søndag 11. oktober 2020

It is the small things that will lead to the BIG things (Missionary Allan Calhoun)

  “For who has despised the day of small things?”  (Zec 4:10)

 


I am very much for BIG things. I like BIG churches, BIG conferences. I very much desire BIG revivals. But I think also that sometime as we pursue the BIG things, we can quickly loose the small things, and the small voice of God. Many times it is the small things that can bring forth the BIG things in our lives. It could be just a small txt or encouraging message that says things like: “I missed you Sunday”, that could encourage a young woman, man or child to come to the house of God next Sunday. They may be the next Paul, or a Deborah of the new Testament that will transform cultures. Who knows!!! We have to stop expecting everything to start big.

Today, I want to be led by the Spirit, and to walk by the Spirit. So let me encourage you today to get on with your life, and let God use you in the small things that in turn will develop into BIG things. 

torsdag 8. oktober 2020

Biblical meaning of hope (Missionary Mark Robin Shutes)

Many times we use the word hope incorrectly. We say things like: I hope God will heal me. I hope I will get a better job. I hope this thing will work out in my life etc. When we use the word hope this way it actually steals our faith. But the biblical meaning of hope is very different from this. 

Rom 5:1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

The meaning of the Greek word used for hope here has to do with expectation. This word expecting (hope) is the same as when a woman is expecting a child. She will then prepare things in her home, getting things ready in hope (expecting) of the child to be born. This is how you use the word correctly. So when I hope God will heal me, I make room, and prepare for the miracle to happen. When I hope God will fill me with the Holy Ghost, I already make room for it by repenting and surrendering my life to God.

Paul teaches that this expectation is a result of Gods grace. And we have access to this grace through faith.

 

Rom 8:18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

 

It’s just like you put a seed in the ground, and then waiting in hope. It’s an expectation. So the next time you hope for a miracle, understand it has to do with expectation. It’s because of the seed that is put in you by the word of God, and that through faith we have access to his grace and all that he provided for us.

The true meaning of hope is that I am expecting it to come to pass because of what he did for us. By faith I have access to his grace, and it is THIS that gives me hope.

So make room for the miracle, and expect it to happen. For we have access to the grace of God by faith, and that’s why we have this great hope.

lørdag 8. juni 2019

You Can’t Out Give God


Guest Author; Missionary, Ed Tilley



You Can’t Out Give God

Proverbs 11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

(The Living Bible) 11:24-25 It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself.

I’ve lived my life experiencing the blessings of God on our lives! Through all the years of serving Him we have seen that by giving to the work of the Kingdom Of God that He in return blesses us more abundantly. Our son, Shane asked as a young teen if he could have a missionary to support. He never failed all those years to not only support the missionaries, but was blessed in other ways. 

If you are in financial difficulties the way out is through giving to the work of God! Join us in receiving/sharing His blessings!

torsdag 6. juni 2019

Davids song (By Pastor Mike Dobbs)

A lone soldier walks down the long palatial corridor. Only the sound of his bronze armor clinking together in cadence with his military stride breaks the silence of the early morning. He pauses for a moment to listen in front of the massive cedar doors of the royal quarters.   He hears the gentle, melodic tones of the royal harp and the voice of King David as he sings to the God of Israel. The king is already up! The soldier rushes away to let the rest of the servants know to get ready for the day.

Inside the royal chamber, a lone figure in plain white linen leans over his old harp and sings before the window.  As usual, he is in the company of his two most dear and faithful friends. His God and the harp he saved up to buy when he was just a teenager- his constant comforting companion! His voice quivers from the emotion evoked by the unmistakable presence he feels in the room. He peers out of the lattice window and watches the sun slowly rise over the Judaean hills, lighting the sky with a myriad of vivid colors of the morning.
His masterful fingers pluck the strings of the harp, and with eyes tightly shut, he sings to the unseen guest in his room! He sings to the One who believed in him when he couldn't believe in himself. He sings to the One who was his Father during the years his earthly father rejected him and treated him as a lowly slave. He sings to the One that his mother told him about as a little child: "He will never leave you or forsake you!" He sings to the One who delivered the mighty Goliath into his hand and kept him unharmed for the many years he was hunted by his father-in-law, King Saul. His song· is intimate and from the very depths of his heart. He understands that his tears do not indicate weakness but ultimate dependence upon his God. His God is the king, and he is just the chief shepherd over God's people! He sings as his soul searches out direction and wisdom from the One in the room. He sings to the Lord, asking Him to order his steps and give him direction to lead the nation. He sings of the past victories God has given His people, and his praises echo off the cedar beams and resound through the halls of his stately palace.
As the sun rises higher in the sky, his voice is no longer a whisper but his voice begins to crescendo with the morning, and the palace of David becomes a source in the earth of heartfelt praise to the God who made it. His song rings through the halls of heaven and falls upon the ear of the Great Creator of All Things, the Ancient of Days. All of heaven is impacted by the sound of one man who has chosen to begin his day with a song of praise! The Almighty raises His hand for the angels to silence their continual song of adoration. All of Heaven stands and listens in rapt attention to the voice of this lowly mortal as he sings of his love for his God!
No wonder David was a man after God's own heart.   No wonder God would later choose to come in the form of a man from the lineage of David. How could God ignore such a man who so desired to be in His presence?  David gave his God the thing He wanted most, attentive love and affection. David provided a place for his God to dwell in his praise and worship! Somehow David realized the Tabernacle and its religious ceremonies of sacrifice was just a temporary substitute of what his God really desired. So he sang and wrote songs so others could sing. His psalms are still an inspiration and an example to us all, of how we can have an intimate relationship with God that is possible through heartfelt praise and worship. David met God every morning with a song and a praise. That special daily time in his royal chamber made King David the mighty man we know today. David gave God his heart in praise, and God gave David an anointed song to sing and share with his people. What a blessed transaction!
God is intently searching for the Davids of today, for those whose consistent morning praise will interrupt the worship service of Heaven and cause the angels to fall silent in awe of a human's love for his great God! I want to be a David!

torsdag 18. april 2019

If God be for us...

 Judges 6:13And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles… 

 

 

Rom 8:31What shall we then say to these things? If God befor us, who can be against us?




In these two verses, we see two opposite responses to a Biblical truth. The Biblical truth is that God is for us. In the first verse we see Gideon’s response to this truth, and in the second verse, we see Paul’s response to the same truth. Gideon’s response is; if God is for me, then WHY am I going through what I am going through? Why am I suffering trials and hardships? If God is for me, then where is all the miracles? Isn’t he supposed to give me miracles if he is for me? 

 

Paul on the other hand has a complete opposite response. He claims, if God is for me, then who can be against me. He felt that none of the pain, trials or storms in life could be against him as long as he knew God was for him. He later list up things as tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword etc etc, and states that none of these things shall be able to separate him from the love of God. 

 

What is your response to the truth that God is for you? Is it a list of all the why’s, and all the where’s? Is it a long list of expectations if God is for you? Or is it complete trust in that ALL things will work together for the good, because God is for me? 

 

You see, all we really need to know is that God is FOR us. As long as he is for us, all things will work out in the end. Just trust and rest in the truth that he is for you!

onsdag 17. april 2019

GOD IS FOR YOU !

Rom 8:31What shall we then say to these things? If God befor us, who can be against us?


The second sentence in this verse has been quoted so many times. If God before us, who can be against us? This is really not a question, but rather it is an answer. It answers the first sentence in the verse. What shall we then say to these things? Paul is pointing back to a list of things he has mentioned in this chapter. After listing all this wonderful promises and truths from God, he then asks: What shall we then say to these things? The conclusion is: If God befor us, who can be against us? So we can see, it is a conclusion, and an answer. What Paul is really saying here is: Since I have proven that God is for us, then who can really be against us? 

So what is “these things” then? What is it that Paul is referring to that brings him to this conclusion?

 

V 1)   There is No Condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. 

V 4)   Righteousness of the law fulfilled in us

V 11) He shall quicken our mortal bodies by his Spirit

V 16) We have recieved his Spirit, and are his children 

V 17) We are joint heirs with Christ 

V 17) We shall be glorified together with him 

V 26) His Spirit helps our infirmities 

V 28) ALL things works together for the good to us that love him 

V 29) We shall be made LIKE him 

V 30) Called us, Justified us, and glorified us

When we know all these things, the only thing we can say, and the only reasonable response is: If God is FOR us, who can be against us.

 

tirsdag 16. april 2019

The three positions of God

 Psalm 23:1The LORD  is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.



 Psalm 23 is a beautiful psalm that portraits life down here. Here we find God is three different positions according to where David is in his life. In the first few verses, we find him in FRONT leading. We need God in front of us to lead us and guide us where to go. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He leadeth me in the path of righteousness. But then, when he is going through difficult times in the valley of the shadow of death, God is not anymore in front leading, but rather he says, you are WITH me. You are right beside me. There are times in our life when we need God closer. That’s when he is WITH us. Comforting us with his rod and staff. Then, in the last verse, we find God not in front leading, and not besides comforting, but he is coming AFTER me. He is following me with his goodness and mercy. That’s what we need when we fail to let him lead us, or when we fall walking through the valley even though he is with us. When we stumble and fall on this journey, he is also coming after us, to pick us up with his goodness and mercy. 

In front LEADING

Beside me COMFORTING

Following me with MERCY

Oh what a savior !!!!