First order of business, thank you for your prayers and thoughts as we traveled to Florida for our vacation and our PLI Immersion meeting.
We had a wonderful time on vacation, it was very refreshing and helpful to us. We had time to spend together, getting in touch with each other and with God. We spent time with our friends and now family of PLI. It was a great meeting and very helpful.
Our meeting was focused on many things but the one thing that meant a lot to me was we discussed making disciples and supporting one another in becoming disciples. We hear a word like disciple and we take it for granted that we completely understand what it means. Peter, James and John, Andrew, Batholomew (Nathaniel), James the Lesser, Judas, Thaddeus, Matthew, Philip, Simon the Zealot, and Thomas.
These are names that many of us have known since childhood. They followed Jesus, they walked with Jesus, they listened to Jesus. When Jesus rose from the grave, He appeared to them. He walked with them for a short while and then He left them, with instructions. He said “GO make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with your always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.
Jesus left with the promise that He would return, but until His return WE are to be His disciples and WE are to go and make disciples. No one person can do it alone, we have to work together. We are all part of the Body of Christ, some of us are a hand, some are an arm, some are feet. The hand alone can’t do much, but with the arm and legs and feet the body does amazing things.
This immersion gave me hope, and drive to do whatever I can do to walk along side of my fellow Christians. To reach out and walk together and to share what I have learned through the years and that I am learning now. I learned things from my parents, and grandparents, they passed their knowledge to me, I am passing my knowledge to my children, I am asking them to walk with me as I continue to learn. Everyone has knowledge to share. If you can’t do a lot of physical tasks, something you can do is to mentor someone. Teach someone to take over the tasks you can no longer do. Talk to one another and encourage one another. Encouragement is something I treasure. I want to encourage all of you to do what you can do.
I am committed to taking the word “can’t” out of my vocabulary. The reason is I CAN do all things through Christ”.
I am encouraging you all to walk with us, to disciple with us, to encourage one another and share the amazing gifts God has given each of us.