Being a mission planter is not easy. Every mission planter feels called to go out into the world as the Apostles and many disciples over the life of the Church have done. However, most mission planters become disappointed when things do not turn out the way they planned. I know, I have been there and done that.
But you should not be disappointed if you are not growing as you expected. We might hear a lot about all the missionary exploits of those who came before us. Yet, there are many who might have not racked up big numbers who were influential in the life of other people as well.
So do not lose hope and leave the mission planting fields. Stick with it and plant missions one person at a time.
The podcast above has some encouraging words for you to keep you going. Listen to it and I hope that it will help you get back in the battle of winning souls for Jesus Christ our Lord. Click on the image above of listen to this encouraging message here.
Do You Have A Rule Of Life? Maybe You Should
As followers of Christ we are supposed to be disciples. Being a disciple implies being disciplined. Most of us are not as disciplined as we will like to be.
One way of growing in discipline is the use of a Rule of Life. To find out about what exactly is a rule of life, and to find out how you can have one, listen to the podcast above.
At the town where I live by, there is a man who drives around with a sign being pulled by his car telling sinners to repent. Some times he stops around busy intersections around town and gets out of his car with another sign telling people to repent.
I guess we could do something similar to what this man is doing. We could go around the neighborhood telling every one that they are a sinner and that they need to repent. However, is that really what we are supposed to do?
The podcast above contains a short message that deals with this issue of sinfulness in the world and how we should perhaps deal with it. I hope you enjoy it, and while you at it share it with all your social network contacts. May God bless you and your loved ones.
I have a neighbor of many years, who has a tendency to insult me, but I do not think he realizes it. I will explain to you brothers and sisters what I mean in a minute. However, before I do, I will like to publicly confess that I allowed my neighbor’s views to anger me and that I reacted in anger and was wrong in doing so. I let my Lord Jesus down, and I am ashamed of what I did.
You see, it turns out that many of our conversations have revolved around black people, and about how black people have a litany of issues. He feels that black people and other minorities are under performers (for lack of a better word) and that many of the laws that we have in place that are to protect against discrimination are not needed. He feels that there is no discrimination in this country, and that essentially there is no need to complain.
Usually, I try to redirect him and gently try to help him walk on the others person’s shoes. Normally I ignore him and attribute his comments to ignorance and blindness of heart, and I get on with my day. However, today he would not redirect. He was more forceful than ever, and I was obviously less tolerant. I was in no mood to hear the “we do not need affirmative action” speech. I was in no mood to hear that blacks, Hispanics and Indians get into schools unjustly, and that they are not qualified to begin with.
So it came to a point when I was feed up. I was like, “the people you are bad talking is me!” I am one of those Hispanics that you wrongly feel are not integrated into society. I am one of those blacks (for in case he did not notice, I have black skin) that you feel are so messed up that every wrong in society is their fault. I had to say enough, but he would not let me. He pushed back and I pushed back even harder. I raised my voice and he told me to lower my voice that I was talking too loud. I then raised my voice louder and called him a racist to his face. I told him that racism is a sin, and it is. However, so is anger! I was wrong also, even more so than he.
How could I have let him get to me and set such a bad example for Christ.
Jesus, my Lord, I have let you down. I should have put you first, even before my own feelings. Please forgive me Lord, please forgive me. Brothers and sisters pray for me.
As Bishop for the Missionary Diocese of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and as a follower of the Lord of mercy, Jesus Christ, I reject all calls to refuse Syrian refugees asylum. If we are to call ourselves a Christian country, let it be because of our expression of love towards those in need, regardless of their religion or nationality.
Here is what our Lord Jesus Christ has said concerning what God our Father wants from us: “go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’’ (Matthew 9:13), and in that same Holy Bible: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)
Remember also, those who fear the Lord and want to serve Him. Many will be “put…on trial…[and the Lord] will be quick to testify …against those who…deprive the foreigners among you of justice…” (Malachi 3:5)
As I sit here and ponder about all the suffering that guns have caused to innocent Americans in recent years, I wonder, where is Christ in all this? After all, as a believer of Christ I should filter everything through Jesus. So as a Christian I wonder, on which side of this heated debate should I be on?
I have held guns and other weapons that use ballistics in my hands before. I have read the descriptions that illustrate how powerful a gun is and how accurate it can be. So, I am well aware of what guns and rifles are mainly used for. They are meant to kill. They are meant to inflict deadly force on an enemy or adversary. They are not meant to be collected unless one is a museum, or as a purely for hunting device since there are other methods to hunt. They are not a toy to be given to children as birthday presents, or as a wedding gifts to people. Guns are serious business. Dead serious.
Hence, as a man who by the mercy of Christ has given his life to ministry, I just do not see how a believer in Christ can be so adamant about possessing such a destructive tool as a gun. Guns are an instrument of death, nothing else about it. That unbelievers are so full of fear, to the point that they feel the need to use an instrument of death to protect their earthly life is understandable. However, those who have their eyes set on the things above should not be attached to earthly living, and should know that no one can kill them. After all, those who believe in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life in Christ Jesus. Amen!
Bishop Abad A. Perez Missionary Diocese of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
12 ‘Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray?
13 In truth I tell you, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all.
14 Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.
Psalms 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
1 [Psalm Of David] Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 In grassy meadows he lets me lie. By tranquil streams he leads me
3 to restore my spirit. He guides me in paths of saving justice as befits his name.
4 Even were I to walk in a ravine as dark as death I should fear no danger, for you are at my side. Your staff and your crook are there to soothe me.
5 You prepare a table for me under the eyes of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup brims over.
6 Kindness and faithful love pursue me every day of my life. I make my home in the house of Yahweh for all time to come.
35 ‘See that you have your belts done up and your lamps lit.
36 Be like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks.
37 Blessed those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. In truth I tell you, he will do up his belt, sit them down at table and wait on them.
38 It may be in the second watch that he comes, or in the third, but blessed are those servants if he finds them ready.
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Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
9 His saving help is near for those who fear him, his glory will dwell in our land.
10 Faithful Love and Loyalty join together, Saving Justice and Peace embrace.
11 Loyalty will spring up from the earth, and Justice will lean down from heaven.
12 Yahweh will himself give prosperity, and our soil will yield its harvest.
13 Justice will walk before him, treading out a path.
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