Category Archives: Missions
Chances are, if you are reading this page, you are aware that I am involved in full time ministry around the world, and I live off the faithful support of friends and family. If you are one of those people who have supported me, I want to thank you. I also wanted to share with you all a few verses about the importance of supporting the ministry.
Ultimately as Christians we are all called to preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. This is the great commission. To preach, make disciples, and baptize. However, the way that looks is different for different people. For me, that is a very physical act. It involves standing in many nations and relating the good news of Jesus to people who do not know it. It involves training and discipling pastors around the world who then turn around and preach the gospel and make disciples of the people around them.
However, maybe that is not you. Maybe you are not able to go and climb up a mountain to reach remote villages in Nepal and India. Maybe you cannot handle taking the gospel into a hostile nation where they can imprison you or worse. I am not saying that everyone will look like me.
In the Bible, not every single person went around the world. There is one such person I want talk about. His name is Gaius. Now, it is entirely possible, you have no clue who that is, and that is ok, because His role in the Bible is found in a small book, and only 14 verses actually have to do with him.
Gaius is the person to whom John’s Third Letter was written to. Verse 1 says, “The Elder: To Gaius, whom I love in Truth.”
You can read the whole book in a matter of minutes, but there are four verses that are important to our topic today. So let’s take a look at them.
“Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers; and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.”
3rd John 1:5-8
John is writing to Gaius and says, “You do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.” He is commending the church for how they have supported and blessed the missionaries or “The brethren.” In fact, John says that they are known for it, because the brothers are testifying of the Love that flowed from Gaius and his church.
But John doesn’t simply give them a fist bump or an ‘atta boy’ He goes a step further. He commends than and then says, “We ought to support such men so we may be their fellow workers with the truth.”
When you support the missionaries, you are becoming their fellow worker. You may never stand in the rural villages of China, or on the coasts of the Indian ocean. You may never preach the message of Christ’s redemption and healing power to a leper in India, however when you support and send a missionary, you are a fellow worker.
Missionaries have a call from God to take the message of the cross to the ends of the earth, but they need help. The earth is huge, and it is quite a task to travel all over it. It requires, prayer, supplies, travel, lodging, finances, more prayer, food, wisdom, and more prayer. When you support a missionary, you are aiding in the spreading of the Gospel and the advancement of the kingdom.
This is not a unique concept to the New Testament either. King David had a similar rule during his reign. Let’s take a look.
“So David had captured all the sheep and the cattle which the people drove ahead of the other livestock, and they said, “This is David’s spoil.” When David came to the two hundred men who were too exhausted to follow David, who had also been left at the brook Besor, and they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him, then David approached the people and greeted them. Then all the wicked and worthless men among those who went with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away and depart.” Then David said, “You must not do so, my brothers, with what the LORD has given us, who has kept us and delivered into our hand the band that came against us. “And who will listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down to the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they shall share alike.” So it has been from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.” 1st Samuel 30:20-25
David made it a law, that those who went to war got the same rewards as those who stayed at home and maintained the camp. This is an important thing to recognize. Because while you may not serve overseas, as a believer who is active in the local Body, you are just as important to the advancement of the Kingdom. As a missionary I can’t go if there is no one to stay behind and maintain the home front.
You live here, and work here. You tithe and you pay the bills, and you keep the lights on. Your support is just as vital as the missionary who preaches. I thank you for your support. I thank you for maintaining the kingdom at home. I thank you for supprting, praying, serving, and loving. Without you the kingdom doesn’t advance.
All of that being said, We have much on the docket this year. With returns to Meixco, India, Nepal, Israel, The Hopi Reservation, and a whole lot of traveling across the country to minister the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you are able to support me in this ministry, I thank you. I have a whole page set up with info for you, and how you can support me in the work of the ministry. If you are interested in doing so, [click here]
Most of all, I thank you for your prayers, and your love. It is such a blessing to know that there are people who believe in the work I am doing and are willing to invest in Not only the Kingdom of God, but me specifically.
Its Sunday, so I thought it might be nice to do something light and share something directly from my heart.
When Paul writes a letter, he says something at the end that always struck me a little odd. Its a set of greetings. The Book of Romans is the most extensive of them, in which almost the entirety of chapter 16 is devoted to greetings. Now, I always recognized that it is a nice thing to end a letter with greetings. You want people to know that you love them and are thinking about them. However, now that I am myself a missionary, I see a different purpose.
When I am in Nepal, Inida, Israel, Mexico, and other countries, I invest myself into the people I meet. I develop relationship and pour my heart into them. However, after I do this, I leave and I am back in America working at my church. I am sitting in the church and all of the sudden I find my mind drifting and thinking of the people I have poured my heart into.
I can’t possibly name them all, because there are so many people around the world, but as I think about them, I remember the letters of Paul. I remember the greetings he sends and I see that it is more than just a nice greeting, but actually He is thinking of them. He loves them. These are people he has personally met and ministered to. He has invested himself into their lives.
Now I know how this feels. I have people I think of often. I pray from them, and my heart has a pull that is just waiting to be back with them laboring alongside them and working the kingdom with them.
I think about my friends in Mexico. The pastors, and the leaders. The students and the people. The families that have invited us into their homes. I think of the times we gathered to worship with one another, and I remember how the spirit of God touched us. I think of the look on their face as I got on the bus to head home. I remember the feeling in my stomach as I left. It goes beyond just being people you know, as you labor in the kingdom together you become family.
I remember the churches in Nepal and India, I remember the students who came to our school of worship. I remember how eager they were to hear God’s word and grow in their understanding of the Bible, and their relationship with Christ. I remember their smiles, and I remember how the spirit fell as they led worship in our big outreach.
You just don’t know the feeling you get when you labor with someone, invest in them, and you see them grow. The Bible says we rejoice together and we weep together, and I and rejoicing for my friends, and my family all over the world. I am rejoicing for the people who heard the message of the Gospel and gave their lives to Christ. I remember their face as the Holy Spirit began to touch them and The Light of Christ went into their eyes.
So, I am writing this letter to each of you. To the churches in Mexico, and to my family there. My son David, my brother Adolfo and His wife Ruth. Pastor Gustavo, Pastora Ruth. My good friend Marisol.
To the churches in Nepal, to Vasker and His wife Natalie, To Pastor Manoj, To my brother Ajoy who never fails to make me laugh. To the students who are so passionate about God and love to praise His name.
To my friends in Israel, Sean who is boldly taking the gospel to anyone who will listen. To Pastor Rick Ridings and The house of prayer which stands on Mt Zion and Praise the Lord Day and Night. To my friends who I love dearly.
This letter is to all of you and so many more that I couldn’t name you all individually. I praise God for you. I rejoice in the work He is doing in each and every one of your lives and the work He is doing through you to reach the whole world. I want to leave you with some of the great benedictions Paul left to His friends from the churches around the world.
“Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.” Romans 16:25-27
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” 1st Thessalonians 5:23-24
And finally, one last benediction for you…
“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. ” 1st Corinthians 16:23-24
I really do think of you all often, and my heart is anxious for the day that we get to be together again and worship the Lord side by side.
So I have too much. I own too much, I want too much, I think I need too much. Its true, its just a fact. But at the same time I don’t have enough. Its a brilliant dichotomy, and drives me insane.
You see, I will start with the too much. I have stuff. Furniture, appliances, electronics, etc… Some of it is in storage because with my current living situation I do not need everything I have.
(good time to note, I am selling some stuff if you live in Lawrence/KC/Topeka hit me up.)
But really, I have a lot. I get told I don’t, but that is because people compare me to themselves. They have more. In fact, but the standards of those around me I am poor.
But then in the midst of this, I am a missionary. I travel all over the world. I spent most of August in India and Nepal. I have been in many countries over the last few years preaching the Glorious Gospel of Messiah Yeshua.
When I am in a foreign country, I am reminded that as ‘poor’ as I am I am stupid rich. If I go to a chinese buffet, I eat more than I should, and what I pay for it is what most Nepali’s spend for a week of food. The price of a Mickey D’s value meal can buy lunch for four at a top restaurant in Kathmandu.
I am stupid rich. I say stupid rich because I am both stupid and rich. Stupid because I do not realize how rich I am. I have what I need, I have what I don’t need. I survive, and I do it well. It may be 100 degrees outside, but I don’t know it because my air conditioner keeps it 72 inside. I know that if I do not change the setting it will be 72 for quite sometime because I have electricity. All day, every day.
When you do missions work in a foreign country you begin to realize what you have and how good it really is. I might complain about the american government, but at least we have one. I might be upset cause there are a few minor potholes, but at least the street has pavement. I might get frustrated because I pay sales taxes, but at least its only 9 percent instead of 220 percent import tax becuase they don’t make enough goods in my town.
I have it good, and I can make it good for others by sharing the good I have. Over the course of this summer I have begun sharing the little I have with those around me. sometimes its simple things like sharing a meal, sometimes its making sure they have enough gas in the tank to do what they need. Sometimes, its leaving an offering at a church that isn’t much to me, but could mean a new floor that they don’t have to save all year for.
It’s amazing what I can do with the little I have. I have done more with the little I have than a lot of the people I know have done with all that they have. I mean I have found ways to raise money and garner support. I have taken the message of the Gospel all over America and the rest of the World.
But at the same time I do not have enough. There are too many people who need my help. Too many nations crying out for the gospel, crying out for the words of the Bible. There are offers from churches, pastors, and ministries all over the world who want us to come to them and help them, and teach them. It breaks my heart to see what needs to be done and then look at the resources in my hands. There is such a need and it seems insurmountable to me at times.
But then I remember something…
- “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.” Mark 11:23 NASB
My God has equipped me to do His will. He always provides for the work he wants done. ALWAYS!! Never once have I had to cancel a missions trip because the provision wasn’t there. Sometimes it comes down to the last second of the last minute of the last hour. God always supplies, and I am learning to rest in Him more and more. I need lots of help to do all that God has called me to do. It takes thousands of dollars to finish the works God has us doing around the world, and I don’t have any of it. But God isn’t looking at me and what I have.
When God met Moses in the fiery bush, all moses had was a stick. When David needed to take down a giant, all he had was a sling and some stones fished out of the river. But It was enough, because God was behind them. I know that God is behind me. I praise God that I am being used. I might not have much, but I have two little words that make all the difference. “YES LORD!”
This isn’t so much of a thought provoking kind of article, its more of the kind of thing that shows me working out the Christian life. Walking out Justice, and pouring my heart on paper. Sometimes its good just to throw out all of the things in your heart and let the spill over onto the digital paper.
Let me begin by telling the testimony of a woman who became a Christian after being raised a Hindu.
She was raised a Hindu, and was a very devout one. One day she was diagnosed with Kidney disease and her prognosis was very bad. She didn’t have the money for good treatment, which is common in third world nations.
So she began to follow the Hindu tradition. She cooked rice and laid it on a table before an Idol. She was praying that Shiva (I believe she said shiva) would heal her if she made the offering. Every day she made fresh rice as a offering to her god as was the tradition and requirement, but showed no improvement.
after some time, she was nearing death. A neighbor invited her to a Christian church and said the church would pray for her healing. With desperation setting in she agreed. She went to the church and they prayed. The miracle of the story is that she was healed, and fully recovered within days.
After experiencing the Healing power of Jesus Christ she decided to become a Christian. After all she had been a devout Hindu her whole life, but no Hindu god helped her in her time of greatest need.
However after a few days, her family noticed the change and implored her to give up Christianity and go back to Hinduism. Since Hinduism allows for many gods she decided to follow the Hindu traditions and Christian ones.
So she set all her idols back up next to the picture of Jesus and put her dot back on her head. Shortly after, the kidney disease came back. In her heart she knew this was because she had been healed by Jesus, but then went back to her idols. So she made a final decision she was Christian and would not have any other gods besides Jesus.
Once again her sickness was healed and ever since she has been a strong Christian. Served God, Prayed for the Sick, and been a faithful witness of God’s power.
When she shared this testimony my heart was broken for the Hindu people. They are so devout, and do so much for their god’s but see no real blessing. Later I was teaching in a church in Dhulabari, Nepal and felt compelled to share on the difference between our God and the Hindu gods… Here are the two main points.
1. the Hindu gods require you to make a table for them. they require offerings and effort in hopes that you might be blessed. But instead our god says, “I make a table for You in the presence of your enemies” (Psalm 23) He also says, “I will bring You to my banqueting table, for my banner over you is Love” (Song of Solomon 2:4)
The Hindu gods require you to make their table, but our God makes the table for you. Instead of taking from you, He gives to you, becuase He loves you.
2. Hindus are marked physically with symbols, and the dot on their head, but our God says “I mark you with my presence so that the nations will know you are Mine, and have favour in my eyes.” Our God doesn’t want to mark us with cuts, tattoos, piercings, or any other symbol. He gives us his presence. In fact, when the Apostles worked, people recognized their power and remarked that they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13)
When I finished preaching this message I saw several come to accept Jesus as their saviour. The key is that He doesn’t require anything of you. He just wants you to come to Him. To call out His name. When you encounter His love, you begin to love him back (1st John 4:10) Then when you are experiencing the love God and loving him back, you experience His kindness. It is his kindness that brings us to repentance. (Romans 2:4)
When we show people the Love of God, and how simple He has made it for them, they naturally want to come to the foot of the cross and give their hearts over to Jesus Christ. It was a beautiful time, and I am so grateful for each person who heard the word of God.
Here is the letter I am sending out asking for support for my missions trip to India and Nepal. Please share this with anyone you can. Any help I can get is another opportunity to share the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ with those in need.
I hope this letter finds you filled with the Presence of God and abiding in His shadow. I have some very exciting things I am writing to share with you, to let you know the things that are going on in my life.
As many of you know I am working for Warring Dove International Ministries based out of Lawrence, KS. This is an unpaid missionary Position where I am being trained and discipled. I am serving in the church and working on world missions projects while I am working towards my ordination.
Last month, I went with a team of 13 to Obregon, Mexico. While on this trip we saw over 100 people come to know Messiah Yeshua as their Lord and Savior, as well as many healings, signs and wonders. God has opened doors to us there to keep this as a long term work that will grow and build the people of Mexico up in the faith. He also opened doors for outreach to the Hopi peoples of Arizona and the Yaqui peoples of Mexico. So much is happening that I am not sure of the words to properly express to you everything that has happened.
The purpose of this letter is not only to share with you everything that has been happening, but also to let you know of my next big project and how you can help me.
This August, I will be going with a small team to India and Nepal. We have a contact through our School of Worship that we operate here at the missions base in Lawrence. He is from Nepal and has invited us to come.
While we are there we will be teaching a school of worship. This is an awesome opportunity to lay down some strong theological teaching on why we worship, how we worship, and what it does in the spiritual realms when we worship. Nepal and India are very dark regions spiritually because Hinduism and Buddhism are the main religions.
We will spend a few days training and equipping pastors and leaders, and encouraging them to hold fast to the faith. Those of you who know the region will know how dangerous it is to be a Christian, and even more so for the pastors.
There are several outdoor evangelistic services planned to help reach the non-believers and bring them into the kingdom. As well as a large city wide youth service in one area.
To be honest, I do not know everything that will be happening because God’s ways are higher than mine, but these are the events that are scheduled. We will be in India and Nepal from August 1st until the 21st
This is a big undertaking and is my first trip to this part of the world. I am very excited because I know that our God has big plans for these people and wants to see them in His family and serving in His kingdom.
I cannot do this without your support. If you are reading this letter, it is because I know you are a faithful believer. The work of the kingdom and advancing the gospel is a very expensive Endeavour and I need to raise $3,000 for this trip.
If you are able to help support me financially, please pray and ask God what you can do. If you have networks, organizations, or churches you know who support missionaries, please share this with them. I know that God will provide, because He told me I was to go, and when He tells you to go, He provides, but I am asking you to share in the work with me. Even though you aren’t going yourself, you can receive the same blessing as I do because you have helped send me to do the work God has called me to. Please take time to pray and consider how you can help send me to do the work of the kingdom. I thank you for your love, prayers and support as I step into the destiny God has for me.
There are several ways you can donate to this trip. If you would like, you can feel free to send the money in the form of a paypal gift. My email for paypal is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would prefer to send a check and would like to send it through the church, you can make the check payable to “Warring Dove” and then send it to P.O. Box 507 Lawrence, KS 66044. Warring Dove Ministries is a 501©3 organization. Remember to mark it in the memo as for “Mathew India/Nepal”
I just want to thank you for taking the time to read this. I know you are hard at work living and doing the things God has put before you. It is an honor that you even consider supporting me and sending me out.
– Mathew Garrett Reames
I just want to let everyone know of some very exciting news in my life. I am going to be in the recording studio in the next few weeks. I will be recording some worship that I have written. This is very exciting for me because it will be indicative that I finally crossed one of my life goals off the list.
I said when I was a freshman in college that I wanted to record my own album and this is now happening. I can’t give you specifics yet, mostly cause I don’t have them. But I am hoping to produce at least a 3 song EP. But the real goal is a full album with at least 9 songs.
Keep praying for me as I enter this process, I want it to be led by the Lord. If it just becomes me sitting with a guitar singing into a a mic and recording sounds, I want no part of it. I want to write songs that will minister to people’s hearts and cause them to fix their eyes upon Messiah. If only for those brief moments they listen to the album.
This will also be a two fold thing. This EP or album whichever it is will be used to help fund my missions work. With Nepal/India this summer, Israel, China, & Germany all on the horizon as well it will be a good way to raise support.
More than anything remember that God is good and He will always see his plans a purposes come to pass. I just wanted to tell you in advance that this will be happening so that you can lift me up in prayer as I journey down this road.
Welcome to 2012. It is supposed to be the year of blessing, or at least that is what I have heard from a bunch of people. Its the year of the Government of God… the list continues. But let me tell you how 2012 is for me.
To do this I need to take you back into the end of the previous year. 2011. All throughout December I was studying Daniel 3, Faith, The Fire, and the Presence of God. God was warning me that I am sending my fire to purge things and realign so that My Presence can manifest. So I guess that counts as a blessing, even if it hurts and buns to get you there.
Now we come to 2012. I begin this year homeless. Yes you heard me right. Homeless. For a few days now I am riding the couches of some friends while I am searching to find the new home the Lord has for me. You might wonder how this is possible?
Well as many of you know I am living a hidden and simple life. I rented a room in an older lady’s basement. I gave my life to studying the Word and ministering at the church and in world missions. It was a brilliant 2011 even if it was a difficult year. But the home I rented sold recently and I had to move. I was invited to continue to live with the same lady, but she was leaving town and thus I wouldn’t be able to continue in the ministry God has placed me. Yet God continues to say, “Don’t Quit The Ministry” I hear the word and I will obey. But this means that right now I do not have a room of my own. Luckily people from the Church have allowed me to stay with them and given me a warm place to sleep.
You might think I am stressed because I do not have a home, but I have such peace its hard to describe. This recent ‘move’ which is still in process has forced me to cut my possessions once again. Its a wild thing because I am learning how materialistic I really am. It was ok to have stuff as long as I had less stuff than others. The problem with this is that its comparison. I am comparing myself with others and not asking God how should I live.
Now I own very little. A bed, dresser, older television and DVD player. My Guitar, a few boxes with clothes, books, and some stuff for computer work which I do on the side to earn a little extra cash. and it is bringing me joy to have less. Who would have thought. I spent my life pursuing this idea that I need more stuff, the latest equipment, and the best electronics, but I don’t. I need a certain amount to do the work in the ministry, but its a lot less than others. I don’t have an iphone or ipad. I don’t have a fancy car (or any car for that matter) I don’t own couches and furniture that fills a house for four.
That being said, I really need all the prayers I can get. The life I am now leading is not the easiest, and to be honest its a bit strange. But in the midst of this I am doing more than I ever have before. I recently took up preaching as a regular thing. I am not fully ordained yet, but I have been asked to teach at my church and other churches, Most recently in Jesup, GA. Its exciting. Next month I am going into the recording studio to lay down some worship tracks I have written. A friend of mine is donating the time in his studio to bless me and help me get this project off the ground. I am planning on going to Mexico, Nepal, Israel, and possibly more this year. I am leading worship at my church. But all of this needs support. I need all the prayers I can get. I need some extra finances to help pay for the production of the physical CD and getting it distributed to stores and churches. I need the favor of God to continue to open doors for me. Please continue to pray for me as I progress down this journey. If you have any thoughts, comments, questions, or answers, feel free to email me email@example.com or just leave a comment here.
If you are reading this, it is because you are someone who supports Israel and her interests. I am writing you to ask you to help invest in both the nation of Israel, and my life.
I have been given the opportunity to go to Jerusalem this November and study in the first class of the Israel Goodwill Ambassador Academy. This school sponsored by the Israeli government and accredited through the Ono Academic University is a ten day intensive school that will educate me bout modern day Israel, as well as equipping me to engage and educate others about Israel’s needs as a nation and defend her right to exist as a nation.
Upon completion of the school, I will be a registered Goodwill Ambassador with the nation of Israel. I will have credentials that show me as a representative of that nation and her interests all over the world.
Through this school, I will receive the education, and the equipping needed to truly stand with Israel and defend her in the onslaught the she is faced with on a daily Basis.
I want to emphasize that this is not merely a vacation to see Biblical sites. I will get opportunities to see historical and Biblical places, but the main thrust of this trip is the education. This is the first time that this has ever been offered, and it is a great honor that I have even been invited.
You may be wondering what the significance of a “goodwill ambassador” is. A Diplomatic ambassador is someone who works on a governmental level; someone who connects government to government. However, a goodwill ambassador is a much more grass roots ambassador. Goodwill ambassadors work with people. As a goodwill ambassador, I will be qualified and equipped to teach about Israel, her history, and her needs. I would be prepared to speak on her behalf to people, churches, organizations, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Israel and how to support her in this current era.
Here is a quote directly from the vision statement of the Academy itself. “Our graduates will become part of a worldwide social network of grassroots activists and think-tanks identifying challenges and helping to resolve them diplomatically. From time to time, Ambassadors may expect to receive invitations to special events and projects in Israel and other countries.”
We as Christians are quick to say we stand with Israel and say that we pray for her, but often that is the extent of it. We don’t take active steps to support her and her interests in the world.
For the last year, I have been studying with Warring Dove international ministries. I am studying in seminary and Bible College to learn theology and missions. I have been actively pursuing the calling of God on my life. This is an unpaid internship that has caused me to live by faith and rely on the support of friends and family to help me on the road to my destiny. In the last year I have made two missions trips into the heart of Mexico and have been blessed with the opportunity to teach and lead worship both here at the Missions Base in Lawrence, Ks, as well as around the world. The invitation to study at the IGAA came as an extension of my time and study with Warring Dove Ministries, and the ministry’s strong ties to the nation and people of Israel.
I am asking you to partner with me as I prepare to attend this school. The cost of the Academy and my expenses for this trip will be approximately Five-Thousand dollars. This is a lot of money, but it will be an investment in my future as well as Israel’s future.
In Genesis 12:3 God told Abraham “I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who curse you, and in you, all the peoples of the Earth will be blessed.” If you support me as I go to the nation of Israel and study, God will bless you. You might not get to go to Israel yourself, but by investing in me as I go, you will share in the blessings that I receive. This is an opportunity that I cannot pass up. Please help send me to the Israeli Goodwill Ambassador Academy.
If you are interested in supporting me on this endeavor, or simply learning more about the school I have been invited to, please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org I would be glad to tell you anything I can. If you want to support me, you can write a check made out to Warring Dove Ministries. The address to send support is P.O. Box 507 Lawrence, KS 66044. Please include “Mathew IGAA” on the memo so that the donation is sure to get to me. By donating through the ministry you will be able to receive a tax receipt for your gift. Thank you for partnering with me and helping me serve God’s people in a greater way.
In God’s service
P.S. All Anti-Semitic comments will be deleted.
So, I promised all 9 fruits of the spirit. However I got side tracked. Today is wednesday which is my usual day where I am teaching the College group, but we are on a spring break so instead I will teach all of you. I do not know when we will be picking our college group back up as we are entering a season of heavy traveling and ministering in the ministry. Places on the Agenda; Coffeyville KS, Mexico, India, Germany, Israel, Oklahoma, Nebraska? Thee may be more added soon, we will just have to wait and see. Continue to pray for me, and believe God with me for my provision. The Life of a Missions intern is always fun, just sometimes requires a lot of faith. Anyway, onto the lesson on Peace. — The Lesson on peace comes from an amazing passage in scripture; 2nd Chronicles 20:1-30. For the sake of Brevity, I will not post the whole passage here, but I did hyperlink it so you can read it if you so desire. This story shows us the power of peace. The natural antithesis of peace is Fear. If you are following in the story, you would understand that Fear seems natural when you have an army waiting to destroy you and your nation. However Jehoshaphat did not succumb to that fear instead lets look at a breakdown of his reaction.
- Vs 3: “Was afraid, and turned his attentions to the Lord.”
- It didn’t say he had no fear. he was afraid, but instead of focusing on the fear, and the situation, he instead turned his attentions to the Lord.
- Vs 3-4: “Proclaimed a fast in all of Judah, they gathered to seek the Lord.”
- In the midst of his situation, he gathered with those who were like-minded, because they knew that to stand in the peace of God would require unity.
- Vs 6-2: King Jehoshaphat reminds the Lord, and the people of Judah of all God’s past faithfulness up to verse 9. Then shifts in Verse 10 and proclaims his faith that his God will be faithful in this trial.
- Vs 12: “we do not know what to do, but we fix our eyes on you.”
- Jehoshaphat realized he had no answers, but knew that God would be faithful to answer. So he trusted in the Lord.
- Jeremiah 29:11, 33:3
- Jehoshaphat realized he had no answers, but knew that God would be faithful to answer. So he trusted in the Lord.
- Vs 14-17: The Holy Spirit comes upon a lowly Levite. He prophesies the word of the Lord concerning Judah’s situation.
- Vs 20: “Believe God and be established, Believe his prophets, and prosper.”
- God wants us to trust him, not only with our mouth, but with our actions. When we do as he has asked, we can be strengthened and succeed.
- Vs 21-23: Judah marches toward the battle. The whole way, they release their praises to God. He had not required this, but they trusted him so implicitly that they were able to praise, and shout with Joy. Then, God took out their enemies before them. They didn’t have to lift a finger, God did all the work.
- Vs 25: After the Lord had vanquished their enemies, they were able to raid the camps and take the spoils. So much so that It took the army three days to retrieve all the spoils and bring them back home.
Now, what all have we learned through this? Peace is the result of Firmly Trusting in God. In life, you will have many opportunities to succumb to fear, or rise above it and trust in God. How does one achieve peace?
- Turn your eyes to find God
- Vs. 3 & 12
- Listen and Obey His word
- Vs. 14-20
- Praise Him
- Before The Storm
- During The Storm
- After The Storm
A final thought: In Roman’s 16:19 God has promised that he will Crush Satan underneath our feat. When we enter a situation that brings fear, we need to remember that God will crush Satan. When we remember this, it becomes easier to maintain our peace because HE WINS over evil. As always, comments, questions, thoughts, & love welcomed.
Recently, I was in Obregon, Mexico. It is a decent sized city on the west coast of Mexico in the state of Sonora. Now, my Spanish is decent, but it is not the best. While I was there, I saw something that touched my heart. As a worship leader, I love to watch people who are passionate worshipers. While in Obregon, I met some of the most passionate worshipers I have ever had the privilege of meeting.
This church didn’t have the best worship team I have ever seen, but it was among the most passionate. They understand a simple concept of worship that many of us in America miss. Love on Jesus till he comes. We have great worship sets that fit into our nice programs. Most churches sing for 30 minutes or so and then move on to the next portion of the service. While I was in wroship with my friends in Obregon, I noticed the worship go over an hour, and when it was done and the service move on, it wasn’t because the people weren’t engaged, but because it was time for the word of God to be released.
In our services, we get excited when the songs go good, and worship is nice. But in Obregon, they get excited because the presence of god is evident, and the people are being touched and changed. There is a hunger and a desire for the Lord that is not nearly as evident elsewhere in the world. I have been in services where the worship was 30 minutes and still people complained that there was too much singing.
I am reminded of Jesus’ last night before going to the cross when he went up to pray, and brought a few of his closest friends with him. They began to fall asleep as he was praying, and he was disappointed, “Couldn’t you last one hour with me?” I often think he says this to us in our worship services, and our lives.
We can devote hours of our time to many things, but when it is time for us to be with him, we get restless and we often leave before he has time to do what he wants. This is true not just of our worship, but every aspect of our spiritual lives. We find so much pleasure i the things we invest our time in. Movies, music, Television, work, family, among others, but The Creator of The universe has so much more pleasure to unleash unto us. The scriptures say that at his right hand there are eternal pleasures. That means pleasures that will not end once the super bowl happens or when my favourite band breaks up. Eternal pleasures that will last forever and ever.
I am encouraged by the worship of the people in Obregon, and I only hope that we can have the same Hunger, Passion and worship like they do,