“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
We construct beautiful buildings for worship, then struggle to get people in. We have eloquent preachers but often no unsaved are there to hear them! We seem to have things back to front. The Lord’s final message before He ascended was “Go ye.” Use your feet to go into all the world to preach the gospel. He is saying to the church today, “Go ye into the high street and market; go to the homes and playgrounds; go to your friends and neighbors. Whatever else you do please go. I am waiting to make you a blessing if only you will go.” A conference held some years ago was entitled, “Go Out or Die Out.” How true. Is yours a dying assembly? -David Croudace
Go then and tell them of Jesus, it was for them He was slain
Give them, O give them the Gospel, let not their cry be in vain! -O. Smith
As mentioned, a detailed synopsis of this trip will be provided after the conclusion, giving my thoughts time to settle in. Right now, we are in the midst of the mission trip, and I will share a few of the highlights up until this point. The evidence of intercessary prayer is with us, as things are progressing beautifully. The travel has been fine and without incident, our team is of one accord and one spirit, no one has been ill, and the logistics and accomodations are all great. We attribute this to the prayers of the saints. We covet your continual prayers. There have been peaceful demonstrations throughout Romania, related to the populace’s rightful grievances against their government. After preaching last night, the host pastor and translater had dinner with me and we observed protests in Oradea right next to our restaurant. They were peaceful protests. The Romanian people are anything except violent. More importantly, in the service prior to our fellowship, we were blessed with a packed church with absolutely no extra seats available, and we were also blessed with four professions of faith. Because of the Lord’s blessings and your faithful prayers, the Holy Spirit is working and convicting hearts. It does not get any better than this, this side of heaven. The Romanians who we have met in the many churches are red hot for the Lord and just waiting for leadership, teaching and preaching. In other words, the pump is already primed. We have an open window of opportunity in this wonderful nation and would be foolish to not take advantage of it. Last night is why I feel led to be a part of this dynamic ministry!
Oradea, an ancient city, is filled with archaeology from both Roman and medieval times. It was formerly called Dacia, the northern most outpost in the Roman Empire, after Romania was conquered by the Emperor Trajan. Dacia was the last province to fall to the Romans. As mentioned, this is a presentation of a few highlights with much more to follow.
In His Service, Pastor Steve <><
I am on the verge of embarking on a mission trip to Hungary and Romania in January-February 2017. I had the opportunity to go to the same nations in 2005, and it was the best mission trip I have ever been on. (That previous trip is summarized on this blog site in the category Hungary/Romania 2005). I request your prayers. Romania is still very receptive to the Gospel and recent mission trips were blessed with hundreds of converts.
The beauty of the trip is that I will travel with the same mission organization as before – Partners In Missions International (PIMI). Their website is http://www.PIMI.org
This trip will feature a crusade/evangelistic atmosphere, and it will consist of about fifteen pastors preaching the Gospel. We will be preaching crusade evangelism based in Oradea and the surrounding towns. We will also attend and contribute to a pastor’s conference in Satu Mare.
Bob Ward was the president and founder of this wonderful ministry of nearly twenty years. He has gone on to be with the Lord. The president is now Elijah Morar, from Romania, who works very hard in both Romania and in the United States of America. The Romanians are one of the finest people groups I have ever met, and they are very receptive to the Gospel. They are kind and respectful to their guests.
I covet your prayers for the following:
1)Logistics- airplane flights and tickets, hotel accommodations, luggage and connections. I pray not to be rushed.
2)Health- I pray for good health throughout the trip. The weather is very cold this time of year. Their latitude is the same as Minnesota. I just heard prior to departure that there is lots of snow right now! I pray to be well rested with a minimum of jet lag.
3)For the Great Commission to be accomplished in a powerful way. For folks to be gloriously saved. We pray for professions of faith, baptisms and rededications. We pray for our preaching to be anointed and for souls to be touched for eternity. We pray for excellent interpreters who accurately convey the original meaning of our words.
4)For love, harmony and unity with our mission team. For doors to open up through new relationships and new Christian friends.
5)I pray for conditions at church and home to enable the entire trip to go smoothly.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
A complete narrative of this trip will be provided on this blog site at the conclusion of this trip.
In Christ, Pastor Steve
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Open Windows A Guide For Personal Devotions ~ Lifeway ~ Monday, December 19
Matthew 1:21 King James Version (KJV)
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
The advent of the Christ was not idyllic. On the contrary, Jesus was born to be in the eye of the perfect storm. Amidst all the ceremony, it’s easy to forget the story. But you know it. It’s the one about an unwed, pregnant girl, whose fiance is not the Child’s father, giving birth to her Child in the company of mules and manure, visited by commoners, and later becoming refugees to Egypt to escape state-sanctioned terrorists who murdered babies.
Next time you look at the manger scene, remember that the grit of the story is not adequately represented by commercially-crafted figurines and cherubs, daintily lighting on the eave of a picturesque European-style, tiny-house stable.
Our world is a mess. Jesus was to be born in a mess. A mangled mess of taxes, terror, shame, gossip, poverty, insanity, and social misfits.
That’s good, good news for me and for you. It’s a reason to proclaim, “Glory to God!”
Father, thank You for sending Your Son to our messy world.
Jesus Christ was with God the Father before the world was created. He became human and lived among humanity as Jesus of Nazareth. He came to show us what God the Father is like. He lived a sinless life, showing us how to live; and he died upon a cross to pay for our sins. God raised Him from the dead.
Jesus is the source of eternal life. Jesus wants to be the doorway to new life for you. In the Bible He was called the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29). In the Old Testament, sacrifices were made for the sins of the people. Jesus became the sacrificial lamb offered for your sin.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). He is waiting for you now.
Admit to God that you are a sinner. Repent, turning away from your sin.
By faith receive Jesus Christ as God’s Son and accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin. He took the penalty for your sin by dying on the cross.
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
You may pray a prayer similar to this as you call on God to save you: “Dear God, I know that You love me. I confess my sin and need of salvation. I turn away from my sin and place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, tell a pastor or another Christian about your decision. Show others your faith in Christ by asking for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith.
From Open Windows
A Guide For Personal Devotions
Winter 2016-2017 LifeWay
Have A Blessed Christmas
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