“IT IS A FEARFUL THING TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD” (Hebrews 10:31).
“In one of Rembrandt’s etchings, there is no halo around the Lord’s head, but there is one around His hand. Over the years, critics have debated Rembrandt’s reason for doing this. But there can be no debate over the meaning of that symbolism for us. Jesus’ hands are holy hands. Jesus’ hands are sacred hands. Jesus used His holy, sacred hands as instruments of service. Jesus used His holy, sacred hands to heal the sick, transform death into life, give sight to the blind. Jesus used His holy, sacred hands to bless, break and give to His disciples the five loaves and fishes that fed many thousands.”
Sunday Sermon Illustrations
Even today, the invisible hands of the Lord our God are touching the lives of both believers and unbelievers. Why would an individual not want the guiding hand of God? There are many reasons that people reject God and turn to their own way, but the best way to keep out of trouble in this world is to let the hand of God guide you each day. There is no greater help than the guiding hand of God.
It will be a most fearful experience when the unsaved peoples of this world fall into the divine hands of judgment. They will enter into a Christ-less eternity with no escape. The scriptures give us a vivid picture of what hell will be like, but we cannot even imagine the suffering that they will endure. God does not condemn them to hell; they make that decision themselves. He simply pronounces the judgement upon them.
Our continuing task is to take the Gospel to the whole world personally and through national pastors. Without Christ, the world has no hope. God can help them now, but the future may be too late. Be praying for a bountiful harvest for His kingdom.
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE
As I continue to recover from the hip fracture injury, God has given me the time to get much accomplished in the office work, future preparations, and advanced planning. We continue to pray that God will open doors for new opportunities to serve Him.
The invitation has already been extended for me to return to the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia in 2020, but it is important to know the direction of the Lord. China continues to be a special work; therefore, we are considering a trip this fall or next year. And it would be wonderful if we could return to places where we have ministered in the past and evaluate the progression of the churches. There are other parts of the world that have never received the Gospel message and need to hear of the saving power of God.
There is much to be done in this godless world for the Lord Jesus Christ prior to His coming. It is our utmost desire to fulfill His plans, not ours, and to be faithful in all things. Our priorities continue to be the salvation of souls, encouragement of believers, and meeting humanitarian needs. God is not finished with His world, and the Church must also continue to be faithful to the commission given by Christ.
"THE PAST SHOULD BE LEFT IN THE PAST OR IT CAN STEAL YOUR FUTURE. LIVE LIFE FOR WHAT TOMORROW CAN BRING AND NOT WHAT YESTERDAY HAS TAKEN AWAY. EVERY DAY IS A GIFT" (Unknown).
THE HIGHEST PRIORITY
Living Word International continues to be committed to the highest spiritual standards and integrity to our prayer and financial partners. Although we could not avoid the shortened mission trip this spring, we are grateful to those who supported our effort to take the Gospel into three mission fields.
If you as a church or individual gave a special gift for that purpose and would like to be reimbursed, please let us know. Otherwise, your gift will be used on the next mission trip. We seek to do as much as we can with the monies that God entrusts us; therefore, your gifts are always used wisely and economically.
We appreciate all that you do in helping us get the most important message to the lost and dying world. God and His people have never failed us over the years in meeting the needs of this ministry. As we look to the future, we pray for greater blessings!
"INTEGRITY CHARACTERIZES THE ENTIRE PERSON, NOT JUST PART OFHIM. HE IS RIGHTEOUS AND HONEST THROUGH AND THROUGH. HE IS NOT ONLY THAT INSIDE, BUT ALSO IN OTHER ACTIONS" (R. Kent Hughes).
Having been on crutches for over a month, one appreciates those who have to endure them for a lifetime. It is a totally different world when you have a handicap. And there are certain times that one appreciates the help that people are willing to give.
The doctor is well-pleased with the healing of the fractured hip. Even though there is a constant low-grade pain, I have tried to avoid any type of pain medicine since the first three weeks.
Right now, I am able to use both feet with the support of the crutches. Within a week or two, I should graduate to the use of one crutch. However, a return to work does not look possible before June 1.
THE EXTRA FAITH TRIP
We, as the children of God, live by faith each day of our lives and are grateful that God continually takes care of us in both the good and bad times. As can be expected, God is supplying our needs, and we are grateful to each one of you who have helped make it possible.
Even before circumstances arise in our lives, God knows that they will come and prepares the answers for us. We can trust His with great confidence knowing that He never short-changes us.
God continues to pour out His blessings upon us, even though we do not deserve all that He gives us. Since our last newsletter, there is little to report.
The wedding for Brandon and Haley took place as scheduled on April 13th. There is a first time for everything. It was a new experience to do a wedding with crutches.
What does one do away from work for three months, having never taken much time off? It has given me the privilege of getting much done for the Lord and His work.
Why not also take advantage and use it to visit family? Two problems arose in answering this question. One, a medical clearance must be obtained from the doctor. And two, with the limited resources, can we meet the expenses? God resolved both problems. The doctor gave permission to travel with a few restrictions. And the Lord provided a special blessing that took care of the expenses. God is always on time at the right time. And we thank Him for making this possible.
We will be visiting Bryan, Nicole, Matthew and Ella for three weeks—April 23-May 14. It will serve as our vacation this year, allowing us to use our time wisely.
God continues to use the radio ministry for His honor and glory around the world. It is impossible to get a total picture of its effectiveness and fruitfulness, but we do hear from listeners almost every week.
“Prayer is very important in this tumultuous world today. I know it is our direct line to God. I ask that you pray with me for my son David who has muscular dystrophy. It is a terrible disease and he is doing the best he can to deal with it and my wife and I are always trying to help him and make his quality of life as good as possible.”
“Your broadcast today was so powerful. I really got a lot out of your program. Thanks for the enormous effort it takes to reach people today.”
According to one research firm, religious broadcasting has grown by thirty-five per cent and is continuing to grow. Today, there is still a great interest in the Gospel; therefore, it is important to take every opportunity to make it available to the world.
The Word of the Lord never returns to Him void. Only God knows the full impact of this ministry; therefore it is important to keep asking Him to use it to reach lost souls for His kingdom and encourage believers to be faithful in their walk with the Lord.
“DO ALL YOU CAN,
BY ALL THE MEANS YOU CAN,
IN ALL THE WAYS YOU CAN,
IN ALL THE PLACES YOU CAN,
AT ALL THE TIMES YOU CAN,
TO ALL THE PEOPLE YOU CAN,
AS LONG AS EVER YOU CAN.”
God continues to be patient with this dark, evil world. How much time do we have left in reaching the world for Christ? If we had the answer to this question, it would be much easier to use our resources to reach the world with the Gospel, but we do not have that information. As a result, we must use every moment that we can to share the good news of salvation. And we know that it will be worth it in the end.
How grateful are you for your personal salvation and experience in Christ? If it is worth all that you are and have, why not share it with others each day? We all have family members, friends, coworkers and strangers that we meet each day who may not know our Savior. The Lord gives us strength in enemy territory.
God has done a great work through this ministry over the years, and this miracle has taken place because of our prayer and financial partners. We appreciate all that you have done.
The mission is not finished; therefore, we need to keep moving forward for the glory of God. It is our plan to keep reaching into this lost world and sharing the old-time Gospel, encouraging His people to be faithful to the Lord, and meeting humanitarian needs.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CHRISTIAN LOVE AND CARE!!!