November 2012

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“The Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.” (Deut 7:9)

Four years ago Jose de Jesus was the leader of 28 Christian, who had come under great persecution for standing up to their pagan leaders and refusing to participate in the sin filled festivals of the Huichol culture.  In fact, they were sentenced to death for their Christian beliefs.

Ever since I read the book, “Bruchko,” I have prayed and longed to be apart of taking the Gospel into a pagan, unreached people group and witnessing God draw that people to himself.  So when God opened the door for us to meet and even participate in helping these brothers become evangelist and church planters. For me, things just couldn’t move fast enough.

A team from Saint Andrews Baptist church in Florida and I made the long journey up to the town of Bolanos to meet Jose and his wife.  The first thing that is striking about Jose is his humility.  It is simply Christ-like.  After thirty minutes with Jose, I knew this was a divine appointment meant to draw us into being apart of what God was already doing among the Huichol People.

Jose knew nothing of the material world we had come from and he had only one real desire.  He longed for the Huichol people to know the salvation of the Lord.  Trust me, there was nothing pretentious or false in this man.  That was one year ago, in October. I came home and immediately asked many of you, via e-mail and Facebook, to begin to pray that God would make the Huicholes accept Jose and the Huichol Christians, so they could live free among their own people.

This past February, a small team of men traveled up to the Huichol  Christians to teach these brothers how to share their story (testimony) to their friends and neighbors.  At that time, there were 32 Christians living in fear. They had been placed under extensive restrictions, including not being able to openly discuss their belief in Christ, one God, or creation. Even though Jose and the leaders took this training to heart; we left wondering if they would put it to use.

A few weeks ago, we returned to teach them how to share the story of “Creation to Today,” alongside of their testimonies.  As we traveled up the mountain, news came that Jose and the Christians had signed an agreement with the Huichol president to lift all restrictions and stop the persecution. They had only one condition, that only Huicholes could share  their faith with other Huicholes.  Only God could put a condition that restricts foreigners from doing the job of evangelizing and plant the responsibility squarely on the Huichol Christians.

While it is not clear why this agreement came about and some are skeptical it will even work; Jose is determined to follow it and even use it to encourage his fellow Christians to join together and share with every Huichol who will listen. I personally believe what the brothers did with the training they received in February is the real reason.  Since that  time, 25 new Christians have joined Jose bringing the total number of professing Huichol Christians to 57.  That’s about a 78% increase in just over 7 months. If that doesn’t make you say, “WOW!” you might ought to check your pulse. What would your church look like if it increased by 78% in the next 7 months?

What’s next for the Huichol church? I believe God wants the Huichol people to no longer be pagan, He wants them for Himself and I believe you and I need to pray for Him to use Jose and the other believers to reach that entire people group with the Gospel and claim them for our Lord.

Please join me in praying for Jose and these brothers.  They are few in a land where the devil has many followers, but our God is mighty and He loves the Huichol people.

COME SEE WHAT I SEE

“When Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”  (Matthew 9:36)

When we see news broadcast just moments after or even during a disaster like the tsunami that hit Japan in the spring of 2011, are we ready to connect with those in need?  Or is it more like watching the movie Titanic? We know it has really happened but there is no immediate effect on our lives, so we continue on as if it will all be over or turned into another best selling academy award winning movie soon. Continue reading

COME STAY WITH ME

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. .. (John 15:4)

 You have probably heard it said, “Some are born characters but few are born with character.”   The only character a child of God needs is Christ like character.  Jesus is giving us a priceless key to a joyous relationship that will result in a life filled with Godly character.  Oswald Chambers puts it this way, “We are inclined to think that everything that happens is to be turned into useful teaching.  In actual fact, it is to be turn into something better then teaching, namely, character.”  What he is teaching us is that remaining in Christ does not just teach us about Christ but literally makes us like Christ in character. Continue reading

COME FOLLOW ME

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt 4:19)

This is nothing less then an invitation from the Lord Jesus Christ to participate in His strategic plan to rescue a hell bound humanity.  So why doesn’t Jesus shout this invitation to the crowds of people that begged to follow Him?  Why doesn’t He invite the centurion a chosen leader of at least one hundred men, to follow Him?  Why doesn’t He ask Nicodemus, a highly respected Jewish lawyer, who had great influence over many Jewish leaders, to follow Him?  The answer is simple, not everyone is a fisherman! Continue reading

Come Out

“Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord….” (2 Cor 6:17)

 Is God the sovereign Lord of your life?  Then we should not be surprised when we learn he has already laid out the plan and it is not an acceptable excuse to say, “I haven’t finished reading and learning the plan yet.”  Is it God’s plan or our plan to be tolerant of immoral life styles?  Paul is pointing out to the Corinthian Christian Church that God does not accept religions that indulge in sin.  The Christians had let some of the Greek life style of open immoral sin be tolerated even within their own congregation.  This tolerance was challenging the truth of Scripture and the call to live with out sin in their lives. Continue reading