by Barnabas


May 2010


“And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that MY house may be filled.” (Luke 14:23)

Dear Brethren, 


A few weeks ago in the sanctuary of the Amor Viviente Church in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, Dan Coventon and I presented a three hour seminar to nine prospective missionaries.  I spoke in English and Dan, my long time missionary friend, translated what I was sharing into Spanish.


The first of the four segments dealt with God’s Commissions in the Bible from Genesis 1 through Revelation 14.  This PowerPoint presentation highlighted God’s desire, as expressed in His Word, for souls to be saved and that His “House may be filled.”  Beginning with God’s command to Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:26-28), we see a progression all the way through the Bible, being fulfilled in The Book of Revelation.  The Lord “commissioned” Noah (Genesis 9:27), Abraham (Genesis 12:1-4), Moses (Exodus 3:10), Israel (Isaiah 42:6), the Church (Matthew 28:19-20), the 144,000 Jews (Revelation 7:3-4), the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:3-4,7), and finally an angel (Revelation 14:6-7), to make His Name known in all the earth so that men, women and children everywhere would have the opportunity to “call on the name of the Lord and be saved.” (Joel 2:32)


The second part of the Seminar was a PowerPoint presentation of how the Gospel spread across cultural and ethnic barriers in fulfillment of Acts 1:8.  This expansion of the Church can be traced in the Book of Acts starting in chapter two and ending in Rome with Paul as a prisoner for Christ. 


Next, Dan and I showed photos that were taken in July 2007, of Nhiako and Doua Lor, with their co-workers, evangelizing villages in Surin Province, Thailand.  Nhiako and his wife Doua are Laotian Hmong serving as evangelists in Asia with the Christian and Missionary Alliance.  As Nhiako and his team move from village to village, he will frequently use a dry erase board to present the Gospel using the “One Verse Method”, a presentation he learned when a seminary student.  This evangelistic tool is based solely on John 3:16.  Dan and I shared these photos with the Hondurans attending the seminar to help them understand that in the Church today the Lord is indeed calling on Christian men and women everywhere to “go into all the world.” (Mark 16:15).  The Lord is calling laborers out of the Church in Asia, the Americas, Africa and Europe, to take His Gospel into every nation, to every people, every tribe and every tongue.


Closing out the seminar, Dan gave a compelling presentation based on materials he received from the International Mission Board.  This PowerPoint focused on the population of the world – the nation states of the world – which were the most reached and which were the least with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It was a sober look at this unstable world in which we are living.  The charts and maps were color coded which made the data even more graphic.  These future missionaries were given a very sober picture of the incredible numbers of men, women and children who are living in spiritual darkness, enslaved to the devil.  The seminar was practical, informative and challenging. 


There is a refrain in the Gospel of John and again in chapters two and three of the Book of Revelation, when the Lord says, “He who has ears let him hear…”  That was the Word of the Lord concerning Missions to nine men and women who came to the seminar, and that is His Word to every Christian in the world today.  The Lord is calling all His children to take His Word personally.  In this increasingly desperate hour, all believers must search their souls and consider what they must do for the cause of Christ.  And since the Tower of Babel in Genesis eleven, Kingdom work has always been cross-cultural work.


“Now there was a rich man…And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate....” (Luke 16: 19-20)
Life after death is a popular topic of debate today.  Even in the Church there are many who want to downplay the Biblical reality of eternal judgment after death for those who have rejected Christ Jesus and His Gospel of redemption, in favor of a more “positive” and “seeker friendly” approach, one that isn’t so “negative”.  But what does the Bible say about life after death?  We can learn a lot from the stories Jesus shared in the Gospels, especially the testimony of the Rich Man and Lazarus  FULL STORY

"Jesus...as was His custom..." (Luke 4:14-16)

“And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” (Luke 4:16)

Dear Brethren, Family & Friends,

Customs help to define a culture, and as we study the life of Jesus Christ, we can learn a lot about the culture of the Kingdom of God.

It was Jesus’ “custom” to go to fellowship with other believers, to read the Word of God, and to teach God’s Word to others.  But it was also His “custom” to heal the sick, the lame, the blind and the leper.  His “custom” was to forgive sins, preach the Gospel and to pray, and so much more.

In this world that is filled with spiritual darkness, as we yield to the Holy Spirit and allow the Word of God to live in us, we can “let our light shine” so that lost men, women and children will be drawn to Christ Jesus as we model the “customs” of His Kingdom.

We hope that this newsletter will be an encouragement to you and help you in your walk of faith in Christ Jesus.  And as it was Jesus’ “custom” to pray for others, we hope that you will set aside some time to pray for the missionaries and their families that are listed.  In some cases, we cannot even provide you their names, but the Lord knows your heart and He knows them.  Your prayers on their behalf helps them to stand firm in their faith and have victory in the face of opposition from the devil.

In these trying times, may the Lord continue to have Mercy on us all.


“O that a man might plead with God as a man with his neighbor!” (Job 16:21)
In these trying times it is all the more important that we encourage one another to stay close to the Lord.  Our relationship with God our Father through His Spirit and the Word will comfort and sustain us regardless of what we have to face.  The Bible has many testimonies of those who endured times of suffering, trial and persecution.  For some those were times when their fellowship with the Lord grew deeper and more intimate, while for others, it was the suffering that led them to the feet of Jesus to be saved.

Our relationship with our God and Savior grows as we spend time in His Word and through prayer.  As the financial and political pillars of the international community and America grow weaker, it is critical that we encourage one another to put our trust in the Lord all the more.  Remembering the Lord’s great deliverance of His people on the shores of the Red Sea, King David wrote “Some trust in Chariots and some in horses, but we will trust in the Name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7)

Let’s encourage one another to read the Word, remembering that it was the Lord who delivered then and it is the Lord who will deliver now, so that when the trials come we can endure, both for God’s glory and our benefit.  FULL STORY

"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert..." (1Peter 5:8)

When we look at what is going on in the world, especially the political and economic turmoil, we can be tempted to interpret these events as just part of the ongoing cycle of human civilization. But if we want to have peace in the midst of what is happening, faith not fear, we need to allow the Word of God to give us understanding so that we can know how these events fit into God’s timeline as He prepares the world for the Second Coming of His Son, Jesus Christ.


"Well done thou good and faithful servant..." (Matthew 25:21)

We know from the Scriptures that judgment is coming upon the whole world someday.  But the Word of God says also othat there is a special "judgment" for the believers at the Bema Seat, or the Judgment Seat of Christ.  That is when the Christian is judged for the work that was done for the Kingdom of God after they came to faith in Jesus Christ.

What will we hear the Lord say on that day?  Will it be "Well done!"

Let's encourage one another to live our lives so that they will be pleasing in the sight of God the Father and bear good fruit for His Kingdom.



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