Missions and the Church
(This was preached by my father at Landmark Baptist Church of Haines City, Florida)
You can download the doc. here-The church)
I’m going to preach about the local church in regards to missions, not completely from a missionary context, but more about why it is so important to stay tied to a local church. Look, with me, at Acts 13:1-4.
Act 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
Act 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
Act 13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
Act 13:4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. Read More…
The Way of Balaam, and the Counsel and Doctrine of Balaam
(The message can be downloaded here-The Way of Balaam)
Num 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.
Num 31:9 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods.
Num 31:10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire.
Num 31:11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts.
Num 31:12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by Jordan near Jericho.
Num 31:13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.
Num 31:14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.
Num 31:15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?
Num 31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.
We all know the story of Balaam; and for years I would read that story and later on find out that he was killed. I never really did understand that. I mean, he sought the Lord before he left, and the Lord said don’t go; he asked again and the Lord said go ahead. When he went the Lord stopped, and withstood him, and was going to kill him for going. After that Balaam said he would turn back, but God said no, I want you to go. Balaam was probably confused, just like I am sometimes, and many times we don’t understand everything going on in the Bible. But we would learn more if we realized that there is more said about Balaam than what is found in Numbers 22-24. More is revealed about Balaam and his character when you go through the Old and the New Testament. Then, and only then, will we know what exactly was wrong with Balaam. Read More…