July 27, 2014
On the road there are many dangers. Going home from granddaughter’s wedding, we were stopped for over an hour because of a bad accident. A major inconvenience but we realized how great God is to bring 4 carloads of the family through that section of Highway safely.
Praising The Lord.
The horse is prepared against the day of battle:
but safety is of the Lord.
July 26, 2014
Yesterday, our granddaughter, Carol was married. It was a beautiful wedding. Our prayer for her and her new husband, Joe, is that they have a long and happy life together.
Once again, we were reminded of Jesus love for us as He gave His life for His bride, the born again Christians.
Someday, maybe soon, we will be at the most beautiful wedding anyone ever witnessed. When Jesus presents His bride at the marriage supper of The Lamb.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him:for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white:for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
July 25, 2014
Read your Bible daily. Find a Bible reading plan that’s right for you. A plan will keep you from missing anything God has written in His Word. Also, if you follow the plan, you’ll be on your way to reading through the Bible once every year! The easiest way to truly “grow up” in the faith is to make Bible reading a priority.
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
July 24, 2014
“I was very much excited to have enlisted a Spanish speaking retired pastor, John Oquendo. He joined me on three different occasions and was very effective at leading others to the Lord. He loved the work and could not wait until I got back from a recent mission trip to Guatemala. However, while I was gone, John had a massive heart attack and went home to be with the Lord. My love and prayers go out to his family. Our friendship here was short lived but I look forward to our reunion in heaven!”
Excerpt from Missionary, Randy Thomas
2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
July 23, 2014
I received some of your fine materials at the Annual GARBC Conference about three weeks ago. I immediately put them to use in Chuuk, Micronesia. One of the Micronesian Bible School students really loved the “Three Things God Cannot Do” flip-chart. So did I! I wore the “I Have TWO Birthdays” button, and I had several opportunities to witness because of it.
Well, our mission is sending another team of dentist/doctors/nurses to Benin, West Africa from August 2, 2014. I would like to order two (2) of the “Three Things God Cannot Do” flip-chart.
This is an email from a dentist that was at the conference where the SOS staff had a display for the ministry. Once again God has far reaching plans for SOS to expand. Praise The Lord.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
July 22, 2014
Alice Thomas, missionary for SOS Events, taught a group of new team members in Tennessee this past weekend. Pray for these twelve as they go out into the marketplaces in their area to witness for Christ.
We have been focusing on the disciples of Jesus the past few blogs and those 12 disciples are still influential in our lives today. There were twelve people in this group that are newly trained to win souls in Tennessee. It is exciting to think of what just twelve people can do with the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach
July 21, 2014
Levi, who became Matthew, was a customs official in Capernaum who taxed imports and exports based on his own judgment. The Jews hated him because he worked for Rome and betrayed his countrymen.
But when Matthew the dishonest tax collector heard two words from Jesus, “Follow me,” he left everything and obeyed.
And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom:and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
July 20, 2014
Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, had the nick name doubting Thomas, but was he more of a skeptic than a doubter? Thomas did not ask for a special revelation from Jesus. He simply asked for the same proof the other disciples had. Thomas was the kind of man who wanted to know for himself. He was his own man. He would not let others do his thinking for him.
How did Jesus respond to Thomas? He made a special resurrection appearance for him. Jesus understood Thomas’s desire to know for himself. Jesus came to Thomas on his level. He didn’t rebuke him. He didn’t humiliate him. He could see that deep down in Thomas’s heart, that Thomas really wanted to know God.
Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
July 19, 2014
The interesting thing about Philip, one of the Twelve, is that he was personally reached by Jesus himself. While Philip brought Nathanael to Jesus, and Andrew brought Peter to Jesus, no one brought Philip to Jesus. Instead, Jesus came right to him. Normally God reaches people through people, but this was an exception to the rule.
We don’t know a lot about Philip. All the vignettes of Philip appear in the Gospel of John. But from that Gospel, we discover that he was a completely different kind of person than Peter, Andrew, James, or John. He is often paired with Nathanael, whom he brought to Jesus.
It also would appear from John’s account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand that Philip may have been in charge of the supplies and food, the road manager of sorts. He was the kind of guy who was practical.
And according to church history, Philip laid his life down for Christ, being stoned to death after reaching many with the gospel.
“The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow Me’ ” (John 1:43).
July 18, 2014
You don’t get a nickname like Sons of Thunder for no reason. But that is how Jesus’ disciples, James and John, were known. They were rough-hewn guys—amazing, colorful characters. They would not back away from a confrontation. In fact, they might even have looked forward to one. They could be very aggressive. And they also could be very insensitive.
On one occasion, when the people in a village of Samaria were not responsive to the message of Jesus, it was James and John who wanted to call down fire from heaven on them. When Jesus spoke of His own impending death, about how he would be betrayed and then handed over to the Gentiles to be mocked, spit upon, scourged, and ultimately killed, James and John blurted out, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask. . . . Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory”. These guys just said what they thought. And they were just like us: hopelessly human and remarkably unremarkable.
But God transformed them. And at the end of their lives, these men, who were known as Sons of Thunder, became known for something else. James was the first apostle to be martyred. And John became known as the apostle of love. God made James and John into different people than they were before—and He can do the same for us.
And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: