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April 2013

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Faith and an Eternal Perspective

Dear Friends,
The power, beauty and meaning of the resurrection seems to mean more to me with each passing year. Maybe it has to do with getting a little older and realizing how short life is and how quickly the years pass.
Over the past 5 years I have gotten to know a few professors and fellow students who do not believe in God. A common theme with them is that they were introduced to some form of Christianity when they were younger but for different reasons concluded that God is a myth.
My heart aches for them. I pray often for them and for more conversations and opportunities to encourage them to embrace faith in the God who revealed Himself to us in the Bible.
From my conversations with my non-believing friends I have come to some conclusions.

1) I think every thoughtful person has faith – in something. A biology professor confessed his faith in Mother Nature to me. This brilliant man understands 100 times more than I ever will about the complex intricacies and interdependence of biological life. He is amazed at the creation. He loves teaching and opening the eyes of his students to the beauty and marvel of life.
Sadly he has concluded that it happened by cosmic “Chance.” He is a “believer,” no doubt in my mind, but the object of his faith is not Jesus Christ, the True Creator, rather an impersonal force. He told me that he believes in “eternal life.” What does he mean? When he dies his body will return to dust and his “essence” will continue to exist in another form in the creation, he explained.
A fellow student who grew up in the church and whose father is a Bible-believing pastor shared with me that he doesn’t believe in God, rather he believes in randomness. He told me, “How can I explain why I grew up comfortably in a middle-class American family while someone else is born in poverty in Africa, orphaned by AIDS? I have decided random chance is the only logical explanation.”
The obvious question is “whose world view requires more faith?” I think it’s a whole lot easier to believe in the God of the Bible.

2) Secondly, I appreciate more than ever the Biblical concept of an eternal perspective. What is a lifetime of 70 or 80 years in comparison to eternity?  In eternity will the African orphan be upset about missing out on a middle-class American childhood? No way! He will have all that God has in store for His children – for all eternity!! This life won’t even be a blink of an eye in comparison. An eternal perspective makes all the difference.
As Christians we get the joy, peace and presence of God and all His wonderful blessings in this life – and the next one!
Easter tells us that Jesus finished the work on the cross, the grave is empty, and He conquered death.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:9-11

Pray For Me During The Next 4 Weeks
This semester will end on May 3rd with our last final exam, which will be the Pharmacology final exam. It is a cumulative exam that covers all the drugs and related diseases we have studied for the past two semesters. That will probably be the most difficult exam I have ever experienced to this point in my life.
So, as far as this semester is concerned just 3 more weeks of classes and labs left, plus the week of final exams. After that will be just one more month of classes (a Geriatrics class and a Nutrition class) during Summer Session I. Those classes end on June 7th at which time we’ll have two weeks off, then a week of orientation for our clinical rotations that begin July 1.

Prayer Pointers for April 2013
♦ Thank you for your prayers last month! The Radiology exam was difficult, but I passed and learned a great deal in the process.
♦ Please pray that God might give me further opportunities to challenge my associates to consider the Truth of Jesus.
♦ Please pray for me to be focused and disciplined and finish out this semester strong. Pray for wisdom, quick recall, and a calm spirit as I continue the book learning, in addition to practicing exam skills, surgical skills, and procedures. This week we started practicing suturing using pig’s feet! Mine cried “wee wee wee all the way home.” 

Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement! We are so grateful.
In Christian love,

Chris & family

A Note from Team Expansion’s President
Dear Fellow-helpers,
Your favorite Team Expansion worker is part of a larger team and together, with God, senders, and goers, the Lord blessed during 2012 in a great way. Please join us in giving thanks for the fruit God raised during the past year. Here are the numbers we’re seeing in our rear-view calendar-mirror:
950 = Number of baptisms by our workers and partners in 2012
13,387 = Total number of baptisms since Team Expansion began
84 = Number of churches started by our workers and partners in 2012
440 = Number of churches started from scratch among unreached peoples since Team Expansion began
15,300 = Weekend worship attendance at churches launched by Team Expansion and our partners
330 = Number of Team Expansion workers at end of 2011
360 = Number of Team Expansion workers at end of 2012
69 = Number of active Team Expansion fields at end of 2011
73 = Number of active Team Expansion fields at end of 2012
Again, please join us in giving thanks for God’s great work as He labors through all of us in the fields of harvest!
Doug Lucas