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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.

Friday, October 6, 2017

New Update

Why haven't we been posting much on Obey God, Reach Others? One excuse I have is that I'm writing my first book that I don't want to fail.

Now that we are back, I would like to make changes to the blog, I want to change more than just the blog, I would like to change the name also.

I want to write on a blog and write a book at the same time. I will mention that I like multi-tasking, but writing on a blog and a book is a lot harder way of multi-tasking. I feel like I want to give up blogging and just write my book that I want to write so bad.

Not until I found an old post that I wrote on another blog talking about NOT giving up. So that's why I want to come back to blogging, just want to make a lot of changes.

Would you like that? Contact me at michaelgoddard02@gmail.com if you have ideas or would like to ask questions.

Here is the link to the post I wrote if you want to read it: Never Give Up

Your brother in Christ,
Michael

God bless.

Monday, September 25, 2017

What's Been Happening Lately

Recently throughout this year, I have been really struggling, not just with consistency on the blog, but spiritually with God. I know that God has already forgiven me for any sin I committed or will commit in the future, but I always feel alone in all of this. Until these past few months, I've been going back to God. I've been getting into praying, reading the Bible, and writing, but I still struggle. Sin is a life long struggle for everyone, but if we keep our hope in Christ, sin will be locked behind the door.

Do you struggle with this also? Here is my best advice I can give: Pray to God as often as you can, repent your sins, read his Word as often as you can, and say "No!" to Satan.

If you are in need of prayer, I'm here to pray for you.

God bless you brother/sister in Christ,
Your brother in Christ,
Michael

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Under Construction

Hey, we're back! This time we are going into construction to make this blog better. What would you like that would make "Obey God, Reach Others" better?

Please comment below. Or even on the Facebook post that is the same as this.

NOTE- We will keep posting even during construction.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Embracing The Freedom You Already Have

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Holley Gerth wrote an amazing book called You're Loved No Matter What.
(You can check out her website here)
I confess I haven't read the whole thing yet but so far it is really good.
Today I read chapter three about embracing the freedom you already have.
These are some of the things I learned:
1. Get brave and ask.

2. Take a chance.

3. Don't hesitate.

4. Don't not do something because you're 
afraid you'll make a mistake, we all make mistakes.

5.Your human, stop trying to be perfect.

6. The more you get out and ask the easier it gets.

7. Use the freedom for God's glory.

8. Sometimes you have to just say "No."

9. Be yourself.

I'd recommend checking out her other books too.