Tuesday, October 23, 2007

God's Work at StateStreet (cont.)

As an update, I just wanted to give a quick note of praise to the Lord for working mightily at State Street today! We had the kickoff celebration for the KC Bible Study Group (an employee network at work) and it went very well, praise the Lord!

The pizza/pop/cookies were set up just in time and were delicious! The video-conference with Boston and Quincy went smoothly. Everyone could hear and see each other. It was somewhat difficult to fit all THIRTY-EIGHT of the Kansas City folks into the frame, but that was definitely a good problem to have! There was one glitch however: Peter and Julia in Boston had to leave the room momentarily due to a fire alarm that went off in their building! Unphased, they were going to stay on, though I urged them to go in case it was for real! Praise God this was a false alarm!

We asked God's blessing for the food and I gave a 5-10 minute talk about the group (our purpose and plans going forward). As I talked people quietly got their lunch. Then Julia from Boston shared some of the > 10 year history of the BSG in Boston and its origins. Then Phil in Quincy shared some verses that were right in line with the occasion! Peter also shared some wonderful encouraging and challenging words and expressed his amazement at what God is doing!

We took some questions and then enjoyed a time of fellowship and getting to know each other. Twelve of the New Testament outreach bibles we brought were picked up! I praise the Lord for His work here and am so blessed to get the opportunity to be a part of it!

I am so blessed to be in a company that allows this kind of thing! I'm in awe and disbelief that this just happend "at work"! It's an awesome responsibility as well and we are going to need to stay close to God in prayer! We are trusting the Lord to preserve this group and allow us to continue to study His word within the confines of our company! May Jesus Christ get all the glory!

I love Psalm 34, it's been running through my brain of late. It's so appropriate here, so I'll close with this ...

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
I sought the LORD,
and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried,
and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and delivers them.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
What man is there who desires life and loves many days,
that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help,
the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The LORD redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

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