Devotional Thought for Today – 11/03/2020

Psalm 23 - Life In The Valley - YouTube

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So many folks I know focus on v.3 and the valley of the shadow of death,  that they miss out on what I think is the real key to this Psalm. 

Yes, there is no doubt that we can fear no evil brought against us for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  But why? Why is it that we can depend upon God to be that way? Where does the confidence expressed by David in v.1, The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want  come from. 

I read a bunch of commentaries (a dozen or more) on this Psalm and they all said pretty much the same thing ‘A Psalm of Confidence In the Lord.’  Many danced around the point that I am aiming at but none hit the mark. Let me see if I can bring it home. In another reference to Shepherd’s John 10:27-28 Jesus says: 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Do you see it, David understood some 1000+ years earlier than John that it was an intimate relationship with the Lord that makes one able to say, The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  Jesus’s sheep, His elect hear his voice, they know him, follow him, love him, and trust in him for eternal life. That is the real key to Psalm 23 and for me the real key to walking the Christian walk.

Do you have that relationship with the Lord today where you can say I shall not want! If not I pray you will contact your local Bible church, or us here at FSM and FSMWO for more information. 

Devotional Thought – 10-13-2020

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There are three types of “Christians” in the world. You are probably thinking I have gone off my rocker but hear me out. If we take this one verse in context 2 Corinthians 6:14-18  I believe we can see them all. Paul tells us that Light (God and His chosen) can have no fellowship (union) with Darkness (Satan, sin and unbelief). 

The pretenders: Those who remain unequally bound together with unbelievers they try and live in both worlds and as Christ relates to John will be spit out Revelation 3:14-16 in the end. 

The Legalist: You know these folks they seperate from all things (except maybe nice cloths, cars, homes etc.) They do not smoke, drink, go to movies, dance, even their music is “appropriate” and are quick to condemn anyone who does not comply. They believe what they believe and everyone else be damned.

The Pilgrim: Those who understand that all are sinners saved by Grace. That all “worldly” things are bad for us, and even those that we can participate in should never be done in excess. We are pilgrims or sojourners and exiles (1 Peter 2:11) and as such our focus must always be on the eternal not the temporal. 

One last note you can not evangelize if you stay locked in your church, home etc. you have to go out into the world, that is the nature of the Great Commission.  Nowhere does God tell us to bring the world into the church, He calls us to go into the world. We must do so with caution and being well prepared. 

News from the PERSECUTED CHURCH

Pray for the Persecuted Church

Remember those in prison, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily Hebrews 13:3 (CSB)

Acordaos de los presos, como si estuvierais presos juntamente con ellos; y de los maltratados, como que también vosotros mismos estáis en el cuerpo RVR 1960


International Day of Prayer for persecuted Christians

This year’s International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians (IDOP), Sunday, Nov. 1, is fast approaching. Be among the first to watch The Voice of the Martyrs’ new IDOP video, Janette: Central African Republic.

Free IDOP Resources


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Front-line workers in Vietnam

They Go Where We Can’t

Bao and Chi, a husband-and-wife team, work on the front lines of Christian ministry in Vietnam, training and discipling believers from 10 different tribes.

Authorities have arrested them numerous times, trying to end their ministry work in Vietnam’s rural areas. But each time they are released from jail, Bao and Chi get on their motorbikes and return to their work.

Bao and Chi are two of the more than 40,000 front-line workers The Voice of the Martyrs serves as they risk everything to share the gospel. We invite you to help equip these workers with the tools they need to advance God’s kingdom in restricted nations and hostile areas.

Support Front-Line Workers Today

Men driving motorbikes

Your support for those advancing God’s kingdom on the world’s most difficult and dangerous mission fields equips faithful workers with tools like these:

  • motorbikes that help evangelists increase their ministry outreach from one or two villages to 10 or more
  • outreach tools like DVDs, digital memory cards and solar-powered projectors to help Christian workers reach more people with the gospel in hostile areas and restricted nations
  • Retreats for pastors that provide training and encouragement as well as fellowship with others risking their lives to spread the gospel

When pastors, evangelists and other front-line workers receive these ministry tools, they are reminded that they are part of God’s global family and that they are not serving alone.

For Stories on the Persecuted Church Please Go to: icommitTOPRAY 


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Christian Newsline

News updates on the persecuted Church

The following stories and more can regularly be found updated atbarnabusfund.org/news

Chinese Communist Party rewrites Gospel story to depict Jesus Christ as “killer and sinner

China’s extreme surveillance, forced sterilization of non-atheists in camps “much worse” than Soviet gulags

Chinese Christian leader calls for prayer as surveillance pressure on Christians escalates

Indian Christians in “fear and shock” after extremists warn leave faith or die

Indian Christians beaten, humiliated, forced to chant Hindu affirmation in Jharkhand

Indian government freezes bank accounts forcing human rights charity to halt work

Pakistani Christian acquitted of “blasphemy” after six years on death row

Indonesia’s ban on Bible app contradicts religious tolerance philosophy of Pancasila

Prayer Focus Update October 2020

 

#Diaper Run – Mission Complete

After 14 days and 11 hours 55 minutes on the road the above picture tells the story of our on road adventures. My grandson Teshaun (Valve Stem) and I arrived home just before midnight on Wednesday and I spent most of yesterday sorting mail and paying bills.

I must tell you this was NOT FUN! It was at times grueling and I was in the comfort if a truck with A/C. The men of Mission M25 Ministries who did the actual motorcycle part are rewarded of sorts with a certificate (if they keep careful logs and receipts) from the 50cc Iron Butt Association Cert. I again have to acknowledge what an outstanding group of men to travel across the country with. 

L-R (JOEY LEGGET ; Superintendent of Falcon Children’s Home, KARELYS PEREIRA Director Royal Home Ministries, and GARY BURD, National Director Mission M25 Ministries
We had a record year in many ways as the check above shows. Many have asked can one organization use 400,000 plus diapers and wipes, the answer is no, so we partner with others. This year we are proud to send a record number to the Native American tribes in New Mexico and Montana, support an organization combating sex slavery in North Carolina and veterans outreach (we had Depends donated) in CA. 
We also know that this is not about Diaper and/or Wipes it is about lives. The bible says we (all mankind) were and are created in the image of God. Ponder that for a moment and realize that we are not just destroying a “fetus” but murdering the very image of God.
Pictured a 10-12 week old BABY, I used a common thumb drive and credit card for size comparison. This is what ABORTION KILLS.

If you want more information or wish to support the efforts of Royal Home MinistriesRemove term: Falcon Children’s Home and Family Services Falcon Children’s Home and Family Services or Mission M25 Ministries please contact them via the links to the right on our site. 

Also for your reading here is a great article: 5 Minute Pro-Lifer

 

Sunday Sermon – Serving

June 23, 2018 - KJV - Bible verse of the day - Romans 12:11 -  DailyVerses.net

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This section of scripture begins with one of the most quoted two verses I know. Paul says to …to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God,… and do not be conformed to this world while doing so. This whole chapter is about dedication to serving the Lord.

Having just completed the driving part of a 50 hour Cross Country ride in support of Pro-Life; (we have 2 rallies left in Advance and Falcon, N.C.) I can tell you first hand I was with a group of men (and my 13 year old grandson) who understood the meaning of serving. Also we can not forget the service of hundreds of folks who worked behind the scenes collecting diapers, wipes and monies; preparing food, hosting rallies and so much more to make our trip successful and less stressful.

It was and is an honor to serve with the folks of Mission M25 Ministries. 


SERMON

Serving the Lord

Charles Haddon Spurgeon August 15, 1869 Scripture: Romans 12:11 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 15

 

Power Belongs to the People—and the People Must Take It Back

Special Invitation for Pastors!

Three 1-Hour Online Sessions

At each of our respective ministries, we’ve been receiving constant reports about parents strained and stressed over providing the best educational experience for their children. In God’s providence, disruption is presenting opportunities to deepen every student’s connection to a vibrant and Christ-centered education. This new normal is a reset for millions of parents.

To help you as a pastor meet the needs of your families in your congregation and answer this call, we’re cooperating with BJU Press – the largest producer of Biblical Worldview K-12 Christian textbooks, Dr. George Barna, our friends at Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and others to provide 3, 1-hour, virtual sessions to help you as a pastor understand how BJU Press can help you to immediately provide Christian instruction in your church location and can connect families to the best help for homeschool or hybrid (home and school) or church location experiences.  

George Barna, perhaps the most respected and best known Christian public opinion researcher in America, will kick off this 3 day3 hour conference with both the need of the culture and the current opportunity of pastors to meet our needs in the context of an exclusive snapshot of this educational moment in our national life.   

We’re making this event FREE of charge to you and a member of your leadership team so please mark your calendar!

Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your church families in this way.

Date: Sept. 16-18, 2020
Time: 11:00 am EST / 8:00 am PST
How: 1 hour virtual sessions each day

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The Persecuted Church in AMERICA

 

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From Communism to Chicago—Churches Under Fire

 

Sep 2, 2020

What happens when an American City threatens to seize and destroy an immigrant church simply for opening its doors? Read on to learn the insane lengths a mid-western governor and mayor took to try to punish our client’s church. -Mat

Pastor Cristian Ionescu knows exactly what it is like to be persecuted for his faith. He grew up in Communist Romania where Christians were financially destroyed, their property seized, their bodies beaten and jailed, or worse for even sharing a Bible, let alone preaching the Gospel.

Pastor Cristian Ionescu never dreamed he would face similar persecution in America…

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News from the PERSECUTED CHURCH

Pray for the Persecuted Church

Remember those in prison, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily Hebrews 13:3 (CSB)

Acordaos de los presos, como si estuvierais presos juntamente con ellos; y de los maltratados, como que también vosotros mismos estáis en el cuerpo RVR 1960

 


 

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Break the Silence, Stop the Slaughter in Nigeria


 

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A Prayer for Our Indian Brothers and Sisters 

When we don’t know what to pray, the Spirit intercedes for us (Romans 8:26–27). But we also have God’s Word to help guide us in prayer. Using Scripture as a guide, join us in prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters in India, who are increasingly targeted by Hindu nationalists.

Join us in asking God

  • to provide shelter, food, education, opportunities to fellowship, places to worship and a daily wage (Philippians 4:19)
  • heal the divisions between friends, neighbors and brothers that still fester from the 2008 riots in Kandhamal (James 3:16–17)
  • provide for widows and orphans, and help them know Jesus’ comforting presence; meet them in their loneliness through His Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:3–4)
  • strengthen the faith of those who have given up or wandered away; provide Bibles, good teaching and sound leaders for those who are searching (Hebrews 13:9)
  • restore family relationships weakened by distance and time (Romans 15:13)
  • create a longing in the hearts of many in the region to know the transformative power of God’s Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:19)
  • rekindle the desire for worship and prayer in the lives of Christians there (Psalm 107)
  • remind our brothers and sisters of their value in His eyes, despite what society tells them (Hebrews 12:2)
  • turn what the enemy intends for evil into good for God’s glory (Genesis 50:20)
For Stories on the Persecuted Church Please Go to: icommitTOPRAY 

 

Barnabas Fund

Christian Newsline

News updates on the persecuted Church

The following stories and more can regularly be found updated atbarnabusfund.org/news

Jihadi militants take 100s hostage in north-east Nigeria raid on Christian community

Pastor and wife flee Iran after final appeal against 15-year combined prison sentence fails

Erdogan orders second historic Turkish Christian church building to be turned into a mosque

Nigerian Christians say “our lives matter” in protest against Fulani militant killings outside London High Commission

 

 

Daily Devotional – Firm Foundations

8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:8

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CONTEXT:

Psalm 16 is an expression of Faith in God as put forth by David King of Israel. Like all men David was not perfect, yet He was chosen by God to be the seed by which Christ Jesus the redeemer of mankind would be born. 


BREAKDOWN: 

I have set the Lord always before me: – Note that David says always not occasionally, or when I am in trouble, or indiscriminately, but always. 

Thomas Brooks Comments on this: 

I have set the Lord always before me. David did not by fits and starts set the Lord before him; but he “always” set the Lord before him in his course; he had his eye upon the Lord, and so much the Hebrew word imports: I have equally set the Lord before me; that is the force of the original word, that is, I have set the Lord before me, at one time as well as another, without any irregular affections or passions, etc. In every place, in every condition, in every company, in every employment, and in every enjoyment, I have set the Lord equally before me; and this raised him, and this will raise any Christian, by degrees, to a very great height of holiness.

because he is at my right hand, – Two things about being at my right hand first being on the right signifies a guarded position, one most protected. Second it is the position of honor, in a Kings court the most trusted of advisors always sits to the right, here David says God is always there as his most trusted advisor and protector. 

I shall not be moved. –  David says I am grounded firmly in the precepts, the teachings, laws of God and will not be moved off of them. 

Robert Crawdray comments on this: 

Even as a column or pillar is sometimes on thy right hand, and sometimes on thy left hand, because thou dost change thy standing, sitting or walking, for it is unmovable and keepeth one place; so God is sometimes favourable and bountiful unto thee, and sometimes seemeth to be wroth and angry with thee, because thou dost fall from virtue to vice, from obedience and humility to pride and presumption; for in the Lord there is no change, no, not so much as any shadow of change. He is immutable, always one and everlasting. If thou wilt bend thyself to obedience, and to a virtuous and godly life, thou shalt ever have him a strong rock, whereupon you may boldly build a castle and tower of defence. He will be unto thee a mighty pillar, bearing up heaven and earth, whereto you may lean and not be deceived, wherein you may trust and not be disappointed. He will ever be at thy right hand, that thou shalt not fall. He will take thy part, and will mightily defend thee against all enemies of thy body and of thy soul; but if thou wilt shake hands with virtue, and bid it adieu and farewell, and, forsaking the ways of God, wilt live as thou list, and follow thy own corruption, and make no conscience of aught thou doest, defiling and blemishing thyself with all manner of sin and iniquity, then be sure the Lord will appear unto thee in his fury and indignation. From his justice and judgments none shall ever be able to deliver thee.


APPLICATION:

We have two ministries, this one FSM and FSMWO which deals primarily with Issues of Incarceration, Ex-Mates, Military/Veterans, and Right to Life issues. The Other Faith Builders Ministries we build churches and do disaster relief work wherever God calls us. 

One of the keys in any smart building project is a Good Foundation, something that can not be moved about in the slightest of storms. I live in Mid Mississippi right smack in Tornado Alley and Hurricane Corridor plus we have this stuff called Yazoo Clay. To the un-educated all that means build a poorly designed foundations and the first bad storm, the wind will tear off the roof and lift the build off the foundation. Or maybe it just rains 8 inches in a day or two with no winds so to speak and you think I am good, not so fast that bad foundation just lifted 12″ because the clay couldn’t absorb the water and now its running into your home from under your slab. 

So I hope you see the point, as David made that a firm foundation based upon the biblical teachings of God are necessary for our every day stability in life. In this life we are tossed about just as in a storm here in Mississippi, yet with a solid firm foundation in scripture we can be as Paul said in Romans more than conquerors

It is my prayer your foundation is as firm as any saint that has ever lived.  


OTHER RESOURCES:

Sunday’s Sermon Series – Crumbling Foundations 

Daily Devotional – Foundations

Christian Foundations for a New Believer

 

Do I Need to Go to Seminary to be a Pastor?

‘Because while seminary is not explicitly in the Bible, pastoral and theological training is (cf. 2 Tim. 2:2).”

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Do I Need to Go to Seminary to be a Pastor?

Jerod Gilcher | 

Every seminary-trained pastor who emphasizes the helpfulness of seminary for those aspiring to ministry, at some point, will receive questions like these: “Do I really have to go to seminary to be a faithful pastor? Can’t I just stay home and read books? After all, isn’t that what Spurgeon did?”

These are not bad questions. I even get the skepticism toward an expensive, often residential degree. Put simply, one does not have to go to seminary to be a faithful pastor. After all, seminary training—as we know it today—is not explicitly in the Bible.

There have been faithful pastors for centuries who had no formal training. For many throughout church history, such training was simply not an option. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, pastors who have letters behind their names will receive a crown no more glorious than those who do not (cf. 1 Peter 5:4). At the end of time, what is required of stewards—seminary trained or otherwise—is that they be found trustworthy (cf. 1 Cor. 4:2)…

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