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A great short devotional reminder from the Psalms.
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 & 2 Cor 4:7-18
This morning’s devotion reminded our enthusiastic group of missionaries-in-training of a confronting Christian truth…The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.
No matter where you go in the world, the message of the cross will be considered stupid. Sinful mankind will always resist the crazy gospel of Jesus, who lived and died, rose and ascended for our rescue. We may be tempted to leave out the offensive bits or add in our own flavours to make it more palatable. May we never forget that the gospel is the power of God!
So what is the appropriate vessel for this maligned message? The treasure is contained in jars of clay. Ministry anywhere in the world will be experienced in weakness and hardship. Those who hold the precious, but seemingy foolish, message of the gospel will be crushed, persecuted and struck down; but not destroyed.
I was warned not to seek impressive, worldly wisdom. I was reminded that although many will malign the Word of God, some will be saved. I was encouraged that although we follow our Master’s footsteps through suffering, we ultimately follow Him into eternal glory.
So do not be fooled by shiny, happy people who preach a glossy gospel. And do not dismiss a jar of clay who awkwardly shares with you a servant Saviour. Let’s not get caught up in looking wise in the world’s eyes; let us only share the treasure we have.
We moved out of our house at Jannali and have arrived at CMS Summer School!
It’s been a fantastic start last night and this morning. We’ve been hearing from Genesis 11-14 so far about God’s plans and promises and lining our lives up with his purposes. It’s only when we line our lives up with what he’s doing that we will live lives that matter.
The Bible is honest about the failings of its spiritual giants. Abrahams failed time & time again.What can we do? We can only turn in faith to God. His plans are not thwarted and His promises are true — “Stef Overhall”
That’s why our car is packed up like this and why we’re following God’s call to serve him and the gospel in a different culture.
— In Him, Chris
What a week this past one has been. Prayers. People. Farewells. Encouragements. What a send off. We have certainly witnessed the good will of God’s people in our final days at Jannali.
We have been and continue to be the beneficiaries of other peoples generosity. We have felt this very much this week.
The house is nearly empty and Saturday is almost upon us.
We echo the words of Paul’s prayer —
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. Phil 1:3-5
We’ll be posting some more of the Overhall family adventures soon now that the new year has arrived. But for now, Happy New Year from us all!
Thanks to everyone for their support over the last little while as we sell most of our stuff before heading off to Melbourne for missionary training.
We are overwhelmed by God’s goodness in giving us partners such as you – we praise God for you – and wish you a merry Christmas as we rejoice that the saviour is born.
In 2017 the Overhall Family will be training at St Andrew’s Hall for long-term, cross-cultural ministry in the service of Jesus and his gospel with CMS. As a family we long for a world that knows Jesus.
Jesus is the Christ. Jesus is the Lord. Jesus is the Saviour. Jesus is our Everything.
This blog is a simple way to keep up with the adventures of the Overhall Family as we pray for, train for and work for a world that knows Jesus.
We’re also hosting an event on the 11th December 2016 to raise support for the next part of training at SAH in 2017.