jf multipli newOne year ago, with your help, we were preparing to launch MULTIPLi’s very first church plant in Lima, Peru. One year later, MULTIPLi is preparing to help plant at least two more churches in the coming year. 2015 will prove to be a breakout year for the multiplication of churches on two different continents. We are so thrilled for what God is doing through His spirit through MULTIPLi International and the people who support us.

La Ciudad Lima (our first church plant) has a core group of 20+ leaders and has an congregation of nearly 100. We have sewn more than $2,500 dollars into other Peruvian churches and ministries as we seek to not only create, but collaborate to strengthen God’s church in Peru and beyond. We have experienced trials and tribulations and have overcome by the grace of God.

Our vision is not for a single church, but for a church planting movement that is focused on major cities and young emerging leaders across the planet.  Will you help us transform lives through church planting and leadership development? Your gift will count for eternity! Thank you for considering MULTIPLi. We are so grateful!

MULTIPLi International exists to multiply cultures of light and life. We are based in Lima, Peru a city of nearly 10 million people. We are focused on training, equipping and releasing authentic leaders into the seven spheres of society. Our team accomplishes this through four basic strategies: church planting, conferences, communications and compassion.

Your gift empowers city-wide transformation and kingdom multiplication. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you so much for considering the MULTIPLi vision for your year-end giving. Visit multipliperu.com to make your contribution and help us transform cities for God’s glory. 

Grateful,
Josh Foliart and the MULTIPLi Team

A friend of mine posted this music video on his Facebook wall and it’s so good I couldn’t help but share it with you. I am very interested in helping the children of Afghanistan, and therefore, I naturally took the time to watch it, and was blown away once again with the beautiful nation of Afghanistan. I also love the title and lyrics to Ryan Keen’s powerful reminder that humans are more same than we are different. We are only at different times and places, but asking the same questions. I posted the lyrics for you below. Enjoy!

Fear not, what you don’t know,
Cuz in your heart you’ll find a home,
And we’re not, no we’re not just skin and bones.
Strenth found when you’re on your own,
Will manifest, and let you grow,
And we’re not, no we’re not just skin and bones.
It’s in the air that we’ll breathe tonight,
A darker place has more room for light my friend,
You can start again.
Show kindness in the harder times,

You’re not alone just read between the lines,
You’ll be on my mind

We’re not youst skin and bones,
Surrounded by the cold,
We aren’t the only ones wanting more.
So ignore the blood and gold,
There’s a fire in your soul,
We aren’t the only ones.

Strong hearts fight troubled soul,
And all the greed will turn you cold,
But there’s more, so much more than blood and gold.
It’s not fair in love and war,
I still don’t know what we’re fighting for,
But there’s more, so much more than blood and gold.

We’re not just skin and bones,
Surrounded by the cold,
We aren’t the only ones wanting more.
So ignore the blood and gold,
There’s a fire in your soul,
We aren’t the only ones.

We’re not just skin and bones,
Surrounded by the cold,
We aren’t the only ones wanting more.
So ignore the blood and gold,
There’s a fire in your soul,
We aren’t the only ones.

 

I want to thank Ryan and Selena from FierceMarriage.com for their relentless inspiration in the domain of marriage. I also want to encourage my subscribers to check out their blog and resources on a regular basis. It takes work and wisdom to build and sustain a fierce marriage, but it’s worth every ounce of energy. May the Lord bless and breathe on the covenants we have made before him.

Grateful,
Josh

 

Abraham Lincoln Quote

“Faithfully to fill the present is your only security for the future.” ~ Andrew Murray

How many days are we capable of living at once? I know it’s a rhetorical question, but for me, it’s an important one. In my world of church planting in the third world nation of Peru, I am often tempted to get the proverbial cart before the horse. It’s so tempting to allow the fear and anxiety of tomorrow to overrule the joy and peace that accompany a son or daughter of God today. I can forget that I am a son before I’m a servant. I forget a times that I am loved by the Spirit before I am led by the Spirit. Can anyone relate? If you’re like me, I often try to live entire months or even years at a time. However, God’s promise to us is peace, joy and love in the now as well as security and significance in our future. That’s really good news.

No, we can’t gain victory over tomorrow today. We are only capable of living one day at a time, and victory in life is only found one day at a time. Note that there is a stark difference between the spirits voice who says “daughter, just take it one day at a time” and the voice of the world which says, “you only live once.” As a matter of fact, YOLO is not a message that the Spirit of God speaks to anyone. As followers of the most High and resurrected King, we also will be resurrected. The Bible teaches that we will live again even after we die. This is the most foundational teaching that rages against the teaching of our enemy who whispers: “do not worry about tomorrow, because you only live once.” It is just like our enemy to whisper a little truth mixed in with a lie. True, worry should not be a part of our story, however with a very significant difference. The voice of God says: “Do not worry about tomorrow, I am stronger than any obstacle you may face tomorrow, just walk with me today.” Only living once would cause us to spend or waste our life in the present. However, the teaching that we will live again causes us to invest our life in the present. Do you see the implications?

Nevertheless, the truth is clear. In this life victory can only be gained one day at a time. C.S. Lewis says it well: “Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future. Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment ‘as to the Lord.’ It is only our daily bread that we are encouraged to ask for. The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.”

So how can we practically move towards a lifestyle that helps us live free from the worry and fear of tomorrow?

1. Work with diligence today. Not worrying about tomorrow is no excuse for being lazy today. If you do not faithfully fill the present, then you will certainly have concern to worry about the future. God does not do our part, and we can not do His. Tomorrow is His, but today is ours. Work hard!

2. Keep a journal or smartphone on hand. Not worrying about tomorrow is not the same as not thinking about tomorrow. Thoughts of tomorrow will constantly be invading your today, and it is my recommendation that you keep an agenda and a list of running items that are tomorrow’s concern. I have found that if I take a moment and write down the thoughts or questions that are concerning me about tomorrow, I am able, once again, to focus on the present. If I do not write the thoughts down, they tend to loiter in my mind and like a mighty army marching into a new land, my present becomes invaded by my future. Control your thoughts of tomorrow by writing them down.

3. Feed your ears with God’s word about tomorrow. Like I said, thinking about tomorrow and worrying about tomorrow are two completely different things. On my strengths finder test, my greatest strength was that I am futuristic. I am always thinking about the future. I believe vision is powerful and important. However, It is clear that the Bible teaches us to think about the future, without worrying about the future. As a matter of fact, the scripture teaches that “without vision, people become discouraged.”  In contrast, when we hear God’s words and promises over tomorrow, it empowers us to live fully in today. We gain confidence that tomorrow will be a glorious reality when it arrives. This truth brings loads of hope and energy into our present work. Truly, the future fuels and charges the present with great strength when we feed our ears with the words of God. The Bible says that “faith comes by hearing the word of God.” If you want more strength, joy and peace in the now, get a little food from God’s word about tomorrow.

Remember this; a faithful and focused today will give confidence over tomorrow. At the end of our current life on Earth, we will be so glad that we took the time and energy to learn how to live one day at a time. Just as single dollars make a millionaire, so single days make a life. Take it one day at a time.

So, let me ask you a question: What are you going to do today?

Josh Foliart

Lima, Peru

March 2014

 

Thanks for taking time to watch our short launch video. We are seeing God’s love make a difference in hearts and homes. We are so honored to be a part of what Jesus is doing in South America and the entire world. Our vision is simple: Light a LAMP in the heart of the worlds 16th largest city that the lost may be found. We believe that when there is light there is life. MULTIPLi carries a mandate to see churches planted all over the world. If you’re interested in being a part of our story, contact us or discover more at MULTIPLiPeru.com.

Josh Foliart

Founder of MULTIPLi

 

ThinkProgram

I love thinking. But many times, I’m challenged by God’s presence to “think again.” Why is thinking so important to God?

Almost everything that finds its way into our life is first wrapped up in our thoughts. Thinking is the most powerful activity that we do as humans. As our mind goes, so goes our life, eventually. The scripture is clear that “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” As my wife and I attempt to plant our first church in Lima, Peru we are challenged often to keep the focus of our thoughts on God’s opinion of our work and not on man’s opinion or even our own opinion. Because of the challenges we have faced, I am so thankful for the Spirit’s ministry of reminding me of the things Jesus has spoken. (John 14:26 & 16:12) We have learned that thinking again is a key that unlocks correct thinking and victorious living.

What if our thoughts and words were like seeds that we were planting into our future? I believe they are!  You become what you think about consistently. But thinking correctly, consistently is difficult to say the least. Let’s look at three reasons why we need to think again and hopefully find fresh motivation to renew our minds according to God’s word.

Reason #1: Your first thoughts are not usually your best or even your real thoughts. Many times what comes to us “naturally” or  easily is not necessarily what’s best or even what’s ours. We have been externally conditioned by marketing and experiences that may or may not be thoughts that are authentically ours. Your first thoughts will betray you. Beware and Think again.

Reason #2: For you to walk in destiny, your thoughts must align with God’s thoughts. I want to give you permission to keep thinking again until your thoughts about your identity and your destiny align with God’s thoughts. His opinion is what matters! Until that’s the case, keep thinking. Until you have taken every thought captive and made it obedient to the word of Christ, think again and again. Thoughts are powerful, but as I’ve stated above, some thoughts must be rejected and replaced by true thoughts. (Phil 4:8)

Reason #3: Thoughts are like clouds that can change shape quickly. Many times in our lives, we can have a good godly thought and before we know it a few days have passed and our thought has changed shape or may have disappeared altogether. Thoughts escape us if they are not solidified into actions. When you do have a godly thought, it’s time to put it into action. Thoughts have no power without action. When you think again consistently, over a period of time, the law of thoughts and actions says that you will not be able to stop that thought from becoming an action. When you know you’ve had a God thought. When you are convinced that the thought you are thinking is from the Pure Spirit of God, it’s time to take an action step. Then a thought takes root and begins the process of becoming something beautiful.

Thinking is so important to our future and therefore to our Father. Think about what you’re thinking about, and above all else, Think again.

Josh

 

 

In The Beginning…God?

December 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

Why do human beings love beginnings? Why do we really enjoy starting new projects, new books, new anything? I’m not exactly sure, but I am convinced that God loves beginnings and we bear His image well when we take great pleasure in beginnings.

Did you know that the most dangerous words in the Bible are “In the Beginning…?” Why? I’m glad you asked. Because what you choose to say after that powerful phrase determines everything else about your perspective and worldview. If you are brave enough to determine that “In the beginning God” then the story of seven billion earthlings and all existence is dependent upon Him and our lives must be shaped around His word; His will and His ways. However, if we say “In the beginning (and insert anything other than God) then our lives will by default wrap around us and many times only us. You’ve heard the song by Carly Simon that says, “You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you.” Well I believe that’s a good motto for mankind. We think we were created for us. We are forever confusing the beginning, and therefore the story of our existence never makes sense. We continually think we are the main character, when it many cases we are simply a small part. It seems to me that our stories can only make sense when we say with confidence, “In the beginning God.”

Many times when reading the introduction a good story you can glean most of what’s going to happen in the first few sentences. It’s no different with the Bible. In the very first few sentences of scripture, we get a full overview of the biblical story and of our own story. Let me show you in four movements from the first four sentences of the Bible;

1. The first movement is about the Creator: The Bible says “In the beginning God.” Every great story has a once upon a time moment, but that doesn’t mean the author didn’t exist before the story did. Kind of sobering to think about that all we are and all we have depend 100% on His kindness. This way of thinking quickly rules out pride because everything is a gift. He was before us. Each of us has a beginning, but we must remember that before we were, He was.

2. The second movement is about the Chaos: The Bible uses three words to describe the chaotic nature of the earth and of each of our lives. “The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.” This describes my lives so many times that I try to control my own life. I become formless, empty and dark. Chaos happens and it happens often when we take control of our own lives and try to play creator, but thank God for the third movement when we needed it most.

3. The third movement is about the Christ: The Bible says that the Spirit of God was hovering over the dark and chaotic nothingness of creation. Like an Eagle waiting to strike its prey just waiting for instructions for its Master. Then it happened, God said, “Let there be light.” Do you see here that God loves to light up and fill void and empty places. He loves to bring creation to chaos. He loves to speak light over darkness. It’s His way. It has forever been His way and will forever be His way. When you think about God, think brilliant light. Think safety. Think good. When the sun comes up it’s a reminder that God loves to light up the darkness. It’s his favorite hobby. When Jesus came to the earth, the light of heaven invaded the spiritual darkness of earth. In the cosmic battle that waged between light and darkness, one would have to give. Needless to say, the darkness failed miserably.

4. The fourth movement is about the Conclusion: The Bible says that God peered over the balcony of heaven and saw what He had done, and in that moment God saw that the light was good. In other words, he was declaring victory over the darkness and said that in the end it will be good. In fact, by the end of Chapter 1, it says He looked and said it is very good. Very good is phrase that describes the plan God has for His chaotic creatures and creation. As crazy as we can be sometimes, He is ordaining goodness into our lives. He has not and will not leave us hanging. He is good and wherever he works, goodness follows.

Creation, Chaos, Christ and Conclusion. These four movements happen in each of our lives all the time. They are what happens when heaven dances with earth. They are the rhythms of divine activity in our daily lives, and I bet if you paid attention you could see each of these movements cycling through your life like the seasons of the year.

Josh

Be Thou My Vision

October 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

 

 

 

Today I would like to share a short chapter from A.W. Tozer’s classic book: The Pursuit of God. It is one of the books that has shaped my thinking and given me great inspiration for living under the authority of Christ. I am confident that you will also be moved by the depth of this chapter. I hope you are all doing well and may the Lord continue to shine His face upon you as you journey with Him.

Josh

September 19th, 2013 – Lima, Peru

 

The Blessedness of Posessing Nothing

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 5:3

Before the Lord God made man upon the earth He first prepared for him by creating a world of useful and pleasant things for his sustenance and delight. In the Genesis account of the creation these are called simply `things.’ They were made for man’s uses, but they were meant always to be external to the man and subservient to him. In the deep heart of the man was a shrine where none but God was worthy to come. Within him was God; without, a thousand gifts which God had showered upon him.

But sin has introduced complications and has made those very gifts of God a potential source of ruin to the soul.

Our woes began when God was forced out of His central shrine and `things’ were allowed to enter. Within the human heart `things’ have taken over. Men have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is crowned there no longer, but there in the moral dusk stubborn and aggressive usurpers fight among themselves for first place on the throne.

This is not a mere metaphor, but an accurate analysis of our real spiritual trouble. There is within the human heart a tough fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always to possess. It covets `things’ with a deep and fierce passion. The pronouns `my’ and `mine’ look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant. They express the real nature of the old Adamic man better than a thousand volumes of theology could do. They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease. The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one rootlet lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.

Our Lord referred to this tyranny of things when He said to His disciples, `If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.’ (Matt. 16:24-25).

Breaking this truth into fragments for our better understanding, it would seem that there is within each of us an enemy which we tolerate at our peril. Jesus called it `life’ and `self,’ or as we would say, the self-life. Its chief characteristic is its possessiveness: the words `gain’ and `profit’ suggest this. To allow this enemy to live is in the end to lose everything. To repudiate it and give up all for Christ’s sake is to lose nothing at last, but to preserve everything unto life eternal. And possibly also a hint is given here as to the only effective way to destroy this foe: it is by the Cross: `Let him take up his cross and follow me.’

The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things. The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. They are `poor in spirit.’ They have reached an inward state paralleling the outward circumstances of the common beggar in the streets of Jerusalem; that is what the word `poor’ as Christ used it actually means. These blessed poor are no longer slaves to the tyranny of things. They have broken the yoke of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by surrendering. Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet possess all things. `Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’

Let me exhort you to take this seriously. It is not to be understood as mere Bible teaching to be stored away in the mind along with an inert mass of other doctrines. It is a marker on the road to greener pastures, a path chiseled against the steep sides of the mount of God. We dare not try to by-pass it if we would follow on in this holy pursuit. We must ascend a step at a time. If we refuse one step we bring our progress to an end.

As is frequently true, this New Testament principle of spiritual life finds its best illustration in the Old Testament. In the story of Abraham and Isaac we have a dramatic picture of the surrendered life as well as an excellent commentary on the first Beatitude.

Abraham was old when Isaac was born, old enough indeed to have been his grandfather, and the child became at once the delight and idol of his heart. From that moment when he first stooped to take the tiny form awkwardly in his arms he was an eager love slave of his son. God went out of His way to comment on the strength of this affection. And it is not hard to understand. The baby represented everything sacred to his father’s heart: the promises of God, the covenants, the hopes of the years and the long messianic dream. As he watched him grow from babyhood to young manhood the heart of the old man was knit closer and closer with the life of his son, till at last the relationship bordered upon the perilous. It was then that God stepped in to save both father and son from the consequences of an uncleansed love.

`Take now thy son,’ said God to Abraham, `thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.’ (Gen 22:2) The sacred writer spares us a close-up of the agony that night on the slopes near Beersheba when the aged man had it out with his God, but respectful imagination may view in awe the bent form and convulsive wrestling alone under the stars. Possibly not again until a Greater than Abraham wrestled in the Garden of Gethsemane did such mortal pain visit a human soul. If only the man himself might have been allowed to die. That would have been easier a thousand times, for he was old now, and to die would have been no great ordeal for one who had walked so long with God. Besides, it would have been a last sweet pleasure to let his dimming vision rest upon the figure of his stalwart son who would live to carry on the Abrahamic line and fulfill in himself the promises of God made long before in Ur of the Chaldees.

How should he slay the lad! Even if he could get the consent of his wounded and protesting heart, how could he reconcile the act with the promise, `In Isaac shall thy seed be called’? This was Abraham’s trial by fire, and he did not fail in the crucible. While the stars still shone like sharp white points above the tent where the sleeping Isaac lay, and long before the gray dawn had begun to lighten the east, the old saint had made up his mind. He would offer his son as God had directed him to do, and then trust God to raise him from the dead. This, says the writer to the Hebrews, was the solution his aching heart found sometime in the dark night, and he rose `early in the morning’ to carry out the plan. It is beautiful to see that, while he erred as to God’s method, he had correctly sensed the secret of His great heart. And the solution accords well with the New Testament Scripture, `Whosoever will lose… for my sake shall find…’

God let the suffering old man go through with it up to the point where He knew there would be no retreat, and then forbade him to lay a hand upon the boy. To the wondering patriarch He now says in effect, `It’s all right, Abraham. I never intended that you should actually slay the lad. I only wanted to remove him from the temple of your heart that I might reign unchallenged there. I wanted to correct the perversion that existed in your love. Now you may have the boy, sound and well. Take him and go back to your tent. Now I know that thou fearest God, seeing that thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from me.’

Then heaven opened and a voice was heard saying to him, `By myself I have sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.’

The old man of God lifted his head to respond to the Voice, and stood there on the mount strong and pure and grand, a man marked out by the Lord for special treatment, a friend and favorite of the Most High. Now he was a man wholly surrendered, a man utterly obedient, a man who possessed nothing. He had concentrated his all in the person of his dear son, and God had taken it from him. God could have begun out on the margin of Abraham’s life and worked inward to the center; He chose rather to cut quickly to the heart and have it over in one sharp act of separation. In dealing thus He practiced an economy of means and time. It hurt cruelly, but it was effective.

I have said that Abraham possessed nothing. Yet was not this poor man rich? Everything he had owned before was still his to enjoy: sheep, camels, herds, and goods of every sort. He had also his wife and his friends, and best of all he had his son Isaac safe by his side. He had everything, but he possessed nothing. There is the spiritual secret. There is the sweet theology of the heart which can be learned only in the school of renunciation. The books on systematic theology overlook this, but the wise will understand.

After that bitter and blessed experience I think the words `my’ and `mine’ never had again the same meaning for Abraham. The sense of possession which they connote was gone from his heart. things had been cast out forever.They had now become external to the man. His inner heart was free from them. The world said, `Abraham is rich,’ but the aged patriarch only smiled. He could not explain it to them, but he knew that he owned nothing, that his real treasures were inward and eternal.

There can be no doubt that this possessive clinging to things is one of the most harmful habits in the life. Because it is so natural it is rarely recognized for the evil that it is; but its outworkings are tragic. We are often hindered from giving up our treasures to the Lord out of fear for their safety; this is especially true when those treasures are loved relatives and friends. But we need have no such fears. Our Lord came not to destroy but to save. Everything is safe which we commit to Him, and nothing is really safe which is not so committed.

Our gifts and talents should also be turned over to Him. They should be recognized for what they are, God’s loan to us, and should never be considered in any sense our own. We have no more right to claim credit for special abilities than for blue eyes or strong muscles. `For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive?’

The Christian who is alive enough to know himself even slightly will recognize the symptoms of this possession malady, and will grieve to find them in his own heart. If the longing after God is strong enough within him he will want to do something about the matter. Now, what should he do?

First of all he should put away all defense and make no attempt to excuse himself either in his own eyes or before the Lord. Whoever defends himself will have himself for his defense, and he will have no other; but let him come defenseless before the Lord and he will have for his defender no less than God Himself. Let the inquiring Christian trample under foot every slippery trick of his deceitful heart and insist upon frank and open relations with the Lord.

Then he should remember that this is holy business. No careless or casual dealings will suffice. Let him come to God in full determination to be heard. Let him insist that God accept his all, that He take things out of his heart and Himself reign there in power. It may be he will need to become specific, to name things and people by their names one by one. If he will become drastic enough he can shorten the time of his travail from years to minutes and enter the good land long before his slower brethren who coddle their feelings and insist upon caution in their dealings with God.

Let us never forget that such a truth as this cannot be learned by rote as one would learn the facts of physical science. They must be experienced before we can really know them. We must in our hearts live through Abraham’s harsh and bitter experiences if we would know the blessedness which follows them. The ancient curse will not go out painlessly; the tough old miser within us will not lie down and die obedient to our command. He must be torn out of our heart like a plant from the soil; he must be extracted in agony and blood like a tooth from the jaw. He must be expelled from our soul by violence as Christ expelled the money changers from the temple. And we shall need to steel ourselves against his piteous begging, and to recognize it as springing out of self-pity, one of the most reprehensible sins of the human heart.

If we would indeed know God in growing intimacy we must go this way of renunciation. And if we are set upon the pursuit of God He will sooner or later bring us to this test. Abraham’s testing was, at the time, not known to him as such, yet if he had taken some course other than the one he did, the whole history of the Old Testament would have been different. God would have found His man, no doubt, but the loss to Abraham would have been tragic beyond the telling. So we will be brought one by one to the testing place, and we may never know when we are there. At that testing place there will be no dozen possible choices for us; just one and an alternative, but our whole future will be conditioned by the choice we make.

Father, I want to know Thee, but my coward heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from Thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come. Please root from my heart all Those things which I have cherished so long and which have become a very part of my living self, so that Thou mayest enter and dwell there without a rival. Then shalt Thou make the place of Thy feet glorious. Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine in it, for Thyself wilt be the light of it, and there shall be no night there. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Will you stand with us for the Nation of Honduras?

Over the next 10 days I will be traveling to Miami, FL to meet up the Missions.Me team and just under 2,000 other missionaries from all over the U.S.  (I think I’m the only one flying North to Miami) After 24 hours of training and preparation we will be heading to the Nation of Honduras for what the largest and most focused outreach in all of human history. It’s called 1Nation1Day and the idea was inspired by Isaiah 66:8 that says: “Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?” In one week we will literally speak about Jesus to millions of people.

It is an amazing honor to be a part of such an immense vision. I will be the project director for one of the eighteen states in Honduras. My state is called Yoro and there are 53 of us marching into that territory as servant ambassadors for Jesus Christ. We will be partnering with churches, schools, businesses, etc. in an attempt to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with every person in Yoro. We will be delivering shoes, medical supplies, resources for discipleship and lots of energy and love.
The fierce love of God is advancing in the earth in a way that is unprecedented. It is breathtaking to see thousand-year old prophecies come to pass right before our very eyes. Please stand with us in praying for the nation of Honduras to be brought forth as a shining lamp for all the world to see. On that day they will know that there is a Living God and His name is Jesus. Watch the video below to see the amazing doors that God has opened that took 1Nation1Day from a vision to a reality.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” Ephesians 3:20

Viva Honduras!