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Temple Baptist Church - 6-11-2017John 20:19-29Introduction:A.¬ This past week,¬ I went to the South Carolina Baptist Fellowship at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Ora.¬ I greatly enjoyed the messages preached and will ‚ÄúJohnstonize‚ÄĚ some of them.¬ This morning, I want to preach along the same lines that Dr. Melvin Aiken preached along.B.¬ We find the familiar story¬ of one of the post resurrection appearances of our Lord to His disciples.¬ Gotta love this!¬ ¬ The Lord showed up for the evening service!¬ ¬ ‚ÄúThen the same day at evening, being the first¬ day¬ of the week.‚ÄĚ¬ That will preach.C.¬ Thomas decided,¬ for whatever reason, to miss the evening service and missed seeing his Lord.¬ The disciples were heartbroken over the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus and His visit was no doubt a great encouragement.D.¬ The Lord repeated¬ this same phrase 3 times in our text.¬ This is important and needs to be looked at closely.¬ Each time, He extended His peace to them.¬ Peace is an important part of the well-being of the child of God.E.¬ Twice in a brief period¬ just prior to His crucifixion, our Lord spoke of peace to the disciples.¬ By way of introduction, I want to look at these two coupled with two more.1.¬ The Promise of Peace -¬ John 14:27¬ Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.¬ ¬ (The promise of peace is given to each child of God as our Lord will never leave nor forsake us.)2.¬ The Responsibility of Peace -¬ John 14:1-4¬ ¬ Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. ¬ (2)¬ In my Father's house are many mansions: if¬ it were¬ not¬ so,¬ I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. ¬ (3)¬ And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am,¬ there¬ ye may be also. ¬ (4)¬ And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.¬ ¬ (Peace is available and, therefore, up to us to maintain.)3.¬ The Foundation of Peace -¬ Isaiah 26:3-4¬ Thou wilt keep¬ him¬ in perfect peace,¬ whose¬ mind¬ is¬ stayed¬ on thee:because he trusteth in thee. ¬ (4)¬ Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH¬ is¬ everlasting strength:¬ ¬ (The foundation of peace is a settled trust in the Lord.¬ Proverbs 3:5-6.)4.¬ The Ruling of Peace -¬ Colossians 3:15¬ And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.¬ ¬ (To rule means to have complete control.)F.¬ Let us look at these three times¬ our Lord spoke peace to the disciples. To show the availability of God's Perfect Peace in every area of our lives.¬ God promises peace, God dispenses peace, but we choose peace.1.¬ He spoke peace to them in their Fears.¬ Verse 19.¬ ‚ÄúWhen the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews.‚ÄĚa.¬ This was a fearful time¬ for the disciples and the early church.¬ Their ‚ÄúRock,‚ÄĚ the Lord Jesus Christ was taken away from them and crucified.¬ b.¬ They feared that the Jews¬ would come for them next.c.¬ As God's children,¬ we have times when we are afraid.¬ In times of sickness, financial dilemmas, family problems, and as we look at the world in which we live and our children‚ÄĒgrandchildren must remain live in.d.¬ There are times when we are fearful.¬ ¬ God wants us to have His Peace in times of troubles.2.¬ He spoke peace to them in their¬ Frustrations.¬ Verse¬ 21.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúAs¬ my¬ Father hath sent me, even so send I you.‚ÄĚa.¬ They still did not completely¬ understand all that had transpired.¬ As with most of the Jews, their thought was that the Lord would always remain with them physically.b.¬ The Lord had given to them¬ the Great Commission but now they had to do it, as far as they knew, by themselves.¬ Everything was ‚Äúturned upside down.‚ÄĚc.¬ There are times in the Christian's life¬ when things go wrong.¬ Times when evil seemingly prevails.¬ Times when we are not sure of either the path before us or even the next step.d.¬ There are times when we become frustrated.¬ ¬ The Lord wants us to have His Peace in those times when we do not understand.¬ ¬ (Proverbs 3:5-6)3.¬ He spoke peace to them in their¬ Faithlessness.¬ Verse 26.¬ ‚ÄúAnd after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them.‚ÄĚa.¬ Thomas had been hurt spiritually.¬ The Bible is not clear as to why he waited 8 more days before coming but I am relatively sure that he was discouraged over the events that had taken place.¬ b.¬ When the other disciples¬ told what had happened the last Lord's Day, he said that he would not believe.John 20:25¬ The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.c.¬ There are times¬ when our faith begins to waver.¬ ‚ÄúWhen ahead I see a chasm wide,‚ÄĚ the song writer said.¬ We cry, ‚ÄúLord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.‚ÄĚ
Waters of Life Baptist church on the mountain and the Lighthouse Baptist church in the valley Mothers Day services. Amen. Had great preaching by our national pastors in several other churches and outreaches as well. ¬ Cost...one tire. Weee amen...Pastor Carlos and his family did a great job with a special pre mothers (day) evening service and activities. Preaching, games, food and memories for moms of his church.Had one of our pastors tell me they have had 5 new families attending faithfully since the Easter outreach in their church and mission. Amen. One family wants to get married and baptized. Another church is also working with 2 couples about marriage and baptisms. Keep our preacher in Cuba in prayer. Have not heard from him yet. We expected that, but still a little unnerving for us and his family. Not expecting him for another 3 or more weeks. Finished drilling the well in the mountain but still working out issues. Praying to have it all up and water running this week.Julie is doing well in medical college. She spent Easter week at home with us and will be with us a few days next week between class breaks. Julie works with the cancer center for children in all her spare time. Counceling, translating, bible studies, cleaning ect and she will begin regular hospital classes next Friday. She is working hard but it has been more costly than expected. Amen and thank you for every remembrance.Drilling begins, but not according to plan...it is Honduras. Changed location. The town wants to help and is willing to build a tank and distribution lines to poss 200 homes. But we needed a site with a possibility of a lot more water. A neighbor to the mountain church offered a better site. And dontated it to the our mission. So clear ground, and move equipment first thing this morning and set up again. Then go to get a tank of water to drill with. Arrive at the closest hand dug well and we must clean and fill all the ladies pilas and containers before empting her well to fill our tank... return start and find a lift cable bad. weee10 minutes into drilling today we hit water 2x... great on one, bad on the second. Nice little bit of water blew out of hole... then the drill rig broke a fan clutch and fan ruined the radiator, dumping its water... in a remote mountain in Honduras... we just told our drilling friend and missionary who was rushing home to the northern side of the country to fix the roof that blew off his house yesterday... nothing is ever easy... wee
Update Eric... The prayers of many ministering saints have moved a mountain. The healing of Eric has been nothing short of a miracle.His mind and memory have returned, his bones are almost healed. His eyesight not affected, and though still on crutches he is in school now and doing well. A few weeks ago we were not sure he would make it. Then no one was sure he would ever recover mentally. Now we nearly have our Eric back. Amen and thank you for every utterance to our LORD Jesus Christ, they have been answered.Cuba project... The first 3000 bibles arrived Monday. Tuesday our preacher from Nicaragua arrived so we could get them across the border. In Nic they will be ¬ taken to a plane that will fly them to Cuba. We sent 3000 Bibles, 4000 J/R, 50,000 tracts, a bible institute course for 6 students, 110 children's shoebox/giftbags, our old faithful bouncehouse, and our preacher. All should be in Cuba next week.Our preacher will stay in Cuba 3-4 month with a former teacher who is asking to be discipled along with his family. He will distribute bibles to Cuban soldiers, street preach and attempt to plant a church. A tall order. When he returns we hope to have 12,000 more bibles here to fly in. Enough for every soldier when he returns.The Bible institute freshman classes began this month in St. Teresa. Former graduates are now teaching the institute classes. They are also pastoring in churches and teaching full time credited bible classes and English classes in public schools here.Church and building projects... The first baptist church plant in Nicaragua now has a roof and electric.The Honduran church near the border has the foundation in and blocks to build the walls.The lighthouse shop/class building has walls up and a roof. Still need floor, ¬ gates and electric.Lisa and I will be visiting the USA for a few days for a supporting church's missions conference. Got my arm twisted just right. It is my first time back in a decade. Jenny and Alberto will hold the fort while we are away. Hard to get away for various reason. One example, Thursday we had a surprise gov. inspection of the Children's Lighthouse. Eight Lawyers, drs, inspectors ect. Wee, never fun. But if we were not here it could go bad quickly. We are trying to make the most of it and see a few supporters as we can. Need prayer and provision to make it happen.
Friday morning during school classes one of our young preachers showed up to try and fix his motorcycle that has been stored in our bodega due to lack of funds. Lenin went down to help get it out. After an hour Eric was sent to our bodega to fetch Lenin back to class. Lenin and the preacher were across the street at a repair shop. There were 6 tractor trailers illegally parked on the highway blocking access and view in front of the Lighthouse property. (We have a standing rule our kids are not allowed off property without permission.) Eric went looking for Lenin. When he stuck his head out around the semi to check traffic a pickup truck hit him in the head. Three vehicles wide on a 2 lane road. He lay lifeless in the road. Lenin, preacher and driver picked his lifeless body up and took off to the hospital. By the time we figure it out and get to correct hospital 30+ min had passed. The driver told them he was poor and didn't have much. I saw first hand the difference in care. When I arrived I began to question what and why, and finally called the hospital owner. When they realized whose kid he was things changed. This saddens me, but also shows why pure socialized care is not as effective... we went from taking one or two 1970s era xrays at a cost of $25... to an mri scan. We went from cleaning and stitching a few surface wounds on hands and feet to checking for blood and swelling in the brain and fractures in the scull. ¬ He has broken eye sockets, nose, and jaw and missing teeth. Was still unresponsive, they were preparing us for bad news and we rushed him by ambulance to the capital for dr specialists.The following morning a full mri scan also showed damage to his hand and foot, but all facial fractures have bones aligned and not in need of reconstruction surgery. Just bed rest and wait for the body to do its thing. Sunday he was moved out of intensive care for recuperation after he was able to eat a few bites of soft food. He has a cast on his leg and arm still can't speak due to swelling in mouth, jaw, face ect. He screams in pain when moved but this too is a blessing. The LORD's mighty hand through the prayers of His saints. Many were praying.........and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. JamesThe LORD heard our ministering saints. After a full body ct scan they found a broken arm and foot, but now they are saying no surgery is needed for his face, and confirmed no bleeding in the brain. Just cast him and rest... Eric woke Saturday in a lot of pain, but not a single broken bone out of place. He is missing some teeth and will need dental work... a far cry from Friday seeing a lifeless boy in the highway. I have seen many die from lesser injuries.In our time here in Honduras ¬ I have seen first hand many times the power of God working through the prayers of His ministering saint... thank you Lord.His healing will be long, and still needs much. And in reality not out of danger at all...it is only a couple of days after major head trauma. Much can still go wrong, but thankful for what has gone right. Please keep praying and following the Spirit's leading
Irons in the fire... but need fuel for the fire.Many things are already happening this year. Sunday we had our kids ministering in 3 churches. Jenny actually taught children in 3 different church ministry locations this week. Lisa made up a craft coloring book for small gift bags with tracts, candy, crayons and a token gift. In her resourcefulness was able to make enough to give something to the kids in 7 of our churches. Alberto, Jenny and Japheth and all the gifts bags headed up the hour plus ride up the rough mountain road on a motorcycle( 3 people and supplies) to teach and distribute the coloring books gifts. And make it back to the Lighthouse to teach again. Julie is heading off for the University Tuesday of this week. She will leave a big hole to fill in many ways. She has shown herself faithful and the LORD is rewarding. To explain Julie's heart. See what she opts to do to help the day before leaving for college. She knows we have an inspection from the gov the day after she leaves. Of her own will she just came in my office and got the cleaning supplies to clean all 10 toilets in our children's home. Then asks if she can go to help the city church in their VBS in the afternoon after the house is cleaned.... yeah a big hole to fill. She has been like one of David's mighty men to the family and ministry for a long time.Last week she sat in the sun all week selling our great dane puppies. Why does a missionary sell great dane puppies? For money to send a national preacher to Cuba to witness to 2 Generals, street preach and prepare the way to distribute bibles to every Cuban soldier. Wanting to send 15,000 bibles and tracts, plant a church and maybe military ministry. 3000 bibles are beginning their move from the USA this week. Our Nicaraguan preacher now has the funds in hand to make the first trip.Was talking to a well drilling ministry here and they are willing to drill maybe 3 wells for us in churches. The 1st one in April. Amen.Still need more materials for the church construction on the border and deliver what we have... dont have enough vehicles running to be everywhere so has to wait till vbs is over... the old kia broke the rack n pinion and someone stole the battery. $1000 just in those 2 parts. Our preachers saw 4 trust the Lord in churches this Sunday. School is starting up soon and our bible institute students will be teaching again in public schools. And our Lighthouse school will begins soon as well. It has been 5 years on our current papers so now time to renew all our ministry and personal papers here. Always a great expense in time and money. Need prayer and provision on many fronts. Thank you for every remembrance.
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