Friday, May 4, 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Regardless of the fact that I was banned from Jamaica, the Jamaica mission trip was still a huge success. Out of the 39 people who were planning on going on that trip, 37 of them made it to the field. The only two people who didn’t end up going were my son Isaac and me.
On a week-long mission trip, those 37 people got approximately 800 saved through personal soul winning, either one-on-one or in very small groups. Jamaica is an extremely receptive place, and people were ready to hear the Gospel.
Not only did the team do a lot of personal soul winning, but they also preached to many large crowds. I saw video footage of members of the team preaching to public school assemblies of around 500-600 teenagers. Not only that, but they also got to preach to smaller groups in individual classrooms. Sometimes they were given an entire hour to teach the Bible in these classes. In addition to the preaching they did in the schools, they were also able to preach in police departments to the police force, and they were even allowed onto a military base to preach to the military.
Thousands of people heard the gospel, and over 7,000 DVDS and flash drives were handed out, mainly the DVD “New World Order Bible Versions.” Not only are there now a lot of Baptist materials floating around Jamaica, but the media coverage of me getting banned will potentially cause millions of people all over the Caribbean to hear the Gospel message online.
With all of the negative publicity, you would think that some of the preaching engagements would have gotten canceled, but they all went off without a hitch. In fact, the only place that canceled anything was a left-wing university that decided not to show the movie Babylon U.S.A., probably for political reasons. The fact that our soul winners were received so well goes to show that it wasn’t the people of Jamaica that didn’t want us there.
As with other times I’ve been banned from a country, the media attention boosted internet traffic and millions of people heard the Word of God preached online. The trip itself was a major success, and it wasn’t slowed down whatsoever by me getting banned. Those 37 people accomplished a lot in Jamaica, and the 11 people in Aruba who my son and I were able to win to the Lord, definitely benefited from the change in our plans.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”—Romans 8:28'
Here is a sermon where I preached about the successes over there. The sermon is called "The Word of God is Not Bound"
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Thank you, everyone, for participating in the contest! The correct answer was Aruba. My son Isaac and I were there for a little less than 3 days, and we were able to get a total of 11 people saved, in addition to swimming and riding bikes.
The grand prize winner was saturnfrombrooklyn! Please contact us at the church email address, saturnfrombrooklyn, so you can claim your prize. The church email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a list of all the people who guessed correctly during the contest. If you are on the list, and you don't go to Faithful Word Baptist Church, email us your mailing address so we can mail you your consolation prize.
If you are on the list, and you are a member of Faithful Word Baptist Church, we will have a different prize for you, that will be given out in person at a church service.
Here is the list:
saturnfrombrooklyn (January 30, 2018 at 6:47 PM)
DudnNita Reeves (January 30, 2018 at 6:48 PM)
Matthew Buhr (January 30, 2018 at 7:18 PM)
Crystal Van Meter
Ray Hesser Jr
Janell the Baptist
Robert J Hanney
Fernando the Baptist
Rev. James Cost
Pastor Tyler J. Doka (GHBC)
Pastor Enrique Reyes
Gina D/Troy NY
Chad Rebu King
Gerardo Cabrera Ponce
Here are some funny trailers we made as a joke while we were there:
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
|Isaac fresh off the plane. We didn't rent a car because we are just going to walk and/or ride bicycles.|
On Monday, I was on my way to a missions trip in Jamaica when I stopped for a layover in Atlanta. I was informed by the airline upon arrival in Atlanta that the Jamaican government would not allow me to enter the country. Since I was already all the way in Atlanta, and my son and I were all set for a missions trip, we decided to redirect to another country in the Caribbean instead. We booked a flight for Tuesday morning and spent the night in Atlanta.
We've arrived! We got here late in the afternoon, got settled into our lodging, had dinner, and went out soul-winning. We had a total of 3 people saved.
But where are we?
Over the next few days I will be posting pictures from the trip, and there will be a contest to see who can guess which country we are in. There will be more and more clues given each day, as well as lots of pictures. So far, we took very few pictures because we got in late, but we will take a lot more tomorrow.
These are the rules:
1. The ONLY way to enter your guess is by leaving it in a comment on this blog. Your comment may or may not be approved (depending on if it gives too much info away), but be assured that I am receiving your comments.
2. You can only guess one time per day. Feel free to guess each day as more info is revealed.
3. You can only guess one country at a time.
4. Everyone who guesses correctly wins. There will be an unlimited number of winners. All winners will receive a prize mailed to them.
5. The very first person to correctly guess will be the grand prize winner. There will only be ONE grand prize winner. This person will win airline tickets for two (if in the USA) or an airline ticket for one (if outside the USA) to the soul-winning conference in Detroit on April 19-21.
6. Do not guess on any other social media or reveal the answer once you know it. Please share this post on other social media sites, but don't post your guesses there.
7. Contest ends this Friday night at midnight Jamaica time (February 2).
8. Winners will be announced a few days later.
|Isaac loved the meal despite his face in this picture. He was chewing.|
|Isaac at the small pool where we are lodging.|
Here is the video I made from Atlanta where I talk about being banned from Jamaica:
Here is my quick video update from inside our room at the "hotel:"
The Book of Isaiah has 66 chapters, and this number is significant because there are 66 books in the Bible. I’ve heard it said that the chapters in Isaiah actually mirror the books of the Bible, and I have found this to be true based on my own personal study. I haven’t found all of the correlations because some are stronger than others, but here are just a few examples that I hope will spark your interest and motivate you to do your own reading.
Isaiah 1: Genesis
First of all, in Isaiah Chapter 1 the heavens and the earth are mentioned--just like in Genesis Chapter 1. Also, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is mentioned, which was also from Genesis.
Isaiah 5: Deuteronomy
The first time the Bible mentions Hell is in Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Bible, and the first time Isaiah mentions Hell is in Chapter 5.
“Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.” –Isaiah 5:14
“For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.” –Deuteronomy 32:22
Isaiah 40: Matthew
It is interesting that Isaiah has a major gear change once you get to Chapter 40, which is the chapter that corresponds with the beginning of the New Testament. In fact, many Jewish rabbis I have spoken with and other Bible "scholars" wrongfully believe that Isaiah was written by two different people since chapters 1-39 are so different than chapters 40-66. John the Baptist is prophesied in Isaiah 40, verse 3, and he is also talked about in Matthew Chapter 3 (which quotes Isaiah 40).
Isaiah 45: Romans
In Isaiah Chapter 45, the potter and the clay analogy is used, and it comes up in again in the Book of Romans.
“Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?” –Isaiah 45:9
“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?”—Romans 9:20-21
I’ve found a lot more correlations, but those are just a few examples that I hope will pique your curiosity about this fun way to study the Bible. As you read through each book, read the corresponding chapter in Isaiah and try to spot the tie-ins. Hint: Sometimes it is just one phrase.
Here is the sermon on the Major Prophets where I discuss a few more of these interesting parallels.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
People will mistakenly say that jealousy is a sin, but the confusion lies in our modern vernacular where we misuse the word jealous. We jokingly say things like, “I’m jealous of your new car,” but the biblical word for that feeling is envy. When you want something that belongs to someone else, that’s envy. To be envious is to covet or lust after something that someone else has, and that’s wrong.
A lot of people will mock a Christian husband or wife for being “the jealous type,” but jealousy in and of itself is not a sin, and I submit to you that jealousy can be godly. The Bible says repeatedly that God is jealous, and Paul spoke of his own “godly jealousy” in 2 Corinthians Chapter 11:
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” -- 2 Corinthians 11:2-3
Some of you need to get a little godly jealousy! If you let your wife go out to lunch with another man, you’re worldly. The modern philosophy that says it’s okay to have close friends of the opposite gender is a recipe for disaster, and it’s normal for a husband to feel jealous when it comes to his wife.
“But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.”--Proverbs 6:32-34
The above passage is about a man's jealousy when his wife commits adultery, but the flip side is also true. A wife will also become jealous if her husband is in some way giving his attention to other women. Michal and David’s marriage is an example of a woman being jealous in the Bible.
Most of the time, jealousy in a marriage is justified, but sometimes a husband or wife will go to an extreme. Be jealous, but don't be insanely jealous. Falsely accusing your spouse of cheating or worrying that they may have accidentally looked in someone else’s direction isn’t healthy. If that’s you, you need to get over your insecurity and stop picking fights with your spouse.
Yes, jealousy can cause strife in a relationship, but if your husband is acting jealous, maybe it’s because you are dressing provocatively or having close friendships with other men. Or perhaps your wife resents the fact that you are becoming too close with a female coworker. Confiding in someone of the opposite gender about problems in your marriage is a form of infidelity and can lead to full blown adultery.
It’s okay to be friendly and talk to people of the opposite gender, but always keep things professional. My old pastor used to say that men and women should have “short conversations” with each other. He also said that he never hugged another woman unless she was old enough to be his grandmother. Your wife belongs to you, and you belong to her, so it’s normal for both of you to feel protective of your marriage and try to safeguard it from outside threats.
Here is a sermon to go along with this post
Thursday, January 18, 2018
In Exodus Chapters 3 and 4, we read about God sending Moses to speak to Pharaoh and Moses making excuses about not being a good speaker.
“And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.” Exodus 4:10-16
Moses was making excuses that he wasn’t a good speaker even though God had promised to help him. God was displeased, but once Moses found out Aaron was going, he felt more confident and agreed to go. Moses was one of the greatest leaders who ever lived, but initially, he was nervous about doing the talking.
There’s a "Soul-winning Mega Marathon" coming to your area on March 31st. This will be a huge event. We are having soul-winning marathons that day in all fifty states, and we’ll meet you there! Obviously, I won’t be able to physically attend more than one of them, but there are plenty of people who speak well and that, like Aaron, are coming forth to meet you.
If you don’t feel like you can talk, just show up anyway. There will be plenty of people there who can speak, and they just want you to show up. Moses wanted God to just send someone else, but when we make excuses, the anger of the Lord is kindled.
We all need God’s help with what to say out soul winning, but even if you need someone to speak for you, please just show up and be a silent partner. We all got started soul winning as a silent partner, and it’s the best way to learn. Not only that, but there is usually a shortage of silent partners, and we end up sending two “talkers” out together. The more pairs we can send out, the more people we can reach with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just show up, and you will be glad you were a part of this historic event.
Mark your calendar for March 31st, and click here to find out the location of the soul-winning marathon near you.
Here is the sermon that inspired this blog post.