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I was an utterly sinful, filthy, miserable wretch and slave to sin, a pitiful worm that deserved to be crushed by the wrath of God, but blessed be His name, He looked down from Heaven upon my soul, saw me in my own filthiness, had compassion on me, and reached down and saved me through the Person of His own Son, to redeem me from sin, and set me free to serve Him in love, to the praise of the glory of His grace! For more info go to our website at www.puregospeltruth.com

Become a missionary to Mexico…

If you are truly being sent by the Lord of glory to preach JESUS CHRIST in Mexico, and you have sound doctrine and believe in the doctrines of grace, and have proven effectiveness in evangelistic ministry, please consider teaming up with us to reach Guadalajara with the Gospel.

We are praying for laborers to help us plant a biblical church and reach this city of 6 million for Jesus Christ. While there are some churches in this city, they are scarce when compared to the overall number of inhabitants in the city. Furthermore, though one or several may exist, we know of no sovereign grace churches in this city, who not only believe in the historic salvation doctrines of the Reformation, but also have a strong evangelistic and missionary zeal.

Prerequisites include:

1. You need to know Jesus Christ personally, closely, powerfully. And you must be living a life free from the practice of sin. You must have VICTORY over sin in your experience.
2. A firm belief in the doctrines of grace. (This is one of the distinctives of our ministry.) You can read our statement of faith here.
3. Effectiveness in ministry in your home country. (If you can’t be effective there, how can you in a foreign land?)
4. You must aquire the Spanish langauge. (Either come already knowing it, or attend language school once you arrive on the field. We know of a good language school in the city.) 
5. A burning passion to reach lost souls for God’s glory.
6. A willingness to work with a team and labor for the common vision of evangelism and church planting.
7. A reasonable time commitment. (While we’re open to recieving teams, we are really praying for longer term laborers.)

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” -Matthew 9:37-38

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” -Isaiah 6:8

Visit www.puregospeltruth.com for more information about our ministry and to contact us.

 

 

Church Planting in Guadalajara

Dear brethren, we are undertaking a church planting effort in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. Please pray that God would save sinners and add them to the fellowship to be raised up as real disciples who obey Jesus Christ.

Our efforts will bring forth the most long lasting fruit for Christ’s glory if we can manage to make disciples, and disciples are made in the context of the local church. May God pour out His Spirit on this desperate work!

For more information about this effort go here: http://www.puregospeltruth.com/church-plant-guadalajara.html

Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.

MAY THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN RECIEVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!!!!!!!

Change in Blog Location

Dear blog followers,

As you know, I haven’t kept up with this blog like I should. It takes time to sit down and write something and I just haven’t been taking the time to write lately. But seeing that there are so many wonderful resources online which promote biblical truth, I have started another blog over at blogspot, which is aimed at being an outpost for the writings and resources of others as well as myself, that I may share some of these great treasures and teachings with the Body of Christ. The new blog has an emphases on the Gospel, biblical missions, evangelism, and theology. It will contain audios, videos, and writings from both myself and others, both past and present. Be sure to bookmark the change.

Here it is: http://missionsevangelismtheology.blogspot.com/

MAY JESUS CHRIST BE PREACHED HARD AND GLORIFIED TREMENDOUSLY IN THE EARTH.

-Josef

God’s Free Mercies -Thomas Brooks

“His tender mercies.” Psalm 145:9

“The multitude of His mercies.” Psalm 106:45

It is God’s free mercy which every day
keeps hell and my soul asunder.

It is God’s free mercy which daily pardons my sins.

It is God’s free mercy which supplies all my inward
and outward needs.

It is God’s free mercy which preserves, and feeds,
and clothes my outward man.

It is God’s free mercy which renews, strengthens,
and prospers my inward man.

It is God’s free mercy which has kept me many
times from committing such and such sins.

It is God’s free mercy which has kept me many a
time from falling before such and such temptations.

It is God’s free mercy which has many a time
preserved me from being swallowed up by
such and such inward and outward afflictions.

“Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord.” Psalm 119:156

“I will sing of the tender mercies of the Lord forever!”
Psalm 89:1

The Conclusion… All else is vanity

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Ecc 12:13-14)

This is all that matters. ALL else is vanity. Prophecies will pass away, tongues will cease, but the everlasting love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which causes us to love and obey our Maker will never pass away. Love never fails. It is the fulfillment of the Law. And if we truly love Christ, we will keep His commandments.

Let us listen to the words of the Preacher who wrote us such words of wisdom. He sought pleasure and fulfillment in all other things -in knowledge and learning, in women, in riches, in fame, in pleasure, and in labor. He exhausted the fountains of the world’s pleasures to the very end so as to exhaust them to the very end, and in the end, he found that they were vanity, vanity, vanity. After an entire lifetime of seeking fulfillment in every thing this life has to offer, and that to the fullest, he came to a simple, yet piercing conclusion. FEAR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.

That’s it. What more can we add to that? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and let your faith manifest itself in God-fearing works done in love with a motive to His glory. There is a Judgment coming. And we are nothing but fools if we don’t prepare for that great Day.

Let us live every day in the light of the Judgment Seat of Christ, as the Apostle Paul did:

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.(2 Cor 5:8-11)

Paul lived in the light of eternity. He had the word “Bema” stamped across the backs of his eyelids. He knew what he was preparing for. He was preparing to meet His God. Every day was a day of preparation to depart from this world and enter the next. Every day was a day of heart-preparation to stand before God with a clean conscience, washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb.

What else is there to do? We can laugh, cry, sing, moan, rejoice, weep, feast, fast, enjoy our friends and family, or enjoy solitude and peace, but in the end, it’s all vanity. All that matters is if we knew Jesus Christ, had His eternal love in our hearts, walked after Him with a living faith, and labored to please God in our lives. Dear reader, where’s your priorities?

I am dealing with the death of a loved one in my family right now. I do not know where he went and can have no assurance on his behalf, but I know the Judge of all the earth will do right. But he’s gone and there’s nothing I can do about it now. But all I can think of is the salvation of the rest of those in my family. That’s all that matters to me. That they fear God and keep His commandments. I’m not trying to be theological with this verse, just stating the plain truth of Scripture. Yes salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. But in the end all that matters beyond that is if we obeyed God. To obey is better than sacrifice.

It’s hard for me to be away right now all the way over here in Mexico while my family are over there grieving, but I find strength in the Word of God. In the end, Christ says to me, “Let the dead bury their dead. You go and preach the Kingdom of God”. Oh, it hurts so much inside, but His grace is sufficient… Yes, Lord Jesus! I will gladly obey your will. But please, save my family, I beg You. Yet I delight to do Thy will, O God, and love Thee more than I love my nearest kin. Your Word is my treasure, like a sword to my heart but like sweet honey to my mouth. Your face is too aweful to behold yet the rays of light that shine round about your glory are the light of my spirit, for You alone, Lord Jesus, are the light of men. Your holiness frightens me but your love consoles me, and I am in awe of your ways. What God is there, as mighty as You, who breathes the breath of life into the nostrils of man, and who takes away the breath of life whenever it pleases You? For all things are of You and through You and to You, and to You alone be the glory forever, O mighty King that reigns over mortals in glorious power and sovereignty. 

You give and take away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Help your people to win souls while there’s still souls here to win, for I know the Lord of hosts will make a quick work upon the earth. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

Update

My dear brethren who keep up on my blog,

It has been a while since I’ve posted. I’m sure you can understand, seeing that my primary concern and object of focus is the work of the ministry set before me here on the mission field in Mexico. The Lord has been moving here, and we are being encouraged to see Him opening up doors and watching as the Gospel of God’s glorious grace is preached to many. We recently took a trip to another state in Mexico where the Gospel is also scarcely heard, and were able to hold a Bible teaching camp for over 100 children in a back village and evangelize many villagers. While we were there, we visited a local prison and preached the Word of God and also visited some brethren in the area to encourage them and strengthen them in the faith. It was a fruitful trip to the glory of God.

Meanwhile, since we’ve returned here to the city of Guadalajara, we’ve been busy preaching and teaching the Word of God and doing the work of evangelism. God has opened some doors and we are beginning to step into a new season of ministry here if the Lord permits. A brother is considering moving down with us to co-labor with us for the glory of God in this dark city, and we are praying for the Lord to provide the means and support for him to live here. He is the perfect candidate and already knows fluent Spanish and is seasoned in evangelism and open air preaching. I have greatly desired a likeminded co-laborer for a long time and have even been discouraged at times feeling all alone in thE work of this ministry. So for those of you who can’t go to the mission field here’s your opportunity to send someone else! May the Lord’s will be done. We greatly appreciate your prayers and support for all of you who have helped to hold the rope for us as we’re going down in. Sometimes it’s difficult to live by faith but every time the Lord comes through and provides for our needs and time and time again provides opportunities for us to share the message of the Cross wherever we are, especially in this Catholic city of over 9 million people and under 2% Christian. I just know that as we trust in God, He reveals His mighty arm on our behalf time and time again, and miracles become commonplace as we walk in and live by faith.

I have not given up on this blog, just have been taking a break from it for a moment. Check back soon, and in the meantime, we greatly desire your prayers. Leave us your comments, lift us up before the throne, and if you haven’t yet, check out our website and get a feel for our burden and work: www.puregospeltruth.com

MAY THE BANNER OF THE SON OF GOD BE LIFTED HIGH AND MAY THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF THE LIGHT OF CHRIST PIERCE THE DARKNESS OF CATHOLIC IDOLATRY FOR THE GLORY OF HIS GREAT NAME IN MEXICO.

In Christ -Josef

Nicodemus Came by Night -John 3:2

John 3:2 – The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

We are told that Nicodemus came to Jesus by night. The reason we are told this is obviously because Nicodemus at this time didn’t want to face the shame of openly associating with Jesus. Most of his fellow Pharisees were growing increasingly hostile toward Christ, and they quickly despised anyone who associated with Him. Nicodemus would obviously want to avoid such a taint to his spotless reputation, and to avoid losing all the recognition and honor and religious achievement he had earned for himself. Note, the more a man has (religion, honor, achievement, wealth, power), the more he has to sacrifice to become a follower of Christ.

Notice here the vast difference between the “wise” and “foolish” things of this world (1 Cor. 1:17-28). “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight” (Luke 10:21). Nicodemus, certainly one of the most wise things of this world, respected by all, well-advanced in learning and religious devotion, comes to Jesus under the cloak of night. Yet, the shamed Samaritan woman, to whom Jews wouldn’t even associate, full of sin and adultery, considered among the most foolish things of this world, is not ashamed to proclaim Jesus openly to all out of excitement that He is the Savior. Nicodemus sees many the miracles of Jesus and comes to the conclusion that He’s a great teacher sent from God, but the Samaritan woman sees just one of His miracles (His gift of prophecy) and comes to the conclusion that He is the Messiah! Nicodemus is afraid to confess Him openly, but the Samaritan woman boldly proclaims Jesus as the Christ to her whole town as soon as she meets Him! (see John 4:5-42.) Away with the wisdom of this fallen age! We need simple, child-like faith in the Savior. This simple faith is no doubt the essential evidence of the New Birth.

But even though Nicodemus came by night, at least he came! This is saying a whole lot more to his honor in the Word of God than the majority of the other Pharisees and religious leaders. There had to be at least some risk involved in coming, even at night. But notice that even though Nicodemus starts out very timid, scared, and worried about the cost of following Christ, it is significant that His exposure here to Christ more personally did not turn him away from following Him, but actually increased his desire to follow. In the Gospel of John, Nicodemus will grow progressively bolder and stand up for Jesus. In the midst of the Pharisees accusing and condemning Jesus, Nicodemus boldly sticks up for Him and is ridiculed (7:50-51). Then later, after the crucifixion of the Lord, Nicodemus isn’t afraid to publicly identify himself with the crucified Christ by bringing a whopping hundred pounds of spices for his burial and preparing His body alongside Joseph of Arimathaea (19:39-40).

It is noteworthy that this was at a time when all the Apostles themselves had fled! While Peter was very bold and started out his race with a fast sprint, he would fall and bite the dust hard at this time, but while Nicodemus was very timid and started our his race with a careful step at a time, he picked up strength and over time, his pace quickened and he gained ground, showing his faith by his perseverance and gradual growth. It’s not always immediate, fiery passion and zeal that characterizes true followers of Christ, but it’s faith with perseverance that counts (see Luke 8:15). We are not told specifically that Nicodemus finally believed with all his heart and actually experienced the New Birth, however, there is noteworthy evidence which leads us to have hope. Perhaps he was among the number of multitudes that were openly added to the church in the book of Acts, since there we are told that even many of the Jewish leaders believed (compare John 12:42 with Acts 6:7).

Nicodemus shows us his timidity at this time not only by coming at night, but by using the word, “we” when acknowledging Jesus’ authority: “we know that thou art a teacher come from God”. This appears to be a classic way of avoiding any appearance of personal commitment while at the same time acknowledging truth –by keeping the personal “I” out of it and just talking in general terms. This ploy is used in politics even to this day to avoid the appearance of conviction and commitment. But perhaps the main reason that the Apostle John, inspired by the Holy Spirit, informs us that Nicodemus used the word “we” rather than “I” is because as a ruler of the Jews and leader in the Sanhedrin, his case is representative of the case of Judaism as a whole; his spiritual condition was representative of the majority of the Jewish people and leaders. They acknowledged a lot of truth, saw the obvious when it came to Jesus, but still lacked spiritual life in them, still lacked the inward power of grace in regeneration, still lacked the Spirit of God, still lacked the real spiritual meat and substance of the Kingdom of God, and were ignorant of the righteousness which comes by faith.

Perhaps the most important question here is the one which Jesus would later ask His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mat. 16:15) Our answer to this question is crucial in determining our eternal destination. Nicodemus at this time would have probably responded to Christ by saying something along these lines: “You are an amazing teacher, a model rabbi, an anointed prophet, and a powerful miracle-worker, and without doubt, you are a man sent from God”. –But even recognizing all this is not enough. Peter would respond with the only correct answer: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mat. 16:16). Many people believe that Jesus of Nazareth was a great man, a wonderful teacher, even a prophet. But that’s not good enough if they miss the most important part. He’s all of that and much, much more. He is the Christ, the Savior of the world, the Lord of all, and God incarnate. He is our divine Substitution, our atoning Sacrifice, our Passover Lamb, our reigning King.

An essential part of the new birth is having the veil of sinful blindness lifted away and receiving a personal revelation of who Jesus of Nazareth really is. Jesus responded to Peter’s declaration of faith by saying, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Mat. 16:17). This was not just a matter of good insight or clever brain power. This recognition was the result of supernatural revelation to the mind of Peter from the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t just an intellectual revelation, but a revelation to the very heart of Peter, producing in him the faith necessary to believe on Christ as His Lord and Savior. This revelation was granted from above. It comes with the New Birth. When God regenerates a sinful man, he opens his eyes and grants the ability to see the things of the Spirit in a way that enables him to believe in the Savior with real faith.

So although we see that Nicodemus certainly recognized these great things about Christ, things which the majority of the other Pharisees failed to recognized (or failed to acknowledge we should say), the knowledge he had of this Jesus was an insufficient knowledge that at this time failed to believe in Him as the Son of God and Messiah of Israel, and therefore is the evidence that he was not yet born again. When someone is born anew, born from above, they will certainly have this divine revelation from above, resulting in a wholehearted commitment to Christ as King. Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, and in fact, we see by this that even his understanding itself was still in the black night of sin and ignorance to the real things pertaining to the light of the glorious Gospel and the power of the Kingdom of God.

Nicodemus realized that Jesus came forth from God, he recognized the supernatural nature of the miracles Jesus did, he admitted the authority Jesus had to teach the Word of God, he showed interest and hunger in hearing what Jesus had to teach, and he even confessed that it’s impossible that Jesus is not from God, since no one could do such miracles apart from God. Yet even with all this acknowledgment of truth, and even despite all his religious attainment, morality, and show of holiness, Nicodemus was still at this time a dead man, dead spiritually to the things of God. He needed to have life imparted to him from above, or else he would never see the Kingdom of God.