Sunday, August 20, 2006

#1 Pastor
When we were in Costa Rica I got to hang out with my dear friend and pastor Scott Hornsby. I got him to hold up the #1 sign as this man is the BEST shopper in the world... and to me the greatest pastor!
Scott is an overcomer as he beat prostate cancer and never slowed down. When he could have relaxed and been satisfied with the good life of church and family, he choose to change and take a great risk with our church. He changed the whole style of ministry and moved the church to a new location for one reason... SOULS! This is leadership Jesus style friends. Lots of people make changes but motives seem to be alot different. I can always follow someone whose intent is to win the lost and be a great witness for Christ.
He is pictured here with my good friend Will Starkey and they are getting their wives some Costa Rican jewelry. Great friends and great shoppers!
U da man Bro. Scott!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Costa Rica...
After getting back from Sri Lanka I went to CR with my pastor Scott Hornsby and a team from Fellowship Church's inaugural trip to CR. The weather was wonderful (82 high, 60 low) as I seem to always go to countries where it is nasty hot like south Louisiana in August. The trip was refreshing to me personally and a great blessing to see people come to Christ. We connected with a great missionary couple in CR, Randy and Patty Beckham who have lived and ministered in CR for the past 17 years. The action was non stop as we ministered to leaders/pastors, local churches, youth groups, food distribution to street kids, and just hung out with the missionaries.

Missionaries are in need of ministry big time as they told us of their struggles and difficulties as to how the enemy harrasses them. We definetely identified with the fire but we also rejoiced in the victory of all the fruit the Lord has given them! Pastor Scott really spoke words of life to them to bless them and the local church in CR. Services were full force Holy Ghost led movements as some of the team members witnessed demonic manifestaitons for the 1st time. We also got to do some awesome challenges on zip lines in the rain forest...

Yes I was tight but the ride is worth the effort.

Ok Got to go...
Lucas (Spanish for Luke)
Great encouragement...
Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) was the founder of the China Inland Mission and a great servant of God. But after the ferocious Boxer Rebellion of 1900, in which hundreds of his fellow missionaries were killed, Taylor was emotionally devastated and his health began to fail. Nearing the end of life’s journey, he wrote, “I am so weak that I cannot work. I cannot read my Bible; I cannot even pray. I can only lie still in God’s arms like a child and trust.”
Have you been passing through a time when you are tired of body and sick of heart? Do you find it difficult to focus your mind on biblical promises? Has it become hard for you to pray? Don’t write yourself off as a spiritual castaway. You are joining a host of God’s people who have experienced the dark night of the soul.
When we endure such times, all we can do—indeed, all we need do—is lie still like a child in the arms of our heavenly Father. Words aren’t necessary. A comforting father doesn’t expect his child to make speeches. Neither does God. He knows we need His soothing care. In times of trouble, His mercy holds us up (Psalm 94:18). We may trust Him to carry us through that dark night of the soul and on into the dawning light. —Vernon C Grounds