Missions And Relationships: Rev. Bob Burns

What does a missionary heart look like? Listen to this interview with Rev. Bob Burns and find out!

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Together Tuesday: Reaching Young People For Christ.

We are so excited about what the El Carmen Church is doing in their community! This church is not only bearing the light of Christ in their neighborhood. They are reaching into the lives of teens and children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We encourage you to listen to today’s podcast and then go to the link below and donate to the El Carmen Youth and Children outreach. We have personally donated to this worthy cause and we invite you to join us!

To help Pastor Jorge, Yovana and Sister Victoria click here!

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Water

The wellspring of the Gospel is powerful and freely flows into every culture. As you will find out on this episode of our mission path podcast living water speaks profoundly to the hearts of people with an Andean worldview. Just click on the audio player below for this week’s Cultural Insight!

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Back To The Blessed Old Bible

To understand this hymn we first must understand that the term “Babel” refers to a place of confusion. Especially confusion induced by mankind’s struggle to dominate God. The Biblical background is found in the days following Noah’s flood. The people of earth thought that they should organize a plan of safety, they would build a tower so that they could climb out of the flood waters of God’s judgment if necessary. God confused the language of mankind in response.

The early call of the Church of God was to come out of Babel, leave the confusion of man made creeds, sectarian divisions and the denominational struggle to organize God’s work as though they owned the work.

A similar term used by the early Church of God was “Babylon.” Where as the term “Babel” spoke of spiritual confusion, “Babylon” spoke of false religion. In the parlance of the Church of God, Babylon refers to the man made denominational systems as opposed to the Divinely organized “Body of Christ” which no man dare organize.

With this definition of Babel in mind, let’s listen to the podcast.

Back to the blessed old Bible,
Back to the city of God;
Back to the oneness of heaven,
Back where the faithful have trod.
Back from the land of confusion,
Passing the wrecks and the creeds;
Back to the light of the morning,
Jesus our Captain leads.

Refrain:
Back to the blessed old Bible,
Back to the light of its word;
Be on our banners forever:
“Holiness unto the Lord.”

Back to the blessed old Bible,
Saints of Jehovah, rejoice;
Jesus is calling His people
Back to the land of their choice.
Often our fathers have sought it
While we in Babel abode,
Now we have found the fair city—
Church of the living God. [Refrain]

Back to the blessed old Bible,
Leaving confusion and strife;
Fleeing from Babel to Zion,
Back to the joy of our life.
Over the mountains we wandered,
Looking in vain for the right;
Now in the evening we’ve found it:
Truth of the gospel light. [Refrain]

Back to the blessed old Bible,
Back at the Master’s call,
Back to the words of our Savior,
Loving, obeying them all.
Never in sects to be scattered,
Never again to do wrong;
Unity, holiness, heaven,
Ever shall be our song. [Refrain]

-Daniel Otis Teasley

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Limonada (Lemonade or Limeade)

Limonada (Lemonade or Limeade)

Serves 6-8 people

This quick and easy recipe for making fresh homemade limonada, lemonade or limeade is a great family treat on a hot day.  Seven out of seven  Downings love this drink. 

 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of sugar, more or less based on your preference
  • 2 limes or lemons, quartered and any seeds removed
  • 8 cups of cold water
  • Ice cubes as desired and lemon/lime and strawberry slices to garnish

Instructions

First.  Place quartered limes or lemons in the blender with 4 cups of water and sugar.

Then.  Blend until the limes or lemon is completely pulverized, the mixture should be slightly foamy with a whitish color.

Then.  Strain the lemonade and add the remaining 4 cups of water.

Enjoy.  Serve chilled or with ice.

Note:

Because you blend the whole limes/lemons, skin and all. It does get bitter quickly, so drink it the same day you make it.

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Earnestly Involved

A congregation that is not deeply and earnestly involved in the worldwide proclamation of the gospel does not understand the nature of salvation.

-Ted Engstrom

Did this Missionary Devotion sound familiar? It was first published on May, 24th of 2019. Click here to find more great Devotions!

Every congregation Is called to be a world changer. Every Christian is called through the beautiful words of the scripture to be involved in the great mission of Christ. We have all been commissioned into his mission. One of the greatest tragedies for a congregation or for individual Christians is the belief that they have no way to impact the world for Jesus Christ. Such a belief simply is not true. Every Christian has a voice every Christian has a testimony every Christian has a commission to use that voice and that testimony to bring others to Jesus Christ. Every local congregation has the ability to join in on the great commission in some way.

When we understand the gift of salvation that God has bestowed upon us, how can we remain silent when we encounter those who desperately need it? After all, how can one beggar who has found free bread not tell a fellow beggar where to get that free bread? Jesus Christ is the bread of life and all must partake to receive eternal life. So, let us proclaim salvation at every opportunity!

May we spend the time necessary to truly reflect on the nature of our salvation. May we be eager to share the saving words of Jesus Christ with everyone we meet!

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Ministry Story: Communion

There is something powerful about the shared experience of Communion! Today’s podcast is about the Lord’s Supper and the connection it brings us.

 

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Together Tuesday: An Update On Our Ministry

Friends, here is an update on the major change in our service.

 

We are honored by your ongoing support of our ministry! If you have not already done so, please switch your support to our new giving platform today. Simply click here to be taken to our new giving portal. 

 

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Cultural Insight: Personal Space

Do you ever get the feeling you don’t fit in? Sometimes missionaries feel as though they are straddling two cultures and not blending into either. Here is a recent experience about using the standard of one culture in another culture. Enjoy.

 

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