The Qualifications of a Missionary

 

This was a wonderful Q&A and I pray that the Lord would consecrate many men to Himself, for His glory, and for this Call.

What are your thoughts of the roles women can play in being helpers on the Mission field? I have so many thoughts that I want to work through…maybe in a later post. But I praise God for this Biblical exhortation!

 

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Enlisted as a Soldier of Christ

I am inspired to say the least. Lord, make me fit to serve you all of my days, and to preach your Gospel to the lost, wherever you may have me.

Mainstream Missionaries

David Miller, what a preacher! Praise the Lord for the mind he has been given, and his faithfulness to love and preach the Word of God!

 

From the 2019 G3 Conference. Pastor Miller is teaching from Colossians 4:7-18.

  1. Biblical Commission for Missions – we are a privileged group. It is to you who the word of the gospel has come. We give thanks to the Father for being qualified to partake in the inheritance of the Lord Jesus Christ! Take this Gospel and take it to the ends of the world, and all people everywhere! Giving money to sending agencies does not get us off the hook of fulfilling the Great Commission!
  2. Biblical concept for doing Missions – Book of Acts and missionary campaigns. Establish churches of order, raise up pastors from converts, and get individual Christians under the burden of the gospel.
  3. Characters mentioned in the text who were Missionaries – Tychicus (a faithful, consistent man), Onesimus (a fugitive, converted man), Aristarchus (a fearless, courageous man), Mark (a forgiven, cleansed man). Justus, Epaphras, Luke (famous, celebrated), Demas (faltering, counterfeit), Nymphas, Archippus (floundering, called man).
    • If you are a blood washed child of the King, millions are waiting for you to share. The one-eyed man is a king in the land of the blind.
  4. The cost involved in being missionaries – there is no cost high enough, not even my life, that is not worth paying in our allegiance to the Lamb.

 

Valley of Vision

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory.
Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine;
let me find Thy light in my darkness,
Thy life in my death,
Thy joy in my sorrow,
Thy grace in my sin,
Thy riches in my poverty,
Thy glory in my valley.

The Valley of Vision, edited by Arthur Bennett

Women and False Teachers: Why Men Don’t Get It, and Why It’s Imperative That They Do

Michelle Lesley

Confession time: Sometimes – OK, often – I think my brain works more like a man’s than a woman’s. You’ve got a problem? Suck it up- here’s the solution. The mall? A perfectly horrifying way to ruin a Saturday. And why do we have to hug people hello and goodbye when we see each other multiple times a week?

I’ve always been more comfortable around men, and when I was single, I had mostly male friends. They’re generally¹ less mysterious and easier to figure out than women, and they don’t usually play those manipulative emotional games some women can be notorious for. If a man says he wants a cheese sandwich, there’s no hidden “you don’t bring me flowers often enough” meaning there. He just wants a cheese sandwich. I like that. It’s pretty much how I operate.

Which makes me the perfect person for God to plunk down smack…

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my father (pt. 1)

*I started writing this in June of 2017. This piece is a work in progress*

WHEN I was 16, my father passed away. He had died from medical complications, his kidneys and heart having failed. I never met him, and still have yet to see a picture of him. He died on April 22, 2005.

The only time we ever connected was when I was 13, and he called our home number. I was home alone, toasting some Eggo waffles, and the phone rang.

“Hello?”

“Hello? Mija?” Mija is a pretty common term in Spanish that means “my daughter,” but almost everyone uses it when referring to a young girl.

“Hi, may I ask who is calling?”

“Mija, it’s me, your father.”

“Who? I’m sorry.”

“Mija, it’s me, Ralph.”

I paused for a second to process that name before frantically hanging up. I stood there, in front of our phone, trying to calm my trembling hands. It was the weirdest feeling of utter awkwardness combined with fear. I almost didn’t believe the phone call had even happened, until the phone rang again just a few moments later. Too scared to pick up the line, I let it go to voicemail.

“Hi mija, it’s me, your dad, Ralph. Please let me talk – “

I cut the message off abruptly by hitting the delete button. I was too scared of what my mom would think if she knew that I had talked to Ralph. I purposed myself to not tell my mother, since I thought she might feel hurt, or think that I was going to leave her. But, being an emotional kid, I confessed almost as soon as she walked in the door. I remember crying profusely as I described how sorry I was that I had picked up the phone. She held me and told me that she wasn’t at all upset, but that instead she was sad I didn’t want to talk to him.

Mom always encouraged me to understand that my dad was lovable and kind, but  irresponsible as well. She said he didn’t take the responsibility of being a husband and father as seriously as he should have. She also openly shared how it was her decision to marry him, and she takes responsibility for not listening to the wise counsel of others who advised her otherwise. She refrained from telling me things that would create bitterness in my heart, because she wanted me to have some relationship with my dad, especially since she too had been estranged from her father, and that hurt her deeply.

At thirteen, I didn’t want to talk to Ralph. Though he was my biological father, he was still a stranger, and one who had discarded my trust before it had been gained. But as I look back, that phone call is a memory I mourn. I know I was too young to understand, and my childish mind believed that talking to him, getting to know him, meant that I was taking his side or excusing his abandonment.

As I’ve gotten older, my mom says I resemble him in so many ways – my sense of humor, my expressive eyes, the emotive ways I contort my face to show extreme excitement or frustration. I think this is why I wish I could just have a photo of him, just to be able to pick out the parts that are mine and his, the ones that we share.

But there’s also a part of me that is grateful to have nothing of him, because there is a positive correlation with knowing someone and loving them. The more I know of someone, the deeper our relationship, the truer the love, and the greater the potential for pain and disappointment. And that is true of my dad; because I didn’t know him, because I don’t even have a photo of him, it seems that not having him there was normal, fine even. I can count the number of times on one hand where I truly felt sad for not having him around – not because he wasn’t valuable, but because the idea of him was so foreign. And so having some of him would have been more painful than was having none at all.

I sometimes wonder how my personality, being, and quirks might have been shaped differently if he had raised me with mom. Would I be kinder, gentler, or more patient? Would I feel a greater security in my heavenly Father, having known an earthly security in Ralph? And then I remember that even if he had been there, and had been a great father, I would still be sinful in nature. My heart would still be selfish and rebellious against the Lord, doubtful and faithless without His mercy and grace. The Lord, my Father who is good and just, knows who I am and what has shaped me, as both my sovereign Maker and the one who has secured my life in His hands through Jesus’ blood on the Cross. He knows how to prune and sanctify all of me, that I might display His glory and magnify His name in my thoughts, actions, teaching and pursuits.

beautiful

every day

todo los días, me miro en el espejo

y pienso en el verso,

hagamos al ser humano a nuestra imagen.

el Dios del universo,

Él que hizo todo inteligentemente,

Él que tomo el tiempo

para hacerme

para amarme

para salvarme.

¿pero, porque?

solamente para su gloria,

y no por la mia.

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tous les jours, je me regarde dans le miroir

et je médite sur le verset,

faisons l’homme à notre image.

le Dieu d’univers,

celui qui a fait tout intelligemment

et celui qui a pris le temps

pour me créer

pour m’aimer

pour me sauver.

mais, pourquoi ?

seulement pour sa gloire,

et pas pour la mienne.

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every day, I look at myself in the mirror

and I think of the verse

let us make man in our image.

the God of the universe,

He who made all things intelligently,

who took the time

to make me

to love me

to save me.

but, why?

only for His glory,

and not for my own.