Sunday Teaching: Press The Battle On

Friends the movement of God should always be offensive not defensive! Today’s podcast explores an early hymn of joy and responsibility. Click play below to be encouraged.

Forward, forward, is the battle cry,
Onward, onward, to our home on high;
We will conquer for the Lord or die,
The foe’s retreating, press the battle on.

Refrain:
Strengthened by the mighty pow’r of heaven,
We shall conquer, we shall conquer;
Till the raging foe afar is driven,
Press the battle on.

Forward, forward, never faint or fear,
Christ, our Captain, is forever near;
Be courageous, full of hope and cheer,
With full assurance press the battle on. [Refrain]

Forward, forward, put the foe to flight,
We are battling for the truth and right;
We shall triumph in Jehovah’s might,
Then do not falter, press the battle on. [Refrain]

Forward, forward, there’s a crown before,
See it shining on that heav’nly shore?
We shall wear it when the conflict’s o’er,
The prize is waiting, press the battle on. [Refrain]

-Naylor and Warren

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Fritada De Gallina (Fried Chicken)

Fritada de Gallina (Fried Chicken)

Serves: 10-12 people

Fritada de gallina is a delicious and tender Ecuadorian chicken dish.  Seven out of seven Downings highly recommend this delicious dish. To hear the podcast of this recipe simply click play below.

 

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs chicken, assorted pieces
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 ½ heads of garlic, 1 head peeled and crushed, the other ½ head peeled and whole
  • 1  white onion, cut in large pieces
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch of salt
  • Avocado slices

 

Instructions

First.  Mix the crushed garlic and cumin with the wine, orange juice, cinnamon, and cloves.

Then.  Soak the chicken in the liquid marinade mix for at least 2 hours, overnight is better.

Then.  Pour the chicken and marinade in a large deep pan, add the whole garlic cloves and white onion

Then.  Cook over low medium heat, should be lightly boiling most of the time, for about 1 ½ hours or until the liquid starts to reduce, stir sporadically.

Then.  Continue cooking for 30 minutes, but watch it carefully from this point, stir more frequently.

Then.  Reduce the heat to low until the liquid evaporates. Stir frequently to keep the chicken from burning and cook until the chicken pieces are browned.

Enjoy. Serve with avocado slices and hot sauce. Click here for our Ecuadorian hot sauce recipe.

 

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Tapestry: Part One

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The Big Change: Mission Quest

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The Big Change: Our Church Senders

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The Big Change: Underpinnings

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Does The Bible Speak Of More Than One Church?

Today’s Sunday Teaching explores the idea that there were no sect divisions in the New Testament Church.

But Does the Bible Speak of More Than One Church?
The word church frequently occurs in the plural form, but never in the sense of sects or denominations. When more than one church is spoken of, it is always the one church of the living God, in different localities:
“They returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch…. And when they had ordained them elders in every church….” Acts 14:21,23
“And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the church- es.” Acts 15:41
“Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.” Rom. 16:4
“…as I teach every where in every church.” 1 Cor. 4:17 “And so ordain I in all churches.” 7:17
“…as I have given order to the churches of Galatia.” 16:1 “The churches of Asia salute you.” v.19
“…throughout all the churches.” 2 Cor. 8:18
Thus we see that when churches are spoken of, they invariably denote the same church of God in several cities, or throughout one or more countries. But there is not the slightest intimation of more than one church in the same city. Speaking of the church in various geographical localities, the apostle says: “So ordain I in all churches.” “As I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye [Corinthians].” It can easily be seen that if these New Tes- tament “churches” were different sects, as we have today, one bishop could not give orders to them all. Bishop Simpson of the Methodist Episcopal sect cannot issue orders over the United Brethren, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and other sects. He has no ju- risdiction over them. So we see a vast difference between Bible churches and sect divisions. The former are all one in Christ. The latter are independent and separate schisms.
Several sects exist in the same town, but God only has one church in the same place. Hence we read: “the church that was at Antioch” Acts 13:1; “the church of God which is at Corinth” 1 Cor. 1:2; “the church of the Thessalonians” 1 Th. 1:1; “…unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Per- gamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.” Rev. 1:11 Thus we see there was only one church in one city. Seven sects can now be addressed in one town of no great size. But when messages were sent to seven churches in Asia, seven different cities had to be addressed.
All the saved of God in any place constitute His church in that place. Then it follows that a plurality of separate bodies in the same place are not God’s church, but babel confusion.

D.S. Warner

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Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche

Ecuadorian Shrimp ceviche

Serves 8-10 people.

Three out of seven Downings recommend this classical Ecuadorian dish. Click play on the podcast below to hear all about it!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ red onions sliced very thin
  • 4 tomatoes sliced very thin
  • The juice of 12 limes
  • The juice of 1 orange
  • ½ cup of ketchup
  • 1 bunch of cilantro chopped very fine
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 pounds of raw Shrimp
  • Salt, pepper and light olive oil

Instructions

First.  Prepare the shrimp by cooking it in coconut milk.  (sauté in pan until the meat turns white).

Then.  Soak the onion slices in warm salt water for 10 minutes, rinse and drain.

Then.  Mix all the ingredients together in large bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Enjoy.  Serve with chifles.

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Episode 35: Prayer

Every step in the progress of missions is directly traceable to prayer.

-A.T. Pierson

 

In Acts chapter six the Apostles had to choose Between a very important ministry and the ministry of prayer, they chose prayer along with the ministry of the Word. They realized that even the best ministry should not rob time away from prayer.

We often approach the Divine in prayer and think our prayers will surely change Him. But in reality when we spend time before the Throne Room of Grace our prayers change us.

Every great leap forward on the mission field is due to prayer. God is still active in the lives of his children. Let us not neglect time spent with our Heavenly Father. Approach God in prayer, ask what you will, listen to His leading and obey Him.

May we be a praying people. May our lives display prayer’s indelible mark!

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