A LAMP Unto Their Feet

Russ Clip Boat
Traveling up river to reach a village

Back in 2011, I had the opportunity to take a missions trip with two of my favorite missionaries – Clifford Suddeth​ & Russ Turner​ – to Panama City, Panama. This was one of the most eye opening events in my life and I can truly say that God changed my view of missions.

Missions is not just for those who have left the states to enter a different country and eat food we would never even think about putting in our mouths. Missions is a responsibility of every Christians! Period!

John Piper puts it this way,

Go, send, or disobey.

Christians should be doing everything possible to “Go” & “Send”. Notice the quote does not say that we should “Go” or “Send”. There is no OR. We must be doing both to accomplish the Great Commission.

We may not be able to “Go” to Panama City, Panama, but we can go across the street and tell our neighbors, or across the cubicle and share the love of Jesus with a coworker. We all can go!

And we all can be a part of “sending”! We can all be a part of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. The Bible says in Romans 10:14, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”

There are 4 steps in this process:

  1. People will call on Jesus to save them if they believe He can do so
  2. Belief in Christ can not exist without knowledge about Him
  3. One hears about Christ only when someone proclaims the saving message
  4. The message about Christ will not be proclaimed unless someone is sent by God to do so

We need to be part of sending people to reach into parts of the world that we would never be able to reach and tell them of the great love of Jesus Christ and His Word. We need people to take the LAMP into a dark world.

The Bible tells us in Psalm 119:105 that, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”.

God’s Word gives us teaching, correction and training. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Whether you open your Bible daily or once in a while, most of us know that God’s Word shines bright, like a lamp, to guide our steps. But what about those who have never heard? How will they be reached?

Russ & Lynn Turner

Today is one of those days that you can play a huge part in “sending”. Russ & Lynn Turner (website: Reach Latin America), are trying to reach further and further into the jungles of Panama & the Amazon. They want to reach out and bring the LAMP, the Word of God, to these villages.

They are trying to raise $12,000 to purchase a 4-Wheel drive vehicle to help them reach into these village. We are asking that you pray and see what God would have you do to be a part of this great ministry. You can donate here – LAMP PROJECT.

We all need to be going and we all need to be sending. Today, let’s help send the Turners to places that the gospel of Jesus Christ has never been before! 

What The Church Could Learn From Coke

Share-a-Coke-with-Chris-and-Emma_picIn case you have not seen Coke Cola’s new ad campaign, it is all about “sharing a coke” with someone you know.

For instance, if you know someone with the name “Jack”, then be sure to buy him a coke and share it with him. If you know a Chris or a Emma or a David or even a Bubba (if you can find one!), be sure to buy them a coke and share it with them – they will love you!

It’s amazing to me how people are flocking to stores just to find their name or to find someone else’s name on a bottle and then buy it for them to share with them – amazing!

Can you imagine what would happen if the church got a hold of this concept and “shared” Jesus with someone? (Before you get too upset at me, I want you to know that I am talking to myself as well.) We could turn this world upside down!

Share BibleThe Great Commission tells us to “GO”, or in better terminology, “as you go”. So, as you go throughout your life, share Jesus! So, as you come across a Jack, Chris, Emma or even a Bubba, “share” Jesus!

So the next time you grab a Coke bottle that says “Share a Coke with _____”, be sure to take the time and share Jesus with them as well!

There Is NO Plan B!

As Christians, and the church, we have been given our marching orders! It is our responsibility to carry out PLAN A and “GO”.

Matthew 28:18-20

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”