This week I began teaching The Bible and Missions at AGST (Assemblies of God School of Theology), and this morning I am the speaker in the chapel service. I will be preaching on the text 2 Samuel 6:1-11. It is the story of King David bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. You may remember that Uzzah put his hand out to steady the Ark when the cart it was on began to shake. It was there that God struck Uzzah dead.
There may be a lot of reasons for this disaster, but surely one has to be the fact that the Ark had been in Uzzah's home most all of his life. The Ark was holy, and God had given very specific instructions as to care and handling of the Ark. Somehow, Uzzah must have forgotten that he was not allowed to touch the Ark with his hands. When we are around something everyday of our life, it has a tendency to become commonplace to us. We must be very careful to not let the things of God become commonplace in our lives. I wish you could be here for chapel this morning!
Tomorrow morning Fredna and I will be traveling about two and one half hours to the north in order to preach a revival at Mkaika trading center. Our friends Taza & Mayamiko Biza are pastoring there, and have asked us to come show the Jesus Film and preach. The wife, Mayamiko, is actually the pastor of the church. We will be taking three students from the Bible school with us on this trip. These students will be part of a practicum for the class that I am teaching. We will show half the film on Friday evening, then preach. Saturday morning and afternoon there will be teaching sessions. Then on Saturday night we will show the remainder of the film and preach. Sunday morning will be a great celebration of the efforts put forth for this revival. Please pray with us that many will be saved, and delivered from a life of sin. The story and pictures to follow!
Did I ever say that we LOVE weekends in Malawi?!!