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“The Return” in 5 Tweets

A recap of the message “The Return” (from the series “Unfaithful: Are You Cheating on God?”), preached by Bryant Rouse, in 140 characters or less.

  1. Like Hosea remaining committed to Gomer though she was faithful (cf. Hosea 3:3), God is committed to you. #NewMorningProvo
  2. “Thou thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee” (Hosea 3:3). #NewMorningProvo
  3. “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14). #NewMorningProvo
  4. Hosea’s pursuit of Gomer is a picture of Jesus’ pursuit of you. #NewMorningProvo
  5. Jesus died for all of your sin—past, present, and future. #NewMorningProvo

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“Stewarding Friendship” in 5 Tweets

A recap of the message “Stewarding Friendship” (from the series “Stewarding Life”), preached by Bryant Rouse, in 140 characters or less.

  1. Biblical friendship requires you to understand forgiveness, value truth, and conquer anger. #NewMorningProvo
  2. Friends don’t keep score. Instead they give grace (cf. Mat. 18:21, 22). #NewMorningProvo
  3. “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another” (Eph. 4:25). #NewMorningProvo
  4. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Pro. 27:6). #NewMorningProvo
  5. Has there been a time when the presence of a friend made all the difference in what you were going through? #NewMorningProvo

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You’re Not Going to Believe What Happened at Trinity

Last night thirteen people, including Grayson, Bryant, Hannah, and myself, gathered together for prayer, singing, and Bible study during our first monthly worship service at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab.

I stood upfront on a small stage and had been speaking maybe ten minutes when a man raised his hand. When I am speaking and someone indicates that they have a question, I typically ask them to wait until I’m finished. I don’t know what caused me to break my own protocol, but what happened next is a perfect example of why I have one in place.

“Since you brought it up…” I had mentioned the Dead Sea Scrolls and what followed was a series of questions obviously meant to derail the service. I couldn’t get a word in edgewise and each attempt seemed to cause him to get louder until he reached his crescendo—”Do you even believe there is a modern prophet on the earth today?!”

“No, sir, I do not.”

“You’re heading down a dangerous path and I don’t think any of you need to come back here!” Then, turning to everyone else in the room, he said, “Raise your hand if you want to keep listening to this guy knowing he isn’t LDS?!”

There was split second when I thought that he was going to lead everyone out of the room. However, everyone else raised their hands. As I looked over to Grayson and Bryant, I couldn’t help but laugh to myself. Their hands in the air, the expression on their faces was not one of surprise or dread or disbelief, but calmness. This was not a unique situation for any of us. This is part of ministering in Utah.

At this point, a staff member politely asked him to leave and we continued unimpeded. When I finished the lesson, Bryant led us in another song and Grayson prayed.

Before leaving, we all went around and spoke to everyone, gauging their interest and thanking them for attending. One ninety-three year old woman told us that she had been looking forward to our being there and that she thoroughly enjoyed it. She explained that her sons keep trying to convert her to Mormonism but that God has told her not to. Our being there was an encouragement to her. “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” she said.

Three Years in Utah!

Today marks three years since Grayson and I moved to Utah, an occasion we celebrate by doing something in the area we haven’t done before and eating at a restaurant we haven’t tried. This past Saturday we had breakfast at The Rose Establishment, toured the Natural History Museum of Utah, and got lunch at Charlotte-Rose’s Carolina BBQ (the owner of which is a once professed Baptist now turned Mormon convert).Three Years in Utah!, loganwolf.net

In the car ride back from Salt Lake, Grayson and I talked about all that has happened during this third year in Utah and here are what we believe to be the top three highlights:

  • In August we held our very first baby dedication service for Bryant and Maggie’s daughter, Spenser Kate. This service also saw our highest attendance to date—thirty-four, most of whom were Bryant and Maggie’s neighbors and co-workers.
  • In October I graduated from Baptist College of America with a master’s degree in theology and Grayson has just recently applied for a master’s program at Southern Utah University.
  • In March Grayson’s dad, Sonny, arrived. Her mom, Jan, moved here in October to start a job that same month. It has been great having them both here!

Of course, there is so much more that stands out in our minds from this past year, not the least of which is the continued prayers, encouragement, and financial support of so many individuals and churches. We could not be here without you and are excited about what God has in store for all of us in the next year!

Visitors from Virginia

Visitors from Virginia, loganwolf.netVisitors from Virginia, loganwolf.netLast week we hosted our first out of town visitors of the year. Brent Patrick, the pastor of Gateway Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Chip Henley, the associate pastor of outreach, joined us for three days. It was a very encouraging visit for us and an eyeopening one for them as they left with a better understanding of the context in which God has called us to minister.

Bryant and I picked them up at the airport and took the afternoon to show them around Salt Lake City. Like with all first time visitors, this meant a tour of Temple Square, but we also stopped by This Is the Place Heritage Park on the way home. The next day I showed them the incredible city of Provo. We visited a number of the uniquely Mormon landmarks, spent time on BYU’s campus, grabbed lunch at a local restaurant, and prayed for our upcoming service at our meeting facility. Their final day was more relaxed. We went to the American Red Cross’s 2014 Heroes Recognition Event, which I was a part of, and afterwards played eighteen holes…of Wii golf.

We are so appreciative of Brent and Chip’s taking the time to see us and we’re looking forward to the possibility of hosting a larger group from Virginia in the future! In the meantime, we want to extend the same invitation to your church: Come visit Provo, Utah!

You can download our most recent mission trip flyer here.

“Faith Perfected” in 5 Tweets

A recap of the message “Faith Perfected” (the conclusion to the series “Mountain Moving Faith”), preached by Bryant Rouse, in 140 characters or less.

  1. Old Testament believers saw only the shadow of the reality we have in Jesus (cf. Hebrews 10:1). #NewMorningProvo
  2. “God having provided some better thing for us” (Hebrews 11:40). That better thing is the finished work of Jesus. #NewMorningProvo
  3. Noah, Abraham, and Moses all looked forward to what we now have in Jesus (cf. Hebrews 11:39, 40). #NewMorningProvo
  4. Apart from Jesus there is no perfection. Perfection is only available through His completed work on the cross. #NewMorningProvo
  5. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). #NewMorningProvo

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