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The Hardships of the Missionary Life

I recently read through Elizabeth Elliot’s Through the Gates of Splendor, in preparation for our 2017 Men’s Retreat, where I found this provocative quote on the hardships of the missionary life:

51rt4b5fFGL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A missionary plods through the first year or tow, thinking that things will be different when he speaks the language. He is baffled to find, frequently, that they are not. He is stripped of all that may be called "romance." Life has fallen more or less into a pattern. Day follows day in unbroken succession; there are no crises, no mass conversions, sometimes not even one or two to whom he can point and say: "There is a transformed life. If I had not come, he would never have known Christ." There will be those Indians who say that they accept Christ, but what of the forsaking of heathen custom and turning from sin to a life of holiness? The missionary watches, and longs, and his heart sickens.

The forces of evil, unchallenged for so long, are now set in array against the missionary.

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With that in mind, let’s take a few moments to pray for our missionaries and to thank God for the hard work that they do.

May 02 2017 | Blog | Comments Off on The Hardships of the Missionary Life

Questions & Answers

This last Sunday was our last time together in the book of Daniel. It’s always a bitter-sweet Sunday for me when we reach the end of a preaching series. It’s a bit like saying goodbye to an old friend.

Here’s the video and the audio of Sunday’s message on Daniel 12:5-13.

Questions & Answers from DrewBuell on Vimeo.

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April 25 2017 | Blog | Comments Off on Questions & Answers

Happy Seventh Birthday Luke (2017)

DSC_0515Dear Luke,

Today is your 7th Birthday. I am so proud of the young man that you are and the young man that you are becoming. This last year has been so much fun for our family. Here are a few of the highlights:

 

 

· We got a dog! You and your brothers have been asking for a dog for years, and just last month we decided that it was finally time. You love Max and take every chance you get to pet him, to talk to him, and to play with him.

· You learned to read! There were a lot of tears in the Fall of 2016 as mommy started to teach you to read. You were convinced that you’d never be able to do it. But, before you knew it, you were reading everything we put in front of you. I think teaching you to read has been one of the greatest joys of mommy’s life and it has been a supreme joy for me to watch you grow in your reading.

2017-03-15_08-09-45_318· You had a great summer! Last summer was filled with fun activities. You went swimming every day, either at the Folsom Aquatic Center or in our new pool in the back yard. We went camping at Lake Tahoe with the family, which I’m convinced is one of your favorite things to do. We went to Six Flags as a family and you got to ride lots of rides and see lots of cool shows.

· You are doing great at Awana! I can’t believe how many Bible verses you have already memorized. You and your brothers have already far surpassed anything that I did in Awana and I am so proud of you!

· You had the “best Christmas ever” again! We had a full Christmas together with lots of outings to see Christmas lights, special Christmas dinners, Christmas movies and so much more. We celebrated Christmas Eve with Auntie Apryl & Uncle Arlin & your cousins. Christmas was on a Sunday this year, so Christmas Day we went to church together and spent the rest of the day at home opening presents and enjoying each other’s company. After Christmas, we went to the beach house with Grandma & Papa and then over to Bakersfield.

DSC_0520There’s so much more that I could write to you, but the most important thing I want to tell you is that I am proud of you. You are growing into quite a young man and I continue to pray that the Lord will bless you and use you in mighty ways. Luke, there are two convictions that I pray the Lord will plant deep inside of your heart, 1) That you are a great sinner, 2) That Christ is a great Savior. I love you with all of my heart.

 

Love,

Daddy

March 31 2017 | Blog | Comments Off on Happy Seventh Birthday Luke (2017)

Happy Ninth Birthday Cody (2017)

DSC_1686Dear Cody,

Today, you are turning 9 years old. I’ve been looking back through old pictures of you and I just can’t believe how grown up you are. It seems to me that the Lord has given you a special maturity and a good deal of insight in recent years and I’m excited to see what He will do with those gifts in the future.

2016 was another great year for you and for our family. You finished second grade and started the third grade at home with Mom and your brothers. We finally put together a decent classroom at home where you have a desk, a lamp and all of your school supplies. I love coming home for lunch and finding the four of you upstairs working away at your current projects.

cute cody at the lakeAs usual, we had the “best summer ever” again . You spent many days at the Folsom Aquatic Center with mom and your brothers. I even got to come quite a few times. When you weren’t at the Folsom Aquatic Center, you were in our backyard swimming in our brand-new swimming pool. We found it at Costco a few weeks after your last birthday. It was way too big for our van, but somehow, I found a way to get it home by tying the back gate closed, because I knew how much you boys wanted it.

We went camping at Lake Tahoe again with Auntie Merry, Auntie Amanda, Nana, Granddaddy, Papa, and Grandma. We all had such a good time swimming at the lake, going on walks, riding scooters, etc.

3rd Grade Last Game (5)The fall and winter have been a whirlwind this year. We went trick or treating in Auburn, like we always do. We celebrated Thanksgiving at Auntie Apryl’s house. Christmas was on a Sunday, so we stayed home for Christmas and went to the beach house with Papa & Grandma afterwards, then we visited Bakersfield before coming back home.

One of the best parts of being your Dad is getting to watch you grow older, understanding the special way that God made you and the special gifts that He has given you. As I mentioned earlier, you have grown a lot this year. I have especially noticed the way that you have grown in your maturity and in your insight into other people. You seem to have an intuitive grasp of what other people are going through, particularly in their joys and in their sorrows. What’s more, you actually care about them. These are very special gifts that I believe the Lord will use to serve others.

cody on llamaCody, I believe that the Lord will do great things through you, if you keep two things in the forefront of your mind. 1) That you are a great sinner, 2) That Christ is a great Savior. He saved you and I, in spite of ourselves, and He has called us to serve Him and to proclaim the good news of how others might come to know Him as well.

I am so proud of the young man that you are and of the young that man that you are becoming. I love you with all of my heart.

Love,

Daddy

March 28 2017 | Blog | Comments Off on Happy Ninth Birthday Cody (2017)

Our Hope is in the Lord (Daniel 12:1-4)

Daniel 12:1-4 wraps up the vision of Daniel 11 with a triad of hope.

Hope that 1) The Lord will deliver, 2) The Lord will resurrect, 3) The Lord will reward.

Our Hope is in The Lord from DrewBuell on Vimeo.

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March 27 2017 | Blog and Drew's Sermons | Comments Off on Our Hope is in the Lord (Daniel 12:1-4)

Happy Birthday Amy (2017)

Dear Amy,

2017-02-02_18-12-53_0002016 was another full year for our “Cool” family. Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • We’ve seen each of our boys grow in remarkable ways as you’ve pressed on with Home Schooling them. I am so proud of the young men that they are growing into.
  • We went on some amazing field trips to Six Flags, the River Cats, Monterey Bay Aquarium and a whole host of summer activities like the Calaveras Big Trees, Camping at Lake Tahoe, and much more.
  • We also got to spend a week together, just ourselves, while the boys went to their grandparents.
  • The boys loved swimming in the backyard.
  • We love cooking in our newly remodeled kitchen.
  • In other words, “We’re living the dream.” 🙂

Of course, there’s a lot more going on in our lives than I can write about it in a single letter, but the most important thing that I want to tell you is that I have never loved you more than I do today. It is a dream being married to you and each day really is better than the last.

I was reading through Spurgeon’s autobiography the other day when I found this quote about pastor’s wives that I wanted to share with you:

If everything there [at home] is happy, and free from care, he can give all his thoughts to his preparation for the pulpit; and the godly woman, who thus helps her husband to preach better, is herself a preacher though she never speaks in public, and she becomes to the highest degree useful to that portion of the Church of Christ which is committed to her husband’s charge.”

I want you to know that what you do at home matters to me and it matters to our church. The work that you do at home is “to the highest degree useful” to our body and I am profoundly thankful for everything that you do for me, for our family and for our church.

I love you with all of my heart,

Andrew Buell

March 21 2017 | Blog | Comments Off on Happy Birthday Amy (2017)

The Willful King (Daniel 11:36-45)

Daniel 11:36-45 gives one of the most intimate pictures of the coming Willful King (Antichrist) that we find in scripture. Verses 36-39 describe his character and verses 40-45 give a step by step account of his final Armageddon campaign.

The Willful King – Antichrist from DrewBuell on Vimeo.

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March 20 2017 | Blog and Drew's Sermons | Comments Off on The Willful King (Daniel 11:36-45)

The Integrity of the Word of God (Daniel 11:2-35)

God's Faithful WordDaniel 11:2-35 contains the densest collection of fulfilled prophesies in the Old Testament, each of which testifies to the Integrity of the Word of God.

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Also, here are a couple of the graphics that we used as we walked through the passage.

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February 26 2017 | Blog and Drew's Sermons | Comments Off on The Integrity of the Word of God (Daniel 11:2-35)

2017 Shepherds’ Conference

It’s about that time of year again. Time for thousands of pastors from around the country to gather up their Bibles, their smartphones, their iPads and to head down to Sun Valley, CA for the Shepherds’ Conference.

I attended my first Shepherds’ Conference in 2003 in my first year of seminary and instantly fell in love. Since then I’ve tried to attend every Shepherds’ Conference that I could, although in recent years I’ve only been able to attend every other year.

The theme of the conference this year is “We Preach Christ” and just like last time, the team at Grace Community is pulling out all the stops. They’ve added an extra day, so the conference runs from Tuesday – Friday now. They’ve brought in an amazing team preachers including: John MacArthur, Al Mohler, Ligon Duncan, Mark Dever, Steve Lawson, Iain Murray and many more. They’ve got a brand new app to help us navigate the conference and as always they’ll be giving away a HUGE stack of books to every attendee.

This year I’m bringing 9 men down with me to experience the conference and see what the Lord has in store for us. In keeping with tradition I will be posting daily recaps of the conference here at www.shepherdsnotes.com. I hope you’ll come visit everyday to catch up on the latest conference news.

We Preach Christ | Shepherds’ Conference Summit from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

February 23 2017 | Blog | Comments Off on 2017 Shepherds’ Conference

Kingdoms in Conflict (Daniel 10:10–11:1)

Christians are the ones who understand that there is a titanic conflict being waged in the heavenly realms between Great Warriors of Light and Terrible Princes of Darkness. In Daniel 10:10 – 11:1 the Lord draws back the curtain on this conflict and helps us to see what is behind all of the struggles of world history.

Kingdoms in Conflict from DrewBuell on Vimeo.

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February 13 2017 | Blog and Drew's Sermons | Comments Off on Kingdoms in Conflict (Daniel 10:10–11:1)

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