Monday, August 31, 2009

(un) limited Internet

You who are reading this are probably enjoying reading this with something that is called, Unlimited Internet. It means you can use your internet unlimitingly. I think that is nice. They haven't quite discovered that here in Africa and so we are limited, very limited. We get .5 gigs during the day and 2.5 gigs at night. A few downloads and some emails and a youtube upload and we are done for. We used quite a few during the middle of the month and so we have been paying the price, literally and figuratively, at the end of the month. Literally we have been paying the price because you CAN top up by getting some more space, but it cost around $12.50 for 100 megs. So, that adds up quickly. Figuratively we are paying the price, because you can't do blogs or anything like without going to an internet cafe.

Now, don't take this for whining or complaining, because I am very grateful to have internet at my home. I say all this so you know the reason I haven't blogged much recently. BUT, tomorrow is a NEW MONTH!!!! So, be a-watchin' the blog because I got some good stuff to share!

See ya tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A wake up call

Well, unfortunately I have some tough news. But first, everyone is okay. While I was in Southern Zambia, our house was robbed last night and Daka, our guard, (whom I had asked to work nights while I was gone) was beaten by the thieves. It turns out he has either a dislocated shoulder after a visit to an orthopedic doctor.

We don’t know how they got into our yard, but Daka saw them (4 guys), as they were trying to get into the kitchen window which doesn’t have security bars on it. (Our interior house is secure with bars – Just the outside is not). After Daka saw them and they beat him they gave up on that and broke the glass on the office window and grabbed Michelle's computer (our intern who I will write a post about soon),through the hole in the security bars (I had my computer with me. Stephanie was using her computer while she was at the conference with our CROSS team) which was sitting on the desk. That’s all they got. Daka pursued them and they beat him again, knocking him unconscious maybe for the second time.


As you can imagine, getting the call this morning at 7:15 am in Sinazongwe, a good six hours from home, I was pretty distraught. God was gracious as I was able to get a ride to a bus station and then caught a bus, perhaps 3 minutes after I got there. I got home by 3:30pm. We replaced the glass and we are getting back to normal at our house. It was a bit scary as you can imagine, and I think we are all feeling a bit shaken by this. In so many ways, we sense God gracious hand on this event. And the loyalty of our guard astounds us. We just got off the phone with Daka and he is doing better. He is appreciating the powerful drugs
. We will take care of him in every way necessary since he won’t be able to work. We are thinking through how to shore up security, including hiring a night guard with a security firm.

We appreciate your prayers, for all of us, for wisdom on how to proceed, for confidence and faith and fearlessness. We thank you for walking with us through all these ordeals… (and oh, by the way, the conference was going great when I left. I heard tonight that it went well today as well. Please pray for their final day and their journey home.)

Thanks for your prayers,

Steve

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Amen I say!


John 1:14

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.


John 1:16

16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.

John 1:17

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Acts 4:33

33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.

Acts 6:8

Stephen Seized

8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.


Acts 11:23

23 When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.

Acts 13:43

43 When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.


Acts 14:3

3 So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders.

Acts 14:26

26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.

Acts 15:11

11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”


Acts 15:40

40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.

Acts 18:27

27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. On arriving, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.

Acts 20:24

24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.


Acts 20:32

32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Romans 1:5

5 Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.

Romans 1:7

7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.


Romans 3:24

24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Romans 4:16

16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

Romans 5:2

2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:15

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

Romans 5:17

17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.


Romans 5:20

20 The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,

Romans 5:21

21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Romans 6:1


Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?


Romans 6:14

14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.


Romans 6:15

Slaves to Righteousness

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!


Romans 11:5

5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.

Romans 11:6

6 And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.


Romans 12:3

3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

Romans 12:6

6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.

Romans 15:15

15 I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me

Romans 16:20

20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.


1 Corinthians 1:3

3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


1 Corinthians 1:4

Thanksgiving

4 I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.


1 Corinthians 3:10

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.

1 Corinthians 15:10

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

1 Corinthians 16:23

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.


2 Corinthians 1:2

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


2 Corinthians 1:12

Paul’s Change of Plans

12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace.


2 Corinthians 1:15

15 Because I was confident of this, I planned to visit you first so that you might benefit twice.

2 Corinthians 4:15

15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.


2 Corinthians 6:1

As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.

2 Corinthians 8:1


Generosity Encouraged

8 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.


2 Corinthians 8:6

6 So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.

2 Corinthians 8:7

7 But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.


2 Corinthians 8:9

9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.


2 Corinthians 8:19

19 What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help.

2 Corinthians 9:8

8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:14

14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.

2 Corinthians 12:9

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 13:14

14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.


Galatians 1:3

3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

Galatians 1:6

No Other Gospel

6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—


Galatians 1:15

15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased

Galatians 2:9

9 James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews.

Galatians 2:21

21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”


Galatians 5:4

4 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.

Galatians 6:18

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.


Ephesians 1:2

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Ephesians 1:6

6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

Ephesians 1:7

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

Ephesians 2:5

5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

Ephesians 2:7

7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

Ephesians 3:2

2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you,

Ephesians 3:7

7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.

Ephesians 3:8

8 Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

Ephesians 4:7

7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

Ephesians 4:29

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Ephesians 6:24

24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.


Philippians 1:2

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Philippians 1:7

7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.

Philippians 4:23

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.


Colossians 1:2

2 To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father.


Colossians 1:6

6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.

Colossians 4:18

18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.


1 Thessalonians 1:1

Paul, Silas and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace and peace to you.


1 Thessalonians 5:28

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.


2 Thessalonians 1:2

2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


2 Thessalonians 1:12

12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.


2 Thessalonians 2:16

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,

2 Thessalonians 3:18

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.


1 Timothy 1:2

2 To Timothy my true son in the faith:

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.


1 Timothy 1:14

14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.


1 Timothy 6:21

21 which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.

Grace be with you.


2 Timothy 1:2

2 To Timothy, my dear son:

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.


2 Timothy 1:9

9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

2 Timothy 2:1

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 4:22

22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.


Titus 1:4

4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith:

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.


Titus 2:11

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

Titus 3:7

7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:15

15 Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith.

Grace be with you all.


Philemon 3

3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Philemon 25

25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.


Hebrews 2:9

9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.


Hebrews 4:16

16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.


Hebrews 10:29

29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

Hebrews 12:15

15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Hebrews 13:9

9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.

Hebrews 13:25

25 Grace be with you all.


James 4:6

6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud

but gives grace to the humble.”


1 Peter 1:2

2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.


1 Peter 1:10

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,

1 Peter 1:13

Be Holy

13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.


1 Peter 3:7

7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.


1 Peter 4:10

10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 5:5

5 Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud

but gives grace to the humble.”


1 Peter 5:10

10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

1 Peter 5:12

Final Greetings

12 With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.


2 Peter 1:2

2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.


2 Peter 3:18

18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.


2 John 3

3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.


Jude 4

4 For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.


Revelation 1:4

4 John,

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne,


Revelation 22:21

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Go, Send or Disobey

We were talking to some friends yesterday about how easy it is to forget about the world and missions and the needs that exist in the world, even being a missionary. You get caught up in the daily grind of living and forget their is a whole world that exists outside your little world. I wanted to include this video to remind us to pray, go and/or to send so that we do not disobey.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The latest in our world


I am preaching tomorrow at International Baptist Church, the church that we attend as a family. I am preaching on the Holy Spirit (That should be an easy to wrap up in one message:)). It has been a pretty full week catching up on all the post-conference details of life that we have swept under the rug. Next Thursday, we leave for Komena, a small village about six hours away to do a pastor's conference using our CROSS HIV/AIDS material. It is right on a beautiful lake, but don't envy to quickly. They say you can't swim because of some small risks such as crocodiles and hippos. I guess I'll resort to staying cool with a fan.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

The Intern's turn




Today, it was Owen's turn. We went to one of the pastor's church from our Bible College and Owen was the preacher. It was his first time ever, preaching, and wow, was I blown away. He showed such poise, a gentle yet convicting presence, and demonstrated such power in his stories and his understanding of the word. When I was first proposing that he come and intern for the summer, I wrote down on the proposal, he wants to be a doctor or a pastor. Well, the pastor part I kind of put there on my own, but, I told him today, you better rethink your future because you have a gift. So, we'll see. His time is running out here, as he leaves on Thursday. He has been a huge blessing to our ministry these past couple months and he will be missed. He promised me he would pray. Maybe you could just join him as well. His last job here is to put together a final summary of his time here in Zambia. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to post that here later this week.

And one fun picture, a few nights ago, we decided to play not one game, but two...
Stratego and Scrabble. The winner? Well, Owen preached today on humility and I sufficiently helped him make sure he knew firsthand what he was going to preach:)

Friday, August 07, 2009

Pastor Conference Recap

We finished up our "Building Biblical Marriages" conference today. As far as my participation, I spoke twice, Wednesday and Thursday. My message was too long for one day, so I made it a two part series! The title was "How being Satisifed in your Spouse glorifies God!" Anyone who reads John Piper will instantly recognize that I "borrowed" from his wording and even more his teaching of the Word of God. His most "famous" phrase is: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. The more I think about it, the more true that statement becomes, especially when it is applied in a marriage relationship.

Anyway, it was a great time to be challenged by some great speakers from both America and from Zambia. In addition, it was great to reconnect with pastors that are not in our programs. And, the worship can't be beat. This conference I had one of the pastors help me translate all the Bemba songs so I could not only know what they are singing but also what the words meant.

A couple of cool things happened: On the first day, a pastor from a conference I did last year came up to me as I greeted him and said, "Tenga, Chita, Onassessa, Manga! See I remember!!!" These are the Nyanga words for the words we use for inductive study. Another pastor was very encouraging as he introduced before I spoke by saying that my teachings on inductive study and expository preaching have been very impactful and people still talk about those conferences. I share that mostly because I want you who pray and support us to be encouraged that God is encouraging pastors here through our ministry and you are a big part of it. I was encouraged and I want you to be as well. Our labor is not in vain. Thank you for all your support and prayers!!!

I included a short highlight video to let you see what what went on during the conference. I would encourage you to watch it if for no other reason than to see my wife singing with the other Action ladies...

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

More missionaries to Zambia?!?!?

I just wanted to share a newsletter from a family who have their sights on Zambia. You can say you heard it here first. Please be praying for them!


Dear Family and Friends,
Many of you know that since Derek and I met in Zambia and got married, we have sensed God leading us to become long-term missionaries back in Zambia with Action International Ministries. Through a series of providential events, we got in contact with
the current ACTION Zambia director, Tim Hilty, who has asked us to come back long-term to coordinate and lead the CROSS (Churches Ready to Overcome Silence and Stigma) project.
Currently, CROSS works with churches to turn the tide of silence and stigma surrounding the pervasive issueof HIV/AIDS. Our vision is to also address the silence and stigma around broken/destructive marriages and battered women. All of those issues are rampant in the Zambian culture and church, and many Zambians do not see anything wrong.

Derek and I are excited about returning to Zambia to work in
this capacity. However, before we return long-term, we need to
be approved in person by several entities: our sending church –
Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis; the mission agency – Action
International Ministries; and the ACTION Zambia Board of
Directors, which is most immediate at this point. Going to
Zambia and being approved by the Board of Directors allows
them and the team to decide if we would be a good fit.
Personally, we also hope that this trip would further confirm
God’s calling and, therefore, help us to stay in Zambia for the
long haul. We will be sending out an update letter soon, but we wanted to specifically ask you in this letter to support us in any of the following areas:
• Pray that God would continue to guide us and give us wisdom and discernment regarding each of these big decisions.
• Pray that God would provide a nursing job for me, so that I can get helpful experience for the
future and income for the present. Though jobs are scarce and I’ve sent out 75-100 applications
with no takers, God is abundantly able to provide exactly what I need.
• Financially support us to take this vision/confirmation trip to Zambia in mid-August for 7-10
days, before Derek starts Fall semester. We hope to both go but realize that Derek may have to go by himself if we cannot afford $3,000 in plane tickets.*
We look expectantly to God, who provides all our needs, to meet us at every step along the way. This path that God is leading us down is filled with joys and hardships, so we strongly desire to be buoyed through your prayers and help for the sake of Jesus Christ in Zambia.
That Zambians would love Jesus more,
Derek and Kristin Dearth
derekkristin@gmail.com
www.dearthtodelight.blogspot.com
*If you would like to tax-deductibley contribute to our plane tickets, please write a check to Action
International Ministries with “Dearth #43010” in the Memo line and mail it to PO Box 398, Mountlake
Terrace, WA 98043-0398 by August 5th. Thank you!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Building Biblical Marriages


We are in the middle of our pastors conference on marriages and families. I am preaching today and tomorrow. Would appreciate your prayers! More video and pics later but enjoy the male choir that sang yesterday! Amazing!