I came across Frontline Missions clips on youtube and my comfortable, Christian life was shaken to the core. I’ve ordered the DVD set from Christianbooks.com and then later came across their site that offers streaming options. Before the DVD’s get here, I streamed the Every Tribe video of Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam. This is must see for all Christians. As John Piper warned, “Beware of watching these dispatches if you don’t like being moved and inspired and shaken out of the ruts of your life.” Because you will be — all three of what John Piper said.

Frontline Missions International works for the advance of the Gospel – watch as workers advance the Kingdom of God in the most difficult places. See the Gospel changes lives.

Their prayer:

that Dispatches will magnify our God. It will unite our hearts with our brothers and sisters in different parts of the world. It will awaken us out of our comfortable Christianity. It will expand our vision of the King and His powerful Gospel.

4 Episodes are available for streaming as linked below:

Southeast Asia – Islands on the Edge

West Africa – I Once was Blind

Ethiopia and South Sudan – Father, Give me Bread

Cambodia, Laos, & Vietnam – Every Tribe

All 10 episodes are available via DVD.

Frontline Missions Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

 

 

American Gospel does not hold back; the camera pans back to the outer boundaries of auditoriums at Hinn crusades, where desperate parents cradle diseased children, ignored, unwanted, and unhealed. We watch this, and we hear Justin Peters testify to this experience personally, and we cannot help but feel both sadness and righteous anger—Christ’s own anger. The money-changers are still in the temple, still making God’s name a mockery. – Owen Strachan, ‘American Gospel’ Blows a Hole in the Prosperity Gospel, TGC, Jan 17, 2019

2 Timothy 4:3-4 (ESV)

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

Trailer to American Gospel: Christ Alone

1 Hour Version available to view free on YouTube. The full film is highly recommended. Share with your friends and family. The Gospel IS this important where we must speak up for The Truth that saves sinners and out against false teachers taking on the name of Christianity and trampling the Cross of Christ. Pray for your loved ones that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes to these false teachers. And that they come to a saving faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

To order the film for immediate viewing, visit americangospelfilm.com

If you can make it, then register and go! I saw this posted on Ben Woodward’s Facebook page, but I’m unable to get down to KC for this event at this time. If I could go I would be there in a heartbeat!

Ben Woodward – Adoration Prayer Seminar.

Download and then Register via the Jump app.

Update per a note left on Jump by Ben W: If you can’t install Jump to RSVP, you may also email Create Church KC at info@createchurchkc.com to RSVP or just show up at the venue the day of the event.

Hosted by Create Church KC
Feb 23rd, 10am-4pm

Venue:
El Torreon
3101 Gillham Plaza, Kansas City, MO. 64109

“Adoration Prayer is one of my favorite things to teach about. Why? Because it works. It’s actually brings change to your heart and transformation to your spiritual life.” – Ben Woodward.

Here is a quick preview of why this seminar is so important …. watch Ben’s video You Shall Know the Truth Episode 1

“Every day, Christians in the most dangerous places on Earth are working to advance the gospel [of Jesus Christ] at any cost. These front-line workers have been interrogated, beaten and arrested for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Yet they boldly continue in God’s work. Please consider supporting these faithful Christian brothers and sisters in prayer. When you commit to pray regularly for one year, [Voice of the Martyrs] will send you a card with the name and photo of a front-line worker so you can keep it in your Bible or another location as a reminder to pray.” Voice of the Martyrs, February 2019

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12 (ESV)

12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:12-17 (ESV)

1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (ESV)

I’ve just finished Every Young Man’s Battle: Strategies for Victory in the Real World of Sexual Temptation (The Every Man Series) by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker with Mike Yorkey. This is a book that every parent should gift to their sons. If you are a single guy don’t wait for the gift, just go buy the book at your local store or order online.

We struggle with sexual temptation every day. And one of those primary entry points for guys is with our eyes. Our eyes can lend to objectification of other women or men. As Christians, God commands us to

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Co 6:18–20 (ESV)

And Jesus said

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Mt 5:28 (ESV)

One of the battle plans mentioned in the book is to make a covenant with your eyes like Job (Job 31:1). Do not give yourself the authority to gaze and objectify. Accept the authority of God who tells us to flee from sexual immorality. Jesus told the woman who committed adultery to

…go, and from now on sin no more. Jn 8:11 (ESV)

When we hold back from God’s commands, we hold back from the blessings he wants to give us. Instead of seeing how close to the edge we can go, why not see how close to God we can be in an authentic walk and relationship with our God.

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Pe 1:13–16 (ESV)

While the book primarily focuses on the battle of sexual temptation towards women and the battle plan for victory, the same chapters equally applies to men who struggle with sexual temptation towards other men; see chapter 23. The authors correctly point out that “while you didn’t choose to have the feelings you have, you can choose what you do with them…there is a way out. You do have a choice, and that choice will lead you to what God wants for you and to the relationships He has prepared for you.”

In closing, remember that God doesn’t shame us for failures. He loves us so much that he sent his only Son to take our sins and die for us so that we could be made righteous and be called sons of God (John 1:12, 3:16-17). The Holy Spirit will convict us when we do wrong. But NEVER forget

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Ro 8:1 (ESV)

and the Book of Hebrews tell us

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Heb 4:15 (ESV)

Be sure to check out the Conclusion section of the book, especially if you feel sexual purity is not possible. It is. And there are plenty of testimonies to show that other guys have gotten victory over sexual temptation. If they can do it, so can I and so can you.

As Christians, God calls us to renew and guard our minds. The enemy prowls around looking for any opportunity to cause us harm. But we have the Power of The Holy Spirit living inside of us and He has given us the best tool to help us – His Word, The Bible.

Along with reading The Bible, we pray, listen to good preaching and connect with other believers in the Body of Christ.

If you find that you are renewing and guarding well during the day (i.e. while awake), but find that your mind is a battleground while you sleep, there are two excellent apps that I recommend you take into your sleeping hours:

Why these apps?

  • The Study Bible allows you to have The Bible read to you, even when the phone is locked.
  • John MacArthur is one of the most faithful teachers of Biblical truth. And he presents the Word in a very teachable manner, while allowing you to get deeper into your understanding of God’s Word.
  • The Grace To You App is not only a rich history of sermons by topic or scripture, but also includes the Grace Stream, which allows you to jump into a sermon already in progress; like a radio. This also will continue to play while the phone is locked.

These apps are a great resources to easily help you renew and guard your mind any time of day or night.

13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Pe 1:13–19

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Pe 5:8

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Ro 12:2

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

If you are missing your local Christmas Services in person, you are covered with multiple options from local and national broadcasts to live (and sometimes prerecorded) Internet streaming. Check your local TV programming for what is available in your area. Charles Stanley, Grace To You, and Turning Point are usually broadcasting nationally or online.

Bethlehem does record their services and I’ll be able to catch the service in a day or two once posted online.

Merry Christmas!

Update: check out the Rediscovering Christmas special from Billy Graham TV