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.
Are You Praying For Something & Nothing Has Happened Yet?
Listen to “Have You Ever Prayed for Something & Not Receive It?” on Spreaker.
Sometimes it seems like we pray and pray forever and what we pray for never comes. It can be frustrating and painful. I certainly can frustrating and the enemy knows it. However, as believers we can not give up. We have to pray, pray and then some.
The podcast above talks about prayer and about how to stay encouraged during those difficult times when we pray and it feels as if out prayer is not being heard or answered. Please listen to it and share it with as many people as you can. May God continue to bless you.
I used to think that the only way to do ministry was by going door to doo, or town to town, sort of like the disciples did during the earlier part of the Church.
Of course, I would neglect to remember that Paul made great use of the written word to communicate his message, and that many ministries have been grown by way of T.V. and radio over the years.
So even though, to me and to many of my mentors, personal contact has been the preferred way to do ministry, situations have caused this notion of “in person only” ministry to become more flexible over the years, at least to me.
As you probably know, part of the new way of ministry today involves the use of interactive websites. Many communions and congregations have a website. As part of their online ministry, a prayer submission page is usually provided. Millions of people submit prayer request on these prayer request pages. Some have brought this into question, while others have embraced it.
The opponents of prayer request pages wonder, ‘do this prayer request pages even work?’ Personally, I think they do. The podcast above deals with this issue of submitting prayer request on the internet. Listen to it and see what you think.
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.
A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2She was pregnant and was crying out in birthpangs, in the agony of giving birth. 3Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. 5And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne; 6and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for one thousand two hundred sixty days. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
O children of Zion, be glad
and rejoice in the Lord your God;
for he has given the early rain for your vindication,
he has poured down for you abundant rain,
the early and the later rain, as before.
The threshing floors shall be full of grain,
the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
I will repay you for the years
that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
my great army, which I sent against you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
and praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has dealt wondrously with you.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.
You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.
And my people shall never again
be put to shame.
I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
Even on the male and female slaves,
in those days, I will pour out my spirit.
I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.
According to the constitution of Iran its citizens are given freedom for religious practice. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani attempted to exercise his freedom of religion when school officials tried to enforced a government policy that required that all children study the Quran in school. As a result of his protest, the secret police demanded that pastor Youcef Nadarkhani appear before a political tribunal. He was arrested and was later charged with apostasy and evangelism of Muslims.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was tried on September 21, 2010 and was condemned to dead on November 13 for apostasy. Currently our brother in Christ is in jail were the authorities have tried every trick in the book, to include torture, medication, etc, in order to convert him back to Islam.
Since they were not able to convert him back to Islam, the authorities retaliated by arresting brother Youcef Nadarkhani’s wife, by putting her on trial without an attorney present, and sentenced our sister in Christ to life in prison. By the mercy of God, she was later released from prison after winning an appeal.
The authorities have not executed our brother Youcef Nadarkhani yet. While we are thankful that he is still alive, we know that he is still suffering tremendously at the hands of those who have unjustly put him in prison.
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit of God will descend upon our brother pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, and that his heart will be filled with an immeasurable courage and strength. That as he endures this unjust punishment from his torturers, his unwavering love for Christ will serve as a powerful evangelism tool like no other. Let us also pray for his family and for their safety. Finally Lord, we pray for the release of our brother. That as we join together in prayer, the shackles that blind those who have unjustly persecuted him will be removed from their hearts, and that compassion may move them to release our brother so he can be reunited with his family. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on our brother and on his family. In Christ we pray. Amen.