Gleanings July – August 2016 Academy

Expanding The Training Program

A link is available to a PDF copy of this issue including photos, through our website

The Pastor’s Academy
We, that is Barbara, Jeff, and grandson Caleb, spent May, 22 to August 22 in Guatemala.
Among the goals of this trip was to lay the frame work for a Pastor’s School that God might use for His own glory to edify the Church in Guatemala. Our particular concern being the Quiche’ pastors with whom we have worked for a number of years.
Meetings were held in Panajachel and Xela to present the concepts and set up a working board.

Responsibilities were assigned including writing their own job descriptions. These will be reviewed and adjusted to fill any gaps that need oversight.

The Academy will hold its first class in late August 2016. We plan to deliver content by live lecture, pre-recorded audio and video recordings, with radio and TV. We have access to one cable channel that serves Xela. Plans for its use include children’s programs as well as the broadcast of Academy content.

The Lord provided a 15 year contract to ITB San Juan (our church in Guatemala) at no cost. Please pray we use it in a way that Glorifies God and Edifies the Body of Christ.

There is an opportunity here to help with the purchase of equipment and to under-right some of the operational expenses. And to contribute to scholarships for the pastors who will attend.

There are also plans for a team from ITB to hold a VBS among the Quiche’ churches on the coast later this year.

Death of a Sister
Carmen sought us out recently to tell us that our mutual friend Linda had died a few days before. It was a shock to hear that our young friend had died. We reminded Carmen of the day this photo was taken.
The occasion of the photo was actually an argument between Carmen, a Roman Catholic and Linda a confessing Christian.
Elena, Linda’s sister, came to get Barbara to help Linda explain the Bible way of salvation to Carmen.

The situation ended amicably for the friends and Elena and Linda had a better understanding of what God had done for them through Christ’s finished work on the cross. And Carmen heard the gospel.

So we see God’s providence played out in the lives of these young people so very far away culturally and so close to us spiritually.. All of us in need of God’s grace moment by moment.

Constitution Of The United States has Limits on Who It Can Govern

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious (Christian)* people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“[I]t is religion (Christianity)* and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.” (John Adams)

History has revealed that John Adams was exactly right on this point. As the United States has rejected the light of Bible truth offered to it for its survival as a nation. The moral and philosophical replacements are of course only the opinions of man and as such are always replaceable. They change with the culture. Each generation has tried to redefine “good” and “evil” to reflect the perverted fad of their generation.

And of course John Adams and the founders did not write the constitution in a vacuum they had a God given Bible upon which to base their principles of Government. Knowing that right and wrong exist and that: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34) Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
23 Which justify the wicked for reward,and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! (Isaiah 5:20-23 20 )

But as the Sodomites of Lot’s day insisted on participation in their sin, and would have gained had not God intervened. So the moral perverters of our day are insisting that we not only tolerate their perversions but celebrate and participate in them.

This was demonstrated recently at the Rio Olympics when a woman was deemed to be dressed too modestly for Beach volleyball. That such modesty was demeaning to women and ought not to be allowed. And the mayor of a city in France outlawed women’s swim suits that don’t show enough skin.

There was no Bible in Sodom, but what is our excuse?

What is our excuse for humanizing God and deifying man from our pulpits?
What is our excuse for being ignorant of God’s truth?
What is our excuse for compromising on Bible absolutes?
What is our excuse for not believing the Bible?
What is our excuse for contradicting Christ’s clear words on who He is and what He did?

We like Peter have said “Not so Lord.” (Acts 10:14) and “I know not the man…” (Matthew 26:72)

Has our whole Christian testimony has been reduced to these oxymorons?

There are no laws or chains strong enough to make a godless heart behave morally. And nothing to save them or us from the consequences but the Grace of God.


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