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We are now only days away from the American people casting the first votes for the next president of the United States.  Voters will participate in caucuses and primaries to determine the nominees for America’s two primary political parties.  Once again America’s citizens, Christians in particular, are wondering, “Who in the world do I vote for?”  Let’s see, who are the leading candidates as of this post?  A billionaire with an ego that matches his bank account; a liberal socialist who is not hiding his desire to raise taxes tremendously and take us down the road to undermine all that made us a great nation, and a former secretary of state whose life is littered with scandal and the serious possibilities of much worse.  Are you encouraged yet?

I realize that we are not electing a pastor or a chaplain-in-chief, but God’s Word still says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)  Where will the next president lead us?  How will the next president lead us?  What are the true values and convictions of the candidate you are considering?  Talk is cheap.  Promises can be broken.  Look at the person’s life.  Look at their words and actions over the long-haul, not just since they have been running their campaign for president.

“But”, you may say, ” that still doesn’t help me decide.”  If you are like me, you are not exactly thrilled with any of the current choices.  Of course, this hopefully reminds us all over again, not to place all of our hope in any man or woman.  No one is perfect and no one will have all of the answers.  This is why we are to continue to keep our eyes on the Lord and look to Him as our only hope.  There is not a man or woman alive who can solve all of our country’s current problems.  More than ever before, believers in America need to be desperately crying out to God for national revival and spiritual awakening.

In Psalm 33:12 we read, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”  We keep looking for the person who can fix the economy, keep us safe, strengthen our families, and lower the crime rate, among other things.  God tells us that if we put Him first He will bless the economy, keep us safe from our enemies, strengthen our families and prosper us in so many other ways.  Politicians are told to “stay on message”; the Church needs to be speaking and standing on our message more than ever before.  It is an amazing time for the Church to point people to Christ as our only Hope.

Knowing that our hope is to be in the Lord; we still must elect a president.    Some, out of frustration and discouragement, may choose to stay home and not vote at all.  I hope you will not do that.  We have an amazing freedom in our country to choose our own leaders.  We need to vote for the person that we believe will do the best job in leading our country and then faithfully pray for the next president more than ever before.  Even if you are not one hundred percent excited about the nominees, ask God for wisdom, He will lead you if you listen.  Also, let us pray more than ever that God will raise up godly men and women to run for office from the local level to the statehouse to the White House.

Finally, there are believers from more than 80 nations who visit The AMEN Ministry website from time to time.  I am asking all of you to please pray for America like never before.  We need the prayers of our friends around the world.  God can bless the nations without the U.S., but when America is strong, Christians and churches in the U.S. can do so much for the Kingdom of God around the world.  Pray that America will repent and truly be one nation under God so that God can bless America as a nation that honors Him.

In Christ’s service,

Allen

 

 

More from Brazil

Many of us were blessed to have grown up in churches where we heard God’s Word from the earliest days of our childhood.  However, for those of us who were so blessed, there is a great danger.  Have we heard the story of Jesus so often, His love for us, His death on the cross in our place, that it no longer moves us as it once did?

As our mission team shared the Gospel with people who were hearing it for the first time, I was greatly moved and blessed to witness their response.  We told them of the One True God.  We talked to them about what sin is and how our sin separates us from God.  We told them that we could never save ourselves or atone for our sins or work our way into Heaven.  It was when we told them of God’s Son, Jesus, and how He loved us so much that He came to earth and took our place and paid the penalty for our sins by dying on a cross; that is when I was so moved by their response.  You see, for these people, death is not a video game.  For them, death is not something they watch hundreds of times on television shows and therefore become desensitized to it.  For the people we were talking with, death is something they see up close and far too often.  The daily threat of death lurks in and around the Amazon.  They could relate to someone being in danger of dying and then someone else dying in their place so that they could be saved.

When they heard the story of God’s love and salvation through Jesus, they wept, they were humbled, they were amazed.  Does the cross still move you?  Are we as affected by the story of Jesus as we should be?  Oh, that God would do a fresh work in our hearts that shakes us and moves us when we hear the Good News.  May the old, old story stay fresh on our hearts now and always.

In Christ’s service,

Allen

Amazon Mission Trip

Two weeks ago, I was privileged to be part of a mission team that travelled to remote villages along the backwaters of the Amazon River in Brazil.  We were several hundred miles from any major city.  As we were just south of the equator, the days and nights were hot and humid.  We needed prayer for physical and emotional strength, sharp minds and spiritual anointing.  Many of you were praying for our team and God answered every prayer.

Once we arrived in Brazil, we left the port city of Manaus and began our journey.  We travelled on a riverboat that has been outfitted to accommodate mission teams.  Two jon boats were tied to the back of the main boat.  During the week, we used the jon boats to travel down smaller rivers to reach the more remote villages.  The first night on the boat our team of thirteen Americans and seven translators gathered for a time of Bible study and worship.  As we were singing, the thought began to sink in, “We’re singing praise songs while going down the Amazon!”  It is amazing to think of the doors that God has opened for us to go and share the Gospel.

We travelled over twenty hours to our destination, the village of Axinim.  For two days we did house to house evangelism, shared the Gospel in two schools and had two evangelistic meetings in the village park.  God had been preparing the hearts of the people to hear His Word.  We had great freedom to share and the people heard the story of Jesus gladly. In just two days of ministry, 283 people prayed to receive Christ!

During the week we met Pastor Lino.  Pastor Lino lives in one of the larger villages along the Amazon.  God has given him a vision and a burden to reach the remote villages for Christ.  Pastor Lino and some of his church members will conduct the follow-up with those who prayed to receive Christ.  Lord willing, churches will be planted in the villages we visited.

Only one other time have I ever seen people more ready to hear the Gospel and believe in Jesus.  Those of you who give to the AMEN Ministry and pray for us were there in the Amazon with me.  Lisa and I are so thankful for each one of you.  Also, this week I spoke with a friend who wanted to thank us and the supporters of the AMEN Ministry for a gift that purchased bicycles for pastors in Africa.  The pastors use these bikes to travel from village to village to preach the Gospel and plant churches.

We want to remind you again, the work of the AMEN Ministry is still very much a fulltime work.  Thank you for your gifts in 2015.  We pray that you will continue to partner with us in 2016 and trust the Lord for great things.  May the Lord bless each and every one of you.  Merry Christmas!

In Christ’s service,

Allen & Lisa

 

News from Home

Whenever I travel overseas it is always important for me to be able to stay in touch with home.  I am very thankful for the technology that allows me to call my family from practically anywhere in the world.  Sometimes I text or email, but, of course, it is always better to hear the voices of my loved ones.

I also like to be able to keep up with what is happening in my home state and in America while I am away.  Everyday, if possible, I will check the internet for news stories from home.  Recently, on my way home from Poland, I was thankful to find a current copy of an American newspaper at the Amsterdam airport.  I probably read every article in that paper, drinking in the news from home.

As believers, we need to constantly remind ourselves that we are first and foremost citizens of another land.  Whatever our nationality, the primary citizenship of a Christian is in Heaven. (Phil. 3:20)  While we are in this world we are to live life to the fullest.  We are ambassadors of Christ.  Jesus has commanded us to be salt and light and to be His witnesses.  We are a chosen generation that God has saved and set apart to make a difference in this world.  However, every day of our lives we need to stay in touch with Home.  We stay in touch, primarily, through prayer, reading God’s Word, and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He bears witness with our spirit.

How great is your desire to read the news from Home?  With all that is happening in this world, isn’t it good to know that God has given us His Word from Home that is filled with promises, instructions, warnings, exhortations, and the greatest news of all…the Gospel?  How wonderful it is, to be able to spend time in communion with our God; anytime, anywhere, and every day!

Years ago, I was taking the discipleship course, MasterLife, in order to graduate from seminary.  There were about eighty people in the main class and that was divided into groups of ten or so for the discussion sessions.  One morning our small group leader asked us the question, “Why do you think prayer was so important to Jesus?”  There were several pastors in our group, and as we went around the circle, the pastors, including myself, gave typical preacher-sounding answers to the question.  However, there was another individual in our group.  He was a young man, a new believer who had only been a Christian for a few months.  He was a minor league baseball player who was attending the class at the invitation of his pastor.  After all of the preachers had given their answers, this young man gave his response.  With a thoughtful look in his eye, this young man said, “I think prayer was so important to Jesus because every time He prayed it was a chance for Him to go Home again.”

Friends, that is one of the most profound things I have ever heard in my life!  How simple, yet how profound.   Jesus Himself longed for the news from Home.  Everyday and all throughout the day, Jesus stayed in touch with His Heavenly Father.  If this was so vital for Jesus Himself, who do we think we are if we go for any length of time at all without checking in with Home?

Let us ask the Lord to give us a fresh and deep desire to live in constant communion with Him. Everyday, let us desperately long for the Lord Himself and for the news from Home.

In Christ’s service,

Allen

First of all, Lisa and I want to thank all of you for your prayers.  The Lord truly answered every prayer.  God watched over our family and our church family while I was in Poland.  He blessed with good health, smooth flights and beautiful weather.  Several times the people in Poland made statements like, “We cannot believe this great weather for this time of year.”  My response was, “I can.  People are praying!”  Also, the Lord answered our prayers concerning the conference.

In order to help you with some perspective, Poland has around forty million people, but there are only thirty to forty thousand evangelical believers in the entire country.  This would be the same as if there were only three to four thousand believers in the entire state of Alabama.  Think about it!  The average evangelical church in Poland will have between 25-30 people in attendance on a Sunday morning.

Pastor Kamil had asked me to teach the Bible prophecy conference in two parts.  First, he wanted to host a one-day conference that would be held from eleven in the morning until five in the evening.  This was held on a Saturday.  A little over 100 people attended the Saturday conference.  Some drove as much as 3 1/2 hours to be there.  There was a great response throughout the day.  The people asked many good questions and Kamil told me he received many positive comments.  Kamil said that everyone was encouraged by the teaching and that they were challenged to live a more holy life as we wait for the return of Christ.

During our Sunday morning sessions, a church in another city in Poland watched via live stream on the internet.  Kamil told me there were 100 people at that location.  In addition, he said there were believers in four other nations who were watching the services.  These believers were in Germany, England, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

The attendance for the remainder of the conference was very encouraging.  On Tuesday evening, Pastor Kamil told me there were more lost people in attendance than they had ever had before in a single service.  There were people in attendance that Kamil had been witnessing to and inviting for several years.  Some of these visitors told Kamil that they would continue to attend his church.  The best news is, there were at least five people who indicated that they had prayed to receive Christ.  Pastor Kamil and his church are going to follow up with these individuals.

Please continue to pray for Pastor Kamil, his family, and God’s work in Poland.  They are wonderful people, but as is true everywhere, more need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Thank you for your continued love, encouragement, financial support and prayers.  We thank God for you!

In Christ’s service,

Allen & Lisa

In a few days I will have the privilege of leading a Bible prophecy conference in Poland.  Two years ago, I was invited to Poland to help lead a conference on revival and to preach in revival meetings in two different  churches.  It was a wonderful experience.  The pastors and church leaders we met were hungry for God and they were seeking the Lord for revival.

On that trip, I met pastor Kamil Halambiec.  Although he is a young man, God has raised up Pastor Kamil as a leader among evangelicals in Poland.  God has gifted Kamil with a brilliant mind and also a heart that is on fire for God.  A few months ago, Kamil, his wife Anna, and their son Nehemiah were guests in our church.  Kamil preached one Sunday morning and our church fell in love with this godly family.

Kamil invited me to lead a Bible prophecy conference in his city.  It is a city of seventy thousand people.  His church is the only evangelical church in the entire city.  For those of us who live in America, can you even imagine that?  The main purpose of the conference, however, is not to share information about prophecy.  The main desire of our hearts is that the Lord will use the conference to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ.  Revelation 19:10 states that the purpose of prophecy, the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus.

For several years Pastor Kamil’s church has met every morning at 5:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in order to pray for revival and spiritual awakening in their church, city, and nation.  While I was with them two years ago, the Lord gave me specific verses to pray for them.  The passage is in Isaiah 26:12-15.  The passage speaks of a people that had other masters over them in the past, but they are asking the Lord to establish peace for them.  Poland has had many “masters” who have had dominion over them.  Most notably in the twentieth century, the Nazis and the Communists.  Verse fifteen reads, “You have increased the nation, O Lord, You have increased the nation: You are glorified: You have expanded the borders of the land.” (NKJV)

God has blessed Poland in recent years, but now they feel they are facing new threats.  Will you join with me in praying these verses for this nation?  Please pray for me as I go to teach and preach God’s Word.  Pastor Kamil’s church has handed out 5,000 invitations for the conference.  Pray that with all that is happening in and around Poland, God will stir up interest and hearts.  Pray that God’s people will be revived and that the lost will hear the Gospel and God’s plan for the ages and be saved.  Thank you for your love, prayers, encouragement, and support.

In Christ’s service,

Allen

 

 

 

 

The Right Foundation

My friend who was doing the foundation work for a new church building was concerned.  He took me aside and said, “The dimensions they have given me for the foundation don’t match the dimensions for the building.”  The church had ordered a prefabricated metal building for the exterior walls.  My friend went on to explain, “If I build the foundation according to these measurements, the walls will not match correctly with the foundation and the roof is not going to match with the walls and foundation.  If they don’t make the right corrections, the church is going to have problems.”  I asked him if he had told the contractor.  He said, “Yes, and he doesn’t believe me.  He is adamant that he is right and I am wrong.”  He said that he now had no choice but to continue with the dimensions given to him by the contractor.

The foundation was poured.  The building was delivered.  The walls were installed and the roof was set in place.  When the first rains came after the completion of the building, water ran down one of the interior walls.  It leaked that way for several years until the church had to spend a lot of extra money to correct the mistake.  All of it could have been avoided if the foundation had been done right.

This same principle is true in life:  “If the foundation isn’t right; nothing else will be right.”  Over and over Scripture reminds us to build on the right foundation.  The wise person will build his or her house on the Rock.  That Rock is the Lord Jesus Christ.  Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:11, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (NKJV)  This is true of your individual life, a marriage, a business, a church and a nation.  The Psalmist wrote in Psalms 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.”

Make sure that Jesus Christ is the Foundation, the Builder, and the Architect of your life, home, marriage, your all.  Make sure that you follow His blueprint–the Word of God.  When the foundation is right and you follow God’s blueprint, everything else will be right.

 

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