In the year 1775, on the North American continent, the Minute Man was the title of the colonial militia men. It meant they were ready at a minutes notice to respond. They fought with irregular warfare, which is a pretty handy approach, even for today. Are you prepared to be a minute man for today?
The Biblical Minute Man is perhaps 2 Timothy 4:1-2, “I charge thee therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” This reads like the administering of an oath of service. The Biblical Minute Man is called to “preach the word”. Preaching at a minute’s notice is how I would want to view this. I so much enjoyed shooting a black powder rifle. Put your measure of powder in the barrel, set the patch and ball on the muzzle, and use the stick to ram it deep in the barrel. Find your target and boom! Out comes lots of smoke with the lead. Although the preaching is certainly not comparable to blowing smoke, it is just like firing a canon. We park the truck, connect the sound system, flip the switch to “on” on the microphone, and let go with the leading of the Holy Spirit, blasting out with the preaching of the gospel message. I preach that Jesus is coming, the anti-christ is coming too, but oh! Hallelujah! Jesus is coming. We need more Biblical Minute Men.
This is a passage of the Bible that describes well what mission work is like in our region of the world. The man made a great supper and evidently verse seventeen indicates the invited guests new about the event in advance. When the host’s servants went out to announce “Come; for all things are now ready”, the excuses that people were making were not coming from inconvenience of short notice, rather from pure and blatant disrespect. The invited guests lied by making silly excuses, and this is why the master of the house was so angry (verse 21). So the servants were sent out to the obscure places to bring in the poor and outcast people (verse 21). This precisely describes the majority of the work as a missionary. I have bid so many to “Come”. However, of those that have said, I will come, very few have come to meetings. Of those that come to meetings, none of those have continued with us. These would be people that even made a quote ‘profession of faith’. They all come up with excuses, which, the majority of the time, are lies. This is the tough part of mission work. Jesus told us that the world hated Him, and that the world would hate us too (Mat.10:22, Jn.15:18). I have to keep reminding myself that I am the servant doing the Lord’s work.
The LORD has opened a door for a new location of ministry even during these wicked times. Here is a photo of one of our recent services using costumes during the preaching. In today’s ministry it is so important be on task and in touch with the Spirit of Truth. There are things that we need to avoid and hide ourselves from, such as everything that God hates, or labels as sin, or calls abominable. In Revelation 9:21 and 18:23 we see the sin of “sorceries”. The root word in Greek is the word for pharmacy. The weapon to avoid and hide from is in the needle. We’re calling people to Jesus and warning them to hide themselves from this present evil age. Many are still going on and suffering for it. Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
The previous post on March 15 was posted on the day that the government of Honduras suspended constitutional rights and put everyone in lockdown as they followed the mantra and misguidings of the WHO. Next week on June 8 the government is begining to allow limited re-opening of the economy. Was all this warranted and do the measures accomplish any good? The answer is no. If you have the Holy Spirit and reasoning skills you can see this. Everyone without exception has to deal with this change and, as I referred to Job going through a trial in the 3/15/2020 post, we too should understand what is taking place from the light of Scripture. Judgement of the world is on the immediate horizon prior to the return of Christ. Spiritual forces of wickedness are at work in the high places in the air and on the earth. God wants us to be armoured up (Eph.6:10-18) and engaged in the spiritual battle (2Cor.10:3-6) so that we can win souls up to the end and clear the way for Jesus Christ, the righteous judge, to deal with the devil and the children of disobedience. In our ministry we have a clear goal from the Lord. Our prayer is for the resources to accomplish his work.
Job had a right perspective in looking for the LORD to do something in him (Job) when he reached the other side of the trial. Job said in verse 10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” The good result would come because of Job’s faithfulness to God’s word. Good would not result from simply passing through the problems. Job was looking to the LORD constantly before, during, and after the trials. Job’s expectation to come forth as gold is raised to a higher value by the Apostle Peter in 1Peter 1:7 saying, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” In Job’s case, we can see what was going on behind the scenes that he could not. It is written for our benefit. We’re holding to God’s word and looking for the appearing of Jesus Christ while enduring our trials for the perfecting of our faith. I have seen the LORD’s hand directing us to go to prayer over some things and now the LORD has answered and brought us to a new location to continue the ministry of church planting. It has been tough and full of trials, but we are looking for Jesus. Honor and glory to the Lord Jesus. May we see many souls saved.
The calling of the missionary is to do the ministry of reconciliation, which is first walking in the life of faith and second proclaiming the message to every one to receive new life by faith [in Jesus Christ]. If anyone has the idea that this is a simple task they are mistaken. As a born again follower and minister of Jesus Christ I face tremendous opposition to which I fight through the “Spirit” of God (Gal.5:16). We want our Honduran brothers and sisters to be established in the true faith. Galatians 5:1 says to “stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.” No mistaking that this chapter calls out the very activities which everyone is in some degree involved in while living apart from Jesus Christ: known here as being in the “flesh” (Gal.5:19-21). Friends we MUST see things from God’s perspective. You’ve heard the saying, “You must learn to walk before you can run.” The Christian life is realistically the opposite. When conviction of sin before a Holy God comes, FRIENDS, RUN FROM SIN! RUN TO JESUS! OBEY THE SPIRIT! Let nothing get in your way! Before you can “stand fast” you need to run to Jesus. The apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians in chapter 5, verse 7, “ye did run well”, which shows us there is some running going on. After the running there is the walking (Gal.5:16,25). I think it could be said that when you’re walking in the Spirit, you’re also standing fast in the liberty of Christ. Unfortunately I encounter many people who say they are Christians, but they practice without hesitation the “works of the flesh”. It ought not be so.
The title of this post comes from 1 Timothy 3:15. I am so glad that the Bible is so clear about how the believers are to conduct themselves. As a missionary I pray for the Holy Spirit to bring conviction and godly sorrow to people when the gospel is preached. We long to see the fruit of righteousness being brought forth in people. Many don’t want to listen and turn to the Lord Jesus. Many don’t want to leave their sin behind. You know that after preaching to large crowd the truth about “repentance from dead works, and faith toward God” (Hebrews 6:1), only a few may come back the next week. Oh but how sweet the fellowship will be in that smaller group.
Without a doubt 1st Corinithians 15 is a very powerful chapter of the Bible, and describes exactly what we do here in Honduras as missionaries, and me as a preacher. Every day we preach the gospel that we ourselves have received (1Cor.15:1-3). We don’t do it in our own power, but in the power and grace that God has given through Jesus (1Cor.15:10). Every day we have a new commitment to preach Jesus, because he is worthy. Luke 9:23, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
When a Honduran couple wants to get married it’s going to be costly. The only recognized marriage is through the government. In Honduras, the couple has to go to the local municipality office with birth certificates from their place of birth. Some have to travel by bus a couple of days to obtain the birth certificate. Once they have their documents and go to the local municipality the couple will come away legally married regardless of whether the couple has a church wedding or not. This is the only recognized wedding ceremony. It will cost the couple $335.00. That might not sound like a lot of money, but let me put this into perspective. The Honduran mimumum wage is about $2.00/Hour. That means the cost equates to an entire month’s salary. Remember, if they have to travel somewhere to get their birth certificate, the cost goes way up. To make matters worse, most workers don’t even earn the full minimum wage. As I thought about this and considered what to think about it, I realized that the Bible verses in Romans 13:1-2 is applicable saying, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” My perspective is that marriage for the underemployed is achievable, but requires a lot of resources.
The Honduran government has finished processing our request for formation of ministry. We praise the Lord for it. Alcanza Honduras Para Cristo exists for the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the planting of churches.