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(What We Do) Between Revivals

29 June 2020

Dear Friend,

Photo of Cane Ridge Meeting House signIt’s encouraging to look back on God’s visitations in history as we go about our Kingdom-assigned daily tasks.
(A bit more on Cane Ridge below)1

As the world continues to deal with this far-reaching wake-up call from God which we label “COVID-19,” I find myself walking more quietly in the fear of the Lord (which I consider a good thing), seeking God’s face (as opposed to just “seeking God for something”), thinking about revival, and desiring to be led by the Holy Spirit in order to spend my time in the wisest and most profitable way.

So teach us to number our days
That we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
—Psalm 90:12—

Cold Revival Ground

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My Country, ’Tis of Thee

Samuel Francis Smith
(1808-1895)

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills; [continue reading…]

If Jesus Goes with Me

C. Austin Miles
(1868-1946)

Posted in honor of

Missionary Jim WardMissionary Jim Ward,
the beloved Santiago
of ISPI Guatemala

It may be in the valley, where countless dangers hide,
It may be in the sunshine that I, in peace, abide;
But this one thing I know—if it be dark or fair,
If Jesus is with me, I’ll go anywhere!

Refrain:
If Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!
’Tis heaven to me, where’er I may be, if He is there!
I count it a privilege here, His cross to bear,
If Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!

It may be I must carry the blessed Word of life
Across the burning deserts to those in sinful strife;
And though it be my lot to bear my colors there,
If Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!

But if [continue reading…]

Come Down, O Love Divine!

Bianco da Siena
(c. 1350 – c. 1434)
translated by
Richard Littledale
(1833-1890)

Come down, O Love divine,
Seek thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
Within my heart appear,
And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
Till earthly passions turn [continue reading…]

’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Louisa Stead
(1850-1917)

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word,
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know “Thus saith the Lord!”

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er; [continue reading…]

How Odd! A Birthday at Home…

Big Milestone: I Turn 17 (for the Fourth Time)

28 May 2020

A birthday party in Guatemala in May 2018In Guatemala, the birthday boy gets to help
pass out the cake…
Another birthday celebration in Guatemala, complete with a Mexican hat…but sometimes they make him wear
a small silly hat on his large pointy head!
A fondly remembered special birthday lunch
with Atilio and Gladys Chávez

Dear friend,
This feels… odd. I’m spending today, my birthday, at home. Why is that so strange? Well, usually at this time of year, I’m in Latin America, most frequently Guatemala, and some hermanos wind up singing “Feliz cumpleaños a ti.” I’ve got birthday-party pictures from multiple years to prove it. Just to change things up a bit last year, I spent 20 hours of my birthday flying from Guatemala City, Guatemala to Lima, Perú by way of Atlanta. (Shortest route? Absolutely not! Cheapest? You bet, and we’re all about making donations stretch as far as possible.)

I haven’t traveled now for nearly two and a half months. Am I disappointed? No way! Do I miss the [continue reading…]

El evangelio de la gloria

Derechos de autor © 20201
por
Percy Gutteridge
traducido por
Pastor Jorge L. Watanabe S.
con
Inés María González Valdés

A note to our English-speaking friends (Una nota para amigos que hablan inglés):
This article also appears on our website in English as The Gospel of the Glory. We offer it here for the first time in Spanish, a move we hope is the first “baby step” in launching a Spanish-language Bible-study website: Lo Mejor del Trigo (The Finest of the Wheat).

¿Cuál es el evangelio de la gloria?

Glorious dove image licensed from gracel21/123RF Stock Photo at 123RF.comNadie puede representar la gloria de Dios,
pero se puede experimentar.2

¿Qué es el evangelio de la gloria? Aún no hemos descubierto la gloria de Dios. Y sólo por la revelación de Dios se nos puede dar a conocer. Muchas veces me han exhortado otras personas a predicar el evangelio. Dicen: “Ahora, hagas lo que hagas, predica el evangelio”. Pero hasta ahora nadie me ha dicho qué es realmente el evangelio.

El evangelio no es sólo una simple declaración de que [Sigue leyendo…]

Time from God, Time for God

29 April 2020

Photo of a small boy and girl looking through the window.Being “stuck indoors” could be
a blessing in disguise…1

Image of man laden with household suppliesYes, yes, but what about your spiritual supplies?2

Dear Friend,

Often God’s blessings come in disguise — the disguise of a closed door, financial reverses, the loss of a loved one, the termination of a job, a move away from friends. Usually it’s only in retrospect that we see the Lord’s hand working in us through what transpired. It’s then that we see afresh that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 nasb). That’s one of those verses that is easier to quote “after the fact,” and much easier when someone else is “going through it”!

Do we [continue reading…]

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Martin Luther
(1483-1546)
translated by
Frederic Henry Hedge
(1805-1890)

A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper he, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe [continue reading…]

Doubling the Portion

27 March 2020

God is still on the throne,
Almighty God is He!
And He cares for His own
Through all eternity.1

Dear Friend,

A group of pastors and young leaders in Trojes, HondurasLeadership potential aplenty in Trojes, Honduras

Graphic in Spanish of government quarantine announcement“El Salvador declares a national
in-home quarantine for 30 days.”
We were able to leave El Salvador and Honduras just in time, before the borders closed!2

Thank God that not all the news is “coronavirus news.” The King of the Kingdom is still in control and carrying out His purposes! I bring back good news of blessing from my recent missions trip. I got home from Honduras not a moment too soon — praise God for His sovereign timing! Less than a week after my return home, the infamous coronavirus started closing borders, first El Salvador and then Honduras. Another mercy: Although I left on the trip with a head cold, I came back healthy, and have continued so.

“Shelter in place”? “Shrinking economy”? “Social distancing”? God used this trip to grow [continue reading…]

Honduras Is a “Go”!

The Pieces Come Together

7 February 2020

Image of a to-do listThe challenge: trying to check-off the items as fast as the list grows!1

Dear Friend,

Maybe you’ve never thought about it. How does a missions trip come together? A trip like the one I’m about to take to Honduras and El Salvador doesn’t just “happen.” I can’t just show up and have folks say, “Hey, Jim’s here. Let’s gather the pastors for some teaching meetings.” So please let me share a few insights from this upcoming Honduras trip (February 20-March 6).

Why Do They [continue reading…]

Make Me a Captive, Lord

George Matheson
(1842-1906)

Make me a captive, Lord,
And then I shall be free;
Force me to render up my sword,
And I shall conqu’ror be.
I sink in life’s alarms
When by myself I stand;
Imprison me within Thine arms,
And strong shall be my hand.

My heart is [continue reading…]

Up to Date (A Motto for the New Year)

Public Domain1

by
Isaiah Reid

Article banner showing a beautiful mountain-lake sceneIf you want a happy New Year,
be up to date!2

The word for the closing and opening years should be “Up to Date.” We need not sit down in tears over the past which is gone. We had better be on our feet for a move forward. We must some way bring our past up to date, settled, canceled, cleared up to the present, or we will not have a fair start for the New Year. The sooner we actually get our whole past under the blood, certainly, and surely, and have witness to the same, the sooner we will be ready for our tomorrow. We need to be paid up to date and prayed up, and forgiven up, and cleansed up to date, and consecrated up to the [continue reading…]

Thankful for Two Births – and for You!

15 December 2019

Dear Friend,

“Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse” here at home. Denise is still in Florida (for reasons I’ll explain in a minute), from whence I just returned. We have much for which to be thankful and much to anticipate.

A Paper-Plate Thanksgiving

Photo of Denise Kerwin and her newest grandchild“Grandma” and Chase1

Yes, we had a paper-plate Thanksgiving in Florida with our daughter and her family. Oh, we enjoyed the usual holiday menu, so don’t feel sorry for us. It’s just that there was so much going on in preparation for our new grandson’s arrival that there wasn’t time to spend on “fancification” or clean-up. Completion of a multitude of pre-baby tasks was the priority of the day.

It must have worked! We are giving thanks to God for the first birth that we’re celebrating in this newsletter, Grandson #2 [continue reading…]