’s collar, I understand the desire to do something to foster a spirit of peace.  I agree that stereo typing all Muslims as terrorist is something that we must fight.  Days later though Professor Hawkins was suspended by the university.  As some raced to condemn the institution and point to the public wearing of the Islamic female head covering as their reason, the real issue was much deeper and I completely agree with Wheaton’s decision. (more…)