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Acts 16 Prayer

Posted: September 3, 2013 by Rich Landosky in Uncategorized

I am currently reading through Acts in my evening devotions. last night I read chapter 16. As Luke, Paul and Timothy were on their travels, they arrive Philippi. There they come across some women.  A woman named Lydia is specifically mentioned.  After they preached the Good news to these women, verse 14b says, “The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was spoken by Paul. (HCSB).

My prayer for me (with some of the folks we are friends with) and for all of you this year as you live and speak the Gospel in front of your friends is that the Lord would open their hearts to pay attention to what you have to share with them.

May this coming year be one in which we are very dissatisfied with living life as usual, just wasting time doing our “thing,” whether that be work or school or sports or whatever. May we all seriously embrace Jesus’ call for us to go and make disciples, looking for every opportunity to rescue someone from Hell. And as we go, know that I am praying for God to go ahead of us and open the hearts of those we have the opportunity and privilege of talking to.

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JAM Update

Posted: May 19, 2012 by Rich Landosky in Uncategorized

Our students led 10 children to the Lord this afternoon! Let the angels party!!!!
More JAM stuff on Monday.

I woke up this morning to an incoming text message. As I fumbled for my phone I shook my head hoping I had just awakened from a bad dream.  As I looked at the text message, I realized that it hadn’t been a dream.

At 4:00 this morning I got a phone call to tell me that my good friend, Prayer Partner, former Middle School Director, fishing buddy, and the guy who always had my back, Bill Pederson, had passed away and was home with the Lord.  My heart was sad. Two grown children have lost their father at an early age.  I remember what that was like. My dad passed away when I was 33. He met my daughter and knew her for about 8 months. He never met my son. Bill’s wife, Claire, has lost the husband of her youth. My heart was sad because I lost a great friend and a co-laborer.  Bill was my Middle School Director for a lot of years and helped me build our Middle School Ministry to where it is today. After stepping down as my MS Director, he continued to teach occasionally in our student ministry and offered help wherever and whenever we needed it.  He raised funds for our student ministry when we needed them.  He was an Elder at our church and a Trustee. He raised up a team of prayer partners who would regularly pray for me, my family, our ministry here. In his words, he was “just a pipe-fitter,” but he was a leader and a good friend.

So, my heart is sad today. But, as the Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 4, I don’t grieve as those who have no hope, nor does his family. I know where Bill is.  He is more alive today than he ever has been. The health issues he has battled over recent years, many stemming from his time in Vietnam, are gone. He is alive and well and in the presence of his God and Creator. He is alive and worshiping his Father – the One whom he has served so faithfully for so many years, the One whom he has told countless others about. He is with the God he loves and will enjoy Him forever.  And so while I will miss Bill and our times of prayer, our times eating together (always an order of cheese fries and a cheesesteak stromboli with bacon and sauce @ Cocco’s), our times of solving the problems of the church together, and our times fishing, I am glad for him, and quite frankly, a little bit jealous that he gets to be with Jesus before me.

Bill left his mark in the lives of a lot of students and others. May we now pick up that torch and continue to make a difference for Christ. Please pray for the family in the days and weeks to come as they adjust and miss Bill.

A picture of one of the bass Bill caught last time he and I went fishing at our favorite fishing hole in Lancaster.

Thursday Thots | Touch A Shark

Posted: April 26, 2012 by Rich Landosky in Thursday Thots, Uncategorized

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So its Wednesday and I’m on a field trip with Dean’s class @ the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. As I watch The Boy and the other kids reach in to touch the sharks, I am intrigued at how intimidated they are at first and how they can’t get enough within just a few minutes. Most of these kids are so scared to stick their hands in at first, but after doing it a few times they realize there’s nothing to it and its no big deal.

The reactions of these kids reminds me of the way so many of us are with sharing our faith. We’re scared the first time and may even let the shark pass by a few times before we finally get up the courage to actually touch it, or in this case, share our faith. But after a few times, it gets so much easier and almost natural.

Good Friday Reminder

Posted: April 6, 2012 by Rich Landosky in Uncategorized

Spring Break Serve – The Newest Member of Our Group

Posted: April 3, 2012 by Rich Landosky in Uncategorized

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Monday Missions | Spring Break Serve

Posted: April 3, 2012 by Rich Landosky in Uncategorized

Spring Break Serve . . . One of my favorite events of the year started today. Love the fun our HS group has while serving others. If you missed today, there’s still tomorrow and Wednesday. Don’t miss them.