Tuesday, November 23, 2010
We have had a plethora of speakers the last several weeks. I would like to highlight a teaching we received on foundations from Don Gillman. A foundation is what we use to determine morality, decision making, etc. Basically, Don went through different foundations we have, and what our foundation should be. Here are the different foundations. Rationalism: we rely on logic (this would affect areas relating to faith). Empiricism: we base our perception of reality around how we feel. Authoritarian: we are affected by what people in power think (think of getting pulled over by a cop when we have done nothing wrong yet we still freak out). Cultural: we base our understanding of what is right or wrong on how our culture does things.
The Bible should be our foundation. We should determine what is right or wrong based on it, not on how we feel, what we understand, or what anyone else tells us. Anything we decide should line up with it and if doesn’t we should not be doing or supporting that thing (whatever it is). If you feel like God is telling you to do something but it is totally irrational, such as quit your job and join a mission organization, make sure it is really God, make sure it is biblical, and then do it.
There are a lot of ideas floating around there as to what it means to be saved. Some people “feel” (empiricism) that they might be a good person so heaven is owed to them. Or they might rationally deduce that they will inherit eternal life because they go to church a lot (or because they give big tips). The Word of God says that if you “confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and if you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Even still, you may have believe and confessed but there are nagging thoughts that state you are not saved, then that is probably not God’s voice. That would be the not so sweet voice of condemnation and “there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). My point is not to preach at you all but to give a simple and practical example of having a biblical foundation. We allow ourselves to be ruled by ideas that flow from our emotions or own rationality and we miss out on the truths that are available to us in the Bible, and it can have some severe consequences.
Lisa and I are doing really well. It is really strange that we are here in Hawaii training to be missionaries. One year ago we had no idea that we would be doing this. Living here has had its share of challenges (let’s face it, we are surrounded by 18/19 year-olds), but all in all we feel that God called us here and that we might be here for a while. Preparations for Brazil are coming along rather nicely. Believe it or not, we will be there one month from now (you better believe it). Community outreaches have been going well. We have seen a broken leg healed, a blind eye opened, encounters with some crazies that are able (somehow) to quote scripture perfectly (yet manage to completely twist it), and most importantly a few people committing their lives to Jesus.
We hope your Thanksgiving goes well for you. We really, really, really wish we could be there with you all (last year we were in Haiti).
Please pray for:
1) Grace and mercy in our marriage
2) More of Jesus in our lives (He makes everything way better)
3) More salvations, healings, deliverance!
4) Curitiba, Brazil: For unity of our team.
5) Pray for finances to come in.
God’s richest blessings on all of you. We pray that His peace would be in your hearts, no matter what you are facing, and that you would find rest in Jesus.
Morgan and Lisa Keach
PS Thank you Steven Sanchez for the AAAAmazing lion’s head ring (I will post a picture next time).
PPS Matias, enjoy the snap button denim shirt that you “borrowed”( I am sure Jess will learn to love it) I am sorry that I tattled on you to mom.
PPPS Congratulations Ian on winning a trip to Oahu for the Pipeline Masters. The Turtle Bay Hilton looks ridiculous (you are blessed).