Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Powerful or Powerless?

We don't fast, we don't pray, we don't live lives of sacrifice; Is it any wonder why we don't see God doing awesome, incredible things in and through our lives? Is it any wonder why we don't see miraculous healings? Bringing souls to Christ by the masses? Receiving answered prayers? Being released from sinful bondage's? Helping others being released from addictive life ruining sinful bondage's like drugs? Alcohol? Pornography?
Why are we so comfortable with our lukewarm, disgusting, complacent, compromising, American Christianity? Why don't we weep for the souls of the lost? Or our hearts break for the lost multitudes that pass by us on the streets? While all we care about is the newest super tech cell phone we "gotta have"? or the newest latest flat screen TVs? The newest video gaming system? Sound system? The latest popular flick in the movie we wait anxiously all week to see? We are so consumed by the most futile stupid things, emptiness, pure emptiness that our society sells us, we buy it all up, we gobble it all up, with no remorse for the money we waste, the time we waste, the energy we waste, the life we waste, all the the while neglecting, and willfully disobeying the greatest most important purpose, will, and calling of all of our lives- to follow the greatest command ever given to mankind by the son of the living God, the greatest calling God Himself bestows upon every christian- to preach the gospel. Do you want to know what Gods will for your life is- its plain, its simple and right in front of your face- if you'd just open your calloused, crusty, scaled eyes, and pry open your dusty Bible. Matthew 28:18-20 "And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Were is your faith? Who do you believe in? Where are the faithful Christians? Where are those whom God has called? Where is your faith o man? Where is the simplicity of faith that I see so lacking in today's modern christian? No faith for God to provide them a job? To provide them their proper and due fiances to supply their needs, not their WANTS, but needs!? Where is the faith that God allows trials and suffering for His saints as a test? As a learning ground? Have we forgotten what the very wise man Job said in Job 2:10 "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips."
So shall we indeed only accept good and not bad from the Lord?
Where is your faith that God CAUSES ALL THINGS to work TOGETHER for GOOD, to those who are called according to His purpose? Romans 8:28 "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
Are you called sir? Are you called madam? If you are, then have faith in the God that rescued and saved your soul from the pits of flaming hell, and know that this same God will also provide for your trifle little things here on this earth. O people! Please hear the Lord today, and harken to His voice, don't refuse Him who speaks...
Hebrews 12:25,28-29 "See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven...Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 12:11 "All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness."

Paul the apostle declared- "I know whom I have believed"..
2Timothy 1:12 "For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day."
Do you know whom you have believed? Where is your faith o sinner? Whom have you trusted for your soul? For your life? Whom have you believed on? And for what?
Jesus said when He comes back to the earth, He is looking to see who will have faith.
Luke 18:8 "I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"

My heart is grieved not only for my pitiful life and soul, but for my fellow brethren. May we weep, mourn, repent, and change our lives to be, and live as Christ desires.

God help us all!

(please read this quick article off the mission field "Tumor disappears after prayer"

also this one "Why healings happen on mission field"

Hebrews 12:4 "You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;
Hbr 12:5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, "MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;
Hbr 12:7 "It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
Hbr 12:8 "But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
Hbr 12:9 "Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?
Hbr 12:10 "For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.
Hbr 12:11 "All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Hbr 12:12 "Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,
Hbr 12:13 "and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
Hbr 12:14 "Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

Hebrews 12

Romans 14:8 "For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's."

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Gift of Tears

When was the last time you got on your knees and wept for the salvation of a lost soul of another human being? The Puritans would pray and ask God for the gift of tears. I believe we desperately need this in the church today. Soul'd out Christians who weep, who are truly heart broken, with tears and pleas and prayers for their lost co-workers and family members, and neighbors, who are on their way to eternal fire and forever misery in hell. There is no end to hell. Eternity is forever! Forever! Forever! God help us to weep! Cry! Plead! Beg! Fast! For every single lost soul we know. God help and forgive us for doing anything else beside this.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Wasting Time

Imagine how much time and life is wasted on tv, movies, youtube, myspace, etc. or any other frivolous things. So sad...
1Peter 5:8 "Be of sober spirit,be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."
How can we be of sober and alert spirit when we watch brain wasting and numbing sitcoms and ungodly movies? youtube videos? We cant.
Job 31:1 "I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?"
As Job made a covenant with his eyes to not look upon a woman, so should we make a covenant with our eyes to not look upon ungodly tv, videos, movies, and other forms of what this world calls 'entertainment'.

Jeremiah 7:30 "The people of Judah have done evil in my eyes, declares the Lord. They have set up their detestable idols in the house that bears my Name and have defiled it."
I think about how we, as christians, try to have a 'godly home' devoted unto God, but then set up a tv or computer, and then watch evil on it- and 'it' becomes our idol.

Psalm 101:3 (nasb) "I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me."
Psalm 101:3 (kjv) "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me."

How many worthless, or wicked things have we spent countless hours watching and finding pleasure in worldly entertainment... Or laughing at sitcoms with humor that wickedly glorifies sins, and then we laugh at it, laughing at coarse jesting, laughing at jokes about sinful things, sins for which Christ Jesus had to be crucified for?
Ephesians 5:4 "and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks."

Philipians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."
Is the tv show or movie pure? worthy of praise? If what your watching does not fit into this catorgory or standard, then don't watch it. The bible says to dwell on things that are good. Dwell means to-To fasten one's attention,to live or continue in a given condition or state,to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech. How can you do that when you dwell on unrighteous tv or movies?

Psalm 11:5 "The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates."
How much do you love violent action movies? How much pleasure do you get when the 'bad guys' or 'good guys' get killed, or revenge is executed? In our sinful nature our flesh can't help but rise up and get excited by violent action movies. You may say "Hey watching revenge getting executed is good, because it has a sense of justice, and God loves justice, so its good when the bad guy gets it"
Uh no, the bible says vengeance is the Lords, not ours, and to forgive your enemies, and to do good to those who mis-use you, mis-treat you, and to pray for those that hurt you, to pray for your enemies, to love your enemies. Then you may say in response "Well, the movie is fictional, its just a story, so what does it matter anyway!" Well, it does matter because when you are being entertained by anything that goes against biblical standards and watching and filling your mind with things that are the opposite of what the bible says, you are allowing yourself to be conformed and numbed into the mind-set of this world. Jesus told stories too, they were called parables, and parables in a way are like short stories- with a biblical teaching. Well, movies and tv shows do the same, they are like short teachings- but unfortunately its teaching is always promoting the opposite of biblical standards. Take the bible for what it says, Gods soul hates those who love violence. So why would I want to watch anything that encourages my flesh to love violence?
Psalm 11:4 "The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD'S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men."
Look at the complete opposite picture above in scripture, "The LORD is in His holy temple" Imagine God on His holy throne in perfect holiness, and perfect love, and perfect hatred of sin...And then imagine us sitting in our living room wasting time, watching an evil tv show or violent tv show or movie, laughing... Quite sad opposites. How God must be grieved. How the Holy Spirit must be grieved in us.
Ephesians 4:30 "Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."
Eph 4:29 "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth..."
How can we let no unwholesome word proceed from our mouth when we watch tv shows and movies that that are filled with unwholesome words?
Eph 4:31 "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice."
How can anger, wrath and malice be put away from us when we fill our mind with movies that are full of these things?
Rom 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."
How can you renew your mind with godliness and holiness, and not be conformed to the world when all your free time is spent doing the opposite by mind numbing entertainment.
It's interesting that the opposite (Antonym) of "renew" means to- finish, halt, kill, stop. Are you halting your walk and relationship with God by what you watch? Are you killing your spirit? Killing the 'new man' in you who is supposed to be conforming to be more like Jesus? Are You Killing your spiritual growth? Are you stopping Gods will for your life?

Or how much money have we spent on worldly entertainment that could of gone to feed the starving in Africa, or given to support missionaries who need money to help them preach the gospel that will save souls from hell? How much did your flat screen tv cost? How much did your awesome multiple speaker home entertainment center cost? How much is your new updated computer system that comes out every year?

You may say "Hey! I don't own a flat screen and I don't watch movies that much, and I don't own a movie home entertainment system, and even if I had the money to buy one, I wouldn't!" Well then, I ask you then- What do you spend your time and money on? Clothes? Do you have an unending supply of new clothes? shoes? How many pairs of shoes do you own? How much do you spend on frivolous things to decorate your house? How much video games do you play? What new video system do you buy? How much sports do you watch? news?
My point is...Is that everyone has 'something' that we can waste our time and money on. Everyone is in danger of having some sort of frivolous mind numbing and money wasting idol. Check yourself, and ask God what obstacles or idol do you have.
Psalm 26:2 "Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart."
Lamentations 3:40 "Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD."
Galatians 6:4 "But each one must examine his own work"
1Thessalonians 5:21-22 "But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil."
2Corinthians 13:5 "Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you--unless indeed you fail the test?"

Anyway things to ponder, repent, and change in our lives...God bless and help us all, who try to live godly in this present evil age.
Galatians 1:4 "who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father"

God wants to RESCUE us! So let Him.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Song of Songs

I've heard so many studies and teachings through the book of Song of Songs, and by far this is one the best series I have ever heard. I think every one NEEDS to hear and watch this, whether you are single, or married, everyone needs to see this entire series. It's amazing. If your married, you especially need this! It will help you have an awesome marriage, or maybe even save your marriage.
And guess what, if your single, you especially need this too! It will help prepare you for how to have an awesome marriage. So basically no matter who you are, you need to watch this series.











Friday, November 28, 2008

No wonder if Satan get into the saddle!

No wonder if Satan get into the saddle!
(William Secker, "The Consistent Christian" 1660)

"Avoid every kind of evil." 1 Thessalonians 5:22

He who now gives way to the least sin--may yet be given up to the greatest sins. We are never far enough from lust--while we are on earth; or near enough to Christ--while we are out of heaven. O, stand far off from the devil's mark--unless you would be hit by his arrows!

The drawing near to the appearance of evil--is the first step to the accomplishment of the most enormous evil. A spark--will easily catch a box of tinder on fire. Little streams--will find a passage to the great sea. Christian reader! Why should you venture on slippery places--when you can scarcely stand upon the firmest ground? Who will pity that man whose house is blown up with gun-powder--if he stores it in the chimney corner?

Such is the monstrous wickedness of men, that though the streams and currents of their own lusts carry them too swiftly already--yet they hoist up sails to catch the devil's winds!

The fowler spreads his net--but the wings of the bird carry her into it! If you would not step into the harlot's house--you should not go by the harlot's door! If you would not gather the forbidden fruit--then beware how you look on the luscious tree!

To pray against temptations, and yet to rush into occasions to sin--is to thrust your fingers into the fire--and then pray that they might not be burnt! If you hold the stirrup for him--no wonder if Satan get into the saddle!

"Watch and pray--so that you will not fall into temptation." Matthew 26:41. That man who is the most watchful--is the least sinful. A soul without its watch--is like a city without its wall, exposed to the attack of all its enemies!

Those who would not fall into the river--should beware how they approach too near to its banks. He who crushes the egg--need not fear the biting of the serpent. He who would not drink of the wine of divine wrath--let him not touch the cup of sinful pleasure.

A person who carries gun-powder with him--can never stand too far from the fire. If we accompany sin one mile--it will compel us to go two. Sin swells like Elijah's cloud, from the size of a man's hand to such an expansion, as to cover the whole sky.

"Let him who thinks he stands--take heed, lest he fall." 1 Corinthians 10:12. You will quickly lose your standing--if you are fearless of falling.

(I got this from sermon index, and thought it was great and had to post it)

Monday, November 24, 2008

"If we desire to end our days in joy and comfort..."

"If we desire to end our days in joy and comfort, let us lay the foundation of a comfortable death now betimes. To die well is not a thing of that light moment as some imagine: it is no easy matter. But to die well is a matter of every day. Let us daily do some good that may help us at the time of our death. Every day by repentance pull out the sting of some sin,that so when death comes, we may have nothing to do but to die. To die well is the action of the whole life."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Missionary Call/ How do I know if I'm called?

The Missionary Call

By Oswald J. Smith

What constitutes a Call? Is there any way of knowing the will of God? How can one be sure?

I think there is. In fact, I am certain. God would not leave His servants in darkness.

But let me give you James Gilmour’s experience. It is well worth quoting. How was he called, and why did he go to the Mongols? This is how he puts it:

“Is the Kingdom a harvest field? Then I thought it reasonable that I should seek to work where the work was most abundant and the workers fewest. Laborers say they are overtaxed at home; what, then, must be the case abroad, where there are wide-stretching plains already white to harvest with scarcely here and there a solitary reaper?

“To me the soul of an Indian seemed as precious as the soul of an Englishman, and the Gospel as much for the Chinese as for the European; and the band of missionaries was few compared with the company of ministers at home, it seemed to me clearly to be my duty to go abroad.

“But I go out as a missionary, not that I may follow the dictates of common sense, but that I may obey that command of Christ, ‘Go into all the world and preach.’ This command seems to be strictly a missionary injunction; so that, apart altogether from choice and other lower reason, my going forth is a matter of obedience to a plain command: and in place of seeking to assign a reason for going abroad, I would prefer to say that I have failed to discover any reason why I should stay at home.”

Gilmour went in response to the Great Commission. His Captain ordered him to “go” and he went. He went because he could find no adequate reason for staying at home. He went to the foreign field because, as he says, there the workers were fewest. What a heroic decision!

What was Charles T. Studd’s reason for going? Studd, you remember, gave away a fortune—$145,000. He could have lived at home in great luxury, but he chose rather to give away all that he had and go to China as a missionary. Why? Strange as it may seem, it was the statement of an atheist that started him on his way. It so gripped him when he read it that he felt he must leave all and follow Jesus Christ. Here it is:

“Did I firmly believe, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another, religion would mean to me everything. I would cast away earthly enjoyment as dross, earthly cares as follies, and earthly thoughts and feelings as vanity. Religion would be my first waking thought, and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness. I would labor in its cause alone. I would take thought for the morrow of Eternity only. I would esteem one soul gained for Heaven worth a life of suffering. Earthly consequences should never stay my hand, nor seal my lips. Earth, its joys and griefs, would occupy no moment in my thoughts. I would strive to look upon Eternity alone, and on the immortal Souls around me, soon to be everlastingly happy or everlastingly miserable. I would go forth to the world and preach to it in season and out of season, and my text would be, ‘What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?’”

Is that the way you feel? Have you, too, felt the urge? Does the Word of God burn like a fire in your heart? Have you no rest day or night because you do not go?

“When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul” (Ez. 33:8-9).

The Need and the Urge

That means, of course, that the need is the Call. Men are dying. You have the Message of Life. Are you going to withhold it from them? The responsibility rests upon you… To me the Call is that divine urge, that compelling impulse, that passion within that makes it impossible for me to resist. There is something within that is calling, ever calling. I am restless. I am like a hunter’s dog on the leash, straining to get away. It is that irresistible “must.” The divine fire burns within my heart. I rise from my desk and rapidly pace the floor, praying, crying to God. My mind is not on what I am doing. I see the distant fields. I feel that, come what may, I have no choice but to go. I am not satisfied to settle down where I am. One time I expressed it like this:

Hark! ‘tis a Voice that calls to me Out of the depths of mystery.

It was that inner Voice that spoke to my soul and called me into the ministry and to the mission fields of the world. I can’t explain it, except to speak of it as an “urge” that was with me night and day. That urge I followed, and I have never been disappointed.

Stir me, Oh! stir me, Lord— I care not how, But stir my heart in passion for the world. Stir me to give, to go, but most to pray. Stir, till the Blood-red banner be unfurled O’er lands that still in heathen darkness lie, O’er deserts where no Cross is lifted high.

If you really want to hear God’s voice, and if you want to do His will, I can tell you how you may find out whether or not He has called you to the foreign field. Just do two things.

First, start praying about your life’s work, and pray every day. Set aside a time to wait on God about it. Pray “Lord, what would you have me to do?” Every day talk to God about it.

Second, as you pray, read missionary biographies. When I was a student I purchased a whole shelf of biographies and read two or three chapters each day. You young women should be perfectly familiar with the life stories of Ann Judson, Mary Slessor, and other missionary heroines. You young men should know the lives of Livingstone, Moffat, MacKay, Gilmour, Morrison, Taylor and other great missionary heroes.

Why do I tell you to study biographies? Because in this twentieth century you are living in an atmosphere in which God cannot speak to you. If you will read missionary biographies, you will be putting yourself into an atmosphere where God can talk to you.

Hence as you read biographies, and then pray about your life’s work day by day, you will hear the voice of God. Before long you will be burdened for some particular field, after you have finished your training, you will find yourself in the place of God’s choosing for you.

That is the way most missionaries have heard God’s Call. As I said before, it is the Divine urge. It is the voice of the Holy Spirit telling you to go, and if you disobey you will do so at your peril. You can never be happy except in the center of God’s will.

Satan’s Opposition

But no sooner will you decide to become a missionary than Satan will do everything in his power to discourage you. He may make it difficult for you to get the money you need to secure your training. He may turn the members of your own family against you. If he cannot succeed in any other way, he will do what he has done in hundreds of cases. He will get you young women interested in some young man who has no idea of ever becoming a missionary, and if you marry him, you will never be a missionary. He will get you young men interested in some young woman who is not planning upon going to the foreign field, and if you marry her that will be the end of your missionary work forever.

I cannot tell you how many have come to me in the middle age and have said, “Dr. Smith, God called me to be a missionary, but I married a man who was not going, and now we have a family. We are in middle life and it is too late. I have missed God’s best and now I must take His second best.” And I have had them break down and weep. Listen, young people, if God has called you and you have become an active volunteer, then you have no right to even keep company with anyone except someone who is traveling in your direction, and if you do that you will both reach the same destination.

Thus, you will be called, and thus you will be guided, and if you will faithfully follow these suggestions, God will lead you into the most glorious work ever committed to man. You will become a missionary, your life will be invested in a worthwhile work, and, conscious of the leading of the Lord, you will never be disappointed. You can do what millions of others have done if you want to. You can settle down to the monotony of American life, get married, raise children, work, retire, die and be forgotten, or—you can become a pioneer, a trail-blazer, invest your life in a great adventure for God, and be the first to give some unreached tribe the Gospel, and be re-membered forever. Which is it to be? It is for you to decide.

John G. Paton argued this way: “I clearly saw that all at home had free access to the Bible and the means of Grace, with Gospel light shining all around them, while the poor heathen were perishing without even the chance of knowing all God’s love and mercy to men.”

Will you then listen to His voice and answer, “Here am I, Lord, send me?”

Missions and the Bible

What does the word “missionary” mean? Is it in the Bible?

The word “mission” comes from the Latin word mitto, which was derived from the Greek word apostello. This latter word means “to send” and from it we get the English word “apostle.” The word “mission” is not used widely in the Bible though the fact that God is on a mission is the main theme of all of scripture.

The last words of Jesus to his disciples, what many call “The Great Commission” is found in Matt 28:16. This passage of scriptures is the most common text for going and making disciples of the nations. However it is not the only text that gives the biblical basis for missions. In fact, from Genesis to Revelation, we see God on a mission and calling others to join Him. Take out the theme of mission from the Bible you have nothing left. Mission is what makes the Bible make sense.

This Mission shown forth in scripture is sometimes called the “Missio Dei” in Latin or the Mission of God. The idea is that God is the initiator and sustainer of mission, not men. God calls us, His church, to participate in what He is doing in the world. We, as the Church, are the instrument that He has chosen to get the message out to the nations. This calling was originally given to Israel as a nation (see Isa 42) and still stands although it has been expanded to include us as non-Jews. (Romans 11).

Where is missions in the Bible? The Question should be, “Where is missions not in the Bible”?

Old Testament and missions

Genesis 12:1-3 (repeated in Gen. 18:18, 22:17-18, 26:24 and 28:12-14)

Exodus 9:14-16 — purpose of the plagues

Exodus 19:6 — Israel was to be a “kingdom of priests”

Numbers 14:21 — glory of Lord fills the whole earth

Deuteronomy 4:6-8 — show your understanding to the nations

Deuteronomy 10:19 — “You are to love those who are aliens”

Deuteronomy 28:10 — “all the peoples on the earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord”

Deuteronomy 32:1 - “Hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.”

Joshua 4:24 — “so that all the peoples of the earth might know”

1 Samuel 2:10 — “The LORD will judge the ends of the earth.”

1 Samuel 17:46 — “the whole world will know there is a God in Israel”

1 Kings 8:41-43, 59-60 (also in 2 Chronicles 6:32-33) — “so that all peoples of the earth may know your name” (Solomon’s prayer at dedication of Temple)

2 Kings 19:15 — “Hezekiah prayed . . . : O LORD, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.’”

1 Chronicles 16:31 “Let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, The Lord reigns!’”

1 Chronicles 16:24 — “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples”

2 Chronicles 6:33 — “so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you”

Psalm 2:7-10 — “You are my Son . . . I will make the nations your inheritance”

Psalm 7:7-8 — “Let the Lord judge the peoples”

Psalm 8:9 — “How majestic is your name in all the earth!”

Psalm 18:49 — “I will praise you among the nations”

Psalm 22:26-28 — “all the families of the nations will bow down”

Psalm 19:1-4 — “their words to the ends of the world”

Psalm 22:27 — “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord”

Psalm 24 — “The earth is the Lord’s”

Psalm 33 — “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”

Psalm 45:17 — “The nations will praise you for ever and ever”

Psalm 46:10 — “I will be exalted among the nations”

Psalm 47 — “God reigns over the nations”

Psalm 48:10 — “Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth”

Psalm 49:1 — “Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world”

Psalm 50 — “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets”

Psalm 57 — “I will sing of you among the peoples”

Psalm 59:13 — “It will be known to the ends of the earth that God rules over Jacob.”

Psalm 65:5-8 — “the hope of all the ends of the earth . . . where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy”

Psalm 66 — “All the earth bows down to you . . . Praise our God, O peoples”

Psalm 67 — “your salvation among all peoples”

Psalm 68:32 — “Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth”

Psalm 72 — “all nations will serve him”

Psalm 72:9 — “the desert tribes will bow before him”

Psalm 72:17, 19 — “All nations will be blessed through him . . . May the whole earth be filled with his glory”

Psalm 77:14 — “you display your power among the peoples”

Psalm 82 — “all the nations are your inheritance”

Psalm 83:18 — “You alone are the Most High over all the earth.”

Psalm 86:8-13 — all nations will come and worship

Psalm 87 — the register of the peoples

Psalm 96 — “sing to the Lord, all the earth . . . Declare his glory among the nations”

Psalm 97 — “The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice”

Psalm 98:3 — “All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.”

Psalm 98:9 — “He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.”

Psalm 99:1-3 — “He is exalted over all the nations. Let them praise your great and awesome name”

Psalm 102:15 — “The nations will fear the name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.”

Psalm 102:22 — “when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the Lord”

Psalm 105:1 — “make known among the nations what He has done”

Psalm 106:8 — reason for dividing the Red Sea

Psalm 108:3 — “I will sing of you among the peoples”

Psalm 108:5 — “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth.”

Psalm 110:6 — “He will judge the nations,”

Psalm 113:3 — “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised”

Psalm 117 — “Praise the Lord, all you nations”

Psalm 126 — “it was said among the nations”

Psalm 135 — “our Lord is greater than all gods”

Psalm 138:4 — “may all the kings of the earth praise you, O Lord”

Isaiah 2:3 — “Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob.

Isaiah 6:3 — “They were calling to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’”

Isaiah 11:9 — “fill the earth with the knowledge of the Lord”

Isaiah 11:10 — “in that day a Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples, the nations . . .”

Isaiah 12:4 — “Make known among the nations what He has done”

Isaiah 24:16 — “From the ends of the earth we hear singing: Glory to the Righteous One.’”

Isaiah 25:6 — “the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples”

Isaiah 42:4 — “in His law the islands will put their hope”

Isaiah 42:6 — “I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles.”

Isaiah 34:1 — “Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples!”

Isaiah 37:16 — “O Lord Almighty . . . , you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.”

Isaiah 42:4 — “He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.”

Isaiah 43:6 — “I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’”

Isaiah 45:6 — “from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me.”

Isaiah 45:22 — “Turn to me . . . all you ends of the earth”

Isaiah 49:1-6 — “I will make you a light for the Gentiles”

Isaiah 49:22 — “The Sovereign Lord says: “See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples.”

Isaiah 52:10 — “The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.”

Isaiah 56:7 — “my house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations”

Isaiah 59:19 — “From the west, men will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere His glory.”

Isaiah 60:3 — “Nations will come to your light”

Isaiah 62:11 — “The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth”

Isaiah 66:19 — “They will proclaim my glory among the nations”

Jeremiah 3:17 — “All nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord”

Jeremiah 16:19 To you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.”

Ezekiel 36:22-23 — “The nations will know I am the Lord”

Daniel 2:47; 4:1-2; 6:25 — “Surely your God is the God of gods”

Daniel 7:13, 14 — “all peoples, nations and languages should serve Him”

Jonah’s story — the missionary book of the Old Testament

Micah 1:2 — “Hear, O peoples, all of you, listen, O earth and all who are in it.”

Micah 4:2 — “Many nations will come”

Micah 5:4 — “His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.”

Habbakuk 2:14 — “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the water cover the sea”

Zephaniah 2:11 — “Nations on every shore will worship him”

Zephaniah 3:9 — “Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord.”

Haggai 2:7 — “Desire of all nations”

Zechariah 2:11 — “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people”

Zechariah 8:20-23 — “Many peoples and inhabitants of many cities will come”

Zechariah 9:10 — “He will proclaim peace to the nations”

Zechariah 14:9 — “The Lord will be king over the whole earth.”

Malachi 1:10-11 — “My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun” New Testament and missions

Matthew 4:8-11 — Temptation of Jesus

Matthew 6:9-10 — The Lord’s prayer

Matthew 10:18 — “On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.”

Matthew 13 (Ezekiel 17:23) — parables of sower, weeds, mustard seed, fishing net

Matthew 24:14 — the gospel will be preached in the whole world

Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15 - The Great Commission (which many say is a re-statement of God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12)

Mark 11:17 (Isaiah 56:7) — a house of prayer for all nations

Mark 13:10 — “the gospel must first be preached to all nations”

Mark 16:15 (see Matthew 28:19-20)

Luke 2:32 — “a light for revelation to the Gentiles”

Luke 10:2 — “harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few”

Luke 10:27 — “love your neighbor as yourself”

John 3:16 ”For God so loved the world that he gave…”

John 12:32 — “I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”

John 21:4-14 — some Biblical commentators have said the 153 fish equals the number of all the tribes and nations which the ancients thought existed on earth

Acts 1:8; 2:5-12 13:47 (Isaiah 49:6) — witnesses in all the earth

Acts 3:25 — “He said to Abraham, Through your offspring, all peoples on earth will be blessed.’”

Acts 9:15 “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings.”

Acts 11:18 — “They praised God, saying, So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.’”

Acts 13:47 — “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)

Acts 14:27 — “They reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.”

Acts 28:28 — “Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!”

Romans 1:5 — “We received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to obedience.”

Romans 3:29 — “Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too.”

Romans 10:12-15 — “How can they hear?”

Romans 15:10 “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” (Deuteronomy 32:43]

Romans 15:11 “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and sing praises to him, all you peoples.” (Psalm 117:1)

Romans 16:26 — So that all nations might believe

2 Corinthians 4:15 — “grace that is reaching more and more people”

2 Corinthians 10:16 — “so that we can preach the gospel to the regions beyond you”

Galatians 3:8 — “The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: All nations will be blessed through you.’” (Genesis 12:3; 18:18; 22:18)

Galatians 3:14 — “He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles.”

Ephesians 1:10 — “To bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.”

Ephesians 2:11-19 — “you are no longer foreigners and aliens”

Philippians 2:10 — Every knee shall bow

1 Thessalonians 2:15-16 — “to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved”

Hebrews 6:13-14 — God’s promise to Abraham

2 Peter 3:9, 12 — “not wanting anyone to perish”

1 John 2:2 — “He is the atoning sacrifice . . . for the sins of the whole world”

Revelation 5:9 — “you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation”

Revelation 7:9 — Every tribe, tongue, people and nation

Revelation 14:6 — “The angel had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth — to every nation, tribe, language and people.”

Revelation 15:4 — “all nations will come and worship before you”

Revelation 21:23-24 — “The Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light”

What do missionaries do?

I believe that in God’s mind, building His Church, or those people called out from among the nations, is the main priority. Jesus told us that He would build his church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matt 16:18). In order to do that, He has given gifts to redeemed men to prepare His people for “works of service.” These gifts of service or ministry can be found in I Cor 12 and Eph 4. One of these gifts is the gift of the Apostle, or Sent one. This gift is not to be confused with the original 12 Apostles, but has to do with function more than title.

An Apostle is one who is sent by God with a mandate to plant churches. He is specially equipped to lay the foundation for those who have believed in the message of the Gospel that has been preached to them. He appoints leadership over these groups and nurtures them as a spiritual father providing direction and oversight when needed. He then moves on to build other churches in similar fashion.

In this calling he is like the thumb of the hand that is able to touch all four of the other fingers or gifts when needed; pastor, teacher, evangelist, and prophet. His main burden is to plant where Christ has not been named and many times this ministry is evidenced by signs, miracles, and wonders confirming the word preached.

In addition to the Apostolic gifting, some in the Body of Christ may be called to operate in any of the other Spiritual giftings as a blessing to the Church cross culturally. This may include certain outreaches such as orphan ministry, mercy ministry, education, and support ministry.

If you got to the end of this page, congratulations! You just took in a load of information!

Awesome Quotes!

Missionary Quotes-

Take some time to read through these quotes, digest them, and listen to what God may be saying to you about playing your part in His global mission.

“The purpose of the church is to bring God glory through the worldwide proclamation, reception and worship of His Son. This is our corporate purpose. It should be our individual purpose as well” -David Shibley

“We do not adequately confess Christ as the God of all men if we seek to be his witnesses only among our neighbors. We must seek at the same time to confess him to the ends of the earth” -Leslie Newbigin

To understand the role of mobilizers, think of World War II as a parallel. Only 10% of the American population went to the war. Of those, only 1% were actually on the firing lines. However, for them to be successful in their mission, the entire country had to be mobilized!” -Phil Parshall

“God requires no person to spend his or her life reiterating the gospel to people who will not receive it. He wants everyone to have an opportunity to hear. Then He would have us move on to other areas. The mistake of the church has been that she sits down to convert all the people in one country to the neglect of the great masses who have never had the chance to hear the gospel - not even once!”-A.B. Simpson

“The church is a subplot to the bigger story. If it exists for its own sake, or its own growth, it has probably already broken the first commandment”-Paul McKaughan

“Anyone who can help 100 missionaries to the field is more important than one missionary on the field. In fact, mission mobilization activity is more crucial than field missionary activity.”-Phil Parshall

“Not every believer has the missionary gift, but every Christian is called to some kind of involvement in missions. We are called to advance the gospel in some way and to participate in the fulfilling of God’s purposes in our generation”-David Shibley

“No pastor is fully obedient to Christ if he does not lead his church to pursue the Great Commission by making disciples both locally and around the world.” Bill Lawrence

“Churches realize that God will do more through their honest mistakes than their disobedience; more through their fumbled efforts than their lack of efforts; more through their awkward attempts to influence their global neighbors than through their grand programs within their comfort zone.”-Mark Mays

“Must you go to China? How much nicer it would be to stay here and serve the Lord at home!” She made it plain at last that she would not go to China.”- J. Hudson Taylor’s new ex-girlfriend

“You can do something other than working with God in His purpose, but it will always be something lesser, and you couldn’t come up with something better.”- Steve Hawthorne “I have seen, at different times, the smoke of a thousand villages - villages whose people are without Christ, without God, and without hope in the world.”- Robert Moffat

“The command has been to “go,” but we have stayed - in body, gifts, prayer and influence. He has asked us to be witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the earth… but 99% of Christians have kept puttering around in the homeland.”- Robert Savage

“While vast continents are shrouded in darkness… the burden of proof lies upon you to show that the circumstances in which God has placed you were meant by God to keep you out of the foreign mission field.”- Ion Keith-Falconer

“I wasn’t God’s first choice for what I’ve done for China… I don’t know who it was… It must have been a man… a well-educated man. I don’t know what happened. Perhaps he died. Perhaps he wasn’t willing… and God looked down… and saw Gladys Aylward… And God said - “Well, she’s willing.”- Gladys Aylward

“Brother, if you would enter that Province, you must go forward on your knees.”- J. Hudson Taylor

“The man… looking at him with a smile that only half concealed his contempt, inquired, “Now Mr. Morrison do you really expect that you will make an impression on the idolatry of the Chinese Empire?” “No sir,” said Morrison, “but I expect that God will.”- Robert Morrison

“Here am I. Send me.“- Isaiah

“And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives… and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.”- Nate Saint

“Jehovah Witnesses don’t believe in hell and neither do most Christians”- Leonard Ravenhill

“Had I cared for the comments of people, I should never have been a missionary.”- C.T. Studd

“Young man, sit down: when God pleases to convert the heathen, He will do it without your aid or mine.”- said to a young William Carey who later opened India to the modern missions movement

“Oh, that I had a thousand lives, and a thousand bodies! All of them should be devoted to no other employment but to preach Christ to these degraded, despised, yet beloved mortals.”- Robert Moffat

“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.”- John Stott

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”- Jim Elliot

“A tiny group of believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.”- K.P. Yohannan

“I have but one passion - it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.”- Count Zinzindorf

“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies.”- J. Hudson Taylor

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”- John the Baptist

“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”- C.T. Studd

“The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner.”- William Cameron Townsend

“Prepare for the worst, expect the best, and take what comes.”- Robert E. Speer

“The saddest thing one meets is a nominal Christian. I had not seen it in Japan where missions is younger. The church here is a “field full of wheat and tares.”- Amy Carmichael

“I used to think that prayer should have the first place and teaching the second. I now feel it would be truer to give prayer the first, second and third places and teaching the fourth.”- James O. Fraser

“It is just as proper, maybe even more so, to say Christ’s global cause has a Church as to say Christ’s Church has a global cause.”- David Bryant

“If you are sick, fast and pray; if the language is hard to learn, fast and pray; if the people will not hear you, fast and pray, if you have nothing to eat, fast and pray.”- Frederick Franson

“What are we here for, to have a good time with Christians or to save sinners?”- Malla Moe

“I tell you, brethren, if mercies and if judgments do not convert you, God has no other arrows in His quiver.”- Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne

“It’s amazing what can be accomplished if you don’t worry about who gets the credit.”- Clarence W. Jones

“Two distinguishing marks of the early church were: 1) Poverty 2) Power.”- T.J. Bach

“Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.”- David Livingstone

“From my many years’ experience I can unhesitatingly say that the cross bears those who bear the cross.”- Sadhu Sundar Singh

“I pray that no missionary will ever be as lonely as I have been.”- Lottie Moon

“All my friends are but one, but He is all sufficient.”- William Carey

“How little chance the Holy Ghost has nowadays. The churches and missionary societies have so bound him in red tape that they practically ask Him to sit in a corner while they do the work themselves.”- C.T. Studd

“I have always believed that the Good Samaritan went across the road to the wounded man just because he wanted to.”- Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

“The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities there are for God to do something.”- Clarence W. Jones

“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.”- William Carey

“God’s part is to put forth power; our part is to put forth faith.”- Andrew A. Bonar

“All the resources of the Godhead are at our disposal!”- Jonathan Goforth

“I feel now, that Arabia could easily be evangelized within the next thirty years if it were not for the wicked selfishness of Christians.”-Samuel Zwemer

“The Indian is making an amazing discovery, namely that Christianity and Jesus are not the same - that they may have Jesus without the system that has been built up around Him in the West.”- E. Stanley Jones

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” - Jesus

“All roads lead to the judgment seat of Christ.”- Keith Green

“Obedience to the call of Christ nearly always costs everything to two people- the one who is called, and the one who loves that one.”- Oswald Chambers

“Christians don’t tell lies they just go to church and sing them”- A.W. Tozer

“I have said that there is nothing in the world or the Church, except it’s disobedience, to render the evangelization of the world in this generation an impossibility.”- Robert Speer

“I will lay my bones by the Ganges that India might know there is one who cares.”- Alexander Duff

“Today Christians spend more money on dog food then missions”- Leonard Ravenhill

“It will not do to say that you have no special call to go to China. With these facts before you and with the command of the Lord Jesus to go and preach the gospel to every creature, you need rather to ascertain whether you have a special call to stay at home.”- J. Hudson Taylor

“We talk of the second coming, half the world has never heard of the first.”- Oswald J. Smith

“God cannot lead you on the basis of facts that you do not know.”- David Bryant

“And thus I aspire to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named so that I would not build on another man’s foundation.”- Paul

“Why do we insist on building the largest and most impressive structures in our city when people on the other side of town are hungry, jobless and worshipping in storefronts?”- K.P. Yohannan

“If every Christian is already considered a missionary, then all can stay put where they are, and nobody needs to get up and go anywhere to preach the gospel. But if our only concern is to witness where we are, how will people in unevangelized areas ever hear the gospel? The present uneven distribution of Christians and opportunities to hear the gospel of Christ will continue on unchanged.”- C. Gordon Olson

“I spent twenty years of my life trying to recruit people out of local churches and into missions structures so that they could be involved in fulfilling God’s global mission. Now I have another idea. Let’s take God’s global mission and put it right in the middle of the local church!”- George Miley

“God provides the men and women needed for each generation.”-Mildred Cable

“Oh dear, I couldn’t say that my church is alive and I wouldn’t want to call it dead. I guess it’s just walking in its sleep!”- Church member

“When he landed in 1848 there were no Christians here; when he left in 1872 there were no heathen.”- said of John Geddie

“I am ready to burn out for God. I am ready to endure any hardship, if by any means I might save some. The longing of my heart is to make known my glorious Redeemer to those who have never heard.”-William Burns

“At the moment I put the bread and wine into those dark hands, once stained with the blood of cannibalism, now stretched out to receive and partake the emblems and seals of the Redeemer’s love, I had a foretaste of the joy of glory that well nigh broke my heart to pieces. I shall never taste a deeper bliss, till I gaze on the glorified face of Jesus himself.”- John G. Paton

“Save others, snatching them out of the fire.”- Jude

“The evangelization of the world in this generation.”- Student Volunteer Movement Motto

“Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring.”- Jesus

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.”- John Piper

“His authority on earth allows us to dare to go to all the nations. His authority in heaven gives us our only hope of success. And His presence with us leaves us no other choice.”- John Stott

“Today five out of six non-Christians in our world have no hope unless missionaries come to them and plant the church among them.”- David Bryant

“Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ.”- Francis Xavier

“Christ for the students of the world, and the students of the world for Christ.”- Luther Wishard

“We who have Christ’s eternal life need to throw away our own lives.”- George Verwer

“Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell, I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.”- C.T. Studd

“When I get to China, I will have no claim on any one for anything. My claim will be alone in God and I must learn before I leave England to move men through God by prayer alone.”- J. Hudson Taylor

“God has huge plans for the world today! He is not content to merely establish a handful of struggling churches among each tongue, tribe and nation. Even now He is preparing and empowering His Church to carry the seeds of revival to the uttermost ends of the earth.”- David Smithers

“The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.”- Mike Stachura

“Answering a student’s question, ‘Will the heathen who have not heard the Gospel be saved?’ thus, ‘It is more a question with me whether we, who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not, can be saved.’”- C.H. Spurgeon.

Twenty year-old John R. Mott walked in late to the meeting at Cornell while J.K. Studd was quoting, “Young man, are you seeking great things for yourself? Seek them not! Seek first the Kingdom of God!” He couldn’t sleep all night. He finally got up and had the courage to meet with Studd. He later said that the meeting with Studd was the “decisive hour of his life”. He went on to become the greatest missions mobilizer in world history. “There is something wonderfully misleading, full of hallucination and delusion in this business of missionary calls. With many of us it is not a missionary call at all that we are looking for; it is a shove. There are a great many of us who would never hear a call if it came.”- Robert Speer

“I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God; first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”- J. Hudson Taylor

“I love to live on the brink of eternity.”- David Brainerd

“The greatest tragedy to befall a person is to have sight but lack vision.”- Helen Keller

“‘Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come there. And then look Christ in the face, whose mercy you have professed to obey, and tell him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish his mercy to the world.”- William Booth

“Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you are alive, it isn’t.”- Richard Bach

“If God has fit you to be a missionary, I would not have you shrivel down to be a king.”- Charles H. Spurgeon

“The world is my parish.”- John Wesley

“Why doesn’t your God speak my language?”- Guatemalan Indian to Cam Townsend, founder Wycliffe Bible Translators

“I am willing to go anywhere, at anytime, to do anything for Jesus.”- Luther Wishard

“The 3.5 billion unreached people on earth would form a single file line that would stretch around the equator 25 times! Can you picture 25 lines of Christless people, trampling endlessly toward hell? Let that vision stay with you day and night.”- Larry Stockstill

“God does not have to come and tell me what I must do for Him, He brings me into a relationship with Himself where I hear His call and understand what He wants me to do, and I do it out of sheer love to Him… When people say they have had a call to foreign service, or to any particular sphere of work, they mean that their relationship to God has enabled them to realize what they can do for God.”- Oswald Chambers

“A little prayer, little power; no prayer, no power.”- A Chinese Christian motto

“When God’s finger points, God’s hand will open the door.”-Clarence Jones

“I will open Africa to the gospel or die trying.”- Rowland Bingham

“None but women can reach Muslim Women… So we have a solemn duty in this matter that we cannot shift. The blood of souls is on our skirts, and God will demand them at our hands.”- Missionary wife from the Middle East

“The church that does not evangelize will fossilize.”-Oswald J. Smith

“As long as there are millions destitute of the word of God and the knowledge of Jesus Christ, it will be impossible for me to devote my time and energy to those who have both.”- J.L. Ewen

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”- Charles Spurgeon

“We have a God who delights in impossibilities.”- Andrew Murray

“Why do you need a voice when you have a verse.”-Jim Elliot

“The history of missions is the history of answered prayer. From Pentecost to the Haystack meeting in New England and from the days when Robert Morrison landed in China to the martyrdom of John and Betty Stam, prayer has been the source of power and the secret of spiritual triumph.”-Samuel Zwemer

“They are making a living when they could be making a life.”-Samuel Zwemer

“Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle.” -Bishop Phillips Brooks

“Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with the word in such a view, and with such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink, but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall hereafter be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice.” -David Livingstone“

My business is to witness for Christ. I make shoes just to pay my expenses” -William Carey

“Some retorted upon me, `There are heathen at home; let us seek and save, first of all, the lost ones perishing at our doors.”’ We must evangelize our home front first, before we worry about the rest of the world. Aren’t there millions of sinners living all around us? Isn’t it logical and right to preach to them first?’ “This I felt to be most true, and an appalling fact; but I unfailingly observed that those who made this retort neglected those home heathen themselves. They would ungrudgingly spend more on a fashionable party at dinner or tea, on concert or ball or theatre, or on some ostentatious display, or worldly or selfish indulgence, ten times more, perhaps in a single day, than they would give in a year, or in half a lifetime, for the conversion of the whole heathen world, either at home or abroad.” -John Paton, Missionary from Scotland to the South Sea Islands“

Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession” (Psalm 2:8)

“There are frontier or pioneer missionaries, and there are evangelists. Missionaries cross cultures and learn languages. And frontier missionaries pour out their lives “by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God” to break through thousands of years of darkness and the reign of Satan over a people who do not know the King of kings and the Savior of the world. This was Paul’s ambition. And since the great commission to make disciples of all nations is still valid and there are peoples today who do not know the gospel, therefore every church should pray that God raise up many frontier missionaries, and make all of us evangelists.” -John Piper

“I can imagine—indeed I pray—that ten years from now someone—perhaps ten of you—will write a letter home from an unreached people and say, “I am here to speak the gospel to those who have never heard, for as it is written in Romans 15:20, ‘I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation.’ God burned that word onto my heart and turned it into a holy ambition.” -John Piper to his congregation-August, 2006.”

“The Bible is not the basis of missions; missions is the basis of the Bible” — Ralph Winter, U.S. Center for World Mission

“If ten men are carrying a log — nine of them on the little end and one at the heavy end — and you want to help, which end will you lift on?” — William Borden, as he reflected on the numbers of Christian workers in the U.S. as compared to those among unreached peoples in China

“The reason some folks don’t believe in missions is that the brand of religion they have isn’t worth propagating.” — unknown

When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages.” To that, Calvert replied, “We died before we came here.”

“Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is — where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell converge.” — Robert C. Shannon

“It is possible for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions.” — John R. Mott“

Love is the root of missions; sacrifice is the fruit of missions” — Roderick Davis“

Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love” — Roland Allen“

I believe that in each generation God has called’ enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth…. It is not God who does not call. It is man who will not respond!” — Isobel Kuhn, missionary to China and Thailand

“To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” — William Carey, pioneer missionary to India“God is a God of missions. He wills missions. He commands missions. He demands missions. He made missions possible through His Son. He made missions actual in sending the Holy Spirit.” — George W. Peters“The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet.” — Unknown“The Church must send or the church will end.” — Mendell Taylor“Only as the church fulfills her missionary obligation does she justify her existence.” — Unknown“Go, send, or disobey.” — John Piper

“I like what I’m doing better than what you’re not doing.” - Dr. Charles Keen

“Why do what others can and will do, when there is so much that needs to be done that others will not do?”– Dawson Trotman, Founder of Navigators

“Whom God would use greatly He will hurt deeply.” - A.W. Tozer

“May the time come when rich men and great men would think it an honor to support whole stations of missionaries in Africa, instead of spending their money on hounds and horses.”- David Livingstone

“God cannot bless your ignorance – no matter how much you dedicate it!”- David Mays

“There are three stages in the work of God: Impossible; Difficult; Done.”- J. Hudson Taylor

“If you want the Kingdom speeded, go out and speed it yourselves. Only obedience rationalizes prayer. Only Missions can redeem your intercessions from insincerity.”
- William Carey

“As we seek to find out why, with such millions of Christians, the real army of God that is fighting the hosts of darkness is so small, the only answer is – lack of heart. The enthusiasm of the kingdom is missing. And that is because there is so little enthusiasm for the King.”- Andrew Murray

“I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don’t want enough of Him to make me love a black man [or any different ethnic group] or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb not a new birth. I want about a pound of the eternal in a paper sack. I’d like to buy $3 worth of God, please [How much do you want?].”- Wilbur Reese

“Is is one thing for a minister to be an advocate and supporter of missions: it is another and very different thing for him to understand that missions are the chief end of the church, and therefore the chief end for which his congregation exists. It is only when this truth masters him in its spiritual power that he will be able to give the subject of missions its true place in his ministry.”- Bishop Hendrix

“Is what you’re living for worth Christ dying for”? Leonard Ravenhill

“Missionaries are like a pile of manure. When you spread them out, they do some good. But if you let them pile up in one place, they begin to stink.”- (unknown)

“Every person ought to pray at least one violent prayer everyday.”– Gordon Lindsay (founder of Christ for the Nations)

“There are no closed doors to the gospel - provided that, once you get inside, you don’t care if you ever come out.”– Brother Andrew

“History’s one great lesson is that reactionaries are losers.”– George Otis, Jr.

“The God of the Bible confronts entire nationalities, challenges whole peoples, takes seriously every cultural sphere. And the God of the Bible doesn’t talk about most of the people (individuals) of the world. God has not commanded us to go into most of the world. We do not read in the Bible that in the End Times every tribe and tongue and people will be represented. The Bible talks about every people - that is, every nation, tribe, and tongue.”– Ralph Winter (U.S. Center for World Mission)

“What we need to be assured of is not that we possess an excellent system of doctrine and ritual, but that the gift of the Holy Spirit is a reality.”- Roland Allen

“We dare not go on awakening interest in the gospel unless somehow we can nourish and preserve the results.”- Clarence W. Jones

“Every step in the progress of missions is directly traceable to prayer.”- A.T. Pierson

“I do not know how to make a man think seriously about sin and judgment, and must look to the work of the Holy Spirit for any hint of such a working.”- Jim Elliot

“Gain all you can; save all you can; give all you can.”- John Wesley

“I am driven to keep going for Christ by the filling of the Holy Spirit and the knowledge that the harvest is not forever. It will soon be past.”– Bill Bright

“We must be constantly weaving into our organization the new generation. My work the world over and across the many years has shown me that young people can be trusted with great loads and great responsibilities. Youth have never disappointed me when I have put heavy burdens on them.”– John R. Mott

“This generation is waiting for the challenge that will demand their all. They are waiting to find something they can pour their lives into - something to sink their teeth into. They have become disallusioned with both the secular world and the Christian world. Our greatest natural resources - the vision and energy of a whole generation of youth - are being squandered. We must show them a Christianity that will answer their cry for a meaningful life. It is time to call them to give their lives away to a cause greater than themselves. We need to let them know there is a Christ to live for and a cause worth dying for.”- Ron Luce

“The first joint priority of the churches of any city should be that of making it hard for people to go to hell from that city.”- David Shibley

“Do you wake up in the morning with Jesus on your mind? Do you go to sleep with Jesus on your mind? Do you eat, sleep, breathe Jesus?” Steve Hill

“I am convinced that when we stand before God…we will discover that every soul ever brought to a knowledge of Christ was in some way related to intercessory prayer.”- Dick Eastman

“The Bible in its totality ascribes only one intention to God: to save mankind. Every task of the church makes sense and has a purpose only as it leads to the mission.”– Georg F. Vicedom

“All my forefathers have passed away into darkness without knowing anything of what was to befall them; how is it that your forefathers knowing all these things, did not send word to my forefathers sooner?”– (an African chief speaking to Missionary David Livingstone)

“There is no argument for missions. The entire action of God in history, the whole revelation of God in Christ — that is the argument.”– James S. Stewart

“God is a missionary God. The Bible is a missionary book. The Gospel is a missionary message. The church is a missionary institution. And when the church ceases to be missionary minded, it has denied its faith and betrayed its trust.”– J. Herbert Kane

“Essentially, the church has many responsibilities but only one mission, and that is the evangelization and discipling of all nations.”– Daniel Bacon

“Missions are the chief end of the Church….the chief end of the ministry ought to be to equip the Church for this. Each congregation is meant to be a training class.”
– Andrew Murray (The Key to the Missionary Problem)

“Watch out for teachers who preach all manner of insight, yet have no passion for the ends of the earth. When they say that it is ‘just not their ministry,’ they are people who have not seen the heart of God and who are not committed to the complete Lordship of Christ.”– John Willis Zumwalt (Founder of Heart of God Ministries)

“Don’t aim to plant churches. Aim to plant a church that will plant many other churches.”
– George Patterson

“Look to the heathen without Christ, and you will find an altar…and may God help you to be a sacrifice.”– Warren Chastain (OMF Missionary to Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia)”We have the means of evangelizing our country, but they are slumbering in the pews of our churches.”- John Stott

“For one, I hold we must either give up the inspiration of the Word, or accept the lost condition of the world. The epistle of the Romans deals with these very questions and leaves no standing room for any candid doubt, unless we deny that Paul spake under the moving of the Holy Ghost. We can scarcely read the introductory chapter of that masterly epistle, which is logic on fire, without observing a fearful indictment on the whole pagan world from idolatry and iniquity. Yet he does not hesitate to affirm that they are WITHOUT EXCUSE, because that when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God.”
– A.T. Pierson

“I meet a good many people who say to me, ‘I cannot believe that the heathen are lost, because they have not heard the Gospel’; and I fully agree with them. I believe they are lost, because they are now in sin and go on in sin. It is not a delusion as to whether people will be lost. We are lost, because it is a state of nature. The unconverted are lost already, but they can learn that Jesus Christ came to seek and to save, not those who are in danger of being lost, but those that are lost.”– James Hudson Taylor

“I continually heard…the wail of the perishing heathen in the South Seas.”– John G. Paton

“Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest.”– James Hudson Taylor

“There is no better way to measure the self centeredness in the Church than the lip service that we give to the heart of God concerning those who are living in total darkness.”– Dr. James L. West

“Missions is the reason we live. The minute the Church gets on her knees, the minute the Church sells out to advancing the Gospel into these dark areas, Satan is done.”– John Willis Zumwalt

“It is not clever technology that will see salvation brought to the ends of the earth. It is the taking on of His Name, His nature and character, the living of His life and the partaking in His sufferings and death.”– John Willis Zumwalt

“Is it possible to get close to the Master’s heart without getting close to the Master’s mission?”– Larry Moyer

“Jesus was moved with compassion concerning the miseries of men. He saw them as lost, hungry, sick and bewildered. And just as His Father’s heart had been moved in love to send Christ into the world to redeem them, so our Lord’s own heart was moved in compassion toward them.”– G. Christian Weiss

“You would believe in pioneer missions if your family were part of an unevangelized people group.”– Norm Lewis

“The shore waters are largely over-fished. Out in the deeps are fish that have never had smell or sight of bait or net. Here, near shore, the lines get badly tangled sometimes, and committees have to be appointed to try to untangle the lines and sweeten up the fishermen. And the fish get very particular about the sort or shape of the bait. Some men have taken to fishing wholly with pickles, but with very unsatisfying results. The fish nibble, but are seldom landed apparently. And just a little bit out are fish that never have gotten a suggestion of a good bite.”– S.D. Gordon

“We are never closer to God than when we share His heart for the unevangelized.”
– Patrick Johnstone

“The way I see it, we ought to be willing to die. In the military, we are taught that to obtain our objectives, we have to be willing to be expendable. Missionaries must face that same expendability.”– Naint Saint (martyred missionary)

A missionary working on the borders of Tibet wrote these impressive words: ‘The eyes of Christians should turn as instinctively toward the lands closed to the Gospel in this missionary age as do the eyes of a conquering army toward the few remaining outposts of the enemy which withstand the victors and hinder complete victory, and without which the commander-in-chief is unable to close the campaign.’”– Robert Hall Glover

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”– C.S. Lewis

“Men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself but because it contradicts them.”
– Frank Mead

“If the church is to be missionary, she must be spiritual; and if the church is to be spiritual, she must be missionary.”– G. Campbell Morgan

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something; and together, we can change the world.”– Ron Sider (Author, Rich Christians in An Age of Hunger)
“What is to give light, must endure burning.”– Victor Frankyl

“If you want to go fast, go alone: if you want to go far, go together.”– African Proverb

“If we in the West insist on keeping our blessing instead of sharing it, then we will, like other nations before us, have to lose our blessing for the nations to receive it.”
– Ralph Winter

“Evangelism is a church growing where it is: Missions is a church growing where it isn’t.”
– Ralph Winter

“Do not bring us the Gospel as a potted plant. Bring us the seed of the Gospel and plant it in our soil.”– Mr. Murthis (Indian Evangelist)

“World Christians are heaven’s expatriates, camping where the Kingdom is best served.”
– David Bryant

“If God has called you to China or any other place and you are sure in your own heart, let nothing deter you….Remember, it is God who has called you and it is the same as when He called Moses or Samuel.”– Gladys Aylward (Missionary to China)

“There are individuals ripe to receive the Lord in the most resistant and hostile situations. We must take the Gospel to them.”– Virgil Amos

“It seems to me personally that our failure to have as complete and perfect an understanding of ‘fairness’ as God does, stems from two things. First, we do not have all the facts. Trying to decide if what He does in a given situation is fair or not, is like coming into a room half way through an argument. Not having all the background information, we are in no real position to cast a verdict. And we won’t have all the information until the Judgment Day, when we’ll be able to see things in the light of an eternal perspective. The second reason…is our own failure to appreciate the seriousness and hideousness of sin. I know that it seldom really strikes me that God owes this utterly rebellious and ungrateful planet absolutely nothing. In fact, that is an understatement. Actually He does owe us something – hell.”– Joni Eareckson Tada

“The modern habit throughout the Christian church is to play this subject down. Those who still believe in the wrath of God (not all do) say little about it; perhaps they do not think much about it. To an age which has unashamedly sold itself to the gods of greed, pride, sex, and self-will, the church mumbles on about God’s kindness, but says virtually nothing about His judgment…The fact is that the subject of divine wrath has become taboo in modern society, and Christians by and large have accepted the taboo and conditioned themselves never to raise the subject.”– J.I. Packer

“Men are in this plight, not because they are unevangelized, but because they are men. Sin is the destroyer of the soul and the destruction of the knowledge of God which is life. And it is not the failure to have heard the Gospel which makes men sinners. The Gospel would save them if they heard it and accepted it, but it is not the ignorance or rejection of the Gospel which destroys them, it is the knowledge of sin.”– Robert E. Speer

“The history of missions is the history of answered prayer….It is the key to the whole mission problem. All human means are secondary.”– Samuel Zwemer

“If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 hours sharpening my ax.” -Abraham Lincoln

“It is conceivable that God might have ordained to preach the Gospel directly to man through dreams, visions and revelations. But as a matter of fact, He has not done this; but rather has committed the preaching to man, telling them to go and disciple all nations. The responsibility lies squarely on our shoulders.”– J. Oswald Sanders

“That land is henceforth my country which most needs the gospel.”– Count Nikolus Ludwig Von Zinzendorf

“Obedience to God’s will is the secret of spiritual knowledge and insight. It is not willingness to know, but willingness to DO (obey) God’s will that brings certainty.”
– Eric Liddell

“Let us press on. All Africa must be won for Christ. Though a thousand missionaries die, send more.”– Missionary Andreas Riis (Missionary to Africa)

“Too many people want the fruit of Paul’s ministry without paying the price that Paul paid. He died. He died to everything. He died daily He was crucified with Christ…I challenge you to pray this prayer: ‘Lord, be ruthless with me in revealing my selfish ambition and my lack of willingness to die to myself.’ I guarantee that He will answer your prayer – and quickly.”– Floyd McClung

“I want my breakfast served at eight, with ham and eggs upon my plate; a well-broiled steak I’ll eat at one, and dine again when day is done. I want an ultramodern home. And in each room a telephone; soft carpets, too, upon the floors, and pretty drapes to grace the doors. A cozy place of lovely things, like easy chairs with inner springs, and then I’ll get a small TV – Of course, ‘I’m careful’ what I see. I want my wardrobe, too, to be of neatest, finest quality, with latest style in suit and vest: why should not Christians have the best? But then the Master I can hear in no uncertain voice, so clear: ‘I bid you come and follow Me, the lowly Man of Galilee. Birds of the air have made their nest, And foxes in their holes find rest, but I can offer you no bed; no place have I to lay My head.’ In shame, I hung my head and cried. How could I spurn the Crucified? Could I forget the way He went. The sleepless nights in prayer He spent? For forty days without a bite, alone He fasted day and night; despised, rejected – on He went, and did not stop till veil He rent. A man of sorrows and of grief, no earthly friend to bring relief; ‘Smitten of God,’ the prophet said – ‘Mocked, beaten, bruised, His blood ran red.’ If He be God, and died for me, no sacrifice too great can be for me, a mortal man, to make; I’ll do it all for Jesus’ sake. yes, I will tread the path He trod, no other way will please my God; so, henceforth, this my choice shall be, my choice for all eternity.”– William “Smiling Bill” McChesney (age 28; 5′ 2″; 110 lb.; single missionary to the Congo – he was shoved into a truck by Simba rebels in the Congo in 1964, stripped and mercilessly beaten by soldiers while suffering from malaria, imprisoned in a small cell with 40 other prisoners, he was turned over to a rioting mob armed with clubs and fists who struck him down, dead.)

“That the Lamb who was slain would receive the reward of His suffering.”(the missionary motivation of the Moravians)

“For me, passion means whatever a person is willing to suffer for….’Apostolic passion,’ therefore, is a deliberate, intentional choice to live for the worship of Jesus in the nations. It has to do with being committed to the point of death to spreading His glory. It’s the quality of those who are on fire for Jesus, who dream of the whole earth being covered with the Glory of the Lord.”– Floyd McClung

“Our eyes must be on the entire world, but never off the individual.”– Unknown

“We should not ask, ‘What is wrong with the world?’ for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, ‘What has happened to the salt and light?’”- John Stott

“Where passion for God is weak, zeal for missions will be weak.”– John Piper

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).– Apostle Paul

“And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish” (Luke 21:16-18).– Jesus Christ

“If your church wouldn’t miss them, we probably don’t want them!”– Unknown

“You must go or send a substitute.”– Oswald J. Smith

“Send us people with initiative, who can carry themselves and others too; such as need to be carried hamper the work and weaken those who should be spending their strength for the heathen. Weaklings should be nursed at home! If any have jealousy, pride, or talebearing traits lurking about them, do not send them, nor any who are prone to criticize. Send only Pauls and Timothys; men who are full of zeal, holiness and power. All others are hindrances. If you send us ten such men the work will be done. Quantity is nothing; quality is what matters. ‘FORWARD EVER; BACKWARD, NEVER!’”– C.T. Studd

“Jesus will judge us not only for what we did, but also for what we could have done and didn’t.”– George Otis

“Give according to your income lest God make your income according to your giving.”– Peter Marshall

“We have eternity to tell of victories won for Christ, but we have only a few hours before sunset to win them.”– Unknown

“Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life” (Mark 10:29, 30).– Jesus Christ

“Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it” (Mark 8:34, 35).– Jesus Christ