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God has granted Krista Horning, author of Just the Way I Am: God’s Good Design in Disability, the opportunity to be interviewed by Mike Ferris of Home School Heartbeat on Tuesday.

Home School Heartbeat is heard on more than 1,000 outlets around the world and via podcast.  Lord willing, the interview would be aired in the fall.

Krista asked for prayer:

  • Please pray that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart would be acceptable in God’s sight. Psalm 19:14
  • Pray that I would be humble and cast all my cares on Him. 1 Peter 5:6-8
  • Pray that God would be glorified for the sake of His steadfast love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1

I would add, please pray that the beautiful trust in him that God has planted inside of Krista flows out in powerful, life-changing ways for the listeners.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to introduce people to the sovereignty and goodness of God in disability!  Please pray!


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Lord willing, I’ll be in Woodward, Oklahoma by this evening (Tuesday) to visit some friends.  Early Sunday morning a tornado hit this small town and six people entered eternity, with more than two dozen injured and many homes destroyed.

I’m not going because of the tornado; this trip was planned several weeks ago.  But a tornado came, and I know it can raise questions about the goodness of God.

The family I’m visiting is rock-solid in their understanding of God’s goodness and sovereignty over all things.  But what of the others I will meet, if even only once?  I’m assuming God will present opportunities to speak of his goodness in all things, including the hardest of things.

Just a few weeks ago Pastor John wrote on this very subject after tornadoes claimed 38 lives.  And he reminded me there is always a greater purpose God has in mind:

Therefore, God’s will for America under his mighty hand, is that every Christian, every Jew, every Muslim, every person of every religion or non-religion, turn from sin and come to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus rules the wind. The tornadoes were his.

But before Jesus took any life in rural America, he gave his own on the rugged cross. Come to me, he says, to America — to the devastated and to the smugly self-sufficient. Come to me, and I will give you hope and help now, and in the resurrection, more than you have ever lost.

If there’s one thing I’ve experienced and learned about suffering, it is that suffering people hold credible other people who have suffered, even if the circumstances of their suffering are very different.  Maybe God will use our Paul, again, to help people see we aren’t playing around with religion, but clinging to Jesus.  Maybe he’ll help them see Jesus.

So, please pray for Woodward, Oklahoma.  And please pray for me, that God would let me be useful while I’m down there, for his glory and for the ultimate, eternal comfort of hurting people.

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Tonight (Tuesday), the elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church will be seeking consensus on whether to recommend an applicant to the congregation to succeed Pastor John as the Pastor for Preaching and Vision.  It is actually a two-step process, the first being congregational approval of the applicant to serve alongside Pastor John during a transition time, and then at some future point another affirmation of this person as the Pastor for Preaching and Vision.  At least that’s my understanding of the process.

If they reach that consensus, the applicant will be introduced tomorrow as a candidate for the position.  The congregational vote will be in May.

Pastoral leadership means a great deal in a church.  As I’ve said before, I’ve only known of one healthy disability ministry in a church that did NOT have the support of its senior pastor.

And I also know enough of the elders to know these are Christian hedonists who love the Lord and love the church.  I have lived with a remarkable lack of anxiety about this entire process knowing how seriously these men take their responsibilities to the church and lean on God for help.

Bethlehem belongs to Jesus; he will do what he deems best.

And I know that God listens to the prayers of his elect.  So, if you would, please pray for Bethlehem’s elders today as they consider God’s leading.

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Every other week or so since June of last year I have written a blog posting at the Desiring God blog under the same banner as this blog, The Works of God.

Usually I prepare something new.  But I heard from more people than usual on my blog posting from a couple of weeks ago regarding prayer, so I offered that one, slightly modified, for the DG blog later this week.

I have one main hope for all those postings, even the unpleasant ones about abortion, euthanasia and genocide: that people would see God in disability in all his sovereignty and goodness.

And then, in seeing God this way, they would act to embrace and include and prepare all those, created in his image, who live with disability in this present age for the work he has prepared for them to make him look glorious.

Please pray that God would do more than we could possibly hope or expect!

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Please pray for the 1%

According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are 70 million Deaf people in the world.

That’s 1% of the world’s population!

According to The Joshua Project, there are 33 Deaf people groups around the world that are considered unreached, which means less than 2% of that people group are Evangelical and less than 5% are adherents to Christianity.

33!

In a printed report from The Joshua Project, they listed 52 Deaf people groups that are unengaged, which means no full-time workers involved in evangelism or church planting.

52!

Some of those countries were no surprise – Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Myanmar.

Others were quite a bit more surprising – France, Germany, Italy.

I don’t have an answer for this, but I know that God does.  Please pray he would provide for our Deaf brothers and sisters around the world, and that he would call millions more to him, for his glory and for our collective good.

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At the end of my talk on Wednesday I asked for prayer for three things:

1.  For Bethlehem, that we would recognize all people have gifts and we would welcome all.

2.  That God would bring more helpers for our disability ministry – from sign language interpreters to classroom 1-1 aides to the host of other needs

3.  That God would end abortion, if not through laws, than through changed hearts, and that he would let us be agents of change for his glory.

That very night a young man introduced himself and said he would be volunteering soon – that was encouraging!  And a young man no less (Please don’t misunderstand – I love all the ladies who serve families like ours.  It’s just nice to welcome another man!).

And we need to keep praying.  We can, in one sense, measure our progress on number 2 and 3 – more volunteers, fewer abortions.  Hearts that are truly welcoming also have outward evidences, but that can be harder to see.

In all three cases, it is God who does it!

I will thank you forever, because you have done it. Psalm 52:9 ESV

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Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me.
(Psalm 86:6-7 ESV)

A little boy we know is having exploratory surgery today.  He lives with a persistent condition that is as yet undiagnosed.

His parents are wonderful; I’ve known the mom since she was a girl.  The boy’s grandparents are pillars of faith, grace, mercy and hospitality.  What God did through them for us cannot be measured.

All of them grieve over the pain this little boy lives with.

And the thing they wanted on Monday night was prayer.  And we wanted to pray with them.

It really is amazing what God does through praying with other people.  The one constant in every prayer was a cry for help, recognizing weakness in ourselves and clinging to promises.

Tears flowed.  The sorrow is real.

After we finished praying, we talked and laughed and simply enjoyed each other.  What a gift authentic friendship is.

And that friendship is fueled by going hard after God through suffering.

Yes, it is good to experience 2 Corinthians 6:10 with other people and live with gratitude to God for all things:  as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

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