WOW! What a week! The teaching “Unveiling the Cross” by Jean Norment is by far the best and most comprehensive teaching on the importance of the cross and the blood of Christ we have ever encountered. Jean has almost 30 years of Bible teaching internationally, mostly on the cross.
Isaac Watts understood the cross, back in 1707, when he published his well-known hymn…
The Wondrous Cross
“When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died; my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God; all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood. See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown. Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small; love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”
Results of the Atonement, these are the foundation of our faith, our Biblical Identity.
Identification with Christ
The New Covenant reveals God’s blueprint for what he intends to do for all who put their trust in Christ and enter into covenant with Him.
Our greatest sin in life is our unbelief.
Each week I find myself amazed by the quality and depth of teaching here at YWAM Kona, it is well-grounded in scripture and solidly supported by contextual chapter and verse. Modern theologians like JI Packer, NT Wright, Tim Keller, AW Tozer, Ronald Rolheiser, Richard Rohr, Brennan Manning, and even, Welsh revivalist Jessie Penn-Lewis are referenced alongside some of the early fathers of Christianity. If you want to grow in Jesus come here for a Crossroads DTS!
Having completed the landscaping around the Aloha Cafeteria in time for the grand opening we were rewarded with a day off from work duty on Monday. The Work Duty was back Hame’aina Hale, the low-income housing area that is a neighbour to the University of the Nations. It is/was owned by the state local government and has run at a loss for many years. Many properties are in a very poor state of repair and part of our work is to help restore them to habitable condition, for low income locals, an outreach component.
Saturday we took a full day of R&R, Rest and Recuperation. We rented a 4X4 and went from 30.5C (87F), while swimming at the beach, to 5C (41F), lower with the wind chill, in under 2hours as we climbed from sea level to 13,880 ft at the top of Mauna Kea, where we wore lots of extra layers of clothes. The weather was odd we drove through cloud on the way up and then we broke through into bright sunshine, way above the clouds.
While on top of Mauna Kea, I took these photos two minutes apart, as cloud rolled in over the mountain top, you can see the cloud in the distance and sunset has barely changed.
Glenda and her Ladies Small Group visited a coffee farm, Mauka Meadows, for lunch on Thursday, just as the Men’s Cursillo weekend was starting in Calgary, and she had this rooster following her around, palanca? It is also included as a wildlife shot for those who enjoy them. Technically not wildlife here on the Big Island I have been told they are the dominant species of bird over on Kauai.
Now Wily Coyote in the sunset says “That’s it, that’s all, folks!”