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Arrival in El Salvador

We had a couple of great last days in Nicaragua. Sunday was a very full day. We started the morning with a worship service, with the Nicaragua WAVE team performing a few songs. Trevor and I ended the music time by sharing “Ponderosa” (Stronger, by Hillsong). Then I spoke about Jesus as Lord of our lives, sharing from Galatians 2:20 among other passages. I finished up with Watch The Lamb, by request, to demonstrate the amount of love and grace Jesus has shown toward us. It was a powerful time. After the service, we handed out items we brought from the USA. Soaps, shampoos, razors, along with bags of rice we purchased once we arrived. The people were very thankful for what they received. We had enough for people to come through the line several times and take multiple items for their families. This was a huge blessing. That afternoon, we watched Transformers 4 with many from the village and then took a brief break before shooing God’s Not Dead. The people loved both films and of course, God’s Not Dead inspired many. We left both dvd’s for them to be able to use in the future. I know they are already talking about having a larger group showing of God’s Not Dead as an outreach in the community. We packed up and said good-bye to those around before we made our way to the bus stop in Chinandega. The bus came about 1:30pm and as we were getting our bags to make our way about 200 feet to where the bus was, it pulled away, leaving us! We immediately threw our bags back into the truck to chase down Tica Bus! I couldn’t believe this was happening! But then again, should anything surprise on a mission trip? LOL.  We drove honking the horn and flashing lights until we were able to finally drive alongside the buss and wave them down. It was about two miles down the road before we stopped them. Aside from that little incident, there wasn’t much else to speak of about the trip, except that is was long. The border stops took the usual 45 minutes to get through. We arrived early though in El Salvador. We were scheduled to arrive 11pm but got in close to 10 or so. Jorge wasn’t immediately available because he was planning on 11pm but he got us about 10:45pm and all was well. Today I have a dental appointment to extract a tooth and perhaps have some other work done. Will see how that goes. My good camera is messed up. For some reason the SD slot won’t accept card any longer. I hope to get it fixed while here and my glasses have gotten very scratched while here too. I hope to have all of these things taken care of this week :) As for the schedule for the week, I know that we have a few presentations to make with Bible studies for groups…maybe it’s 3 total and then on Friday we have a Glow Day outreach, where the WAVE team will perform and I’ll share the gospel. I think I also am scheduled to do some training with a church plant team and then speak at the church plant on Sunday. So it could make for a busy week…please pray that the dental work doesn’t prevent me from being able to do all the other things I need to do. With that, I’ll sign off for now. More updates coming soon. George

Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections On 3 John 7

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. . . they went forth for His name’s sake . . . —3 John 7

As I prepare to leave the country today for travel to Nicaragua and El Salvador, this is a great reminder of why I am going: to advance the kingdom of God in Jesus’ name. Missionaries serving the King seek to build the King’s kingdom, not their own. I am to be about the Lord’s business and not my own endeavors. The goal is to build God’s people and encourage them in the faith.

Even though Peter had denied Christ three times, Jesus reinstated Peter and asked him of his love for Christ. And of course, Peter said yes, he did love Christ. With each confession, the Lord gave Peter some instruction, that being “feed my lambs”, “tend to my sheep” and “feed my sheep” (John 21:, 15-17). Jesus entrusted caring for people to…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections On Prayer And John 14:12

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. . . I say to you, he who believes in Me, . . . greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father —John 14:12

Why is prayer so difficult for me as a follower of Jesus? Because I have become accustomed to life in an instant society. Prayer as a discipline does not yield instant results. Much like general exercise or even intense workouts, the body is pained, energy expended and the results require weeks before the transformation may be noticed. But be assured with the practice of such discipline, there are results!
Prayer is difficult for many of us because it requires much initially, leaving a sense of void or even emptiness. In many regards prayer is “work”. Yet it is the work that yields great results in time and moreover in eternity. It is through prayer that I connect with God…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections on Prayer And Matthew 9:38

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Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest —Matthew 9:38

Everything with God’s work begins and ends with prayer. Why, you ask? Because I must be reminded that it is God’s work and Him working and not me, myself. Prayer is the key that opens the door for God to be active in the world around me. As mundane as it may seem, prayer is the powerful tool God uses to change the world. Through it, God changes me that I might be an agent of change for His name and glory.

Prayer may seem senseless and a waste of time, however, it is the best investment the time I have. When I pray I am investing in something eternal instead of ephemeral. Prayer brings heaven to earth. When I take the time to pray, I am aligning my thoughts with God’s thoughts and…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections 1 John 2:2

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He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world —1 John 2:2

Jesus being my “propitiation” means that His sacrifice of Himself satisfied God’s anger and wrath of sin, thus opening the door for all to walk through into a relationship with God by faith in Christ alone.
As a missionary for Christ, this is to be the message preached, that the world can be saved through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ because He alone is what satisfies God’s wrath of sin. This gift of grace extends to all who believe. There is no limitation to whom can be saved because of what Christ has already done.

Jesus is not caught up in some battle for a nationalistic belief, personal preference, or racist bias. However, He is seeking that all would acknowledge Him in unwavering allegiance as…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ’All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . .’ —Matthew 28:18-19

The goal for anyone serving with a missionary mindset is the authority of Jesus Christ.  As Jesus departs, leaving His disciples with a powerful word, He says “Go”. But He doesn’t just say “Go” but “Make” also. Further He says “Teach” and the “Baptize”.  These elements demonstrate God’s rule in a person’s life. Are you going? Making disciples? Teaching? Baptizing? All of these things flow from a life that has Christ as the Authority.

This does’t mean that if you have never been out of the country that you are failing, however. What it means is that from where you are, you are living with this kind of philosophy. Jesus’ disciples never traveled to vast or…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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Jesus answered and said, ’I thank You, Father . . . that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes’ —Matthew 11:25

Obedience is the key to my relationship with God. I am either obedient or not. It is really that simple. Obedience is the conduit through which communication and blessings flow. Disobedience, conversely leads to Darkness rather than Light.
Having the right mind and attitude toward God’s Word and Spirit will deepen my relationship with God beyond anything I could dream. I must approach with the mindset to obey what God says. God will reveal more and more of Himself as I walk in obedience.

The Holy Spirit will teach me all things, not by my careful study but by my careful obedience. Revelation doesn’t come through time but strict adherence to listening and obeying God in all things. Regardless…

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Let It Be Love

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This year we will look at the meaning behind all of the songs we do. Will you let it be love?

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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. . . present . . . your members as instruments of righteousness to God —Romans 6:13

I’m pretty much bankrupt on every level of life. It doesn’t matter what I work at or even master, my efforts are undeniably short of the perfection that’s needed to satisfy God. The scripture is clear when it says that all have sinned and come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23) and I make several proofs of that each day. Try as I may to save myself, discipline myself, correct myself, adjusting my mind, thoughts, and way of living, I’ll never be able to completely perfect the life that God desires for me.

The grace and love of God is made manifest through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on the cross, which completely satisfies God’s requirements for sin and miraculously saves me. I have to live in this reality…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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Come to Me . . . —Matthew 11:28

Coming to Jesus requires a great deal of humility. Our pride gets in the way of many things and really coming to Christ is one of those. In fact, you will find out just how real you are by putting those words into practice. When Christ calls us, our flesh tends to employ every excuse possible. Coming to Christ is a very simple and humble thing yet one of the things that prevents us from coming is that very fact. We are looking for some grand “call” or movement from Heaven but all that comes is a simple call which says “come”.

When Christ calls you to come, something will happen inside of you. He will lead you through His Spirit. You will not come alone but with the Spirit who is teaching you and shaping you as you come. The…

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