Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August 2011 Staff Spotlight

Jim & Judy Tholen

WOW, I’ve been married 43 years! That sure makes me sound old. Judy and I have two beautiful daughters and four grand-daughters. We had a Christian Book Store (C.B.S.) for 26 years in the San Francisco bay area. It was a great blessing to us.  

In March 2005, we retired from our C.B.S. and in July of that year, we did a DTS in Kona.  Our outreach was 5 months in South-East Asia. It ruined me for "ordinary" life. Judy and I went on staff in Kona for a year, and have been staff in Chico for four and a half years.  

The thing God has been impressing to me for the past few weeks is to focus on my foundation. First Corinthians 3:11-13 says, "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the day will bring it to light.  It will be revealed with fire and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work." I have been asking myself the question, “What am I building on? Am I doing my work for the Lord or for Jim?” My desire is to enter the Kingdom with His rewards, not man's. I want to pan and dig for the Gold while I labor here in the California foothills. So I ask myself the question each day: “How can I be a builder of Your Kingdom, Lord? A Kingdom that will last forever.” 

My encouragement to all who read this is “GO FOR THE GOLD”  

- Jim Tholen

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