As a follower of Christ, I have two options as to how I will live my life:
1. By the “clock” — That is, manage my life by such external forces as my
2. By the “compass” — That is, lead my life by such internal values as my
Our struggles come when we sense a gap between the clock and the compass; when what we do doesn’t contribute to the values we hold most dear. To help determine whether you are a slave to the clock or are guided by the compass, take a few minutes to prayerfully evaluate and answer the following questions:
What is my calling in life?
What is my vision?
What are my core values?
What is my mission in life?
What is my direction?
Can I defend how I answered the above questions Biblically?
It is God’s intention that we are guided primarily by our inner “compass” when it is based on the leading of the Spirit in accordance with the truth and authority of God’s Word:
“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposely and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17 – Amplified)
QUESTION: If your life is managed primarily by the “clock,” rather than led by the “compass,” what changes do you need to make at this time?
Dwight Hill, Facts of the Matter: Daily Devotionals.Facts of the Matter: Daily Devotionals.
“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
Too often we think that prayer is telling God our “shopping list” of needs. I like what Stephen D. Eyre had to say “Turn your “to do” list over to the Lord.” Write down how you feel after you have done it. The prophet Habakkuk experience is very useful to understand that concept. In Habakkuk 2:1-3 we see that as a watchman the prophet stand at his guard post and waited to see what the LORD would say. In Psalm 32:8 we read a great promise God gave to David and us “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Do you expect Him to instruct you and guide you in life?
What should we do? (From Stephen D. Eyre book Drawing Close to God).
1.To help you listen, make a list of questions and concerns you would like God to address.
2.Ask God what He thinks about your problem with ______.
3.Ask God what he wants you to do about ______.
4.Sit back and wait quietly to see what God will say.
Does it seem strange to actually listen for God to talk back? One more time,’ Do you expect Him to instruct you?’
John Powell writes:
The Lord … puts his ideas into my mind and especially his perspectives. He widens my vision, helps me to see what is really important in life, and to distinguish the really important from the unimportant …. He comes to me in the listening, receptive moments of prayer, and he transfuses his power into me.
A.W. Tozer said:
“What comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.”
This goes back to Jesus’ invitation to enjoy a time (coffee) together (Rev.3:20).
 Stephen D. Eyre, Drawing Close to God: The Essentials of a Dynamic Quiet Time: a Lifeguide resource (DowersGrove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995).