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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Doubt: My Nemesis


“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” - John 14:1-2 

Do you ever wonder if God is really there for you? 
I do.
Do you ever doubt God's unknown plans for you? 
I do. 

That is my main struggle: doubt. I doubt because of what I see, not what I believe. Because I see pain, suffering, and death, I do not believe that God is really there for me. Doubt is the devil's weapon against me, because when I doubt, I take the battle in my weary hands instead God's almighty hands. When I pray, the devil attacks me with doubt that God will answer my prayers. 

I don't want that. 

I want to pray to God without doubt that he will answer my prayers. I want to do what he wants me to do without doubt that it will work. 

If any of you are struggling with this kind of thing, I would be honored to pray for you. (And I would also give you virtual hugs if you want them.)

Your brother in Christ,
Michael.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

God Does Has Plans For You


Do you ever wondering what God has in store for you? I do.
Do you ever worry if the future will not go the way you want it? I do.

These two questions and answers aren't really what God wants you to worry about. He wants you to think about here and now.

Why?

Because He knows that if He revealed the future to his children, it would be too much for our imperfect, human minds. In the future, all we'll see is suffering and death, we might see little good things like a tribe getting the Bible in their language or a revival, but God doesn't want to reveal the future. If God let us see the future, we would think about our plans, and forget God's plans for us.

We should focus on here and now, stop worrying about the future, and trust that God knows what he's doing in our lives. After all, God is in the past, present, and the future. So, we don't have to worry about the future at all, because God is in control and knows our future.

Your brother in Christ,
Michael.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Where Are The Harvesters? (Blog series 3 of 3)

"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." Matthew 9:37

Over 50 years ago, before there were many American missionaries in Paraguay; my grandparents, along with many other missionaries came to Paraguay because they saw how few of workers were in the mission field of Paraguay. Once they arrived to Paraguay, they came under the mission organization of NTM (New Tribes Missions), now Ethnos360, to preach the Gospel to the First Nations (as some people call them, Indians or Native Americans.) of Paraguay. After they came, more missionaries came to spread the Gospel in Paraguay.

Anyway, now over 50 years later and three generations of missionaries in Paraguay later, many of missionaries are leaving Paraguay. Why? I don't have the full answer to that question, but I believe Matthew 9:37 saying that "the workers are few." is very true. So many left, but many came also.
Maybe the answer to the question could be: The missionaries can't stand the environment, the board that they are a part of is too putting too much burdens on their shoulders, or they feel like God called them to a different place.
I feel them, even though I'm not a part of a board (I'm 15, so doubt I could be a part of one anyway, but it's possible), but I do know how torturous the environment can be: Paraguay isn't the cleanest country and there are quite some bugs in the summer. But no matter how the environment is, God wants us to preach the Gospel "to all nations." He might send someone to a nation that persecutes Christians, a nation that has tons of  poverty, or a nation that doesn't persecute Christians. Whether it's the neighbor next door or the family with no home, God will use us in different ways.

We need to pray that people will come to the harvest/mission field and be workers in it and that the people in those fields that God sent them into will never give up spreading the Gospel.

Well, this is the last of the blog series, hoped you liked them!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today, we remember on this day, in the year 1620 AD, our Pilgrim Fathers came to America to find a new life.
Today, we remember on this day, in the year 1621 AD, our Pilgrim Fathers celebrated the first Thanksgiving for a whole week, with their native friends.
Today, on this day, in the year 2017 AD, we come together to thank God for his blessings and his abundant love for us.
Here are three things that I am thankful for today:
1. For God's grace on us.
2. For the soldiers that fought in the American Revolution to make our country free, free to thank God on Thanksgiving day.
3. For my family, not just my family by blood, but also my family in Christ.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! :)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Are We Being Ants or Elephants? (Blog series 2 of 3)

I'm going to share another story from "Explorer 2.0" devotional with you.

"One day, a herd of elephants decided to stampede and destroy everything that stood in their path. Before the herd took off, a small ant listened in on their plan and decided to join them. In just a few minutes, the elephants destroyed an entire village with overwhelming strength and speed. All the while, the ant ran alongside them, watching as the elephants left no structure standing. After the long day of terrorizing the people and village, the elephants, along with the ant, decided to rest on the bank of a river. After a while, the elephants spotted the tiny ant laying on the leg of one of the elephants. They heard it say, 'WOW! We destroyed a lot of stuff!'" (page 335 of "Explorer 2.0", author Warry Nuñez)

Funny how you think about it, the elephants represent the missionaries doing God's will with their God-given gifts and strength in the mission field. Don't ask me why the elephants were destroying instead of something less chaotic, I don't know why. Anyway, the ant represents Christians that brag how they support the missionaries, who brag about how much they support the missionaries without being a part of the actual work.

So, are you one of those elephants doing God's will or the ant who is just supporting the missionaries and bragging how much they do support them? The choice is yours.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Blog Promoting

Hey, guys! This is out of the blog series, but please check out this blog by a writer from my writing community! It's all about her writing. She'll be sharing behind the scenes of her writing, story snippets, writing tips, book reviews and the occasional fun/off-topic post! Her blog is for anyone to read and she would really appreciate it if you read it and became a consistent reader! She'll be posting every Saturday as well as she can. You can read her blog at Behind The Pen
I am on her launch team and she asked us (the launch team) to share her blog around. So, I did. Please take the time to look at it.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Why Didn't We Come Sooner? (Blog series 1 of 3)

I'm going to tell a story from a devotional that I recommend reading. I'll tell the name at the end of the post.

"One night in a First Nation village, the men were sitting around the fire while a missionary was sharing the Gospel with them. He had done this before, but today was different. He noticed a growing interest among the natives. The power of the Gospel was having its effect, they were starting to understand why Jesus came to this world and the difference He could make in their lives. Suddenly, the chief rose and came close to the missionary.
Pointing at the Bible, he asked, 'How much time has gone by since this story was written?'
The missionary, who was somewhat surprised, answered, 'Nearly 2,000 years.'
The chief responded, 'And you still believe the story that you just told us?'
'Since my childhood.' answered the missionary.
'And your father believed the story?' asked the chief.
'Yes, not only my dad, but also my grandfather and even my grandfather's grandfather,' the missionary answered with pride.
'Then why didn't you come sooner?' asked the chief with pain."

I don't know if this story is true or not, but it's meaning struck me. Why didn't we come sooner? I know that my grandparents, and my great-grandparents were missionaries to Paraguay, but if my grandparent's grandparents were also Christians and their parents before them, why didn't they come to Paraguay sooner?

That question, makes me think. Even though my grandparent's grandparents didn't come to Paraguay, will others come? Will more Christians see that Paraguay and the world need harvesters in their fields? As Matthew 9:37 says, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." The fields need more workers!

Hopefully next week, I'll be able to post another article for the blog series.

Anyway, the name of the devotional is "Explorer 2.0: Explore God and the Nations" it has multiple authors.