See I have Placed before You an Open Door that no One can Shut

Arriving back in High Pont on Friday morning after a busy work week in Colorado, I couldn’t wait to see my wife Kay and for us to work together with some of our Burmese friends.  While in Colorado, our company Vice President Marlene LeFever, had clipped and given me an article from Reader’s Digest about the plight of the Karen Burmese people group.   That coupled with stopping by to see some of my Sunday school students and our Lao First Wesleyan Church attenders has challenged my soul.  I was thinking about this and the Lord brought the word to the church of Philadelphia (Rev. 3:7ff) to mind,

(Rev 3:7 NIV)  “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.  (Rev 3:8 NIV)  I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”

I’m not sure what God has in mind for the Lao First Wesleyan Church but I believe that He has been preparing me to get involved for a long time.   Starting several years ago with studying Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God, where he said, find out what God is doing and get in sync with it, to Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Purpose where he encouraged every believer to find a ministry and a mission to our late fall (2007) FWC sermon series on Live It Out, God has been looking for me to get involved.  I appreciate His faithfulness on my behalf to lead me in this direction and can say that these last months have been an extreme spiritual experience of a life time.

I thank the Lord for a church like First Wesleyan of High Point that has nurtured our Lao congregation (see picture below) until they began a mission to minister to the incoming Burmese refugees.  I have been blessed to see our American families get involved along side the Laotian to minister to the folks. 



About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on June 28, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. jasonmcmurphy

    following the process has been a great thing, been awesome to see things so far and i look forward to the future

  2. Wow. The study of this verse is what brought my pastor to asking the question that prompted my discussion with you. More of a parallel that previously thought.

    God is AMAZING!!!

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