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November 23, 2018
On Mission in the Philippines
We thank the Lord for being a part of a mission-emphasized GBC and working
with mission-hearted Pastor and Elders. We just came from the Philippines
wherein we scouted 3 areas and conducted medical missions. The first place
we visited was Sta. Cruz Baptist Church in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, which is
about 2- to 3-hour-drive from Davao City (our base). The Church celebrated
their 41st anniversary and we conducted the first medical mission and catered
to the health needs of about 90 people including Pastors of daughter churches.
We were with Pastor Sammy and wife, from Seattle, WA, who were the
founding missionaries of the church. They did evangelistic presentation using
their puppet talents. The next place we went to and conducted medical mission
was in Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental, which is about 6- to 7-hourdrive.
There was a portion of the road that’s really rocky, bumpy, and steep;
and the only way to get to the place is by using a 4x4 car. We saw about 290
patients in 2 days and we were awakened to the reality of how much the people
really need medical help. Many were complaining of neuro-muscular, visual,
diabetes, and cardiovascular problems, in addition to traumatic accidents as
they go through the steep road. The third place we visited was an orphanage
called Love The Children Foundation, Inc., in Toril, Davao City, which is about
an hour drive. We saw about 30 people, including 12 orphans and other patients
in the community. Several people made decisions to put their faith in
Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins and salvation.
As the Lord wills, we will be delighted to actually see a medical ministry started
in Davao City and in satellite places that we visited. Our visit to the Philippines
was an eye-opening experience as we saw firsthand tremendous opportunities
for ministry and the gospel. Going through the city, we saw so many
people walking around and we know that they have needs, deep needs in their
hearts, that cannot be filled with anything in this world.
C.S. Lewis famously wrote (in Mere Christianity): "If I find in myself a desire
which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is
that I was made for another world." We have needs that only our Lord Jesus
Christ can meet. And that is the reason why He commanded us to go and
preach the gospel. In Isaiah 6:8, the Lord says, “Whom shall I send, and who
will go for Us?” Shall we?
November 11, 2018
“Declare His glory among the nations” Psalms 96:3
Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a division of Samaritan’s Purse, is giving us that opportunity. We have the chance to share God’s love and glory to children throughout this world. And it is so easy. It just takes a shoe box, filled with simple toys, school supplies, toiletry items, and a donation of $9/box, and you have now become a missionary to the world!
But there is one important key item, that we need most of all, and should not forget….that is prayer.
Take a brief moment. Look to your left (come on, humor me…), now look to your right. See those people sitting next to you? Imagine that they are the children that received your shoe box gift. Imagine the joy and excitement that they are experiencing, knowing that someone cared enough to send them a box full of gifts, just for them. Some of these children may not ever have received a gift before! Can you imagine that?!
Now, look again to the people sitting next to you. Imagine that they are the volunteers that have passed out the gifts, or the ones that will be teaching these children about Jesus, in the follow up study, called,” The Greatest Journey”. See the smile on their faces, the joy that fills their hearts? They are sharing the Good news of Jesus Christ.
Pray for these children, families, volunteers, and teachers of Christ. They are all part of God’s wonderful kingdom. I look forward to meeting them someday!
With your shoe box and your love for Christ, you have just opened the door for these children to now become Children of God. That my friends, is an honor and a glory, that we call a blessing.
November 04, 2018
Vigilence Before You Vote
This Tuesday, November 6, 2018, we get to exercise one of our greatest rights,
which is to vote in our local, state, and national elections. As Christians, it is
important that our voice is heard at the ballot box and each Christian should
register and vote in each election as it is our privilege and responsibility to
seek to put good, moral people into office who will seek to carry out God’s
ideals. So, as we approach this important day, I want to share some things
Christians need to do in being a good citizen of this country.
Seek God’s will on how to vote. Not every race is easy to choose the
candidate to select. Not every proposition is a clear black and
white decision. Yet, the Spirit of God gives wisdom to those who
seek it (James 1:5-7). Remember to always seek His will through
His Word and Spirit and your vote will honor our Lord (Prov. 3:5-6).
Do not vote for evil people. We all know the joke, you can tell when a
politician is lying because it’s when they open their mouth! While
many politicians will say anything to get elected and then change
their views, we must never vote for people who openly mock God
and His ways. Those who promote the killing of unborn children,
the destruction of God’s view on marriage, and put down Judeo-Christian
values, should not get our vote.
Pray for all our leaders. On Tuesday, you will celebrate in some ways
and be disappointed in others. But no matter what, we have responsibility
to pray for the leaders we like and also the ones we do
not (1 Tim 2:1-4). Intentionally make a plan and take time to vote
for our local, state, and national leaders.
Rest in knowing our hope is not in politics, but in the KING OF KINGS
and LORD OF LORDS! Read the end of the book, and realize one
day all nations will bow to our King. Truth, justice, love, peace,
hope, mercy and righteousness will reign. The world will be set
right and the King will reign with truth and grace.
Go out and vote on Tuesday and remember to pray for the leaders elected.
Most of all, do not forget where your hope rests, not in the next President,
Speaker of the House, or Governor, but in King Jesus!
October 25, 2018
REFUGE- Our College Ministry Group
2Sa 22:31 - This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves
true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
David sang these words when the LORD delivered him from his enemies.
David was called a man after God’s own heart and God promised
that someday one of his descendants would rule from his throne forever;
Messiah, Son of David–Jesus our King.
The Grace Baptist College/Career group is called “Refuge.” It is a large,
eclectic group that includes students from all over the city. We sing together.
Sometimes I just sit and listen to the voices lifting praise to God.
After a hard day the sounds are refreshing.
We pray one for another (what is said at Refuge stays at Refuge). Over
the years of prayer we have been built up as we listen to people pray
one for another. We are all built up as we see that God answers prayer.
We study God’s word, deeply. We chase rabbits. Sometimes the group
asks to keep going when we reach the end of the lesson. Notebooks are
plentiful and it is a blessing when you hear folks be able to repeat and
teach the lessons. The Word transforms.
We talk and discuss a lot: life application lessons of the truth of God’s
word and his perfect ways, of how to take refuge in God. We talk about
how to be disciples, imitators of Jesus and how to be about the King’s
business in today’s world. We encourage ways to bring Kingdom principles
and the Gospel to our world. Lives are transformed.
If you’re in the college/career “category” and looking for truth, a shield
and a refuge, come join us. Thursday nights at the Price house starting
at 6:30 pm - until Dee turns into a pumpkin. The chicken tacos are hot
and plentiful. The door is always open.
October 19, 2018
A Rock of Refuge
Psalm 31:1–2 (NKJV)
1 In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.
2 Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.
The one things constant in life is that it is always changing. Now not all change is bad, yet even good change can be stressful. And when bad changes come, we often feel discouraged and frustrated.
Recently I feel like I am going through a season of change. My son is heading off to college and will be away next year. I am proud and happy for Anderson, but he will be missed. Pastor George has answered the call to minister in Tex-as and while I know he will do a wonderful job, his partnership is missed. My son Daniel started driving and will be a senior in high school next year and Ellie will begin high school. Over the past few years we have seen some called home to be with the Lord and we miss them greatly. There have been others who have had to move out of state for jobs and other reasons and the result of this is change, change, change.
I am so grateful there is one thing that remains constant, One who is un-changeable and One who never moves. Our Lord is a rock of refuge and the place where we can be safe from all the changes that come our way. He is the foundation on which to build our life, our family, and our ministry. He is the place of protection, the guardian of our peace, and the rest and strength we need to handle the uncertainty of life.
I have found myself running lately to the God of Refuge and I have found as the Psalmist has declared, “a fortress of defense to save me.” I have found comfort when I am lonely, strength when I am weak, and endurance when I am fearful and want to hide.
God is our refuge and I hope you will run to Him not only in times of need, but today. He is constant and His love and mercy are everlasting, His power is un-ending, and His grace, sufficient for our trials. Praise the God who is our refuge!
October 04, 2018
"Mentoring" is a word that drives most men full-speed in the opposite direction! Why does the term mentoring make men so scared and un-easy? It's probably a little different for each guy, but here are a few ide-as:
A man's pride tells him to journey alone.
A man's heart tells him to remain quiet.
A man's mind tells him nobody will understand.
A man's emotions tell him to keep it under control.
Maybe you can relate to these. Mentoring is a one-on-one commit-ment in which one person pours into another person by sharing their God-given wisdom.
You might be asking, What can I gain? You can gain many things when you choose to connect with a man who has been through the trenches of life we have yet to experience. The most important thing is wisdom. We need to remember that one form of being mentored is discipleship. A disciple is a learner. If we take what we learn from another man who has been down the same road that is before us, and apply it to our life…we gain wisdom. Wisdom is applied knowledge and understanding. Doesn't sound so scary after all does it?
In the second chapter of the Bible, God tells us a fundamental truth about ourselves. He say's without wavering, 'It is not good for man to be alone.' Why? Because when God created us, He created us as social crea-tures, to have companionship with one another. Part of companionship is mentoring. There is real value for a Christian man to be mentored throughout the different seasons of his life.
I want to challenge you to consider who you are pouring into and who is pouring into you? I invite you to come join Kingdom Men the first Wednesday of every month, where we practice just that.
September 30, 2018
Fall is here, that means CHANGE!! Soon the weather will change, everyday
something changes. Change starts at birth and ends at our last
breath. Some changes come quietly, slowly, almost unnoticed. Blink your
eyes and your children have grown children.
Other things change and are loud, quick and smack you upside the head
when you are not looking – your job, you are moving to a new house, a
new city, a new state, illness you were not expecting, additions to the
family, relationships change, changes at home, at church. It comes from
every direction. All these changes cause our minds and hearts to feel NOT
SO GOOD! Even when the change is good there will still be adjustments
to make. We have a choice, how we respond.
How do you respond? How does your family handle it? Do you react or
respond? Can you see the difference? Personally, I have found myself doing
both. Even to the point of saying, “GOD WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?”
when I react. He gently reminds me He is in control and when I respond
it’s, “What do You need for me to learn?”
Then, I remember the scriptures and focus on the “BUT GOD………” times
when things were not going so well, He would remind His children who
He was, is, and ALWAYS will be.
The one thing we can always count on – Our God never changes
For I am the Lord, I do not change ……... Malachi 3:6
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. James 13:8
Rejoicing in Him,
Ruth Hanson, Women’s Director