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Evangelism

Upcoming Dates?

As restrictions are beginning to ease somewhat, it appears that the current distress isn’t going away any time soon. This year’s calendar has not turned out to look anything like we had planned. All of the things that had been on my calendar are now erased.

I have kept busy with evangelism and ministry here in Itasca as well as managing the academic programs at Modelle and Talawanda. The faculty at Rwenzori is ready to go whenever the government gives them the okay.
While our work has not looked the same there have been some unique and incredible opportunities for the Gospel that have arisen. I would love the opportunity to come and encourage your congregation and share an update about how God has opened doors through all of this. We could arrange to do this in person or virtually. Just let me know what works best for you. Thanks for your continued prayers and fellowship in the great work of equipping evangelists and sending them into the fields to harvest.

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Church Crisis

Rwenzori School of Preaching Update

The school in Uganda remains closed due to COVID-19 pending authorization from the government to reopen. There is still no word as to when that might happen. Even in the midst of the ongoing lockdown, God is not locked down.

Mbusa, our director has planted a new congregation in the village of Kidodo with 15 members. The faculty and students in their dispersion continue to evangelize aggressively. One of the students has converted five souls in the mountain village of Nyambuko. Work on the farm continues, and the crop continues to feed the workers and those in need around the school.

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If You Know These Things

In washing the feet of the disciples, Jesus gave us a powerful example. This isn’t the idea that we should literally go around washing each other’s feet, but rather that even the most humble of tasks are not beneath our station in life because they were not beneath our Lord.

When we learn to set aside our pride and our concern for what we want, and our own worries, and look outward a change takes place. When we begin looking at others, searching for opportunities to serve and bless them the world looks different.

Jesus says that when we understand this truth, and when we put it into practice that it will bring blessings into our own lives. Another way to translate “blessed” in John 13:17 is “happy.”

When we stop focusing on our own troubles and focus on how we can serve and help others, Jesus says that we will find happiness. This life of service is what we are called to as Christians. It is what we were made to do.

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If You Know These Things

In washing the feet of the disciples, Jesus gave us a powerful example. This isn’t the idea that we should literally go around washing each other’s feet, but rather that even the most humble of tasks are not beneath our station in life because they were not beneath our Lord.

When we learn to set aside our pride and our concern for what we want, and our own worries, and look outward a change takes place. When we begin looking at others, searching for opportunities to serve and bless them the world looks different.

Jesus says that when we understand this truth, and when we put it into practice that it will bring blessings into our own lives. Another way to translate “blessed” in John 13:17 is “happy.”

When we stop focusing on our own troubles and focus on how we can serve and help others, Jesus says that we will find happiness. This life of service is what we are called to as Christians. It is what we were made to do.

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You Have No Part With Me

In the opening verses of John 13, Jesus washes the feet of His disciples. When he comes to Peter, Peter declares, “You shall never wash my feet!” (v. 8). Jesus responds swiftly by telling Peter that if he does not allow the Savior to wash his feet, then he has no part with Jesus.

Peter, being the impetuous guy that he was, flipped his previous statement, saying, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” (v. 9). He wanted to be sure that he was all in with Jesus. In doing this, our Lord was teaching a valuable lesson. “the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

If Jesus, who had been equal with God in Heaven, came to earth to be a servant, and He is our Master; then what should we be doing? We must also have the mind and heart of a servant, and rather than trying to gain power or prestige, we should be looking for opportunities to serve.

At the same time, we must also recognize our own need for the service that the Savior came to give. We cannot get to Heaven on our own. Until we swallow our pride and accept what Jesus has to offer, then we have no part with Him.

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The Word I Have Spoken

John 12 brings an end to Jesus’ public ministry before His crucifixion. The last words of His teaching that John records are about the coming judgment. Jesus tells us that we will be judged based on His word.

Knowing the standard of judgment helps us prepare for that day. It also tells us what won’t be important on that day. The teachings of religious teachers, preachers, or the church, synods, catechisms, creed books councils, the practices and beliefs of our family or friends, and even what we ourselves felt, thought, or believed will not be the standard.

We will be judged based on what Jesus taught. He goes on to say that He got His teaching from the Father and that this teaching is eternal life. We must carefully listen and obey.

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Adversity Attitude Comfort Heart Perspectives of a Bondservant

lest they should be put out

Perhaps even sadder than those who refused to consider the evidence for Christ, are those who Joh speaks of in the next verses. In John 12:42-43 we read of many who did believe in Jesus but refused to follow Him.

They did this because they were motivated by fear of what they would lose. They had grown up as a part of the Jewish synagogue. It had been a part of the very fabric of their lives. They knew that Jesus was the Christ, but they also knew that following Him meant that they would be thrown out of the synagogue.

So, rather than following the Savior, and following what they knew to be right, they stayed where they were. They stayed where they were comfortable. They stayed where they didn’t have Jesus Christ.

Sometimes following Jesus calls us to leave behind that which is familiar, and that which is comfortable. Sometimes it means losing relationships and a community. But it will always be worth it. Who is more important in your life; people, or God?

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Attitude Faith Heart Perspectives of a Bondservant

Although He Had Done Many Signs

It is not uncommon to hear somebody say that if they received a sign from God they would believe, or maybe to wish for a sign from God telling them what they should do. Perhaps you have felt that way yourself, or maybe even feel that way right now.

It is interesting to note that here in John 12:36-40 we learn that Jesus had performed many signs in the presence of these people who were now at Jerusalem for the feast. These were religious people, people who on some level wanted to please God. Yet, when faced with an abundance of miraculous proof that Jesus is the Christ, they refused to believe.

John comments that this is a fulfillment of a prophecy in Isaiah. It is interesting to note that this is not the only occasion in which this particular prophecy is said to be fulfilled. That tells us that the prophecy wasn’t about a singular event, but rather a frame of mind. There are many today who fulfill this prophecy because they have no desire to even consider the evidence that is before them.

The question that each of us must answer is whether we are willing to open our eyes and see what God has said.

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Perspectives of a Bondservant

If I Am Lifted Up

In John chapter twelve Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, beginning the week that would end in His crucifixion. On that occasion, He declared, “if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (verse 32).

Here He spoke of His crucifixion, in which He would literally be lifted up from the earth within the week. His death would become THE pivotal event in all of earth’s history. In His death, He calls all people of all places to follow Him. He offers salvation, the forgiveness of sins, and eternal life.

The cross of Christ draws attention to Him like no other person ever to walk this earth. As we learn about Jesus, we must make a decision whether to follow Him or reject Him, but we can not ignore Him.

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Attitude Doctrine Evangelism Ministry Textual Studies

We Would See Jesus

Over the last three years, Jesus had developed a reputation throughout Israel as a miracle worker and a prophet of God. It seems that his disciples had also come to be identified with the Master.

In John 12:20-22, as the Jews are gathering for the Passover, a group of worshippers find Philip, recognize him as Jesus; disciple, and ask to see Jesus. They weren’t there to see Philip, but they knew that Philip was connected to the Lord, so they sought him out.

In the same way, when we identify ourselves as Christians, those around us expect to see Jesus. They expect to see Him in our attitudes, our actions, our worship, and our teaching.

Ultimately, it is not about us. Our goal should be to help others to see the Savior. If they see things in our lives that are not consistent with followers of Christ it won’t go unnoticed.

At the same time, by living as Christians, we will find opportunities, like Philip, to bring others to Jesus. It all begins with a life that is lived by following the Master.