Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:20-22
There are now 7.3 billion people in the world and 7 billion mobile phones in use. I will get to this a bit further down. Please keep reading.
When I was a young child growing up in a Christian home and church, I always wondered how the Gospel could be proclaimed to all nations prior to Jesus’s return as Jesus declared.
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." — Jesus, Mathew 24:14
Church, Missionaries, Christian radio, and Christian television alone cannot do it. These were the only means available when I was growing up in a pre-Internet society.
Now with the Internet and mobile technology, millions of people are learning the Gospel of the Kingdom each day. Many are in nations where there is no freedom to worship God, read the Bible, or attend a church. They are receiving the Gospel through technology.
My wife, Becky, and I founded LovingGodFellowship.org (LGF) in 2005 for this cause. LGF is utilizing technology and social media to reach thousands of people per day in countries around this world with the Gospel of the Kingdom in their own language (translated into 103 languages). We are thankful for all those who partner with us, making this vital ministry possible.
Back to what I shared with you in the first sentence. In countries around the world, there are 7 billion mobile phones in use, connected to the Internet and social media. It was not like that when I was a child growing up in church, pondering how billions could be reached. I truly believe that this generation will be the generation that reaches the nations with the Gospel of the Kingdom. It is happening now through technology.
Every $1 donated enables us to reach 114 people around the world with the love of Jesus and the Gospel of the Kingdom—$25 reaches 2,850; $50 reaches 5,700; $100 reaches 11,400 people with the love of Jesus and the Gospel of the Kingdom. We operate the ministry debt free, relying solely on charitable contributions, given online or through U.S. mail, to sustain our worldwide ministry. LGF is not funded or endowed by any group or denomination.
But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love (NRSV).
"Tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for [God] to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God."
Things calmed down after that and the church had smooth sailing for a while. All over the country -- Judea, Samaria, Galilee -- the church grew. They were permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God. The Holy Spirit was with them, strengthening them. They prospered wonderfully.
“Those with whom Jesus identifies himself are regarded by society as misfits. And yet Jesus is that person who is hungry; Jesus is that woman who is confused and naked. Wouldn’t it be extraordinary if we all discovered that? The face of the world would be changed.”
I am thankful that we are one day closer to the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Media has utilized the date-setting false prophets of our day to desensitize society to the reality of the return of Christ, but that does not negate its truth. I feel the Holy Spirit compelling me, more and more, to remind people that Christ is returning as he promised, and we are to always be ready.
So many in our day, both inside and outside the walls of the church building, base what is right from wrong on what feels good, what is socially acceptable, what media and Hollywood suggests, instead of on Scripture. They are not hearing much different coming from behind the pulpits, and they are not reading the Bible on their own. Many go to church and only hear about receiving God's blessings. This bless-me-and-all-that-I-do message mimics many of the books written today by popular television preachers. Continue Reading >>
"In the last days, the Bible tells us of a horrible series of events that will take place in the lands of Israel and Syria. One of these events is the disappearance of Damascus as one of the premiere cities in the world." Read more at RaptureReady.com...
We sang together, we worshiped the Lord together, we laughed together, we cried together, we hugged each other, and we loved on one another. It was a glorious service and gave us all a taste of what it will be like around the throne of God with people represented from all nations worshiping God for all eternity (Revelation 7:9-10 ESV).
"Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars: 'I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive -- but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.'"
Beloved, Jesus promised that the end of this age would come. Jesus promised that he would return for his faithful followers. Be ready. Until he returns for us, continue to proclaim his kingdom through your words and your actions. Doing so builds endurance. Read more...
One who receives this Word, and by it salvation, receives along with it the duty of passing this Word on... Where there is no mission, there is no Church, and where there is neither Church nor mission, there is no faith. -- Emil Brunner
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