As 2014 was winding down, I realized that it might be nice to start tracking my reading. The following is a list of what I read in the last half of 2014, because I’m not sure which books I read before July. (This is why I thought it might be nice to keep track.) If I remember to do so, I’ll post a list at the end of each month as I go forward. Here’s what I’m sure I read from July-December, 2014:
Sunday morning services in Córdoba have proven themselves a fertile time for considering the forms employed by the local congregations when gathering for worship and the Word. Here are just a three differences that we’ve noticed between services here and those in the States, recognizing our very limited experience so far:
I’m reading through Matt Perman’s excellent What’s Best Next, and am encountering little gems on every page. His comment on Proverbs 19:17 struck me as particularly beautiful this afternoon.
What we give (especially to the poor) is loaned to the Lord (Prov. 19:17), and the Lord does not default on his “loans.” The Lord pays back everything that is “loaned” to him with great increase and even more abundance (Luke 6:38).
Though I’m only about a third of the way through the book, I can already confidently recommend the book. I should finish it this week, and plan to write up a review shortly thereafter. In the meantime, you can also check out his blog.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones in Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure
Here are some pictures of our apartment in Córdoba. We moved in at the beginning of July and have just about finished settling in. We’re still lacking a desk for the office and an umbrella for the patio, but otherwise, things are shaping up nicely.
As we mention in our July update letter, this apartment is a gift from God through our ministry partners. We are very thankful for the apartment and for our partners!
“Spain won’t just get your message, they’ll get you.”
The reality is that we won’t simply take the Gospel to Spain. We’ll take ourselves–our strengths and weaknesses, our knowledge and ignorance, our joys and pains. And the people in Spain will not merely hear what we proclaim, they’ll interpret our message by our lives.
So during this period of raising up partners for our ministry to Spain, we prepare as individuals. At Mission Training in Colorado, we joined forty other workers for two weeks of language exercises, and two weeks of personal preparation.
It was difficult, but it was well worth it. Read more…
So, I had this grand plan to finish 12 projects this year. I have actually only finished a couple. I might make cheese next month, but 12 was an overreach.
My first project was making soap. It actually worked, so I took some pictures and prepped a description of the process. It might not be helpful for you, but I am posting it here so I can look it up again when I decide to prepare another batch. Read more…