Monday, October 25, 2010
Salvation for Mr. Pumpkinhead...
What an exciting service we had yesterday morning at Mt. Zion Baptist Church! The choir, under the direction
of the Rev. Debra Mason, created a worshipful experience. There were an increased number of people attending which
gives hope for a growing fellowship. Many thanks to Pastor Roy Sims for giving me the opportunity to address the assembly.
He is truly stoking the fires of enthusiasm here at Mt. Zion.
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I was the message bearer and I focused on the necessity
of getting the WORD out through missions and evangelism. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Word is powerful, and as sharp
as a "sword " in cutting away unbelief and doubt.
I used a pumpkin with a face drawn on it to represent
those who have yet to believe and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. I had a knife to represent the WORD (since I couldn't
find a sword). Ephesians 2:1 states that we were dead in our sins, alive physically but dead spiritually. We, like
Mr. Pumpkinhead, cannot see or hear or receive things of the spirit until that moment when the Holy Spirit shows us grace
by giving us FAITH. At that moment, we who are believers should be ready with that sharp, knife like WORD to start the
extreme spiritual makeover by having scripture to offer to Mr. Pumpkinhead. As the WORD seeps into his head a spiritual
surgery commences by Dr. Holy Spirit. Everytime the WORD gets spoken it is like a knife cutting into Mr. Pumpkin's head
which I illustrated by stabbing the pumpkin. Inside his head is a mess of yucky stuff--the slimy stuff and seeds
which represent hatred, fornication, adultery, lying, stealing, ect.--all the sins that are in an unbelievers head and heart.
The WORD knife must cut away all this junk--Romans 12:2--and then when the work is eventually complete the Holy Spirit comes
in as a lighted candle in a Jack-o-lantern, and Mr. Pumpkinheads shines out in the darkness.
is imperative that we as believers be ready with the word to play our part in the drama of salvation when any opportunity
arises. We don't know when a person is ready to hear so we have got to be well-versed in the Word ourselves so
that when that moment arrives we can help an unbeliever to "come out" of the world and into a new born relationship
with our Lord Jesus.
If we are negligent or indifferent to this great task given to us our Lord will hold us responsible
for dereliction of duty.
Let's get to it, the time is short and our Lord returns soon!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
You may have seen in the paper or on TV that there is a cholera epidemic that has started in the St. Marc area
of Haiti. There are tent cities set up there after the January 12 Earthquake and unsanitary and crowded conditions
have contributed to this event.
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Most of the money promised by other nations to help Haiti after that catastrophe
has yet to be given. As a result many are still living in conditions that have changed little since the earthquake.
Please pray that the Lord will motivate those who have resources to get them where they can best be used to assist
the people. Pray also that God will protect health workers who are risking their own health in order to care for the
suffering. Pray that political elections to be held at the end of November will produce leaders who truly want to move
their country forward and not just fill their own pockets.
Pray that the Gospel will continue to be proclaimed
in Haiti and that many will be brought out of spiritual darkness and superstition into a saving knowledge and faith in Jesus
Friday, October 22, 2010
I will be giving the message this Sunday morning at MT. Zion Baptist Church, 36 Meade Ave, Bellevue,
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I will touch on the reason for, the need for, and the urgency for Missions and Evangelism in general.
Political Correctness has no place in Christian witness! We have to speak out the name of JESUS!!!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Halloween in Haiti
Haitians don't actually celebrate Halloween as we know it. Their big days are the 1st and 2nd days of
November, All Saint's Day and the Day of the Dead. It is quite common to see people gathering in the National Cemetery
in Port-au-Prince and other cemeteries on November 1st to light white and yellow beeswax candles at the foot of a cross
dedicated to Baron Samedi, the head of the Gede family of spirits, the spirits of the dead. Flowers and food are also
offered up to placate the dead.
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The voodoo followers like to use alcohol in these ceremonies and there are those
who will apply hot-pepper spiced alcohol on their genitals as one of the key rituals during Gede, this voodoo holiday.
Sexual jokes and inuendo play a role in "partying" with the spirits.
People will visit the cemeteries
and spruce up their family's gravesites to show affection and to honor their dead. This could also lessen the danger
of these spirits coming back to torment and cause them problems.
One of the missions that we have as Christians
is to liberate others from spiritual slavery to Satan by telling them that there is a Liberator who can rescue them from these
hard taskmasters. JESUS has power over Satan and all his minions. Serving Jesus is a joy and blessing. Only
HE can deliver us from the darkness and superstition which Satan uses to keep us under his power.
COME TO JESUS
Thursday, October 14, 2010
sharing a word...
Last night, I was allowed to share pictures and information on Gospel Growers ministries at the Wednesday evening
prayer service at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bellevue, PA.
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There were several people who seemed interested
to hear about what is going on in Haiti. I was a pleasure to be able to witness to the great things that GOD is doing
through this work.
It is to be hoped that someone from the congregation will be able to travel to Haiti to see
first hand what their Haitian brothers and sisters in the Lord are doing just to get by each day.
morning there will be a prayer breakfast at Mt. Zion Church, 36 Meade Ave., Bellevue, PA.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Waiting for rescue...
There is a tension that should be present in the life of a Christian. Peter tells us that we are pilgrims
and passers by in this present world who are on our way to a better place. Yet we see from his and Paul's lives that
we are not to pass through as indifferent "tourists", but we should be as active as we can in telling people about
Jesus Christ and living a life of love trying to make each place we pass through a little bit better for our having been there.
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I feel an undercurrent of excitement and anticipation each time I think that each day that comes could be THE day
when our LORD shall appear in the heavens and call the church upward starting the 7 year period known as the Tribulation.
I have a desire to do as much as I can to advance the Kingdom of our Lord while also having an even greater desire
to go to be with HIM in His heavenly home. Sometimes this tension seems unbearable. There are many Christians
who have an ambivalence towards the "Rapture". Could it be they are comfortable here below and are quite happy
with things as they are? "PLEASE don't rock the boat!"
I remember Lot and his wife were hesitant to leave
Sodom although destruction was imminent, so much so that the angels that had come to warn them had to drag them to safety.
And in spite of that Madam Lot glanced back with regret to be leaving her comfortable life behind.
I won't have to be dragged, and I won't look back with regret about leaving, but the thought that there may be those I care
about left behind does generate some sadness. All the more reason to try to reach them for Christ NOW!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
What was forecast as an active hurricane season has so far been pretty tame for Haiti. There have been
rain storms but not hurricane force winds. Although there has been a lot of unpleasantness for those earthquake victims
who remain in tents its much less terrible than it could be. We are right in the middle of rainy season so things could
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The promised help of the USA has yet to appear and only 2% of rubble has been removed. A lot
of misery remains. Some schools have not opened yet. The schools which receive budgetary assistance from Gospel
Growers are gradually getting things up and running.
In Dariol, I have been told that crops are coming along so
at least food will be available before long. The Radio Station's generator is giving problems so looks like I will have
to intervene again. There are too many clouds for the solar panels to provide sufficient energy, that means they have
to run the generator more.
The clinic is doing a good job for those who become ill in the Dariol area. Our
staff is meeting their needs with compassion and efficiency. Many thanks to Deanna Thomas of Vincetown Baptist
Church, New Jersey, who has been a constant supporter of the clinic. Other such supporters would be greatly appreciated.
This is a great ministry to help the poor people in their sicknesses, and also to evangelize those who come with spiritual
issues as well.