God Isn’t a Socialist…Sorry About That

Kingdom Economics- Part 1

God Isn’t a Socialist… Sorry About That.

Proverbs 11: 24-27

24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
26 The people curse him who holds back grain,
but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.

If God were an economist, which discipline would he most closely align with? Socialism? Fascism? Capitalism? Or some mix of these? Would he appreciate Bernie Sanders economic goals? Would He “feel the Bern”?

I’m not sure if you’ve ever wondered that, I know I have… but, perhaps I’m a nerd 🙂

I do not think that there is a FAITHFUL and honest Biblical Scholar who would disagree that the Biblical economy is most closely aligned with Capitalism, given the modern economic conditions. However, it is important to note that the Biblical economy was probably unlike Capitalism in many ways in that it was an agrarian society, where farming and the family economy was more central than industry and trade. In that setting, the “Traditional” Economy is more fitting, where the family was central as a “company” of sorts. Beliefs, theology, tradition, and customs play a core part in the overall economy. Not so much with Capitalism.

But, given the modern world, Capitalism is the nearest to the Biblical model.

To some, that is offensive.

They picture Jesus as a socialist, as someone who believed that the government should never allow a person to go hungry, or suffer without healthcare, or live without shelter. After all, He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and cared for those in need.

But, let me ask you, when did Jesus ever ask the government to do any of these things? At what point did he preach about the government’s role in caring for our neighbors? What part of the Sermon on the Mount did he proclaim a doctrine of high taxes, forced labor, governmental controlled welfare, and our submission to such a system?

That’s right… never.

Jesus wasn’t a socialist. Glad we could get that out-of-the-way.

What did Jesus do to care for those in need?

You guessed it… HE took care of it. He didn’t wait for a non-profit, a politician, or another good-willed citizen to take action. He did something about it, Himself. And, perhaps that is the problem with us…. We don’t know how to be generous… We don’t know what it is to INVEST in people and in the economy.

In general, the trend I see in our society is a rapid increase in takers, and a dramatic decline in investors. People in our society love benefits. They love “free stuff”. They want things for cheap. That is why sites that offer promotional discounts, coupons and highly discounted items are mammoths. People want to “take” something for less than the seller deserves. I am guilty of that myself! We love to “take”, but we are repulsed at the idea of investing in anything.

That’s a problem.

Tomorrow we will discuss the principles of the Biblical Economy, but first we’ve got to understand the “type” of economy that it is.

  1. It is not built upon or around kings, princes, or politicians.

No third-party entity is heavily involved in policing it. While there are examples of Biblical passages that teach a King’s role in delivering and ensuring a just society, it is a stretch to say that the Bible teaches that a King or government should regulate and control an economy aside from his personal economy.

  1. The family and the Church is a vital “player” in the economy.

With the family being the supply of goods, the Church and her teachings guiding economical morality and ethics, in addition to the Church being the heartbeat of the overall community/society.

  1. It is an economy of choice, not of control.

You get to choose what to do with your assets, your skills, and your opportunities… and you reap the consequences for those decisions. No person makes those decisions for you. No one is forcing you to choose a “path”, or to give up portions of your assets to a pool or resources to be distributed to the people.

  1. It is a “market” driven economy

Where prices and values are driven by workmanship, demand, honesty, quality, and generosity. The market determines the allocation of resources, wealth, and opportunity. And, your skills, character, and Godliness is what enables you to capitalize on the allocation of that wealth.

  1. Welfare is a function of the market and personal choice.

No entity should control the distribution of goods and care to the poor and destitute aside from the Church. Rather, the market and individuals make determinations and decisions to provide and protect those in need.

We wonder why our economy is struggling. Could it be possible that it is due to our increasing faithlessness to the above Biblical Economy? I believe so.

Now, quickly, I’d like to say that the “driving” emotions and desires behind socialism are often genuine and important. There are certainly great injustices that are present in our society that need to be addressed, but those injustices are caused at the personal and individual level, therefore they should be corrected at that level.

People must care for the poor, not the government. People must choose who warrants welfare, not a politician detached from the normal lives of everyday citizens. People must love God enough to care for their neighbors, to not show partiality, and to not discriminate in a way that is ungodly.

Suddenly, we alleviate the civic issues in our society. We eliminate the need to drug test welfare recipients, because their neighbors make the decision as to if they merit assistance. Suddenly, the market takes care of these ridiculous economic boycotts, civil suits, and the vile trend of politicians who manipulate the economy via their controls to serve their activist agenda.

The mess we are in is not going to be fixed at the governmental level, rather it will be further weakened, and so will the people.

Caleb

Pride!

Pride!  That’s a big word.  It is a big word because pride is what is at the core of our sins and struggles sometimes.  The first instance that pride came into this world was when Lucifer (Satan) chose that he wanted to be God.  Lucifer was perfect and blameless, he would spend time in God’s presence. But, this beautiful angel had the ability to think, feel, and choose what to do. The following writings from the prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah are a description of Lucifer’s fall due to his pride.

Ezekiel 28:17 – Your heart was proud because of your beauty, you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.

Lucifer allowed what he thought about himself and the position he was in blur his vision of what was his main purpose.  We might say he got too big for his britches! Where he was he was to bring glory and honor to God he ended up wanting all the glory for himself.  Look at these words from Isaiah.

Isaiah 14:12-14 – 12How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! 13You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven, above the stars of God, I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.

You see how many times “I Will” was mentioned in those verses.  That is where we start going off course.  When it begins to start being all about you.  We see this played out in life so many times in the areas of sports, politics and unfortunately in ministry.  What happens is that people start, as we say, reading their own paper clippings.  All these accolades start building up in their mind and they start thinking that maybe I am all that.  Then what happens.  Pride!  Proverbs 16:18 states the following.

Proverbs 16:18 – 18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

This can creep into all aspects of our life.  Pride can find its way into our talents that are on display at Church while we lead in worship by either playing an instrument or singing or both.  Our worship then becomes more of the thought of putting ourselves on display rather than leading others to the throne of the Lord through song.

We can be a great orator and rely on our own ability of speaking that seeking the power of God to guide every word that comes from our mouth. We can become proud of our talents, capabilities, looks, wealth and all those things can lead us to an area that we can be ungrateful and uncompassionate.  But mostly it can bring us to a point that we forget God.  We forget all we have comes from God.  We are blessed with life, intelligence, many wonderful talents that are to be put on display for the glory of God.  In our pride we can pervert that purpose that we were created for.

Colossians 3:17 says – And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

That is a good verse to focus on.  Think about it.  In every thought and every action we do it is with the focus on Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately pride will be the very thing that will send so many people to hell.  Again people will say I am too intelligent to believe that.  Their life is too good according to them and why do they need God.  Some are us just too prideful to admit they are a sinner and need salvation.  I could go on a long time about that.

God hates pride and I pray that we will search our lives today and ask God to show us if there is any in our lives so we can get rid of it.

Proverbs 16:5 – 5 Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.

Dale

Are You Anxious?

Without question the following verses are some of my most favorite in all of Scripture.

Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Why are those verses some of my most favorite? Because I struggle with worrying more than I care to admit. How about you? Sometimes I feel like my mind bounces anxiety around in my brain like a pinball in a pinball machine. Is this what God intends for our lives. Do we all just need to be placed on anxiety medicine and call it a day? I don’t think so! After all, what did people do in Bible times? There was no such medicine back then! What did people do in the 1700 and 1800’s?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying there isn’t a place for medicine in our lives when it comes to worry and fear. The brain is a mass of tissue floating in a sea of chemicals and sometimes those chemicals get out of balance and medicine can certainly help. However, I believe there is another medicine at our disposal. The Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that a cheerful heart does good like a medicine.

Proverbs 15:12-14

12 A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise. 13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed. 14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

Could it be that our hearts aren’t glad and that’s why we are anxious? Could it be that we aren’t being thankful and that’s why the peace of God doesn’t come? Philippians 4:6 tells us not to be anxious and to offer our requests to God WITH THANKSGIVING. Is that our problem? Maybe we’re just not being thankful for what we have?

Could it be that we’re not looking to the Lord for our satisfaction and joy. As hard as it is to admit, could it be that we might be looking more to the world for our satisfaction and joy? Could it be that we are looking to material possessions or relationships more than to God?

It’s so easy to bounce from one thing to the next, isn’t it? We think, “If I can just get this, or have that, or do this, or go there…THEN I’d be happy.” No we won’t! We were created in the image of God and as image-bearers of God, we can only find true satisfaction in Him! We need to see the progression of what Paul is teaching us here in Philippians 4. There is a process to get to the peace we all desire. Watch this…

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

See it? We’ve got to pray about what’s causing us to be anxious, but we must do so WITH THANKSGIVING. You say, “No way! I don’t feel like being thankful! I’m anxious!” I get that! But, peace won’t come until we are thankful. We can’t break the chain here. If we do, we’ll continue the vicious cycle of bouncing along from one anxiety to the next. You see, after we pray and offer our requests to the Lord WITH thanksgiving…see what happens next…

 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

See those words: “…will guard your…minds…” The peace of God WILL guard your mind.

Friend, there IS help through prayer and the Word of God. But, perhaps here’s the real issue. Could it be that we have our eyes on ourselves and we’re wearing little party hats with little rubber bands around our chins? Can you see those little cone-shaped, party hats on our heads? You know what those hats say on the front of them? No…they don’t say, “Welcome to my Birthday Party!” No! They say, “Welcome to My Pity Party.”

And that’s precisely why our hearts aren’t cheerful and that’s precisely one of the main reasons why many aren’t seeing the peace of God come into their lives. We are simply wallowing in our self-pity and we are constantly inviting people to our pity party. We just continually think about ourselves and our problems, worries and yes…we even worry about the fact that we are worrying about our anxiety and Satan heaps condemnation upon us. He says, “Look at you! You Christian! You are a pathetic sight!” And we believe his lies! We must STOP!! If you know Jesus, then you are a child of God! You are royalty! Don’t listen to the lies! Listen to the truth of God’s Word.

I pray that we’ll be thankful today and rejoice in the Lord. I pray we’ll listen and dwell on Christ-like things. As we do, the peace will come and guard our hearts and MINDS in Christ Jesus! Praise His Name!

Kevin

Is Your Life Full of Order or Full of Chaos?

How accurate is God? See what you think:

-the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days;
-those of the canary in 14 days;
-those of the barnyard hen in 21 days;
-The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days;
-those of the mallard in 35 days;
-The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42  days.
(Notice,  they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week. Just thought I’d throw that in there.)

How about a few more amazing things of God. How about an elephant? The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs… For this reason He gave it four fulcrum so that it can rise from the ground easily. Accident? Evolution? No!! That’s God!

Think about this: the horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first. A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first. How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation! God’s wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well the following:

-Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.
-Each orange has an even number of segments inside.
-Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.
-Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.
-Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.

All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks, and the Lord specified thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundred fold – all even numbers. God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day, so that Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed!

Accident? Evolution? No!! It’s God!

1 “Man who is born of a woman
    is few of days and full of trouble.
He comes out like a flower and withers;
    he flees like a shadow and continues not.
And do you open your eyes on such a one
    and bring me into judgment with you?
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
    There is not one.
Since his days are determined,
    and the number of his months is with you,
    and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass. Job 14:1-5

Friend, the lives of each one of us is ordered by the Lord. Do you understand that? There are no accidents with Him. He is Sovereign and in control of all things…including what you are going through right now. If we will allow God to have total control, He can order our lives perfectly. If we try to do it on our own…well…I promise you…we’ll make a mess.

Does your life need some ordering? Precision? Ordered rows? Ask the Lord to help you today. Ask Him to bring order in your life. Ask Him to order your steps today to the beat of His drum. Look to Him for wisdom and for strength and for order and for peace. He’ll provide it…as sure as there are an even number of stripes on a watermelon rind. 🙂

Kevin

Don’t Use Your Beauty To Turn Heads Towards You

Proverbs 11: 23

22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman without discretion.

What gives gold value? Is it the mineral and chemical composition of the gold itself that bestows value?

Hardly so…. Gold cannot drive a car, work a job, or show affection. It cannot write a lecture, it cannot solve complex problems, and it certainly cannot sing, or speak or shout about God.

Gold is not valuable merely due to its composition. It is valuable because of the environment in which it is displayed, it is valuable because of its function in society, it is valuable because of its scarcity… and it is valuable because of how people perceive it.

Take the purest gold ring, with diamonds plated throughout, and place it upon the hand of your wife, and it is of incredible value and beauty. Yet, take that same ring and put it upon the snout of a pig. Does it serve any glorified purpose there? Does it carry great value in the snout of a pig? What beauty is to behold of gold in the nose of swine? So it is with a woman’s beauty, or of a man.

By now, you know where this is headed. Modesty. There are many who will not like this devotion, or who will reject it as radical, backwards, or unimportant. You’ll say-

who are you to tell me how I, or my daughters, should dress?”

And, I understand.

Rules and teachings upon modesty will serve no purpose or value to you unless Jesus is your treasure. Deep things have to happen in the heart of a woman, or even a man, before we begin to think about lifestyle decisions that honor God. First, God has to change our hearts, and soften them, to the point where it is not our life, or our appearance that matters most.

So, I’m not going to talk about rules this morning. I’m not going to share specifics of what this “discretion” in a woman should look like. I’m not going to talk about skirt length, strap width, bikinis, or how tight is “too tight”.

And for men, I’m not going to specifically address how you might dress in ways that exalt your physique and appearance more than the God that you serve…But modesty isn’t just a principle for women. Any way in which you exalt yourself can be immodest.

God has to do that work in your life. What I want to touch upon this morning is the work that must begin in your life before any practice of modesty is of any value to you.

That work is the spiritual work that takes place in the heart of a man or woman who causes them to value Jesus more than themselves, their appearance, their sex appeal, or their ego. Modesty is more than dressing appropriately… It’s a lifestyle, and a decision you make daily in every area of your life, to make much of Jesus and little of yourself.

I’d like to say this to any woman, or man, who chooses to dress inappropriately:

Until Christ is your sole satisfaction, until Jesus is your treasure, until the Scriptures are your primary authority, until the Gospel is your purpose, until glorification of God is your life breath, until the building up of others is of utmost concern, until the Bible is as sweet as honey upon your tongue, until building up Jesus is more satisfying to you than any pleasure or satisfaction this world can bring, until eternity means more to you than the present, until the work of the Spirit is of greater value to you than the currency by which you entertain yourselves, until you come to a point where you count everything as loss compared to the surpassing knowledge of knowing and loving Jesus, your perspective and attitude towards the way in which you clothe and present yourself to others will be controlled by forces that do not honor Christ as supreme.

People say, this isn’t an “essential”, don’t get stuck on it. People say that this topic is too controversial, and that to teach on it does more harm to the Gospel than good. People say that we should focus more on the Gospel and less on things like modesty.

But, I’m here to tell you, if you are a Christian… Modesty is a Gospel issue.

How you present yourself, what you glorify on your body, and what you esteem in yourself speaks volumes to the kind of God you claim to serve and love. It says a great deal about what Christ can do in a life, and about your faithfulness to this God.

This is a Gospel issue, and it is soul work. The Gospel changes everything, so it changes the soul.

This isn’t about following rules, or holding your arms to your side, or doing a mirror check, or comparing yourself to others. This is about honoring Christ above all, and about finding Christ more satisfying than others perception of your beauty.

Until Christ matters more than how others perceive you, modesty isn’t possible. Until God’s glory means more to you than your glory, modesty isn’t an option. Until building up Christ means more to you than looking hot, you’ll continue to choose the immodest option…  because it turns heads. It makes you feel better about yourself, despite what it does to the cause of Christ.

But, for many of you… you truly do desire to be modest. But you struggle. You battle. Because you want to look good. You want to look fashionable. You don’t want to be “frumpy”.

You can’t find things that look good, and still be modest. You are too tall, your torso is too short, your chest is too big, your muscles too toned… But, it could be that you are holding onto yourself more than Jesus. It could be that you worship your appearance more than Christ.

So, what are you to do? What can I say to help you?

I will say that modesty, no matter how unfashionable, is beautiful. We must disassociate modesty with “frumpy”.

You say, no way. Not in that “frumpy” dress, or that less than slim fit shirt.

I say absolutely.

We must cultivate the joyful sense that modesty is beautiful.

John Piper

As a man who was not too long ago a teenager, then a college student… I have seen lack of modesty on full display. I say that in complete transparency. I can say with full confidence, as a man- a man of God, that modesty is more attractive than “sexy” dressing. The latter may turn the eyes or the head… but they do not make much of Jesus. They do not turn hearts, and they do not turn the affection of a man (or woman) after God’s own heart.

This is where we must evaluate what type of reaction we are fishing for in others. Are we looking to turn eyes and heads? Are we wishing to make much of ourselves and our beauty? Are we looking to cause people to worship our appearance?

As a Christian, I pray not. I pray that you desire to be a beautiful person that makes more of Jesus than your appearance of beauty.

Caleb

Is It Wrong To Lean On Others?

Proverbs 11: 14

14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

If you could sum up this verse in one simple statement it would be:

Fools think they can do everything on their own, whereas the wise man seeks out the counsel of those they respect.

Sustainable success is not possible in this life without the counsel and advice of those wiser and more experienced than you.

Some of the best leaders in modern history had mentors and advisors that were possibly more intelligent or wise than the leader themselves.

Nearly all of us reap the benefits of Mark Zuckerberg’s work in developing Facebook, but few of us recognize that he was mentored by Steve Job’s, the former Apple CEO.

How about Paul and Timothy, or Jesus and the Disciples? Or Elijah and Elisha? Or, what about Solomon himself with his sons?

The mentor/mentee relationship is a recurring theme throughout scripture, so much so that you can make a case for it being a mandate.

The Bible strongly urges us, as believers, to seek the guidance and counsel of others.

Proverbs 12: 15

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice.

Behind every great leader, or every Godly person, is at least several advisors.

The truth is, none of us are capable of living life successfully, or living a Godly life without the help and advice of others. We can’t isolate ourselves, or live on an island.

One of the ways that God has proven to communicate to us is through the advice and wisdom he has given others, almost as a way to prove to us that he made us relational beings.

So, what are you facing today?

A problem at work? Family troubles? A big deadline? Or a monumental decision?

Instead of trying to tackle it on your own, maybe it’s time you consider seeking out the advice of someone you trust.

These people can never serve as substitutes to hearing from God in His word or through prayer, but speaking through others is one of His primary avenues of communication.

Choose Your Advisors Wisely

There are a few things we should do when “choosing” who seek out as advisors or a few considerations at least. These are not exhaustive, as I am sure there are certainly more, but these are considerations that I have determined to be helpful in my own life.

Seeking counsel is not something we should take lightly. Chances are, these people could have a major part in the outcome of our life or situation that we face. That’s why we have to be guarded about who we give authority to speak into our lives. As always, we should bathe that decision in prayer.

Here are a few considerations:

  1. Do not surround yourself with “yes-men”

This is of monumental importance. It’s one thing to pursue advice, and another to pursue a stamp of approval. For many, when they align themselves with mentors and advisors, they do so with those who think and act as they do, and approve of their lifestyle. In the truest sense, these are not advisors…. They are cheerleaders. This is something we should work hard to avoid.

If you do this, then you are not seeking Godly counsel, you are seeking permission to do what you have already decided to do. If you have already made up your mind, then you are wasting your time by seeking advice.

  1. Ensure your advisors possess a high level of integrity, a unique form of Godliness, and a level of wisdom exceeding your own.

It’s a big deal to allow someone to speak truth into your life, that’s why you’ve got to only allow someone “qualified” do so. And, I’m not referring to what this world views as qualifications. It’s not degrees, age, or wealth. They may be high school dropouts, but the Godliest person you know. As a Christian, it is imperative that you select mentors who will encourage you to pursue God even more.

Whoever you choose as your advisors, make sure they have the “credentials” to do so.

  1. Ensure your advisor/mentor has your best interest at heart

The best mentors have a vested interest in the “mentee”. They have a high degree of affection for them. This enables the mentor to unapologetically advise and counsel the person. These are the types of mentors you should seek, those who care about you as a person. Those who want to see you succeed.

Sometimes, seeking advice can be humbling. But, that’s when we need advice the most.

No good leader, no successful man, and no follower of Christ can live this life without trusted advisors.

Whether it’s a big decision, or if you are just living life…. Keep yourself close to a few “trusted advisors”.

Without counsel, the people perish. But, where there is counsel a person, a city, and a nation can thrive.

Caleb

Side by Side

I truly enjoy doing mission work.  A concentrated, concerted effort to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Of course that begins at the home, at the Church where you worship, your community and beyond.  That is also one of our passions at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.  One of the joys of missions is the mandate to go into all the world.  There is something about leaving your community and going to another state or country that brings a different level to the thought of missions. I have seen over the years the bond and the unity that going with a group on a mission trip builds.   We have seen that pour over into the life of MPBC.  I believe that is one facet that continues to help MPBC grow and keep that bond of unity.  So as you read this I am with a group of 23 in Weslaco, Texas.

With all of our trips a requirement we put on our team is to memorize Scripture.  Pastor Kevin and myself learned this from Becky Lynn Black, who we affectionately called MamaB.  MamaB would have us memorize portions of Scripture as we prepared for our Ethiopia trips that we went on with her and friends from Bethel Hill Baptist in Roxboro, N.C.   We memorize these portions of Scripture to be reminded to stay focused on the mission.  To remember that we are not on these trips for ourselves and there are situations that may become uncomfortable but in unity we can work through all of them.

One of memory verses is Philippians 1:27.

Philippians 1:27 – Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.

We picked this verse out because it first focuses on that we should prepare ourselves in being gospel takers in every aspect of our lives.  We should be prayed up, repented up and seeking to draw close to the Lord in our everyday lives.  So as we go we have the opportunity to share the gospel individually and together as a team.

Here is our team:

 

You may say, “Now wait a minute, there are some pretty young people in there!”  Yep!

That is one of the great things about our trips to Weslaco, Texas and Progreso, Mexico.  It is setup where families can go and let me tell you we work the young people.  In fact as I write this, right beside me are two 10 year olds, a 13-year-old and a -year-old folding clothes and cleaning the kitchen in the mission house. We all work!  That is how we do it.  As a team! Standing firm, in one spirit, one mind and striving side by side for the faith of the Gospel.  Enjoy the pictures below in seeing that in action.

Preparing to Worship with Church of No Walls of Weslaco, Texas on Resurrection Day.

Construction crew to serve in Progreso, Mexico!

Construction crew praying as they get ready to head out!

Singing and worshiping at our VBS site!

We do have to eat! Loading up the trailer after a run to Walmart!

 If you would like to see more please visit our Facebook page, “Ambassadors for Christ”.  We have been posting pictures all week.

Our memory verse one more time!

Philippians 1:27 – Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.

I encourage all of us to take this verse to heart in following our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dale