"Comfort, comfort my people," says your God. "Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.
Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over for all her sins." Isaiah 40:1-2.
I have been thinking much about this verse, and all of them that follow in Isaiah 40 -66 as I have been preparing to teach this part of Isaiah to the School of Biblical Studies here at The King’s Lodge. Such a wonderful portion of scripture that shouts God’s great power, but also his tender love and compassion. When teaching Luke’s gospel in Lausanne (Switzerland) a couple of weeks ago at the Bible Core Course, I was impressed how often Luke was echoing this portion of Isaiah as he was writing about Jesus, the Servant King, who was the perfect Israelite, who in his life and ministry fulfilled the destiny of that chosen nation.
Plans are moving ahead with the architect for the much-needed ground floor meeting room. I am heading up the group that is involved with these plans and in a couple of weeks we should be able to present to the community here some initial drawings. This process has already take a couple of years, there is much more involved than I imagined in this kind of thing. Our desire is to make the building disabled accessible, build a meeting room for about 200 people, a dedicated hospitality suite, and relocate our garage and maintenance workshop. We praise God that we have already been promised £150-200,000 matched funding (when we raise £10,000, we will be given a matching £10,000) which is a huge encouragement to us. Watch this space for the initial designs.
I celebrated completing the final essay for the degree I mentioned in a previous blog. I am awaiting the tutor’s grade and comments on them. My attention has now shifted to the dissertation which is to be 8-10,000 words long. I will be writing on the relationship between the Mission Agency and the Local Church. It seems that some mission agencies can think that they ‘own’ missions while some church streams doubt the biblical legitimacy of the mission agency. What is sure is that in this globalized world, or global village as some like to call it, the whole scene of missions is changing. This exercise will give me an opportunity to explore the two areas of my ministry involvement, that of a staff worker in Youth With A Mission, but also as an elder of a local church. Already I am enjoying reading up in both church and missions.
We thank God that we keep well as a family and life continues to be full and challenging here at The King’s Lodge.