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Have A Blessed Thanksgiving, Thanking God for All of You

Have A Blessed Thanksgiving, Thanking God for All of You

Laying the Foundation

Today we spent our time laying the foundation of Biblical truth and understanding upon which the practice of Spiritual Warfare for Kingdom Advance must be built.

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Before I get into that I have to comment on an interesting experience I just had at dinner. We sat down to a dinner of seafood soup. In this case the featured seafood was octopus. Last year I managed to “enjoy” the same dish despite some significant misgivings. Tonight I remembered that it wasn’t so bad last year. So, I dug in. AND, I LIKED IT! I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not. Oh well. Back to the Dunamis workshop.

We started this morning with a discussion of the Kingdom of Satan (doesn’t that sound like fun, and I got to teach that session). We don’t want to dwell on or glorify the enemy but we do want to understand the nature and “whiles” of our spiritual opponent. I mentioned that one of the many reasons that General Patton beat General Rommel in the North African desert campaign in World War Two was that Rommel had written a book describing his tactics and strategies for armored desert warfare after the first World War and Patton had read Rommel’s book. Patten studied and understood his enemy.

We went on to study how we as Believers should prepare for our participation in spiritual warfare. Our emphasis is always on drawing close to Jesus Christ and on walking in the light. Clearing sin and healing woundedness is also an important aspect of preparation.

Our last teaching session took a look at what the Bible says about attacks that come against us from outside forces. We first drew a distinction between such forces as our own sin and fallen nature, forces from which we might experience warfare from within and forces such as the Devil, the world and the structures of society that can become a source of attack from without.

Father Ben Torrey has done a magnificent job with the teaching yesterday evening and today. The rest of the teaching, tomorrow, Thursday and Friday morning is all mine.

Pray for me!

Blessings,

Tom

Dunamis number five, Spiritual Warfare for Kingdom Advance is off and running!

Jesus Abby Oct 2013

This last weekend was a wonderful time of relaxation and restoration at Jesus Abby. Jesus Abby is a community of Christians committed to loving God and each other while serving the world. It is hard to describe the experience of being a guest in a community who speak a language I don’t speak or understand and yet feeling welcome and like I

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belong. On top of the wonderful community experience it was a beautiful weekend in the mountains with the trees turning brilliant orange, yellow and red.

Today we kicked off the Spiritual Warfare workshop, the fifth in the Dunamis series here in Danyang, South Korea. There are seventy participants and an additional fifteen leadership team members. As usual, these are pretty “high power” pastors and ministry leaders. Most come from larger congregations. It is always amazing to see such folks carving a full week out of their busy schedules to learn about the person and work of the Holy Spirit. I love getting to interact with such high quality men and women of God.

We started with a general introduction and with a discussion of the Kingdom of God. Tomorrow we will start with a careful look at the kingdom of Satan, so that we can understand the enemy. Then we will begin to explore how the war is won on an individual basis.

Blessings,

Pastor Tom

Another Beautiful Day in Danyang

Danyang South Korea “Another beautiful day in the Ozarks.” We say that all the time at home in Branson, MO. It fits just as well today here in Danyang.

No, that’s not me in one of the para-sails, but don’t I wish, sigh.

In some ways I feel right at home here in Danyang. This is a tourist destination for folks in South Korea just as Branson is in the USA. Danyang sits alongside a beautiful, man made lake, just as Branson does. Danyang was empty and quiet when I was here in June, when they are “off season” just as Branson is in January and February. This is currently the busy season here in Danyan as folks come from all over East Asia to see the beautiful countryside and the fall colors, just now starting to turn.

Yesterday and today we are exploring how the Korea Dunamis Network (KDN) can move toward becoming a full fledged regional expression of PRMI. Very exciting.

This morning we will be talking about developing the board for the new Dunamis Publishing Company. We will also be talking with some folks from a university that wants to include an English language MDiv course about their desire to use the Dunamis materials in the curriculum. There continue to be promising discussions about a partnership with YWAM about outreach to the Chinese from here in South Korea through the use of the Dunamis materials.

This weekend I will get to spend a couple of days at Jesus Abby, which always blesses me.

Next week Fr. Ben Torrey and I will be teaching Dunamis #5 on Spiritual Warfare. The prayer coverage here is always excellent but we can always use additional intercession for a Dunamis track, especially Spiritual Warfare.

Blessings,

Pastor Tom

Back in South Korea

garlic - uhmook-bokkeum-1 I’m back in Danyang, South Korea again for PRMI.

After approximately 22 hours of travel I made it to Seoul. Friends picked me up and delivered me to Danyang. Once in Danyang we stopped at a “famous” restaurant that specializes in garlic. We had a greater assortment of garlic dishes than I knew existed. It’s a good thing I love garlic.

The days ahead will be exciting as we work toward the creation of a new PRMI Regional Expression here in South Korea, develop a fledgling “Dunamis Publishing Company”, visit Jesus Abby and that’s just between now and Sunday evening.

Starting on Monday morning we get to teach the Dunamis workshop on Spiritual Warfare. Yippee Ki Yay. Keep us in prayer.

Jet lag is beating me about the head and shoulders so, that’s all for now.

Blessings,

Pastor Tom

Need Encouragement for the fight?

I just read a great article and I want to share it with you!

Brad Long, Executive Director of PRMI has written an article in the latest edition of PRMI’s Moving With The Spirit that encouraged my heart and bolstered my resolve. Brad writes in a clear and concise way, describing the work that Jesus did at a recent event in New York State. The power of God was clearly seen as people were healed and set free.

Do you wonder if God still does miracles? Do you wonder if God can overcome the things that tear us up inside? Do you wonder if God still cares? This article shows that God’s love and power are very much at work in the world today.

Additionally, this article is filled with fantastic, basic teaching about the work of the Holy Spirit and about cooperation with the Holy Spirit.

To read the article, go here: http://prmi.org/wordpress/jesus-still-casts-out-demons-today.

Blessings,

Pastor Tom

Rules of Engagement

Moses Receives Ten Commandments
After delivering his people from slavery in Egypt, God now pursues his heart’s desire, to be in intimate fellowship with his people. To this end, God gives us his Rules of Engagement. Not rules for engaging an enemy but rules for an intimate engagement with a Holy God.

God’s desire to be near his people is just as passionate today as it was in Moses time. God wants to be with you! Just as God made and revealed a way to be with God, a place to be with God and how to overcome the greatest obstacle to being with God to Moses and the people of Israel, God also wants us to learn the way to be with God, the place to be with God and how to tear down the obstacle that stands between us and God.

This Sunday, October 6th, come learn about the way, place and power that will make it possible for you to experience God’s presence in your life.

Blessings,

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The Story and Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah shofar When we began planning use of THE STORY in our congregation’s life we started with looking at Resurrection Sunday on the calendar in 2014 and counted the weeks back to determine when to start in 2013. Actually, Meredith figured that out for us, go Meredith. At the time it had not occurred to me that our resulting start date, this Sunday the 8th of September, would be the first Sunday of the Jewish New Year!

Rosh Hashanah (literally “head of the year” in Hebrew) is the Jewish holiday celebrating the start of a new year for the Jews. It is the only Jewish holiday that is universally celebrated over two days. This year it begins in just a few hours at sundown this evening, the 4th of September, and it ends at sundown on Friday the 6th.

Rosh Hashanah, in Jewish tradition, is also considered the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in God’s world.

Rosh Hashanah emphasizes the special relationship between God and humanity: our dependence upon God as our creator and sustainer, and God’s choice of us as the ones who make His presence known and felt in His world.

Rosh Hashanah is the season of God’s judgment, a season in which the Jewish people believe God considers each person and if their name will be in the Book of Life. In Jewish tradition it is understood that “Each year on Rosh Hashanah, “all inhabitants of the world pass before G‑d like a flock of sheep,” and it is decreed in the heavenly court “who shall live, and who shall die . . . who shall be impoverished, and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise.” But this is also the day we proclaim G‑d King of the Universe.”

Praise God that we can know that our names are forever written in the Lamb’s Book of Life because of the saving love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Lk. 10:20, Rm. 10:9)

So this Sunday begins a new year for all of us in the First Presbyterian Church family. A new year of Experiencing the Father’s Heart. A new year of being Engaged, Equipped and Empowered. A new year of finding our stories in God’s Story.

It’s going to be a great year!

What’s Your Story?

On Sunday we begin to study God’s story of redemption with the first of our lessons in The Story.

Every story in the Bible tells us something about our Father’s love for us. Each story also tells us something about who we are. Each day is an intersection between your story and the story of God’s love. What will your story say to the people around you today?