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2bobcraft2We have our fingers on the pulse of modern missions. Mission work is changing rapidly as the world's cultures and global conditions are changing. Ease of travel and communication impact how the Gospel is spread. But at the heart of missions, there is the work of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the obedience of the Church to carry out Jesus' command to go into all the earth.

We want to present challenging biblical truths, insights into today's missions environment, and progress reports on reaching the entire world with the Gospel. Please keep checking our blog regularly for updates, stories and challenging thoughts from Scripture! 

This Technology Will Change the World!

TechnologyThis groundbreaking technology absolutely has the ability to complete the Great Commission in our lifetime! 

Specifications:

Core Processor - Processes 100 million, million operations per second. For those of you who are trying to do the math with your supercomputer brain – that’s over 100,000 times more processing power than today’s cutting-edge supercomputer processor. It transmits 20 quadrillion bits of information per second.

Memory - The storage capacity for information in memory cells is approximately 2.5 petabytes. That is enough memory to store 300 years' worth of 24/7 television!

Cameras - The photoreceptors number more than 120 million, which MIT scientists believe can process entire images in as little as 13 milliseconds. The autofocus can sense exactly what you need it to see, and constantly adjust to what is just right for you.

Microphones and speaker - This technology is capable of a minimum audio projection of at least 123,205,750 words in over 7,000 languages.

Recording capabilities - It can record sounds wherever you are, for as long as you need to, and store these sounds for later recall. The listening devices are able to distinguish over 400,000 unique sounds.

Interactivity - It can converse with you, recite poetry, tell jokes, play games, read books, sing songs, make stories come alive, you name it! It can learn languages and translate them, immediately adapt to inflexion or duress in a voice, and actually read the emotional expressions of people and calculate the best response.

Fuel and energy use - Sixty thousand miles of circuitry make up the fuel- and energy-delivery system. This technology will last for decades and is fueled entirely from easily available renewable resources.

Portability - This technology can self-transport an average distance of 110,000 miles over its lifetime using a complex system of over 600 strands of flexible material. It can also be transported in any current mode of transportation without hindering its processing functionality. It can go wherever you go without ever having to be put in a luggage compartment.

This technology is a blend of the highest and latest findings in the field of science and a beautiful art form in its aesthetic design. It is without a doubt the most wonderfully made creation you will ever find, and it is exactly what we need in today's changing world. There is nothing else like it in the world, and there may never be. Scientists call it “Homo Sapiens.” That’s right!

God created humans so amazingly awesome and complete, with billions of parts that work together to help us understand and change the world around us. The human brain and the body it controls are the most phenomenal creations in the universe. Our brains have the memory capability of more than one billion PC hard drives, with more connections than there are stars in the universe. And, all of that memory capacity is stored in a mere three-pound unit!

Jesus said, “Go,” and the great majority of us have that ability to get up and walk to someone with the news of Jesus! When we cannot go physically, we can go in spirit, through prayer. This is the technology through which Jesus chooses to spread the Gospel to all the world.

Jesus said, “Look at the fields, they are white unto harvest.” We can’t even see with our naked eyes the millions of tiny neurons that allow us to lift our eyes and see the vast and teeming fields of billions of souls who need Christ.

Jesus said, “Give a cup of water in My name,” and we don’t even have to tell our muscles, nerves and bones what to do to grasp a cup and offer a drink to a parched wanderer or pick up a Bible and offer the Living Water to them.

Jesus said, “Pray that the Lord of harvest would send out workers.” And we don’t even have to tell our brains to form the words of a prayer on our lips. Our prayers pour forth from the cries of our hearts.

No computer or smartphone, headset or technology bracelet can ever replace what God has created us to do. Go, give, see, hear, understand, speak, heal, forgive, and live! Your world will never be the same. Now use your God-given technology to share Jesus with every living person, especially those who have never heard.

Article By Michele Norris Melton and Robert Craft

Photo used by permission- “Hand Touch Circuit Board” by watcharakun @ http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

 

A Great Thanksgiving Harvest!

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9)

I am blessed to work with incredibly dedicated ministry partners around the world, and the harvest taking place is remarkable. Just recently, I learned about Alina, a woman ministering in rural Russia who faces tremendous persecution. She's shunned from her family, local shamans pressure her to leave, and she even receives threats on her life. Despite so many obstacles, she recently baptized 36 people! Alina remains in the area while many recent converts move due to the pressure.

We praise God for other dedicated partners like Pastora Olive, who at first was nervous to teach Filipino schoolchildren. Yet, after prompting from the Lord, she soon found out one of the reasons she was called. During the first week of teaching, she learned one of her students wanted to commit suicide. That student called her, and Olive talked to her at length. The teenage girl gave her life to Christ. Olive then realized that the Lord had called her there to help save a life!

In rural Cambodia, Brother Sok has established five churches! Sok is a former military member, and finding Christ brought new joy, hope and meaning to his life. He has an active children’s ministry, led his own brother to Christ, and nurtured the growth of two new pastors. His vision is to see every village in his province reached with the Gospel!

I am humbled and deeply thankful that we can partner with these wonderful brothers and sisters. I, too, want to thank you for your partnership, prayers and support. As we all partner together, an enormous harvest is taking place to the glory of our God.

As you gather to celebrate the bountiful harvest of the Lord in your life, I hope you take a moment to remember the great harvest that you are part of around the world!

Blessings to you as you celebrate God’s goodness!

Bob Craft

Are You Really the Messiah?

"I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, prepare a straight pathway for the Lord’s coming!” (John 1:23)

John the Baptist was sent by God to spread the news that the Messiah was coming. In fact, the Lord powerfully revealed to him that Jesus was the foretold Messiah. Jesus Himself said that no prophet is greater than John the Baptist.

Yet, John the Baptist doubted that Jesus was the Messiah while in prison. He heard about the things Jesus was doing, and sent his disciples ask Him: Are you the Messiah we’ve been waiting for, or should we look for someone else?

How is it possible that John the Baptist, who was sent by God to tell people that Jesus was the one they were looking for - the same John who was told by God Himself that Jesus is the one - is now wondering about the authenticity of Jesus?

It seemed that prison clouded his vision. Prisons, whether physical, mental or emotional, are part of life. A prison can restrict and limit our sight, vision, mobility, ability and life.The solution is - keeping Jesus in sight.

We get used to seeing Jesus do great things, but when things don’t go as planned, when things don’t work out as we hoped for, when we don’t see Jesus come to the rescue, or when He delays - we are prone to wonder like John the Baptist did. Whatever our struggles are, sometimes our faith can take a hit and we wonder if Jesus is real. In response to John's question, Jesus reminds them of His numerous miracles, a confirmation that He is the Messiah.

When we lose sight of Jesus, we can feel imprisoned. But when we see Jesus, we are released!

During this Christmas season, we pray that you feel the hope, love, joy and peace that comes only through the one Messiah - Jesus Christ. No matter the prison that may be in your life, know that Jesus is the all powerful Messiah. Jesus did miracles during His time on earth, and He still does them today. We may not understand Jesus at work in our life, but we know that He is always with us.

We also want to thank you for your partnership. As the Gospel of Christ is proclaimed around the world, people are released from the prisons that are hurting their lives. Many are celebrating their first Christmas this year because they now have a personal relationship with the Messiah!

We wish you and your loved ones a joyous Christmas season. As we ponder His miraculous birth, life, and even the resurrection of death, we hope you remember that you were instrumental in sharing about the Messiah with people living in darkness around the world.

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