Evangelism, Family, Leadership, Missions, Personal Development, Uncategorized

Sometimes you have to stop for a moment and change history…

Child and Puppy

 

My readers know that I’m a Christian Missionary so many of my posts reflect my worldview.  In my daily Bible reading this morning, I read from Matthew 15:21-28, an interesting passage where Jesus actually initially rejects a woman’s request for deliverance for her daughter.

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” 25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. 26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” 28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

God’s Plan and Purpose for Mankind is revealed and executed in stages according to priority.  He created the universe in 7 days.  He could have done it in one moment, but chose to use a process.  He sent Jesus, the Christ – Savior of the World – at the appointed time.  The world needed Him sooner, but God works according to process and priorities.  God has other ways of meeting people’s needs in the meantime, so He doesn’t leave anyone in history without the opportunity to meet Him.

In this situation the woman was a Canaanite, not a Jew.  Jesus’ short ministry mission of 3 1/2 years was focused on Israel.  The World-Focus would come later, but during that span of time His focus was on Israel.  When the woman approached Him his disciples wanted her to go away, “She’s bothering us.  She’s interrupting our mission.  Her situation is too complicated and we don’t have the resources to help everyone!”  However, her persistence paid off.  Her need touched the heart of Jesus and He changed His priorities to address her need.

Think about this woman’s situation – her daughter was demon-possessed.  She was probably violent.  Perhaps she was hurting herself or others.  Maybe she wasn’t eating or was immobile and couldn’t help herself.  How can we pass that by?

I live in a country (Cambodia) where I see severe needs on a daily basis.  I’m a man with a mission.  I have goals, priorities – people to meet, places to go, a mission to accomplish.  There are so many needs how can I meet them all?  The answer is “I can’t.”  But I can meet some…

Do you remember the little story bout the starfish?

Two StarfishOnce upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing.He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.  Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”  The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”  The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”  The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

We can’t solve all the problems of the world, but we can solve some.  In our busy life from time to time God brings us across the path of a need or an opportunity that only we can meet at that time of need; sometimes that is a Moment in Destiny.  It’s God’s appointed time for us to reach out and touch someone and make a difference in their life – perhaps a history-changing touch.  Maybe it’s sponsoring a child’s education.  Maybe it’s building a home.  Maybe it’s contributing toward a patient’s healing.  Maybe it’s taking time to listen to someone’s heart or speak a word of hope and encouragement to them.  It’s small.  It might be a one-off act of kindness, but it can change the destiny of someone.

I believe in you and I believe you have a God-ordained destiny.  In your walk through life pay attention to those moments God touches your heart to respond to change someone’s history.

If this post has encouraged you and you feel it’s worth passing on, please share it.  Leave your comments below or contact me by email:  charles.edward.mccaul@gmail.com.

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Church Planting, Evangelism, Family, Leadership, Missions, Personal Development, Uncategorized

The Fool, Wise Man and Genius

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A fool never learns from his mistakes. A wise man learns from his mistakes. A genius learns from other people’s mistakes.

Share below life lessons you’ve learned from your mistakes or which you’ve learned from other people’s mistakes.

 

 

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Six Keys for Better Communication

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Communication between husband and wife, employer and employee and among friends is difficult at the best!  How many times have relationships been broken, deadlines missed and opportunities lost because of ineffective communication.

In the Communication Process, there are two people:

  1. The Sender: Chooses the words and timing
  2. The Receiver: Interprets the words and respond

Note…communication (verbal, non-verbal and written communication) must be interpreted…even if it’s in the same language!

Can you imagine – you’re trying to get the thoughts, feelings, background in your brain or deepest of heart into the brain or deepest of hearts of the person you’re speaking to.  There is a ton of obstacles in the way.  Imagine the difficulty!

Have you found this to be true?  Someone says something, writes something or shows non-verbal communication and how you interpret it is wrong and there is a misunderstanding…or does that only happen to me?

Take a look at the chart below:

Communication Process

Whenever we receive communication it must pass through our personal “filters.”  Those filters include our language, our emotional or physical situation, our culture, or wounds or hurts from the past experiences.  Sometimes, maybe often, those messages from the person “sending” or “receiving” are distorted because of these things.  It’s for that reason we must focus on the communication, interpret it and be patient with the person sending as we would want them to be patient with us.

Six Keys for Better Communication (for the “Sender”)

  1. Tell them what you will tell them. Tell them.  Tell them what you told them.  Be clear!
  2. Consider your choice of words, method of communication, the atmosphere when you are communicating and the situation of the Receiver.
  3. Ask the person you want to communicate with if it’s a good time for them.
  4. Ask for feedback, “What do you think?”  “What do you hear me saying?”
  5. Be patient if they don’t understand.  Don’t blame them.
  6. If they don’t understand, try again.

What are your keys to successful interpersonal communication and work communication?  Leave comments below.

If you feel this blog has been helpful to you, please send it on to others.

 

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Praying for People According to the Names of God

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In the Old Testament God revealed Himself by various names.  Those names reveal His character and His desire to meet the needs of mankind.  When we pray for people we can pray for them according to the names of God:

  • He is my Righteousness, Jeremiah 23:6
  • He is my Peace, Judges 6:24
  • He is my Banner going into war, Exodus 17:15
  • He is my Provider, Genesis 22:14
  • He is my Shepherd, Psalm 23:1
  • He is my Healer, Exodus 15:26
  • He is our Holiness, Leviticus 20:8

We pray by asking questions:

  1. Is there any kind of evil going on in your house – bad character by your children, spouse or parents?  Because my god is a God who wants to establish righteousness in our lives.
  2. Does your house/family/life have peace?  My God wants our lives and families to be filled with peace.  Let’s pray right now asking God’s peace to fill your life.
  3. Is there any demonic disturbances in your life?  Dreams?  Presence of evil?  Fear?  Our God is a God of power who wants to drive out all demonic power in our lives.
  4. How is your finances?  Do you lack?  Do you have financial problems?  Our God is a God who provides for His children.  He knows your situation and wants to help you.
  5. Do you face any big decisions or don’t know what to do in a situation?  If so, our God is a God who shepherds His people and guides them to the right places.  We can ask our God to guide you in the decisions and situation you face.
  6. Is there any sickness in your life or family?  Our God is a god who heals.  He wants to show His power in your life and give you good health and heal you.
  7. Do you have any sinful issues that are binding you?  Bad habits that are affecting you spiritually, emotionally or physically?  Anybody in your household?  Our God is a holy God.  He wants our lives to be holy.  We can pray for you about this.

When you are visiting house to house or when you meet someone for an altar call or in any situation you can use these points to pray for them.

  1. Ask the question.
  2. Listen to their answer.
  3. Tell them about the power and love of our God to solve that problem.
  4. Pray with them.

 

 

 

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It’s been a great year!

Cynde and I moved ourselves and our four children to Cambodia in April 1995.  We lived here for 12 years then went back to the United States for 5 years.  We returned in November 2011.  We moved here to do our part in bringing blessing to the people of Cambodia in seven spheres of society:

  1.  Religion – Lead them into a relationship with the Living God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Social Relationships – Help them develop healthy relationships among husbands and wives, family members and friends and neighbors.
  3. Education – Help them achieve an education that will give them job skills to support themselves and their families and help move Cambodia out of the Killing Fields into the 20th/21st Century.
  4. Business – Help Cambodians learn biblical business practices that will put them in a position to receive God’s blessings and prosper their business.
  5. Government – Have influence with government to help them establish and run their government according to biblical principles.
  6. Arts and Entertainment – Help Christians and the Christian Church have a voice in dance, music, drama, sports and the entertainment world to bring a positive and moral influence in the nation.
  7. Media – Help Christians and the Christian Church have a voice in radio and TV to bring a positive, moral influence in the nation.

We have had varying degrees of success in this endeavor but after more than 20 years of investing in Cambodia and now in our early sixties we can say we are still passionate and excited everyday about what God has done, what He is doing and what He will do.  We are still involved in the church that we helped plant, New Life Fellowship, which now has about 2,000 people in attendance in Phnom Penh and 180+ congregations in 14 provinces.  We have a strategy to plant 500 more congregations in the next five years including 7 city churches.  New Life School has more than 225 students and our Children at Risk Ministry supports more than 250 children to stay in school through out Cambodia.  All thanks to your faithful prayers and generous giving.

Thank you so much for your personal donations that keep us in Cambodia.  We have sold everything in the USA and all of our possessions are now in Cambodia.  God willing, this is where we will live and die – investing our strength and experience to help bring positive change in this nation of Smiling People!

Below is a montage of photos from 2015.

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