"We are Family" - Ephesians 4
ZADOK PUBLICATIONS - Dr. C. R. OLIVER
June 1, 2019
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June 1, 2019
"We are Family" - Ephesians 4
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Paul's emphasis in this chapter is the interwoven aspects of the church and how one member's faithfulness, or lack thereof, affects the whole unit. Being a member of the family of God requires individual responsibility to maintain family beliefs, family ties and family honor.
Family standards often require scrutiny of all activities by each member with some judged to be "beneath our dignity" while others are sanctioned as appropriate. Since the earthly family has
repeated failures, Paul chose to use another form of interactive unity: the body.
Paul uses the "body" construct to reveal how one body part cannot judge another and how all parts rely upon the functionality of all the others. (In his several writings he goes into greater detail than he does in Ephesians, but the picture is the same.) For example, a sick leg affects the whole body and requires it to feel "infirm." A malfunction in one part causes alarm and attention in all the other parts. The same is true in the church!
In this chapter, Paul continues to build on the foundation of the other three chapters. His use of "therefore" to include everything said up to that point as integral to what he is about to say is an interesting device to maintain continuity.
Four "Therefore gates" grace this chapter with another in the opening of Chapter 5. Each gate is predicated by what was said before it, thus, leading into the next teaching. Paul is writing a cumulative work with each step preparing the way for the next one. He is not satisfied with Ephesus' spiritual life. He wants them to stop living like the world and start living in the "fullness" of Christ, which means there is no room in the person for any other consideration but this one, such is what the Apostle means when he urges them to be full of the Spirit!
4 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Review Simon Peter's admonition.
1 Peter 4:7-11:
7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore, be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
King Jesus, in John's Revelation, reprimanded the Ephesian church for losing their first love. Had the church at Ephesus followed what Paul was teaching in this chapter, they could have avoided that chastisement. First love is a fervent condition. It actively consumes the person and calls for deeper considerations with each passing day!
Think of the "first love" that founded most of the denominational movements in Christendom. Most of the them began with a fervency which propelled them into large numbers with thousands of preaching points---but then, they lost their first love. Pentecostals and charismatic groups are now experiencing this condition.
"Walk worthy of the calling" is Paul's challenge to those who thought they were. In Revelation four, one finds their merits and flaws exhibited and judged with the threat of losing their place in the kingdom. (What would be the position of the modern church in such scrutiny?)
Their calling was FROM the world and TO Christ. Their calling incorporated "their gift" as mentioned in I Peter. Their calling was to Christ and His kingdom work. Their calling was more than adherence to "Christianity-Mild;" it was to reformation and inclusion.
1. Reformation meaning to relate to each other in reference to "the calling," rather than the world's standards, for they were called from darkness to light and to the same glorious future.
Look at the way the Living Bible translates this passage.
4 I beg you--I, a prisoner here in jail for serving the Lord--to live and act in a way worthy of those who have been chosen for such wonderful blessings as these. 2 Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. 3 Try always to be led along together by the Holy Spirit and so be at peace with one another.
2. Inclusion in the family of God: One body, One Spirit, One hope, One Lord, One
Faith, One baptism, One God and Father.
4 We are all parts of one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. 5 For us there is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and we all have the same God and Father who is over us all and in us all, and living through every part of us.
In modern terms, the church is a body of believers all on the same page! They interact with each other based on using a different standard than the world. They are the family of God and part of each other, and their focal point is the bond that binds them together.
Simon Peter wrote similarly:
I Peter 4: 10-11:
10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Somehow, the modern church must grasp the power of these verses and move into the place of
Paul's and Peter's vision. How different things would be if the Spirit was able to direct a symphony of blessings through the church.
Instead of multiple "little kingdoms" being formed across the globe, there would be one glorious
body led by Christ and to His honor. Supernatural power would be channeled through it to meet the needs of every saint. Extraordinary miracles would be the order of the day and the Sunday
meetings would be given over to the Word and the testimonies of believers.
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore He says:
"When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men."
9 (Now this, "He ascended" - what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
Paul references the purpose of Grace. It is given according to the finished work of Christ. The believer is endowed with all the accomplished gains of the cross, resurrection and Parousia of Jesus. His accomplished work allowed Him to sow into our lives the fruits of His victory. Though some believe He did not go to hell and preach the gospel and wrench the keys of death and hell from the evil ones' grasp-it matters not, for He accomplished the task and shares His triumph with each of us today! There is not a circumstance He omitted, not a sin or suffering that He did not bear. There is not a grief or pain He did not conquer nor an issue He did not assuage. HE did it all for us and we must not fail to walk in that victory with Him.
This is why He established what is known as the 5-fold ministry. However, theirs is not the ministry; all the saints are the ministers. They are to equip and edify the body to carry out the tasks engendered by the Holy Spirit. Equipping and edifying should be a joyous work as
each office interacts with the other in order to present to Christ a glorious Bride lacking no good trait and confidently standing with her bridegroom.
Sadly, today these five offices compete with each other, and their goal is often self-aggrandizement. A hierarchy exists among them tantamount to a political system rather than a Spirit endorsed comradery. (Could this be why the powerless church has reversed the roles? Congregates now edify and equip the five offices and expect them to carry out the ministry.)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
NT:652 apostolos (ap-os'-tol-os); from NT:649; a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ ["apostle"] (with miraculous powers): KJV - apostle, messenger, he that is sent.
NT:4396 prophetes (prof-ay'-tace); from a compound of NT:4253 and NT:5346; a foreteller ("prophet"); by analogy, an inspired speaker; by extension, a poet: KJV - prophet.
NT:4397 prophetikos (prof-ay-tik-os'); from NT:4396; pertaining to a foreteller ("prophetic"): KJV - of prophecy, of the prophets.
NT:4398 prophetis (prof-ay'-tis); feminine of NT:4396; a female foreteller or an inspired woman: KJV - prophetess.
NT:2099 euaggelistes (yoo-ang-ghel-is-tace'); from NT:2097; a preacher of the gospel:
KJV - evangelist.
NT:4166 poimen (poy-mane'); of uncertain affinity; a shepherd (literally or figuratively):
KJV - shepherd, pastor.
NT:4167 poimne (poym'-nay); contraction from NT:4165; a flock (literally or figuratively): KJV - flock, fold.
NT:4168 poimnion (poym'-nee-on); neuter of a presumed derivative of NT:4167; a flock, i.e. (figuratively) group (of believers): KJV - flock.
NT:1320 didaskalos (did-as'-kal-os); from NT:1321; an instructor (genitive case or specially): KJV - doctor, master, teacher.
All the above are used to raise up a church of perfection. That's what grace is all about. That's what the five positions are all about. That's what ministry is all about. They are to edify or build up the saints. The church body should be a growing, expanding, knowledgeable body of overcomers who shine like lights to a dark world and who are able to wear the armor Paul mentions in Chapter six verses 10-19.
Shallow minded, self-centered, whining incompetents are not the people for whom Christ is returning. Paul dismisses those whimsical fantasizers by calling them "children." Jesus said He piped and they did not dance.
14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head - Christ - 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Pay attention to the characteristics of "children."
1.They are tossed to and fro (James declared them double minded and unstable in all their ways).
2.They are carried away by every wind of doctrine (If ever a day existed where there is an increase of voices espousing every asinine idea imaginable, it is today!).
3. They are duped by the trickery of men. The range of incredible babblings is global with media of infinite variety proposing any doctrine one wishes to hear in order to enable their lifestyle or opinion. Often, it is difficult to discern who is real and who is
not---so, that is why Paul taught about the gifts of the Spirit. The Spirit of discernment is
included, and it is the one element missing in modern congregations. God does not give 8/9ths of the gifts!
Paul's admonition to the church at Ephesus is the one which must be sounded today- "Grow Up!" Stop being coddled kids with tumultuous tantrums and become strong in the Lord and the power of His might.
"Grow up in ALL things in Him," is an invitation to find one's place and discover God's plan for every individual in the body of believers. Christ is the head, but the body is composed of
many parts interacting in love with all the others. The picture is beautiful as each person brings their own unique endowments yielded to the Spirit and used to satisfy the needs of others and to participate in the grand scheme of God. No sickly parts, no incapableness, no incapacities remain to hinder the whole-those things are ministered to through the work of "ministry."
If the body witnesses a struggling saint-in love, they restore him. If there is a downtrodden saint, he is lifted by love by the body. Just as the immune system works in the human, so the love spirit works in the church, until we all come to perfection in the one new man!
Paul turned to some practical matters that affect the church.
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles (heathen) walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Look at the word: "futility" and its associative words:
mataio/ mataiotes (mat-ah-yot'-ace); from NT:3152; inutility; figuratively, transientness; morally, depravity: KJV - vanity.
NT:3154 mataioo (mat-ah-yo'-o); from NT:3152; to render (passively, become) foolish, i.e. (morally) wicked or (specifically) idolatrous: KJV - become vain.
maten (mat'-ane); accus. of a derivative of the base of NT:3145 (through the idea of tentative manipulation, i.e. unsuccessful search, or else of punishment); folly, i.e. (adverbially) to no purpose: KJV - in vain.
Gruesome activities accompany the unredeemed. Ask yourself why was it necessary to bring this matter to the forefront with a body of believers who excelled in their love for one another and exhibited an outstanding Christian walk? Could it be there were some who were slack in their life style?
Look at the elements of Paul's concerns:
1. They were not Jews - (they did not have the Biblical teachings the Jews required with scripture memorization and keeping of the Law and observance of feasts), they were part of the Gentile society. Greco-Roman social order was unredeemed, had lax moral values and incorporated pagan culture and lifestyles.
2. Futility of mind-a factor found in ancient Israel when, "every man did what was right in his own eyes." Vanity of mind is a fearful estate, but it is in place all over the globe. Hearken to this commentary by Barnes.
That is, because they were alienated from the true God, and particularly because of "the blindness of their hearts." The apostle does not say that this was a "judicial" darkening of the understanding; or that they might not have perceived the truth; or that they had no ability to understand it. He speaks of a simple and well-known fact--a fact that is seen now as well as then that the understanding becomes darkened by indulgence in sin. A man who is intemperate, has no just views of the government of the appetites. A man who is unchaste, has no perception of the loveliness of purity. A man who is avaricious or covetous, has no just views of the beauty of benevolence. A man who indulges in low vices, will weaken his mental powers, and render himself incapable of intellectual effort. Indulgence in vice destroys the intellect as well as the body, and unfits a man to appreciate the truth of a proposition in morals, or in mathematics, or the beauty of a poem, as well as the truth and beauty of religion.
Nothing is more obvious than that indulgence in sin weakens the mental powers, and renders them unfit for high intellectual effort. This is seen all over the pagan world now-in the stolid, stupid mind; the perverted moral sense; the incapacity for profound or protracted mental effort, as really as it was among the pagans to whom Paul preached.
(from Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database Copyright © 1997-2014 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
3."Passed Feeling," means no remorse for evil done. It means abortion, rape, murder, as well as, any other harm done to others does not phase them. (Sound like the report of
the news media?)
4." Given Over," (wholly captured) by lewdness, uncleanness, greed. (Sound like the politicians? Sound like the movie makers? Sound like the generation embracing homosexuality? Sound like the character of a society that has gone past the place of return to moral integrity?)
The opposite of all this is Christ and His kingdom.
20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
It is amazing that Paul would use an "if" condition addressed to the Ephesians. IF you have "learned Christ," and "IF you have heard Him and been taught by Him," are questions directed to the inner man of truth. There is one solution offered by Paul, and it doesn't rest on the apostle or the prophet or evangelist or the pastor or teacher-it rests on the individual Christian. YOU put off the old man. YOU put on the new man. The new man has a renewed mind created in true righteousness and holiness. (Should this be the theme of every church today-the topic for several sermons? Where are the voices? Where are the old-time preachers who stood to preach truth?)
25 Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another. 26 "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
The third "Therefore" gate ushered in Paul's teaching regarding conduct within the community of believers. He started abruptly with "put away lying." Strangely enough this is exactly the issue with the modern church. The facades that amass themselves as a congregation, seeking to hide the real person behind them, is astounding. "The darling sins and Ashtoreth (1 Kings 11)," still exist in the hearts of believers. (The reason these matters are a concern is because we are connected to each other in a supernatural bond and when one veers off the path---all are affected.)
Paul now addressed anger.
"Anger" opens the door to a multitude of problems. Current society has proven to be an "angry" culture, riddled with issues. Road rage, domestic violence, political divisions, suicidal self- anger, as well as, casting blame on others are but a few examples. Infestations of anger attend church regularly! Paul says in essence "get rid of it." (One pastor recently preached a message entitled, "Get over it.")
"Give no place to the devil," is a broad subject, for there are many ways which open a venue for him. Little rehearsal is needed to understand the wide range of activities, ranging from thought impurities, to deeds of fleshly lust, to evocative speech.
Paul attacks certain engrained activities and the addictions that follow:
"Let him that stole, steal no more." Honest labor with one's hands is the solution to this one. Paul urges honest labor in order to GIVE to others who are in need. Remember, these are Gentile believers, and the Ephesian church had a variety of former liars, thieves and verbal abusers. All congregations reflect their collective community. The message of Jesus is one of deliverance and setting the captive free. It matters not what one once was, but what one becomes through redemption.
(When a teenager, I played piano for a local evangelist who had been an avid gambler. Many is the time I heard him testify, "The Lord Jesus redeemed me and forgave me, but that did not forgive my gambling debts. The gangsters wanted their due and I had to pay it.")
29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Paul's emphasis in verse 29 incorporated all the spiritual mandates of Scripture about watching the words flowing from one's mouth. Corrupt communication has myriad applications, including jesting, suggestive language, cursing and oft repeated phrases like "I would give my right arm for that!" Powerful matters come about with such language. Hurtful comments and harsh judgments parallel this invective. Actually, verse 31 could join verse 29. "Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice."
(The question for modern clergy goes like this: "Is it necessary to preach on social issues like those Paul cites or are those issues too risky for today's pulpit?" What if pastors mounted the sacred desk with sermons like "Gone A Whoring [preached by an evangelist in 1950 citing Hosea 1:2]?" Is it time to task the Word of God with messages on personal lifestyles like drugs, adultery, fornication and LBGTQ? Is it time to preach associative judgment for those supportive of and advocating such behavior and including Abortion? Is it time to challenge lawmakers and public servants who create laws counter to Christian principles? [ In order to understand "associative" judgment go to Judges 19-21 and review the awesome price the tribe of Benjamin suffered because of their defense of the homosexual acts among their tribesmen].)
In a recent survey by the U.S. Pastor's Council, it was reported that 50% of pastors feared preaching on social issues and avoided Scripture and messages where such items are touched on.
Perhaps a prisoner's chains emboldened Paul and gave him strength to say what he did (he saw in prison the terrible price paid for moral failure). Down deep inside him, he knew that such behavior grieved the Holy Spirit of God, and the Ephesians needed to know how devastating their actions were.
Ephesians 4:30: And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
The church of today needs to know their activities and actions have grave consequences! They need to know, when they cast their votes for candidates who approve unholy actions, they grieve
the Holy Spirit (Note Peter's reaction when Ananias and Saphira lied to the Holy Spirit and fell dead). They need to know their silence and inaction in the face of aberrant behavior grieves the Spirit. They need to know quiet pulpits are not an option!
lupe/lupeo (loo-peh'-o); from NT:3077; to distress; reflexively or passively, to be sad:
KJV - cause grief, grieve, be in heaviness, (be) sorrow (-ful), be (make) sorry.
The very last thought in this chapter is one of tender mercy. Paul knew that once this message found its target, some of the congregation would be in despair even as they repented. His love
poured out to them because he remembered the many atrocities he had committed and how, when he repented, he needed the loving support of believing saints.
Ephesians 4:32: And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Until Next month,
Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.
UPDATES FROM THE MISSION FIELD:
Last month we highlighted several Missionaries. This is an update on their current activities.
Bob Altemus of West Heart Ministries reports on his recent Africa Trip:
West Heart Ministries
P. O. Box 121
Converse, TX 78109
Bob Altemus Facebook
West Heart Ministries Facebook
Rev. Bob Altemus traveled to Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), West Africa, where he connected with his national host, Pastor Dr. Nassa Agnegbla. His primarily mission was to speak at a Leadership Summit at which they Ordained about 30 new pastors from across Cote d'Ivoire. While that event was the reason for the trip, the Holy Spirit had much more in store.
Bob delivered food, education materials, and toys to Ong Kouye Orphanage in the town of Devo. Mom Simone started and has managed the orphanage for almost 20 years, and she currently has 40 kids between the ages of 2 and 15. When Pastor Bob arrived, the children were singing "Lazarus is Not Dead" in multiple languages. When he ministered to the children about the love of God, they gave a resounding "Amen!" It was obvious Mom Simone is training these children in the ways of the Lord.
Another God-ordained appointment was with Mom Susie who is the Founder and Director of "Groupe Scolaire - Winners Grace Favor," a Christian school with over 200 students between the ages of 2 and 10. The walk through the school was like a trip back in time! However, the love in that place, the education being provided, and power of God that was present would rival any Christian school!
God orchestrated several one-on-one meetings, training and equipping pastors, meals in many of the pastor's homes, and Bob was able to minister on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in multiple churches. One lesson Pastor Bob learned was although these people have very little compared to most, they have a genuine love for God, they have the joy of the Lord as their strength, and they are satisfied. May God help us all to learn that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts!
Please continue to pray for Pastor Nassa, Mom Simone, and Mom Susie as they fulfill the call of God on their lives!
Brother Bob prays over a girl who was at a training done with pastors.
Brother Bob preaching at the Leadership Summit.
A group of pastors Pastor Bob trained while in Divo visiting the Orphanage.
Group photo of children and leaders from the Orphanage. Mom Simone is second from the left in the first row of those standing. (Beside the boy in the blue shirt).
One of the powerful services where Brother Bob preached on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Brother Bob with the men in this same church. The pastor of this church got Ordained at the Leadership Summit where he spoke.
The man in the red robe was Ordained.
A group of people outside a church where Brother Bob preached. Multiple people there got Ordained and this church also meets in Mom Susie's School.
The tent pictured is Pastor Nassa's church - had a Glorious time there!!!
Brother Bob and Pastor Nassa (with the worship team sitting behind)
The kids at Mom Susie's School. Mom Susie is standing behind Brother Bob with glasses.
The kids at Pastor Nassa's church.
Brother Bob administering the Charge to Ministry for those who got Ordained.
Brother Bob prayed and spoke over each one that got Ordained.
From Missionary Portia Sharp of Sharp Ministries, Kenya, Africa:
Sharp Ministries Intl
P. O. Box 130851
The Woodlands, Tx. 77393
Telephone: (832 326-3474
Kenya Telephone: 254-748-820-995
Portia Sharp Facebook
We experienced the presence of the Lord again today in a mighty way at Christian Outreach Ministries Nakuru Pipeline with Pastors Ibrahim and Margaret along with their ministry team and congregation. I shared how important it is to know and continue in the inspired word of God which is able to make us wise unto salvation.
From Ghiorghi Cazacu of Gospel Ministries International; Romania:
Restoring Families and
Transforming Nations by
Making Disciples of
Our Lord Jesus Christ
Gospel Ministries International, Inc.
P. O. Box 661
Belleville, IL 62222
This is from Brother Ghiorghi with what we know so far.
"We are so thankful to the Lord that there has been several donations made towards the replacement vehicle as well as medical needs. They were provided all the equipment they need at the headquarters for Ghiorghi's recovery because of a relationship they built over time with those who provide equipment for the disabled. GMI has worked along side them for quite a few years. So, we are thankful for that.
"Ghiorghi's leg that was not broken as bad as the other is mending and he is gaining more movement each day. He still us unable to sit very long in a wheel chair. The doctor was still waiting on the knee swelling to go down in the leg with the metal rod so they can access the damage, if any is there. We believe God for a quick recovery.
"We still have about $25,000 to raise for the replacement vehicle and we know that the Lord is faithful for the advancement of His Kingdom to carry on despite this setback. We are very honored and thankful to you for sharing the information in your newsletter. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you abundantly!"
Here is a link to a video with more pictures and brother Ghiorghi speaking at the end:
Video of Brother Ghiorghi
A picture of the auto accident:
From Missionary Bob Ledden Ministries:
Bob Ledden Ministries, Inc.
1321 SW Phyllis Dr.
McMinnville, Oregon 97128
Email: Bob Ledden Ministries
Email: Bob Ledden Personal Email
Bob Ledden Ministries Facebook
In answer to many prayers, and due to contributions from many in this readership, the entire $1,550 came in to completely pay off his medical bills. Now we are praying that he will mend quickly and be able to return to the ministry to which God has called him.
Bob has currently been in Mexico on a tourist visa which means he has to leave the country every 6 months. That trip will be necessary before the 1st of June. He will be heading to El Paso where he hopes to be able to obtain a permanent work visa. That's a 12 hour bus ride each way. The expense for the trip is an extra need. That plus prayers that all the paper work is completed.
Praise the Lord for His Faithfulness!
Your support is really appreciated.
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