He would have lost much blood in addition to what he lost earlier while bleeding from every pore in Gethsemane. Jesus bore all mortal sins, mankind's cumulative total. The requirements of divine justice were severe. According to Elder James Talmage, in order "that the supreme sacrifice of the Son might be consummated in all its fulness, the Father seems to have withdrawn the support of His immediate Presence [while Jesus was on the cross], leaving to the Savior of men the glory of complete victory over the forces of sin and death" Jesus the Christ, 3rd ed.
What an awful and awesome aloneness! What deprivation, especially after the special and extended closeness of Father and Son! On the cross, there came from Christ the soul-rending cry, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? What awful aloneness! Is it possible that Jesus needed to suffer and experience aloneness not only so his personal triumph would be total, but also so that he might "know according to the flesh" how it is for us to feel forsaken?
In any case, he felt forsaken and alone. Compared to his feeling forsaken, what are our occasional feelings of being forsaken and alone? Or our feelings of being unnoticed and unappreciated? Or our deprivations? All this emptying agony preceded the empty tomb, which signified the glorious resurrection. In his comments after the awful atonement, he uses words like "sore" and "exquisite. He does not even mention having been spat upon, struck, receiving vinegar and gall, being scourged, etc.
As already indicated, he partook of the bitter cup and did so without becoming bitter! Mercifully for all of us, he did not shrink! And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.
I have overcome and have trodden the winepress alone, even the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God. Thus he became our fully comprehending and fully atoning Savior. No wonder we sing of him, "How great thou art! And the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men.
Ponder the term loving-kindness. It is a special word, used in David's plea after he sinned so grievously:. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Hold that special word in your minds as I read in conclusion these verses about his coming majesty:. And it shall be said: Who is this that cometh down from God in heaven with dyed garments; yea, from the regions which are not known, clothed in his glorious apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength?
And the Lord shall be red in his apparel, and his garments like him that treadeth in the winevat. And so great shall be the glory of his presence that the sun shall hide his face in shame, and the moon shall withhold its light, and the stars shall be hurled from their places. And his voice shall be heard: I have trodden the wine-press alone, and have brought judgment upon all people; and none were with me;.
And now the year of my redeemed is come; and they shall mention the loving kindness of their Lord, and all that he has bestowed upon them according to his goodness, and according to his loving kindness, forever and ever. We do not know, nor could we appreciate if we did, the feelings of the Father as he watched his firstborn go through the Atonement.
How great our Father is. Blessed be the Son, Jesus Christ, for his loving-kindness in atoning for our sins. I "scarce can take it in" "How Great Thou Art". Whenever you and I witness and experience in a human being impressive loving-kindness, we marvel--and we should marvel. But such highly developed loving-kindness is still not closely comparable to Jesus' loving-kindness. So it is with each of his qualities about which I have spoken tonight.
When we are fortunate enough to experience the stirring samples of likeness, these are real and wonderful experiences, but they are not yet fullness. They are not yet the fullness found in Jesus. Even so, he of fullness clearly and kindly beckons us to develop that greater likeness in our lives which precedes fullness. It is that likeness that will give us the light in our lives so that we might, as Paul says, "shine as lights in the world.
And as we emulate him, by developing likeness in these attributes, he will bless us and magnify us for his purposes. My quorum president, President Howard W. Hunter, said twenty-six years ago in April general conference, "He loves the Lord with all his heart, who loves nothing in comparison of him and nothing but in reference to him. As one of his special witnesses, I testify to you tonight that he is risen. And how marvelous it is, even given the great distance of the trek spoken of earlier, that he beckons us to develop this likeness so that one day we may have fullness with him.
It is the journey of journeys. Nothing else is even remotely comparable to it in its importance. There is nothing in comparison of him. Indeed, as Paul said, "in Christ all things hold together. That is my witness to you on this Easter night, the reality of his mercy, the genuineness of his loving-kindness. He has said to us, "What manner of men [and women] ought ye to be?
Verily I say unto you, even as I am" 3 Nephi What an invitation! That invitation verifies the possibility of its realization. I salute you for who you are, but, more important, for what you have the possibilities to become. There is none like him. And as he has said to us in the marvelous imagery of holy scriptures, "I wait for you with open arms. Finally, I witness to you the reality of the great Atonement. It is the central act of all human history.
Nothing else even remotely approaches it in terms of significance. The meek Jesus says: "Here am I, send me. If we love him, we must so love one another. He is risen, and the symbol of Christianity might well be the empty tomb that bespeaks the fullness of the great Atonement of which I testify to you tonight in love and in appreciation and in recognition of who you really are.
I bear this witness to you humbly, lovingly, but, most important, in the holy name of Jesus Christ. Becoming Men and Women of Christ Your journey is embodied in an invitation from the resurrected Lord, who himself inquired, "What manner of men [and women] ought ye to be? Jesus, our guide and model, had a perfect guide and model himself: Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
Hear the words of King Benjamin: And becometh a saint. Please note several additions to these key qualities: And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things. Ponder this ancient self-description with its focus on attributes: And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. So is our need to follow the developmental path: For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
These scriptural virtues are intertwined, interactive, and interdependent. We are to be: 1. Patient--not hectic, hurried, pushy.
Full of love--not demanding, dominating, manipulative, condescending, or harsh. Gentle--not coarse, brusque, and vindictive. Easily entreated--not unapproachable, inaccessible, and nonlistening. Submissive to God--not resistant to the Spirit, counsel, and life's lessons. Gracious--not tactless, easily irritated, ungenerous. Holy--not worldly. The Prophet Joseph, whose own life was lived in a crescendo of self-improvement amid adversity, observed: The nearer man approaches perfection, the clearer are his views, and the greater his enjoyments, till he has overcome the evils of his life and lost every desire for sin; and like the ancients, [he] arrives at that point of faith where he is wrapped in the power and glory of his Maker and is caught up to dwell with Him.
We begin to see in the scriptures the weight of the Atonement burdening him shortly before Gethsemane and Calvary: Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? No wonder he needed help to carry the cross! Why did he do it? His Word does produce fruit. After 25 years of praying for Rafael and sending countless Bible study lessons to be proofed, we received an email signed Hermano Rafael, Brother Rafael. Earlier this year, Editorial Bautista, the Spanish language ministry of the BMA, shipped more than , pieces of Spanish Bible studies, visuals, tracts, hymnals and doctrinal outline studies to Mexico and Central America to be used by the Lord to.
Almost all the adult lessons shipped this year were read by Rafael. It is a story of places where the missionary cannot be present full time, but where the printed word can continue to teach and train believers in the Christian life. It is a story of people being discipled by the literature they receive and continuing on to disciple others with that same literature. And the story continues. In addition to continuing our work to produce printed Bible study materials in Spanish for adults and children, access to our publications is also provided via the Internet.
As a result of this wide exposure to our publications, requests for Bible study materials, as well as tracts, auxiliary materials, a hymnal with musical accompaniment, doctrinal studies, and the Baptist Church Manual continue to come from all over Latin America. God has also expanded the reach of Editorial Bautista with the translation of the DiscipleWay discipleship books, advanced.
Our vision for future Spanish literature includes a new level of printed Bible study materials for eleven to fourteen year olds, materials for youth based on the format of the SOAR:lit lessons in English and new internet-based materials for discipleship. We are excited this year to also begin to address the challenge of the sustainability of the literature by meeting with potential writers in the country of Mexico and Central America.
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Some are monolingual while others are multilingual, from a wide array of traditions, belief systems, political views, preferences, moral standards, and in all shades, shapes and sizes. They are worlds apart with many differences, yet are so similar. The things that unite us are often the same things that divide us. Spanish is the heart language for more than half a billion whosoevers scattered all over the world, making it the second or third, depending on the day and the source most widely spoken language in the world.
The purpose of Lifeword Media Ministries is to assist local churches of the Baptist Missionary Association to provide Christ-centered quality programming through media to produce disciples of Jesus Christ in order to fulfill the Great Commission. The following is a snapshot of testimonials from station managers, pastors, ministry leaders, missionaries and listeners of how God is moving among the whosoevers in the USA, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Peru, Panama and other countries abroad to make disciples of Jesus:. A Radio Amistad listener was concerned about her friend Perfecta who was not going to church.
She continued listening to the station and began growing in her faith. Several months later she returned to Mexico a new creature in Christ with a desire to share her new found faith with her family and friends. This same story is repeated over and over. Spanish radio in the United States impacts primarily the first generation Hispanic who speaks little or no English. Many agricultural workers come for a short time to earn money and then return to their towns and villages.
During the short time they are here in the states, Christian radio programs have the opportunity to affect not only their lives, but whole villages. One gentleman who had been in the states for a few years and had come to know the Lord through Radio Amistad called one day to say good bye. I am going back to my rancho or village to tell my family and neighbors about the Lord.
No one in my village is a believer. They are all Catholic. I will be the only believer. Pray that the Lord will help me share my faith with them. Here is what she has to say:. Every month I receive a stack of letters from different places across the Americas. I read every letter carefully and pray for each person individually. I am always amazed by the hunger people have to know more about the Word of God.
Each letter is unique and they all are very personal. I receive letters from non-believers, rich and poor, imprisoned and free, and those who want to learn more to grow spiritually to be able to share their decision with others. Lifeword Marvin Granados is Account Executive at www. For us at ElSitioCristiano. We are so honored and blessed to be in partnership with Lifeword since December Just in our first year in there were over 6, listens to the radio programs, over 7, downloads, and over registrants for either the audio downloads or the LifeWord bible discipleship course.
In our second year those numbers more than doubled, we recorded over 17, listens to the radio programs, over 12, downloads and over new registrants for either the audio downloads or the LifeWord Bible Course. And those numbers continue to be on the rise; for there were over 30, listens, over 13, downloads and over new registrants for the audio downloads or the LifeWord Bible Course.
These numbers are phenomenal, but what is most encouraging is knowing that an individual person from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and just about every Latin-American country has been touched with the love of Christ through the work of LifeWord Media Ministries. I want to congratulate you on a wonderful program. I received Christ in my heart a couple of months ago, and I want to learn more about Him. I want to follow in His footsteps. Please send me your Bible Course.
I teach Sunday school at my church, and I would love to receive your Bible Course, so that I could share it with my students. May God continue blessing the work you do. I am very happy to have Him in my heart. For 39 years I was an alcoholic. I stopped drinking the day that I asked Jesus into my heart.
The Lord changed me. Now, instead of alcohol I want to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Please send me the Bible lessons… I want to grow spiritually. Thank you and God bless you. I want to learn more about God to be able to talk to people about Jesus. Thank you for everything that you do. May God protect you always. Here are a few words from him:. We are thankful to the Director of Radio Estero Esperanza for airing our programming at no charge.
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This partnership has opened doors to places we previously had not been able to go into. Through our working together with Lifeword and local radio stations we have been able to meet all kinds of people and hear their unique stories. Throughout the years we have been able to share in discipleship with over people and have met the specific spiritual needs of over people through the ministry of Lifeword. I have heard from young and old and from all walks of life as to how our combined efforts have been a blessing to their lives.
We are a five year old mission in San Juan de Lurigancho, one of the biggest districts of Lima. Lima is a multicultural city with over 9 million inhabitants and immigration is growing at the rate of half a million each year, making it a white field. We are blessed to have Radio Integridad in our community who airs the biblically sound teachings of El Contacto Cristiano and Palabra Viva.
These have been a huge blessing. We have received all kinds of testimonials including those who have professed their faith in Jesus. A recent testimony is from Paula, who was listening to the broadcast from prison. God touched her heart and she gave Him her heart. From prison she requested the discipleship that we offer to all listeners. Now she has also led another inmate and has requested a copy of the discipleship material to disciple her in the discipleship process. It is our prayer that His Word will continue to reach all of the households in Lima trough the radio efforts.
The vision I proposed? Make disciple makers. The BMA Mexico appeared up for the challenge! But to me, few things are worse than proposing a vision without offering help on how to see it accomplished. The command of Matthew is to teach or make disciples of all ethnic groups. Belinda Caudle, former missionary to Mexico, led the process of translating, proofing, and editing with the input of ten others from the United States, Mexico, and Honduras. Latin Americans, for the most part, put a high priority on relationships, so this type of discipleship should fit right in with their way of life.
Also, the Bible study skills taught will be invaluable to all people no matter what language they speak. Being able to read and interpret Scripture on their own is a strong need among our Spanishspeaking brethren. People coming from different religious backgrounds many times depend on a spiritual leader, pastor or priest to interpret the Bible, but if they are to remain firm, they must be convinced personally about what the Bible teaches. Two teams visited Bolivia and Mexico during to train pastors, missionaries, and laypersons.
They equipped fourteen pastors from Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay, and eleven leaders from Mexico. Like thirsty men traversing a desert, these spiritual leaders readily drank from the springs of DiscipleWay. Please pray that the Lord will continue to use the work of all those mentioned in this article to make disciple makers through the English, Spanish, and future linguistic versions of DiscipleWay.
Students come from all over the world to take classes or seek degrees at the seminary. What a joy it has been to get to know these students and impart both knowledge and experience to help them in their respective ministries. While many students continue to opt for traditional education by attending class at a physical campus, for many this is just not possible.
Video conferencing and other technologies have allowed the BMA Seminary to take the classroom to the world. This building serves a twofold purpose: 1 to house part of the library archive. Since putting the classroom to use, we have been able to broadcast classes to our extension site in Conway, Arkansas, as well as to foreign mission sites in Mexico, Costa Rica, and, most recently, the Philippines. With this technology, students from foreign lands are able to interact in real time with instructors and fellow students alike.
The first foreign students I had the privilege of teaching these new technologies were from the Bible Institute in El Rinconcito, Mexico, under the leadership of Dr. Ricky Williams. The first courses I taught these students were the New Testament Survey courses that students from Mexico and Costa Rica attended through video conference.
These courses help the students to. In , Ricky Williams approached me about teaching Greek grammar to the Spanish speaking students. Since we had given them background information on the New Testament books, a logical next step was to build a Biblical language foundation to help them interpret the verses contained within those books. Ricky translated my lectures to the Spanish speaking students, then translated their questions, comments,. The second part of Greek grammar was taught in June This has been a rewarding experience to interact with these students and have a small part in their educational training and ministry.
Continue to pray for the students scattered throughout these regions as they learn from trained instructors in their respective fields. Pray for the ministries in which these students are involved that they will properly implement the training they have received. Educational training is not just about absorbing information, but learning how to take that information and apply it to real-life situations. May God be glorified in all that we do for His Kingdom work!
But thankfully I have a God whose plan is so much more divine and perfect than my own. I was so changed, humbled, and shattered by my experiences there that I committed to spending six weeks during the summer of observing, learning, and studying under the Poulin family in order to see more into the everyday life of a long-term missionary, as this had become a possibility for my future. I went to Peru this summer expecting to learn everything I did just from the Poulins, and while I learned a great deal from them, I also learned many things from the number of native Peruvians.
So I want you to meet a few of the Peruvians who make possible the extensive amount of mission work happening in Peru. Pastor Paul is clearly a servant to his core. But what was even more impressive than all of that was the fact that he did it with such joy. It was never a chore for him; it was an honor, which is something very rare. His love for people, all people, is evident in everything he does and says.
The Tinoco family name is well known and widespread throughout the country of Peru as various members of the family pastor and share the gospel in many locations. Susy Galvez, best friends who have been working with the Poulins in Ica for several years. Not only are these ladies very active and faithful to the church there, they also disciple a number of women in Ica and surrounding.
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If one lady had many questions and needed them to stay longer to answer them, it was no. Finally, I was blessed to meet the pastor of the church in Ica, Huber Aliaga, whom I did not have a chance to meet during my first trip to Peru. This year,. I had the privilege of accompanying and observing them as they discipled a few women in a town called Ocucaje. Every home we went into was different.
Each woman or family was in a different stage of life and walk with Christ. They were all facing different challenges and Tati and Susy were very aware and sensitive of the individual needs each lady or family, in one case had. Of the four homes we went to, no two studies were the same. Tati and Susy evaluated the.
They were delighted when their time with a certain lady went longer than expected, whereas I would have been slightly frustrated to be off my schedule. Tati and Susy taught me that what God is doing and has planned for that Bible study is worth being off schedule for, and they could not be more right. The two ladies have completely surrendered their lives to the Lord, as is evident in nearly all they do.
Their lives revolve. Pastor Huber Aliaga began working with the Poulins a number of years ago and is one of the most important reasons their church has grown to the size it is today. Huber not only pastors the church every Sunday, but he also leads multiple Bible studies in various areas in and around Ica every week.
Every Thursday he leads a Bible study at an all boys. His patience with everyone he comes into contact with is so encouraging to me. He is always prepared and willing to encourage and build up anyone who needs it, and I hope one day I can possess the same qualities. The six weeks I spent in Peru quickly became the most important time of my life. I learned things about myself and about my God that I never could have discovered in my comfort zone of the United States.
For years I have had every aspect of my life planned out. I knew who I wanted to be, where I wanted to work, and where I wanted to live. However, God quickly revealed to me that my plan was not His and that His is so much more divine and perfect. It took a lot for me to surrender everything to Him and commit to finding His will for me, but God never fails to show me how much greater His plan for my life is.
I could go on for so much longer sharing my experiences and introducing you to all the people who are making such a huge difference in the country of Peru. Being able to see how they work has changed my entire outlook on mission work and evangelism. Before my extended. And if I invited them to church and they declined, then I had still done my job and could pat myself on the back. I was so wrong. As the above-mentioned missionaries and so many others have proven to me over and over again, my job.
My job is not to bring people to church but to bring the church to them. It tells the saved to go to them. There have been heartaches, but oh, the joys. Craig Branham was born April 14, , at Troup, Texas. They were married July 3, He began preaching at seventeen. His first church was New Hope, Jacksonville.
He succeeded his friend, Richard Walters, in that position. In , he was elected as Secretary of Foreign Missions. General Secretary of Missions, W. Burgess, retired in Craig Branham was elected at that time as the General Secretary. He continued in that position until his retirement in In the April, , issue of The Gleaner, he gave his last report to the churches. These places of ministry followed his time in missions. His survivors include his wife of 65 years, Grace Branham; daughter Elaine Councille who became a widow shortly after the death of her father ; son, Clint; and sister Faye Nell Hunter; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.get link
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This was the haunting question that continually crossed my mind. In God called me to be a missionary to Hispanics. All I ever knew about mission work was that missionaries packed up and went to foreign fields. I did, and then I did again. Little by little it became clear that that was exactly what He was calling me to do. There are approximately 55 million Spanish speaking people living within the borders of the United States.
We are in the list of the top five largest Spanish speaking nations in the world. The mission field is here! And it is by divine design. For years the church in America has sent evangelical missionaries to Latin America. Some have gone where the Gospel had never been preached. Others anchored in foreign lands and preached truth in the midst of stiff opposition by other religions.
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And now many Hispanics with an evangelical past are arriving here and bringing their faith with them. America needs this Spanish-speaking part of our population to help bring us back to Christ. Their devotion and commitment to Christ in many cases is unparalleled, and their strong commitment to family helps ensure the passing along of the faith to subsequent generations. Our borders are not beyond the control of God. He controls population shifts, vast immigration movements, and even the spiritual destinies of nations.
Could it be that as God brings the world not just Latin America, but the world to the United States, that He is doing so at the hope of spiritual renewal? Unique Challenges: As our Hispanic mission partnerships have grown in the United States we have encountered some unique challenges. In some ways. First generation Hispanics are those who were not born here, but immigrated here and whose heart language is Spanish.
They come with a deep love for their own country but a desire to function in this one. The gangs and cartels in Latin America have created unbearable living situations in many areas of Latin America, especially for young men who are being recruited to become a part of Michael Hight Family them. Second generation Hispanics are those who were born here or who were brought here at a young age.
Many of the second generation Hispanics are U. This creates an incredibly complex situation for authorities who have delicate situations with parents who are undocumented and children who have all the rights and privileges of being U. Currently a streamlined or affordable way for these people to obtain their documents does not exist. People living in poverty have no way of coming up with that kind of money. Along with being at the center of the immigration issue, second generation immigrants have a blended culture and language which can create extremely explosive September - October mission:world Second generations speak Spanish, but generally their ability to read and dominate the written language is hindered by the fact they are educated in English.
Their ability to communicate with parents and grandparents is greatly influenced by this fact. Third generation Hispanics are those who were born to those who were born here. They are United States citizens and live and function freely and effectively in American society. Some are bi-lingual and many speak only English.
Should we even bother with the Spanish ministry if we are eventually going to have third and fourth generations that speak only English? Number one, many first generation Hispanics are open to the Gospel. Circumstances in their lives have brought them to a point of recognizing their deep need of God, and God is still in the saving business. He cares as much for the first generation as He does for the second or third. It will be too late. Thirdly, America is not assimilating as it has in the past. There are many sub-cultures in our society; in fact, experts tell us that there are over three hundred languages spoken here.
With the creation of these sub-. Fourthly, how we view and how we treat the first generation will greatly affect how they and their families view and treat America in the future. It will affect the spiritual and political climate of America in the future. When I think about what God has done in our ministry with this population I stand in awe at some of His trophies of grace. One day I watched out our mission window as a local Hispanic group set up a statue of Mary of Guadalupe.
They dressed their children in traditional Indian garb and began dancing and singing around this statue. I watched the eyes of some of our new believers, wondering what impact it would have on them. After a lot of ground work by several members, God saved both of them. They are now having an incredible influence on their friends who have yet to be saved.
All of our pastors and missionaries could share story after story about how God is changing people with the power of the Gospel. Much discussion and debate is given to the Hispanic population here in the states. He focused on going really deep with a smaller group of 12 and especially with an even smaller group of 3 and even perhaps especially focusing on one disciple in particular to really pour into John.
He certainly taught large groups, but the bulk of His time seemed to be spent pouring into the Twelve, and Peter, James and John in particular. Jesus didn't simply seek for His disciples to increase in knowledge although He did seek for their increase in knowledge, while simultaneously critiquing the Pharisees for their love of knowledge at the expense of love for God , but He also sought for His disciples to live transformed lives of love and submission to God.
And ultimately, Jesus made disciples who multiplied. In that, we have adopted an approach for discipleship at Hope Church which attempts to model itself after what we see Jesus do in the New Testament. We focus on discipleship happening in small groups and in individual or 1-on-1 or 1-on-2 relationships. So in my upcoming blog posts on the topic of discipleship, I want to suggest some very practical ideas for how we might go about making disciples in this way — specifically in these individual relationships.
My hope is to cast a vision for ways we can tangibly go about pouring into each other through 1-on-1 or 1-on-2 relationships as we seek to make disciples at Hope Church who go and make more disciples.