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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.

Friday, July 30, 2010

A VERY Funny Thing Happened Today on the way...

As I was finishing up my shopping in the market today, I glanced over and saw something very strange.  One of the more strange things that I have seen (but not the strangest!) here in Guatemala.  I looked and saw a little old lady with maybe five or six teeth, eyes closed, head covered, and Bible lifted in the air, preaching.  What is so strange about that you ask?  I thought you'd never ask.  The strange thing was that she was preaching (or appeared to be preaching) to a telephone booth.  There was not really anyone too close to her and all I could see is that she was facing a telephone booth and preaching.  I just HAD to ask some young boys if what I was seeing was correct.  They looked and realized it and started to see the humor in it.  So I went to finish my shopping and came back and saw her still there.  So I just HAD to ask her. I tried to get her attention but she didn't seem to know I was there.  The three boys were behind me pointing at the phone.  So I picked it up and stretched it over to her.  The ear piece barely reached her left hand.  She finally realized someone was there after she felt the phone in her hand.  So I said gain, "Excuse me, are you preaching to that telephone?"  She, of course, said "No."  Then I proceeded to ask her if she were to die today if she was 100% sure she would go to heaven.  She said, "Yes."  But when I asked her why, she rambled on with a long explanation that I couldn't understand.  About this time a gentleman and his wife stopped by and asked if I needed help with translation.  I told him I couldn't understand her very well and yes, please.  So he asked her why she thought she was going to heaven and she responded with something about only believing in the spiritual and not the material world or some heresy like that.  I asked him to ask her again.  She replied, "Because I preach and work much for the Lord."  So, the man said, "She believes like you!"  I explained the Gospel to Him again.  I told him, "The Bible teaches that salvation is a free gift and it can't be earned."  Then I said, "She said that she is working and preaching for the Lord to obtain her salvation.  Do you see the difference?"  He responded with, "Yes."  I explained this to the little old lady and she finally said, "I believe that."  I don't think she really does.  But hopefully she will seek it out.  The poor thing can't read, she only goes by what her pastor tells her to do.  Then I asked her about her veil, about why she wears it.  (I know this is probably a matter of personal conviction but in her case of probable works salvation, and because there are many that wear veils here that are "sinless perfection" type people, I thought I might as well go for it.)  She said she wears it out of respect for the Lord.  I told her that it was not necessary due to 1 Cor 11:15 which says that "her hair is given her for a covering."  This is the definition of a woman's covering, her long hair is the covering which shows her submission to God and her husband.  I told her the Bible needs to be harmonized when interpreted.  I read the passage to her (as I read the passage, I kept saying caballo [horse] for cabello [hair] and we both had a bit of a laugh.) and tried to explain to her that it wasn't necessary to wear it, asking what would happen if she didn't.  She said God would be mad.  I finally left telling her I didn't mean to bother her and that it might be better to preach to actual people instead of telephones because when she preaches like that people think that God and Christians are strange.    

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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?