September 17, 2010Septiembre 17, 2010

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“…In the morning…come up…present yourself to me there on top of the mountain” (Exodus 34:2).

The ‘morning’ is the time I have set to meet with the Lord. ‘Morning’–the very word itself is like a cluster of luscious grapes to crush into sacred wine for me to drink. In the morning! This is when God wants me at my best in strength and hope so that I may begin my daily climb, not in weakness but in strength. Last night I buried yesterday’s fatigue, and this morning I took on a new supply of energy. Blessed is the day when the morning is sanctified–set apart to God! Successful is the day when the first victory is won in prayer! Holy is the day when the dawn finds me on the mountaintop with God!

Dear Father, I am coming to meet with you. Nothing on the common, everyday plain of life will keep me away from Your holy heights. At Your calling I come, so I have the assurance that You will meet with me. Each morning begun so well on the mountain will make me strong and glad the rest of the day! Joseph Parker (theologian, 1830–1902).

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We just celebrated Mexico’s 200 year Independence! Okay, there is much to be said about that, but we will keep it at that. God knows I love my country and grieve for it. And yes, Pam, just like the letter you sent, “We must pray for our nation, our communities, our families, and especially our children. And if we don’t, MAY GOD HAVE MERCY!

“If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

The Christians churches in Alamos are having a worship and prayer meeting event tomorrow night (Saturday, September 18th) to which some of us from the ranch are planning on going. It will be a time to lift up our nation to the Lord.

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Things at the CERESO (prison in Cd. Obregón), are going well. You can see Daniel and some of the guys that go together each Monday in the pictures above. Do continue to pray for God to touch the hearts of the men listening…may He draw them to Himself.

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Due to Independence Day, our country had a 5 day weekend! Josie’s cousin Neyda was here visiting together with three other girls, Jessica, Karina & Belén, all three of them sisters. Carla’s niece Luz Elena, María Mercedes from Mezquital, and María from Navojoa were, and still are here, these last three are not teenagers yet, the other ones are. We have been having a great opportunity to share with all these girls. It’s great to have them here, so we can share with them.

Thank God for Chelsea’s help! That girls is such a servant! She said this morning, “yeah, an unworthy servant,’ and I agree. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ” (Luke 17:10). Well, those of you that know Chelsea know  she always does much more than she in commanded, so I would say she is a ‘worthy’ servant, but we do have some ‘unworthy’ ones, that barely do what they are commanded, me being one of them. I am a very ‘unworthy servant’ much more than I care to admit, and many times I cannot even call my self ‘unworthy’ because I have not even done what was required of me…thank God for His amazing mercy!

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Please keep Mocúzari in your prayers, as well as the other communities we work with. The Lord is faithfully working in people’s hearts, as well as in ours.

imageDaniel’s perspective: Right before Ana & I moved here to Mexico in 1984, I took a test to finally receive my general contractor’s license. I probably still could answer most of the questions on the test because I took a course to prepare me for the examination. I was telling the people here last week that I feel like that is a big part of what I am called to do here with them. (Not be their general contractor although sometimes I get to be:) but to help them prepare for the day that they will be standing before the throne of God giving each one an account for what they had done while on earth as Jesus’ disciples. The Bible says this: But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS TO GOD.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:10-12)

Knowing that I will one day be standing before God’s judgement seat helps to motivate me to be preparing for that day. I received my general contractors license, B460200, after I had already moved to Mexico and never used it in an official capacity. I studied hard to make sure I would pass a test for something that I never even used! How much more should I study and prepare to stand before God’s judgement throne for something that I will never cease to use!

So, part of my preparing to stand before His throne is helping others to prepare to do the same thing. Please stop and think for a minute and ask yourself if there could be anything more important and more pressing in the world for you as a person who is going to likewise be giving an account before the King of kings and Lord of lords than preparing for that day. My prayer for all of you is that you will continually have in mind that the day will be soon and that you will be prepared for it and not be putting it off for another time. This is the only time we have! We are unworthy servants, trying to help other unworthy servants get ready to meet our Maker.

God bless you all,

Daniel & Ana

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“…”Prepárate, pues, para la mañana, y sube temprano al Monte Sinaí, y allí preséntate a Mí en la cumbre del monte. (Exodo 34:2)
(Exodus 34:2).

En la mañana es cuando he apartado una cita con Dios. ‘Mañana’–la palabra misma es como un racimo de deliciosas uvas para exprimir para que se convierte en un baso de vino sagrado para tomarlo. ¡En la mañana! Este es cuando Dios me quiere en mis mejores fuerzas y esperanza para poder empezar mi escalar diario, no en debilidad sino en fuerza. Anoche enterré la fatiga de ayer y esta mañana tome una nueva porción de energía. Bendecida es el día cuando la mañana esta santificada, ¡apartada a Dios! ¡Exitoso el día cuando la primera victoria esta ganada en oración! ¡Exitoso el día cuando el amanecer me encuentre sobre la montaña con Dios!

Querido Padre Celestial, Vengo ante usted para tener un encuentro. Nada de las cosas comunes de la vida diaria me impedirá de acercarme a su santo monte. Cuando me llama me acercaré para poder tener la seguridad que me encontraré con Usted. ¡Cada mañana que empieza mi día así en las alturas con Usted me hará fuerte y feliz el resto del día!Joseph Parker (theologian, 1830–1902).

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We just celebrated Mexico’s 200 year Independence! Okay, there is much to be said about that, but we will keep it at that. God knows I love my country and grieve for it. And yes, Pam, just like the letter you sent, “We must pray for our nation, our communities, our families, and especially our children. And if we don’t, MAY GOD HAVE MERCY!

“If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

The Christians churches in Alamos are having a worship and prayer meeting event tomorrow night (Saturday, September 18th) to which some of us from the ranch are planning on going. It will be a time to lift up our nation to the Lord.

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Things at the CERESO (prison in Cd. Obregón), are going well. You can see Daniel and some of the guys that go together each Monday in the pictures above. Do continue to pray for God to touch the hearts of the men listening…may He draw them to Himself.

image image Jessica & Neyda

Due to Independence Day, our country had a 5 day weekend! Josie’s cousin Neyda was here visiting together with three other girls, Jessica, Karina & Belén, all three of them sisters. Carla’s niece Luz Elena, María Mercedes from Mezquital, and María from Navojoa were, and still are here, these last three are not teenagers yet, the other ones are. We have been having a great opportunity to share with all these girls. It’s great to have them here, so we can share with them.

Thank God for Chelsea’s help! That girls is such a servant! She said this morning, “yeah, an unworthy servant,’ and I agree. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ” (Luke 17:10). Well, those of you that know Chelsea know  she always does much more than she in commanded, so I would say she is a ‘worthy’ servant, but we do have some ‘unworthy’ ones, that barely do what they are commanded, me being one of them. I am a very ‘unworthy servant’ much more than I care to admit, and many times I cannot even call my self ‘unworthy’ because I have not even done what was required of me…thank God for His amazing mercy!

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Please keep Mocúzari in your prayers, as well as the other communities we work with. The Lord is faithfully working in people’s hearts, as well as in ours.

imageDaniel’s perspective: Right before Ana & I moved here to Mexico in 1984, I took a test to finally receive my general contractor’s license. I probably still could answer most of the questions on the test because I took a course to prepare me for the examination. I was telling the people here last week that I feel like that is a big part of what I am called to do here with them. (Not be their general contractor although sometimes I get to be:) but to help them prepare for the day that they will be standing before the throne of God giving each one an account for what they had done while on earth as Jesus’ disciples. The Bible says this: But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS TO GOD.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:10-12)

Knowing that I will one day be standing before God’s judgement seat helps to motivate me to be preparing for that day. I received my general contractors license, B460200, after I had already moved to Mexico and never used it in an official capacity. I studied hard to make sure I would pass a test for something that I never even used! How much more should I study and prepare to stand before God’s judgement throne for something that I will never cease to use!

So, part of my preparing to stand before His throne is helping others to prepare to do the same thing. Please stop and think for a minute and ask yourself if there could be anything more important and more pressing in the world for you as a person who is going to likewise be giving an account before the King of kings and Lord of lords than preparing for that day. My prayer for all of you is that you will continually have in mind that the day will be soon and that you will be prepared for it and not be putting it off for another time. This is the only time we have! We are unworthy servants, trying to help other unworthy servants get ready to meet our Maker.

God bless you all,

Daniel & Ana

2 Comments on “September 17, 2010Septiembre 17, 2010

  1. Hello from Kalispell, Montana. I am writing up a paper for one of my classes on traveling to Rancho AMaranatha. I was wonering if you remember us, Heather, Brittani, and Kevin Marquand, we came down with Warren and Jennifer Drew a couple years ago. We will always remember the experience that we spent there.Thanks again,
    Heather Marquand

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