The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions — David Platt


http://youtu.be/48CZ5F9bnJM

David Platt was one of the men invited to speak at T4G this year.

“So, pastors, let us be finished and done with puny theology that results in paltry approaches to global missions in local churches; let us believe deeply in the sovereign God of the universe who holds the destiny of the world and our lives in the palm of his hand; let us see the hopeless state of man before God apart from Christ; and let us lead our churches to pray, give, go to unreached peoples with the greatest news in all the world: We have been saved by a graciously, globally, gloriously particular sacrifice. So, let us lead our churches, let us give our lives, let us lose them if necessary for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom and the accomplishment of Christ’s commission. And let’s not stop until the slaughtered Lamb of God and the sovereign Lord of all receives the full reward of his sufferings.”

Revelation 5
“Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to week loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said tome, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every drive and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and though sands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.


David Platt was one of the men invited to speak at T4G this year.

“So, pastors, let us be finished and done with puny theology that results in paltry approaches to global missions in local churches; let us believe deeply in the sovereign God of the universe who holds the destiny of the world and our lives in the palm of his hand; let us see the hopeless state of man before God apart from Christ; and let us lead our churches to pray, give, go to unreached peoples with the greatest news in all the world: We have been saved by a graciously, globally, gloriously particular sacrifice. So, let us lead our churches, let us give our lives, let us lose them if necessary for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom and the accomplishment of Christ’s commission. And let’s not stop until the slaughtered Lamb of God and the sovereign Lord of all receives the full reward of his sufferings.”

 

Revelation 5

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to week loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said tome, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every drive and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and though sands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Book Review: How to Bring Your Child to Christ


…And Keep Them There: Avoiding the Tragedy of False Conversion

by Ray Comfort

New life is a mystery. Most women do not know they are pregnant until a test or doctor’s confirmation. Though physicians can provide a detailed step-by-step description of the birthing process, the actual trigger that sets a birth in motion is still unknown. Furthermore, though we’ve all experienced it, no one can explain what it was like to be born. The only thing we know is that we’re alive right now. Likewise spiritual birth is mysterious. Jesus likens the movement of God’s Spirit to the wind, saying, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). We know a few things that are necessary (grace and faith), and we know what it looks like after it begins, but man is not able to make it happen.

Ray Comfort, author, founder of Living Waters Ministries, and creator of Way of the Master, an evangelism strategy and training ministry, writes of How to Bring Your Children to Christ…& Keep Them There, “Of course, any theologian will tell you that we can’t ‘bring’ our children to Christ, and neither can we ‘keep them there’…While there is no sure-fire formula to secure the salvation of any human being, the Bible assures us that if a child truly repents and trusts the Savior, God will begin a good work in him that He will complete. Our role as parents is to ensure that he is truly born of God, rather than of the will of man.”

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A Delightful Sunday


I have had a very busy day. We cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. I am so thankful for the kids’ help today. I could not have gotten so much done without them. Do you remember when you were a kid and mopping was a fun chore? I do; I used to love to mop. Nowadays, my back screams in protest, but my kids LOVE it.

I know housekeeping isn’t very observant for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but we visited the new Foster Auditorium Memorial a few weeks back, so I think that counts for something.

Because of all the cleaning, I’ve been too busy to sit down with a book or to really think about anything. As a result, I simply do not have much of anything to write about. Therefore, this post is just to share a few things about Sunday (yesterday) since several readers left messages (either here, facebook, or twitter) and emailed with encouragement for my Compassion presentation.

Saturday night, after everyone else in the house had been visited by Mr. Sandman, I was stretched out on my bedroom floor writing, rewriting, cutting and pasting notes and reminders for the Compassion presentation the next morning. I thought I knew what I was going to say, but then decided to change everything at the last minute.

I had decided weeks ago that I would use my power point presentation. Then, yesterday afternoon, I decided that I wasn’t going to use it, that I’d do something different. Then around 1 AM I decided, Yes, I need to use power point. I tweaked my presentation and added and deleted some slides until I was satisfied.

At 3 AM, after I pored over my outline one last time, I tried to tear a page from Karl’s playbook and “switch off.” Usually, when Karl is ready for sleep he simply closes his eyes and, like a light, he’s out. I thought, It’s 3 AM. I’ll go right to sleep. It didn’t work. So then I started to stress: What if I sleep through the alarm sounding? What if I’m too sleepy to do my best? Maybe I should stay awake through the morning and take a nap in the afternoon.

As I was praying for sleep, the Lord reminded me that this presentation is not about me — it’s about the children. If I focus on them, and not worry about how I come across, everything will be fine. And, though sleep was restless, I finally fell asleep.

When the alarm beeped, I was SO ready to get up and go.

I presented Compassion’s ministry to a group of about 30 youth and college students during their Sunday School hour. One tech-savvy student told me later that he decided to sponsor a child, but instead of looking through the packets I brought, he used Compassion’s smart phone app. How cool is that?

Maybe one day, I won’t use packets at all. At the end of a presentation, I’ll just say, “Now, open your app!”

If you prayed for me and the children I represented yesterday, THANK YOU! I appreciate all the prayers and well wishes!

Sunday afternoon, though I didn’t take a nap, I did get to rest for a little while. After that, though, I spent some time typing and formatting a document (like the Partnering 2 Remember document) with Philippians 1 & 2 from the NASB for my scripture memory partner because she was having a hard time memorizing in the ESV (she thought). When we spoke over the phone Friday afternoon, she said that she just didn’t think she could do it, that she was just too old to memorize scripture. I tried to encourage her to not give up, that maybe she just needed to work on fewer verses per week. I told her I’d have a new set of scriptures with fewer per page per week for her Sunday night.

It turned out that, by Sunday night, she didn’t need what I had typed for her. She said, “I prayed for God to help me. And He did! I decided that I was going to memorize it no matter how many times it took me saying it over and over.” I am so proud of her! If you think you can’t memorize scripture, THINK AGAIN!

In the evening, we listened to an intentionally short sermon from 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12. Our pastor shared what he is praying for himself and our church this year…

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

(I’ll probably blog more about that in the near future).

The sermon was intentionally short so that we would have plenty of time to drive to a church down the road from us in order to hear Gianna Jessen speak. Here’s a bit of her story:

It was a delightful Sunday! Thank you for being a part of it through your prayers.

Compassion International & Public Speaking (a prayer request)


I’m working on my second year as an advocate for children through Compassion International.  As an advocate, my main responsibilities are to find sponsors for children who are living in poverty and to give sponsors an opportunity to be involved in a life-changing relationship.

I have an opportunity tomorrow morning to share Compassion’s ministry with a small group. I’m writing today to ask you to pray for me,  my audience, and the children I will represent.

Nowadays when speaking in public, I tend to become quite nervous and talk too fast.  The irony is that when I was in high school, I did a lot of public speaking (I was on the Debate/Drama team).  I even won a couple of awards in original oratory category!  I guess I’m just out of practice.

Funny story: In the classroom, our teacher would often have us practice our events.  One day, as we practiced extemporaneous speaking, our teacher gave me the topic “euthanasia.”  I had just a few minutes to compose a speech and present it.  So, I jotted down a few points and stood in front of the class.   I gave the best speech evah (I’m sure) about young people living in Asia and the kinds of things they like to do outside of school and whatnot.

I remember Ms. C smiled.  “You did very well, Leslie,” she said, “but I said, ‘euthanasia,’ which is the practice of ending someone’s life when it seems medically impossible for him or her to recover, not youth in Asia.  One word.  Not three.”

So.  I would appreciate your prayers!

Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring a child, I just found out that Compassion has reopened Haiti for sponsorships!!!

Meet Ben Mwangi


Our church recently wrapped up a month-long child sponsorship campaign for Compassion International. On July 11, 2010, Ben Mwangi came to speak to us about the impact his Compassion sponsor made in his life.

His presentation is broken into four parts on the Open Door youtube channel. If you have time, listen to his story. The following link will take you to the playlist for his presentation:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=B6FC093C0AA3EBD8

In part 1, my pastor mentions that he would love to see our church rescue 100 children. Well, we didn’t quite make it to 100. But by the end of July, 72 children had sponsors!

If you aren’t already a sponsor, please pray about sponsoring a child through Compassion International.

Blessed is the one who considers the poor.
Psalm 41:1