Dear Friend of Vision:
Vision Happenings: Egypt and Israel
As I write this brief letter for the Vision Update, I have returned from my trip to Egypt and then Israel, coordinated by Dr. Gail Stathis and Dr. Brian van Deventer. The reason for my excursion was for strategic meetings and teaching on Leadership for our Graduate program in Cairo. I also had the wonderful opportunity of meeting with the President of Bethlehem Bible College in Israel, the President of the University of the Holy Land, and hanging out for a day with Dr. Kim Sam Seong and family at the Dead Sea and their ministry headquarters in Jerusalem. Dr. Kim is our Central World Zone leader, who lives in Jerusalem. Alot is happening in that part of the world (even President Trump was there). There are multiple interpretations for our call to Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, American, Arabic, Jewish and others, and I won’t get into that quagmire here, but suffice it to say that it is a most interesting region of the world, and God is certainly up to some great things, and we get to be a part of it. Thus, I hope you will take some time to watch the video to follow, featuring Dr. Brian and Dr. Gail (and me) as they discuss the region, and also the importance of our preparation for accreditation of our graduate programs..
Also to follow in this update are some wonderful articles from our Director, Dr. Eric Riem in Austria, challenging us on European outreach, and from our dear friend Dr Harold Eberle and his partner and wife Linda, as they share a bit about their ministry and also their incredible book, Victorious Eschatology.
Again, I want to thank you for your faithful assistance in helping us fulfill the Vision of Vision. God is good. Your gifts, prayers and encouragement to me and the staff help sustain us…and bring Glory to the Lord. Blessings, and enjoy the update.
Yours in Christ,
From the Desk of Dr. Stan
When I first heard all of the hullabaloo regarding the recent birth of Prince George…well, I was not really that impressed. The whole idea of a monarchy, which we threw off over 230 years ago, seems at best a terrible expense for a nation to bear. I mean really, babies are born every day; why is this one more special than any other. But then again…
Aren’t we all special in the eyes of the Lord? We are fearfully and wonderfully made, the apple of His eye, created in His image, etc. On more reflection, I do see some significance to a young man being born a prince. The fact is, there will never be a day in his life when he will not be called a prince, be treated as a prince, paid homage to as a prince (the later may not be in his best interest), and he will be trained in the responsibilities of being a prince. Thus, he will always know that he is truly royalty…no self-esteem problem with Prince George I would suspect. Then I thought, what if we, the people of God, could see ourselves in a similar light…as royalty (which we are in Christ), as above not beneath (which we are) as seated on the seat of royalty (which, of course, we are in Christ) and live as though every accolade spoken about our princely reality were indeed true…how might we act?
Well, I for one think it would be smashing…to use a bit of Britishism…as we grow into our maturity, taking princely responsibilities, standing in absolute confidence that the entire throne in heaven stands behind us (which, again, of course, it does).
Well, from my view, no one has written more or better on the subject of our royal position in Christ than our dear friend and colleague Dr. Ken Chant. In several books he reminds us of who we really are in Christ, and urges the reader to rise to the level of who we already are in Christ because of all Christ has done for us in his life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and enthronement. Probably my favorite is the book we are featuring this month, and I would urge you to get a copy of it if you don’t already have one, Royal Priesthood. In my estimation, if a person really knows how free they are because of the marvelous grace of God, if they are parented to know who they are in Christ (discipleship) as his sons and daughters, ambassadors, fellow heirs, royal priests…there is nothing that God has purposed for her or him which cannot be done, for God’s glory and the world’s blessing. As you read through our Update, I trust you will be blessed with the articles we have provided, and please keep us in prayer as we continue to take the Whole Word to the Whole World.
Available from Vision Publishing… Dr. Stan