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Glimpses of Grace

To my surprise-and delight-John has been able to call me a few times from Malawi.  In each call his voice was bright and all the news was good.  The exhausting flight ended with a welcome from our brothers and sisters in Christ that was amazing:  singing, dancing, lots of hugs, huge smiles, clapping.  It was clear that our Malawi friends were thrilled to have Carl, John, and the rest of the presbytery team come to visit them and share the love of Jesus with them.  I heard about the good food (lots of fruit, bread, and fresh fish from the local lake), the great fellowship with their host families, and the opportunities for preaching and teaching.  Carl spent last Sunday preaching in our sister church, Chiradzulu.  John preached in a church in Blantyre.

 

This coming Sunday, July 23, will be a huge day for the Chiradzulu congregation.  They will dedicate their church building and the newly completed (and wonderfully livable) manse…and they will ordain SEVEN pastors to serve congregations in Malawi.  I am looking forward to hearing all about it when Carl and John return home.

 

By the way, they should be home by late afternoon on Tuesday, July 25…not that I am counting the days….  J

 

One more thing from the home church front:  several people have asked for details about the book I quoted from in last Sunday’s sermon.  The book is by Max Lucado, and it is called Just Like Jesus.  It was published in 1998 by Word Publishing.  And here is the prayer (written and prayed by John Stott) I used to close the sermon:
 
Heavenly Father, I pray that this day I may live in your presence and please you more and more.
 
Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you.
 
Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with Yourself and cause Your fruit to ripen in my life:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Amen
 
God bless you all.  See you on Sunday!
Melany Hamilton
Interim Associate Pastor for Bethany Church

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