"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." -Jesus Christ (in the Gospel of John 10:27)
If I have decided to follow Jesus, am I one of his sheep? Will I hear his voice and obey it like a sheep hears and follows a shepherd (at least ideally)?
When Jesus was calling himself the Good Shepherd, he was referring to a prophecy from Ezekiel 34. God himself said he would be the Shepherd of his people and he wouldn't stand for any false shepherds who tried to lead his people away or take advantage of them.
If I am one of Jesus' sheep, how do I follow him? How do I hear his voice among all the other voices calling out to me from TV, the Internet, the radio, schools, books, etc.?
What makes Jesus' voice unique as we read it in the New Testament? Can we hear it in our everyday lives? Can we live in conversation with him? If he really rose from the dead and lives in a resurrected body, glorified to the Father's side, he transcends space and we can talk to him and he can guide us wherever we are, whatever we're doing.
I try to think of myself as advancing in my spiritual maturity, growing wiser and stronger and better over time. My perception of Jesus may be becoming clearer as I get to know him, but the truth is... I'm still just one of the sheep in the care of the Shepherd.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
After my first full year working with Friends of Internationals at Arizona State University in Tempe, many new friendships formed, countless slices of pizza consumed and a biblical journey from Genesis to Romans, I am pleased to summarize the year in one word: success!
Friday Night Bible Study
We were surprised last August when our Friday night Bible study, a group we expected to be about 8 to 10 people, grew to include about 25 students and 8 volunteers! The same students continued faithfully attending for most of the school year. We were blessed to have the C3 (Campus Christian Center) as our home this year and many faithful volunteers to help prepare dinner and an in-depth Bible study each week.
Starting in Genesis 1, we looked at God's story of redemption through Psalms, Isaiah, Luke, Acts and Romans.
The message of redemption culminates in one verse: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom 6:23)
Students from India, China and other countries, many of whom had never read the Bible before, learned what God's Word says about having a relationship with God. God knows our need for his love and grace and he reaches out and offers us the way to be saved from our sin and reconciled to him through faith in Jesus. God will draw students to himself through his word.
At the start of each new semester in August and January, Ben Joseph and I delivered desks and chairs to new students. It is a simple way to help students in their studies and help them settle in and feel welcome at ASU.
We also helped several students practice driving in order to get their driver's license. This provided ample opportunity for us to practice prayer from the passenger seat!
We joined with other campus-based international groups for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners, and even held a "Cowboy Cookout" in April.
In serving international students at ASU, we share Jesus' love with nations from all over the world.
While working part-time with Friends of Internationals, I am also attending Phoenix Seminary. Last semester was a great time of building new friendships with fellow seminary students and future ministry leaders. Studying systematic theology, biblical relationship principles and New Testament Greek all challenged and deepened my knowledge of God and ability to minister to his people and the world in need of Jesus.
Thanks to your very generous contributions this year, I was able to fully pay for my spring and summer session classes. I am continuing classes through the summer, studying Church history from the Reformation to today and Ministry Administration.
Thanks to God and the generosity of his people, I am almost fully supported financially for my part-time work in campus ministry. However, starting in June, I will be removed from my parents' health insurance and responsible for my own. Missions Door allows its missionaries to apply for reimbursement for their own health insurance. This requires that the funds be in my support account, an additional need of about $85/month.
Also, if you would like to help me pay the ongoing costs of seminary tuition, you can also give through Missions Door. Tuition is $3,960/semester for full-time (9 credit hours), but I have also been awarded a 50% Dean's Scholarship through Phoenix Seminary for the fall 2013 semester, making the tuition need for the upcoming semester about $1,980.
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2530 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80205-3142
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"Project ID #33009U Guyette, Trevor- Seminary Expenses."
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Thank you all for your interest, prayers and encouragement. This ministry would not be possible without the faithful support of the people of Christ. May His peace and grace be with you all!
Friday, April 5, 2013
-Can I be truly forgiven by God? The Crucifixion says, "Yes."
-Is there life beyond death? The Resurrection says, "Yes."
'He told them, "This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high"' (Luke 24:46-49, emphasis added).
Sunday, March 3, 2013
"The Prodigal Son" in Luke 15.
The accusation from the Pharisees and teachers of the law that triggered this story was that Jesus "welcomes sinners and eats with them!" (Luke 15:2).
Jesus tells us of a God who values his sons. Imagine the radical difference between a god who sits passively, awaiting us to appease and placate his wrath and the God of the Bible who seeks us and celebrates us when we come into relationship with him, whether we are alienated from him by distance or by over-familiarity.
May we never lose sight of the fact that for those in God's household, he says "all that I have is yours": Love, hope... eternity.
Let us never hesitate to party with him when a new soul comes into this legitimate relationship with him.
The Bible shares this incredible message: that God longs to be reconciled to each of us.
I pray that we will always respond to the God who is seeking us.
Let's be honest: We all like to party.
Monday, February 4, 2013
I am pleased to share that thanks to the generosity of many and God's faithfulness, I have received funding for the remainder of my spring 2013 semester and a good portion of classes for the summer session!