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Kenneth Maiki Aiolupotea: Until Then (Japan Earthquake Tsunami Prayer Song)

Posted by Job on March 14, 2011

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Bible League: God’s Word In Action

Posted by Job on February 11, 2008

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They wandered the streets—and found Christ
Vietnam–A broken home, unhappiness, anxiety, and health problems are difficult for any adult to handle. But Van is only 10 years old. He and his older brother try to fill their empty hearts on the streets of a Vietnamese city. Read more

A mocking joke turns to joy
Africa–Some would say that Olakemi had a conscience. Or, you could conclude it was the Holy Spirit, preparing his heart. With his life spiraling downward in immoral living, Olakemi vowed against one thing, at least. Then, God’s Word gave him strength for so much more. Read more

An atheist chooses to become God’s child
China—Like all Chinese children, Ji was taught how to be an atheist. His focus in life became making money—he had no time for spiritual matters. Then, as an older adult, he read a Bible passage from the book of Matthew that changed everything. Read more

Look what God did!
2007 was another year of the Lord’s blessings, producing a tremendous spiritual harvest. Share in the joy as you read our 2007 Bible Impact sheet, covering the 60-plus nations where you help Bible League send God’s Word into action.
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Opportunities to get involved
As you send God’s Word into action, share your passion with your church. Downloads of material for Bible League’s Children Caring for Children, Persecuted Church, and Recycle Your Bible programs are now available. Click here to explore the possibilities! Read more

Listen to their voices cry out in need and thanksgiving
Visit our audio library and listen to people around the world express their need for God’s Word. Select the country that you have a heart for. Tune in now

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Gospel For Asia: India’s Jesus Wells Bring Showers Of Blessing

Posted by Job on January 14, 2008

Can you imagine
having to travel nearly two miles—and possibly even farther—just to
find water? Neelam would often walk this distance to draw water for her
household. Then she had to travel all the way back, balancing the heavy
pail!

But life became much easier for this family when a Jesus Well was drilled in their village. Read the story of how God used this Jesus Well to meet their physical and spiritual needs.

As you pour
yourself a glass of water today, may you be reminded to pray for other
families like Neelam’s. Please pray that not only will their physical
thirst be met, but that they will embrace salvation in Jesus to satisfy
their spiritual thirst.

Yours for the unreached,
K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
Founder & President http://gfa.org
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Gospel For Asia: Drinking from the Well that Never Runs Dry

Posted by Job on January 11, 2008

You probably have experienced times—perhaps after a long hike, or just being outside on a scorching hot day—when you felt as though you would give almost anything for a drink of water.Today I will tell you about a village in Uttar Pradesh, India, where many yearned for just one sip of clean drinking water.

Because of their position in society, many in this village were forced to draw water from dirty, stagnant ponds. They were spiritually parched too, not knowing there was a Savior who loved them. But we can rejoice in seeing how God has ministered to their needs through a Jesus Well.

I am so grateful for you, and for your heart to pray that spiritually thirsty souls in Asia will find the living water Jesus offers. Your prayers are making a huge difference for villages like the one you will read about today.

Yours for the unreached,
K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
Founder & President
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Gospel For Asia: India Dalit Children Beaten Mother Burned

Posted by Job on November 18, 2007

How would you feel if someone beat your children for innocently playing? Several Dalit families in Bihar, India, experienced this agony recently when a group of upper-caste farmers became angry with the children for playing near a temple. Learn more about this sad story of hatred against Dalits here.

Atrocities against Dalits continue to happen throughout the state of Bihar. Thankfully, the Lord has called several Gospel for Asia missionaries to take His Good News and encouragement to these downtrodden people.

A group of about 10 infuriated, upper-caste farmers beat up some Dalit children who were playing on the premises of a local temple in Bihar, India, on September 1. The farmers then chased the children home and argued with their mothers about the incident. As the disagreement escalated, the farmers threw a pot of scalding food onto one of the mothers.

According to news reports, the upper-caste farmers were upset because they felt the Dalits did not have the right to be near the temple where they worshipped. “They told us how dare we enter the temple, this is our temple, you have no right to offer prayers here,” said one victim, Rukmini Devi.

Following the incident, police arrested one of the farmers and are continuing to search for five others. They also filed paperwork with the court system and assured local news sources that the law would take its course.

Although Bihar has made some strides to create equality among its people, many atrocities against Dalits continue. This recent event only highlights the ongoing need for Dalits to be valued and respected in their society.

<!–Although Bihar has made some strides to create equality among its people, many atrocities against Dalits continue.–>Gospel for Asia missionaries serving in Bihar have a special burden to reach the Dalits in their state with Christ’s love, and show them the true importance they have in the kingdom of God. The missionaries request prayer for the violence against Dalits to cease and for many to come to know Jesus through these difficult times.

Floods have swept over the homes of many people in Bihar this year.

Bihar is home to thousands of low-caste people like the Dalit children who were beaten. Learn more about this state.

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Do We Wait On God? Or Does God Wait On Us?

Posted by Job on November 8, 2007

While driving around, I heard this female prosperity preacher on the radio talking about people that had been tithing and giving their offerings but had not received their blessing yet. She attributed the reason for people not having received their blessing was the congregation suffering sinners and unbelievers among its midst, and that congregations needed to purify themselves of the contamination. She, as is typical of such preachers, referred to Old Testament examples, most specifically Ezra’s command for Israel to cease intermarrying with the pagan people. Thus, she allegorized the Israelites defiling their elected and set apart nation by intermarrying with pagans to the church defiling itself by refusing enforce church discipline. Thus, just as God withheld blessings from Old Testament Israel for their rejection of purity, God is withholding blessings from the church for the same reason.

It is a terrible shame that this woman’s obvious talent for preaching and the forum that had been afforded to her by the privilege and blessing to be able to reach people on the radio was wasted on this grotesquely perverted prosperity doctrine which teaches that God rewards the obedience of the Christian church with health and wealth. However, listening to her was more preferable to listening to national right wing radio talk show host Michael Gallagher (Gallagher the comedian is much more entertaining and less dangerous to your having a healthy state of mind) rant on about how some University of Maine professor who offered extra credit to any of his students that would burn an American flag or copy of the United States Constitution should be fired.

What is worse? What is more dangerous? The coercive idolatry of the conservative movement or the false doctrine of the prosperity teachers? Whatever the answer, it just so happened that my mood at that particular time was more conducive to suffering the latter than the former. And as it happens, the false teacher DID raise a sort of a theological dilemma for me. Does a sovereign omniscient timeless (meaning transcending and existing outside of time) God wait on man? And does man wait on God?

I say that the answer to the former is unknowable. Therefore, contemplating such would be precisely the sort of fruitless speculation that distracts us from more productive pursuits that the Bible warns us against. So we have to deal with the latter: does man wait on God? My answer at this time is yes and no, though not an equivocation. To deal with the yes first: we are awaiting the imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, right? That part, at least, is obvious in terms of scripture, doctrine, and practical Christian living.

And that actually leads into the “no” portion. Acts 1:10 -11And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Instead of going after doctrines that tell you that you should do this thing or that thing expecting something from the Lord, we are to heed to exhortation given by the church to those angels: to go!

And where is it that we should go? Wherever there are hungry people needing to be fed. Wherever there are naked people needing to be clothed. Wherever there are sick people needing to be tended to. Wherever there are broken hearted people needing to be comforted. Wherever there are poor and oppressed people that need advocacy. Wherever there are homeless people that need shelter. Wherever there are orphans that need adoption. Wherever there are those in prison that need forgiveness. Wherever there are desperate, lonely, hurting, troubled people out there – and we know that there are plenty of those – that is where Christians should be with our presence, our efforts, and our gospel of Jesus Christ that is not only preached with our words but evident through our actions.

And realize this: we do not have to wait on God or anything from Him in order to do these things. We do not need the permission or guidance of a pastor, membership or position church, or “a word or revelation from the Lord” through a prophet. Why? Because the commandments to do these things are written in God’s Word. Jesus Christ told us to do these things Himself. As such, we know that it is God’s Will for us to do these things, and we also know that as it is God’s Will for us to do these things, He has provided us with everything that we need to obey Him in these matters. It is not a matter of resources, for doing a great many of these things do not require great means or know how.

It is not a matter of faith, for we were all born with a measure of faith, and those of us that are born again have the Holy Spirit to embolden and empower us to do what God would have us to do. So the only thing lacking, then, is our obedience, which may be the result of a tainted mindset that results in our refusal to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 10:5). And that is actually where the prosperity preacher referenced above was actually correct … the importance of refraining from spiritual adultery, defilement, and crossbreeding. The mind is a terrible thing to either waste or trash, people, and if you put garbage into it you will get garbage out of it!

The ultimate point is this: while beliefs are important, works are important as well. Instead of waiting on God to justify our faith with material blessings, signs, and wonders that are the meat of the spiritually weak and immature, we should heed the words of James 2:17-18Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” Even regarding Christians with whom we might disagree with upon occasion concerning doctrines, we can know one another by other by our works and have unity and brotherhood by our shared delighting and giving thanks unto God for such works and His Will being done and His Resurrection and Life being made known to the Body of Christ and to the world through them.

Claiming that such is not a fair test is untrue, because Jesus Christ imposes the same test. Quoting Matthew 25:32-43: “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.”

So if you are not doing the things that Jesus Christ told you to do, you are living in sin, walking in disobedience. How can anyone deny this to be so? And no, despite what certain false teachers mislead you into believing, writing checks to a ministry is not works. You do not feed the hungry, heal the sick, help the poor, and fulfill the great commission by joining some “covenant partner friends seed club.” Do not mistake me, supporting legitimate ministries financially is outstanding and should be done generously, and giving is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is just that underwriting the good works of others is no substitute for doing your own works. Lydia of Acts, a woman of great means, did not merely underwrite the spread of the gospel, but opened her home to the believers. So these misleading ministries that lure and teach Christians into disobedience by thinking that they can avoid the challenging aspects of Christianity by writing checks are not worthy of support. I will give you a couple of names that come to the top of my head that engage in this deceptive tactic: Pat Robertson and Jesse DuPlantis. But there are others.

There are also some doctrines that purport to say that you need to be “spiritually ready” or “spiritually prepared” to do such activities, or that you need some sort of training. Some others claim that we need some special call from the Lord to do these things. Where does that appear in the Bible? I have not seen it. Claiming that you must wait on God to raise you up to do these things implies that the people that are doing them already have been prepared or raised up by God, and as such are somehow more dedicated, righteous, knowledgeable, holy, etc. than the mere Christian rabble. Evil lies such as this only serve to create hierarchical divisions within the Body of Christ, inflate certain personalities, and turn what should be humble service unto God into things that the self – seeking abuse for power, prestige, and other earthly rewards for themselves.

So instead of following some doctrine that teaches you that you have to wait on God or that God has to wait on you for some material wealth, gift of the Holy Spirit, or other thing not yet realized, go about and do that which God has already commanded you to do in His Word and equipped you to do with His Holy Spirit.

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Gospel For Asia Helping Flood Victims

Posted by Job on October 1, 2007

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Dozens of our Gospel for Asia native missionaries are reaching out to victims of India’s worst monsoon floods in more than 30 years.In one district in the Indian state of Assam alone, at least 50,000 people were impacted by the floods. Many of our friends like you have responded generously to bring the hope found in Jesus Christ to some of the millions who have lost everything in these floods. Yet until recently, it was impossible to even reach them because the rampaging waters had washed out roads and all avenues of communication.

As soon as it was possible, however, our missionaries who already work in Assam and other areas sprang into action. Working with GFA Compassion Services teams, they have already delivered relief supplies to three of the area’s hardest-hit villages. The missionaries and Compassion Services teams also took time to counsel with the people, hearing how they struggled to survive in the flood and its aftermath. The missionaries then shared the Gospel and prayed with the people.

Click here to see our first PhotoShow report about how our GFA Compassion Services relief teams are assisting the victims of the floods in Assam.

The people in these villages were deeply thankful that someone cared enough to come and help them. More than one told our team members that the relief supplies were a “real gift from God.”

Assam is just one of the states affected by the flooding rain that blanketed the region from late July to mid-August. There are thousands of families still in need of help, and we are committed to being there for the long haul. Just as in the wake of the tsunami and other disasters, GFA Compassion Services takes a phased approach to helping, with emergency relief the first step, then moving into longer-term ministry. Through all of the phases, the Good News of Jesus Christ is presented as the ultimate solution to the problems the people face.

And as in the past, God moves mightily among the people as they discover a hope they never thought possible.

GFA missionaries and local believers will continue reaching out to these victims. In many areas, outside groups are not allowed to come in and deliver aid to those who need it so badly. The missionaries, however, are free to work in these villages, because in most cases, they already have churches established nearby.

Thank you for standing with the people of Asia during this difficult time. Please continue to pray for them as they are facing many more months of rebuilding their villages and their lives.

Yours for the lost of Asia, K.P. Yohannan Founder & President gfa.org

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