Worship Service - February 13, 2022


This Sunday we are going to continue to look at Jesus battling the devil in the wilderness. I can’t wait!

In the meantime, I thought I could put in a plug for why we do “short-term” missions trips. I obviously believe in their value. My three oldest daughters are all going overseas this summer. I welcomed many short term missions teams while I served as a missionary. And I met Marda on a missions trip to Africa while in university! But, that’s not the only reason I get excited about them.

Here are just a few others:

  1. It gives us an opportunity to show that we care about other believers who we don’t know, and it helps us develop a deeper love and affection for them. When we go on short term missions trips we have the chance to show sacrificial love to people solely on the basis of our love for Jesus and that brings Him glory.
  2. It gives us an opportunity to grow in our love for one another. Christian friendships grow best when we are serving Jesus together. And on missions trips we have a unique chance to do that. For one thing, we have extended time with one another and for another, we are removed from some of the things that often distract us.
  3. It can force us to look at our lives a little differently. Living in a culture, it’s easy to fall asleep, and things that are not biblical become normal. God sometimes uses missions trips to force us to go back to God’s Word to evaluate our lives more carefully. Often when we go on short term missions trips we come back with a better sense of what is important and what is not important.
  4. It helps you pray more knowledgeably for missionaries and can equip you to better support them.
  5. It gives you many unique chances to do what you love to do, which is share the gospel with those who don’t know Jesus. When you are in a new place, because you are different, conversations often flow more easily. Plus, sometimes, you are more focused. In addition to that, you have others around you who encourage you. And then on top of all that, when you come back from the missions trip you have opportunities to share that you normally wouldn’t have, as you explain with others why you went and what you were doing while you were there.

And, that’s just five. Literally off the top of my head. Well, I am not sure about literally. Is that the right use of that word?

Anyway, those were the five that came to mind most quickly. And, I bring them up because we have several opportunities for short term missions this summer. There’s one that is kind of close, Alaska! I just talked with the elders of the church we are partnering with there and the opportunities to serve are huge! Then, South Africa! I would love to have some of you come along with Marda and me as we go to serve the church we spent so many years planting. It would be such a joy for these two churches that I love so much to develop a deep friendship and concern for one another. Plus, you will get to meet Muzi and my parents. And we’ll even try to get in a safari. And then, the Czech Republic! I’ve heard so many great things about what God is doing there and I can’t wait until I get to go on that trip as well.

This is the last Sunday to sign up. But, think about it. Pray about it. And if you have any questions, let’s talk.



I’ve included some things in the sermon brief document that I think will help you and your children benefit from the message this Sunday. Check them out. Print out what’s helpful. Or perhaps you can come up with a better plan yourself. For the younger children this Sunday, you can have them listen for the word, “Son.” To encourage them, my wife Marda will have some treats afterward.

Equipping Hour @ 9 AM

Sunday Morning Worship Service @ 10:30 AM