Reflection from Ps. Bill

Dear Logos Flock,

              O Lord, our Lord,

                           How majestic is your name in all the earth!

              When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

                           The moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

              What is man that you are mindful of him,

                           And the son of man that you care for him?

              You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;

                           You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen,

              And also the beasts of the field,

the birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,

              Whatever passes along the paths of the seas. Ps 8:1, 3-4, 6-9 (ESV)

Jennifer and I just returned from a three-night camping trip around the “Cascade Loop.” We highly recommend it if you like breathtaking scenery. The stretch along highway 20 through the North Cascades National Park is particularly spectacular. It definitely rivals Glacier National Park in Montana considered by many to be the most scenic National Park in America.

The psalmist reflects on the majestic nature of God and the work of his “fingers.” None of it is by accident. He has carefully set the moon and stars in their respective places. We know how accurately our solar system is constructed with the planets orbiting around the sun and the earth perfectly situated for animal and human life.   

The creation gives evidence to the existence of God. We call this “general revelation.” How can you look at the world and the universe and all of its exquisite beauty and not be convinced that a higher power had a hand in its formation!

Yet even with all this grand creativity the psalmist muses “what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Even more impressive than the beauty of creation is man and the role God has assigned him. He has dominion over the all the works of God!

When God created the heavens and the earth, He said it was “good.” (Genesis 1:25) But when he created man he said this was “very good.” (Genesis 1:31) Sometimes I forget this when I watch and listen to all the chaos going on in our country right now. I can easily lose God’s perspective that man is “very good” despite his fallen nature. Which is a good reminder for me to keep my mind focused on Jesus, the “author and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2)

Grace and peace,

Pastor Bill

Reflection from Ps. Bill

Dear Logos Family,

              “For you formed my inward parts;
                           You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
              I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
                           Wonderful are your works;
              My soul knows it very well.
                           My frame was not hidden from you,
              When I was being made in secret,
                           Intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
              Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
                           In your book were written, every one of them,
              The days that were formed for me,
                           When as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16 (ESV)

Have you ever stopped to think how special you are?

Maybe a parent or a grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin declared that you were “special” when you were born. Maybe they reminded you of that as you grew up?

These gracious words in the Book of Psalms speak to your intrinsic worth in your Father’s eyes. They speak of how carefully you were made in your mother’s womb – “knit together” in a “secret” place. God saw you even before you were a formed “substance.” He knew your personality even before you uttered a word!

The first person to know about you was your heavenly Father; he not only knew you as He assembled you in your mother’s womb, but He also “chose” you before the “foundation of the world.”   Ephesians 1:4 (ESV)

Your mother was the second person to know about you. She knew something was “up” early on. She missed a period. She felt nauseous.  In short order she knew her life would never be the same.   

Do you know what the appropriate response is for your special life? Praise to God! “I praise you, Lord, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made!” Man doesn’t validate this truth. God does! And you do – “my soul knows it very well.” When our souls are healthy and we know God, we know that we are special; we know it in the depth of our being.  

Have you thanked God lately for how special you are? Have you told someone else how special they are?

Grace and peace,

Pastor Bill

Children Ministry Mission Support for Beirut, Lebanon

Hello Logos parents and CM teachers,

The Philemon Project GROW Center, located in Beirut, Lebanon, was heavily damaged by the explosion that rocked the city on August 5 (see this article on this link).

The GROW Center, a project of EPC World Outreach, is led by Robert Hamd, a teaching Elder in the Presbytery of the Central South. The project provides early childhood development opportunities for at-risk and under-served Lebanese, Syrian refugee, and migrant children and their families in a Christian environment (visit: https://www.thephilemonproject.org).

They need our prayer and financial support for repairing the building, replacing books, toys, kitchen and everything ….

So here are our pleads to you:

1. We are asking for your continuous prayer for the Project Grow Center and Beirut city.

May Jesus gives them peace, healing and comfort for those who lost their families, their home, other properties.

2. I would like to invite Logos Children Ministry students to create a prayer card. I ask parents and Logos teachers to encourage their kids/students to write their word of prayers or simple encouragement letter. Logos Children Ministry and Agape fellowships will give $10 for each card that your kids/students make and submit them to me (you could scan or take a picture of it) by August 16.

3. You could also give your financial support and send it Logos directly (put a memo for Philemon Project). If you decide to donate money through Logos, please visit https://logospres.org/online-giving/.

Thank you.

Lukas Tjandra

Resources for parents of LPC Children Ministry 2nd-3rd class!

We would like to share an exciting news from Revelation Media. For a limited time, they made 16 Torchlighters videos available for free, refer to the link below.

https://www.revelationmedia.com/thetorchlighters

The Torchlighters videos are stories about heroes of faith from all ages. These are the saints who have gone before us, they were ordinary people who loved the Lord and were willing to surrender their lives for the gospel. They are the “great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1-2)” that surrounding us and had set examples of godly lives. Their stories are a testament of God’s faithfulness in the lives of His people.

So, we truly encourage you to take the time watching these movies with your children and have conversation with them. We pray that you all be blessed and be inspired by the examples that these saints set before us. We also pray that you will be encouraged witnessing our Lord’s faithfulness.

Love and peace,

Logos CM 2nd-3rd

Teachers: Carolyn, Vivy, and Ziani

Reflection from Pastor Bill

Aug 6, 2020

Dear Logos Flock,

“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:14-17 (ESV)

This week I sat and talked with my former pastor Mark Toone from Chapel Hill. I could tell he was battle weary. He mentioned that he and a group of large church pastors in Washington sent a letter to the Governor’s office threatening a lawsuit if he required all churches to have no more than fifty people in worship. So far churches can still have two hundred in worship if they meet the social distancing guidelines.

Chapel Hill had twelve hundred in weekend attendance before the Coronavirus. Now a maximum number of two hundred per service are able to attend due to the restrictions.  Chapel Hill’s sanctuary holds one thousand to twelve hundred people. Mark said that last week they had three hundred and twenty-five in worship. People are slowly trickling back.

How is your “shield of faith.” On Wednesday nights at Prayer Meeting we pray for the faith of the congregation. Last time I checked my “shield” had plenty of burned out gouges from the “flaming darts of the evil one.”

Make no mistake. We are in a war. You might be inclined to think it is germ warfare fighting the Coronavirus, or a political war in an election year when hyperbole, deception and accusations relentlessly zing over the airwaves. These are all manifestations of the real battle taking place on earth.

The apostle Paul says it’s a spiritual war, and the weapons of our warfare are: truth, God’s righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. Pastor James Montgomery Boice comments on God’s armor:

“What do we need if we are to fight against Satan? Is it truth? Yes, we need truth, but not just any truth. We need God’s own truth: the truth of God which we find in Scripture. We need righteousness? Yes, but not just human righteousness. We need the righteousness of God. The gospel? It is God’s gospel, God’s good news. Peace? It is God’s peace. Faith? It is faith from God, a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22). Is it salvation? God is salvation. We must be armed with him.”

Are you putting on God’s armor every day?

Grace and peace,

Pastor Bill