Saturday 7:00 p.m.:
Greetings from Mexico’s second largest city (around 8 million in the metro area). The city is reasonably flat, with some rolling hills, and then the occasional hill bumping up off the plateau. Today is unusual for this time of year in that there has been no rain today. So it’s a gorgeous day! My morning walk was just PERFECT, very refreshing morning air. Approaching the city by plane last night brought us through some most interesting cloud formations. The people here are extremely warm and friendly, just delightful folks. I arrived last night too late to make the meeting, so I brought today the message I was planning for Friday night. On being a friend of the bridegroom. Getting the sound to work was a bumpy beginning, but we got it going, and off we went. I sensed the Lord’s help and grace in the delivery. Afterwards they treated me to a Mexican dinner — it was almost like having shared fajitas. The food was placed in the center of the table, and everyone just helped themselves. Great fellowship, some amazing new friends. It is a high honor, in the kingdom, to share with such excellent saints.
I will be collected tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. for the 10:00 service, and will likely begin preaching around 11:00. Then we will have to go almost directly from the platform to the getaway car, to whisk me off to the airport, for a 2:45 pm departure for Houston. Tight, but doable. Sunday 4:00 p.m.:
Hi from the sky. The Lord was with us strongly today in the ministry of the eye covenant message. His presence was so meaningful to me. When I was done I slipped out quickly for the airport, so I don’t really know what kind of response and ministry took place after I left, but the presence of the Lord in the midst was tangible. It was such a quick trip, in and out, but even so I am so grateful to God for enlarging my heart and family still more.
Quick update on today. I brought the Eye Covenant message today to the Intro to IHOP internship, and had a blessed time with them. Much grace on the message. Thanks for every prayer!Friday:
This morning I’m leaving the house early, making my way to Guadalajara, Mexico (via Houston). This will be my first time to this city. The host ministry is Aposento Alto Internacional, and I’ve been invited to minister in an annual conference they hold in July. I have no recollection of meeting my hosts, although perhaps they have attended events in Mexico where I have ministered. I’m looking forward to making new friends, and seeing a new part of the family of God.
I am scheduled to speak tonight (Friday), once on Saturday, and Sunday morning in a joint 11:00 a.m. service. p.s.
On a different note, we just learned this week that the Chinese translation of SECRETS, which has been 3 years in process, is finally printed in Taiwan and now available. It was actually completed in February, but we didn’t get news of it till now. Please bless this translation in prayer!Friday midnight:
greetings from Guadalajara. My air travel was disrupted today, and I had to take a later flight to Guadalajara, arriving too late to preach in tonight’s meeting. I’m disappointed. I will still minister once on Saturday (around noon) and Sunday morning. Thanks for praying!
Sunday morning was just delightful. I did something I rarely do — I brought a different message in the two morning services. And it really seemed to work. Especially since the two messages go together beautifully: The parables of Luke on prayer, in Luke 11 and Luke 18. Strong response in both services. The church showed a ton of affection and appreciation, it was very sweet. The presence of the Lord was strong and confirming. My heart is overflowing with thanksgiving to God.
Sunday 5:00 p.m.:
It’s been a marvelous weekend. I had a great time with the saints at Enoch Farm in Elkton, speaking on being a friend of God. There were some who didn’t seem to connect at all to the message, but others who connected at the level of being in tears. I think it’s just that kind of message — where you either really connect, or really don’t.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m.: I had a wonderful time this morning at the Intro to IHOP internship class, speaking on the blood of Jesus and entering the Holiest. The presence of the Lord was sweet. I’m so grateful to Him.
Saturday: Today I am heading to Sioux Falls, SD, and then by car to Elkton, SD, for tonight’s meeting with Enoch Farms. This will be my third time to be with them, just a fabulous group of saints. I am planning on speaking on being a friend of God, unless the Lord directs me otherwise.
Then they will bring me back to Sioux Falls tonight, where I will lodge in preparation for Sunday morning at Church at the Gate in Sioux Falls. This is a strong church in the area, my second time to be with them, and I’m looking forward to it very much. I’m planning on doing two different messages in their two Sunday morning services.
p.s. On a different, we heard via an email this week that three of my books have been translated and printed in Poland. We had given permission to the publisher, but had no idea if they had followed through yet. So it was nice to hear that the books are done and touching the church in Poland. Please bless those translations in prayer!
Wednesday noon: Had a marvelous session this morning with the student leaders attending the Luke 18 Summer Leadership Program. I spoke on Luke 18, and the grace of the Lord was very clear and strong with us. In a moment of spontaneity, we decided to show the Job video clip before I spoke. It set a good tone. The Lord’s presence was so meaningful during the session.
Up next: This coming weekend I was scheduled to go to a church but it has had a change in their pastoral leadership and decided to cancel. So I’m home this weekend! I will enjoy having the weekend with my family. My next speaking session is next Tuesday, at an IHOP internship.