Today is Feb 3 and I just opened up the internet and read a report on the 2015 Super Bowl – 28-24 New England. I had forgotten about the super bowl. Did you watch it? Where were you when the Seahawk’s quarterback threw the final and fatal pass?
Let me tell you where I (David) was. It was Sunday afternoon and I was in the middle of the Borneo virgin rain forest. There was a group of 6 of us. We had gone in search of a straying church leader. He was chainsawing lumber (free hand slabbing). We found his saw, still warm, but pinched in a big log. He was not there. He had gone to get help. One of the group went in search and the rest of us lay on top of great logs and listened to the horn-bills calling, frogs chirping, chains saws echoing though the colonnades and talked of the task at hand – the greatest contest in the whole world, the focus of this age – building the church of God.
The world little knows or understands but I believe that what we were doing that afternoon was in God’s perspective of greater importance than the games men played that day. We felt so insignificant there amongst the giant trees, but we were involved in the greatest contest of all time, the conflict between God and Satan for the souls of men. Thank you to each of you that prayed for our visit to this tribal village. We know the Lord was there. We know He was at work. We have yet to understand all that the Lord is doing.
We did finally find the above brother and spent the next 2 hours, listening to him, talking with him, praying with him and giving counsel. Praise the Lord he was humble and accepted our advice. Pray that he will have the faith to follow through on the teaching given.
Pray for our fellow believers. They are facing some major challenges with the coming of a new age and a cash economy. Materialism is the current form of Idolatry. I call it a tsunami. Then there is a thing called “social jealousy. This is an effort to get ahead of others but also an effort to keep everybody at the same level of need. This mind set is described so clearly in James 4:2 You want what you don’t have so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them…….NLT
Thank you for your participation in the greatest contest of the ages.
Revelation 20:1-2 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon – that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan – and bound him in chains for a thousand years.