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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 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.

Monday, October 15, 2012

October Nebaj Conference...

Last week I went to Nebaj with Jonathan and Angel. We got there Sunday evening and returned Thursday morning. Hermano Cesar Soto and Hermano Beto from Retaluleu met us there and helped us in the work. Hermano Soto preached three nights and stirred the people to seek after Christ and not His miracles and benefits... Although the attendance was not what I had hoped, we had 21 on Tuesday evening. During the day I had planned to teach classes in Bible doctrine. However, those that had said they would attend, didn't. But Tuesday Tomas came and sat through the class on Repentance and Faith, Security of Salvation, and 15 Means God uses to Keep us in the Faith. After the first class, I asked him if he wanted to be saved and he said "yes." PTL! Probably the most exciting time, and perhaps the most productive, was in the park. I preached open air three times and Brother Soto preached once. The crowd was very receptive to the message and seemed to be attentive as well. One day Jonathan and Beto went into the Catholic church and began witnessing to the people inside. Jonathan said there were people crawling around on their hands and knees inside apparently trying to pay for their sins or earn salvation. Beto witnessed to a lady that prayed for salvation and then told him, "I don't know why I came here." Apparently, the Holy Spirit drew here there to hear the message of grace. One evening after the service, we were eating in a literal "hole-in-the-wall" restaurant. This restaurant is about 12' x 15' in size and is open to the street in the front where the owner stands and cooks the meals just outside the restaurant. Suddenly, someone that we didn't know pulled up in front of the restaurant on that very narrow road in a fairly fancy car and tried to get my attention. It was raining out and there was the usual noise inside and I couldn't tell what he was trying to tell me. Finally he opened his car door and stepped out into the rain and stated a bit louder, "I paid for your meals." I felt bad that this man had to get wet to tell me that after he had made such a kind gesture. A day or two later while we were singing to try to draw a crowd together, Jonathan pointed to a man on the outskirts of the crowd and said, "That is the man who paid for our meals the other night." So when we were done singing brother Soto began preaching and I went to thank this man and find out who he was. He asked me if I knew who he was and I told him I did. Apparently, he is a pentecostal preacher and was in a hurry that night. He was interested in joining together and doing social outreaches. However, I tried to politely tell him we have enough to do within our own circle of Baptist churches. When he asked again, I stated more bluntly that we usually do not hook up with other denominations because they believe differently than us. I told him for instance that we believe that Salvation is eternal and that we can't lose it. I told him that we also believe that tongues and prophets were for only a specific time and purpose during the first century and that now that the foundation is finished (the apostles) and we have "that which is perfect" (the Bible), we no longer need tongues nor prophets or apostles for additional revealed truth. He said that he was familiar with Baptist doctrine of which I was a bit surprised. I got his name and number in order to possibly contact him in the future since he seemed open to discussing Bible truth. Please pray for this man, Gerson Fuentes (pr. Herson).   

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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?