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Unidos para Siempre

 

El seminario para matrimonios por Don y Janice Fanning describe los principios bíblicos y prácticas que han sido el secreto de su relación por más de 50 años de matrimonio. El éxito en el matrimonio depende de nuestra confianza en el plan de Dios para la pareja. Si confiamos en y aprender Sus instrucciones podremos disfrutar de una vida de armonía, paz, amor y propósito.

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Being a Prayer-Partner with a Missionary

The following is a brief outline of suggested topics and themes that need to be saturated with prayer lest the evil one gain an inroad into the life of a servant:

SPIRITUAL LIFE: The key to an effective ministry is the power of the Holy Spirit guiding and filling one’s life.  The sensitive conscience to the Spirit’s urgings and conviction of outward and/or inward disobedience requires a broken spirit and submissive will.  The missionary will be tempted to not trust the Lord, cut corners financially, morally, and ethnically to accomplish his goals. When he believes his identity and reputation are tied to his goals then the temptation becomes greater. The enemy will use discouragement and discontent in his attack.

THE QUITE TIME: One’s spiritual life is maintained by abiding in the Lord and in His Word on a daily basis. Vital to this process is an unhurried prayer and Bible study time seeking to understand the application of His commands to our lives, speaking to God with transparency while listening to His Spirit’s conviction in private areas.

DISCIPLINE: In a busy life there needs to be balance and the right use of time so that there may be a healthy life, including physical, mental and spiritual aspects. Pray for consistency in spiritual disciplines and accountability with someone.

PROTECTION: The missionary does not lead a sheltered life and should not seek it. Risks vary in different parts of the world, so pray for wisdom.  In all situations and journeys the Lord can protect and for this end prayer should be lifted up to the throne.

RELATIONSHIPS: Right attitudes, actions and reactions to others are vital.  The enemy loves to destroy relationships through gossip, misunderstandings, critical and judgmental reactions. The work is done with other missionaries, and national Christians, as well as living among non-believers and interacting with leaders, shamans, and government officials. The missionary must have no favorites.  He must have the grace to discern broken relationships, to admit failures and put wrongs right.  The missionary must discern how to serve the real needs of others, while never expecting others to serve him.

THE WORK: In every missionary task there is urgency and pressure. The ideas, programs and strategies must come from time in prayer. In spiritual work, equipment, materials, transport and buildings are needed and must be maintained.  God can supply our inner and outward needs for His purpose.

PLACES AND PEOPLE: Take note of all the places and persons mentioned in communications with the missionary and lift them up before the throne. Ask God to do His convicting, breaking, and enlightening work through the Spirit in each of their lives or situations.

THE LOCAL CHURCH: The members, workers and leaders of the church have the largest part to play in most missionary work; the need to be progressing in spiritual maturity and commitment to each other.  Pray that selfishness, pride and apathy to God’s Word will be conquered demonstrating transformed lives and Spirit-gifted service to one another.

MISSIONARY FAMILIES: Parents need to be wise when priorities in the ministry and home seem to conflict.  Discerning how to be a Coach to children without alienating them, how to break their will without breaking their spirit, how to discipline without creating anger, and how to engage them in the ministry till they are excited about what God is doing in lives.

THE CHIDREN: Missionary’s children often face an abnormal life, sometimes separated from their parents. Pray that they will see the high value and adventure of an international ministry and the planting of the gospel among a new culture. Pray for their health, safety, education, vision for the ministry and relationship with their parents.

FURLOUGH: Adjustment is needed when returning to a home culture that has changed in 4 years (especially for children who may not remember much of their homeland). Pray for a place to live and schools for their children to attend (and adjust to). Pray for meetings and travel arrangements, for every aspect of their ministry to the churches and individuals in their homeland. Pray that someone along the way will be an encouragement to them and be interested to ask questions about the missionary’s life and ministry in a distant land.

A prayer partner who prays through this list, filling in the blanks with real names and situations for individual missionaries will be a true co-laborer and prayer warrior partner.  May their tribe ever increase!

Workbook Walking His Way

WalkingHisWayWorkbook_Cover-752[1]Walking His Way Workbook was written to facilitate the learning of the content of the Great Commission which tells us to teach our disciples “to obey all things that I have commanded you” (Matt 28:20). Every command in the NT is categorized and reviewed in this 8-session Seminar Workbook.

Few teachers or preachers know what these commands are and fewer believers know what they are expected to be obeying.

This book is written in a Six-Step Adult Learning Format so that learners can grasp systematically all of the commands of the NT, which Jesus taught and those He gave to Paul and the other writers either directly or through revelation.  In this format they can be studied in Small Groups, discipleship or mentoring relationships, family or personal devotions, and a resource for Bible teaching.

The eight categories are derived from Peter’s exhortation in 2 Peter 1 to “make every effort to add to your faith” excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.  If this was the description of the mature believer, then all the commands should fit in these categories, and they do.  This makes the commands easier to learn and remember… and more importantly, it facilitates how we can encourage one another and hold each other accountable for practicing the commands.

  • Pages: 107
  • ISBN: 2010000440612
  • Binding: Perfect
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Titus

Titus_Cover-619[1]Paul had just been released from his first imprisonment but seemed to know he was a marked man. He had to make every moment count before the authorities caught up with him again. Titus was his longtime partner in the ministry to the Gentile churches and now is given an assignment to lead the churches throughout the island of Crete.

With a constant barrage of false teachers seeking to distort the gospel and purpose of the local churches, Paul gives Titus timeless practical instructions on how to manage the churches to reach their designed purpose and impact on society.

  • Chapter 1 lays out the key indicators of godly leaders and false teachers.
  • Chapter 2 outlines the strategies for creating a legacy of the faith through different generations.
  • Chapter 3 challenges the church to maximize their mpact in a lost world

This book is written in an interactive style with many reflective questions for discussions in small groups and additional cross references to enrich the understanding of the topics.

  • Pages: 93
  • ISBN: 2010000468524
  • Binding: Perfect
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Reflections on Furlough

Typically a missionary will serve a 4-year term overseas, then return for one year to
visit his churches to share what God has done through their joint service and create
a continual enthusiasm for world missions. Mark and Rachel Steffen, New Tribes
Missionary from Philippines describe their experience on one of their furloughs.

Sing a song of the furloughing missionary
Home from jungles far;
They’ve dressed him and they’ve dined him, and
Supplied him with a car.

They invite him to their potlucks,
They feed him in their homes;
You’d hardly recognize that man
Who came home skin and bones.

He’s shown his slides a hundred times,
He’s spoken and he’s sung;
He’s quoted John 3 verse 16
In that funny, native tongue.

He came home so excited,
With a burden on his heart
To share with friends and churches;
He could hardly wait to start.

He was sure the things he had to say
Of needs in tribes abroad
Would bring scores of Christians to their feet,
Eager to serve their God.

As he told of darkened hearts grown light,
Of new, changed lives and minds,
He knew they’d cry, “I want to go,
So ALL this peace can find!”

“How can I help?” he’d hear them say;
“I want to get involved!”
He knew they’d want to pray by name
For the brown friends he now loved.

Instead they asked, “How about the bugs?”
“How hot does it get there?”
“Oh, you’re so brave, I could never go,
Snakes give e such a scare!”

“I flunked by high school Spanish course,”
“I simply can’t stand rice!”
“Thank you for coming, Mr. Uhh…
Your talk was very nice.”

His shoulders sag as he leaves the church,
His disappointment hard to bear;
Why haven’t Christians sensed the need
He’s tried so hard to share?

He glances up and sees the Moon,
Then tears well in his eyes
At the thought that only hours before
That Moon shone in tribal skies.

His friends in the village had seen that Moon,
Brown brothers in Christ so dear,
But the Moon shone as well on hundreds of tribes
Who yet live and die in fear.

He can never reach them all alone,
And they need help – right now.
In pain, he cries out to his Lord
“Dear God, why won’t they go?”

“I’ve tried my best, Lord, but you know
There’s much more to be done;
It’s up to You, to complete as promised
The work You have begun.

“I guess I need to remember here
What you showed me over there;
The battle’s Your, the victory, too,
Thank, Lord, I know You care.”