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Philippines Mission Letter: July 2022

Click to download the letter.  Dear Brethren,  May the God of hope fill you always with joy, peace, and happiness.  Working in the Lord’s kingdom is always satisfying and fulfilling in spite of the many challenges that come with it. Using the courage, strength, and opportunity that the Lord has been giving us, we were able to share again the message of God that give hope of eternal salvation with a number of people last month. In addition, we were…

Philippines Mission Letter: June 2022

Click to download the letter.  Dear Brethren,  May the grace, mercy, peace, and blessings of God abound in you.  It is always a joy and a blessing to work in the Lord’s kingdom. We completed last month our 5 meetings with the 4 different schedules we had in trying to help our brethren grow spiritually and build a close and strong relationship with God. Lord willing, in the following days this month, we will arrange another set of schedules with…

How You Can Help “Boost” Our Bible School

VBS is almost here (6/27 -6/29)! It is truthfully one of my favorite times of year because there are some really creative and talented minds that really shine in making a great experience for our kids. It is an opportunity to really “think outside the box” and to make a lasting impression on these kids about the spirit and life of Jesus. Even if you are not directly involved in the teaching, decorating, feeding process, or anything else here is…

“Friends” in High Places

The temple was finally built! Worshiping God on the “high places” was intended to cease (cf. 1st Kings 3:1 -4). In 1st Kings 8, the ark of the covenant of the Lord is brought in, and the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord (1 -11). It was a time of immense celebration and joy for Israel, who had been waiting on this promise from God since the days of Moses (Deut. 12:1 -14). This was a…

Philippines Mission Letter: May 2022

Click to download the letter. Dear Brethren,  May the Lord fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.  We are always grateful to God for blessing us with the opportunity to continue to work in His vineyard. Last month, we focused on helping our brethren strengthen their faith. We grouped the brethren according to their location, and we were able to set up 4 different schedules. We met at the church building those who live near…

Why I Love Camp

Lord willing, we ’ll be on our way Sunday morning to this year ’s session of Camp Bandina. I love going to a Christian camp. I don’t love it because the counselors there are perfect, but because they ’re servants of the Perfect One. As counselors, we all bring our faults and flaws right along with us, but we get a chance to serve God by teaching His perfect love and His perfect ways to the campers. I don’t love…

Great Things in 1 Peter

There are at least nine different Greek words that are used in the New Testament which could be translated “great.” The word appears more than a few times in different books and letters. As we read our Bible, some of these great things stand out. At times, even if the word “great” is not used, we know they are great by what we read about them. The letter we call I Peter could be an example. You can easily see…

In the Doing of It

Nothing will motivate us more than becoming better at what we do. As we dedicate ourselves to having Jesus at the center of our thoughts, our actions, and our words, we will begin to be motivated by “Christ being formed in us” (Gal. 4:19). This does not happen by accident but it has EVERYTHING to do with the doing of daily following Jesus. The more we follow, the more we are motivated to follow more closely. The more we follow…

Some Lessons from Focal Point

Lacey and I were blessed to go to Focal Point recently and wanted to say “thank you” as well as share a few lessons and reminders from our time there! Focal Point is a week -long seminar that focuses on the work of preachers and ministry in order to renew, recharge, and encourage. 1. The meek spirit of Moses is alive and well in the church (Num. 12:3). Every preacher I heard presented humbly, standing firmly on the Word of…

Philippines Mission Letter: April 2022

Click to download the letter. Dear Brethren,  May the Lord’s love, care, blessings, and goodness abound in you.  We praise the Lord and thank Him always for enabling us to keep on working in His vineyard. We keep on watering the seed of salvation that has already been implanted into the hearts of our prospects. We are hopeful that in God’s own time, they will respond to the Lord’s invitation for their eternal salvation in heaven. Our weekly schedule as…

Summer Plans

It is coming faster than we would think and not soon enough for kids in school! Summer is nearby, and that means a whole different kind of busy -ness for a lot of families. Vacations, camps, travels, and family reunions quickly fill up the calendar (if they haven ’t already)! Consider three ideas to help make God the focal point of your summer! Make God the purpose of your travels. Camping, visiting national parks, or even a really long drive…

Committed to Continuing

In verses 12 -19 of I Peter 4, the apostle deals with the subject of suffering. Those who first received the letter were not to consider it a strange thing, but were to meet it with rejoicing (12 -13). No Christian should be ashamed of suffering if it is for being a Christian (16). Other lessons could be noted, but verse 19 might be overlooked. Goodspeed ’s translation has it like this: “Therefore, those who suffer by the will of…