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JL's Journal

March 28, 2011

Dear Ministry Partners,

Since I first published my book entitled The Passionate Christ, I have posted portions during the Lenten Period on my web site.  It is my hope and prayer that they will become the basis for a daily devotional study for our friends and partners.  But they are not brief and superficial.  They are in depth Biblical expositions for the serious Christian who really wants to deepen his or her passion for the Lord Jesus!  Since God is passionate in His love for us, we need to be more passionate in our love for Him!  The passion of the cross burns out the dross of our luke-warm and half-hearted commitment to Christ!

So please make this series a daily part of your Lenten Studies, the links are below (use the (read more/less link if you do not see them).  Also, please share them with your friends by forwarding this web site to them.

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March 23, 2011

Jesus said:  “There will be great earthquakes…in various places, and fearful events…On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring of the sea.”  (Luke 21:11, 25)

Dear Ministry Partner,

In this horrific earthquake and tsunami that has recently hit Japan, we are once again watching  the literal fulfilment of these words of prophecy spoken by the Lord Jesus!  He said that these kinds of natural disasters would come with greater frequency  and intensity  in the “Last Days” – like the pains of childbirth for a pregnant woman before birth (Matt. 24:8).  But these disasters are not announcing the “end of the world” – but the birthing of God’s Kingdom here on earth.

PROPHECY OR PRACTICALITY?

But these recent natural disasters in Japan – just like earthquake and tsunami in Asia, the earthquakes in Haiti and New Zealand, are not the occasion for prophetic speculation.  It is not a time to call a “prophecy conference” on the “signs of the times.”  It is a mission mandate for God’s people to  “redeem the time” (Eph. 5:16)!  The aftermath of this disaster is a strategic opportunity for Christians to show  practical expressions of Christian love and compassion.

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March 15, 2011

Dear Partners & Friends,

As the old saying goes: "God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform!"   Little could I have ever imagined that I would make a sovereign connection with the Joe Gibbs Racing Association (JGR) while I was in Haiti over a year ago doing earthquake disaster work!  After all, what does NASCAR have to do with disaster work -- other than cleaning up after their wrecks on the track!  Let me explain...

Immediately after the January 12th earthquake, there were no commercial flights going in or out of Port-au-Prince (PaP).  Only the US Military and UN were flying large cargo planes in because of the damaged runway and devastated airport.  So a number of private corporate jets and planes were made available to fly medical, disaster and relief teams in and out.  Joe Gibbs Racing was one of those companies who donated their plane for daily flights in and out of PaP.  Because their headquarters is located close to Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, NC, there is a friendship between some of the Joe Gibbs family and staff and some of the VanWingerdens.  

The JGR people were also aware to some degree of the agricultural work that the VanWingerden do through Double Harvest.  So they sent their Chaplain, Bob Dyar, down on one of the flights to check into the disaster work that they were involved with through their plane.  Since I was staying and working at the Double Harvest Hospital, I met Bob and gave him a quick orientation tour of the 150 acre farm, hospital and work.  That began a friendship and new partnership that is still evolving in the Spirit.

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March 09, 2011
"Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim His praise in the islands."
(Isa. 42:12)
 
Dear Friends & Partners,
 
There was a lot of "praise in the Islands" this past week in Abaco, Bahamas!  After 6+ months of waiting, our two 40 foot containers were finally released from Customs and put on location.  There is a large 1,500 acre area simply known as "The Farm."  Formerly there was a large citrus farm there that produced fruit for export.  But because of a citrus disease, it was eventually closed down.  It has laid fallow for over a decade -- fully taken over by weeds.

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March 06, 2011
"Envoys will come from Egypt, Cush will submit herself to God."
(Ps. 68:31)
 
Dear Friends & Partners,
 
Bible geography primarily revolves around the nation of Israel.  That small portion of land in the Middle East and its closest surrounding countries are generally referred to as the "Holy Land."  It continues to be the most contested and volatile piece of real estate on Planet Earth!  The Bible clearly prophecies that ominous fact over and over again.  That's why the Jews as God's "Chosen People" and Jerusalem as His "Holy City" continue to be the hot-spot and flash-point of global politics.
 

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