How God sees the Poor

From the beginning of the Bible, the poor are mentioned. Over two hundred times the word poor is used. Is God unaware of this seemingly tragic situation?

Exo 22:25 If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.

Sure He is. As you can see in this verse that He talks about the poor of HIS people. He speaks about lending to them and not to charge them interest.

With all this, couldn’t God just bless them and make them rich or is being poor part of the plan of God?

1Sa 2:7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.

What? God maketh the poor? Yes, for his own purposes. Paul said in Corinthians that God made some poor and some rich. He made the rich to bless the poor so in turn the rich would be blessed.

We have all heard it is better to give than to receive. So it is better to be the giver , knowing you have it to give, than to be the receiver.

God blesses the poor with gifts from the rich and the rich get blessed by the giving.

It’s a simple concept.

I taught one day on how that God brought the foreign army against Israel. They encompassed the land. Then God gave Israel the power to turn them back.

God brought the Army to Israel. Why? My only thoughts are so that Israel will show faith and see the glory of God.

As for Justice

Exo 23:6 Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

What this means is do not try to subvert the poor man’s cause because he is poor.

I can’t stop thinking of those who are fighting against raising the minimum wage. Even “Christians” who protest that the minimum wage is not to be a livable wage.

What should it be? A dying wage? Should a person who works hard all week not be able to buy food or pay for the rent?

Surely, these people do not realize that their Father in heaven beholds them daily.

Pro 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

It is time to be used of the Lord. To give to His work. To help the poor and needy. As many have all the luxuries they are able to amass, how much effort goes in to taking care of the poor as the Lord commanded.

My conscious is clear. Is yours?

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Why do Baptists Argue?

Act 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

So they are all praying for divine guidance and they got it. Here is a team that was hand picked by the Holy Spirit: Barnabas and Saul! Who could ask for a better endorsement?

Then it happened, Paul said let’s go back and visit the places we to which we had formerly gone.

Act 15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.
Act 15:38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.

Surely, this was easy to figure out. After all, the Holy Spirit called them to do this. Surely they will ask Him what to do.

No, but what actually happened was this:Act 15:39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
Act 15:40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.

Right or wrong if the contention was sharp, it was not a “good argument. Perhaps the Holy Spirit wanted them to separate at this point but even so, it could have been done in a nice way. They could have discussed it and each said to the other, we did much good together but I feel the Spirit leading me in a different direction. John Mark may not be to your liking but the Spirit has given him another opportunity to serve and I will train him. Then they would part as friends.

Surely the good that John Mark became and the work that Paul completed would be a testimony to the fact that parting was the will of God.

Some might argue (as so many like to do that) that Paul was commended by the brethren and subsequently must be the chosen one. One might counter argue that Paul was the lead man and most favored and that is the reason for the approval.

The point of all that is nowhere is it written who was right and who was wrong.

So I think any argument on it would just be to boost ones own approval of their self. An argument like that would /could never be won and so the argument was started only for one person to demonstrate their great power of reasoning/intellect/insight…on and on.

To jump on someone the minute you think they are wrong is the Baptist way. Notice, I did not say the right way.

Oh yes, if someone says Jesus did not die on the cross or did not resurrect, it’s on. No doubt about that but whether or not woman can wear pants or my song is better than your song??? Come on now, there must be a better way.

The very act of being a Baptist is by agreement that all Baptists serve God according to the individual conscience yet, there are those that will practice their debating skills at every juncture.

Let me also ask this. If you are bringing attention to a fault of a brother by trying to tell him about a position he has taken which you feel is wrong, do you drag that brother in front of Social Media to correct him or do you do it in a private message as it calls for in Matthew 18?

Why would you publicly debate your own brother so every one especially the non believer can witness it?

I am afraid we are all guilty of this.

Christianity is not about winning arguments. It is about winning souls and I am going to try harder to focus my attention on the latter.

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Who is Your Mentor?

Put on your thinking caps now and before you jump up and walk out the door, give what I am saying some thought. Although, after reading this you might say that you should not listen to me either so read on and make your own decisions.

This is what I propose.
STOP READING RELIGIOUS BOOKS
STOP WATCHING RELIGIOUS TV
STOP WATCHING INTERNET “PREACHERS”

Wow! That is a lot to handle now let me tell you why. These people are one way people. They tell you their ideas, thoughts, summaries and you have no recourse to return the dialog.
When is the last time you prayed with an author of a book you used to guide your life?
(If you answered God , you win otherwise – ehhhhh! No Good!)

When is the last time you questioned them, asked for Godly counseling, had them disciple or discipline you.

Never!
Why? They can’t do that.

No, if you want to argue with me, I only accept Biblical arguments.

Here is mine:
Eph 4:11 And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph 4:12 for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:
Eph 4:13 till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a full grown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Let me put this simple. The Apostles were taught the doctrines of Christ by Christ and we were taught the doctrines of the Apostles. We were never taught the doctrines of Billy Graham who sent new converts to catholic priests or the doctrine of Martin Luther King Jr who did not believe in the physical resurrection of Christ.

I tried this in church the other day. I whispered a message in the ear of one of my members and they did the same to whoever was sitting next to them. By the time it was done, the message was completely different.

So, what is your point you may ask?

When we study the bible directly, we are not filling our heads with other peoples
thoughts. We only get the pure truth with no mistakes.

Here is an example from the Bible. This is prophecy:Rev 6:14 And the heaven was removed as a scroll when it is rolled up; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Today, because we know more, we understand that this is a result of nuclear bombs however to those who did not know, it was described as such:

Revelation 6:14
And the heaven departed as a scroll – The whole system of pagan and idolatrous worship, with all its spiritual, secular, and superstitious influence, was blasted, shrivelled up, and rendered null and void, as a parchment scroll when exposed to the action of a strong fire.
And every mountain – All the props, supports, and dependencies of the empire, whether regal allies, tributary kings, dependent colonies, or mercenary troops, were all moved out of their places, so as to stand no longer in the same relation to that empire, and its worship, support, and maintenance, as they formerly did.
And island – The heathen temples, with their precincts and enclosures, cut off from the common people, and into which none could come but the privileged, may be here represented by islands, for the same reasons.

So, a respected man such as Gill just misrepresented the Bible and misinterpreted this. Of course we can’t blame him for not knowing but can’t we blame him for not having the Spirit of God on that? He made all that up in his mind and now someone else puts it in their head and believes it.

Not true with having the Apostles and other Biblical writers teach you. When you get to the part you don’t understand you, like Daniel ask God to tell you. He might tell you or like when He said to Daniel, just write it down it is not for you to know at this time. Finished. No stories.

Okay, I get it now (you might say) but who do we listen to? Should we not have teachers and Pastors?

Of course you do. First pray and ask God to direct you to a good Church. Then listen carefully to him and also study your Bible. If he says something that doesn’t seem correct, go right to prayer and your Bible. Here is an example: He might tell you it never rained on the earth until after Noah neither was there snow. You might think that’s crazy but when you do the research, you find him to be correct. Now he might say on the 3rd day God created the light. It does not seem right so you do the research. You find that the light was created on the first day, you tell him and he does one of two things, he corrects himself to the congregation or he doesn’t. If he doesn’t, find a new Church.

Believe me, if I was in the room with most of you I could convince you of many untruths (not that I would) but when you sit at that computer or TV you are accepting the words of someone like Martin or Billy who are respected by millions and may be feeding you lies. Even 99% truth with 1% lie will corrupt you.

By the way, if you read a book on how a Pastor built a multimillion dollar Church and you follow all his instructions, you still won’t build it. God deals with each person individually and how he guides you may not be the same way as someone else.

So, in the beginning I said you might not want to believe me either.
Unless I am your Pastor and we have a trusted relationship—DON’T. Prove my words and search the Bible. Just don’t ask some TV guy because he may be wrong.

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Can I really move mountains? Maybe!

There are certain types of denominations that emphasis faith in our lives.

Ordinarily, faith is a good thing but the type of faith they encourage is “unbelievable faith.”

Mat 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

This is a good exercise to see if you have unbelievable faith.

Walk up to a mountain, any mountain and say, get up and jump into the sea. What happened? I bet nothing. Maybe you said it wrong. Try again using the exact phrase: Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the seapaste

Still nothing? Perhaps Greek? Aramaic? Still no?

Some people will tell you that you are poor because you have no faith. That you are sick because of the same reason. If only there was a way to figure out how to have so much faith maybe my parents would never had died.

What? That sounds strange. Everyone over 125 years old is dead. Does that means faith dies as you get older?

Of course not. The faith of which Jesus was speaking was faith that He gives and not your own presumptous “faith” that you force yourself to accept.

Example: Someone in Church drops dead on the floor. You feel God speaking to you to go over and pray that he will revive. You do and he does. Why? You acted on faith.
Now, the same situation, you go over and pray the man revives and he does not.
Huh? Why not. You had no faith.

Sure I did. I knew Jesus could do it and even though I felt strange, a little nervous, I stood by faith and told him to rise.

That was not God’s faith, it was your misguided intentions.

When Elijah called fire from heaven to devour the sacrifice he did not first muse that he pastewould prove God’s existence by calling for a stampede of camels or a torrential down pour. Just like Moses with the plagues, God had already told him what to do. Call fire down.

When he did he was displaying the faith God had given to him.

The truth is, you can not move a mountain, raise the dead or even cure the common cold unless God puts His faith in your heart.

People calling out, “By His stripes we are healed” and then wondering why the person did not get healed are deluding themselves. BTW. That phrase means our sins are healed and we are restored to a relationship with God. It does not mean Jesus died for our ingrown toe.

I spent a lot of time in my younger years trying to figure out this faith. “I believe, put one million dollars on the floor in front of me” –I believe, stop my neighbors dog from barking.”

It is not by our will but by the will of God. We can pray for things but in the end, our Father’s plan will not be interrupted.

Will He grant our requests? He is not a genie but if we pray, according to Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.paste

Be careful. David asked God to give him the desires of his heart. Not that God would give him a new car and a house but that God would put His desires in David’s heart so that when David prayed, he was asking for the same desires as God, he believed he would receive them, and he did.

You know darn well you can walk up to that mountain but in your heart of hearts you will never really believe it will move and if you do, God put that belief there and it will move!

Can you move mountains?

Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

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Homeless – Choice or chance?

We read about homeless people all the time. We even see some of them but where do they come from?
Back in the 60’s or 70’s the Government released all the mentally deficient people because they said it was against the law to keep them against their will. Notice the word “will”,
I would like to propose that homeless people are because of their own will or those of the Government and here is why.1
When they let all the basically insane people out of jail they said as long as they don’t hurt anyone we have to release them. So they took to the streets. They would not work, they slept in people’s doorways, urinated and defecated on themselves and begged for money.
Not only was this an eyesore and an imposition and attack on the rights of people who lived where they slept, it was unfair to the mentally disturbed who before had at least three hots and a cot and much more in most places. A very large percentage of “homeless” would disappear if we decided to give them the treatment they needed.
How about those who are not insane?23
Well, there are many reasons for homelessness in America. Alcohol and drugs play a major role. So there again, forced therapy can cure a major amount of these people.
This would leave us with the truly homeless. One would expect that would be a person or entire family who because of economic factors are out of work and on the streets. Hogwash! With our unlimited welfare system, food stamps, housing projects, schooling, medical and a whole host of other liberal benefits there is absolutely not one good reason for anyone to be homeless in America.

4Here in Payatas, Philippines, we have homeless. Yes, we have the insane, the drug and alcohol homeless but we also have the truly homeless. If you cannot work here you do not eat. There are no government agencies. If you are very sick, you die. No money, no hospital. Many people here work 12-16 hours a day and come home to a house that is actually a shack put together with whatever they could find. Next time you see a homeless person, send a donation to Payatas.
http://www.payatasmissionoutreach.org/donation.asp

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Separation is it all it’s cracked up to be?

There are those that believe in Separation, so much so that they are afraid to use anything promoted or used by a non-Christian.

I quoted something by Leonard Ravenhill one time an someone gave me the long story about how he was not one of us. I never checked it out but I understand. Christians want to be careful they are not promoting infidels among the rank and file.

I do get it. But I don’t go along with it.

One of the quotes that I like is “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” Although I heard someone else coined that phrase it has been ascribed as of late to John Lennon.

What if the guy who invented it was a Christian? OR, does it become bad because John Lennon said it?

I love the color purple and back in the States in winter, I loved my purple flannel shirt. Then I hear the homosexuals are wearing flannel and one of the colors of choice is purple. What does that mean? I think it means they have good taste. I don’t think it makes me a homosexual or one who endorses homosexuality. I also enjoy Tchaikovsky, a known Homosexual. Should I not listen to his music?

The Bible talks about reasoning and being reasonable. Are we reasonable when we are told not to use something because a non Christian uses it?

Truth is truth no matter who uses it and a lie is a lie even if told by the most disciplined Christian.

Let’s not get bogged down in these little worthless quarrels that mean nothing. Let’s go out and tell a dying world about the hope they can have in Jesus!

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What is Truth?

What is Truth?

Joh 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Joh 18:38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

In the world we have many beliefs, religions, cults, Sects and denominations.
Sometime it is very difficult to know what is truth and what has been made up.

Pilate knew something was up with Jesus but he could not tell for sure.

Jesus, told everyone in this passage, how we can know the truth when He said:Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

Go to the source

It is pretty simple. In Christianity, we also go to the source. Our source is the word of God

1Jn 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

The Holy Spirit guides you in all truth. You feel that truth yet if you allow a lie to be taught to you over and over, you will accept that lie. Believe the truth that you first received.

It did not mean you never needed a teacher but this was for those who would seduce you from the truth:

If you work somewhere and an employee tells you, “Oh, it’s a holiday tomorrow” but you did not hear that before, what should you do?

Go to the source. The source is the first place truth will come from. In other words, go to the boss.

1Jn 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

I have seen in so many places, Pastors, who have taught for years, who have large Churches, turn to the reformed theology.

Let me ask you, what were they teaching before? A lie? Why should people follow them now? Because they say they have the truth???

So many have been seduced because they want preeminence. They want to teach a new thing, The old Gospel isn’t appealing to them anymore.

Jude admonishes that we (Jude 1:3″)…earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

To seriously fight/defend the faith. Which faith? The one that was ONCE delivered unto the saints.

The one the Apostles shared. The one that brought us to salvation.

Should we now say that God chose us with His eyes closed for salvation and others for damnation??? Of course not. That is a different Gospel. Let those who preach it be accursed.

Jude 1:4
Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is like sleeper cells. Have you heard of them? The Terrorists move to a neighborhood and stay there for years. There goal is to get everyone to trust them and then they blow something up.

The Bible says this is what it is. These people may look good, have large Churches, well recognized in the community of believers and at a certain time they will blow it all up–Introduce the lie.
They were pre ordained to this condemnation.

Oh we see it today so nice and clear. Pastors who stole millions from their congregations or corrupted the morals of young women, Pastors who offered up entire congregations to Satan. Pastors who were pre ordained for this condemnation.

Who are you following?

As your Pastor I love you but it is your obligation to study yourself, becoming approved by the Lord.

Too many Pastors have gone to colleges that have taught them philosophy and psychology and various religious wrongs. So many come out of school wanting to espouse a new thought or a new idea. They think they are scientists trying to find the cure for cancer. Let me tell you something folks, Christianity needs no cure— it is the cure!

Those who try to change it are imposters, they are no friend of God and are of no use to God’s people. Throw them out.

It is not within my power to say who is and is not saved but listen to this:

Jud 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

Perhaps many believed they were saved. Many looked like they were saved and acted as if they were saved but when it came down to it, they really were not saved and God destroyed them and will destroy those unbelievers among us.

The true man and woman of God seeks to please Him in all that they do. They seek to understand His will. They love His laws and love to obey them. Their lives depend on God to survive. Without Him there is no hope.

Is that your God?

If your God isn’t a 24hr God you need to re-evaluate

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Morality Check – Basis for Reference

Let me ask you something, Do you have a morality reference book?
What I am saying is, how do you know what is right or wrong?
Now I am sure , growing up you were taught things by parents and other friends and relatives and they may or may not have been correct.
Mom may have taught you not to hurt anyone for no reason. Dad might have said, treat your wife good.
Your friend Charlie might have said it is Okay to cheat on your wife if you feel you no longer love her.
Who is right? You might have answered, Mom and Dad was right and Charlie was wrong. At least I hope you did.
Char;es Mansion ordered deaths of innocent people, Bernard Madoff ripped off people for Billions of Dollars. Did they believe that was OK? You might say Manson was a nut but wasn’t Madoff also? Isn’t it beyond the norm to cheat people?
How can you tell without a rule book?
What about Homosexuality, abortion, Transsexualism, adultery?
Years ago we would have said no to all of them but today more and more are saying its fine. What has changed?
Instead of going to Church, reading the Bible and becoming productive men and women in society many have turned to “self morality” It is the I think, I believe, I hope, I reason, I guess. That last one really sums it all up. After all, what is your personal knowledge without an intelligent source? A Big fat guess!
Would you get in your car and go on a long trip with no money and no map? Ridiculous you say?
Than why do you go through life wondering if there is a heaven or a hell. Will I be sentenced to hell? Is there punishment for sin? Then you answer it, “Well I hope or I think” C’mon, that is the most foolish thing I have ever heard.
For Six thousand years men have studied the Word of God for all truth? All the above things are in there. The book was written over that period by about 40 or so writers separated by time and miles yet all their writings fit together as if they all sat there and wrote it together at one table.
Hundreds of prophecies have been fulfilled, miracles attested to and the Greatest, Jesus has been attested to not only by friends but by His enemies.
His miracles, claims to be God and all his actions can be seen in His Holy Bible.
If morality comes from my head it is on;]ly one man’s morality but if it comes from the Bible it is Universally God’s.
Do you have a better Answer?

pasteThis is a great sign and almost true. It should read, Personal morality could be doing WHAT SEEMS to be right regardless of what you are told. When I was three we had a gas on coal stove with a side arm hot water heater. My parents told me over and over that it was hot. Despite being told, I did what I felt was right. I touched it, burnt myself and found a new right.

It also should say FAITH is doing what you are told no matter what you THINK is right.

Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

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Come, Let us reason together

I read somewhere about old Jewish men and how they debated an issue. It would go back and forth each giving their points until they came to a conclusion.
What a novel approach to civility.
Have you ever had a discussion about two candidates running for President? You might be telling your wife the good points of your choice and she might respond with, “Well, I don’t know honey, this other guy seems to be pretty good.”
At which point you bang the table, start telling her why you hate her and how she is the stupidest person you ever seen and you are leaving and want a divorce.
Silly eh?
Yet it happens all the time on Face Book. Face Book is a place where if you are pro gun you defend that, if you bake cakes, you defend that. If you are a knitter, all your accomplishments are posted on your page. There are car enthusiasts and sports lovers right up there with animal lovers and save the spotted owl people.
In life, everyone has their opinions. In the U.S., the land of liberty, everyone has the right to hold their own opinions, proclaim them and others have a right not to listen.
Here is an example. I am not a sports person. If you are and that’s all you talk about, I might tell you that I am going to stop following you. Not block or unfriend, just unfollow. I will uncheck the follow button and I will not get your sports updates. I will tell you why. “I’m not into sports” and I will also tell you that you can contact me directly by posting on my site.
Gee, that sounds so easy. So intelligent.
So why don’t others do that? I know some issues are hot but that’s life. I have seen people almost kill each other over sports. That is not too intelligent and perhaps the parties need anger management or at the least, display some discipline.
I had a couple of people just block me because I was against the senseless murder of human beings inside the womb. I said it that way because that is the way I see it. Someone else may say it is about removing tissue form an orifice. I am passionate. Maybe they are too yet I do not block them. I might unfollow them. I will assume they have no real knowledge on the subject and will refuse to learn. Maybe they do also but where is the fight? Unless I am physically restraining them from having an abortion why would they attack me for my belief?
I also believe homosexuality is a sin. It is right up there with adultery, murder, pedophilia, lying , cheating…
I don’t hate those people, I hate what they do.
However there are those who do not see it the same way so instead of unfollowing me, they attack me and block me before I can intelligently respond.
Some people have been with me for some time.
Let us reason, together.
These are the same people who claim everyone else should be tolerant unless it pertains to them.
Now I have a system of belief. I believe in the one true God of the King James Bible.
Quite frankly, most sins don’t bother me and normally I would have no opinion had I not believed in God.
God wrote a book. The same God who created life and planets and so on, moved men’s hands to write the Bible.
That is my standard and that is my absolute.
Those who argue with me do not believe in the same God that I do. They don’t believe in the Bible or that God is concerned with the affairs of men. They have their own morals. Getting drunk and cursing is fine. Many that I know have those morals. Cheating on your spouse, abortion, lying for the “right” reason. Lying on your income tax (it’s only the Government—ooops-we the people)
There are some very nice people that have their own morals and sometimes they work out until they back the wrong horse. MY grandparents would die if a family member would “shack up”. My parents eventually went from also believing it was wrong to saying, well, after all, it’s the 20th century (Before 2000)
What does time have to do with it? If you base your morality on a consensus then you are not going to be in the ark when the flood comes.
So, as you can see, my morality comes from the unchanging God who has been known by so many for over 6000 years.
Those who do not believe in the Bible of in God have no moral compass. Is it whatever they say it is which makes me more confused because if they can have their own morals why can’t I?
So, I invite you to debate me, or unfollow me with a reason attached. Don’t stop being my friend because you like green and I like purple.
Hopefully, one day we will reason together.

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Raising Support For Your Missionary Work

The Method
Various denominations have different ways of raising support. Some have funding from the Organization but if you are an Independent Baptist, you are pretty much on your own.
After eight years of pondering, (I am sometimes slow to grasp concepts) I believe I have come up with some answers to the way it should be done.
It is obvious that when one is called to the mission field it will require funding but from where?
Most Baptists have a plan called deputation in which the intended Missionary will call and set up appointments with as many Pastors as he can so that he can go and present the case for his work.
Once at the target appointment the Missionary will present the work, usually by a slide or dvd .
There may be a question and answer or some preaching and the Church will give a love gift, perhaps take him out to dinner and hopefully, sometime in the future he will contact you and say that they will pick you up for so much $ per month.
What is the Goal?
Well the goal is usually put on the Missionary by his Church or a Mission Agency. (This is not Biblical)
I have heard Missionaries to the Philippines who were told unless they have at least $4000 per month support, don’t go.
If that was the case I would not be in the field writing this right now.
We as rational people should do some planning as to how we will live, budget, housing…The goal would be reaching that which you have set as to what it will take for you to go to the field.
We need to believe that if this is God’s mission, He will pay the bills. How much should the missionary be doing is the question. I heard one man say, “Don’t set a dollar amount, set the time”
With any decision we make I must emphasize that you must have the will of God in all things. This is not an instructional, step 1, 2 ,3… as to how to reach the field. This is what I have found and it is to open your mind and your awareness of God speaking to you no matter how He does that.
Making a date (With no feeling of opposition from God) is just like Gideon with his fleece. God does not oppose fleeces as long as it is an inquiry as to His will in your life.
We made a date. Let me tell you, unless you have the money to go your date means nothing so unless God has approved your date you will not be going.
God Approved Our Date
How do we know God approved the date? Well, we had no money for the airfare for the four of us (wife and 2 children)
God provided a donor who was not a Christian, Lived in Dubai and saw our website. A little aside here. A website lets people know your plans, your accomplishments and your needs and God uses your best efforts that He has inspired you to do. Many people criticized our website as not being God’s will.
Today many of them have the same type of websites.
So we received the funding for the air fare and to ship some books. Then we had a free house offered for our use, near the Church. It was fully furnished and we used it for 3 &1/2 years. Praise God!
We did some deputation but although we were promised much, in actuality the promises were not fulfilled.
There were many who said one thing but did another and much of deputation (except for a few wonderful experiences) was bogus for us. Looking back I see it was not important. We did what God told us to do. It did not depend on our presentation or the Pastor of the church. If we were going to be supported, God would move those He chose to do it. Whoever refused would not be blessed and those who obeyed God would be blessed.
uses your best efforts that He has inspired you to do. Many people criticized our website as not being God’s will.
Knowing When It’s Time

This is the easy part. When the date you set is near and you have your plane tickets and know where you will be staying, you then have positive knowledge of the time.
We raised $550 per month and that was to pay all the expenses of our family as well as running a Church.
Ridiculous eh? We have seen a lot of people return to the States because they could not make it financially. All of them had more than us. So what is the secret?
Don’t look to man. We would look one way for money and it would come from another. It never came when we thought but many times it came before we thought. This all verifies the fact that God pays His bills.
Does that mean people should not give because God will take care of us? Of course not. If God has motivated you to give and you refuse you will not get the blessing He had for you. I did learn that not everyone would be motivated. This too is God’s plan for our lives.

I also learned that God sometimes holds back His blessing to let us learn to depend on Him more. This is His will and you will just need to endure it.
Lastly, What kind of ministry will you have?
I believe I would have enjoyed a ministry down at the beach with palm trees swaying and holding services in the sand. Unfortunately, God called me to Payatas one of the poorest places in the Philippines. Do you know what? Even there are no palm trees or beaches and money is always tight, there is no better place for us because God put us here and sustains us.
Preaching the Gospel. Teaching the children, watching the various ministries build up the community, is all the blessing we need.

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