The Creels Summer 2020 Update

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:58 NKJV)

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Hope you and your family are doing well despite the many changes that the Corona virus has brought into our world and into our routines. We are enjoying summer activities, but with appropriate precautions.

Even though COVID-19 has disrupted our travel plans, we continue to provide remote technical and administrative support to our radio stations in Asia. David’s latest project has been purchasing “home studio” equipment for a broadcaster who produces programs for an ethnic language people group in Myanmar. The equipment has now been installed and is working well. We rejoice knowing that this project will allow many in this people group to continue to hear the Gospel message.

Read more.. Creel Summer 2020 Prayer Letter

 

 

 

 

Unchanging Love

Unchanging Love

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Unchanging love

You are my unchanging love

You picked me up when I am down

You cheer me up when I am sad

You gave me love when I was feeling unworthy

You gave me hope when there was no hope

You are my unchanging love

In my ups and down

You are the constant One

You never change

Nothing moves you

Nothing takes you by surprise

You are always there by my side

When I needed someone to care

Jesus You are my unchanging love

 

 

I am praying for you!

Praying… I am praying for you!  Prayers…

I see these comments a lot, especially these days in social media, but I wonder when people say that, “Praying, I am praying…”  to whom they are praying.  I heard that one religion has more than three million gods.  Another religion encourages its followers to pray to various saints for different needs.   When David and I travel to Asia, we often see places on the streets where food is offered on an altar to appease their gods so their petitions could be heard.

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Others say they can only pray in certain buildings or cathedrals on certain days.

A few months ago, we were grateful for an opportunity to visit one of the holy sites for many Judeo-Christian people. While visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem, we were told by our tour guide that we could write our prayer requests on slips of paper and stick them between the crevices of the wall.  I am not sure who actually prays for those many prayer requests.Wall_pr

Jesus addressed this issue when He was here on earth when He was talking to a woman from Samaria. The woman of Samaria told Jesus, Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” (John 4:20).

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:21-24)

God in heaven is Spirit, He loves to hear our prayers and worship. The way to God is easy and simple since Jesus made a way.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)

We pray to God in heaven in the name of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  What a wonderful privilege we have as children of God to be able to express our needs to Him in prayer.

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (I John 5:14-15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via Dolorosa, Jesus healed a man in the Pool of Bethesda

Holy Land Trip Day 3

Day 1

Day 2- Part 1

Day 2- Part 2

Here is the continuation of our recent Holy Land trip. Please see the above links for Days 1 and 2.  We apologize that it’s taking long to get these organized.

On Day 3  (Saturday is Sabbath Day)

Today we started the day going to the Old City (Walled city of Jerusalem). There were city gates, thick stone walled city gates.

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One of the city gates of the Old City, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…may they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls.” Psalm 122

Jerusalem (From NTS Travel Holy Land Guide) is located in the Judean Mountains about 2500 ft above sea level. It is also called the “City of David” ( 2 Samuel 5:6-7).

We also went to the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic. It was interesting to see the actual pool. Before coming, we imagined it to be like a regular oval shaped, Olympic size swimming pool. But it looked very different. It is a deep and large, look like a water cistern with tall marble columns, with steps to go down.

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Pool of Bethesda

 

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, [a]Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, [b]paralyzed, [c]waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

John 5: 1-8

Then we walked to the “Via Dolorosa”, or the Road to Suffering. There are stations of the cross in the Old City. This was the supposed to be the road that the Lord Jesus went through as he suffered, bruised, beaten and carried a cross from the Judgement seat of Pontius Pilate to the place of crucifixion.

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There were 13 stations telling the story of Jesus journey from the time He was condemned from the judgment seat of Pontius Pilate.
 From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.”13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”15 But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!”Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”16 Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus [d]and led Him away.And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

John 19

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One of the stations of the cross.

We walked on a narrow street of the Old City, where we saw many shops.

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Some shops and stores were selling wares, souvenirs, scarves, etc, Some vehicles, cars and even small trucks drive that long and narrow alleys, unbelievable!

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One of the shops in the Old City.

Then after walking along the narrow alleys, with twist and turns, the alley wound up in  a corner through a narrow passage that led to a small square with an old cathedral built by Queen Helena.

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The Church of Holy Sepulcher

The site where Catholics believe Jesus was buried.

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I was surprised to see many people, tourists and pilgrims from different countries-Africa, India, Europe, South America, North America, etc. Inside the old cathedral was dark, there were some old paintings, murals, icon, images of Bible characters- Mary, etc. It was literally dark inside, crowded, long lines of people waiting to touch a huge rock on an altar. And other religious relics, believed to be connected to the death and burial of Jesus.

After this, Jesus, [e]knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit –

John 19: 29-30

Then we went to another site called the Garden Tomb. Other Christian groups preferred this site as the burial site of Jesus. It was a nice open air garden, peaceful, calm, much nicer place.

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The empty tomb at the Garden Tomb
After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. 39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.

John 19: 38-42

 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

John 20

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At the end of the tour, our tour group had a special communion ceremony.

Rejoice! He is Risen!

At the breaking of the dawn

 

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At the breaking of the dawn

Are Your new mercies;

At the breaking of the dawn

Your love is new again;

At the breaking of the dawn,

Your faithfulness has come again;

As Your Word says,

Your mercies are new every morning.

At the breaking of the dawn,

Darkness flees away

And fears are gone

My strength is renewed

At the breaking of the dawn

Fears fly away

At the breaking of the dawn.

Thank You Lord Jesus that Your love is here

At the breaking of the dawn;

I praise You Lord Jesus that You are here with me

Always at the breaking of the dawn.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassion never fail. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Rejoice!

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The Garden Tomb, Jerusalem

 

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice!

For the Lord is risen

He is risen indeed!

Death has no more dominion

Death and sin have lost its power

Because the Lord has overcome.

Rejoice!

People of God rejoice!

The battle has been won!

Christ has won the victor’s crown

Rejoice for the Lord Jesus has overcome!

Rejoice for the Lord is risen

He has risen indeed!

Rejoice!

For the battle has been won

Rejoice!

For Christ is coming back soon!

Rejoice,

For the Lord will be here soon!

– Matthew 28:9