Fortify Palawan…and beyond!

Draw your water for the siege!

Fortify your strongholds!

Go into the clay and tread the mortar!

Make strong the brick kiln!

Nahum 3:14

A message for God’s workers regardless of the position, from pastors, teachers, deacons, administration, missionaries, musicians, etcetera…this evening as Rod led the 2020 Fortify – Narra, Palawan team in a time of prayer, the Holy Spirit brought me to this verse. My initial thought was that I would speak this singular verse to the team. But I could not muster myself, to get up, and by the time I did, it was too late, P Rod had begun the last minute reminders for the team for the next two days, had I missed my moment?02/25/2020

Yet the Lord allowed this verse to stay with, He wanted me to consider the truth encapsulated in this word in scripture. At first, the word ‘fortify’ stood out as it is the theme of Cross Culture’s missions ministry. I searched and found the word six times (NKJV). In a way, it reminded me of the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25.

Though this part in Nahum was a warning for the Assyrians in Nineveh to ‘prepare’ for the siege expected from the Lord, it may very well be a warning likewise for the body of Jesus Christ, His church against the apostasy that was, is, is to come.

Breaking it down, thus the Lord’s revelation to me:

The siege is the Field God’s workers scatter seeds on; plow in; and reap from. It is a picture of the battle the missionary faces, which is all part of the ‘job description.’ Paul gives Timothy the reminder that he is like a soldier, enlisted by the Lord, there are dangers from without and within the church. Hosea 10:12 spoke of fallow ground as does Christ when He gave us the parable of the sower of the four kinds of soil.

The water we get to draw from is that which is given by the Holy Spirit… ‘out of him will flow rivers of Living Water’ (John 4:14; 7:37,38) The battle begins by drawing water, so we are not weakened/dehydrated/thirsty spiritually, we are called to ask Him to fill us with His water to allow us to stand fast against the onslaught perpetrated by the enemy (Ephesians 6:13-20). Therefore, be filled with His Word, being in prayer in the Word.

Fortify strongholds…the church…the body of Christ…in the ESV, strengthen your forts…the congregation, the assembly of believers. The call is to not neglect coming together so that we get to build each other up in the Word in word and in deed.

The Bible is full of warnings/reminders against apostasy, Paul spoke of it, Jude was passionate warning the church of certain men who creep in; the old testament reminded the nation of Israel through Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Elijah, and the prophets…don’t go far from the Lord!

Go into the clay…(the people that make up the church, teach the Word wholly) strengthen it, tread…clay needs to be molded according to the Potter, mortar is “a mixture of lime with cement, sand, and water, used in building to bond bricks or stones.”

Jeremiah 18:6; Isaiah 64:8, spoke of the clay being in the Potters hand; then in the NT, Paul reminds us that we are God’s workmanship created unto good works…Ephesians 2:10…which is why his call to us in Romans 12:1,2 being able to present ourselves, a living sacrifice, not because of us but because of Him Who called us.

Make strong… as we go through the siege, the Lord Jesus tells us that in this world, we will have tribulation…but we are to strengthen one another because He has overcome the world… we are to encourage one another…1Thess 5:11; Hebrews 12:12; 1Peter 5:10; Revelation 3:2 we are called to fortify each other and ourselves…in the Word, in prayer asking as we ought…2 Timothy 3:16,17

The picture we have is that of man who is made of clay is strengthened by the three-fold elements of water, straw, and baking through heat under the sun.

This is the church of Jesus Christ being built up, Peter uses an Old Testament reference of being living stones; the other is that the Lord is molding us to the image of His Son (Jeremiah 18:4; Romans 8:29, 9:21)that is done by those three elements mentioned in this last paragraph…a picture of the Triune Godhead working on a vessel honoring God, God’s masterpiece(Poiema)… are you surrendered?

Is the Potter having His way in you?

Are you being…?

It’s tiiime…Fall 2015

“Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn Your commandments.”
Psalm 119:73

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Join us in prayer for the students who will attend our Fall 2015 semester. In the Philippines, or anywhere for that matter, deciding to attend Bible college is a life changing decision and one that is often met by spiritual warfare.

Please pray against any spiritual attacks, and for wisdom and financial provision for us and the students who we trust God will bring our way.

If you know of a recent high school graduate trying to make the all important choice on where to go for college, or anyone else, an aspiring pastor or ministry worker who would like to grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ by studying His Word, the Bible, you can encourage them to apply now, we are accepting applications!

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On the Road…

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “LORD, who has believed our report?” So then faith comesby hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:16-17

We got to do a call out at Corona International Christian Fellowship on May 20th. They were receptive and willing to be in prayer and in sharing the mission the Lord has given us. The fellowship is composed of Filipino-Americans.

Just as the Lord had given us clarity that Filipino’s will play a big part in this work of His, so it has been clear that we have been given the opportunity to share just that. To share the vision with the brethren has been an awesome privilege. It was no different that Sunday morning.


Met sisters in the Lord. Look at those lovely smiling faces.

Caught up with old friends from CC Bible College and a fellow GFA volunteer Michael Favela.

See those hands lifted up? “Here am I… send me!”

A little church with a big and ready heart.

If you build it they will come…

Do you remember the movie “Field of Dreams”? It is now perhaps one of America’s baseball movie classics.

The main character, a farmer, receives a vision about building a baseball field on his corn field. The farm is threatened with foreclosure by the bank. His brother urges him to sell it. During this time, he sees visions of his father who was once a baseball player?

Kevin Costner plays the lead role and in one of his visions, a very compelling line was uttered by a voice saying, “If you build it, he will come.” This leads him to build a baseball field in his corn field. Ghosts, or not, of baseball’s glory days dating back to the 1900’s play on the field. One of them ask,”Is this heaven?” to which he replies, “No, Iowa.”

The movie is touching and full of “could’ves and should’ve’s,” and then the message of redeeming the time.

The difference between that story, and the reality of being part of starting a Bible College in the Philippines, is that we know the voice who is leading us, God. We get to be part of something beautiful, teaching the Word of God.

What we are called to do is to build a place where the whole counsel of God is taught to the Filipinos. The only ghost here is the Holy Spirit. There will be challenges, but in the words of Pastor Chuck Smith, “Where God guides, He provides.”

As we become part of the building process, we get to simply stand back and watch God do the increase of students and disciples of Jesus Christ.

As He builds it, they will come.

Are you ready to be a part of this work?

It is time to arise.  Please pray that we will stay faithful and ask God how you can prayerfully and/or financially join us in this exciting adventure. Remember that no gift is too small in Him.

“…So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.
Nehemiah 2:18