Guest Blog – Producing Fruit

erikstanleyOver the past 3 years my wife, two boys and I have been serving in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. We first started out going down on the weekends, until we were called to go and serve full time.  We been down here for the past two years.

Before becoming a missionary I was working in the corporate world, working long hours and missing the life God had blessed me with at home. I became a slave to the things of this world and worked just to provide things to my family. I wasn’t spending time with them, which is what they needed more than all the material things.

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Guest Blog – I Am God’s Fruit Basket

avatarHave you ever lived a life so filled with pain and despair you begin to wonder why God would allow you to survive a lifetime of suffering? What did you do to deserve this pain? As Job cried out, “If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O watcher of men? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you?” (Job 7:20) For me the irony dug deep as a man with bipolar disorder, over the years I began to feel the pull into ministry. It seemed ridiculous at first; that I, a man with so many issues, should become a shepherd of Christ. The words of James in particular become a stinging conviction; “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” (James 1:6-8)

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A Customer Testimonial – Pastor Tyrone Hayes Sr.

When I first was called into the ministry, my understanding of the Bible was very limited. I was blessed to have a good Sunday school teacher who gave me a good foundation of the Bible. I was also blessed to have a good pastor who knew the word of God. The Lord was still dealing with me because I was hungry to have a closer walk with the Lord, and today I still have this hunger for walking and knowing the word of God. I tell my congregation that there are not enough hours in the day for studying the word of God. I was blessed again when the Lord directed me to another excellent Bible scholar by the name of Pastor Bill; a friend and a brother. God has been good to me.

The Lord keeps opening doors and I was blessed one night, and as I was searching through the internet, I came across WORDsearch. WORDsearch has also been a blessing in my ministry when it comes to researching the word of God. It is great when you can talk to a group of Christian brothers at WORDsearch, one in particular being Rev. Fern, as he often calls himself. Not only is Brother Fern a blessing, but the entire staff at WORDsearch is a blessing.   They are a blessing when helping you to choose the right studies to add on to what you already have in your library, but they also share their testimonies. I thank God for the staff. With the leading of the Holy Spirit, God has blessed me to have good people in my life as I walk this Christian journey.  And I thank God for Brother Fern and the entire staff at WORDsearch.

God bless and heaven smile upon you.

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Pastor Tyrone Hayes Sr. Pastor-Teacher

New Mount Zion Baptist Church

Philadelphia, Pa.

 

The Sermon Notebook’s History and Purpose

AlToday’s post was written by guest blogger Alan Carr, whose Sermon Notebook was recently published on WORDsearch.  Read more about it and download here

Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Apostle Paul, in his words to Timothy, articulated the philosophy that brought The Sermon Notebook into being. Paul wrote, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2 KJV)

The internet ministry of The Sermon Notebook began as a very small endeavor. In 1997, a friend suggested that I post a series of sermons I had prepared from the book of Revelation. I took his advice. When the initial response to the sermons was positive, and interest in my sermons grew, I developed The Sermon Notebook, and our ministry was born.

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WORDsearch Guest Blog Guidelines

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Do you love writing about God’s Word? Have you ever wanted to guest blog? We would love to post your submissions on our blog, so read the guidelines below and get writing!

To keep things simple and consistent, we’ve created some guidelines to help you write your post.

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A Minute for Missions

IMG_4183Recently, my husband Henry and I went on a LifeWay sponsored mission trip to Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  Along with us, six other individuals from Lifeway in Nashville, Tennessee went to minister to the lost souls of Taiwan.

Every year Lifeway sponsors numerous mission trips to places all over the world, from the island of Taiwan to the jungles of Honduras, and they are open to any LifeWay employee across the United States. So whether you work in the corporate office in Nashville, or a retail store in Mississippi, you have the opportunity to go on a Mission trip with LifeWay.

LifeWay even encourages their employees to take part in these mission trips by giving employees some paid time off to participate in these mission trips that doesn’t count against vacation time. In addition to this, Lifeway sponsors the employee by covering half of the mission trip cost, a huge savings for the employee, and making it even easier to go on a mission trip!

While we were there, we were able to minister to University students. We held Bible studies for them and game nights where we were able to tell them about Christ. Along with ministering to the University students, we went to several different elementary schools and took over the classes, teaching Biblical stories, like Noah’s Ark, to the young students.

IMG_0909We also had “field days.” We would go to the parks of Kaohsiung and randomly handed out tracts in Chinese and talk to whoever would talk to us and allow us to share the Gospel. In addition to the academic ministry, we were able to partner with several churches in the area and minister to their congregations and encourage them to get involved with ministering in the parks and schools.

Every day we had our work cut out for us. We were busy from sun up to sun down. But every minute was worth it. Even when we did not see instant results, we knew us being there made a difference in God’s Kingdom. We knew that we had a huge hurdle to cross to reach the Taiwanese people. According to the Missionaries who stay on board in Taiwan, “whether it is the Communist party in China that has blinded them, or the numerous gods and traditions in Taiwan that keeps them blind and bound, they often have to work through many issues before they come to faith.”

Despite that, we did not let that discourage us. We still feel the call of Matthew 28:19 on our hearts, and we will pray that many seeds were planted in the hearts of the Taiwanese people, and that one day other missionaries like us will go over to Taiwan and reap the harvest for His Kingdom.

Let us pray that we remember Matthew 9:37-38: 37Then He said to His Disciples “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (NIV)

It is my prayer that many of you are encouraged to go out there, whether overseas or to your neighbor’s house, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

In His Service,

Desiree

Desiree Schreiner is a Customer Support/Sales Rep at WORDsearch. She loves hiking, exploring nature and animals, especially cats. She dreams of exploring and hiking Europe to see all of the history she has read about in books over the years. She’s an avid reader, so she loves working at WORDsearch, where she has access to hundreds of books!