Thursday, January 29, 2009

Josiah and Tiffany Update

Ps 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

Everything good in our lives is because of God. It is God alone who is to be praised. The Lord is blessing us and leading us over these last several weeks. God's work is something we cannot orchestrate of our own accord. It is all God's doing. His timing is impeccable and we wanted to share with you what God is doing in our lives. God has brought several people across our path from Valley Forge Baptist Temple.

On Monday, January 19th our nursing agency sent us a nurse who lives 3 blocks away from us. She is a member of Valley Forge Baptist.

It was Tuesday, January 20th, God led us to resign membership from LVBC - in the weeks leading up to this we knew it may come to this although this is not what we had personally desired. The same day Josiah's Director and Supervisor at work praised him for the good job he was doing which doesn't happen every week or even every month. To God be the glory! It's because of Him that Josiah can do anything at all.

Wednesday, A kind man at our former church called me up and told me he's been out of the loop as he's been in Jr. Church, but he loves us and wants to still fellowship with us. He recommended that I check out Valley Forge Baptist. He works with 3 Christian men who are members there and one of them, Mr. G, has a son who is a missionary to Honduras out of their church.

Wednesday evening we went there and 2 of the men greeted us and said that they were told to be expecting us.

Thursday - Friday several people from church called or wrote to tell me they are sad to see us leave, but that they will be praying for us. They said it doesn't matter which house of God we attend as long as we are serving the Lord, we will always be brothers and sisters in Christ. Interesting enough another brother also recommended VFBT to us.

Saturday, we just so "happened" to bump into Mr and Mrs G at the store and they invited us over for dinner Sunday afternoon. We found they also only live blocks from our house! It was a blessing to see Mrs. G in public dressed in a Godly manner in a dress and buying modest shirts/skirts for their 11 year old daughter.

Sunday, we had a blessed time in the house of the Lord and sweet fellowship with the brethren there at VFBT. They had a baptism in the morning service and had 2 missionaries there and the church voted to take them both on for support.

Tuesday, January 22, Pastor Greg Joyner and his wife came visited us for about an hour and a half. It was very encouraging what they believe and the standards they hold and the leadership covenant they have to hold leadership and serving members up to a higher standard so as to be above reproach. They also have a Bible Institute and full-time 2-3 year internships for pastors in training and missionaries in training who have already completed Bible Institute and/or Bible College. You get to shadow the pastors on a rotating basis for this entire time. He also explained how you must be a member for at least a year before you could begin teaching Sunday School, Preaching at the Prisons and Nursing Homes, or things like that. Till then you can be involved at visitation, in the choir, ushering, etc. It was very encouraging.

We've been praying God would direct and make it clear which church he wants us to join.

Wednesday evening we had snow/ice storm. We went to the other church that we had wanted to check out since it was closer. The Pastor there is very good, but they are allowing members to read from the NKJV and allowing members to preach and lead singing who do not come on Wednesday evenings. Pastor Joyner said they do work with this Pastor sometimes but would consider themselves to be more conservative.The Lord has thus far made it clear he wants us at VFBT.

This is all because of God. To God be the glory! Mt 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?


No No Nanette said...

My sister-in-law and her family just joined there in the summer. And I have a couple friends from HS that are members there as well. I will tell my SIL to look out for you. :)

Mom K. said...

Hi Si and Tee,
God is good. Keep looking to Him and He will guide you. Have a great day. Love and prayers, Mom K.

Katie said...

Isn't it exciting when the Lord clearly leads? Life is full of changes, but we can be sure that our Lord does NOT change! What a relief! ;)

scooter_guy said...

We healed quickly after God led us to VFBT after leaving LV in 1998. It was a long one-way trip but so worth it. They always kept the main thing, the main thing as Pastor Aylestock used to say. Greg and Peggy Joyner are genuine Christian people with hearts in tune to the needs of Christians who have hearts to serve uncompromisingly. Pastor Wendal shows wisdom well beyond his years from the pulpit and from behind the scenes and he is not afraid to address the needs of members and those who are regular attenders. We love VFBT and know you will too.