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Determined to Finish by B. Turner

A new class of students began a two year journey a week ago at the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. The anticipation unfolds into reality. There is an overwhelming feeling too difficult to describe.

What have I gotten myself into?
How will I ever get all this work done?
Is it possible to keep this pace?

When facing overwhelming challenges, even self-inflicted, the most important question to ask is “how can we finish well?”

Spiritual leadership faces many challenges which can and will be overwhelming. These challenges can distract and/or discourage us. We must remember to ask; “how can we finish well?”

Finishing well requires a few simple steps.

Determine the priorities. Discouragement leads to quitting. Leaders cannot allow this to happen. Know what is worth dying for and give yourself to it.

Work hard. A post from a few years back about the Mumford and Son’s band shared the secret to their success. The point was a simple, but powerful truth. They work hard.

Keep your eye on the goal. Challenges bring distractions. Peter encouraged Christians facing persecution to keep their focus.

How well we finish is just as important as how we begin.

Bob Turner
BTurner@WeTrainPreachers.org
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Evangelism – A New Sister in Christ

Evangelism in action

Baptism of Imelda

Evangelism!

Yesterday was a great day for many of us associated through Know The Truth Radio. We gained a new sister in Christ, Imelda de la Cruz. We rejoice greatly at this addition to the Lord's family. Now, let me tell you about evangelism and how this event came to be. Evangelism is simply the act of sharing the gospel. It may take the form of an invitation to services, a request for a Bible study or an invitation to listen to a particular program. The content is the good news of Jesus and His one time for all sacrifice for our sins. In obedience to that gospel we believe the message. We repent, or determine to change our ways to conform to His. We confess this faith and are baptized or immersed in water for the remission of our sins.

Several months ago, our brother Henry Doty invited an online acquaintance to listen to www.kttr.org, our online radio program. Imelda started listening and participating in our chat box. Not long after this, Henry messaged me and said that Imelda was interested in finding out more about the churches of Christ. So we started looking for a local minister in her area. It took some doing, but  Remir de Mesa, another friend of Henry's and a minister in New Jersey, who is from the Philippines, contacted Ed Maq. He agreed to go see Imelda and assist us in this evangelism effort.

Evangelism at work

After contacting Imelda, Ed was intent on setting up a Bible study and then a group study. He also enlisted the aid of Efren and Joy Esteban, Christians who live near Imelda. They invited her to services and continued to have studies with her and some of her neighbors. Imelda continued to listen to www.kttr.org and participate in our chat box. After several studies conducted with her by brothers Ed and Efren and sister Joy and the evangelism they were doing, this weekend, Imelda decided to put our Lord on in baptism and was added to the body of Christ. Randy Macapagal, another local minister also assisted. We rejoice with her and with our Father in heaven as we now have a new sister!

We want to thank all of you who consistently and faithfully support us here at www.KnowTheTruthRadio.org. It is our greatest honor and privilege to hear of the gospel being preached and received and then obeyed, in some small part because of what we are doing. Evangelism is so simple in some ways, an invitation, and in others so difficult because we have many excuses. Consider these events and our new sister and don't hesitate to suggest a visit or a listen, anywhere in the world! We will find and contact a local member of the Lord's church to see it done. God bless and thanks again for being a part of this great work, evangelism!

Steve Weeks, for KnowTheTruthRadio.org

Little Handprints

Handprints

Handprints

Little Handprints

Two little handprints on a glass door at the church building. My first thought was that someone was going to be upset. The doors are dirty now. But then I noticed that these handprints were too high for the size of them. Someone must have been holding that little one in order for them to get those handprints that high up. I like clean doors, but all I could see that day was two small handprints, high on the glass. I think I know whose they were, but it really doesn't matter. The evidence was there that someone had brought a child to the services of the church at this place. That is always a good thing. A tall person (dad, granddad, step-dad, foster dad) was carrying a small person (child). They were at services. They were learning and sharing. They were putting God first at that moment. Dad was setting an example and establishing priorities, a child was learning to love God and His Word. Nothing is more important. "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Eph. 6:4

Two small handprints

I like clean doors, but I love big people bringing little people to church! Parents demonstrating in action how important God is! God bless!! Steve Weeks, minister     steveweeks@radio40.org Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org Go to www.kttradio.org for more information.

Treasure and Pearl

treasure

Treasure

Treasure and Pearl

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it." Matt. 13:44-46.

These two short parables teach us something about the kingdom of heaven: its great worth! This treasure, the kingdom of heaven, the place where God's people have citizenship, the place where God's people dwell, the body of Christ, the church that belongs to Christ, the embodiment of the message of salvation. There is nothing of more importance in this world than learning about how to get to the next one and be with God forever. What a treasure that is!

Value/Worth

The great value of this kingdom, the message about how to get into it, the gospel, is described for us as a treasure. I am not sure what that treasure was that the man discovered, the description as "treasure" seems adequate to bring to mind great wealth and abundance. The man's reaction was to do whatever it took to get it. In giving everything to purchase the field, he demonstrated his great desire to attain it.

The same is true when we consider the pearl of great price. The merchant was obviously in the business of seeking valuable pearls and upon finding one of infinite value, a treasure in itself, he did what was necessary to obtain. It cost him all that he had.

Yes indeed, it is that important! The consequences of our desire for and our commitment to this treasure, the Gospel, are eternal!

God bless and have a great day!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steveweeks@radio40.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

Go to www.kttradio.org for more information.

Despair Turned to Hope!

 

Despair turned to hope!

Despair turned to hope!

Despair turned to Hope!

Our Lord has a different way of looking at things.

And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. Matt. 9:23-25

He doesn't see things the way we do. These people saw and knew death. They felt despair at the loss of a child. They were not as ignorant as we sometimes are given to believe. Jesus was not contradicting their assessment, as much as He was redefining the situation. She was asleep, a term often used for death, but with a whole different expectation of the outcome.

When we are hopeless and in despair, He sees opportunity and gives comfort. He turns our despair into hope!

Life restored!

He took an opportunity to give back life to a child, but in a very real sense He does the same for us. When we are in a state of despair, lacking all hope of revival and lost in our sin, He comes along and says, "I can fix that. Not dead, just asleep." When we do what He commands, he restores life and hope. He turns our despair into hope!

He is greater than any problem we face, including death! Despair can indeed be turned to joy through the blood of Jesus Christ. Eternal life replaces death and death becomes sleep for those who are in Christ!

God bless and have a great day!

Steve Weeks, minister     steveweeks@radio40.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

Go to www.kttradio.org for more information.