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The Lost are Crying Out

The Lost are Crying Out

by Jeffrey Bush

 

Our ears are stopped up

with busyness, comfort and disinterest.

Yet the lost are crying out.

 

Our eyes are blurringly covered

with our own selfish dreams, desires and goals.

Yet the lost are crying out.

 

Our schedules are filled to the brim

with activities, family, friends and fun.

Yet the lost are crying out.

 

Our minds are full of ideas

of financial success, fame and self absorption.

Yet the lost are crying out.

 

Oh may we hear the cry and see the need.

We have the Command and must make the time

because the lost are crying out.

 

It’s high time to yield our all to God,

our plans, future, family and all.

To take the Good News to the lost that are still crying out.

 

What is Stopping You from Being Sold Out?

What is Stopping You from Being Sold Out?

By Jeffrey Bush

What is holding you back

From giving God your all?

What is stopping you from being sold out? 

Can you sense the dear Master’s call? 

 

What would it take for you to give your time, family and life?

To yield, surrender and give God your all? 

What is stopping you from being sold out? 

Can you sense the dear Master’s call? 

 

Is it money, a job, a hobby, sin or a friend?

That’s holding you from giving God your all? 

What is stopping you from being sold out? 

Can you sense the dear Master’s call? 

 

There are millions without hope or chance of hearing

They know not the Gospel at all.

What is stopping you from being sold out? 

Can you sense the dear Master’s call? 

 

Our Lord is coming back very soon

Oh please give God your all. 

What is stopping you from being sold out? 

Can you sense the dear Master’s call? 

 

The Master’s call is to go and tell

Yet many seek comfort and pleasure overall. 

What is stopping you from being sold out? 

Can you sense the dear Master’s call? 

 

If It Were You

If It Were You

Author Unknown

If you were lost in the darkness and night,

with no one to show you the way.

Wouldn’t you want someone to send you the light,

And wouldn’t you want it today?

If sinking in evil traditions,

you were bound by what you believed.

Helpless and hopeless, Oh wouldn’t you want

a chance at least to be freed?

Would you want them to wait while they build a new homes,

and paid for a still better car.

Or while making the home base an elegant place,

before sending the message afar?

Would you want them to wait and table their plans

to expand on missions this year?

Because of the problems around the world

and the days of uncertainty here.

Would you want someone to send you the light

if you were dying and lost?

Oh I know that your answer would ring through the gloom,

please send it at any cost!

So let’s send out the message to the millions in need

that we might show them the way.

For if it were you who were dying and lost, you’d want it, and want it today!

Obedient & Wise

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. (Proverbs 11:30)

There are several references to being wise in the book of Proverbs (controlling your tongue {10:19}, listening to counsel {12:15}, working instead of being lazy {6:6-11} and not being deceived by alcohol {20:1} to name a few). Here in Proverbs 11, a person is called wise if he “wins souls.” The soul is more than just the body, so to what is the passage referring? Here are a few connections to understand better this passage:

  • Jesus told His disciples in Luke 5:10, “from henceforth thou shalt catch men.”
  • James 5:20 talks about converting “the sinner from the error of his ways shall save a soul from death.”
  • Five times Paul told the Corinthian Christians that he made himself a servant in many ways to “gain them” and concluded by saying that “that I might by all means save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-22)
  • Later Paul says, in 1 Corinthians 10:33, “I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”

When a person enters into this world, he is dead in his trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1), and is a child of the devil (John 8:44). All mankind is a creature of God, but he does not become a child of God until his faith is placed in Jesus Christ.

The Bible teaches us that a child of God is an ambassador, a witness, and salt and light to this Christ-less world. Every child of God has been given the command and authority by God to go un-blind those that have been blinded by the devil (2 Corinthians 4:4). We, as the church, have been given the keys to the Kingdom (Matthew 16:19) and as we open our mouths to share the Gospel, the Holy Spirit can do the work and someone can become a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). When a sinner repents, there is great joy in Heaven (Luke 15:7,10) and when a child of God proclaims that news, he is fulfilling the command given by God. So, we conclude that when a child of God decides to “win souls,” he is not only doing his responsibility, he is also wise! May we be obedient and wise as we fulfill God’s command!

 

Here to Serve, 

Jeffrey Bush

Why Young People are not Surrendering to Missions

 

If we look back through US history, there seems to be times of revival when people were being saved and other times when people were surrendering to serve God in groves. I have heard it said more than once that God is just not calling people like He did in the past. I respectfully disagree, I think God is still calling but the problem lies more on us not listening. In this article, I’d like to suggest some reasons why I believe young people are not surrendering and how we can prepare young people to more willingly surrender. The list is in no way perfect or complete, but they do offer some basic ideas to think upon.

  • The authority in their lives are not convinced

Please know that I have no interest in being disrespectful, but I have seen many young people who surrender to missions and are held back by well intentioned authority in their lives. Whether it’s not willing for them to live so far away, hating the thought of not seeing the grandkids grow up, helping them “think of future financial status” or simply saying “there is plenty of time later in life.”. Whether you serve as a spiritual leader, parent or friend, we must be sensitive to what God wants and not what we think is best.

Listen to what missiologist Ralph Winter says, “Here is a tragic fact: Only about 1 out of a 100 ‘missionary decisions’ results in actual career mission service. Why? Mainly because parents, friends, even pastors rarely encourage anyone to follow through on that kind of a decision. But what if that number could double to two out of a hundred? The effect would be explosive!”

  • We are not placing the right materials in their hands

I am convinced that missionary biographies are some of the most exciting and touching books in existence, yet too often they are no where in sight (in our homes, our churches or schools/colleges). Here are a few of the books that should be available to every young person desirous of serving God.

        • The Challenge of Missions by Oswald J. Smith
        • Adoniram Judson, Bound for Burma by Janet and Geoff Benge
        • Steps to Becoming a Missionary by Brady Van Winkle
        • Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
        • Jacob Deshazer, Forgive Your Enemies by Janet Benge
        • They Turned the World Upside Down by Jeffrey Bush
        • Gladys Aylward, The Adventure of a Lifetime by Janet Benge
        • George Mueller, The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans by Janet Benge 
        • Brother Andrew, God’s Secret Agent by Janet Benge 
        • Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
  • They are not openly seeing missions

William Carey said, “To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” You don’t have to agree with that statement, but I think it’s fair to say that missions cannot be expected to be on anyone’s radar if they rarely see it. If our churches have maps and missions posters on the walls, missionaries visiting, prayers for missions, updates and videos of missionaries, missions trips, yearly missions conference, and missions mentioned in our church, certainly there will be people interested in missions. No, we can’t call a person to be a missionary, but we can’t say that someone is not called if we never give them a chance to see it. So, whether at home or at church, we must ask ourselves, how much are our young people seeing missions?

  • We have not been vocal about our responsibility, the need and the urgency

The church has one responsibility and that is to get the Gospel out. As Hudson Taylor said, “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered but a command that must be obeyed.” The commission to be His witnesses, ambassadors, light, salt and soldiers was given to every child of God, not just to a select few in ministry. There are people that know not our God and this is to our shame (1 Corinthians 15:34). Our Savior said that the fields are white already (beyond ripe) to harvest (John 4:35) and that our time is short (John 9:4). Thank the Lord for church, a place for fellowship, worship, learning and growing, but we must remember that the church exists to get the Gospel out, not keep it within the ranks. We must be vocal about the need and pray that God will call out our young people. As one man said, “A great church is not measured by its seating capacity but by its sending capacity.”

I love this poem written by Leonard Ravenhill, the author of the very convicting book, Why Revival Tarries.

Could a Mariner sit idle 

if he heard the drowning cry? 

Could a doctor sit in comfort 

and just let his patients die? 

Could a fireman sit idle, 

let men in burn and give no hand? 

Can you sit at ease in Zion, 

With the world around you damned? 

As we conclude this thought, we must realize that young people can surrender to God. I am convinced that if we pray and boldly talk to them to keep missions in front of them, that we will see many young people surrender to serve our Savior in the area of missions.

“God’s plan is for churches to produce, send and support missionaries during this age of grace. The work must not cease until the trumpet signals Christ second coming” — Norm Lewis

 

Here to Serve, 

Jeffrey Bush

Book List for Prospective Missionary

Many times on the road I am blessed to meet someone interested in being a future missionary. I will usually give them a book and tell them when they finish the book to let me know and I’ll send them another. The goal is to give them good books that will inspire, inform and flame the fire that God has placed inside of them. I want to give you this list. You may choose to change it up or add something to the list, but I hope this will give you a place to begin. 

      • The Challenge of Missions by Oswald J. Smith
      • Adoniram Judson, Bound for Burma by Janet and Geoff Benge
      • Steps to Becoming a Missionary by Brady Van Winkle
      • Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
      • Jacob Deshazer, Forgive Your Enemies by Janet Benge
      • They Turned the World Upside Down by Jeffrey Bush
      • Gladys Aylward, The Adventure of a Lifetime by Janet Benge
      • George Mueller, The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans by Janet Benge 
      • Brother Andrew, God’s Secret Agent by Janet Benge 
      • Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot
      • Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
      • The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert E. Coleman

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Here to Serve, 

Jeffrey Bush