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Friday, December 9, 2011

The Day is Almost Spent

The words of Jesus in Matthew 9:37 are still applicable, “The laborers are few.” Sadly only a few pastors, evangelists and churches are really soul conscious. How many congregations do you know that are really on fire for evangelism and missions? The very term soulwinning is now scorned among some. Evangelistic campaigns, special evangelistic days, public invitations and most anything that smells aggressively evangelistic is labeled, by some as "optional".
Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 9:38 are for us to, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” Many times pastors bemoan the fact that so few are surrendering for full-time Christian service. May I suggest that Matthew 9:38 calls for a prayer meeting. 
It has been my privilege to share the Gospel of Christ with people all over the world. Whether people are on the other side of the world or across the street, we need to share the story of Christ with them. This is not a time for Christians to hesitate, procrastinate or politicize about getting out the Gospel. There is a divine must written over the cross. The night is coming. The day is almost spent. The harvest is great, and the fields are white unto harvest. Christ may come at any moment.
Everyone needs the Gospel. God wants everyone to hear, and He has chosen to use us (The Local Church) to take to them His message. I thank the Lord that as we go, He goes with us. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Mobilizing the Local Church

Why is this non-traditional approach to missions the most effective? This approach is vital to world missions because more than half of the world’s population is cut off from traditional missionary work. Vast areas of North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia have little or no traditional missionary work due to government restrictions. Most inhabitants of the Islamic world, the Buddhist world, and the Hindu world will never hear the gospel from Western missionaries.
"Mission boards", which limit their ministry to the sending and supporting of American missionaries thereby neglecting half of the world’s population which has historically received the least gospel. Not to mention most countries that were open are now closing their doors to missionaries and mission agencies that do not include humanitarian efforts as a platform for evangelism.

Anywhere in the world, the national believer is the best person to reach his own people. He knows the language and the culture, and the local people trust and respond to him. There are no passports or work visa problems. He blends into his surroundings, not drawing attention to himself. He can work economically. National believers can cross borders, reaching into the inaccessible neighboring countries. "But if our gospel be hid it is hid to them that are lost" 1Cor 4:3.

If Arabs are going to hear the gospel, most of them will respond if they hear it from another Arab. Therefore multiplying the national believers, who are actively serving, multiplies the impact that they can have to share the gospel with the lost.

The Chilando family's task in Zambia, Africa is to plant local churches that will provide quality biblical training to equip national believers for greater ministry and to train them to train others also. 
With our help and through your prayers and financial support, national believers will be equipped, sent out to evangelize and plant Churches (1Tim2:2).

Send all contributions to Hillcrest Baptist Church |4710 Hercules Ave| El Paso, Tx 79904

Monday, October 17, 2011

Top Seven: Where your faith will cost you the most


No one is allowed to be a Christian in North Korea. Both North Korean borders are closed, and everything going in or out is strictly checked. Executions are done in secret, and the number of people sentenced to labor camp or prison has increased from last year.


The kingdom is ruled by Sharia-law, a strict interpretation of the Koran. Those who convert from Islam can be executed, and many times family members of the accused carry out the honor killing. Public non-Muslim worship is prohibited and is punishable by imprisonment, deportation, and torture.


Iran cracked down on house churches in 2008 with fifty Christians reportedly imprisoned for their faith. At least one Christian couple died after interrogation by government officials, due to injuries and stress from the captivity. The Iranian Parliament revised their apostasy law, making converting from Islam punishable by death only. While Christianity is an officially protected religion, Christians are not allowed to witness to Muslims, and many church services are monitored by secret police.


Because of intense pressure from the Taliban movement, it is nearly impossible to have an active church in the country. Christians have no protected rights and face government persecution when their faith is publicly known. One Christian aid worker was killed because the Taliban believed she was spreading Christianity. Despite this, Christianity is spreading in Afghanistan.


Somalia has no working government, and Islamic Somali warlords rule with force. At least ten Christians were killed for their faith in 2008 and these are just known instances.


In the archipelago of the Maldives, Islam is the official state religion and all citizens must be Muslims. A unified religion is seen as an important part of maintaining the government’s power. The government does not allow importation of any religious literature, apart from a single copy for personal use. Christians live in total secrecy.


The Yemeni Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but it also declares that Islam is the state religion and that Sharia is the source of all legislation. Expatriates are allowed to practice Christianity, but any Yemeni citizen may be executed for converting from Islam. 
Source: Open Doors World Watch List 2010

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tolerance or Pluralism

Dictionary Definition of Tolerance.
1.   A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one's own.
2.   The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others.
3.   Sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own.
4.   Lack of opposition for beliefs or practices differing from one's own.
5.   The act or capacity of enduring; endurance.
6.   The act of allowing something.

Tolerance as defined by culture is a myth, and worse, it is a smokescreen to stop churches from spreading the Gospel.

In April 2009, President Obama spoke at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall. A monogram “IHS” which represents the name of Jesus and which normally perches above the stage in Gaston Hall where the President spoke, was covered over with black wood during the President’s address. University spokesman Andy Pino said, “In coordinating the logistical arrangements for the event, Georgetown honored the White House staff’s request to cover all of the Georgetown University signage and symbols.”9

Oprah Winfrey may be the most spiritually influential person in the US. One-third of those polled by beliefnet.com responded that “Winfrey has had ‘a more profound impact’ on their spiritual lives than their clergy persons,” and USA Today called Winfrey “a spiritual leader for the new millenia.”6
Winfrey has wielded her deep influence to promote Westernized New Age beliefs to her estimated 6.9 million viewers per day, but what does she think of a single way to God? As she said in one show, “there couldn’t possibly be just one way.” She is dogmatic in her lack of dogmatism. “I’m a free-thinking Christian who believes in my way,” Winfrey has said, “but I don’t believe it’s the only way, with 6 billion people on the planet.”7
And most Americans agree with Oprah. According to a 2008 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion, 70% believe “many religions can lead to eternal life.”8 Our country has shifted from a belief in religious tolerance to a belief in religious pluralism.
As the world grows more intolerant of biblical Christianity, there is more pressure on churches to compromise the Gospel. Many churches have neglected the message of salvation in favor of social causes—civil rights, environmentalism, political reform. These politically safe issues draw no criticism from the media.
But the church can never be accepted by the world without compromising the truth of God’s Word. Our message will always offend some people, even though it is preached with a spirit of love and kindness. Remember Jesus’ words, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18).
The answer to a culture which hates Christ is not to downplay Christ. We can never please the world without giving up that which makes us Christians.
As Christians, we must do our part to preach the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ around this world in these needy days!
We must also pray for our leaders and to take every opportunity to share the message of Christ and the uniqueness of His claims with each and every one of them. And finally, may we pray today for revival in our land as we seek God’s face in this needy hour.

1. Gilgoff, D. (2009, February 29). A New Tradition for Obama’s Presidential Events: Opening With a Prayer. US News & World Report. Retrieved fromwww.usnews.com.
2. The New York Times. (2008, January 2). Catholic and Muslim leaders to meet in Rome. Retrieved from nytimes.com.
3. Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. (2009, December 9). Many Americans Mix Multiple Faiths. Retrieved from www.pewforum.org.
4.Banks, A.M. (2008, July 9). Oprah’s ‘gospel,’ influence concern some Christians. USA Today. Retrieved from www.usatoday.com.
5. Chappell, P. (2010, July 06). The Tolerance Myth. Retrieved from www.ministry127.com

Friday, September 23, 2011

CH CH. What's Missing? U R!

  • Unreached and unevangelized: 90% of the people living in the 10/40 Window are unevangelized. Many have never heard the Gospel message even once. There are either no Christians or not enough of a "Christian movement" in many cultures of the 10/40 Window to carry out vibrant near-neighbor evangelism. If those groups are to be evangelized, believers will need to leave their own culture and enter another one where they will seek to plant the gospel, perhaps even learning a new language in order to communicate. Such cross-cultural evangelism is required because there are people groups with no churches that are understandable or relevant to them.
    • Good news: There's a difference between unreached and unreachable. In 1989 there were only four known Christians living in Mongolia That country now has an estimated 10,000 indigenous believers. Also, Christian television programming can now be received in many closed 10/40 Window nations.
  • Poverty: Eighty-five percent of those living in the 10/40 window are the poorest of the world's poor.
    • Good news: Christians delivered more than $1 million worth of food to just one 10/40 Window refugee camp in a recent year. In one North African country that is hostile to the Gospel, abundant rain fell after an Easter service. A local news channel reported, "Christians have brought rain to the desert."
  • 865 million unreached Muslim or Islamic followers in 3330 cultural sub-groupings
  • 550 million unreached Hindus in 1660 cultural sub-groups
  • 150 million unreached Chinese in 830 groups
  • 275 million unreached Buddhists in 900 groups
  • 2550 unreached tribal groups (which are mainly animistic) with a total population of 140 million
  • Forming a smaller -- though important -- unreached group are the 17 million Jews scattered across 134 countries.
The question is: who's responsibility is it to reach the unreached? Who's responsibility is it to keep the so called reached or evangelized from slipping back into the unreacheable? If you know Christ as your personal savior you have a responsibility. You can Pray for God to send someone. You can give so that someone can go. You can Go. 
Doing nothing is not an option. Yet many are doing just that, hiding behind the curtain of institutional-ism (Someone else/ organization will cover my lack of participation). 

Do something if you call yourself a believer.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Stunning Reality

Today over 6.7 billion people are alive on the earth. The entire population of the U.S. is only 300 million, so the world’s population is 20 times that of America. That is a staggering number of human beings. Some missionary leaders still estimate that at least half of them have never heard the Gospel, and some three-fourths of them have not had a clear presentation of the Gospel. Joel was right when he declared, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision.
Over 40 million people die annually with an estimated 39 million being unsaved. The population of Hell is ever increasing. These statistics are not just numbers, each one of them is a soul for whom Jesus Christ died.