Deputation is About Ministry

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“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of your always in my prayers; Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”

Romans 1:9-12

 

 

“Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company. But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.”

Romans 15:24-25

 

Some preachers do not realize that scheduling a missionary to come to their church will help the church. Deputation gives the missionary an opportunity to minister or serve his pending supporting churches. In the first chapter on deputation, we mentioned that the church ought to be better because the missionary was there. The Apostle Paul traveled to many churches. His agenda when he arrived was to help in some way. The reason he wanted to visit the church in Rome was to serve her. The reason he told them that he was going to Jerusalem was to serve the saints at the church there.

As I made phone calls to set up meetings, I was once asked by a preacher, “What would you do when you got here?”

“We can go visiting and soul winning. If you have a bus route, we can drive and fix the bus. We can teach and preach. Wouldn’t it be great for the church people to see the missionary bring a visitor to church? Think of the young people’s hearts God could change because the missionary was there.” My whole response was ministry. Seeing someone saved, take a step forward in discipleship, or surrender his life to serve God is more important than me getting fifty, one hundred, or even two hundred dollars a month for support. God has already lined up the churches to give his missionaries financial support. The missionary needs to line up the churches in which he can serve most.

The missionary ought to serve the church in prayer. The first thing Paul mentions in almost every epistle is that he prays for those churches regularly and specifically. Not only should the church’s prayer list grow with each visiting missionary, but the missionary’s prayer list ought to also grow. If there is anyone the church would covet prayers from, it is the missionary. Godly missionaries literally live by faith every day and know how to get things from God.

The effective missionary does not care about himself more than he cares for others. That care is shown through prayer. Can a pastor or church member one of the missionaries they support to pray for them and expect an answer from God due directly to that missionary’s prayer? The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

            The pastor and church ought to give opportunity for service. Paul told the church in Rome that he was going to the church in Jerusalem with the express purpose of ministering to the saints. We know that Paul was gathering funds from many of the mission works he started to be a relief to the church at Jerusalem. “For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.(Romans 15:26-27)

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Paul was performing a service on behalf of the churches in Macedonia and Achaia. Those churches were indebted to the saints in Jerusalem for sending Paul and others to them (by way of Antioch) with the Gospel. How does thins apply to deputation today? The missionary and the future saints are indebted to the supporting churches. Deputation allows the missionary to serve the supporting churches preemptively. It is like a person thanking God for what He will do but has not done it yet. Because of this, the preacher should give multiple opportunities for the missionary family to serve in soul winning, on a bus route, in Sunday school, by way of music, etc. The missionary’s service on deputation also gives the church a preview of what she can expect when the missionary gets to the field.

            The missionary ought to leave something behind. “For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.” (Romans 1:11-12) Paul wanted to go to Rome to leave something behind. The purpose for that was to further establish and ground the church and the individual believers. The missionary ought to use his spiritual gifts to this end when he visits churches on deputation.

“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.” (I Corinthians 14:1-4) Edification is building up. Is the missionary building up the church when he visits? Exhortation is strong encouragement. The book of Hebrews calls it provoking unto love and good works. Is the missionary challenging or provoking the church to love and good works? Is the missionary comforting the church when he visits?

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:11-16) This passage is another on spiritual gifts. These gifts listed in Ephesians are people. God has gifted the church with certain types of people with one of those gifts being the missionary. I realize the term missionary is not in the Bible, but you will find that what a missionary does is in the Bible. The main job of a missionary is to evangelize the lost. That sounds like the evangelist in Ephesians. Missionaries are messengers sent out of the local church with a specific mission. That sounds like the apostles who were also sent out with a specific mission.

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God has given missionaries to the local church to help the church grow and be fitly joined together. Missionaries are the joints of the church. Joints supply mobility. Missionaries help the church be mobile and work effectually. When a pastor has a missionary come to the church, that church should rejoice in the gift God has given them and realize that he is helping the church increase. Some of the best missionaries offer to help in even the most mundane tasks without the pastor asking. On the other side of the same coin, the missionary had better make sure he does as the pastor asks. The pastor knows the church, has found what the missionary has to offer before he shows up, and most likely has already found the best way for said missionary to serve and help the church.

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The Supreme Task of the Church

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“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Mathew 16:18

 

During the War for Independence, George Washington had some good commanders and soldiers, but none were more creative than General Anthony Wayne from Chester County, Pennsylvania. General Wayne was originally a surveyor, farmer, and representative in the Pennsylvania colonial legislature. When the Revolutionary War broke out, he raised a regiment and was appointed its colonel in 1776.

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After many rumors about a defeated battle, Anthony Wayne called for his own court martial. After the evidence was submitted, it was said that he did everything he could do to win. General Washington was much pleased with the verdict. He was given the nickname “Mad Anthony” for taking on a larger group of British soldiers primarily with bayonets in storming a fort in Stony Point, New York. He also had other creative tactics in engaging the enemy. He is most known for this response to General Washington, “Give the order, sir, and I will lay siege to hell.” If he only knew that God already gave the order in Matthew 16:18…

This verse is speaking of an offensive promise. Christ is not speaking of Satan attacking the church. He is speaking of the hordes of hell doing all they can to keep people in Hell. He gives the promise that all the defensive maneuvers in the world will not keep the church from accomplishing her task. In this first use of the word church, Christ also gives the purpose of the church. He gives the same command in Acts as His final speech to the disciples. The supreme task of the church is the evangelization of the world.

If missions is the supreme task of the church, great care ought to be taken to accomplish this task. Missions ought not to be taken lightly or haphazardly. Care should be taken in sending and supporting missionaries. Zeal ought to accompany the caution as well. The church needs to be passionate and relentless in its quest to preach the gospel to every creature. Every ministry and program in the church should be to that end.

This verse also gives us the position of the lost. They are just as good as being in hell already. “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:18 & 36) The soul winner is one seen as pulling the lost out of the fire. Satan will not let them go without a fight; he uses gates to welcome and keep the lost in hell at any cost.

To effectively breach the gates of Hell, a good military strategist must know the layout and the makeup of the place he is attacking. Gates that are made of iron or other metals require a different strategy to breach than wooden gates. The function of the gates may also determine a specific choice of strategy. What are the gates of hell made from?

The first type of gate is pride. The gate hell uses most to welcome sinners is pride. This gate is built in many forms. It can be seen as a person who proclaims his own goodness as a way to get to heaven. Pride can also be seen in the person who sees his need for Christ, yet he refuses because of fear of what others would think of him. Felix said the time was not convenient for him. Festus said Paul was crazy, using his own logic to placate his conviction for salvation. Agrippa told Paul almost. All these excuses to not receive Christ were rooted in pride. As far as we know, these three men are in hell.

The second type of gate is culture. Many people allow their culture or their lifestyle to keep them from getting saved. In many places in the world, a person will be ostracized from their family for trusting Christ. Devout Jews are known for having a funeral for people who get saved. Other cultures physically persecute people who leave their belief system. The first Burmese converts got baptized at night due to persecution.

The third type of gate is religion. People were on their way to hell before there ever was a religion, but Satan uses religion to keep people from switching their eternal destinations. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (II Corinthians 4:4) With all the religions in the world, there are only two belief systems. One says a person must do something to escape their sins and go to heaven. The other says it has already been done.

Our job is to attack these gates. God’s Word gives many points of attack to take down pride, culture, and false religion. When His Word goes forth, it does not come back void. The gates of hell cannot prevail against it. The book of Romans says, “…we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” We just need to follow Him and his plan

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Davis Family April 2015 prayer letter

Some of the searches that brought people to our site were asking for examples of prayer letters. The link below will take you to our April 2015 prayer letter. I hope it will be a help and an encouragement. Whether the letter is from a missionary or to a missionary, it should be written from the heart. Don’t write cookie cutter letters. Put some effort into it. If you are writing to a missionary, make the letter conversational, meaning write it as if you were talking to them face to face. Too many people are trying to grab a form letter to send without doing much effort on their part. The letter should also be personal.
I hope this post helps. Enjoy the letter.

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Deputation Is Not About Raising Money!

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“And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia:  And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.  And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.”         Acts 14:25-27

 

In this modern era of church history, most pastors, churches, and missions agencies are used to the tradition of missionaries going on deputation to raise financial support before going to their respective fields. I will start off by saying that the first century missionaries did not go on deputation. God told the church to send them, and they left almost immediately. As you read this article please keep in mind that deputation is a tradition. I am not against deputation. It is a very useful tool as we will find out in this article and the following one. The title will probably turn some heads and cause others to scratch theirs. Some will even consider it controversial although that is not my intent. I want to help pastors, churches, and missionaries understand and have a profitable deputation.

The verses above would be more applicable to missionaries coming back for furlough. Paul and Barnabas have gone on their journey, won many people to Christ, and started many churches. Now they are coming back to their sending church to give a report. As stated above, the early missionaries did not go on deputation; they trusted God to take care of them as they went. Having said that, we can learn a lot about deputation from these men and from this passage. I often wonder what the Apostle Paul would say concerning modern missions, and, in this case, deputation. The principles expressed in this work will help pastors support more missionaries, and they will help missionaries get to the field in a timely manner.

Deputation is not about raising money! Most missionaries are told to go on deputation to raise monetary funds to survive on the mission field. If that is the missionary’s goal, he will be severely disappointed. There are also pastors who groan when they hear the voicemail or read the email from a missionary asking to visit the churches to present their particular field. Some churches try to cut to the chase by telling the missionary that they cannot take them on for financial support. Both of these attitudes are not good.

Look back to the verses. They went to the mission field and came back to tell what God had done and what God had put on their heart for the future. They were just getting started, and they were excited about it. Paul and Barnabas wanted the sending/supporting church to get excited about it also. Money was the last thing on their minds. How does this tie in to modern missions? Most missionaries take a survey trip and come back to tell the wonderful things God wants to do among the people in their field.

In another article we will discuss what deputation is about. Before we get there, we must see what deputation is not about. It is not about money. The following are some reasons why deputation is not about money:

Your heavenly Father already knows what you need. “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:8) God already knows how much the missionary needs and where the money will come from. Besides, we are supposed to ask God for the monetary support. The verse does not say, “Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask other Baptist churches for support.”

This was the philosophy of George Muller and J. Hudson Taylor. Hudson Taylor never asked people for money or recruits. A missionary who signed up for the China Inland Mission had to sign a contract which said they would only ask God for financial support not any humans. Their trust was to be in God only. The missionary and the supporting pastor must ask themselves who they are trusting. Deputation is not about raising money because God wants the missionary to trust Him for the support. Deputation is not about raising money because God wants the pastors to trust Him for the support to give. That is why it is called Faith Promise.

There are more important things in your life and ministry than money. “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” (Luke 16:11) Christ here is speaking of taking care of the money you have, so you can be trusted with bigger things. There are things bigger than money? Yes, sir. There are things more important than money? Yes, sir. He said true riches as if money was of false value. And it is of false value. What kinds of things are true riches? How about winning souls as you are on deputation? How about Christians making decisions for Christ while you are on deputation? How about your supporting churches seeing a Holy Spirit-filled man preach the gospel of Christ? The churches a missionary goes to should be better off after he leaves, or that missionary has not done his job. Paul and Barnabas were concerned with the church in Antioch being more involved in missions after they left. As a result, their merry band split in two, and they got twice as much done for God. Barnabas got John Mark back in the saddle, and Paul got Silas, the new guy. Anyone would say that what those two men accomplished for God was better than any amount of money in the world!

The missionary and the pastor who are only concerned with money in missions are going to miss some blessings that God has for them. “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (I Timothy 6:10) At the very least the missionary who is concerned with money is going to be very disappointed and discouraged when deputation does not go as planned. At the worst that missionary will compromise what he believes just to raise support.

Besides that, God is not going to do for that missionary or pastor what He had planned to do. Many times Christ went somewhere and could not do many miracles because of their unbelief and hardness of heart. What makes us think that God works any differently 2,000 years later? I understand that a pastor could not possibly have every missionary in who calls, but money should not be the reason he turns the missionary down from coming. Mr. Missionary, remember that being a blessing is the greatest blessing.

Now that you know what deputation is not about, you are able to be equipped to have a successful deputation. This is the reason why both missionaries and pastors must stay close to God. Missionary, let God guide what you say and how you say it when you call churches for meetings. Pastor, let God guide you in deciding what missionary should come and if the church should financially support him.

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A Monk Tells How He Found True Enlightenment by U Saw Neing (Ooh So Nang)

 

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My name is U Saw Neing, and I was born in 1965. I am a pure Burmese with a very strong Buddhist family background. There has never been anyone in our family that became a Christian, but all have faithfully and blindly followed the teachings of Gautama.

Darkness and Confusion

At six years old I entered the monastery school and began to learn about the Buddha, the “awakened” or “enlightened one.” I learned about his struggle for enlightenment and how he learned the answers of life through his own journey of suffering. I was taught that, as we are, he was; and as he became, we also can become.

Even though I had many questions that no one could answer, I became the most popular monk in my township and eventually reached my goal of becoming “high priest.” I would speak to great crowds of people about the beliefs and practices of Buddhism and many would give to me gifts and even bow down and worship me. But I knew in my heart that I was not a worthy person for such things. And I wondered what I had to do to become worthy. It seemed that the more I tried to be worthy of such things, the more unworthy I felt.

I was physically fit, energetic, caring, generous, warm, and friendly to everyone I met. Yet I was miserable every day because I felt that I was in darkness and could not find the truth. Many people would come to me for help, counseling, and direction in life, and I would try my best to help them according to the teachings of Buddha. But, even as I was speaking to them, there was emptiness inside my own heart, and I felt that all I had accomplished was done in vain and amounted to nothing (anata).

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True Enlightenment

 I was invited to be a speaker in a Buddhist Crusade in the Ayeyarwady Division of Myanmar. While traveling to this place, I met a friend who gave me a Christian Bible which I put in my bag. I was very excited and eager to read this Bible; and, after returning from the crusade, I thumbed through its pages and began reading in the temple when no one was around me. It seemed that my eyes were directed to two verses found in Matthew 16:26-27. “For what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” When I read these two Bible verses, they were like fire that burned in my heart very intensely, and I wept because I knew that all I had been doing and all that I possessed were “anata” (vain or nothing) if I were to lose my own soul.

Reading this Bible was like the sun rising in the morning, gradually turning a dark dismal night into a bright cloudless day. With each page I began to see and understand more, and it made sense to me. I learned that this Holy Bible was inspired by God and given through many men of God over thousands of years and preserved to this day by the Holy Spirit of God so we could learn about Him. I learned that the true Creator of man is a living God and not at all like men and never has been. Now He was speaking to my heart by that same Spirit, through the very words of God recorded so long ago.

True Enlightenment became mine through learning and believing these four truths:

1st Light: The True Nature of the Living God

He is Spirit. The Bible says, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him  in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

He is the Most High God. Abraham called Him, “the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth.” Genesis 14:22

He is the most powerful of all earthly or heavenly spirits. “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”  Psalm 83:18

He does not live in temples, shrines, or statues. The Bible says, “the most High dwelleth not in temples mad with hands.” Acts 7:48

He is eternal. Paul, the Apostle, described God as “…the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God…” I Timothy 1:17  God told Abraham to call Him “YAHWEH” (LORD) or “The Great I Am.” In other words, He is the Self-Existent One. He had no beginning and has no ending.

He is Holy. “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:8

He is a Father. “…there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things…” I Corinthians 8:6  And I learned that we cannot become God as He is because all human beings are born with a sin nature.

2nd Light: The True Nature of Man

Genesis, the first book of the Bible, says that God created the first man, Adam, as a three-part being, with a living body, soul, and spirit. But when Adam disobeyed God, he sinned against his Creator, and his spirit died. He could no longer communicate with or understand God. Every man and woman from that point forward was and is born a sinner and separated from God by his sin. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned.”  Romans 5:8

God gave His holy Word to the world through the nation of Israel, and so many Jews believed they were special, different from others in the world. But that same Bible makes it clear that all people from every nation are sinners in the eyes of their Creator God. The Apostle Paul said this: “What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one… For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  Romans 3:9-12, 23

No child needs to be taught how to lie or disobey…because we are born with a sin nature that we inherit from our parents. King David said, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psalm 51:5

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3rd Light: The True Destiny of Man

Mankind was created to live forever and commune with his Creator. But sin separated him from the Creator God and brought upon him the curse of eternal suffering. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” I Corinthians 6:9-10  “…fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Matthew 10:28  “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Second Death? Yes, the Bible talks about another death, worse than the first – not just a physical death but a spiritual death. NOT A CONTINUAL CYCLE OF LIFE, BUT ONE LIFE FOLLOWED BY A FEARFUL JUDGMENT BEFORE ALMIGHTY GOD. “…It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27  In the Bible’s Old Testament, the Jews knew that sin needed to be paid for. Every day they would offer the blood of a lamb or a bullock as a sacrifice for their sin. Also in the New Testament, there is a price for sin, “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23

How then can we pay for our sin? Should we sacrifice and animal to God, or give our own blood, money, or property? Can we earn God’s forgiveness by doing good deeds? The Bible says we cannot pay for our own sins by doing good works or by giving anything.  The forgiveness of sin and arelationship with the Creator God is a GIFT OF GOD through faith in the living Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9  “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according tohis mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Titus 3:5 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

I served among the temples and shrines of Buddhism all my life, trying to gain peace of mind and confidence of a better afterlife, never having either. But the Bible made it clear: the problem was not in my head but in my heart. Despite a lifetime of meditating upon the principles of Gautama, I knew I was a sinner and needed a living Saviour. “How much more shall the blood of Christ,  who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14

4th Light: The True Saviour of Man

As I turned the pages of my Bible and read in the New Testament, I learned that Yaweh, the Creator God, took the form of a man named Jesus Christ, fulfilling every prophecy in the Old Testament about Himself. He was born of a virgin girl named Mary, but had no earthly father; therefore He was called the Son of God. The Bible records that He lived a perfect life, never sinning, so that He Himself could become the payment for our sin. He suffered as no other man. He was mocked and spat upon. He was beaten and whipped until his flesh hung off His body in a bloody mess. His body was broken and His side was pierced with a spear. He was nailed to a wooden cross as a common criminal, sacrificing His own life, and shedding His own blood to pay for my sins, your sins – the sins of the whole world. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  John 3:16-17 “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29 “Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.” John 4:42 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” I John 2:2  I learned that I did not have to die a second death because of my sin. Jesus taught that just as we were all born physically, we must be born spiritually. He said: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” (John 3:6-7) “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (I Peter 1:23) In other words: If you are born once (physical birth only), you will die twice (physical & spiritual death). But if you are born twice (physical & spiritual birth), you will only die once. How wonderful this is!

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~ He is a Living Saviour ~

Jesus Christ told His disciples how He would be put to death but would also rise from the dead three days later – and HE DID. History records that the same tomb where he was buried was found empty and that He was seen by many witnesses and proven to be alive again by “many infallible proofs.” (Acts 1:3) He then ascended to heaven but promised to come again. Jesus is not a dream, a myth, or a philosophy. He is not just a historical figure or the face on a statue – but a living Saviour.

~ He is a Coming Saviour ~

He will come again! He will surely come soon! And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:9-12) “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” (James 5:8)

~He is the Only Saviour ~

Some think there are many different ways to peace with God and gain eternal life; but, again, the Bible is very clear: “neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” (I Timothy 2:5) “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” (I John 5:11)

~ He Can Be Your Savior ~

As I continued reading my Bible I saw that Jesus Christ could be my personal Savior if I believed on Him with all my heart. The Bible Says: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them which believe on his name.” (John 1:12) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” (Romans 10:9-11) I saw that anyone could be saved – even me! “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Finally, Peace & Purpose

I knelt by my bed and bowed my head. Believing what the Bible says about me, my sin, and my future, I prayed from my heart and asked Jesus Christ to be my Saviour, to forgive my sin, to save my soul, to give me everlasting life in heaven. I received this living Saviour into my heart. That day I turned from idols to a living God. In my true and living Saviour, I found peace and a new purpose for my life. My way, the Buddhist way, led me to confusion, fear, and doubt. A friend led to the Word of God. God’s Word led me to Jesus Christ. I spent my life seeking to become enlightened. But when I believed and received Jesus Christ as my Saviour, I learned that He is not only the way to true enlightenment; but He IS enlightenment. If you have Christ, you have light, peace, eternal life, and purpose for living. The Apostle John said this: “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life…” (I John 5:12-13a)

Would you like to know my Saviour? Would you like to have a personal relationship with your Creator? Would you like to know that your sins are forgiven? Would you like to have peace in your heart? If you will believe and receive Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour, right now, from your heart, pray as I did:

“Lord Jesus, I now believe that You love me. I know that I am a sinner and deserve God’s judgment on my sin. But I believe that You, Lord Jesus, died to pay for my sins with your shed blood. I am trusting only You to save me, and I ask You to forgive me of my sin and be my Saviour. Please give me the gift of eternal life and help me to learn how to live the Christian life. Thank you for saving me today. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!

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Parting Words to a Missionary

Go! thou messenger of Heaven;

Bound for Asia’s burning shore;

Tell of sins by blood forgiven,

Take the heaven-sent message o’er;

                    Some will listen; –

Tell the tidings o’er and o’er.

Home and country – would they bind thee?

Would they urge thy guilty stay?

Look not, look not once behind thee;

Onward – onward lies thy way;

                        Farwell, stranger!

Hasten! Onward lies thy way.

Do a mother’s arms infold thee?

Do they clasp thee to her heart?

Let not fond affection hold thee;

Louder duty calls, “Depart.”

                        Duty calls thee,

Herald of the Cross, depart.

Dost thou fear the withering power

Of the tropic’s sickening ray?

Dost thou dread the midnight hour, –

Deserts lone, and beasts of prey?

                        Trembling stranger!

Trust: not lonely is thy way.

Israel’s cloudy vale will shade thee

From the noonday’s dazzling light;

Israel’s burning pillar lead thee

Through the desert’s darkest night.

                        Trust the promise;

God, thy God, will be thy light.

Go in faith, thou silent weeper!

Sow the precious Gospel-seed;

Thou shalt come a joyful reaper;

Souls thy harvest, Heaven thy meed.

                        Faithful laborer,

Go, and sow the Gospel-seed.

-Anonymous

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1 Chronicles 16:23-36

16:23 Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.
16:24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.
16:25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.
16:26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
16:27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.
16:28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
16:30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
16:31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.
16:32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. 16:33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.
16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
16:35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
16:36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.

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