Monday, July 28, 2014

18 Exhortations to the Church

The word "one another" comes up in exhortations in the New Testament.   Here are 18 exhortations to the Church to encourage us to function the way the Body of Christ was intended to function.
  1. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12:10).
  2. Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16).
  3. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God (Romans 15:7).
  4. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you (2 Corinthians 13:11).
  5. ...through love serve one another (Galatians 5:13).
  6. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).
  7. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).
  8. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
  9. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13).
  10. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed (James 5:16).
  11. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8)
  12. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling (1 Peter 4:9)
  13. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10)
  14. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God (1 John 4:7)
  15. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another (Galatians 5:26).
  16. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices (Colossians 3:9).
  17. Do not speak evil against one another, brothers (James 4:11).
  18. Do not grumble against one another, brothers (James 5:9).

Friday, July 25, 2014

HeartCry Conference in Lima

Eddie, Me, Joe, Luke
We had the great privilege of being invited to the HeartCry Missionary Society pastors conference in Lima this week.  Joe Martinez and I flew to Lima on Monday to join pastors from all around Peru and Argentina.  We had such sweet fellowship with old and new friends.  We also heard great preaching from some of the pastors and from the main conference speaker, Sugel Michelen.  Sugel is an outstanding preacher from the Dominican Republic.  Upon trying to enter Peru he discovered that the visa laws had changed, and he was unable to enter the country.  He was still able to teach at the conference through Skype. 
Joe, Esteban, Me, Nicolas
We met some great brothers in Christ, as well as many new contacts throughout Peru.  More opportunities presented themselves for us to expand out work as well.   Although we met very godly brothers in Christ, we met to of the most Christ-like people I have met.  Nicolas Serrano, a HeartCry missionary in Argentina, and his friend Esteban Toloza both pastor a church in Argentina called Iglesia Familia de la Gracia (Grace Family Church).  These two men are truly men whom the world is not worthy.  They both preached during the conference and we were so encouraged as well as challenged.  Nico and Esteban reflected Christ in everything they did from preaching to conversation.  Please check out the work they are doing in Argentina and pray for these dear brothers.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ashaninka People Hear the Bible in Their Native Language

The above video is of our trip to the jungle when we gave the village of Chembo a proclaimer.  The proclaimer is an audio Bible in their native language of Ashaninca.  It can be charged by electricity, solar, or by winding a crank.  Many of the people can't read or write, and the people who do read, don't do it very much.  Hearing the Bible in their native language made them understand so much better.