Written by Joshua Vermett
Everyday is a new day. Everyday is a new experience. We don’t know what each day will bring, or what trials we will face. This is true for all men, and all women.
Sometimes we will be faced with things that seem heavy, seem unfair. We look to God and question why. We look for an answer, we look for a quick fix, we pray. Where do you turn for these answers? Where do you go for peace?
I remember overhearing my friends talking, and one of them said that the answer to any question can be condensed to one word: Jesus. Human experience summed up……………..and it took him only 33 years to do it. Pain, sorrow, loss, weakness, he experienced the entire spectrum of human emotions. I listed these as such, because those are the emotions we are experiencing when we question God and his plan.
Pain is the hardest to endure. Jesus endured pain and death. I know he is empathetic to our plight, as he too experienced all.
When humanity fell away from grace, we became disconnected from God. We were unable to reconnect due to our sinfulness, so he became one of us. By doing so, he was able to reestablish a line back to righteousness. He experienced the worst humanity had to offer, and showed the best humanity could be.
So when your faced with your own personal trials, endure, Jesus walks with you.
Have a Blessed day
Post by Josh Vermett
“Do unto others as you would have them to do to you” - Jesus
I once heard a colleague say “If,…………that’s the smallest word with the biggest potential”
As a child, my father would employ the use of the rod. He fully believed that were he to spare it, we would be spoiled. We learned, we lived, and we were better for it. In my adolescent mind, I felt that he may have used it far to regularly. I also thought that sometimes the punishment didn’t fit the crime. I learned how to remove myself from the situation in an effort to “beat the system” and avoid the pain. In these moments I would allow my mind to wander, thinking of ways to avoid receiving the punishment. I came upon a thought, or a revelation. I thought “What would happen if we were all just nice to each other?”
I have held onto that notion, through adulthood. I do my best to treat those around me as nicely as I am able. Humans are fallible, and are wrought with emotions that can overcome our logic. At times I fail, and learn.
Growing up, I didn’t know Jesus. I knew of the Bible. I was never taught what it really meant. I had no idea that Jesus had mentioned the “Golden Rule”, or that my childhood thought was closely related to it.
I have found that many people know of this rule, but don’t often apply it. There is a crazy notion that this rule is viewed as a weakness or character flaw, because some may take advantage of a person whom apply this to their interactions with others. While that may be true in some instances, that is by no means a reason not to treat people well. I teach my kids that there is no reason to not treat people the way they want to be treated. This “weakness” in fact, is one of their greatest strengths.
If most people could apply this to their lives, I do think this world would be better off. No person is immune to the gratitude they feel when they are treated with respect, kindness, and humility. Do not falter, or lose hope. Even when your kindness is not well received, it will plant a seed in the mind of the people you interact with. Seeds grow, given time. Any small act of kindness can have a giant impact on the lives it touches. This holds true, even if you cant see it.
Have a blessed day!
Blog post by Joshua Vermett
My son asked for a new video game. This request was answered with the usual, “we don’t have the money for a game.” I always think of my mom saying “Do you have candy bar money!?” He couldn’t understand how I could have just been paid, and yet not have enough for a game. I had to explain what a budget is, what bills are, and how one must manage the money they have, to make it to the next paycheck. His mind reeled with the complexity of it all. He couldn’t grasp the future aspect of it.
So I tried to make it more basic. “Everything we do costs money. Even the most basic things, from washing your hands, to laying your head down at night.” Being a teen, he retorted by asking “How does sleep cost money?” I had to explain what a house payment is, along with the gas to heat the house, not to mention the sheets on his bed, and the pillow under his head. All things cost money. He then got upset with me, saying how it was all an excuse to keep him from getting the new game, which was only $50 dollars. So I told him about the electric bill…….
This may seem like a trivial moment in a father son relationship, but I took it as a good teaching exercise. A teacher can also learn from a lesson they are giving. After he had a bit of time to cool down I asked him if he understood, and he answered by saying this “ Money is stupid, that’s why its evil.”
Was this a deep, well thought out thesis? Or was it an angst driven retort? As I thought about it I had to consider the source of the phrase, Money is the root of all evil. This being a misquote, is taken from 1 Timothy, 6:10. Based on a letter written to this young pastor from the Apostle Paul. The true quote is, “The Love of money, is the root of all evil.” Completely different.
I told my son this. His response? “I would love to have $50 dollars right now!” So, I told him he would have to work for it if he wanted it that bad.
Money can be used for good, or for evil, it all depends on the intent of the person using it. First Mission wants to use it for the good of the people in the world. If you have had the same type of conversation with your child and would like to show them how money can be used for good, please consider First Mission!
My son has earned $20 dollars so far. But he’s over that game and looking at another.
Have a blessed Day!
Post by Joshua Vermett
I enjoy sitting at the dinner table with my family and sharing in a meal prepared by my loving wife. I could easily fall victim to the trappings of gluttony when it comes to my wife’s cooking! She pours her heart and soul into each meal. She looks into the faces of those gathered, observing to see the pleasure come across their faces as they lose themselves in the carefully prepared flavors. Only then does she take part in the meal, satisfied that all the preparations, and all the work paid off, that alone pleasing her more than the meal itself.
This meal was not done by her alone, as there were many unseen hands that worked to get all the ingredients to our local grocer. From the hands in the field, prepping the soil for planting, to the hands stocking the shelves. A multitude of people working for themselves, and their families’ next meal, each connected with an invisible thread.
Jesus told a gathering of people many parables. One that comes to mind now is that of the sower. In Matthew 13 he tells us that without good ground, a seed will not produce good roots. Without good roots, the plant easily dies away, without producing a harvest. In this telling, he revealed to his disciples the meaning, stating that it was synonymous with the way people would react to hearing and learning the word of God. Some hear, and immediately react with joy. They haven’t a full understanding, and the joy is lost at the first sign of trial, while the others try to understand, but are choked out by the worlds tribulations. Then there are those whom have a good understanding and carry the knowledge with them. These then are able to teach it and spread the joy. This is the fruit Jesus wants us to produce.
In regard to First Mission, the fields are being tilled for a new crop. The only way for the ground to become “good” is with the correct balance of minerals and nutrients. This is exactly what we help do. The pastors that graduate are gifted with the tools they need to till new ground, and plant the seed for the next crop. All of them working for a common goal. Each and every one want a place at the table, so we can look into the face of Jesus, as he takes pleasure in the harvest we all helped in making.
Have a Blessed Day!!
Post by Joshua Vermett
Andrew Terry, in my opinion, is a man inspired. He once told me a story about a dream he had as a child. In this dream he watched as other kids his age were picked ahead of him to do work for the lord. He conveyed to me the feelings he experienced in that dream. He felt a bit of shame, slight resentment, and jealousy. As he woke up, he realized it to be a dream, and was inspired to work towards his goal of serving God. (Andrew was much more eloquent in the way he told this to me, and this is not a direct quotation, only my synopsis.) He did just that, and when I met him, he was teaching at our church. He was also going to school, working on a degree in theology. Over the course of a few weeks, we became good friends.
Fast forward a few years, and he told me about another man with a dream, and a touch of inspiration. Andrew had been invited to Kenya to meet a fellow Christian, Nick Wasike. After much prayer, Andrew did go. While there he learned what he was being called to do. Nick showed Andrew a door that was hanging open, and through the door was a whisper, calling him to do this work for God. He saw the great need and took steps to help. This is when he contacted some of his close friends, and through his work, formed First Mission.
I cannot express how vital this work is. What good is a teacher, who has not been taught? Jesus himself was instructed in the scriptures of the Old Testament. The most essential tool in a churches toolbelt, are men and women who are properly educated in biblical teachings. First Mission is helping to provide financial support to do this work. There is so much more to expand on, so I look forward to next weeks blog.
Have a blessed Day!
Post by Joshua Vermett
What a wonder this world is to behold! The beauty of creation surrounds us. We see it daily. With every sunbeam washing over the trees and grasses, bathing them in the ethereal light of the approaching dawn. We hear it as the birds sing praise, thankful for the new day. We feel it as our children hold us tight, comforted in an eternal love. I thank God for these blessings, and take my pleasure in his creation.
I can imagine, when Jesus walked among us, that he too took pleasure in the songs the birds sang. I can imagine how his friends felt around him, knowing he was of divinity. The way he looked at the world was one of hope for the human race. He spread his word of hope to all people, not a select group. Jesus was the first to say all people matter. Salvation became available to everyone, no matter what their gender, their race, or social standings. Jesus was essentially the most forward thinking, modern, "social justice warrior" God, of all time! But he couldn’t just give it away. He had to help us pay for it, and he did this when he died on the cross.
Jesus asked for few things in life. He asked his disciples to spread the word of his life, death, and resurrection. He asked them to tell everyone in the world that salvation is theirs if they ask for it. He asked for them to spread this good news throughout the world. He asked us all who believe, to help educate peoples of all the world. He made this the one mission given to his apostles. The first mission is also the last, as he will come back when it is completed!
Thanks for reading!
Post from Andrew Terry, President & Founder of First Mission
I received great news from our friends in Kenya. They recently had a session of school where 11 students received training. Also, my friend Peter sends word about a revival he had in a local school.
Here is Peter's message:
"Hi, We ended the December session very well as you may have been shown by Nic. A very active class of 4 women and 7 men total 11. Much gratitude from Bishop Tom and the whole Church and school admin. Pass our gratitude to the First mission team."
After this I went to a high school conference I had organized for a week...
Total of 278 in attendance in Baringo county, salvation, deliverance and baptism in the Holy Ghost was experienced. Glory to God.
Guest post from James R. Barber, board member for First Mission
First Mission had it’s 4th annual fundraising pasta dinner on September 9th 2017. It was held again at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship with up to 50 in attendance. We are very grateful for those who were able to join us as well as those viewing from Facebook live.
First Mission raised $960.00 from this dinner as well from online giving. The dinner was provided by Italian Gardens and deserts were made from some very special people.
This years event was one to remember as a milestone in our history books. It certainly shows us the favor of God and His desire to reach the lost around the world.
Josh works on the board for First Mission and lives in Lapeer Michigan with his wife and 2 children.
Andrew is president of First Mission. He lives in Lapeer Michigan with his wife and 2 children.
Jon is a pastor living in Caro Michigan where he lives with his wife and 4 children.