A Psalm of David

O LORD, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine uprising, Thou understand my thought afar off. Thou compass my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, Thou knowest it altogether.

 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.

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credit – Francis

 For Thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them. How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee…

 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

~ Psalm 139 ~

The Narrow Way Dream

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” ~ Matthew 7:14 ~

I was going through Ellen White’s The Narrow Way Dream with my Grade 10 Bible class. We had a discussion on it, trying to help them understand what it meant and how it applies to their lives.

One of the questions I asked was, “Where do you think you are on this journey?”

Some of my students hadn’t really thought it out. Some said they didn’t know, some had made valiant effort, but one, had done really well. I don’t know if it was just because he wanted to get good marks, but I hope it was more than that, but he was the one who gave me the most thought-out answer.

He said that he believed that he was at the point where they left the horses. Then he explained that in his journey to follow Jesus, he had changed a lot. That by God’s grace he had given up some things to follow Jesus and that he wanted to keep on this journey. He said that he recognized that he hadn’t yet made a full surrender of his life, and that there were still some things that he was holding on to that God was asking him to give up.

I think he was maybe the only one who actually understood the vision fully. I was glad to see him thinking it out. I have known these 10 grade students since they were small seventh graders. It has been wonderful to watch them grow into fine young men and women.

As I listened to him answer my question, I found myself thinking about where I am in this journey back to God, and I want to ask you the same question:

Where are you on the Narrow Way Journey?

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Grade 10 with Caleb

We Have A Name

“… I will bless thee… and thou shalt be a blessing.”
~ Genesis 12:2 ~

Remember this?

Well, now it has a name – HoofTrek

We wanted a name that would let people know it was about horses, and yet encompass our goals – those of being made complete in God, and fitted as citizens of God’s eternal kingdom.

Ely, being creative, made up an acronym for hoof – Hope OOngoing Future. Originally we were going with HoofTracks. We wanted the last part to encompass a journey of some kind, but the word trek never entered our minds, until we were discussing it and I said ‘trek’ accidentally instead of ‘tracks’.

HoofTrek also has its own blog, and a facebook page to help you keep up to date with what is happening.

We are hoping to start preparing the field, and putting up the fencing soon. Our next goal after that will be building the stables (we don’t have the funds for that yet). It is a faith adventure. We are praying that God will continue to work and guide and that His will may be done.

A big thank you to those who have encouraged and supported us, counselled and prayed with us. Thank you for being a part of God’s work here in Cambodia.

Satan Told Me Not To Read The Bible

A Testimony
~ by Andrew Michell ~
http://www.hewantsfruit.com

Motivating youth to read the Bible

Motivating youth to read the Bible

When I was in jail the first thing Satan said to me was

Do not read the Bible.

Well it was too late. I had just been arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery and was alone in a cell in solitary confinement. There was nothing to read except for the obscenities and gang symbols which former prisoners had written or scratched on the walls of my cell.

After a few days another prisoner walked by my cell and gave me a book to read. It was the Bible. I had to read the Bible. What else could I do? I was in solitary confinement with only that one book. So I read the Bible.

That’s when I heard Satan say to me

Well if you are going to read the Bible, do not believe any of it.

Fine, I will not believe it. But you should read some of fantastic stories that the Bible contains! They were so amazing I swear that I was lost in this book and no longer in solitary confinement. Daniel saved out of the lions’ den, the walls of Jericho crumbling, and Jesus resurrected from death.

Then I learned that Matthew, John, and Peter were very real historical figures who really lived and knew Jesus. They were not writing fiction but their own eyewitness testimonies of Jesus’ sufferings, death, and resurrection. They believed so much in what they saw and heard that they were willing to be tortured, imprisoned, and killed rather than be quiet. These eyewitness testimonies were so compelling I began to believe them also!

Satan said “Ok so you believe the Bible, just do not pray.

Well by now my life was a complete wreck. I was 16 years old in jail for seven kidnappings and armed robberies. This was a time of intense misery and despair as I realized my life was over and there was no hope. I was a high-school-dropout-drug-addict felon. The only future for me was prison and death.

As I read stories in the Bible of God answering prayer and changing peoples’ lives, I found hope. I knelt on the floor of that cell and prayed to God to change my life. He did. He gave me a new heart and new desires. I found peace and freedom as I prayed.

Satan would visit me often in that cell. He persisted, “You are reading the Bible and praying even though I told you not to. I do not think you should do that but I will not stop you. That is okay, just have your own experience with God and do not ever go to church.”

As I continued to read the Bible I found that I was becoming a better person. The Bible was changing me and giving me a desire to give, learn, and help others. I no longer wanted to steal, use drugs, and commit crime. This was so wonderful! I wanted to find others who were also reading the Bible and praying. I wanted to join them. I wanted to benefit from interacting with a community of Bible readers.

Satan was ready of course, “Well fine, it is okay for you to join a church. There are over 33,000 denominations for you to choose from. Choose from any that you like, just do not go to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In summary, when I learned the truth about the Sabbath Day and the truth about what happens when people die, I decided to become a Seventh-day Adventist. Why? Here is the easiest and simplest answer: Because 10 equals 10 and the dead are dead. Everybody always says “10 commandments” but they only really mean 9. Everybody always says that Mr. SoAndSo is dead but what they actually mean is that Mr. SoAndSo is alive somewhere else. However the Bible says that the dead are dead and that the 10 commandments are 10 commandments.

You-know-who came to me again and sought to persuade me “Hey, you did not need to join a church, especially the SDA church. Anyways just enjoy your faith by yourself and do not share it with anyone.

Actually it is not that hard to be quiet about your faith. I think I could have succeeded if I only stopped reading the Bible and praying. If I stopped reading the Bible I would have lost perspective on the value of a human soul. Other people would have then become less important and I would not value them as God values them. But God does want all people in every nation to know what great love He has for them.

Listening to Satan this time was impossible. For many years now I had been consistently reading the Bible and praying every day. This interaction with God’s Word had so dramatically changed my life that people who knew me previously were asking me how my life had changed. When I shared how God had helped me so much other people wanted the same thing. How could I withhold something that been such a benefit to my life, my family and community?

Now Satan really started to plead with me, he really urged me “Ok you are sharing your faith with people at home. That’s good and you should just do only that. But do not ever, I repeat, do not ever go to an area of the world where is Christ is not known and share what you know about Jesus. Do not show any interest whatsoever in foreign missions.

In the Bible is an interesting story about the disciples of Jesus asking the question about the end of the world.  Jesus then tells them specifically in Matthew 24:14 “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.” Jesus then commands his followers in Matthew 28:18-20 to go into all the world and share the good news and teach others about Jesus.

How amazing! It is God’s will that everybody has access to the gospel to learn about God’s love for all of humanity. All people everywhere should have opportunity to learn about Jesus. It is the express will of God. When I learned here that 2.9 billion people are still without access to the gospel I became motivated to be involved. This is what God wants. How could I live any other way?

Satan said “Ok Andrew you are involved with foreign missions, but don’t encourage anyone else to be involved.”

This time I thought about what Satan said. Why should I not tell anyone else about foreign missions? Because when every nation and every people group has access to the gospel then Jesus will return with power and great glory. When Jesus returns all sickness, war, rape, crime, evil, corruption, pain, and suffering will come to an end. Satan will remain in power as long as foreign missions are ignored. Suffering, war, and evil continue because missions do not.

Organized religion is the greatest blessing to humanity.
 God has organized the believers of the Bible into an organized church to take the gospel in a very organized way to unreached people groups. That is the overall plan and purpose for the church. God brought the church together to do this work well so that nobody in this generation anywhere in the world need be ignorant of Jesus.

The results of sharing? Just recently I met a man in SE Asia who said to me “Because of your example I have brought my family here to share Jesus with the unreached.”

And Satan? Well I just heard him say the other day “Ok you did not listen to me and you have motivated people at home to be involved in missions…but whatever you do, please do not publish any of this.”

 

Andrew Michell, who has worked for many years as a full-time Missionary in Thailand. A book has been written about his incredible life story and amazing transformation. It can be found at the Adventist Book Center and is titled, “Convicted!“. Andrew has visited the Jesus For Asia studio before, has been on MissionTV (Episode March 31, 2014) and has spoken at Southern Adventist University.
Sabbath Blessings to you all