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Monday, March 1, 2010

Fundraising Update

Yesterday we were in Evansdale, IA presenting our ministry to a church there.  We spoke during the Sunday School time, allowing us the opportunity to hear an outstanding sermon.  It was on the book of 1 Samuel, specifically on the instance when Samuel went to Bethlehem to anoint David as the next king of Israel.

One interesting point that was made related to one of the names of God.  Anyone who has studied Old Testament history knows that there are many names used for God, and each reveals something important to us about His character, His nature, and His relationship to us.  The specific name discussed during the sermon yesterday was El Shaddai.  Typically, in the English language, that name is translated as "GOD ALMIGHTY".  While this is an accurate translation, the original language would have carried an even greater force.  We think of Almighty in terms of power, but another translation will help us understand the full force of God's name.  That translation comes out "GOD IS ENOUGH" or "GOD IS SUFFICIENT".

When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, he referred to Himself as "I AM".  In other words, God was communicating to Moses that He is the Self Existent One.  God doesn't need anything, depend on anyone, or require anything else for His existence.  He is the One who possesses all and upon whom all else depends.  Interestingly enough, Jesus Christ used that same name for Himself in John 8, making a public and accurate claim to His own deity.

So the question to us is, do we really believe that God is enough?  Is He sufficient for us or are we constantly looking to something else?  Are we content with what He gives or are we striving for more?  Do we truly believe that He will supply all our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus?

From the beginning of our fundraising efforts we have known that the task before us was daunting.  Our prayer has been that God will provide, and provide in such a way that no one can dispute that it is His provision, not a result of any wonderful plans or abilities that we possess.  I want to testify to His provision and His sufficiency.  We officially kicked off fundraising 4 months ago today.  As of today God has brought in $103,747!

God is enough.

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