October 2008: I Hate You!

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1. Matters that Matter ˆ I Hate You

2. Profound & Pithy ˆ A Mixed Bag, followed by . . .

3. A Potpourri from the Love & Marriage Boutique

4. Donna's Corner ˆ Thank You!

5. Renewal Gatherings ˆ Coming Up


1. Matters that Matter ˆ "I Hate You!"

Don't those three little words sound downright horrendous? You or I would never say them, right?

But we might think them, savor them, roll them around and spew them out of our spirit, all without uttering a word.

If not spoken, those emotionally charged words are often pumped out of our hearts, evidenced by the flashing of the eyes. Too frequently evil thoughts find verbal expression through profanity-laden shouting and screaming.

Hatred is inherited and taught by one generation to another, both individually and corporately; the absence of hatred, likewise. My Mom & Dad hated no one and yet in the natural they had good cause to hate some individuals and the people of at least one nation. I have issues in my life, but thanks in large part to my parents, hatred of others is not one of them.

Although, when I was 12 I came close to hating another boy. We went to war over some idiotic issue, now long-forgotten, and for five minutes we wrestled each other to an embarrassing tie in a dusty school yard, egged on by a swarm of bloodthirsty classmates. With arms locked around each other's necks, with faces red and sweaty and streaked with grime, neither of us would surrender, nor could either of us claim victory. It was a stupid fight and we both felt stupid. But I never hated him ˆ I just disliked him intensely ˆ for about ten minutes. Then it was over.

Parents can pass on to their kids their own pride and prejudices and hatred that they in turn inherited from their mothers and fathers. And on it goes, generationally passed down as a matter of natural course. But it's not natural to hate; we learn it.

According to Paul in his letter to Titus, hatred of others is evidence of pre-Christian behavior (Titus 3:3). And to paraphrase Dean Sherman, "All of life's problems stem from bad relationships." Hatred can stir up family fights; wars are so often birthed out of ethnic hatred; we learn to hate THIS group of people or THAT kind of person.

If we're going to hate, let's line up with God . . . "Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion:
*eyes that are arrogant,
*a tongue that lies,
*hands that murder the innocent,
*a heart that hatches evil plots,
*feet that race down a wicked track,
*a mouth that lies under oath,
       (. . . and number seven . . .)
*a troublemaker in the family." (Proverbs 6:16-19, The Message)

Let's hate the things that God hates and love what he loves; that means that most of us have some work to do. If there's hatred there for anyone, cut it off, or call for someone to help you pray it off.

And if you're the recipient of hatred, "Pray for those who persecute you." (Matt 5:44)

We haven't even talked about anger . . . (which is often connected, but not the same.)

Till next time ˆ be blessed and be free of hatred if it's in you. You'll know if it is.

Peter

2. Profound & Pithy ˆ A Mixed Bag

When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging

"I think we've narrowed down YWAM's vision to the planet Earth and every human need." Jim Stier, YWAM's Field Director for the Americas

Here's some wisdom from Omar N. Bradley (a General in WW2)

Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them, must share the guilt for the dead.

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than about peace, more about killing than we know about living.

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.

I often wonder how these little sayings are received . . . "I must let you know I frequently use "Profound & Pithy" for the headings of my teachings in a Masters Degree program of Political Science for men in the army. The impact is amazing."
Ana Roncal Villanueva, Peru


3. A Potpourri from the Love & Marriage Boutique

I cried when I finished reading Laurie and Pete's love story. Anya Shagin, Canada
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I, too, waited a long time for my 'Prince Charming' to arrive. I'd decided that it didn't matter if I ever married or not ˆ God's plans were good either way! But, as it turned out, He DID have someone very special in mind. I was 36 and my husband 42 (and never before married). I'd heard that once you hit thirty-something, men are like
parking spots ˆ all the good ones are taken and the only open ones are for the handicapped. I'm happy to report (as can Laurie) that this is just not so ˆ God can reserve one for you, and He's very, very good at it. Marguerite (Watson) Allen, OH
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Thank you for sharing Laurie's love story. The pictures were so beautiful that I wanted to get married again and have a Christmas-like wedding with all our friends and family around us singing and dancing like your family. Christine Arcus, New Zealand
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I liked the story of your daughter's romance and subsequent marriage to Pete the Aussie. Someone suggested that there be a 'connections' type of email service that could get like-minded single Christian folk in touch with each other. Is there any chance that you could set one up? I know many single God-fearing girls/ladies who just find it so hard to find likeminded men. Name withheld (Hmmmmmm, Ed)
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Hey thanks for saving the best love story for last! Really, they've all been great. Thanks to your daughters and sons-in-law for letting you tell the stories with such glory to God the Great Matchmaker! They always come at just the right time to give a fresh vision and perspective on waiting and watching for 'new beginnings.' Here's to more snowy winter weddings! Kindy Peaslee, NY
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I'm not sure if I would want you to put this in the next eTouch or not, but I just want to let you know how much I needed to hear Laurie's story. I'm 44 and am still single. And I have had ME, also know as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the last 14 years. This means that I spend most of my time at home alone. I have very little energy for getting out and about, and my social life is more or less non-existent. While I do believe that God has promised me I'll get married, it is not always easy waiting. I cried when I read Laurie's story because I can relate to it so well and cried even more when I read the song that JoEllyn wrote for her. I know that God is everything I need and more, and most of the time I'm quite happy. I know He is always with me, providing all my needs and I don't know where I'd be without Him and even though I'm trusting that He will bring about His promises to me at the right time, the waiting is
definitely not easy! So thank you for sharing Laurie's story - I am encouraged even though I'm crying my eyes out! DM in NZ
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I walked into our main office last week and found our receptionist poring over pictures of your Laurie‚s wedding . . . we had a nice chat about how we enjoyed the latest installment of love story! Here‚s an idea ˆ why not do some more YWAM love stories?  We have the best ones! The girls will love them and maybe the guys will get inspired! Tamara Neely, England (Tamara is editor of the new E-zine 'International YWAMer; if you'd like to keep up with happenings in YWAM, go to http://internationalywamer.org/)



4. Donna's Corner - Thank you!

I woke up this morning in my hotel room in a big city, thanking God for a good night's rest. I can hear the traffic, people yelling, helicopters clattering overhead and my window faces a wall. BUT I noticed there is a small tree between my room and the wall, which I hadn‚t seen at first. When I stop and listen I can hear the birds singing.

Sometimes we have to stop and appreciate God‚s creation above all the noise and confusion, and thank Him for the little tree and the song of the birds.

Are we being grateful to God, and thanking others and God for all we do have; and for his daily provision? Not being grateful to God, is a big hindrance in listening to Him.

We have four children and eight grandchildren and I love to give to them ˆ sometimes little surprises and sometimes big ones. But if they didn‚t say thank you, or weren‚t grateful for the little things or the big, I really wouldn‚t feel like giving to them again.

I think God feels that way too, because He‚s a loving Father, He cares about the little details, as well as the big things; but if we‚re not thankful for the little things in life, why would He give us more?

Be joyful always . . .

Pray continually . . .

Give THANKS in ALL circumstances for this is God‚s will for you in Christ Jesus.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Right now we are in between Canadian and American Thanksgiving Days. How much are we being thankful for? Try doing a word study in the Bible on 'thanks' and 'thanksgiving.' You will be amazed at what happened when people were obedient to God by giving thanks. God asked us to give thanks. Our children and grandchildren were taught to give thanks and say thank you.

If we truly love God, we will walk in love, faith, obedience and thankfulness.

I am so thankful for you!

Love & Blessings,

Donna


5. Renewal Gatherings ˆ Australia in January, Israel in March!

Jan 11-17, near Sydney, Australia with Jeff & Diane Littleton, "Father Heart of God"
Contact: Peter West westfolk@ozemail.com.au
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Mar 8-14, Israel; with David Demian of Watchmen for the Nations, Canada; and with Peter & Donna Jordan
Info: e-mail Roy Jones for details via the Contact Page at www.intouchcamps.com

David Demian, born, raised and trained as a doctor in the Middle East, has a unique view of, and relationship to the Jews and Israel. His 14 year journey with the Canadian church as it relates to Israel and the Jews is well documented ˆ go to http://www.watchmen.org/ click on 'The Journey' followed by 'Call to Repentance.'


And inally. . .

Theologian Leonard Sweet has this little bit of enlightenment for us to chew on . . .

My best translation of, "we hold these truths in earthen vessels":
Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let the light in. (Sent by Katharine Robertson)

Many Blessings,

Peter

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