Reflection from Ps. Bill

Dear Logos Family

“And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt 4:19 (ESV)

“He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.” John 21:6 (ESV)

Last night at Vision Team meeting we asked the question, “Why would Jesus bookend his ministry with Miraculous Catches of Fish?”

At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he called Peter and John and gave them a new life’s purpose, “….I will make you become fishers of men.” (Matt 4:19) After the resurrection Jesus stood on the shore and advised Peter and John to throw their net on the right side of the boat.   Immediately the net was full of fish! John counted 153.

Fishing for men is a partnership with Jesus. It’s not all God, it’s not all men. We work together. And the Lord shows us where, when and how!

Years ago I served as the Pastor of Evangelism at a large church in North Carolina. I was mentored by a man who had served as the pastor of evangelism at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta GA. It was the largest church in our former denomination.

One of the things he taught me about evangelism was the importance of following-up people after they visited the church. Each week I would gather “visitor attendance cards” and make phone calls to those who had visited once, twice up to three times. I wanted them to learn how important they were to the church and I wanted to invite them to join the church. (In the South belonging to a church is a strong tradition.)

I learned from my mentor that evangelism had a lot to do with personal invitation and follow-up. People need to know God loves them and are cared for by the people of God!

Last night I asked the Vision Team three questions related to fishing for men:

1.      Do you want the church to grow?

2.      Do you pray for the church to grow and expect God to answer?

3.      Do you know what to do with new people when they arrive?

My regular prayer is that Logos becomes a church that passionately desires for people to come to Christ and “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus!”

Fishing together,

Pastor Bill

Reflection from Ps. Bill

Dear Logos Family,

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.’” Mark 1:35-36

According to leading experts, keeping a steady routine is important to maintaining a strong sense of focus, organization and productivity.

But there’s one routine that is arguably the most important of all: your time alone with God.  Setting aside time to pray and communicate with God will have an immeasurable impact on everything you do in life.

Why is prayer and time alone with God such an important routine to start out the day?

If we look back at our Scripture in Mark 1:35-36 we find that Jesus went to a “desolate” place to be alone with the Father. He needed that time to bring peace to his heart, and to seek the Father’s will for the day.

Because sure enough other things were about to encroach on Jesus’ day demanding his time and attention. Read again what happens in very 36:

“….Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, ‘Everyone is looking for you.’”

Simon and the other disciples searched for Jesus. They woke up and realized Jesus wasn’t in camp and they panicked and thought, ‘Where is he?’ And they ran and looked for Jesus until they found him.

Some of you know that experience of being “searched for.” Maybe you’ve heard these words many times: “Where’s mom?” “Has anyone seen mom around?” Or at work:  “Where did “so and so” go? I need to ask him a question!” “Where’s the boss?”

Jesus knew how important it was to spend time alone with God before the onslaught of the day’s demands. People and deadlines can drain you.

Do you need a friendly reminder to renew your routine to start your day by spending time alone with God?

Peace and joy,

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