Leadership Succession

January 2010


Dear friends,

Just a note to tell you that I had a wonderful time in the Philippines. I felt much freedom as I preached. It was a joy to have good fellowship with lay people who really love and serve God while being in the marketplace.

In three towns–Manila, Cebu and Davao–we had public meetings to release the Philippine edition of my book The Call to Joy and Pain published by OMF Lit. This is the ninth edition of that book to be released. And I think it is the nicest! It is a delight to know the quality of some of the literature coming out of Asia.

I was also able to complete chapter 31 for my Preaching commentary on Deuteronomy. It was really applicable to me because it described the procedures followed in Moses handing over the leadership to Joshua–something that I am hoping to do myself. The overwhelming message to me from this passage was that the whole focus was on encouraging the people to be obedient to God’s Word after Moses died. In order to do this Moses had to do two things.


No time was spent for praising the achievements of Moses, whom some consider to have been the greatest national leader in human history. I thought of all the precious time, energy and resources that are wasted trying to praise and recognise departing leaders and leave behind things that will help people remember them and their legacy. There is no need for people to remember us. What is important is to leave a people with the vision of God’s desires for them, so that even after they stray they could come back to God. Moses’ legacy was the Word of God he gave to the people!

William Carey said, When I am gone, speak not of William Carey, but of William Carey’s Savior.

And what a wonderful Saviour we serve! I was preaching the same sermon in the three book launches–a sermon I must now have preached over 50 times. Each time I was more excited about the truth in it because it is truth from the Word of God. I have just finished two busy months where I have preached and taught about 65 times. But I am more fired up about preaching than I was when I began my ministry 33 years ago. Why? because the Word of God is such a powerful instrument to handle and the Lord Jesus is such a wonderful Saviour to serve.

Thanks for your prayers,