May 2007: Givin' While You're Livin'

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HOT SPOT! Chico, California: A week with Dan Sneed & us! Still time - see below.

1. Matters that Matter - Givin' While You're Livin'

2. Profound & Pithy - More Rick Warrenisms

3. Feedback - Heavy Mailbag

4. Donna's Corner - The Voice of Others

6. Renewal Gatherings - California-Dan Sneed-June


1. Matters that Matter - Givin' While You're Livin'

Do your givin' while you're livin' so you'll be knowin' where it's goin'.

I'm getting up there in years - long in the tooth, short on breath, high on blood pressure, low on heartbeat, wide where I'd rather not be, thin on top (but with ear, nose and eyebrow hair positively flourishing). These days I'm starting to think more about heaven, my children, their children, inheritances and all that I still want to accomplish in this life; I'm also pondering the state of the world and how I would fix it.

Regardless of age, I believe we should all practice 'living generosity' (and Jesus agrees with me). For it to be a lifestyle, start young. Generosity doesn't just come upon you. When your wealth rises and windfalls drop on you; when the tax system forces you or seniority squeezes you to give stuff away, the temptation is to stash it. On your final flight, all that stuff - land, things and money - is not carry-on luggage. You'll have to check it in; and as it is with some airlines, you'll never see it again.

Jesus talked a lot about money and wealth, mostly in the context of not holding onto it, but banking it in heaven - which means investing it in others here and now as long as you're still hanging around. Few of us get to know the time of our passing from this life to the next. How much - or better yet, how little - will you leave?

Members of the fledgling Christian church tended to sell everything and share the proceeds with those in need (Acts 2:45, etc). They knew that their inheritance was in Heaven - and might very well claim it any day! (Eph 1:11; 1 Peter 1:4)

A 'perfect passing,' - if there is such a thing - might look like this: your family gathered around you; no debt to leave them; your 'stuff' given away; your outstretched hand holding your remaining few dollars; and your last whispered breath on this earth, "I love you all. Take yourselves out to lunch with this. See you in Heaven."

I have noticed that inheritances left behind most often seem to cause the exact opposite for which they were intended. Though calculated to bless, family squabbles seem to break out over finances, furniture, favorite paintings (and for some, the Ferrari). Too many inheriting families never again speak a civil word with each other. Was their inheritance a blessing - or was it a curse?

There are few references to material inheritances in the New Testament and those we find are mostly in a negative context. The prodigal son (Luke 15) and the evil vine-growers (Mark 12:7) don't exactly give material inheritances a good name. While children are still young and dependent on their parents, provision must be made for them in case their parents die prematurely; if they don't, the parents are considered to be worse than infidels. (1 Tim 5:8) Above all else, leave your children a spiritual inheritance that can't be eaten away by moths or rust or stolen by thieves. (Mt 6:20)

So, what's the answer for today? With whatever extra wealth (over and above your daily and foreseeable needs) that God has gifted you with, make a plan to give it away while you're still alive. Give it to the poor and needy, wisely; give it to your kids and help them spend it wisely; give it to the church and other Kingdom-advancing ministries, wisely; give it wherever and to whomever God directs you, wisely.

Always be open to give at every opportunity.

Do your givin' while you're livin'!

Peter


2. Profound & Pithy - More Rick Warrenisms

We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?

Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism?

Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, "God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better."

God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do. That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.

In . . .
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.


3. Feedback - It's Your Turn (Heavy Mailbag)

Ed's Note: The book from which I quoted last time, 'Why the Rest Hates the West' (by Meic Pearse), evoked some strong and passionate responses. Here are excerpts from a few of the letters . . .

The very idea that you can find a 'rational' explanation for hatred is misguided. Hatred is anything but rational. Trying to understand 'why they hate us' is an idea we have in the West that would try to explain away the sin nature. Hatred is very simply a sin and is not based on reason at all. Christine Johnson, ID
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Oh please! Spare us the pseudo-intellectualism! Some of us choose to find answers in The Word rather than in the mental wanderings of human writers. Anonymous, US
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Thanks so much for passing part of that book to us; it does give a lot of understanding to me, living in the non western world; to try to evangelize and find out that in spite of all, people envy us and do not understand that we are not rich and cannot give them all what they want. Annette Courvoisier, Senegal (Swiss by birth)
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I disagree with the comments about how the Western world is so intensely disliked by the rest of the world. I don't think it's possible to generalize to that extent. Jane P Rao
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This edition has me chuckling - eTouché . . . that's a good one. Rebekah Lee, WA
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Since my DTS in Virginia in 1985, I have come to understand that missions isn't some place you go to. It isn't exotic and exciting all the time. It can be mundane, wearisome and frustrating. It is a daily walk with Jesus Christ right where you are. You never stop being a missionary . . . Sherry O', USA
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I was just reading eTouch for encouragement when I read about that poor lady Sylvie (Johnston) . . . divorced from her husband, lost her family, battled cancer and has now passed on. I'm sitting at my desk balling my eyes out and I don't even know who she is. That poor woman; how many battles some people have. Sometimes I don't get this life and how God works. I guess she has her peace now. Rosemarie, Canada
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I love eTouch . . . I print them and read them a couple of times. I really miss my time in YWAM but know God is having us here for now and it is good. I do pray for you and King's Lodge in Nuneaton, UK. Someday we hope to go back. Kathy Kennedy, CO
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Bless you ...thanks for an uplifting eTouch. I wonder, have you ever thought of getting feedback on where YWAMers find themselves after their stint in YWAM, what kind of missions they find themselves in . . . I work in abstinence education for a crisis pregnancy centre . . . I wonder how many others have felt led into this awesome ministry.  Alison Dyck, Canada (DTS Dunham 77/78)
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I love your stuff. I needed a great laugh and an encouraging break in the middle of a very busy day. Keep it up.  Love you lots, Tom Bragg, WA


4. Donna's Corner - The Voice of Others

Dear Friends,

When I write these eTouch Corners, usually what I'm saying is something God has revealed to me during the past month.

In Mt 16:16 Jesus said to Simon Peter (after he had blurted out that Jesus was the Messiah, "Blessed are you, Simon . . . this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven." And then in verse 23 after Peter took Jesus aside to 'correct' him, Jesus had to say, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

How many times do we rely on the voice of others, instead of testing things ourselves by the Spirit, and listening to our Father? So many people are relying on prophets and apostles. Instead of seeking God themselves they become driven or fearful by the words they have received from others. "Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses." (2 Cor 13:1) Always seek wise counsel for confirmation - we need each other. "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." (Mt 18; 19-20)

We can become so busy, not listening to God for ourselves. Prophets or apostles, like Peter, can be 'right on' one time; then soon after, they can be 'right off.' Instead of continuing to listen to God, we can rely on our own minds next time, just like Peter.

Let's walk together in humility, testing everything. There are so many voices these days; they sound right, but they're not. Let us stay in tune to God's voice and listen together, so that we bring glory to Him, and the world will know we are His disciples by the unity and love we have for each other. (John 17:23: 13:34-35)

Keep your spirits built up so you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

Love & Blessings,

Donna


5. This 'n That

Winkie Pratney is out of hospital! You didn't know he was in? Our precious brother was in hospital in Korea for many weeks and we almost lost him. Discharged from hospital this week, finally home in NZ, he made pancakes on Tuesday. Read the blog and praise the Lord. http://winkiepratney.com/winkie_pratney_blog/index.html

Katrina Lives! Take a team to New Orleans - much of Hurricane Katrina's devastation still remains and cleanup and construction continue. If you can help contact:
YWAM Directors Steve & Bronwen Niles: sbnil@cs.com

Be prepared to be shaken when you read this refreshing new look at church . . .
Velvet Elvis, a book by Rob Bell (Zondervan).


6. Renewal Gatherings for 2007

STILL TIME! Sunny California beckons!

June 4-8, Chico, California - our first Korean Gathering! Speaker:
Pastor Ron Smith from Minneapolis, well known among Koreans. Co-leaders:
Peter & Donna Jordan, with Kwak Sookwang & Song Jungmee (worship leader).
Korean Registrar: Hephzibah Zeleny: godsdelight@yahoo.com

June 10-16, Chico, CA - Speakers: Dan Sneed & Donna Jordan (with Peter),
JoEllyn Wright leading worship! Great kid's program! Great setting!
Contact: Laurie: laurie@ywamassociates.com

July 8-14, Restenäs, Sweden - Speakers, Andreas & Angela Frész.
Hosted by Roy & Shirley Jones

July 15-21, Grimerud, Norway - Speaker, Alejandro Rodriguez, Director, YWAM Argentina. With Lidvard & Ingalill Andreassen and Peter & Donna Jordan.

July 28-Aug 4, Jura Mountains, Switzerland - Speakers Andreas & Angela Frész.
Hosted by Roy & Shirley Jones

Aug 11-18, Near Paris, France - Speaker Donna Jordan - "Listening to God"
Hosted by Roy & Shirley Jones

For the above four European Camps contact Roy Jones, European Coordinator at info@intouchcamps.com or go to www.intouchcamps.com for more details.

Sept 5-9, Singapore - Speaker David Demian. With Peter & Donna Jordan
Contact: Lin at singaporeintouch@yahoo.com.sg

And finally, as one prophet said to another, "You're fine; how am I?"

Till next time, be blessed (and please send us email addresses of your friends),

Peter