David & Sarah Clemente
The Clementes are non-residential missionaries with a vision to mobilize partnership and support for FMWM-Asia, to help in the cross-cultural ministry of Free Methodist communities and local churches around the world, and to provide support to pastors located in Southeast Asia. As a member of the Asia Leadership Team, Dr. David Clemente teaches missions and theology. He also travels to Asian countries to lead in weeklong seminars and assist our FMWM-Asia team members in the area of ministry development. Sarah’s additional vital role includes supporting the FMWM-Asia work as administrative assistant to the area director.Reproducible Bulletin Insert
Pray for:• wisdom and discernment as David teaches and leads different seminars around Asia
• travel safety
• FM churches in Asia as they continue to expand their vision for cross-cultural ministry and become vibrant witnesses to their local communities
• national church leaders from all our Asian countries
• Carmen and Jacob’s physical, emotional and spiritual growth
Today, I will share about our desire to open our hearts to God. (This is a 'virtual sermon' I shared this month.) The thought that I want to share is that we need to be willing to come to Jesus and allow him to change our lives. Let me start with an experience that is common to everyone. We all have gone to see a doctor for a physical check-up. When the medical examination reveals something that needs intervention, then we submit to a physician’s expertise. We trust that what they do is for our benefit. If they discover that...
“How happy are those who know what sorrow means for they will be given courage and comfort! “ (Matthew 5:4. J.B. Phillips New Testament) What would happen if we fill our thoughts with the pain of the world? Paul says to think about commendable things. Certainly, Jesus gave us an example of viewing the world’s pain through God’s heart for the world. He said that we are blessed when we mourn with others who are mourning. “You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear...
"This is why Jesus said that the poor are blessed and the hungry will be satisfied and the merciful will be shown mercy. Not because God loves them any more than he loves the rest but because they know their need. They have a clear diagnosis. A hungry man knows he needs bread. A heart that's been broken knows it wants mercy. And a soul that can see its own self-deception knows it needs good news, which is what the gospel is." (Jonathan Wilson-HartGrove. 2018. Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion. IL: IVP Books) Forgive me Lord for...
And though this Temple is impressive now, all who pass by will be appalled. They will ask, ‘Why did the Lord do such terrible things to this land and to this Temple?’ (2 Chronicles 7:21. NLT.) There is always a story. When you look at animal tracks on the snow, there is a story behind those tracks. In the same light, we have a story to tell. God’s work is written in the pages of our lives. The question we need to ask ourselves is that: “Is our story full of compassion, forgiveness, and reconciliation? Do we exude with God’s...
Jesus, after healing the leper of his physical disease, asked the person to go to his priest for a ceremonial cleansing, so that he can be declared legally healed and cleansed, and start reconnecting with other people in the community. Without the formal declaration from the priest, he will always be a social outcast. But with the legal paper in his hand, he can start “social healing” or begin sharing with others and talking with his family. The physical healing has now opened up the door to a future relational healing. The healing that Jesus gave to his physical body...
Jesus called us his friends. What does this mean? According to Doug Newton, this means that we are partners with God. “But the purpose of salvation was to restore human beings to their original place beside God as His co-working partners” (Just Ask: Vol. 1. 2014:56). Prayer: “My salvation is not about my salvation; it’s about Your purposes and helping to bring them about. It’s not a side issue whether I am engaged in Your work. It is THE issue. Forgive me for allowing myself to get too wrapped up in other tasks and goals. I want to join You...
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