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Mission Miracle Mouth

Ian is one of the more amazing people I’ve met. The people who knew him publicly, when they were with him privately it was a shock. He had been the leader of Youth for Christ’s highly effective ministry in New Zealand. As you would converse with him, you would quickly learn that Ian had a stutter – which sometimes made it difficult just for him to get through a sentence. It was noticeable, but it wasn’t important. I mean, Ian was a godly, magnetic person. But when you saw him in action before a crowd – as I did at a national youth convention with 3,000 teenagers – get ready for a shock. I mean, I felt bad, wonder-ing how he was going to communicate effectively to all these teenagers with a stutter like that. To my amazement, I discovered there suddenly was no stutter. His speech was perfect! He emceed, he preached flawlessly. That’s what was so amazing about Ian – something happened to him when he had to speak well. And to you.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Miracle Mouth.”

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Luke 21 beginning in verse 12. Jesus is telling His disciples what to expect when they come under official persecution – a situation where their lives may depend on what they say. Here’s what He said, “They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and gover-nors, and all on account of My Name.”

“This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” Now, while this applies directly to official persecution, I think it can be broadly applied to any believer in a pressure situation, especially where Jesus wants that situation to result in you “being witnesses to them.” Jesus says, “I will give you words and wisdom.” When Moses said, “I can’t possibly speak for you, Lord. I can’t speak. I have a stutter.” God said, “I will be with you and I will put the words in your mouth.” And God said to these people what you say is going to be irresistible!

When my friend, Ian, had to communicate, he seemed to be outside of himself, carried beyond his limitations. In a sense, that has been the consistent experience of believers throughout all the centuries – a Divine takeover when it’s time to speak for Jesus. Maybe you’ve experienced that.

You could be in a situation – or about to be in a situation – where you’re going to have a chance to represent Christ. You say, “I don’t think I can do it. I don’t know what to say. It’s easy for those good talkers – like those radio guys – but I can’t talk like that.” You’re right – you can’t. But He can. You may wonder how you will ever share Christ with some person you care a lot about – or someone who is just spiritually intimidating.

What God promises to do is to take you outside yourself, beyond your limitations. He will write the script and, like an actor, you’ll be delivering His words. Oh, how many times I’ve experienced that! You may be in or approaching a pressure situation where you feel totally inadequate to say what needs to be said. Jesus said, “Make up your mind not to worry” about it. God wants to display His power by giving you words and wisdom that you don’t even know you have. And you and they are going to know it was God and not you.

My friend, Ian, saw it happen again and again, and so will you. That miracle at the moment you begin to speak for Jesus.

Some words from the man Saint Patrick,thanks to Cal Thomas:

“God, my God, omnipotent King, I humbly adore thee. Thou art King of kings, Lord of lords. Thou art the Judge of every age. Thou art the Redeemer of souls. Thou art the Liberator of those who believe. Thou art the Hope of those who toil. Thou art the Comforter of those in sorrow. Thou art the Way to those who wander. Thou art Master to the nations. Thou art the Creator of all creatures. Thou art the Lover of all good.”

( Read the rest of this Cal Thomas  commentary or listen to the audio of it. ) 

Saint Patrick, and being a saint (a thought on the Bible )

Listen to the commentary, or read it below.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. I hope you are having a great one. 

       Did you know the real Saint Patrick did not drive the snakes out of Ireland. Fact Patrick was a missionary, who was transformed by God.

   I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

          Yes, Patrick did amazing things for God. Did you know to be a saint you don’t have to do anything special, or does a priest have to declare you a saint. There is only one who can make you a saint ,and that is the Lord Jesus himself. John 1:12 reads. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

     You and I become a child of God not by doing good works. It is not based on what we do, or don’t do.The Bible teaches we get a relationship with God, by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. 

    So the meat of the matter is a saint, or child of God is somebody..

Who has realized their own sinfulness before a Holy God.

They are willing to turn away from sin, and change their mind about sin. That is called repentance. 

They know they can not become a Saint through good works, but they need to receive Jesus as their Savior, and Lord.  

So you can become a saint, like Saint Patrick though you may not have a day named after you. You will have the only thing you truly need, which is a relationship with God. That is a thought on the Bible. 

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 

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InterVarsity: where once was crisis, is new growth

USA (MNN) — About 20 years ago, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship was facing a crisis. The ministry was having a hard time reaching out to students with the Gospel. In fact, in one year the ministry only saw eight college students come to Christ within the whole San Diego area.

From Crisis to Growth:
Now, decades later, InterVarsity has seen some incredible growth.

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It is hard being a child who is a follower of Jesus in Turkey

Read the story and pray for these kids. 

Honoring a witness for the Word

The story is here.

Papers please ( Now Russia too not just nations which run by followers of Islam ) 

We all know about the dire circumstances faced by Christians in the Islamic world. Even the White House has finally called what’s happening to Christians in Iraq and Syria “genocide.”
But there’s another place where religious freedom is under assault: Russia.
This is a surprise to some. After all, post-Soviet Russia takes pride in its Christian heritage. Its president, Vladimir Putin, has positioned himself as a champion of Russian Orthodoxy. His stance on traditional marriage and opposition to homosexual activists has won him praise and admiration from many conservative Christians.
But just ask Donald Ossewaarde if he thinks that Putin and Putin’s Russia are champions of religious freedom. Ossewaarde, a Baptist missionary from the United States, was one of the first people to run afoul of the recently passed “Yarovaya Law.”
The Yarovaya Law, which purports to be a counter-terrorism and public safety measure, prohibits “religious gatherings in unregistered places,” restricts promoting religion on the internet, and makes it easier for Russian officials to deny entry into and departure from the country.
And since the Yarovaya Law places severe restrictions on evangelization (or “proselytizing” as the Russian government sees it), it’s not hard to see how a Baptist missionary might get into trouble.
The law defines “missionary work” as “the activity of a religious association, aimed at disseminating information about its beliefs among people who are not participants (members, followers) in that religious association, with the purpose of involving these people as participants (members, followers).”

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Josh Dotzler and Abide: Transforming the community by bringing neighbors together

Creighton University alumnus and former Bluejay basketball standout Josh Dotzler, his wife, Jen, and their three children are at home in north Omaha, where Dotzler is the executive pastor for Bridge Church and CEO of Abide, an inner-city nonprofit founded by his parents, Ron and Twany Dotzler.
Josh was 2 years old in 1989 when his family sold their suburban Omaha home and took up what they thought was “temporary” residence in a former Immanuel Hospital boiler facility in north Omaha. At the time, Ron, a chemical engineer, and Twany were looking into missionary work overseas. But it turned out that north Omaha is where the Dotzlers found their calling.
“Many people have questioned and wondered why my parents would move our family to an area like north Omaha and work with a forgotten community,” said Dotzler, who graduated from Creighton in 2009 with a degree in public relations. “The simple explanation is they have lived out what they’ve communicated: The most dangerous place to live is outside the center of God’s will.”

( Read the rest of the above story here. )

Is it “safe” to serve overseas today?

We were stunned by the recent terrorist attack at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. It was in this very airport that our journey to Italy began two years ago (see photo above). We spent four hours in the international terminal watching people of all cultures, eating lunch, and buying duty free Toblerone bars for our kids. The halls were packed with travelers from all over the world. No doubt, on the day of the attack it was a similar scene.
There have been many amazing survivor stories, but one struck very close to home for us. One man told the story of leaving his wife to get a coffee while he went upstairs for a slice of pizza. As he heard gunfire, he ran back down to find his wife and came face-to-face with one of the attackers; both he and his injured wife survived. On our travel day, we had been in these exact locations, eating the exact same foods, but by God’s grace we had a very different experience than this couple.
In light of this, and other recent attacks in Europe, many people have asked us, “So, how do you feel about going to Italy now?”
Well, you can probably guess how we feel. But what’s important is what we do.
How must Jesus have felt as He began His own three-year journey? He packed what little possessions He had and said goodbye to His family. He joined up with men He had only just met and He went into strangers’ homes (most of them people that society deemed unworthy). He had the enemy whispering in corners and plotting His death as they watched His every move. But a desire for safety did not govern Jesus’ steps — the voice of God did. He had no fear and perfect peace.

( Billy’s thoughts share this article with mission leaders at your church. Read the rest of this story here.)

Paul a Godly role model for us to follow 

( Below is part of what I wrote in a newsletter I sent out last week. I hope it will bless you. )

 Today in our world we have too few Godly role models. I think a good example of someone we should look up is the Paul the Apostle. To find out about this Godly man let’s look at Romans chapter 1.

1 Paul, a servant[a] of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David[b] according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Longing to Go to Rome

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10 always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers,[c] that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians,[d] both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,[e] as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”[f]

What do we see about Paul that we should embrace in our own lives.

First off he was a servant of Christ. He put Jesus first. He was submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

     Second he was called. We are first called to God. That is to embrace Jesus as Savior and Lord. Then after we become followers of Christ. Some are called to be Pastors, missionaries, teachers, reporters. Still others are called to be wives, and mothers. God has given each of us gifts that he wants to use to bring glory to a Kingdom not of this world.

       Paul believed in praying for others, verse 9. The church today has forgotten about the power of prayer. We have the attitude when things are going bad all we can do is pray. All we can do is pray. Prayer is the most powerful we can do. God moves when his people pray. Think about it God raised his son from the dead so he can do anything that is according to his will. 

Last of all but not least Paul was not ashamed of the good news. 

He truly wanted all souls to embrace the Lord Jesus.
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