Enjoying the Journey
Posts Tagged ‘missions’
Recent Reads & Recommendations
A few nights ago I had the privilege after a meeting to spend some time with a group of young preachers. We had a wonderful conversation on a range of subjects. Near the end of the evening one of the young men asked how I chose what I was going to read. My answer was that I primarily relied on good recommendations from people I trust. It is impossible to read everything – and probably not wise! I enjoy reading widely and appreciate the helpful recommendations from trusted people. Recently I have been asked to review three books that were written by friends. It was my privilege to do so and I am happy to recommend them to you. They…Read More
5 Books To Read On Witnessing
Every believer is to be a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8). In fact, every Christian is a witness – we may be a good one or a poor one, but we all testify to those around us about the reality of Christ in us! Gypsy Smith said that God wrote five gospel records – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the believer. Then he said, “Most people will never read the first four!” Someone is reading your life and what they know about Christ is what they see and hear in you. Has Jesus changed your heart? Then tell someone! “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” (Psalm 107:2). Our life and our lips should…Read More
Would You Help Us?
Rarely do I post anything on a Saturday night but this is special. On Tuesday one of my dearest friends and fellow laborers is leaving for Iraq. God has called him and his family to labor in that needy part of our world. I have been challenged by their faith and believe that our Master has divine appointments for them there. Over the last months they have seen definite provision and preparation for the work they have been given to do. In recent days a Christian businessman offered to match gifts up to $20,000 and many others have given sacrificially. God’s people have been wonderful. Tammy and I are honored to have a part and happy to ask others to…Read More
Meditations on Our Mission
After days of flying it takes a little time for your body (and your mind) to get back to normal! I’m not sure I am completely there but each day I am able to reflect a little more on our recent gospel work in Asia. While I am rejoicing in the work we were able to do, I am increasingly aware that He was also doing something in me. God has a way of holding class in unusual places. Here are a few of the truths He spoke to me about… The humanity of all people. She was a beautiful little girl. As she looked across the aisle of the plane at me and smiled, I saw my own girls…Read More
Would You Join Our Gospel Team?
The Apostle Paul rarely ever ministered alone. For each gospel advance he enlisted and engaged a missionary team. In his words, “we are labourers together with God” (1 Corinthians 3:9). Some plant. Some water. God gives the increase. This is a gospel team at work. In January we are conducting an evangelistic crusade in India. A large number of Hindus will attend these meetings and we are praying for the power of Christ to be seen in the salvation of souls. I am personally excited about this gospel preaching mission. Would you join our team? We need prayer partners. The devil hates his territory invaded. Spiritual opposition is certain and persecution in this part of the world is common. I…Read More
Reflections on our World Mission Conference
We have a lot of conferences and special meetings at Temple Baptist Church and Crown College. Without a doubt, the meeting we have just concluded was one of the richest and sweetest meetings we have ever enjoyed. God did a deep work in my heart. Pastor Sexton has said for years, “A great meeting is one in which God speaks to you.” This was a great meeting. I have learned that the most important times in a special meeting are the days leading up to the meeting and the days immediately following. It is not the services themselves but the prayer preparation and application afterward that make the difference. Today has been a day of reflection in my own heart…Read More
A Worldwide Blessing
I have always loved the thought of visiting foreign lands. My mind is still fresh with memories from my first trip outside of the United States. It was a thrill to minister in Ghana, West Africa and Cairo, Egypt. The faces of little children, beautiful children, remain in my thoughts to this day. My dad and I had the privilege of traveling to Ammon, Jordan several years ago to help train Iraqi pastors who would go back and start new churches. Part of the joy of the journey is spending time with your travel companions. It was a special thing to be with my dad and best friend for so many days. Tammy and I will always cherish the opportunity…Read More