A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

The World – The Bible – October 2, 2020

What if the Bible had never been written?
 
After all, Jesus Christ is
the Living Word of God,

John 1:1-2

 
and Scripture is the written Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16

It is the revelation of God to man through the Living Word and the written Word that has changed the course of history. The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. By 1975, more than five billion copies were in print. As of October 2017, the whole Bible had been translated into 670 languages, the New Testament into 1,521 languages and Bible portions into 1,121 other languages.
 
What would the world be like today if the Bible hadn’t been written and compiled under God’s direction?

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The World – Infants and children – October 1, 2020

“God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Genesis 1:28

Ok. Done. Now we have a vast army in the womb and up to five years old.

This is a generation that God has brought together in unity to show the whole world that the Father sent Jesus:

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.”

John 17:20-21

This is a prophetic word the Lord just spoke to me. God has chosen to use infants and children to show His love to the world.

“Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: ‘Every boy born to the Hebrews you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”

Exodus 1:22

 

“When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.”

Matthew 2:16

“Since my youth, O God, You have taught me, and to this day I declare Your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare Your power to the next generation, Your might to all who are to come.”

Psalms 71:17-18


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The World – The web and the net – October 1, 2020

The devil has a world-wide “web” he has been given constructed not by him but by man’s carnality and choices. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like a net. Both real. One is in the flesh and very visible and we are “affected” by it – but those that are born again are no longer “infected” by it. The problem for those that have not been redeemed is that His Church is together, not by power and might, as the world measures those things, but rather by Spirit.

“Faith is being ‘sure’ of what we hope for and ‘certain’ of what we cannot see.”

Hebrews 11:1

“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish  When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore  Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.“

Matthew 13:47-50


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The World – Grace versus Law – September 29, 2020

Those that use God’s Word as a legal instrument preach the law which has to do with punishment.
We use God’s Word to preach grace, which is God’s love, that is founded on

forgiveness.

 This provides the opportunity to choose to be conformed to the likeness of Christ without worldly “fear” but with the reverent “fear of the Lord” that understands the penalty of disobedience would be eternal separation. The difference is one is based on the concept that we can (or sadly) have reached righteousness on our own merit which makes the work on the Cross non-essential. Our spiritual “poverty” is not evidence that we don’t have His righteousness imparted to our account – it is evidence that we live knowing we have it only by grace and not by merit

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USA – Pro Life Prayer Vigil – September 27, 2020

We will be praying for men and women that are faced with the decisions that must be made for those bringing a child into this world and for the Church that should be standing with them throughout their journey of faith.

 

The nation-wide

“40 Days for Life”

pro-life prayer vigil

started on September 23rd and will end on November 1st.

Locally we will be praying in front of

Planned Parenthood
1805 E. Division
Mt. Vernon
from 6am-6pm

and are hoping to have someone there throughout each day praying for those that are in their time of decision making. You can just come anytime, but it would be helpful if you could visit the 40 Days for Life website and volunteer for one, or more, of the one-hour time slots.

Also, we have signs available if you need one.

For information, call Cindy at 360-333-2447 or George or Linda at 360-421-8811 or 360-421-8812. If you are unable to physically join with us, please join with us in prayer throughout the day.

“I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.”

Psalms 116:1-2

“If My People, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14

 


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USA – Harvest Kids – September 26, 2020

Teaching young people to be givers instead of takers

 

What a blessing to have the rain and the wind stop so the Harvest Kids could crush some of the many cans that our friends have donated to help these young people help vulnerable and less fortunate children in Africa. Afterwards, we shared the news that we had sold over 6,000 ears of sweet corn and along with the money raised from the Fellowship Ministries garage sale and a donation from a friend in Tennessee, there is enough money to purchase the property for the new primary school they are helping build in Africa and to begin construction. They have $3,250 and are hoping to help with the $4,200 remaining to finish the school. Today they started filling the bullet and will not count it until it is full.

A big bullet but they know they serve a big God.

Last Harvest Kids, two pumpkins were chosen to be used to make pumpkin pies and pumpkin bread and the kids guessed how many would come out of each pumpkin and then they guessed how many total pumpkin seeds were in both. The answer – 8 pies and out of the other 23 loaves of pumpkin bread and a total of 783 seeds. Thanks to Gary for making the pumpkin bread and Linda for making the pies.

We had a great gluten-free lunch and celebrated the September birthdays. We talked about how important it is that we share about Jesus with all of our family and friends and let them know we love them and Jesus does too.

We talked about how the seed of faith that God puts in our heart when we repent and receive His forgiveness is always working to bring others to God’s love and eternal life. A great time of faith, fun and fellowship as we left pondering this question knowing that we counted 783 seeds in those two small pumpkins. How many pumpkins are in one seed?

Each family was blessed with pie and bread to take home. We are thankful that some of the kids are also filling up shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas ministry.

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USA – Love your neighbor as yourself – September 25, 2020

What a wonderful month of fellowship and encouragement as we have hosted the produce, including corn, and garage sale that have brought people together to give and help each other, including our brothers and sisters of faith in Africa.

Thanks to the people that helped plant and harvest the crops and plant and harvest the sweet corn that the Harvest Kids used to get donations that have been sent to Uganda to build a primary school for vulnerable, less fortunate children, many of whom are orphans. 

Thanks to Walker Motor Works in Marysville for making corn available at their car dealership, Fellowship Ministries that hosted a garage and produce sell in their community on the Samish River and our fellow co-laborers from Tennessee that donated to help with the school project in Africa. 

So many people donated items and many donated money for items they were going to give to other people. Corn was taken to be used in their homes and to give to their friends. Over and over through each day we were blessed to share our faith and have others share their faith and why they wanted to reach out to others as a blessing during these uncertain times where so many are faced with difficult and confusing circumstances.

The building for the church fellowship in Kayunga in central Africa is completed and we have sent $3,550 of the $5,520 needed to finish the building for the church fellowship in Iganga where many of the Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus Christ every day.

We were blessed to receive over $2,000 for the 6,000 ears of sweet corn we harvested. We have sent $3,250 that is enough to purchase the property and start construction and the kids are praying that others will help as they continue to collect their change to have the $4,510 to finish the Harvest Doves Primary School in Kayunga.

“This is how we know what love is:

Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.

And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

1 John 3:16-18


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USA – The knees of Gypsy Smith’s trousers – September 22, 2020

Gypsy Smith says that when he was converted, he immediately became anxious for the conversion of his uncle. The gypsy boy just prayed without speaking to the uncle. One day the uncle said, “Rodney, how is it that you have worn the knees of your pants so much faster than the rest of them?” The boy replied, pointing to the holes in the knees of the trousers, “Uncle, I have worn them out praying for you, that God would make you a Christian.” Nothing more was said, but the uncle yielded to the Savior.

Prayer changes things, yes, everything.

 

Excerpts from “Answered prayers and soul-winning incidents – published in 1940


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USA – The marvelous works of a tract – September 19, 2020

Dr. C. E. Cornell says:

“A woman dropped a tract or a little book in the way of Richard Baxter. He picked it up and read it and was thus led to Christ.

He wrote a book entitled, ‘A Call to the Unconverted,’ which brought many persons to the Savior, among whom was Philip Doddridge.

This man in turn wrote ‘The Rise and Progress of Religion,’ which led among others the great Wilberforce to God.

Wilberforce wrote ‘A Practical View of Christianity,’ which was the means of the salvation of multitudes; among them was Leigh Richmond.

This man wrote the book entitled ‘The Dairyman’s Daughter’ which has been instrumental in the salvation of many thousands.

Of this incident Dr. Jowett says,
“What a small thing the dropping of that tract was, but what a wonderful many-branched tree has sprung from it.”

(Excerpts from “Answered prayers and soul-winning incidents – published in 1940)


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Africa – Who is it that overcomes the world? – September 19, 2020

“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

1 John 5:5

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears My Word and believes Him who has sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

John 5:24

Many thanks for the prayers and support of those that are helping our co-laborers in central Africa share the gospel with all the local church families and the communities in their areas. These are a few of the testimonies we have received this week.

“Today I was on my way from discipleship and follow up mission when I met a demon-possessed young lady with her eight-month-old baby and her husband. They were coming back from the garden and the lady was suddenly attacked by demons, When I came on the scene I prayed for her and she was delivered. Both her and the husband confessed Christ right there on the way. We hurry the glory back to our dear Lord Jesus Christ.

Pastor Titus (Coordinator for southeast Uganda).

“This mama needs our prayer. She accepted Jesus Christ in her life at the age of 75. She was hospitalized, thanks to the Lord, she’s home today. We gave her a solar-powered audio bible from our co-laborers in the USA so she can listen to God’s Word. This audio bible will allow her to listen to the word of God at home even if she’s sick. I come praying for her, I have faith that God will touch her.

Pastor Augustine (Coordinator for western DRCongo)

 
“The concept of progress that should be uppermost is the growth and multiplication of the Word of God. 6 people came to Christ due to our mid-week and Sunday morning glory preaching. 8 people were brought to Christ by the discipleship network and home cells fellowship program.” 

Pastor Christopher (Coordinator for northwest Uganda)

“Children ministry is going well in Cibitoke Province.”

Pastor Evariste (Coordinator for Burundi)


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El Salvador – Advancing the kingdom – September 19, 2020

It has been a challenging time for Pastor Sergio, his wife, Gloria and their family during El Salvador’s response to the pandemic. The age restriction made it impossible for Sergio to be out of his home for months, but he and his family continued to faithfully advance the gospel as forcefully as they could during this last season. Now travel is possible and Pr. Sergio with his son, Josue, who live in San Salvador, were able to visit the families in San Miguel in eastern El Salvador for the first time since February. What an encouragement that he brings, fulfilling his promise to them to stand with them and share the Word of God to help them become true disciples.

    The Apostle Paul wrote:

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s Word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.”

2 Timothy 2:8-10


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USA – The doctor’s drowning son – September 14, 2020

Recently, while crossing the ocean, a boy fell overboard from the deck. The ship’s surgeon did not know who he was, but he told the crew they had better go out and try to save the boy. One of the crew pulled him up. They took off his outer garments, turned him over a few times, worked his hands and feet, and when they had done all they knew to do they said, “Haven’t we done all we can?” “Yes,” replied the surgeon.

A sudden impulse told the doctor that he ought to go over to see what he could do. He went and found that the boy was his own son. Then he did not think that the last thing had been done. He jerked off his coat, bent over the boy, blew into his nostrils, and begged God to bring him back to life. For four long hours the lad hung between life and death. Finally, a flutter of breath told that he lived.

What a great difference it made when the doctor knew that it was his own son! We would possibly win more souls if we were actuated with this same love and enthusiasm for the unsaved that the doctor knew for his son.

(Excerpts from “Answered prayers and soul-winning incidents – published in 1940)

 


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