Do You Have Room?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.” ~ John 1:1-4 ~

“He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” ~ John 1:10-14~

Nativity“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:” ~ Philippians 2:5-7 ~

I really like this song by Shawna Edwards.

Do You Have Room?

They journeyed far, a weary pair;
They sought for shelter from the cold night air.
Some place where she could lay her head,
Where she could give her Babe a quiet bed.

Was there no room? No corner there?
In all the town a spot someone could spare?
Was there no soul come to their aid?
A stable bare was where the family stayed.

Do you have room for the Savior? And do you seek Him anew?
Have you a place for the One who lived and died for you?
Are you as humble as a shepherd boy, or as wise as men of old?
Would you have come that night? Would you have sought the light?
Do you have room?

A star arose, a wondrous light,
A sign from God – this was the holy night,
And yet so few would go to see
The Babe who came to rescue you and me.

 This Child divine is now a King.
The gift of life to all the world He brings,
And all mankind He saves from doom,
But on that night, for Him, there was no room.

 Do you have room for the Savior? And do you seek Him anew?
Have you a place for the One who lived and died for you?
Are you as humble as a shepherd boy, or as wise as men of old?
Would you have come that night? Would you have sought the light?
Do you have room?

Will you come tonight? Will you seek the light?
Do you have room?

© Shawna Belt Edwards 2004
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Do you have room? This is not a question for Christmas time alone, but for everyday. The Son of God left Heaven, where He was loved, adored, worshiped, praised, honoured and glorified, to come as a human, to live a perfect life – despised, alone, forgotton, hated, homeless, and rejected, to die our death all for the joy that was set before Him – what joy? The joy of salvation for all mankind, for you and me. The gift is free, we have but to accept it and let Him into our lives as the first, last, and best.

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One last thought:

Christmas is a time for giving? Let us not give as the world gives, but let us give as Jesus gave. He did not become an angel to save perfect, sinless angels, He became a man to save mankind. He gave to us who were most needful, that which we needed – salvation. Let us use this time to give to those who don’t have as much as ourselves, and to those who are really needy, and even in support of missions. By doing this we will bring glory to God and demonstrate to the world the true meaning of Christ coming as a baby.

Come As You Are

Seeing as it is nearly Christmas, I thought I’d rehash last year’s WPY Christmas Program for your viewing pleasure. Tomorrow night we will again perform at the Hotel Riviera with a new choir and new songs. Should be good!

Oh the memories!

I’m not overly a fan of Christmas and all the hype that goes with it, but I do recognize that it is a chance we can take to tell people about our Saviour at a time when they may be more open to it than at other times.

Christ came to save us. He humbled Himself and came to this dark world, far from the glories of Heaven, because He loves us and wants us to be with Him. If we choose, He can be born again in our hearts and transform our life to reflect His beautiful life and fit us for eternal life with Him. We don’t have to be clean and perfect already to let Him in. We only have to choose to let Him in and He will come in and clean us up from the inside out.

“The plan of beginning outside and trying to work inward has always failed and always will fail. God’s plan with you is to begin at the seat of all difficulties, the heart, and then from out of the heart will issue the principles of righteousness; the reformation will be outward as well as inward.” ~ EGW CDF p35 ~

Surrender

“As the leaven, when mingled with the meal, works from within outward, so it is by the renewing of the heart that the grace of God works to transform the life. No mere external change is sufficient to bring us into harmony with God. There are many who try to reform by correcting this or that bad habit, and they hope in this way to become Christians, but they are beginning in the wrong place. Our first work is with the heart.” ~ COL p97 ~

Will you let Him in today and every day?

ASAP Update

“Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” ~ Psalms 2:8 ~

photo by Chantha

photo by Chantha

I just received an update about the Cambodian pastors who were attending seminars about Seventh Day Adventist beliefs a little while ago. Read that story here.

Cambodian Pastors

To quote from the email from ASAP:

“Thank you for praying for the meetings in Cambodia with 150 Sunday pastors, 22 of whom expressed their desire to be baptized into the SDA church! Please pray for the follow-up and discipling of these pastors and their congregations.”

Thank you to all who are praying for the precious people of Cambodia. May God and His Word be glorified in all the earth!

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” ~ Psalm 46:10 ~

Christmas Holidays

“Every one that is called by My name: for I have created him for My glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” ~ Isaiah 43:7 ~

Today was the last day of school before the Christmas holidays begin. It has taken a lot of effort to keep my class focused on learning. They tend to get in ‘holiday mode’ at least a week in advance of any actual holidays. I felt a bit mean, I actually gave my Grade 7 English class a test today during the second last period of the day – but I did let them play after.

As soon as school got out it was chaotic and before I knew it, half of my girls had gone home. The other half will leave tomorrow. Not only they, but Laura, Sarah, Emily, and Thomas all left for Thailand. Gemma and Hym leave for Phnom Penh tonight, and after Christmas Day, The Filipino teachers, Jive, Donna, Anne, and Francis, will also go to Thailand. I miss them all, especially Laura, already. I hope they have heaps of fun, and stay safe.

I have plenty of work to keep me busy. I’ll be helping prepare for the Christmas program that we hold at one of the hotels in Siem Reap, I have plenty of marking to do, children’s programs to prepare, and hopefully some language study and class preparation.

We held our second village children’s program last Sabbath. It went well. There were less children, but we were better prepared, and everyone had a lot of fun. Our next children’s program will be in four weeks after all my girls return from their holidays.

Here are some last day of school photos. Enjoy!

Always Say A Prayer – Breaking News

Sharing this email that I received today. It is rather exciting. Please pray for the meetings, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit for all involved. Oh and watch Pastor Phally’s testimony! It’s very exciting.
Dear Prayer Team,
Please pray earnestly right now and throughout the weekend for over 150 Sunday church pastors and over 100 of their members in Cambodia who are meeting this weekend to learn about the Sabbath and the state of the dead, along with other unique Seventh-day Adventist beliefs.  During the first meeting, the conference hall was packed, with people standing in the back.
 
 
Pray for God to send His Holy Spirit to strongly convict each person of truth in His Word. Pray also that the Lord will anoint the lips of Pr. Sophat Sorn and Pr. Lim Pheng who are preaching. (This amazing opportunity came about from ASAP Church Planter Prek Phally sharing with his former colleagues. You can see his story at the link below)
Please also pray that God will open the windows of heaven and pour out not only spiritual blessings, but provide the $100,000 needed by December 31 so that ASAP can send the workers their stipends and provide for all the ASAP project needs. It says in Desire of Ages, pg. 668, “He is well pleased when they make the very highest demands upon Him, that they may glorify His name. They may expect large things if they have faith in His promises.” If you would like to get involved with ASAP you can find out more information at this link: http://asapministries.org/involved/

Thank you for taking the time during this busy holiday season to pray.
Gratefully,
Julia O’Carey
ASAP Director

P.S.  This urgent email was sent to the entire ASAP family, not just our email prayer team, so that the meetings in Cambodia and the needs of our workers are saturated with prayer coverage.  If you are not a member of the ASAP Prayer Team and would like to join, please visit the following link:  http://asapministries.org/united-prayer/join

News & Musings

The weather has been rather cool lately, which is a welcome change for some. Unfortunately there’s been some kind of nasty flu bug going around. I think nearly everyone has had it. There was a stage where I was missing nearly ten students from my Grade 7 classes. Most of that seems to be over now, thankfully. There was a blessing in it however, and that was that the Grade 12 students, who have all been studying natural healing using massage and water therapy (among other things) where able to put all their learning to good practice. They were very dedicated in treating all in the orphanage and dormitories who fell ill. It is awesome to see they way they rise to meet each new challenge that comes their way. I praise God for the way He is being manifested and glorified in their lives.

Two of the orphans last pathfinder sabbath - photo from WPY pathfinder club

Two of the orphans last pathfinder sabbath – photo from WPY pathfinder club

These students also have patients that they are treating in the village and many more are starting to come from farther away to be treated. Some members of our church in a different location have said that they would like to study natural healing remedies so as to be a blessing to their own communities.

In other good news there is a good number of the current Grade 12’s who are looking to continue their education either at PAFCOE (Philippines Amazing Facts Centre of Evangelism) or LIGHT (Lay Institute for Global Health Training) School in the Philippines. Currently we have three girls at LIGHT, Chhorvy, Savorny, and Teav. Their course is almost finished and they will be returning in a month or two. It will be so good to see them again. The goal for the students who choose to go to PAFCOE or LIGHT is to be able to return to Cambodia and teach others what they know, with a focus on teaching Khmer people in their own language. Maybe one day we’ll have a LIGHT school here in Cambodia. Please pray for the Grade 12 students as they reach the half-way point of their last year at school. Pray that they will trust God with their future, that His will be done in their lives, and that they may be used to glorify Him here in Cambodia.

Grade 11 - Photo by Shannon

Grade 11 – Photo by Shannon

The Grade 11’s have been working very hard on many projects as part of their LIGHT/Grade 12  course, and not without opposition – sometimes from surprising places! Nevertheless, we press forward. One project has been hospitality – food preparation and serving. Today they put on a ‘restaurant’ for teachers, staff, and house-parents here at Wat Preah Yesu. They worked very hard on the preparation. Some were even up until late last night preparing for it. I was not able to attend, but I did go to check it out. They had prepared beautifully. The food looked delicious, the tables were lovely. Laura told me that it was “very, very good!” I’m very proud of them.

This Sabbath afternoon, Laura, I, and our girls will be going out into the village again to run another children’s program. This is only our second time, and it will be our last until the students return from their two-week Christmas holidays, when we will begin them again.

The volunteer group led by Paul Marlow that is here at the moment has been doing a wonderful job of sorting out the electricity issues that the orphanage has been having. They will be here for another four or so weeks and they’ve already done so much! Also, our pathfinder club will be having its annual Mt. Kulen camping trip just after Christmas. All the children are looking forward to it. Even some of my dorm girls will be returning early from holidays so that they can attend. (I know random change of subject, sorry 🙂 )

1003786_628401080529222_855606296_nMany of the Grade 12s have been studying together here for many years – most from primary school days. As their schooling time here draws to a close they are beginning to realize that soon life will draw them their separate ways. Some are planning for the future, but all are feeling a sense of loss. There is still half a school year to go, but reality is sinking in and they know that change will come. I understand how hard it is. For most of them, growing up in the orphanage, they have seen numerous teachers come and go over the years. Teachers whom they loved and cared for. Some returned to see them and some haven’t, but they’ve always had each other. But soon that will change, as happens in life.

I’ve been thinking about it a lot too. We’ve been blessed here that for the past two years, the teachers who have taught here have been long-term, many are in their 2nd school year. I love them all, but I know that the end of this school year is going to bring about the biggest change in teachers that we’ve had for a while. I know that God will provide the new teachers we will need, but I feel really sad that I will be bereft of these dear ones’ company, especially spiritually. Some, thankfully will return to Cambodia after their training has finished. Others will go to new places that God is sending them. They have become like family to me and I hope they will know that I will always care for them and pray for them, no matter where God sends them. I look forward to spending eternity with each one of them.

Sabbath Afternoon

It has been my desire this year to teach my girls more about Sabbath and the keeping thereof. At the beginning of the school year I had been convicted that the way I was spending my Sabbaths was not in complete harmony with how Jesus would have me spend my time on His holy day. And then, after school began again, I was convicted that the girls needed an example of what the Sabbath is all about and how to keep it holy. Sabbath is God’s day, and should be used to glorify Him. After some thought and prayer I was impressed that we should do something for the children outside of Wat Preah Yesu. Of course, I had no idea what I could do – maybe some kind of children’s program….? I talked it over with Tim and he was very encouraging. He said he was happy for us to be doing village outreach and gave me plenty of ideas.

So I continued thinking and planning and praying about it, and then school began and I was rather busy. Then rainy season began and it was rather wet. And I still wasn’t sure how to put it all together or how the girls would respond to it.

Well last week, Paul Marlow and his friends arrived. They will be here for six weeks helping out before going on to Thailand for another six weeks to help out there. Beth, one of the women who came with Paul, was discussing children’s programs with me and when she heard of what I’d wanted to do, she greatly encouraged and motivated me to get it all organized. So this past Sabbath (7th Dec) we held our first children’s program in the village at the home of one of our church members.

My girls did everything! The program consisted of songs, a story (Creation), a memory verse, balloons and a colouring-in picture. They had a lot of fun and are keen to do it again this coming Sabbath. I was so proud of them. They were nervous, but they did their best. 26 out of my 28 girls were there, and most of them had something to do, the rest helped show the village children what to do. We had at least 45 village children along with some of their parents attend, which was way more than I expected for our first time. We had actually made a flyer up which we had gone and handed out in the village on Friday afternoon. We hadn’t met very many children while out and many of those we did meet ran away at the sight of so many people coming towards them. Some of the children who attended also attend CAS-K school here, but many who came do not.

I am very thankful to Beth, Judy, Katherine, Jive, and Laura for helping and joining us. I’m thankful that my girls enjoyed it so much. I’m thankful that the children who came enjoyed it, and I’m thankful that we have the opportunity to do it again. Please keep us and all the children in your prayers. I pray that my girls will be blessed as they serve and come to know Jesus more and that the village children will be introduced to the loving Savior, Jesus.

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Only a Sacrifice

Rice Field

The story is told of a hero of the Chinese rice fields. It happened during an earthquake. From his hilltop farm he saw the ocean swiftly pull back, like some ferocious animal crouching for the leap. And he knew that the leap would be the tidal wave. He saw too that his neighbors working in the fields below must somehow be brought to his hill – and fast – or be swept away!

His own rice had already been harvested. There is was, still in the husks, the cut plants piled in huge stacks – practically his total food supply. But without a moment’s hesitation he set fire to the stacks and furiously rang the temple bell. His neighbors thought his farm was on fire and rushed to help him. Then, from that safe hill, they looked down and saw the water swirling over the fields they had just left – and knew how much their rescue had cost!

Yes, God alone, from His high eternity, could see the tidal wave of sin crouched, ready to rush in and sweep us away. He knew that only a Sacrifice could save us. And so He set heaven afire with His own love, made a daring descent to earth, and climbed upon a cross to die!

And only when we flee to the high safety of that cross, drawn by that incredible fire that lights up all the ages – only then can we look back and see the depth and the fury of the ruin from which He saved us. And understand the cost!

  ~ It Must Have Been An Angel p51 ~