Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Have You Joined The Evangelistic Prayer Team Yet?

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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Are You In The Battle? Pt 2

Are You In The Battle? Pt 2
Don't Forget Who The Enemy Is!

I don’t know what it’s like in “your neck of the woods,” but I do know what it’s like here in Southeast Asia where we have been for more than 20 years. Here in this world, where I live and serve, we have had many occasions during which we have forgotten who the enemy is! Yeah, and it happens in a flash-guns blazing, focus diverted, target acquired! Bang!


How does it happen? Let me draw a hypothetical picture. The first time someone hurts your feelings by taking credit for your work-or perhaps misrepresents you to another turning your reputation into sushi, or when a new convert decides he wants to go to a different church right after he is baptized—that’s when it happens. Our scopes go up and wham! In a flash we have targeted the "enemy." We begin to doubt their motives. Criticize their actions-good and bad. Belittle them to our peers. Blame them for our failures. And we begin to focus our efforts on defeating them or even discrediting them by our words, attitudes or actions.

Of course, all this goes on while in the background, the real enemy—the flesh... the devil… and the world-- is then set free to work unhindered, unfettered and even unnoticed. Yes, we forget who the enemy is. And then somehow we move ourselves right out of the battle.

Have you forgotten who the enemy is? Perhaps you not only have forgotten who the enemy is, but have forgotten we even have an enemy? We have an enemy whose names speak of his character- Adversary. Liar. Accuser. Deceiver. He distracts us. And right now, in this world, it seems distraction is one of his greatest weapons.

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Eph 6:12 
The enemy is not another worker, not members of another religion, and certainly not my husband! Distraction focused on the shortcomings or failures of others is just a tool that can be used by the enemy to distract, discourage, and sidetrack us in God’s mission! So today--and every day, I want to purpose in my heart NOT forget who the enemy is and let’s all stay in the battle with our sights set on the goal--the right target! 

Won't you join me?

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Are You In The Battle? Pt 1


Are You In The Battle?
Part 1 : The Failures

Since January we have seen throughout our ministries an increased effort and effectiveness in the wiles of the devil to ensnare and entangle the brethren and bring them to spiritual ruin. It has, in effect, sent us more fully to our knees. It has also sent us to Word in search of the understanding and faith regarding the weapons provided by our LORD for the battle.

There are a few things that have really struck me in these recent fiery encounters. It seems we are quick to forget or reject that which is important:
  1. We become deceived about who the enemy is.
  2. We stop believing that God really does know best.
  3. We forget what is true.
  4. We ignore the fact that we are in an ongoing, fierce battle.
  5. We neglect the daily need for the armour-some of us don't even know what it is.
  6. We forget to refuse to gossip.
  7. We become respecters of man, above God.
I think we should spend a little time talking about these things… so I am going to write in the days ahead about each of these items! Please feel free to pitch in!

Let's pray through them together?

Remembering It's All About JESUS,
lisa

Saturday, 26 June 2010

"Earn The Right Early"

I took a taxi to the Mandai Crematorium yesterday. It's a long ride.  My driver was confused and kept trying to drop me at different locations along Mandai Road... he was sure I wanted to go to a fish hatchery, a famous restaurant, or a place to swim.  "No it's the Crematorium." I said.  He missed the turn. He had to drive a long way before he could go back.  He was driving so slowly! "Please Uncle, if you don't hurry I will miss the burning!"  Finally he knew where I was going.  Now he was in a hurry.

When I arrived at the row of 4 cremation halls, I realized I had no idea which one I was going to. I decided to wait inside the glass doors of hall 3 so I climbed the steps and went in.  I wasn't alone. The Buddhist Monk awaiting the next set of grieving family members was already inside pacing and chanting through his beads. He wasn't happy to see me. He left. I waited.

At exactly 11:15, 4 different hearses zipped down the slope  and arrived-- each with it's own specific decoration and a large picture of the deceased attached to the front of the van.  As they backed in in front of the 4 halls, I discreetly looked out the doors. Though they were all elderly mothers, none was the face of the one I sought.

It was strange that all 4 caskets arrived without family. It was pouring rain and obviously the buses of mourners were delayed in traffic.  With a loud grinding sound, the escalator between Halls 2 and 3 came to life.  The car park below was suddenly filled with mourners rushing up and pouring into the appropriate halls. A flood of hopeless grief guided by the directing hands of a tuxedo clad concierge.

In a few seconds the people disappeared into the halls.  I waited outside on the steps.  After about 5 minutes, I turned and peeped through the glass doors.  All was silent and dark--as if no one had been there. Not a trace.  They had gone out the bottom of the hall, following the remains of their loved one on the last journey on earth leaving behind only the aroma of hickory smoke.

The clock ticked on. Eleven-forty-five. Three more hearses, the escalator came to life. I looked again, no familiar faces. By 12 noon all was quiet again.

The tuxedo clad director of operations helped me to discover that my party was not arriving until 1:45. A tactical error on my part.

12:15 p.m.  Two... no ... three more hearses-- 3 more groups of mourners, musicians and monks--moving like a wave of hopelessness flooding up the steps and over the seats, stopping momentarily and then moving on to witness the flames. It was almost overwhelming. It was frightfully obvious that perhaps none had known the LORD.

I walked down the road toward the office to wait out of sight of the four halls. Passing the blocks of the Columberium Complex, I reflected upon the reason I was there.  LY's mum was gone.  After weeks of prayer and repeated attempts to share the Gospel, LY's mum had finally given up the fight.  Many had prayed and God had answered!  There were miracles during the last days and we know she heard the truth and had the opportunity to trust the LORD... only in heaven will the final result be known... there is much for which to give thanks.

I thought of the text message LY sent at the time his mum left this earth...
"Thanks for praying... Learn from my mistakes. Don't wait for spiritual emergencies like this to kiss and say, 'I love you Mum and Dad.' ... earn the right to share the Gospel early."
LY had come to understand that he needed to make things right with his mum before he could share the Gospel.  He had to humbly ask for forgiveness even though he had been wronged as well.  He took the right road according to the Scripture and was granted a welcome hearing.

How many of us are standing right there... hoping they will listen, but having lost the right to be heard.  Unresolved conflicts, old scores unsettled, debts owed.  Events and circumstances fueled by pride can render us ineffective and ineffectiveness on earth can be the cause of a precious soul's eternal loss. 

Please, please make the right decision--the one that leads to life---- Lisa

Earn the right
to share the Gospel early...
don't wait until it is too late.

--Special thanks to dear Bro LY
for permission and encouragement
to share this here.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Rejoice The LORD Is King!

"I just want to thank you LORD for being such a generous and gracious King.

Thanks for another day to live for you LORD.

love,
lisa"

2 Cor 4:16

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

"Paul, Why Do You Serve God?"


Sunday our camp speaker for the week, Bro Dave Jaspers, preached in some of our services! It was a great encouragement and blessing and we saw at least 10 folks come to the LORD! I was encouraged by his answers from the Word to the question:



Paul, Why Do You Serve God? The Bible says Paul said:
   I am a debtor  (Romans 1:14)
   I am ready  (Romans 1:15)
   I am not ashamed  (Romans 1:16)

What wonderful thoughts to think about this week as we walk through life . . . ?
  • I am a debtor to those who have not heard.  
  • I am ready meaning surrendered and committed to do it.  
  • I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes...
How does the reality of this truth change my coffee talk, blogging, phone calls, texting... if it isn't making a difference in my communication . . . I must wonder . . . why not?

Lord, light the fire again!

Monday, 7 June 2010

Through The Lens . . . A Charge, A Comission, A New Calling!





"We praise God for the call He has placed on Ian's life! 
We ask Him to fill, empower, chasten, lead, use and love our dear brother
in the way only He can!"
6 June 2010

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Life-Style Evangelism--Oh Yeah!

" . . . I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some."

KC and HM lead a Spiritual Family (small group) of lovely younger Christians! I got to have lunch with some of them last Sunday at a hawker centre in west coast and was the food ever great!!! After, we hit an ice cream place and had the greatest opportunity to start a dear man on his path to the cross! A great Sunday.

I love hanging out with this bunch as they are daily seeking the lost and discipling--it's their lifestyle for which they make choices to facilitate! Some of them take leave every year to join the evangelistic crusades in the Philippines.  Many of them are out one night a week at Street E and they go out to the streets to witness and invite folks to church on Sunday mornings! They see many brought to LORD each week!

During the chit chat, KC told me that they had all been going to the driving range every week as a group.  I asked if they knew how to golf? He said no, none of us. "Do you want to learn?" Not really... !" Silence... I had to ask... "OK, so what's the point?" ...

They then explained that they had tried many times to witness to the unsaved husband of one of our dear sisters to no avail.  He was just not interested. So... they decided to get to know him and let him know them.  He likes to teach people to play golf!  So the whole group of them are hitting the driving range one day a week! It's just been a couple of times and already everything in their relationship is changing and they know the LORD is opening he door for them to know him and love him to the cross! And they truly do love him!

I couldn't stop thinking about it... and this is not the first time this bunch of folks have done something like this... meaning-- made personal sacrifices in life choices to avail themselves to others for the sake of their eternal souls!  Evangelism is their lifestyle!

Life-Style Evangelism! Oh yeah!



"For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!   For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.  What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you."   I Corinthians 9:16-23

Saturday, 5 June 2010

An Original GLCC Vid

An original video from Rogan, Pastor Ian, and Ruby! Thanks guys! Very powerful!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Facebook Citizens To Make Up The 3rd Most Populous Country!

Looking for points of influence? How about considering this info from a TIME Magazine Article . . . ;)

Sometime in the next few weeks, Facebook will officially log its 500 millionth active citizen. If the website were granted terra firma, it would be the world's third largest country by population, two-thirds bigger than the U.S. More than 1 in 4 people who browse the Internet not only have a Facebook account but have returned to the site within the past 30 days.