I returned from Cambodia and Vietnam on Monday at 8:50 PM, grateful for what He did but very excited to be with my church family. Please know that both Noemi and I are ever so grateful for so many of you who prayed for us while I was on this very important mission trip. You continue to show your love for Christ and us. I can truly say that I am proud to be your pastor. And today I am ready to Preach His Word.
The Church in Vietnam is so much like the Church in the Book of Acts. Many coming to Jesus Christ, much power, much grace, wonderful miraculous works of God in spite of so much satanic opposition. I am praying that the Holy Spirit will generate a spirit of Revival and Restoration in our family, church and land.
My prayer for us is expressed by Paul as he tells us to “Be careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise,” (Ephesians 5:15). This is critical since we are to ‘live a life worthy of the calling’ (4:1); ‘be imitators of God (5:1); ‘live as children of light’ (5:8); ‘making the most of every opportunity’ (5:16) and ‘understand what the Lord’s will is’ (5:17).
On another note… Thank you for listening and encouraging two young preachers as they preached in my absence. Both Matthew Silvestre from Salinas and Rico Guerrero from Fresno (my son in law) felt so very blessed to be with you.
I’ve included some quotes from some men of God in this bulletin. Read. Pray. Think. Imagine with me how it could and would be if indeed our church was made up of members filled with/controlled by the Holy Spirit *Ephesians 4 and 5.
A.W. Tozer made a pronouncement 50 years ago: