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Originally posted on Reformedish:

Last night I talked to my college group about the issue of miracles and the laws of nature. One point that came up was that too often Christians have a limited view of God’s creative activity. They think of him in an essentially deistic fashion–that God created the world and then just left it spinning to itself. On that view, miracles become somewhat random interventions of an absent God. No, instead the Bible presents us with a God who not only creates, but sustains the universe in existence, governing it in wisdom and with fatherly compassion.  On this picture, a miracle is not an “intervention” from a distant God, but a sovereign action of a God already intimately involved with maintaining his creation. It was a good discussion–I love my job.

As I thought back on it this morning, it called to mind Calvin’s excellent comments on God’s creation and…

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Psalm 26

The title page to the 1611 first edition of th...

The title page to the 1611 first edition of the Authorized Version Bible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 26

King James Version (KJV)

26 Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.

Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord:

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.

12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord.

Padlock on Shiva Temple!! by Pastor Kerry Mauldin

Our next to last day in the villages and we had 2 churches we dedicated, gave 1 well and 3 more churches!!  8 baptisms today and 66 baptisms last 3 weeks!!
I’ll start by sharing the last village!
Went to Thatikalli Village–Toddy tree Village–alcohol tree.  Met Pastor Satyam (Truth).  He came to Christ 8 years ago.  “Please, I am the only believer in my family, but tonight they are all gathered for you to share.”  We sat with his Mom, dad, Brother, aunts, uncles…room full.  These worship Shiva and the family has a temple outside the house on the road.
satyam shared that 8 years ago ge went to Ganges River and all big temples at age 32 looking for “Truth”.  He had no peace and only thought of suicide and death.  He had been married 12 years and had no children.
He walked barefoot 20 miles to SriSailam to worship Shive–covered with flowers and all family cheered him on.  Just wanted to die!!
He sold all his property and was left with nothing…
He was introduced to Jesus.  He had nothing in this world, so accepted Christ.  “Within 10 days my life was turned around.  I felt peace, no voice to kill myself, business and we had a baby, Divya “special one”.
Tonight, the whole family was in agreement that Satyam was totally different and they wanted to listen.  As we shared, they asked many probing questions.  At the end, the whole family prayed the prayer of salvation.  We all went outside and took family picture.  Satyam and his brother Siadalu, took oil and put a shield around that Shiva temple and satan can not cross the blood of Jesus.  All family had voiced their fear of turning from Shiva.  But they took huge step of faith.
We gave Prayer Shed and went to family roadside snack stand and prayed…
Amazing thing…the Shiva Temple had been locked with all shiva chains and worship things locked inside.  The god could not open the door or lock!!  But no door or stone could hold our Lord!!!
Subbareddygudem set the tone for the day.  We went to dedicate this small but good church!  About 100 packed inside full…. They listened and 3 times shared the Gospel as so many kept coming and all people would scruntch up closer so more could enter.  It rained all thru the day so no one could work in cotton fields.  So many came today to hear as they were free from the fields…   5 took baptism in barrel.  We could hardly manage as so many people!!
Gave bore well for water to Indupamala womens group. It will save 45 minutes per day walking to get water…  PLEASE!!!
We issued a challenge… “What will you do with all the free time saved? ather the women all together and write a plan how the water well will bless the village and also how it will help you win souls for Christ?  They took the challenge with joy!  This village Calvary AG gave for church in 2010 and today it is beautiful and finished!
These women fixed lunch and this village is 65% Christian and very clean for Indian village.
I shared with them the blessing of the lunch they gave and also that this is one of cleanest villages I’ve ever seen.  They were so so thankful and blessed.  They kept wanting to kiss my hand!    Blessing, but I have incredible wife sitting beside me!  Touched us both at the way that comment blessed those women!!
So thankful for the many souls today that heard the Gospel that had never heard before!
Today is fulfilling the purpose of this ministry..  Planting churches in new villages as first church in a village and sharing love of Christ.  So many good things, page of journal is so full…
One more village day!
With thanks, love and prayers!!
Kerry, Melody and Debbie


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