Recovery Version Bible: Why I Love it and How I came to Know It

Recovery Version New Testament  is available FOR FREE! [in the picture: the Holy Bible, Recovery Version]There are many versions of the Bible Recovery Version Bible is one of the latest one – and if you’re a seeking believer, you will do a lot of research and study of the word of God. I was born in Romania, and as I grew up my parents instilled in me a love for the Bible. They even tell me that when I was five-six years old they would find me in the morning at 6-7 am reading my small printed Bible, which I treasured.

I loved the stories in the Bible, the history, the psalms, the law of God, and most of all, the New Testament. I mean, in what other book can you find a definition and explanation of such an amazing God? Even when man sinned and went far away from God, He still loved man and did everything to gain man back to Him. It’s amazing how Abraham was called by God and how God chose Israel to be His people, and how throughout the centuries there has been a lot of problems in their relationship – yet God still loved them!

And then, in the New Testament, you see so much more: God chose some who were not Jews to be His people, the church! Wow! In the Gospels we see that God became a man, lived a perfect human life on earth, died an all-inclusive death on the cross, resurrected, and then ascended to the heavens. Then, He came as the life-giving Spirit and He regenerates many believers for His Body, His expression on the earth. Now God has a spiritual people, the church, which are His chosen ones…Wow, I just love the Bible!

The Many Translations of the Bible

Coming back to the text of the Bible and my experience. As I grew up I read many versions of the Bible (in Romanian we had 3 or 4), and I loved to see what's the difference [in the picture: Biblia, traducerea Cornilescu]Coming back to the text of the Bible and my experience. As I grew up I read many versions of the Bible (in Romanian we had 3 or 4), and I loved to see what’s the difference. The newer a translation was, the more you got out of the text. Then, after I learned English and got in touch with people in the English-speaking world, I got to have a few versions of the Bible.

I got a King James version, a New King James version, a New International Version, a Darby Version, etc. And then I got a Palm and later a Pocket PC, and with e-sword I managed to get as many as 30-40 versions of the Bible, including the Greek New Testament, an interlinear (Greek-English, printed copy), the Vulgata, French versions, etc.

The meanings of the words in Greek are so much richer than English or even Romanian can express, so I had a friend who would sometimes explain the meaning of a word like “spirit” (pneuma in Gk), and I just loved the Lord and the word much more! I really appreciate all the versions of the Bible, and I wouldn’t insist on a certain version being better than another one.

Until I got my hands on a very precious Recovery Version of the New Testament, sometimes in the early 2000’s. Wow, when I started reading the text, first of all I understood it – it’s plain, simple, in good English! Then there are footnotes, and sometimes the footnotes are even longer than the verses – they really go deeper into the meaning of the Word of God in the light of God’s plan, His economy. I have never loved the Word of God so much as from the time I got a Holy Bible Recovery Version!

Recovery Version Bible: Why I love it

Recovery Version Bible: Why I love it [in the picture: the New Testament, Recovery Version]I love the Lord, and I love His Word. Yet many times, no matter how much I love the Lord and even “how smart I am”, I just can’t get certain meanings or connections between verses and chapters in the Bible. I need help. I need someone to kind of point the way and give me a deeper meaning. I read books by C.H. Mackintosh, J. N. Darby, Charles Spurgeon, Hudson Taylor, Andrew Murray, and many other spiritual writers, including Watchman Nee, Oswald Chambers, Madame Guyon, Witness Lee, etc.

The riches the Lord brought to light through all these dear saints throughout the ages are simply amazing! Some are easy to read, others are hard to understand, while even others need you to have a dictionary with you all the time. However, when I started reading the footnotes in the Recovery Version, I simply understood the meaning of the text (first of all) and then I was brought into a deeper appreciation of the Bible and a sweeter love for the Lord!

Here are some things that I really love about the Recovery Version:

The Outline of the Recovery Version – Each book of the Bible has a subject, which encapsulates the meaning and essence of the book, and there’s an outline which gives you a sense of what the book, the chapters, and the verses talk about. Many times I thought that the miracles performed by the Lord are “randomly arranged” in the different Gospels – but just read the outline, you will see the big picture!

Recovery Version Footnotes – they are SO RICH! So deep. So sweet. So enlightening. I have no words to describe some of these notes. They not only give you the literal translation of some words (sometimes), the meaning of the verse, or the context of that verse – they bring you into a deeper appreciation of God, His economy, and His Word. Many times I read a verse and then the footnote and I just said, AMEN! I love You, Lord! (I’ll give some examples later; see some here)

The Cross-References – it is good to have cross references to similar passages in the Bible, and it is even better to have references to verses that express the same burden, principle, or meaning.

The Readability of the Recovery Version – It is so easy to read the text, so clear to understand, and so good to get a richer meaning of the Bible! The up-to-date expressions, language, and writing, including the elevated language of the footnotes gives you the impression that you read a commentary on the Bible and yet you understand it perfectly and you have an Amen! in your being.

The riches brought out by the Recovery Version – I personally recommend the following footnotes for your prayerful reading: Acts 2:21 (the note on calling on the name of the Lord), 2 Cor. 13:14 (footnote on the Triune God), John 3:16 (footnote on, believing INTO Him), 1 Cor. 15:45 (note on, life-giving Spirit), Matt. 1:1 (and note on Jesus, the first and last name of the Bible), John 1:14 (the note on God – the Word – becoming flesh), Matt. 26:8 (note on why this Waste?), 2 Cor. 3:18 (footnote 11, on the Lord Spirit), etc.

The thorough analysis and deeper study of certain terms – do you know how many kinds of Greek words are there for LIFE? (hint: zoe, psuche, and bios – divine, psychological, and biological) How many kinds of love are there in John 21? (more than 1!) What is the real meaning and how many places in the Bible the word TRUTH is used? There are so many word studies in the Recovery Version, that you will “feel like a scholar” while at the same time love the Lord more! It’s quite cool when you not only understand the Word but are also brought into an appreciation of God and His plan…

The charts – there are some very good charts like the one explaining the genealogy of the Lord’s ancestors, the chart of the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of the Heavens, etc. They require many verses and much study to fully comprehend…

The spirit of the translator and of the ones who wrote the footnotes in the Recovery Version. It is not only the development of a language, the new meanings of certain words, or the more accurate translation possible that should be the base of a new version of the Bible. It is the increase of the Lord’s light, the advance of the divine revelation, and the accumulation of the divine truth released to God’s people, including the pure spirit of the translators and compilers that make the Recovery Version a great translation with excellent footnotes!

Brother Witness Lee had inherited so much from brother Watchman Nee, and he released many messages and compiled many footnotes for the Bible Recovery Version – and today we can benefit from all his labor in the Lord!

The Recovery Version is now available FOR FREE!

Recovery Version Bible: Why I Love it and How I came to Know It [in the picture: the Holy Bible Recovery Version]For most Bibles you need to pay, and when I got all my Bibles I had to pay for them – yes, even though I was in Romania, I still had to pay for my Romanian and for most of my English Bibles. And I had to pay for my first Recovery Version of the New Testament – in those days it was available only for sale. But recently the Lord has put on the heart of many believers in Christ to make this “gold bar”, this solid New Testament Recovery Version with rich footnotes, available for FREE for all those who speak English!

So if you’re in England, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USA, or other English-speaking country, you can get a free New Testament Recovery Version. You can just order it online! On the one hand all the good things in life are free, on the other hand all the precious things in life cost a lot. Getting a Recovery Version Bible will not “bring you closer to God” if you don’t pay the price to read through it and prayerfully consider both the text and the footnotes.

It is only God who gives the growth, but we can cooperate with Him by opening to Him, turning our heart to Him, and reading His Word in a prayerful way. I personally warmly recommend the Recovery Version of the Bible – which you can also read online via!

Pictures credit: via holdingtotruth, Romanian, and Read a similar sharing via – Why the Recovery Version Is My Go-To Study Bible.

PS. The above article is just an appreciation from my heart to the Lord for this particular version of the Bible. It is NOT to promote anything or anyone, but to simply state what I enjoy reading and studying. If you would like to express YOUR appreciation for this particular version of the Bible, please leave a comment, or if you have any questions, also write in the comments below. May ALL things be done unto the building up!


Do You Live Your Life in a Bubble or in Reality?

I’ve been pondering over this subject these days, especially as I see things happening in parts of the world and also in my life. Sometimes you live your life in a certain way, and then just like that, something happens, and you realize you’ve been living in a lie, a “bubble”, a realm that you created for yourself and which is comfortable, pleasant, and so nice…

You can call “the American dream” a bubble (which “popped” a while ago: there’s NO such thing as an American dream) and you can call the movies “a bubble”… But I’ve been thinking about it, and here’s my conclusion: all men live in a self-made and self-built bubble until they meet Christ and live in their mingled spirit. Let me explain.

What is a Bubble?

Do You Live Your Life in a Bubble or in Reality?

I would define “a bubble” (in the sense used in this article) as a realm, a situation, an environment, a feeling, something that one builds around himself so that he would feel good, comfortable, and cozy. I’m not talking about “all pink and rosy” in your situation, but something and some things that some people do and buy and make so that they would feel good – and at the end they realize it’s empty and meaningless.

You can call Y2K a bubble – the hype of the dot com and websites and stuff; you can say that Steve Jobs lived in a self-made bubble called “reality distortion field“, you can call the stock market a bubble; and you can call the real estate market a bubble. But here are some more practical examples, more specifically:

The Techno-Bubble - More and more people today live in a techno-bubble, surrounding themselves with gadgets like smartphones, iPhones, iPod's, iPads, tablets, computers, screens, computer games, etc.The Techno-Bubble – More and more people today live in a techno-bubble, surrounding themselves with gadgets like smartphones, iPhones, iPod’s, iPads, tablets, computers, screens, computer games, etc. Basically, people prefer to spend more time in front of a screen playing or relaxing / taking in something, instead of spending time with others or with God. They all know “it’s all virtual” and when something breaks they realize, Wow, it can all collapse JUST LIKE THAT! A new smartphone is coming out. A new pair of more expensive headphones and a new version of a PC game / X-box game is coming out, and you have to have it. Virtual things like games, movies, screens, become “more real” than people, a job, sports, travelling, etc. Truth be told, all this is just “a bubble”, a dream, a fad. When that iPhone breaks, when you finish the game, when the computer is too slow, etc – you realize, wow, it’s all so vain!

living in the sports bubbleThe Sports Bubble – some people love watching and following sports. In Europe, South America, and more and more in the USA also, people follow and are excited about football (soccer). They pay a big price to go to watch the game of their favorite team, and most times it loses. They pay big money for a seat, they buy the T-shirts, the scarf, the hat, the magazine, etc. They check the news every 10 minutes to see if there’s anything new. They think it’s real, that the team goes on because they cheer – but it’s all “a bubble”. There’s millions of sterling pounds in the British football, and millions of people who earn barely enough to live from one day to another spend their last quid on a ticket to the game or something to “support their team”. They become enemies with some and “fans with others” because of a team.

But then they travel somewhere, or they get married, or something happens – and they “wake up”: it’s a dream, it’s something unreal, a fad, NOTHING!

The Cars Bubble - Maybe you don't love technology or sports, but you love cars. The Cars Bubble – Maybe you don’t love technology or sports, but you love cars. You watch all the car races, you check out all the new cars coming out, you’re a big fan of Sports Gear, you love your car and desire to buy another one that’s better, and you love tuning your car to make it look, sound, and work cool. There’s better and cooler cars coming out all the time, and the hype is being upheld by events and announcements of new stuff. Or maybe you like old cars, with almost nothing electric in them – their shape, the engine power, the style, the leather, etc… Or maybe you prefer motorcycles – not just as means of transportation, but as design, fashion, style, speed, brand, looks….

There’s so much I don’t know about cars, but I met some “car enthusiasts” who knew since they were 12 that as soon as they will be 18 or 19 they will “buy a beamer”. But then a car crash can happen, or money is not enough and you have to sell the car, or you are just to busy with other things, and “the car dream” / the car “bubble” is gone…

The Fashion Bubble - There's something about fashion that attracts most young onesThe Fashion Bubble – There’s something about fashion that attracts most young ones. When you walk on the streets in Central London you see all kinds of designs and fashion clothes on people. Almost everyone wants to make a statement by what they wear. There’s even an ad, “Fashion is us!” and many live by this code. They just can’t wear certain colors, and this doesn’t match with that, and they can’t get out of the house at particular times because they don’t have the right clothes. The home of many people don’t matter (how disorganized they are) but when they get out the door, they look like super-stars and actors in movies or on the catwalk. The hair style, the clothes, the shoes, the purses, the ear rings, the jewelry, the “colors they put on their face”, the eyebrows, the nails, the lips, the tattoos  the piercings, and every part of the being is carefully taken care of, designed, fashioned, and “hacked”.

But then they have to go to work or to school, and they have to behave normally, and all that fashion is just a dream you pay too high a price to enjoy too little of a time. When you touch the Lord, there’s something inside that just doesn’t LIKE or WANT fancy stuff or stylish clothes…

Music Bubble - "talking to fellow commuters is overrated; listening to music is the new thing" is a statement all make on public transport or any travelling means. People rarely NOT listen to something or watch somethingMusic Bubble – “talking to fellow commuters is overrated; listening to music is the new thing” is a statement all make on public transport or any travelling means. People rarely NOT listen to something or watch something. They need to be “plugged in”, they need to be in a playlist carefully selected and played again and again, so that the very-well-known-tunes would sound in their being…. Children and young people, the young ones who don’t even have a job yet or know how to earn a living, they all are up-to-date with the latest in music and they listened to everything. Their playlist and digital collection exceeds even the wildest thoughts of the adults, and the way they get the tracks doesn’t even matter. Music is a big bubble – whenever there’s a spare time or a boring moment, the earphones go in and music plays. There’s not even a second thought about it. It’s a drug people love to take both publicly and individually.

And it is unreal – no matter how much you think you “identify yourself with the lyrics”, you’re a human being with a human spirit created not to be defiled by most music out there but filled with the pure and true God. Music makes you feel you’re invincible, in the heavens, etc – ONLY when you listen to it (and most times not even then). It’s all fake; it’s a bubble you create around the real problems in your life to forget about them and procrastinate.

Movies, Multimedia, Internet, Facebook, etc… – there’s so many other things that we tailor to our situation, things we try to escape into so that we forget about what we have to do or “just relax”. The hours people spend on Facebook, Twitter, watching movies, or in multimedia cause them to “feel good” – and yet it’s all “a bubble”, a drug people take to escape the real world. It’s almost as if people don’t use “physical hallucinogenic substances” but they run after psychological and self-made drugs offered by the world today…

Do You Live in a Bubble?

There are so many other types of bubbles, including research (yes, research can become the “dope” creating and feeding your bubble), gaining knowledge, religion, philosophy  working hard, money, sex, alcohol, drugs, parties, gangs, etc. If people would just step back and think about it, I mean, really think about their human life, many of them would wake up.

Even as believers many times we “create our own bubbles”, living a certain life with a certain attitude at work or school, while performing differently at home, in the church life, or towards particular groups of people. We may delight in spending time travelling or watching stuff, being in the “Facebook bubble” or “music bubble” ourselves. Or maybe we find a “denomination bubble”, having a strong label and refusing to connect or fellowship with any other believers.

Maybe we never blend – we never visit other believers, never fellowship with others, and we’re content “with our own group, which fully matches our taste”. Maybe we live in a bubble called “never-preaching the gospel” but rather “meeting only” or “only enjoying Christ by myself”.

Oh, how much we need the Lord to SHINE on us, break through any bubble, and reach us with His X-ray light that penetrates everything! In His light we see light.

Some Cases of “Living in a Bubble” in the Bible

  • In the times of Noah, though Noah was preaching the gospel and he was an anti-testimony to that age by continually working on building an ark, most of the people of his age lived in a bubble. They ate, drank, married and gave in marriage, and the flood just came upon them all of a sudden. They saw Noah, but they never repented or considered their situation….
  • Job lived in a self-righteous bubble: he did “everything according to the book”, and he really thought that God loves him and blesses him only because he is “so righteous”. That is, until God allowed Satan to touch his possessions, his family, and even his own body. What “popped the bubble” was God’s appearing – Job had to repent in dust and ashes at God’s appearing…
  • The people of Israel lived “in a bubble” by neglecting God and His laws. This is why God “kept poking their bubble” by sending the prophets to speak to them, warn them, turn them, and remind them. But they became more hardened in heart as time went by, and their hardness of heart went further and further until they cried out, “Let His blood fall upon us and upon our children!” (speaking of the Only Innocent Man that lived on the earth, which they crucified). They still live in a bubble, thinking it’s because of their cleverness and patriotism that Israel was reformed, and they refuse to believe in the Lord Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah, until the Lord Jesus will return on the clouds in the heavens and then all will see Him and will repent!
  • The entire world was living in a bubble, including Nebuchadnezzar and all his magicians / wise men; only Daniel and his friends were serving the living God and they lived in reality by touching God and praying to Him. They knew God’s word, joined themselves to His desire in His Word, and they stood against the whole “gold head” of the “great human image” in Daniel 2. Wow!
  • Saul of Tarsus lived in a zealous bubble, thinking he does a great service to God by persecuting the Christians. That is, until God met Him on the way to Damascus, and Christ as the Head of the Body unveiled Saul to see that He and His believers are one. Since then, Paul lived in reality more and more….

How can we Live in Reality?

How can we Live in Reality?As soon as the Lord shines on a self-made bubble and we return to Him, we start creating yet another bubble. He may turn us from one side to the other, changing everything in our life, and we will seek Him in the beginning – but then we create another bubble, something that makes our soul feel happy.

The Bubble is our soul-life, something that matches the desires and pleasures of our fallen soul. And there are so many of them! So, how can we live in reality? There’s a song that says, “May Thy living light, Lord, / Scatter all my night, Lord! / And everything make bright, Lord, / For this I pray to Thee!”

We think we see but we are blind. We think we understand but we have no idea what’s happening. We think we know but we don’t. We need God’s light to shine on us again and again and again, until we will walk in the light. It’s in the light that you see things clearly.

And this light is in our spirit, because we are joined to the Lord as one spirit. As soon as we enter into the sanctuary of God in our spirit, as soon as we touch the living Person of Christ in our mingled spirit, we KNOW, we SEE, and we UNDERSTAND. It’s because Christ is the reality, and God is True. He is real.

Everything else and everyone else is fake, but God IS! In our spirit, in the touch with God, in the organic union with Him, we live in reality and not in a bubble. And This One enables us to live the human life and the Christian life according to Him – as we turn to and live in our spirit!

What we can see outwardly, what we can hear with our ears, what we can taste with our mouth, what we can touch with our hands, and what we can feel is NOT real; it is here temporarily, but it is as unreal as we as human beings are. The real things, the reality, the genuineness of human beings and of the universe is in God, and God as Spirit is joined to the believers’ spirit.

When we touch our spirit, we touch the meaning of the universe, the reality of our human existence, and the mystery of our human life. When we touch our spirit we begin to really live! In the Spirit with our spirit (1 Cor. 6:17) we have the life that is really life – the real life, the divine life, the life that passes through death and into resurrection and lives and is real… and this divine life is in us, wanting to live and be expressed through us…

[pictures credit: bubble, gadgets, sports, cars, fashion, music, bubble pop]

This article is to be continued – I am still learning to allow the Lord to shine on me daily… Please do share your thoughts / conclusions on this matter, if you managed to get this far in this extremely long article…

I’m Looking Forward to the Christian Students Conference in Wales!

I'm Looking Forward to the Christian Students Conference in Wales! [in the picture: some of the Christian students at the conference in Wales in 2011]This coming weekend there’s the 2013 Spring College Age Students Conference in Wales, and I am very much looking forward to it!

As you have guessed, I am NOT a student anymore – that is, I don’t attend an university these days. This doesn’t mean I’m not a student-at-heart, studying especially the Bible, lots of spiritual books, the footnotes in the Recovery Version, and also many things related to my job.

But at the same time, I am happy to meet with some of the Christian Students in London, especially around the areas of Greenwich, Central London, Kingston, East London, North London, and Uxbridge. Since I’m not a student anymore, you may ask me,

Why are You Going to a Students Conference?

That’s a fair question. I am close to a decade older to most of the students who will be there, and I finished school a while ago… so why am I still going to a Christian Students conference?

Well, first of all, age doesn’t matter when it comes to being a Christian – you can be older than others physically and yet much younger in spirit, fresh with the Lord, and daily being renewed. Believe me, there’s a brother in our students group meeting who is over 80 years old, but he is definitely much younger in spirit and more fresh than us all, loving the Lord so much!

Second of all, I think I see something concerning what God is doing today especially in Europe, something related to the young generation. There’s something particular in His heart for the generation of students today, the young ones who are either lured into all kinds of destructive things by the enemy through the world, or they are useful vessels in God’s hands as human beings filled with God to express Him.

God Wants to Gain Many Christian Students!

I now live in England, UK, the country that for centuries has sent thousands of missionaries and believers everywhere in the world to bring the gospel to the remotest parts of the earth. What was so special about these ones was that they loved the Lord, they didn’t care for themselves but for God’s interest, and they gave themselves to God from their youth!

In this country today God desires to gain many thousands like them, many who care for God’s interest and who love Him to the uttermost. When we see that God’s heart is beating for the students today, that they may fall in love with Him and be crazy lovers of Jesus on all the campuses in England… what can you do?

I can’t resist Him but I just want to cooperate with Him to gain such ones. God desires to gain many real Christian students in all the campuses in England and everywhere in Europe. I believe that these ones have the chance to rise up today and be absolute for Him to bring Him back.

Pray for This Coming Weekend!

A Christian Students conference doesn't mean a camp for students to go for a weekend, where they listen to good sermons and have some fun activities, they are well-fed and there's lots of cool games. [in the picture: some of the Christian students at the college age conference in Wales 2011]A Christian Students conference doesn’t mean a camp for students to go for a weekend, where they listen to good sermons and have some fun activities, they are well-fed and there’s lots of cool games.

No, sir! Times are changing. Students are picking up the burden to pray for this time. They rise up to learn to coordinate. Christian students testify in the meetings concerning their experience of Christ. They take the lead to enjoy the Lord, call on His name, pray in groups, have Bible studies together, sing during the break, fellowship with one another, and so many organic life-practices in the Lord.

Pray for this. Pray for many students, especially for many young ones, to learn to function in their measure, to learn to speak Christ in the meeting and with their friends, and to learn to convert the friendship into companionship.

Pray for the speaking brothers, for the students who serve with all the practical things and with singing and sharing, and for all the things related to this time.

Wales, Here We Come!

By train, by plane, by van, and by bus, a little over 200 Christian students and believers will get together this coming weekend in Wales to enjoy Christ especially in His third stage, the stage of intensification. Due to the degradation of the church today Christ has been intensified to become the sevenfold intensified life-giving Spirit – so that He may produce the overcomers in the churches!

Wow, what a privilege to go to Wales, somewhere close to Newtown Powys, among the hills and the sheep and the cold winds, and hear something regarding God’s desire to gain overcomers! God is intensifying His organic salvation today to overcome the age, the degradation, the devil, and everything, so that the many young God-men students would be produced as the many overcomers in all the campuses in England, France, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Greece, and all other countries in Europe!

What a privilege we have to PRAY for this time, to join ourselves to God in His desire and say,

DO IT, Lord! Obtain the overcomers from among the young generation today! Gain many God-men on all the campuses in Europe! Gain those absolute for You! Intensify Your organic salvation in all the Christian Students that they may be produced as the overcomers today! Make these ones those who bring You back!

The Picture that Surprised All My Friends on Facebook

Don’t run away, this is not a scam, it’s a real story with a happy ending 🙂 It may not be the full story, but nonetheless you will enjoy it (I hope). It starts with me being a young man who loves the Lord, originally from Romania, living in London, UK.

I was (and still am) a full-time job-keeping serving one before the Lord and in my spirit (in the Body of Christ). I saw something concerning the Lord’s move being toward Western Europe, especially in England, so after graduating FTTL (Full Time Training in London) I remained in London with the saints here, working, meeting, serving, eating – drinking – and – breathing Jesus.

The church life was wonderful. I loved what I worked. Serving with the young people was challenging, fun, time-consuming, amazing, rewarding, and altogether a great experience with the Lord and in the Body.

Facebook and Pictures

You must read my article on, Is Your Being on Facebook a Waste of Time? The story in the current blog post is a bit before I came to these conclusions… I was on Facebook a LOT, posting at least one picture album with the church life per month 🙂 and sharing from my top enjoyment in the Word and in the ministry…

Oh, did I mention I was single? Yes, I lived in the brothers’ house for a while, then moved on my own… but I was still single. Still enjoying the church life. Still loving the Lord. Still working really hard and loving it.

But something was missing. Or more precisely, someone was missing. I felt the need. The saints felt it too, and so did many people around me…. I prayed for a spouse. The saints prayed for a spouse. The young people prayed for a wife for me. The whole Body was just praying for me… wow…

The Picture that Surprised Everyone!

And then, just like that, on a lovely spring day in March 2012 a little less than a year ago, I posted a picture on Facebook that shocked all my friends - me with a lovely Chinese girl who just said, YES (see on the left)! And then, just like that, on a lovely spring day in March 2012 a little less than a year ago, I posted a picture on Facebook that surprised all my friends – me with a lovely Chinese girl who just said, YES (see me with Rebecca on the left)! I have never seen so many likes on that picture in such a short time! In less than 1 week there were more than 600 likes. Oh, Lord…

But, woooow, back up a little! What happened in the meantime? Well… You can read part of our story via Stefan and Rebecca Wedding website 🙂 and you can visit us in London to find out more. What I can tell you is that the Lord is sovereign, and He used even Facebook to bring Rebecca and I together.

Facebook was the start, but we continued to pray, read the Bible, sing, pray-read, read the life-study, and lots of prayer and conversations via Skype, Viber, and other electronic means. Until it became clear to both of us that God Put Us Together For One Another. And that I love her and she loves me 🙂 and He prepared her for me, as He was preparing me for her.

Many things on her list of “this is what I want my husband to be like” were worked out / fulfilled in me, and secret details I asked the Lord about my future wife were absolutely fulfilled in her. The same heart for the Lord and for the saints, for the students, children, and young people. The same heart for the Lord’s move and His recovery. The same vision. And many other elements (more outward) and details we prayed for – He prepared us for one another.

It became clear to both us and to the saints around us, to our parents and the close friends, and to everyone else. And then… the announcement was made, the picture was posted on Facebook, and everyone was positively (hopefully) surprised! Now that’s a pleasant surprise to give your friends – being secretly and openly one with the Lord even in your search for your spouse!

Thank You Lord Jesus for Everything

Of course there’s much more to our story, and there’s even more being written daily as we are now married and live together in London 🙂 where I am again a job-keeping full-time serving one, learning to minister to the Lord and to His house together with my wife. All I can say is,

Thank You dear Lord for everything. You know best. You know the time, the month, the season, the weather, the ring, the parents, the saints, the elders, the situation, and all the arrangement.

All I can say, looking back, is that the Lord just loves us – and He wants what’s best for us. He provides what He considers as best for us. And He continues to provide what He considers to be the best environment and situations for us to enjoy Him, gain Him, and be constituted with Him.

On our side, we just need to be open. Are we open to be the Nazarites of today, those fully separated unto Him and consecrated to Him? Amen, Lord, in all kinds of circumstances, things, environments, and situations, keep us open to You for what You intend to do in us today!

What is in Your Heart Concerning Us, Lord?

This is the question of questions. This is our best cooperation:

Lord, whatever is in Your heart concerning us, do it. We just want to say Amen. Open Your heart to us. Really open us to what You want us to do. We just wanna be one with You.

It’s so good to have a companion together with which to call on the name of the Lord, pray together, labor together, pursue the Lord together, and strive to go on together.

May He have a way. We are really nothing – we may rather hinder Him when we “try to help God with our good intentions”. But as long as we are open, God will have a way. We don’t want “what we think we need” but what He knows we need. We just want His will to be done – as in the heavens, so also on earth, and so also in our life. Lord, one with You!