God’s Faithfulness in the Jungle

Once a month Drs. Matt and Sarah would fly with their children to a mining village to purchase supplies. One day a well-dressed man approached them, introducing himself as Martin from the copper mine.  He was curious.  What was a white family doing here?

They explained they were medical doctors who worked in a remote area. He continued his probing questions. “Where is your hospital? I would like to see it.”

Three days later a helicopter landed on the hospital lawn and Martin stepped out.  Matt greeted him and took him on a tour of the hospital and grounds.

Martin explained that he was the CEO of the mine.  “We have taken from this country and we want to give back. I like what I see here. If you would write-up a proposal of your needs, we would like to meet those needs.”

A few days later Matt submitted his proposal:
1.  Dormitories are needed for both our male and female health-care worker students.
2.  A large truck for hauling is badly needed.
3.  Whenever a doctor flies in or out of the country, it is very expensive and complicated.

Martin said, “Whenever a doctor and his/her family needs to fly in or out of the country, they need only contact the mine.  We will fly them in our private jet.

The dorms were built and a big new truck was delivered.  God is faithful!

Matt and Sarah returned to the U.S. after three years.  Now, four years later they’ve been asked to return to the jungle for a short stint to meet a temporary need for a doctor.  Matt contacted the copper mine. They are sending a plane to pick them up from the nearest safe country.

Meanwhile, Matt now teaches at a major university medical school in the U.S.   When he approached the dean asking if he might use his vacation time to take a few weeks to return to the jungle hospital, the dean said, “It won’t be a vacation.  It’ll be work.  We want you to be on full salary.  You can take your vacation at a later time.”

[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make this most important decision:  http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/ ]

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Serving God in the Jungle

Medical doctors Matt and Sarah began serving God as medical missionaries when their daughter was three and their son was just a year old.

They worked in a remote jungle hospital, caring for patients. In addition, they taught future health care workers the basics of medicine while also giving them a biblical foundation. This they did while sharing the care of their children.

The new health care workers, upon graduation from their two-year program, return to their villages in the bush where they run clinics while staying in touch daily with the hospital doctors by short-wave radio. When there’s a complication, the health care worker radios for help and the MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) pilot who lives next door will fly the doctor to the bush village and/or fly the patient to the hospital.

Here is the beautiful part:  The graduate health care workers who run the bush clinics become Bible teachers themselves!  The new bush clinics often serve as the new village church!

Often on weekends Matt would visit a bush clinic.  Tribal people would walk for 2-3 days through the jungle knowing a doctor would see them.  On Sunday there would be church at the clinic and Matt would preach.  In the evenings he would spend time encouraging the health care worker and his/her family with personal Bible study and prayer.

The biggest obstacle to tribal people receiving Jesus in their lives, is their long attachment to witch doctors, curses and black magic. They don’t want to hear about the white man’s God.

Yet when the new health care worker returns to his own tribe and begins teaching them about Jesus they listen!  Those who are fearful of leaving their hut after dark, believing the evil spirits come out at night, experience freedom!  When they surrender their lives to Jesus Christ, the bondage to superstition and black magic disappears.  The joy and peace are real and lasting.

  • It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.     Galatians 5:1
  • Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.   Matthew 28:19-20

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I Don’t Believe in Hell OR Satan

Jake was a 16-year-old in my Bible study at the juvenile hall. He said for weeks that he didn’t believe in hell or Satan, but he was with us on everything else.

I told him that when it comes to the Bible, God doesn’t want us to pick and choose which parts we’ll believe.  He wants us to believe all of it.  I explained that Jesus believed in hell. In fact, Jesus talked more about hell than He did heaven!

One night Jake walked into class saying, “I have an announcement!  I now believe in hell and Satan so you guys can stop ragging on me.”

The other guys cheered and I asked what made him change.

He said, “Last week I read that Satan is happy when we don’t believe in him. That did it!   If Satan’s real, I sure don’t want to make him happy.”

Jake began studying his Bible wholeheartedly after that.

  • Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’     Matthew 25:41

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I Know Him

My first Bible study many years ago, was in the book of John.  It so affected me, that in a matter of weeks I had surrendered my life to Jesus Christ.

I still remember being all alone at my kitchen table when I prayed. Within seconds a sense of peace settled over me.  I knew God was pleased with my decision.  My life changed dramatically from that moment on.  My only regret was that I waited so long.

It was during those first weeks that I remember puzzling over John 17:3: “Now this is eternal life: that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.”

I prayed, “Lord, do I know You? I believe in You and I love You.  Thank You for dying on the cross to purchase my salvation.  I’m grateful for my changed life and for the peace, joy and love I’ve experienced.  But Lord, do I really know You?”

That evening I was playing my guitar when I discovered a new chord sequence. It was beautiful to my ears and I played it over and over.  After awhile I realized I was also singing!  What was I singing?  Three words:  “I know Him.”

Suddenly I fell to my knees. Tears flowed as I realized God was speaking to me.  I had been distracted playing new chords while He was placing His Words in my mouth, reassuring me that I do indeed know Him!  All I could say through tears was “Thank You Jesus!  Thank You Lord!”

I then picked up my guitar anew and said, “Lord, do you want me to write a song?”           As the simple lyrics came quickly, I knew His answer was “Yes.”

This was the first song I wrote as a Christian.  I call it “I Know Him.”                                   Click to hear it:  

[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make this most important decision:  http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/ ]

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Don’t Marry Him!

I received a letter from Lissa, the 17-year-old daughter of a long-time friend. She loves the Lord Jesus and was seeking Christian advice.  She had an 18-year-old boyfriend and wanted me to convince her parents that even though they were young, marrying him was the right thing to do.

She said, “He’s a Christian, but he does have a little anger problem. Sometimes he hits me, but he needs me and I know I can help him.”

I wrote back: “Dear Lissa, I’m glad you consider me a ‘sister’ because we are sisters in the Lord and sometimes that is closer than a blood relationship.  I’m glad you have a special friend and I’m pleased he knows the Lord. But I want you to heed your big sister’s advice:

“The way Sam treats you now is the best he’ll ever treat you.  If he sometimes hits you now, he will hit you more after your marriage.

“Don’t marry him until you are confident he has grown more mature than you, in the things of the Lord. The Bible tells us the husband is to be the spiritual leader in the home.  The wife is called to be submissive to her husband. However, the husband is to love her AS Christ loved the church.  That’s a lot of love! Read Ephesians 5:22-33.

“Sam’s most important purpose as a husband is to guide you in spiritual things so that someday he can present you to Christ holy and blameless.  In a sense, you are to be the follower and Sam the leader.

“Your parents love you and they can see the pitfalls ahead. That is why God has given the commandment to honor your father and mother.  And again, ‘obey your parents.'”

Lissa did not appreciate my letter, but she did receive my advice.
She thanked me years later when she married her Bible study leader.  Indeed, HE was God’s choice!

  •  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.   Ephesians 6:1
  •  Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.             Ephesians 5:22-27
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God or Allah – What’s the Difference?

A Muslim turned away from Islam and became a follower of Jesus.  I was privileged to hear him share his life story.  Someone asked him, “What is the difference between God and Allah?”

His explanation was simple.  “As a former Muslim, I can say that Muslims view Allah as the ultimate creator of all things. Muslims are to be good servants of Allah. They are to praise and worship Allah as they serve him.

“In contrast, Christians view God as the creator of all things, but we also have a personal relationship with God and consider Him our Father.”

Another question: “What exactly does it mean to have a personal relationship with God?”

He explained, “Consider a king who rules a country. He has many servants who are to honor him and faithfully serve him.   The servants serve Him dinner, along with his family.

“The servants do not eat at the dinner table with the king as his family does.  When the dinner is finished and the work is done, the servants retire to their quarters.  Yet the children dwell with their father.  He tucks them in at bedtime and kisses them goodnight.

“Since coming to Christ, I have discovered that the personal relationship the children have with their Father is a love relationship.  The Father loves and cares for His children. The children love and trust their Father.  When I was a Muslim I thought of myself more as a servant of Allah, not a child of a loving Father.”

  • Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!  Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.  1 John 3:1
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Evangelism – Is it Important?

I was teaching a workshop on evangelism.  The first thing I wanted to do was make sure we were all on the same page.  So I asked three questions:

1.  “How many of you believe the entire Bible is the complete Word of God?”

2.  “How many believe Revelation 21:8 is true – that ‘all unbelievers will have their place in the fiery lake of burning sulfur, which is the second death?'”

3. “How many believe Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’  is a command for us as the body of believers, and not just for pastors and missionaries?”

I was pleased to see that with each question asked, every hand went up.  I said, “If we believe these things are true, are we not compelled to do all we can to bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?

“Remember John Wesley?  He was an 18th century British evangelist who once said, ‘We have one business in life, to save souls.’

“When I first read his words I wondered, ‘Is this correct? Is not the Holy Spirit the One who saves souls?’  So I did some research and found several Scriptures that supported his statement:

1. “How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband?  Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?”   1 Corinthians 7:16

2. “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”   1 Corinthians 9:22b

3. “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”   1 Timothy 4:16

4. “Save others by snatching them from the fire.”   Jude 1:23a

If we just think of The Golden Rule we know it’s true:  “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”    Matthew 7:12

If I were drowning, I would want someone to save me. If I were lost, I would want someone to seek and find me.  It’s simple, really.  Do we care about others?  Really care? Then we need to tell them.

  • Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.    Revelation 20:15
  • So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.    Matthew 7:12

SONG:  WE HAVE ONE BUSINESS IN LIFE – by Kathleen

This life is temporary. This life is short.   When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/

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Dealing with Fear

Today I ran into Sue at the Farmers’ Market.  Years ago we were close friends but we slowly drifted apart.  I remember 25-years ago sharing with her how Christ had changed my life.  She was mildly curious, but not interested enough to pursue a relationship with Him.  She has since divorced her husband and their children are going the way of the world.

She asked about the family.  I told her I am grateful to God that we are all doing well.  Then she began talking about the issue of fear and how if affects people, herself included.  “Surely, you have some fears, Kathleen. You ARE human, aren’t you?”

I smiled.  “Indeed I’m human, but I believe I shared with you years ago that when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ, all the fears I used to have disappeared.  Moreover, something I’ve learned from Scripture gives me great peace when I’ve been tempted to be fearful.  The Bible tells us to be thankful for everything…and that even includes difficulties. When we are thankful God promises a peace that is beyond understanding.  In fact it’s that peace that will protect our hearts and our minds. If we don’t protect our minds we can become depressed, worried, fearful, fretful and anxious.  Hey, fear can cause us to lose our minds!  Thanking God also guards our hearts so we don’t begin to love what is not good for us.  When we choose to thank God and praise Him in midst of hardship, it shows God that we are trusting Him.  Trusting God is what the Christian life is all about.”

She listened wide-eyed.  I continued,  “This life is temporary, Sue.  This life is short and it’s getting shorter every day.  This life is just a test.   I want to pass the test.  Eternity is forever. If I pass the test I will live for all eternity with God.  My greatest peace comes from knowing that my children, their spouses and our grandchildren have all committed their lives to Jesus Christ.”

She said, “I believe in Jesus, too.  I’ve studied Deepak Chopra.”

“Hey, even Muslims believe in Jesus!  They believe He was a great prophet. Everyone believes something about Jesus. But who is Jesus Christ to you, Sue?  Have you made Him the Lord of your life?  Have you allowed Him to save you from your sins?”

“No.”  She started to back away.

“That is the most important decision of your life, Sue.  Don’t wait too long.  Call me sometime if you want to talk about it.”

  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.   Philippians 4:6-7

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This life is temporary. This life is short.   When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/

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Talking to the Plumber About Jesus

Yesterday we had a plumber in the kitchen. I shot up an arrow prayer asking God to guide our discussion.

He was friendly, said he was 35 and single. He told me about his new home—a trailer in the country and a new garden.  I asked him if he’d found a good church to attend.

He said, “I grew up in church, but haven’t been back in years. I believe in a higher power, but I don’t know about anything else.”

“Hey, I was in the same predicament once!  Was raised in church, yet we never studied the Bible. I didn’t have a clue about what was important.”

“So what happened?”

“A friend invited me to Bible study and it changed my life.  It was easy for me to believe that we are all sinners, that we all need a Savior, and there’s only One.  Jesus wanted to be my Savior—that part was easy. I think we all want a free pass to heaven, to know our sins are forever forgiven.”

“I would agree.”

“Yet Jesus not only wanted to be my Savior, He wanted me to make Him Lord of my life! He wanted to be Number One and take control of my life!  I said, ‘No way!  I’ll control my own life!’  I walked away.

“But I felt uneasy and after a few weeks I was all alone in this very kitchen when I prayed. I said, ‘Lord God, I’m ready to surrender my life to You. Please forgive my sins. I cannot live the Christian life on my own power, I keep failing. Please send Your Holy Spirit to live in me. Take control of my life. Make me the person You want me to be.’

“That was pretty much my prayer. Instantly, a wonderful peace settled over me. Within a few minutes there was joy. I was so happy I’d made this decision! Within an hour I wanted to show love to people—even people who are hard to love. Have you ever known people who were hard to love?”

“Yes Ma’am, I sure have!”

“I learned it’s impossible to love certain people on our own effort. In fact, it’s impossible to live the Christian life without the Holy Spirit.”

He said, “Well I don’t know anything about the Holy Spirit.”

“Neither did I!  But what I learned is that the Holy Spirit is the part of God that comes to live in us, after we surrender our lives to Christ. When He comes in He brings all the fruit of the Spirit with Him: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We get ALL of that when we get the Holy Spirit. Do you need more patience? Love? Self-control?”

“Yes! I sure do!”

“I remember that first week seeing my life with new eyes.  Suddenly certain TV shows became a waste of time. Certain hobbies became frivolous. People became more important than things. Then I read in the Bible that Jesus said, ‘You must be born again.’ I realized that was what had happened to me!”

He said, “You know what you said earlier about wanting to do what’s right and yet you keep failing? I have that problem.”

“Then you need the Holy Spirit.  Just ask!”

Before he left I loaded him down with literature to help him make the most important decision of his life, and to help him grow.  He said he was eager to start reading.
Then he said, “Hey, thank you for the spiritual talk.  It was good.”

  • Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.     John 3:3
  • But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
  • SONG:  I KNOW HIMby Kathleen
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This life is temporary. This life is short.   When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/

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What IS a Bible, Anyway?

One day on the college campus a student walked by our Bible table and didn’t seem to notice us.  It was as if we were invisible. He had passed our table when I did something I don’t usually do. I yelled… “Hey!”
He turned around and pointed to himself, “Me?”

I said, “Yes! Come on over and see what we have on our table. We’re actually giving away free books and Bibles.”

He walked over and asked, “What IS a Bible, anyway?”

“The Bible is God’s Word. It’s the only book in the world that’s alive, powerful and completely true.  When you read it God will speak to your heart and give you direction and guidance.”
“Really? I did not know that.”
I said, “Before I became a Christian I didn’t know that either.”
He said, “Wait!  You mean this is a Christian book?  Then I’m not interested.” He turned and walked away.

Moments later he returned… “You know, I really should be more open.  So yes, I’ll take the Bible.”

I pointed to a building across the quad.  “Do you see that door over there? That room is where you’ll find a study in the book of John starting up in 10 minutes.”

“Really?  Do you have one of those?”

I said, “The book of John is part of the Bible.”

“Cool!” I watched him walk over to the building, open the door and go inside.

  • Jesus said: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”    Mark 16:15

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This life is temporary. This life is short.   When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/

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