“. . . praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints–and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Eph 6:18-20 NKJ)
The apostle, at the end of his epistle to the Ephesian church, request that the saints there pray for him. Though he is in chains he asks that they pray that God will give him utterance to speak. It wasn’t a request for wisdom to speak words in his defense before the magistrates, or Caesar himself; it wasn’t a request to speak to timidly while he was in chains. No, his request was to speak “the mystery of the gospel.” He asked that he might have the courage to speak “boldly,” in confidence and without compromise the same message that landed him in chains, in jail, in the first place. It is far to easy to speak of something with uncertainty in the delivery of a message; to do so in a timid manner that would cause the hearer to think that this person doesn’t really believe what he is saying. However, the message of the gospel is not only a message that must be proclaimed with confidence, because it is true; it must be spoken boldly though the consequence of doing may not be pleasant for doing so. This is why the apostle requests prayer that God would give him courage and strength to “boldly” “make known the mystery of the gospel.”
Let it be known of you, me and all who are in Christ by grace alone through faith alone that we will not stand down, or shy away in timidity when it comes to proclaiming the gospel message. Let us be bold in proclaiming the message of the salvation of God through Jesus Christ knowing that there may dire consequences attach to that bold proclamation. Be of good courage, beloved, for are living in a time that is growing more and more dire as we see the hand of the Lord chastening His covenant people. Let us humble our hearts before God and draw our strength, our courage and boldness from the Lord to make known the mystery of the gospel.. Let us pray always that as we expose sin that our God will work grace in the hearts of our hearers, granting them repentance of sin and faith to believe that the forgiveness of our sins was obtained by the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross 2,000 years ago, who also rose again for our justification; having redeemed us from our sin and misery to an eternal inheritance of blessedness together with Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now for the update for January:
- Sent several hundred tracts to India in the Telugu language – received on January 28th. They were received and are scheduled to be distributed later on this month in witnessing campaign to the Telugu speaking people of Southern India.
- Conducted weekly video prayer meetings (Wednesday evenings) with Sanjay in India
- The Bibles and tracts sent to Nigeria – Brother Joseph, who converted from through the messages by Rev. Stetler and the literature on the Reformation Gospel Ministries website, received his shipment of 6 Bibles and 600 tracts and a couple of reference books for his personal studies – The Bibles were well received as you can see from the pictures below:
- Purchased Bibles books to ship to Peru, India and Kenya
- A Heritage Reformation Study Bible (donated by my wife, Heidi), 3 Forms of Unity, “The Manual of Christian Doctrine” by Louis Berkhof and Ursinus’ “Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism” were sent to Kenya – Pastor Benerd – Shipped on February 1st
- Bibles and Gospel tract, both in Spanish were sent to Ignacio Escudero, Peru (northern part of Peru) – Jaime Frias – shipped on February 1st
- Winter attire (Jackets, hats, scarves and gloves donated by Justice for All) were picked up for shipment to Sanjay in N. India in addition to Bibles and gospel tracts both in English and in Hindi (The Good News tract) – Shipped on February 4th
- Picked up winter attire from Justice for All (donated from their overstock of donations) to ship to India – 78 winter jackets & coats, hats, gloves, scarves & ear muffs – Ana DeBoer arranged for the donation, Rev. Stetler and Ana loaded up her vehicle with the items to transport them to her and her husband’s (Matthew) home. There we sort through them with some items prepared for shipment and the rest to be stored until shipped out to India and other countries for distribution.
- Wrote an article & devotionals, which were posted to social media platforms. The article, “The Impossibility of Reconciliation” was published on the RGM website and submitted for publication in 2 magazines (the Reformed Herald and Christian Renewal) & a conservative Iowa eNewspaper, the Iowa Standard, with over one hundred thousand subscribers
Click here to read the articles written in January:
- The Impossibility of Reconciliation – Reformation Gospel Ministries
- The Enemy is No Match for Almighty God – Reformation Gospel Ministries
- A New Year: A New Heart, A New Spirit Within You – Reformation Gospel Ministries
- My “Beware of Wolves” article is coming in the next Reformed Herald and was published in the Aquila Report, and in the Iowa Standard.
- The Creation Conference in Sioux Center has been postponed again to August 21st and 22nd. It will be help in the Sioux Center High School Theater that holds 300 people. The topic and speaker will be the same – “It’s in the Genes” with Dr. Robert Carter being the speaker.
8. For the January monthly Financial Report, please scroll down to the bottom of the report.
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Your Servant in Christ,