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Welcome to our blog page. After spending about five years serving as missionaries in Guatemala we are now in Minot, ND working at planting a Spanish church. We encourage you to check out the different information on this site. Thanks to all who have supported us with their prayers, thoughts, and finances. We couldn´t do it without you.

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the Goedkers
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The MOST IMPORTANT Question...

If you died RIGHT NOW, today, are you SURE that you would spend eternity in heaven? The Bible says that we can be sure where we will spend eternity right now. The Bible says, "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23). Sin is defined as transgression of the law (1 Jn 3:4). The Law (i.e. 10 Commandments) is God's standard of goodness. If we can keep the commandments, we can enter heaven. BUT, we must keep ALL of the Commandments and NEVER fail (Jam 2:10). Have you ever lied? If so, you are a liar in God's eyes. Ever stolen anything, the value makes no difference. If you have, you are a thief. The Bible also says that if we hate someone we are murderers and if we have ever looked with lust we are adulterers at heart. As you can see, it is impossible to keep the Law. The Bible says that "the wages of sin is death..." (Rom 6:23). Because we have sinned we have earned the wages of death and must pay for our sins forever in the Lake of Fire, Hell (Rev 21:8). God is just and thorough. He will judge every sin, even our thoughts and the secret intentions and motives of our hearts. God requires perfection in order to enter heaven and He will not let sin enter. Remember the story of Jesus on the cross when Jesus cried out saying " My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Mat 27:46). Do you know why He said that? For all of eternity the Father and Son had a close intimate relationship. But when Jesus was on the cross, the Bible says that all our sins were placed upon Jesus (1 Pet 2:24). God the Father turned His back on His only son. Why? Because of sin. Not Jesus' sin, He had no sin. It was for OUR sin that was upon Jesus that the Father turned away. Now, just think of what will happen to YOU if you die in your sins if the Father turned His back on His only Son Jesus who had no sin of His own. This is very bad and sobering news. It would appear at this point that there is no hope, that we are all doomed. But wait! There's more... God doesn't want ANYONE to go to hell (Jn 3:16). This is the reason that Jesus came to earth. God showed His loved to us in that "while we were yet sinners, Christ died FOR US" (Rom 5:8). In other words, we owed a sin debt that we could not have paid and Jesus satisfied it by shedding His own blood on the cross as a payment for us on our behalf. He satisfied the just demands of a holy Law. This is a free gift (Eph 2:8-9). We can not earn it. We can not buy it. We can not do anything in order to obtain it. BUT, we must turn from our religion, our good works, and everything that we have trusted in to help us get to heaven and we must turn to God. The Bible says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Rom 10:9). It's like this: You are walking along living life your own way when suddenly you realize you are a sinner on your way to spend eternity in hell. You stop, turn to God and say, "I am a terrible sinner. I deserve to go to hell forever. I am sorry God and realize that you are right and I am wrong. Please forgive me. I put all my trust and hope in the shed blood of Jesus Christ to wash away my sins. I believe that He paid for ALL of my sins and I believe that You accepted His payment by raising Jesus from the dead. Thank you God for salvation. Amen." At that very moment the Bible says that you are passed from death unto life (Jn 5:24). Please know that the prayer does not save you. It is the fact that you are putting your faith and trust in the saving and cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ for your salvation based on the promise of God's Word, the KJV Bible. Please don't delay. Think about the reality of these things and call upon the name of the Lord today for your salvation and forgiveness of sins (Rom 10:13). May God bless you.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Boy With Only ONE Sin

Last Saturday during soul winning, I had the opportunity to witness to an 8 year old boy. I started reading the Gospel in Spanish from my help card and when I got to the first question, "Have you ever told a lie?" he reluctantly said, "Yes." I asked him the next question, "Have you ever taken anything that didn't belong to you?" He would not confess to taking even a small item. Well, since the boy was so young, I skipped the 7th Commandment and thought quickly to myself what I should do. As quick as I could snap my fingers, I had the answer. I would use the 5th Commandment, "Honor your mother and father!" Since the boy already confessed to lying, I figured I had him. At this point, I had to veer from my help card and quickly figure out how to ask him this question. I stumbled through it in my broken Spanish, but he would not confess. "Well," I thought, "he has committed one sin and that is enough." So I asked him, "Since you are guilty of breaking the Law, do you think you will go to heaven or hell?" "Heaven!" was his reply. I proceeded to show the boy that James 2:10 says that if we break even one law we are guilty of breaking them all and that God is holy and cannot let even one sin into heaven. He still insisted that he would go to heaven. "O No!" I thought... "What can I do?" At this point, I looked behind me for help from my two partners, Elvido and the pastor's dad, George, who were apparently having a hard time praying for the boy's conscience and for my ability to communicate due to the fact that they were laughing hysterically. Suddenly the first commandment popped into my mind and with Elvido's help I explained, "You have created a god to suit yourself... a god who is okay with sin. Therefore, you have also broken the First Commandment! You are in BIG trouble on judgment day. What are you going to do?" At this point the boy was writhing in pain knowing that he was guilty and finally he confessed that he was deserving of hell. That was the bad news. I then explained to him the good news of what Jesus did for him so that he didn't have to go to hell, and he proceeded to pray to receive Christ. Most people tend to judge themselves by their own standard. Almost everyone will admit that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23). They will admit that they have sinned in a general sense, in the sense that "nobody is perfect." But, in the back of their minds, they are thinking, "But I'm not as bad as so and so..." However, when we use God's Law to explain to them what sin is (Rom 7:7, I John 3:4), that it is a personal offense against the Almighty, and that their sin is serious in God's eyes, their mouths are stopped (Rom 3:19) and they tend to sober up and want to hear what can be done about it. "God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble" (Jam 4:6). We can ONLY receive grace (therefore salvation) if we are humble. We need to help people become humbled before God so that the Holy Spirit can work on their conscience. The Law is the tool God has provided to help us do that (Gal 3:24).

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Are YOU evil?

If you KNOW something is evil, and DO nothing about it, you are COOPERATING with evil. If you COOPERATE with evil, you are PARTICIPATING with evil. If you PARTICIPATE with evil, you are DOING evil. If you DO evil, You ARE evil. In a court of law you would be PROSECUTED. Don't think for one moment that willful ignorance is a valid defense. Not asking questions amounts to giving permission for evil. Today there is no lack of evil in this world. But many Christians are burying their heads in the proverbial sand through sports, entertainment, and other self-interests. They are either unaware or are willfully ignorant of what is actually going on in the world. They expect our government to solve all the moral issues of the day including alcoholism, drug addiction, poverty, etc. But morals absolutely can not be legislated. It is OUR RESPONSIBILITY to change the hearts and minds of the people through the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is NOT the responsibility of the government. Once the heart is changed, changed morals will follow. But too many Christians involve themselves in the political process in order to effect this change and neglect their first duty; to preach the gospel to every creature. IF you are a Christian, DO something. Look around. Ask questions. What seems to be is not necessarily so. Read your Bible! Prophecy is being fulfilled in front of our very eyes each day. Just because you will be raptured before everything gets really bad does not mean that you should neglect your primary responsibility; to seek and save the lost. Go! Do something! Make your life count for something bigger than your self. One day you will stand before God and give account for what you did, or didn't do, while on earth. If that doesn't make you tremble, perhaps it is time to ask yourself if you are really saved. May God bless you as you go about HIS business.

The Crash of the Dollar will Fulfill Bible Prophecy...

The Bible talks about 10 economic unions that will form in the last days (Dan 2 & 7;Rev 13 & 17) like the European Union. This is coming to pass before our very eyes. There are 10 ecomomic unions already planned, the USA, Canada & Mexico being one of them. One way to cause this union to come to pass is by destroying the dollar. Many countries have already backed away from using the dollar as a standard. It is just a matter of time before the dollar crashes and we see hyperinflation with all of the bailouts from the Bush and Obama presidencies and the Quantatative Easing measures of the current administration that have taken place in the recent few years. One way to protect yourself financially is to change your dollars into silver or gold. I believe that silver will outperform gold due to the lower cost and greater ability for the masses to obtain it. Please go to Silversaver to find out how you might protect your assets during these difficult times. "Lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)

Are YOU 100% Sure That You Will Go To Heaven When You Die?