Take Comfort in the One Who is in Control

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By: Dr. Margaret Moore, CVM Veterinarian from Ohio

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.” – Psalm 36:5-6

The veterinary profession is extremely rewarding, but at times it can also be very challenging and stressful. We deal with life and death situations involving beloved members of our clients’ families on a daily basis. Psalm 36:5-6 brings me a great deal of comfort during these difficult times. I love the fact that the same loving and awesome God who created all of mankind also created each individual pet that walks into my practice. That means He also loves these pets and is concerned for all of their needs when they are sick. I will often find myself praying verse 6 back to God when I am managing a seriously ill patient. It helps me keep my focus on the one who is in control.

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Transformers are not Conformers

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By: Dr. Bill Janecke, CVM Fieldstaff serving in Bolivia

“To most believers, their faith is a “bonus” or an add-on dimension of their life rather than the priority around which everything in their life revolves…more often than not, our goal is to feel happy, comfortable, and secure.”  Growing True Disciples By George Barna

Over the last year or so, my Guarani colleague, Alcides, and I have been gathering information from Guarani folks young and old about their worldview. One of the things we found is that the worldview of most Guarani Christians is not much different from that of the non-Christians.  Most of the time it is hard to tell them apart just by having conversations about “non-religious” things. It gets easier when you bring religion into the conversation because the Christians tend to be more judgmental and sure of who will be in Heaven and who won’t and what you need to do or say to get there.  But as George Barna put it in the quote above, it is too often an add-on, it doesn’t change much about how they live each day or how they view their neighbor, but it does give them security about what is to come once this life is over.

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Prayer Changes Everything

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By: Dr. Julie Henderson, CVM Associate

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. (Luke 2:36-37)

“There is nothing left to do but pray.”

It is what we say when we are at our wits end. We say it with a sense of despair. After we have done all that we can do to unsuccessfully rectify a tragic situation and are almost out of hope – we pray. We doubt that anything good will come of it except, maybe, a sense of peace. But will prayer actually change anything?

Why should we pray? How much should we pray? How should we pray? What is the good of prayer?

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Peace

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By: Dr. Kit Flowers, CVM President

“How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”  Isaiah 52:7

Each July we start a new fiscal year here at Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM).   It is something like the start of the new calendar year.  It is a time to review the past twelve months as well as a time to consider the new fiscal year.   Time is spent in review of each of the program areas seeking to understand afresh how God is working and how we can continue to stay on track with Him.   We also start a new budget year and so we spend time considering how we have served those who have been faithful to give, encourage, and pray with us.

It is also the time when we start a new theme verse.   We have found great encouragement over the years having a focus on a particular theme and verse during the fiscal year.   We seek to integrate the truth of God’s work into our own personal lives as well as into the programs and ministry models within CVM.  Our theme this year is “Peace” based on the verse quote above.

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The Glorification of Being Busy

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By: Dr. Melissa Cheeks, CVM North Central Region Representative

We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.” (2 Thessalonians 3:11)

Sometimes the Bible speaks so directly! That verse in 2 Thessalonians hit me today.

The most common question I get in the summer is, “So is this a busy time for you?”

In American culture, we are so eager to talk about how busy we are. I often fall into the trap. Speaking from this perspective, my answer would be- I live at a slower pace during the summer. I stay home in Madison and enjoy the city in my free time, while work includes preparing conference speakers, and planning visits to the eight universities I serve. Then I say something like, “But in the fall, I’m quite busy, traveling constantly.”

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Is Jesus Enough?

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By: Dr. Fred Van Gorkom, Africa Regional Director

Is Jesus enough?

God had given peace in the land, and Joshua was getting old, so he called all the leaders of Israel together and challenged them.  It’s the same challenge for us today.

Serve the Lord!  Otherwise, choose who you are going to serve—whether the gods your forefathers served, or the gods of the culture and place where you live now. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Fredaphrase, Josh 24)

You and I are serving someone: the living God or our own gods… gods of food, comfort, sex, security, entertainment, power, position, self-reliance, even the god of Me.  Who do you serve?

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