I hope that you will enjoy this great devotional from Vance Havner in his book ‘Consider Jesus’.
“… there is much rubbish.” Neh. 4:10
At was another device of Satan to stop the building of Jerusalem’s wall. Outside opposition had failed so he started boring from within. The burden bearers were weary and so much rubbish had accumulated that they grew discouraged.
If you are building a life upon the one foundation, Jesus Christ, you will face the problem of rubbish. You cannot build a house without the accumulation of odds and ends, broken pieces, waste material that must be destroyed; nor will you build a life without the rubbish of mistakes, wrong calculations, the inevitable odds and ends that result from our weaknesses and limitations The devil would point to all these and break down your spirit. But you will save much trouble if you learn to expect some rubbish and, in spite of errors, go right on with the building. We do not exonerate the rubbish; we merely recognize it and keep hammering away, forgetting the things behind.
Many a minister has broken down because he had to work with such faulty helpers in the church, so many mistakes were made, so much time and money were unwisely used, that the rubbish and weariness overwhelmed him. But there are no perfect churches nor deacons nor choirs this side of heaven, so a little of Nehemiah’s wisdom is sorely needed. Our Lord had to work with most discouraging disciples. There was much rubbish. One betrayed, another denied him. But he built his wall!
“And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:9-10
‘Hagalo ya’…Do it now!
‘Hagaloya’ is a Spanish word that means ‘Do it now’. ‘Hagaloya’ seems to resonate in Paul’s ears.
Scripture describes him as a man of action, sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. “Christ’s love controls us.” 2 Co 5:14
My son Pierre and I are so glad for the open door God allow this coming fall to go help physically and spiritually this Baptist church. Pastor Jose wrote “Our congregation is currently averaging 125, we just baptized our last six new converts… This brings joy to the leaders since the vision for our church planting (2013) has been since the beginning to witness to our community with the Gospel of salvation and to edify our new believers so we all become fully developed disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Pierre will help building some Sunday school classrooms as well as cabinets for the restrooms and kitchen area. I will be their main speaker for the church first Missions Conference in October.
Pierre and I realize that alone we cannot do it. We invite you to be part of the Team. Your prayers and financial support will help us achieve the goals.
How you can help:
• First and foremost is prayer; this is God’s work and God’s work always starts with prayer.
• Since there are some costs involved for the construction and travel, your financial involvement is also very important.
For a tax deductible receipt, financial contributions should be sent in the name of
Purdy Community Church
13 Centreview Rd,
Cumbermere, ON K0J 1J0 Purdy Community Church
B/N 1075606691 RR 0001
Please don’t forget to indicate on the cheque “Costa Rica construction project”.
Pierre Paul Gaucher
John (Jean) Gaucher
Opening my Facebook this morning was a “see your memories” of 3 years ago”. The picture was taken during my last mission trip in Costa Rica. Joining was my dear wife Ginette, youngest son Brian, dear Tico fiend Arturo and I. So much took place in my life the last two years; moving, updating the house we bought, finding new friends, etc. that kept me away from my Blog page. Many times my heart wanted to get back and visit dear Ticos friends (that’s how Costa Rican call themselves), but the door was always closed. Lately the door is open. With my oldest son Pierre Paul we will fly this October. I met Pastor Jose Gutiérrez during my last trip and a beautiful work is taking place. Jose planted this local church about nine years ago, the work is now flourishing. On Jose invitation, Pierre will use his craftsman skill to help build some kitchen and bathrooms cabinets, and some portable walls for the Sunday school classes. I will be the main speaker for the first Mission Conference that ‘Templo Bautista Biblico’ (Baptist Church) will host. We certainly would appreciate your prayers. If you would like to know more about the project don’t hesitate to ask.
On a tax forms there is a line for “other income.” Jesus said, ‘Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.’ Life’s best income is not tabulated on adding machines or kept in bank vaults. The good news is that tax collectors are unable to reach that “other income”. The real depressions are not the ones we read about when the stock market crashes. Most mortals live in depression all the time, bankrupt in spirit and destitute within. Most are unaware of their spiritual poverty. Even Christians and churches can, like Laodicea, be “rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing” (Revelation 3:17), not knowing that they are poor, miserable, blind and naked.
A man really lives only in proportion to his “other income” of the spirit. Can you list any such non-taxable revenues? The goodness of God day by day, good health, the love of dear ones, liberty and life itself! But the best of all is the gift of God, eternal life through His Son and the earnest of the Spirit, the first down-payment of a heavenly income from then on, forever. Can you list that?
A man may draw a financial income for a while, but without revenue from above he will be a pauper in his soul. Do you have another income?
Extract from: Peace in the Valley, by Vance Havner
Let say a person involve in her Christian ministry come to you and say that he thinks he should take a Sabbatical from her ministry because feeling tired or unmotivated any longer.
What would be your answer? The natural answer would be, ‘yes, I understand, you been involved for many years, a little break would not hurt. Unfortunately, rarely did I saw these people getting involved again.
What would be a more Biblical way to answer them?
Lately, I was greatly encouraged by John Piper counsel. He wrote, “We find ourselves not energized for any great cause, but always thinking about the way to maximize our leisure and escape pressure.” The problem is not exhaustion cause by the work, but a person can gradually become so SELF-ABSORPTION that he doesn’t have any resources for God’s work. Isaiah 58: 10-11 mention when people focus on helping others they will be “like a well-watered garden”. Jesus also mentions “rivers of living water that will flow out of the individual life.” God has made us to flourish by being spent for others, not on ourselves. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Pipers add, “My point is that one of the causes of some people’s darkness is a slowly creeping self-absorption and small-mindedness.” 
Before you feel like taking a sabbatical take time to examine what motivate you.
 John Piper, When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004), 227.