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With the recent passing of the Religious Liberties Bill here in Mississippi and all that has been written and talked about by the liberal main stream media since I figured I would chime in with my two cents.

First it needs to be stated I am very conservative, I belong to the Constitutional Party, (yes you can look it up) I am also a Reformed Baptist who believes in the infallibility of scripture. The end of the Bible in the book of Revelation Chapter (KJV) 22  18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. That means what God wrote I accept as truth and cannot and will not change.   

          That being said the liberal media paints a picture of hate and discrimination about believers like me surrounding issues like this. Nothing could be further from the truth. We, that is true born again believers are commanded, not asked, to love our neighbors; Matthew 22:36-40 ESV “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” and this of course includes those of the LGBT community.  No one let me repeat no one claiming to be a Christian can truly be a Christian and HATE someone from the LGBT community.

The word of God not the word of man says that the LGBT lifestyle is wrong. That those apart of the community are caught up in the bondage of sin and in need of being set free. As a Christian I (we) have two duties. First is to share the Good News Psalms 96:3 NKJV “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” that Christ is the way to true freedom.  Note as the Apostle Paul stated we are to always do this with gentleness 2 Timothy 2:25 ESV Correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, that God may be at work and not us.

Secondly we are called to never compromise the Word of God. Psalm 119: 1-4 (AMP) How blessed and favored by God are those whose way is blameless [those with personal integrity, the upright, the guileless], who walk in the law [and who are guided by the precepts and revealed will] of the Lord. 2 Blessed and favored by God are those who keep His testimonies, and who [consistently] seek Him and long for Him with all their heart. 3 They do no unrighteousness; they walk in His ways. 4 You have ordained your precepts, that we should follow them with [careful] diligence. Yet this is exactly what we are being called to do. The liberal minority has deemed this truth, Freedom of Speech (which this falls under) is this; you are free to agree with their liberal viewpoint or our speech is free to be censored and or outlawed or we are free to be imprisoned. It begs the question; who is being discriminated against here?

My Pastor last night made an interesting observation. If this was about anything more than wanting full acceptance for the LGBT community, they would look at this as a great opportunity. Start a business that caters to just that clientele, if as they claim their number are so strong they should do great and leave those with strongly held religious convictions alone.

         By His Grace Alone

The Poirier’s Mission Update 1st Quarter CY 2016

26 March 2016

Dear Friends in Christ:

For many it has been quite some time since you last heard from us so please bear with me.  As you know beginning in Sept 2012 I took over as Project Manager for Rebuild Lakeshore. My wife, Naida and I made a 3-5 year commitment as domestic missionaries to assist Lakeshore Baptist Church in rebuilding its church and community. In Aug 2015 we were able to dedicate the new church building. In mid-November we decided to put our home on the market believing we would have a minimum 6-8 months (the average time for a house to sell in Waveland) to finish up and see where God would have us go next.

Well God had other plans and our home sold in just 11 days, with a closing just before Christmas. I made one final inquiry about becoming the full time Chaplain at the local county jail (a position I had been filing as a volunteer for 2 years) but did not see this as a viable option. Enter, Pastor Thomas Winn and Grace Baptist Church, in Jackson, MS. They had been coming and volunteering in Lakeshore for many years and had asked me several times about joining them in constructing their new building when I we were finished on the Gulf coast. We made a call, visited the church again, met with the deacons, prayed a lot and as they say, the rest is history.

NHomeaida and I are now blessed to be in Jackson, MS in our new home. Well, currently only I am in Jackson, Naida is in Puerto Rico until late April. Her mother Fela, is coming to live with us, so Naida is there helping to get her things settled. Please keep Fela in your prayers, she is now undergoing dialysis 3 times a week and this whole move is going to be quite a culture change for her.

 

Immediate Needs:  If anyone is available, I need help in getting the house ready for Naida and her mom’s return, 19th of April.

650 sq. ft. of laminate to install

Structural wall to knock out

French door to add

Sheet Rock

New Toilet

Bath Fans

Electrical work (Mr. Rich and Jim L. stop laughing)

Move gas piping for fireplace

Also, if you have a team looking for a trip over April vacation or anytime this year, the church has a bunch of projects that need accomplishing. I am sure we can find accommodations for a decent size group.

SpGBC Sanctuaryeaking of Grace Baptist, this picture shows their current sanctuary.  It really is not a favorable set up for visitors and the church has outgrown the space.

 

We are just in the planning stages for the new church building but are hopeful we can break ground sometime next year.  Please let me know if you are interested.

Prayer Requests:

  • Naida’s mom Fela’s health
  • Wisdom in shepherding this new project
  • Naida’s health, her acid reflux is getting worse again
  • That Naida and I will be an asset to the church and community here
  • Perseverance in my college classes and guidance on whether to continue this major
  • Finances for the new building project
  • For the members of Grace Baptist Church, especially Pastors Thomas Winn and Tiago Oliviera
  • Pray God will send volunteer groups to support this project
  • Lastly, thank you to those who continue to support our mission work financially. We had a significant cut back in funds recently; please pray God will provide the means for us to remain in the mission field. If you wish to help out, please send your contributions to GBC 5536 Ridgewood Rd, Jackson MS 39211

In closing, I want to remind everyone that in addition to the projects here in Jackson, Lakeshore Baptist Church still has a camp to decommission and for the more adventurous there are the projects in Uganda and Columbia I wrote about last fall.

In HIS Service

Mike Poirier

We appreciate you forwarding this to any groups you think may have an interest in supporting the project(s). Also if you have a project planned now or in the future and want me to pass it on please let me know.

Hi folks,

I pray this finds everyone in good health and spirits. It has been quite a while since I have sent out a formal update so please excuse the length of this one.

First Naida and I are both healthy and doing quite well. She is still volunteering a few days a week at the Mercy House and loving it more and more. Since my youngest daughter move here last fall with three of the grandkids Naida has even been happier if that is possible. The blessings keep pouring in as my daughter recently got a very good job locally so it looks like she’s here for the long haul (hoorah)

Lakeshore Baptist Church is also doing well. We have unofficially been using the new church building since January even though it remains incomplete. PLEASE keep that a matter of prayer. We need volunteers (used to be our summer calendar was full by now this year one team) especially to help finish the outside. I still serve as project manager for that and the house on Pike Street.

We have been getting many visitors lately and are praying God will put it on their hearts to make LBC their home. I am not sure but I think our membership stands at around 50 with weekly average attendance at about 65. On Easter we had 100+. Again pray the Lord will grow His body of believers here. Bro. Don continues to preach the unfeigned Gospel and I truly believe it is that (not fancy gimmicks) that will draw men unto the Lord.

As for me, much has transpired. Last fall I thought I was in line to become a Chaplain in Training with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. Then do to a series of circumstances that seemed to fall through. I persisted in my duties as Volunteer Chaplain (I have been for over 1 year the de-facto Chaplain) and three weeks ago received a call from the GNJ&P regional director asking if I still wished to interview for the position. God’s plans are not always on our timing hey. Needless to say I said yes and the interview was conducted two weeks ago Friday. It is a long process with no guarantee of being taken on board but with many supporters (my Pastor, the Warden, Sheriff, fellow volunteers and correctional staff) I have begun the process to fulfill the added requirements.

Today I begin online classes at Belhaven University as a Junior with the goal of BA in Biblical Studies. As some of you know I was working on my master’s thesis. It was from a non-regionally accredited college and not acceptable by GNJ&P. Going back to the classroom after all these years has me both excited and intimidated. Please keep me in prayer on this matter.

Finally I need to mention Faithful Steward Ministries. As you may realize we are no longer publishing the Apologist. This still bothers me but realistically there is just not enough time in the day to accomplish everything on my plate as it is.

I am still posting sermons (rewrites) from the jail and other items on the website www.fsmandfsmwo.org I encourage you to look at it and follow us there or on Facebook at tp://www.facebook.com/pages/Faithful-Steward-Ministries-and-FSM-Womens-Outreach/178166535561150

 The goal is to transition FSM&FSMWO to a Hancock County Jail Ministry web site and FB page and eventually put out some form of quarterly or semi-annual newsletter/publication.

            Well I have rambled on long enough. If you have any questions please email me or feel free to call or text me.

 

In HIS Service

 

Mike P.

 

Very Interesting article from our friends at Prison Fellowship.

It is a struggle for so many who have never been incarcerated. For ex-mates the challenges can seem insurmountable. But with God and His people it too can be overcome

Why Ex-Prisoners Can't Find Work.

Recently I began holding regular Sunday evening services at the local county jail. A true blessing of God and one that hold great responsibility. The following is a copy of the sermon I preached over the first two Sunday evenings.

The most recognized verse in the New Testament is probably John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For many years I understood that Sin was a bad thing and if I just believed Christ died for my sins all would be ok. Much like some of today’s water downed versions God’s Holy Word This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life (The Message) my understanding of man’s sin was greatly lacking.

It was not until I read the follow on verses to John 3:16 (17-21) that I understood how low, how wicked how disgusting my sin and yours truly was.

 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Let us take some time now and look at these verses individually.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

So why did God’s Son come? Let’s look at the two key words in this verse.

 Condemn or Krino (kree-no)

*to pronounce judgment, to subject to censure

*pass judgment on the deeds and words of others

*to preside over with the power of giving judicial decisions, because it was the prerogative of kings and rulers to pass judgment

Saved or Sozo (Sode-zo)

*to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue

*to save in the technical biblical sense

*to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction

So why did Jesus come; well we just read that it was not to convict or doom folks He came to save them and more.

I have listed six reasons I believe are most important to Christ’s coming. Let us explore them together:

1. He came because God promised He would. We read of that promised ‘seed’ who would destroy the effects of sin (Gen 3:15 )

There we find two “seeds”, or descendants, the seed of The Serpent and the seed of The Woman. There is to be enmity between these two classes, enmity meaning strife, contention, hostility and war. It is clear then that they represent opposites in conflict. And like all warring parties they hate each other.

Let me ask you a question, would you believe in a god who breaks his word? Would you believe and trust in a God who could not fulfill His promises? If one of the first promises we read about in the Bible is a lie or broken what good is the rest of the book? But though many, many have tried no one came prove a single blatant lie of the Bible.

 2. He came to fulfill the Law Matthew 5:17 - “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but fulfill.”

Anyone ever heard someone say I’m a New Testament Christian. Warning bells should go off at that statement. It maybe some innocent comment; a naïve way of saying I am washed in the Blood or it maybe someone professing this neo orthodox idea that the Old Testament is no longer applicable in any way and should either be discounted or left to one’s own interpretation.

Those people are WRONG! They need to really the book, read 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Now do not leave here saying Brother Mike said all the OT laws are still valid. If you go and ask the CO’s for a calf to slaughter you are likely to get a checkup from the neck up instead.

 3. He came to call Sinners to repentance Matt 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

John MacArthur said about this: Repentance is no more a meritorious work than its counterpart, faith. Think about that. Just like we have no part in saving faith neither do we in repentance. It is the work of God alone.

It is an inward response. Genuine repentance pleads with the Lord to forgive and deliver from the burden of sin and the fear of judgment and hell. It is the attitude of the publican who, fearful of even looking toward heaven, smote his breast and cried, "God, be merciful to me, the sinner!" (Luke 18:13). Repentance is not merely behavior reform. But because true repentance involves a change of heart and purpose, it inevitably results in a change of behavior.

A side note: I am often asked can we tell if someone is truly saved. My answer in most cases is Yes; God’s word is full of examples of the outward expression of the inward man we can look for, but that is a different sermon.

 4. He came to Fight; Matthew 10:34-36 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

God is love of that there can be no question. But that same God is no whamsy pansy wuss; that many would have you believe. Read the accounts of God judgments upon Israel and her enemies in the OT, or of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 and I am sure there are more than a few vendors from the temple of Israel that wish He was not so tough. He is a mighty God. He is more than capable of taking on all comers.

 5. He came as a Saviour; Matthew 18:11 - “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”

We will study this in depth in the following weeks, needless to say as the verse says He came to save.

 6. He came to serve Matthew 20:27-28 - “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

The first characteristic needed to being a good servant is humility; and the first characteristic of a good Christian is being willing to serve (1 Samuel 3:4)

Phil 2:7-9 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Think about that for a moment the Son of God, the second person of the trinity, all knowing, powerful and everywhere humbled himself so much that He took on the flesh of man. He left the throne on high to come to this cursed planet to become a servant for you and me. That folks should make you stand in reverence and wonder. Stand in wonder trying to figure out why He would come to serve a wretch like you and me. Stand in reverence when we realize there is no good reason apart from His love. What would you do for a loved one? How low would you humble yourself?

 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Let’s look at this word condemned again for a moment. It is a judicial term, a legal term that we still use today. Inmates on death row are condemned to die. So true is the fate of sinners Rom 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;

But upon their believing, the process is comes to a standstill, judgment is stopped, and he is not condemned. This means more than a stay; he is not condemned, that is, he is acquitted and his record wiped clean.

Unlike someone who through modern DNA evidence is found innocent and his record cleared we the accused sinner, are not innocent, we cannot plead not guilty to the indictment. We are guilty and our sins are our own fault. We have no one to blame but ourselves, we have what I call SOS Disease, that is Stuck on Stupid Disease.

But we can plead a noli prosequi or do not prosecute, upon the indictment, as Paul states, Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Like the world all born again believers will be Judged (2 Cor 5:10) but unlike the world we will not be condemned; 1 Cor 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Ok, here is where it gets scary. How many times have I heard from unbelievers that they think Christianity is no good because how can a “loving God” punish all mankind for Adam and Eve’s screw up?

Let look at what Christ says next:

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Do you see it? Do you see what the mighty Savior says? Who condemns mankind, God? No man himself does, men loved darkness rather than light.

There is no one in this room, no one anywhere in the world that would not have done the exact same thing as Adam and Eve. Some of us type A personalities would have led a charge to that tree without the serpent’s help.

Condemnation = Krisis - Kree-sis This is the sentence of condemnation, damnatory judgment, condemnation and punishment That light (Christ/Salvation/Regeneration) has come

BUT!!! Men love darkness: Darkness = Skot-os of ignorance respecting divine things and human duties, and the accompanying ungodliness and immorality

Deeds = Ergon – Er-gone business, employment, that which any one is occupied that which one undertakes to do, an act, deed, thing done: the idea of working is emphasized in opp. to that which is less than work the very nature of and desire of man (his work habits) are evil.

AMPLIFIED 19 The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.

I would like to make 4 points about this verse.

 1. Our Rebellion against God is unwavering:

Gen 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me

Rom 10 -12 As it is written , There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth , there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way , they are together become unprofitable ; there is none that doeth good, no, not one

 2. In this state of rebellion all man’s acts are sin

Mark 7:20-23 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Romans 14:23 says, "Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin." This is a radical indictment of all natural "virtue" that does not flow from a heart humbly relying on God's grace.

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is , in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

 3. Because of Sin man cannot see the light (God)

Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

Rom 8:7-8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be . 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

2 Cor 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 4. Sin deserves Eternal Punishment

Sin all sin not matter how “big” or “small is evil and deserves eternal punishment. I love the comment Geoffrey Thomas, pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church in Wales for over forty years; he called the depravity of our sin “maggot dung”. That my friends is pretty low.

Then many of us have heard someone say “but how can your God allow bad things to happen to good people?” Ask them who standard of “good people” they are referring to the worlds or God’s?

Job 4: 8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death

Rom 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Have you ever known someone like this? Maybe if more of us looked more closely in the mirror we would see the truth. Nah!

We love the dark side; we crave the excitement the adrenalin rush of living on the edge. We hate the thought of being caught convicted or exposed.

Reprove here means:

to convict, generally with a suggestion of shame of the person convicted

by conviction to bring to the light, to expose to find fault with,

to reprehend severely, chide, admonish, reprove

to call to account, show one his fault, demand an explanation

Why does man not go toward the light on his own accord? Because his lies, tricks, his evil intent would be exposed to God and the world. Little does he understand God already knows and sees all his faults. And truth be told most of the world does too!

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Here Doeth – Poieo= poy-eh-o; means to act rightly, do well; to carry out, to execute and is this case “truth”.

What truth? Why the truth that is found and taught in the Holy Bible. The truth of God with His purpose and plan of redemption through Christ. The truth that specifies the duties of man, opposes the superstitions of the Gentiles, the inventions (made up laws) of the Jews, and the corrupt opinions and precepts of false teachers even among supposed Christians.

An example of the later was an article in written by a “priest” in Mobile, AL recently. In it he compared God to a Jazz impressionist just kinda going with the flow. He claims God has no plan instead He (God) has a Nike attitude. You know He God Just Does It, whatever strikes His fancy at that moment. How corrupt a thought, how false a claim how lost a man is he. God has a plan, He has had said plan since before the foundations of the world. It is clearly defined and stated in the Bible yet so many today make up their own God and call it Christianity.

The last key word here is Manifest = Paneroo – fan-er-o-o meaning expose to view, make manifest, to show one's self, appear to become known, to be plainly recognized, thoroughly understood who and what one is.

In stark opposition to the man in Verse 20 the man here in Verse 21 knows he will be exposed he wants to be exposed. Why, but for the Glory of God. The transformed life he leads is on display for all so that they may understand but for the grace of God go I.

Let Us Pray.

FSM/FSMWO

Special Prayer Requests

26 Jan 2014

PRAISE

The gentleman in CA who was involved in the motorcycle accident has been released from hospital to a rehab center. He is paralyzed but is praising God for being alive.

  PRAYER

Please pray for the victims and especially for the families of those killed due to the recent ice storms in South MS.

Pray for our dear friend Mike Gaydosh’s business Solid Ground Books.

Pray for Mr. Erroll House of S. Africa as he recovers from a stroke

Pray for Lola Thomas (Geoffrey Thomas’s wife) as she recovers from a stroke

Pastor Bill Lash as he undergoes hip replacement surgery

Our friend from Portugal, Tiago and his family as he prepares for the ministry at RTS

 Inmate Requests

James and family on the passing of his dad

The McNair family especially Louise who has diabetes

Ronnie’s mom Mary

Clayton’s sister Tanya who is incarcerated

Carlton asked we pray for Shannon who had a stroke

David’s brother a new believer struggling with alcohol and his marriage

Dan’s mom who is undergoing chemo

Ed’s mom who broke her leg

Matt’s mom who is recovering from bypass surgery

Shannon that upon his release he can reestablish contact with his children

Erin who is incarcerated

Jessie for health issues

 Our Internet Friends

Gwen asks prayers for Terry, that the doctors will know how to best treat the tumor, and also for God's complete healing. Praying for Michael, that the septicemia and pneumonia will soon leave his body, in Jesus' name, and that he will be totally healed and restored.

Mary V asks Please pray for healing for my brother Michael Brutosky who has septicemia and pneumonia.

Please pray for Terry Neuman who just had a large brain tumor removed in a seven hour operation. May it be benign. Prayers are working for both. MIchael was better today. Terry can now move his paralyzed right leg. Thank you for more prayers

John asks Yes , am very happy about this, please pray for Love of God in Kenya. Since I have the burden for the orphans and it over lapped with so many, we need your prayer to get , volunteers missionaries, partners and donors to give the hand of support for them

Rev. Shalom Asks  -Pray for the anointing of God to be upon our ministry SEPRIMI

-Pray for the divine provision of God to be able to buy the P/A system for Crusades and outreaches to Prison squares.

-Pray for supernatural provision for the tuition of our students at post graduate level, to do courses in computer science, Information Technology, Social Development, Agriculture, Governance and Accountability, Human Rights Advocacy, Child protection and Public health.

- We shall be grateful for your persistent prayers, as we also pray for you. Colosians 4:12

Yolanda asks Pray for BumPop Ministry going into to small churches to show how to grow in Christ through Small Groups. How to connect with their Community by using Small Groups , Small Groups are a way to bring the Un-Church & Small Groups is away to connect those in your church. Pray for BumPop

Kimberley asks prayers for OnInmate.com and Justice Served NC.

 Our Friends from ARBCA

Please pray for continued strength for the ministry and safety in travel as well as the blessing of the Lord in this ministry.

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Praise God that we at Lakeshore passed all our rough in inspections on the new church building last week.

Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church. God has seen fit to fill our calendar with volunteer teams this summer.  Please keep all them in prayer for safety and efficiency. Pray for finances to complete the project.

Pray for Ms B. who runs our Mercy House distribution center, she had a heart attack and 2 stints put in

Mr Gary who is back in the hospital

Mr James who has taken a down turn

Ms Sheryl who is recovering from hip replacement

Gabriel who is having problems after knee surgery

Trina’s uncle who has many health issues

Robert’s friend who has cancer

Emily as she preps for master’s exam

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Continued healing prayers for:

Dan M. recovery from Quad Bi-pass

Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis

Miss B who has been having heart issues

Shelia W. diabetes related issues

Mr. Sam as he continues to fight cancer

Mr. Dan continued recovery from a stroke

Mr. David Travis who has serious health issues

Mike’s mom (local family) who is battling cancer

Employment for;

Robert O., Zack B.

Fellow Ministries

THE ROBINSON’s Bluegrass Sing and Jam

For prayer needs, please pray for Rita who is having a spot of cancer taken off her lip on Tuesday. Pray for Holly's job situation and for a friend of her brother's family health situation. Please pray for Greg & Sandy in Maine. Greg suffered a heart attack and his step-mother was hospitalized the same week. We praise the Lord that Greg is already back to work after a heart stent was put in. There are also some unspoken prayer requests from our mission field that we would covet your prayers for. God knows what they are.

We so appreciate the prayer and financial support for the Gospel Sing Ministry. May our Heavenly Father bless you faithful stewards in a great and mighty way.

Friends of Jesus,
Mike & Mary Robinson
www.bluegrassgospelsing.com
 

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

OUR CURRENT TOP NEEDS

1. We need to build aprons and Verandah on the classroom block.
2. Lightening Protection installation on the buildings.
3. We need to construct a bathroom/toilet for the teachers and another bathroom/toilet for the children on the class room side.
4. Fire Alarm System installation.
5. Flooring remaining classrooms and Verandah .
6. 60 Metallic Double Decker Beds.
7. We need sponsors for the children .
8. We need a school van /Vehicle.
9. We need a kitchen house and dining hall for the school.
10. We need a church building for the school.
11. We want to construct teachers houses/ quarters.
12. We need dormitory uniforms for the children ( casual wear)
13. We need new uniforms for the children.
14. We need school sweaters for the children
15. We need School shoes and sandals for the children.

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

 Prison Fellowship

Please pray for the following prayer requests:

Eddie: *Please keep in your prayers the TUMI class, moreover the Body of Christ in this facility as things are getting a little crazy in here (again)...That we would be strengthened in our time of need against the forces of evil in this place. That the administration would be wise and root out the tyranny before it gets any worse. ** Please join me as I pray for the homeless and hungry. My heart has been drawn to these needy individuals of late. That a solution can be reached which will ease their suffering. *** Please pray for me as I continue to listen and wait for God's personal calling for me. I seem to be in-between jobs and am not sure where He is guiding me. **** Please pray that my son, daughter, grand-daughters and father will put their issues aside and that my Dad will accept my kids and grandkids and agree to get to know them.

Troy: Thank you for all the blessings you make available for all of us whether we accept them or not. For peace to be encouraged by all at Brooks facility. Thank you for God's salvation plan through faith in Jesus. Thank you for the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Patrick: Please pray for me, my family, the Chaplain and all the volunteers. I ask God to meet all our needs and that we all will be kept near to Him. I pray that my relationship to God's Word will keep growing. Remember the sick , homeless and those who are no longer with us in TUMI. Pray for the warden and her staff.

Potts: Please pray for the Spirit of God to keep us, order our steps, and watch over us as we do the will of the Father.

Willie: Happy New Year, Saints and Prayer Warriors! Thank you for your many prayers for the Body of Christ, TUMI, and for me. Hallelujah! Rom 4:17, Isaiah 65:23,24 I love you all with 'Agape' love!

Ken: Please pray for my upcoming commutation hearing. Pray for the Bible Studies in the units; pray for my family and pray that God will continue His growth in me.

Thomas: First of all, I thank you for all the prayers you have given and for the prayers you will give. I ask that you continue to pray for my family and for the juveniles freedom in Michigan. I also ask for your prayers concerning the truth in regards to me having a child. I have been trying to find out since 1991, so I need your strong prayer in this matter. Thank you very, very much!

Steven: Thank you for the love of God that your demonstrate. Please keep in prayer the unity of the body of believers. There is much going on by way of trials and tribulations here and it seems that all attacks have been launched at particular individuals so please keep their families and loved one's before God's throne. I thank you and I know everyone here appreciates your love and commitment to the church and body of Christ. Please also remember in prayer the poor and the destitute.

Prison Fellowship's Prayer Team offers volunteers the opportunity to take the needs of prisoners before God during regularly scheduled intervals. To learn more about the prayer team, and how you can participate, click here.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Prison Ministry Report for 2013

Our Praise Report:

According to Correctional Populations in the United States Report of Bureau of Justice Statistics (December 19, 2013), about 6,937,600 offenders were under the supervision of adult correctional systems at year's end 2012. In 2012, about 1 in every 35 adults in the United States, or 2.9% of adult residents, was on probation, parole or incarcerated in prison or jail. It's estimated 1 in every 50 adult residents was supervised in the community on probation or parole.

International Network of Prison Ministries (aka “INPM” or "Prison Ministry Directory”) is a directory of prisons, prison chaplains, prison ministries and publishers of prison ministry materials, serving ministries and friends and family of inmates since 1994.

INPM provides free pages in our Directory, started by INPM and maintained by each ministry. INPM connects more than 200 ministries daily with friends and relatives of inmates by mail with requests for help, prison ministry literature and family situations. Most of prison ministry events are listed in Prison Ministry Calendar of Events

INPM is on the first line of the first page for search of “prison ministry” or “prison ministries”. Internet traffic world-wide related to “prison ministry” starts at INPM and goes to you, our members. As of today INPM is a network is 4584 prison ministers, chaplains and concerned Christians. Most of our members are Volunteer chaplains (1322), Church prison ministries (464), Aftercare organizations (363).

For your information, most neglected prison ministry outreach fields are: Deaf ministry (2) and Books, Bibles, literature, tracts in other than English languages (13).

The most active continents in the world are: North America (3912), Africa (171), Asia (137). Most of the USA prison ministries are in Texas (650), Florida (235), California (199). The least active in the USA is in Utah (8), North Dakota(6), Wyoming (6). Prison ministry capital of the world is Dallas, TX, a home to 87 prison ministries.

 Our Urgent Needs:

In late December 2013 INPM visitors experienced “Bandwidth Limit Exceeded” message. We used-up 78.78 (!) Gig of data (we do not have any streaming videos, bulk downloads, etc – plain pages displayed). As a result we are faced with purchasing a dedicated server with sufficient disc space and more traffic allowance. Also we desperately need your support in wring server software for cell phones and tablets applications so we can accommodate mobile friendly devices. We send Bibles, Bible-study materials, Life-Changing materials to those in need, and we need support for mailing and for storage/processing facility.

Next year INPM will celebrate its 20th anniversary. For two decades I have personally supported this ministry with development and maintenance funds for upkeep of the server and outreach. I cannot do it alone. I need your help. As INPM member, you are prayerfully requested to contribute to our common effort to make our society better and to serve each other in the field of Prison Ministry. If our good Lord speaks to your heart to be a part of INPM financially, please obey.

If your ministry or outreach benefits from our service, kindly consider sharing a small gift with INPM regularly, so we can accomplish more ministry together. On the page below you can find the option that best suits your gifts. You can donate with a check, PayPal or bank transfer. All contributions are tax-deductible. http://prisonministry.net/support.htm

Together we help bring home inmates changed! They are the ones that never return to prison!

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

(INPM Prison Ministry 2013 Year-end Report, www.PrisonMinistry.net)

Missionaries

Dear Fellow workers in Christ:
The Lord has called me to serve here in Tanzania through preaching and teaching the gospel to inmates here in season and out of season. We have seven people whom have volunteered to teach and preach the gospel in Prisons in Mbeya. Our challenge with this ministry is  the lack of any means of transportation to serve to inmates as some prisons located in rural areas so it cost much transportation to reach in these Prisons. We have many pastors whom they have interested to preach and teach  the gospel to inmates  in lake zone Mwanza, Bukoba, Tabora, Kigoma, and Singida. I went to visit them in December 2013, and talked with them about starting the prison Ministires and they were very happy to be affiliation with INPM. I request you to have the plan to visit there and we would like to prepare the conference for the prison for encourage the pastors there and those Christians who want to do this work for causes of Christ.

I request you Brother to assist us  with the work we do here in Mbeya. We have the need of financial to help us to run the the ministries here. It is our goal to sign many prisons as best as we can so that  the inmates may hear the Lord's word and live according to the word of God. And we have the need of some of Bible materials for inmates and some Bibles for inmates, this will help us to serve them more better.

I am looking forward to hearing  from you and working with you
Samuel Mwakasungula
Prisons Ministries in Tanzania
Diretor
BOx 3083, Mbeya Tanzania East Africa
www.prisonministry.net/mbeya

On occasion while discussing biblical things I hear folks say things like I do not understand, how can they not understand. I try hard to remind them they are speaking of the unregenerate and until such time as God chooses to open their eyes  2 Corinthians 4:1-4:

 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Then there are times like this when someone (thanks Stephen) I know, shares a story that leaves me dumbfounded. For this story deals not with an ordinary man but one who claims to proclaim the Glory of God. The problem is what book has he been reading? I quote:

God doesn't have a plan. Instead, God is like a jazz musician, as it were, improvising creation into being, making it up as God goes, open to imaginative possibility, playing artfully the music of creation anew. Yet it’s kept to a theme, a theme grounded in beauty and mystery, but a theme, a melodious score nonetheless present ever since the dawn of time, even before. It’s the one song of goodness and love and right order -- a theme whose imaginatively improvised notes are, as Flaubert put it, Just. Fitting. Right.

If you dare the full story can be found here:  From the Pulpit: Does God have a plan?

My response is dynamically opposed to your conclusion. OF COURSE GOD HAS A PLAN! The basis of my faith is and must be that God is in full control. He is sovereign in all things in other words He is in charge. Rev. Flowers would have him wandering about without purpose or cause (a Jazz musician). Is that the God you want? One who is little more (if at all) greater than man? Man who loves darkness (John 3:19) because his deeds are evil? The bible declares God's plan for Himself and man.

During my 20 years of service in the Army one learns a critical lesson we called it the 5 P's, prior planning prevents poor performance, failure to apply this acronym never failed to cause many a chaotic moment. Yet Rev Flowers conclusions would have us believe that God has no plan, no concept of planning, is incapable of preventing (sovereign) events from taking place. In direct opposition to the bible, that says it is only through God's Grace and Mercy that He holds back the true chaos this world is capable of.

My friend responded to Rev Flowers in this manner {mine}:

Rev. Jim Flowers: "God doesn't have a plan."

God:
Ephesians 1:11. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined {pre-planned} according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Romans 8:28. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Acts 2:23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men

Acts 4:26-28. 26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed'-- 27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.

Job 37:5-13 God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend. 6 For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth,' likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour. 7 He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he made may know it. 8 Then the beasts go into their lairs, and remain in their dens. 9 From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds. 10 By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. 11 He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning. 12 They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world. 13 Whether for correction or for his land or for love, he causes it to happen.

The entire Bible is a revelation of God's plan.

Rev. Jim Flowers: "salvation is about your neighbor"

God:
Luke 13:5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:36. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Rev. Flowers has created his own god. One that does not and cannot save.

No my friends I want no part of a god that is not in control. Whose improvising may or may not be successful. No the God I bow down before, the God I and all others (including Rev Flowers) will stand before in judgement, is a God worthy of Glory, Honor and Praise. For He had a plan a glorious plan to redeem an unworthy sinners such as I from before the beginning of time. In that we can loudly proclaim:

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

12-25 Jan 2014

 

PRAISE

Naida and I can do nothing but thank God for the abundant blessing poured upon us this past year.  It has been one year since we moved to Mississippi and we continue to be amazed at how He is working in our and the community’s lives. We have been privileged to work hand in hand with volunteers from all across the country as we endeavor to rebuild Lakeshore. Thank you for all your prayers and support.

Also I would like to thank a dear friend Pastor George McDearmon of Ballston Lake Baptist Church NY, who last Wednesday night preached on Perseverance. He encouraged me to get back to work on FSM and FSMWO and this prayer list is the first fruits of that labor.

I received the call yesterday that I have been approved to be the Sunday evening Volunteer Chaplain in our local jail. Please pray I honor God in this endeavor.

Some of you may remember we have been praying from a man from our sending church, Rich Brown who has been recovering from major complications from heart surgery. I just found out and do not have any details but praise God he was baptized today.

Greg Lane of LBC who’s heart seems to be stable since the latest medication change

PRAYER

A young family in CA who had been battling cancer in their young son and now are dealing with a life threatening motorcycle accident of the husband.

Jay, a local man with many burdens, his daughter Amanda who is in remission from cancer

Dan Marra of PVBC recovery from Quad Bi-pass

Rebecca Messer and her children

Casie from Baton rouge who is in ICU after a car accident

Mike’s mom (local family) who is battling cancer

JoEll’s family who is dealing with sickness

Our Friends from ARBCA

Greetings from the Reformed Baptist Church in Payerne, Switzerland

Please pray with us as we seek the Lord’s will for the future projects of the church. During this past year Olivier has been regularly traveling to preach at a small church in Alsace, France. This struggling church is seeking an experienced pastor. Olivier will continue to preach there several times in 2014, as the church decides whether or not to call him as their pastor. If the Lord opens this door, Olivier and Denise would plan to move there to take up the work in the beginning of 2015. The church in Payerne considers calling Stefan to succeed Olivier as the full-time preaching pastor.

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church. God has seen fit to fill our calendar with volunteer teams this summer.  Please keep all them in prayer for safety and efficiency. Pray for finances to complete the project.

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Front Columns In Place  .

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Continued healing prayers for:

Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis

Miss B who has been having heart issues

Shelia W. diabetes related issues

Tim Phillips who is recovering from heart attack

Mr. Sam as he continues to fight cancer

Mr. Dan continued recovery from a stroke (Praise God he was able to attend church with us today

Mr. David Travis who has serious health issues

Employment for;

Robert O., Zack B.

Fellow Ministries

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

OUR CURRENT TOP NEEDS

1. We need to build aprons and Verandah on the classroom block.
2. Lightening Protection installation on the buildings.
3. We need to construct a bathroom/toilet for the teachers and another bathroom/toilet for the children on the class room side.
4. Fire Alarm System installation.
5. Flooring remaining classrooms and Verandah .
6. 60 Metallic Double Decker Beds.
7. We need sponsors for the children .
8. We need a school van /Vehicle.
9. We need a kitchen house and dining hall for the school.
10. We need a church building for the school.
11. We want to construct teachers houses/ quarters.
12. We need dormitory uniforms for the children ( casual wear)
13. We need new uniforms for the children.
14. We need school sweaters for the children
15. We need School shoes and sandals for the children.

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

Missionaries

rev VaronRev Varon and his family in the Philippines who are in need of finances for:

PRESENT NEEDS:

1. CREEK SIDE DIKE REPAIRS AND DORM REPAIRS = $350.00 three hundred fifty dollars.

2. CHANGE OF CHURCH WALL... I have not presented this last time but we presently included it since our wallings were made of bamboos but it will last an average of one year. We calculated that the cost of bamboo replacements in 6 will be equivalent cost to a concrete wall which will last for 30 years more or less.  The cost to cover the church wall is  =  $500.00 five hundred dollars.

The total needs cost $850.00 eight hundred fifty dollars more or less. So far these are the present needs we need to build-up for the glory of God. Once again, thank you very much my dear Bro. Mike for your labour of love - Hebrews 6:10. GOD BLESS US ALL!!!!!!!

 THE GREAT SHEPHERD ANA-BAPTIST CHURCH

PUROK RIVERSIDE, BANAGO, BACOLOD CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, PHILIPPINES 6100

SINCE MAY 4, 1999 MINISTERING IN THE POOREST OF THE POOR AREA.

 

 

2nd and 3rd Qtr2013 Apologist

The latest edition of The Apologist can be found by clicking on the page tab above.

Apologies for not doing this sooner. Must be getting old cause I thought we had:)

AMEN!!! So often today it seems like the "church" wants to use gimmicks to lure folks in. What a shame when all that is needed is the Word.

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Understanding the Word of God

   by        Henry Morris, Ph.D.      Aug. 23, 2013

"So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading." (Nehemiah 8:8)

Most people—even most Christians—devote very little time to the Scriptures, complaining that they are either too hard to understand or too uninteresting. Yet, when Ezra read "the book of the law of Moses" to the whole congregation of Israel, he read "from the morning until midday," even "one fourth part of the day," and "all the people stood up" as he read (Nehemiah 8:1, 3, 5; 9:3). Such a scenario is almost impossible to imagine today.

Ezra's congregation evidently understood what he was reading and found it of vital interest. "For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law" (Nehemiah 8:9). For "another fourth part |of the day| they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God" (Nehemiah 9:3).

Yet all they had were the books of the Pentateuch! How much more concerned we should be, and how much better we should understand, when we have the entire Bible.

Note that Ezra and his colleagues simply read the Scriptures and gave a straightforward exegesis. That was enough to enable the people to understand, and this brought repentance, confession, and worship. No emotional appeals, no gimmicks, no technology, just the Scriptures—taken naturally and literally.

The Scriptures are not hard to understand—just hard to believe, and even harder to obey. Like any book, the Bible is intended to be understood, and its author—the Holy Spirit—was able to say what He meant. The secret is in the attitude of heart with which one approaches it. "O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. . . . Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way" (Psalm 119:97, 104). HMM

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