Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Often WHEN you give is as important as WHAT you give.

Would you consider a special end-of-year gift to King Ministries? 

Did you know there are often significant tax advantages when giving to a non-profit organization like King Ministries? 

Often WHEN you sow is as important as WHAT you sow. 

By giving RIGHT NOW you will accomplish two things:

1. You will help us finish strong in 2016. We are planning to reach the entire nation of Belize for Jesus in the coming year and we need thousands of dollars right now in order to make it happen.

2. You save on your tax return for 2016. We will send you an official United States IRS tax-deductible receipt for any donations given before the end of the year. In Canada we have been approved by the Canada Revenue Agency to give tax-deductible receipts for any gift given in 2016.

Your generous gift RIGHT NOW will make it possible for us to lead thousands more to Jesus in the year to come and it will allow you to receive an extra tax deduction.

CLICK HERE to give today

Sunday, December 25, 2016

What Does Christmas Mean to You?

Christmas is a time of fun. School is out and finals are done. The tree is up and the strings of lights are on the house. Presents are bought and gifts are being wrapped. The family is together and friends visit. Candles are lit and wreaths are hung. The star is placed on top of the fir tree and the figurines are set in the manger scene. Snow is falling and a roaring fire crackles in the fireplace. Smiles flash as people celebrate and joke around. Mistletoe invites kisses and hugs are given. Christmas is a wonderful time of celebration.

Christmas is a time of eating. Turkey dinners, cranberry sauce, steaming mashed potatoes and gravy, jello, salads, dripping ham, corn, green beans, and yummy deserts. Apple pie, pecan pie, chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk, and brownies. If I eat too much, I will look like Santa.

Christmas is a time of shopping. The malls are packed. The sales are tempting. What will we buy this year? Clothes, toys, books, games, and knickknacks. Shoes, shirts, skirts, pants, socks. Balls, action figures, dolls, and talking Elmo. Computer games, electronic gizmos, and a new cell phone. Credit card bills, cash, and checks. Christmas tends to be the time when we buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money. 

Christmas a is time of singing. Jingle Bells. Joy to the World. Oh, Holy Night. Silent night. Away in the Manger. Oh, Come All Ye Faithful. Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem. Oh, Come Let us Adore Him. The First Noel. It Came upon a Midnight Clear. We Three Kings. What Child is This? The First Noel. Here Comes Santa Claus. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Ring Christmas Bells. Singing shows the joy we feel. 

Christmas is a time for Santa Claus. Men in red suits with pillow stuffing populate malls. Supposedly, the jolly old man brings gifts to all the good little boys and girls. I hope I have been good this year! His sleigh magically travels around the world faster then the speed of light as he stops at every house, eats his cookies, drinks his milk and leaves gifts. Then his reindeer, Dasher, Dancer, Comet, Blitzen, Cupid, Donner, Prancer, Vixen, and Rudolph pull him to the next stop. Isn’t Santa based on stories about a saint named Nicholas, who went door to door among the poor giving gifts to the needy children? 

Christmas is a time for presents. You buy them and you hide them. You wrap them and you carefully place them under the tree. Someone comes and shakes them trying to guess what is inside. Christmas morning, the wrapping is torn off and the hidden surprises are finally brought to light. But, for your family, the best present is your presence at home.

Christmas is a time for ministry. This Christmas, look for a way to minister to those around you. Speak words of encouragement and life to your family members and friends. What a great way to celebrate Christmas!

Christmas is a sacred time. It is Jesus’ birthday. Two thousand years ago, God Almighty came to earth and lived in the womb of a teenage girl named Mary. There was no room in the inn so the baby boy was born in a stable with the animals. Mankind ignored the event but angels rejoiced, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men.” The poor shepherds sat stunned as they heard the news, then they left their own sheep in the fields as they raced to see the lamb who would take away the sins of the world. Three wisemen traveled from afar, following a sign, and they found Jesus in Bethlehem and gave him gifts. Both the shepherds and the wisemen glorified and praised God for all they had seen and heard and Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. We should make Christmas a time to praise God and we should ponder in our hearts everything He has done for us. 

Christmas is a time for salvation. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Christmas time, let us not forget the baby that was born. Let us celebrate with Simeon who saw the newborn and said, “Sovereign Lord...My eyes have seen your salvation.” Jesus came to earth for one reason, the salvation of mankind. Christmas is about the birth of hope for sinful man. Christmas began in a manger and ended on the cross. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Christmas is about the baby who shines as a beacon of God’s love. God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son. If we will make Jesus the Lord of our lives, he will be our savior and our friend. Now that is a reason to celebrate. Jesus truly is the reason for the season!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas from Around the World!

Merry Christmas! We travel so much that I thought it would be fun to wish all my international friends a Merry Christmas.

Afrikaans - ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar Afrikander - Een Plesierige Kerfees Albanian – Gezuar Krishtlindje Arabic - I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA Armenian - Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand Azeri - Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun Basque - Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On Bengali - Bodo Din Shubh Lamona Bohemian - Vesele Vanoce Breton – Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat Bulgarian - Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo Celtic Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd DdaChinese - (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan Chinese - (Catonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun Chinese - (Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan 
Cornish - Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth Cree - Mitho Makosi Kesikansi Croatian – Sretan Bozic Czech - Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok Danish - Gladelig Jul 
Dutch - Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! English - Merry Christmas Esperanto - Gajan Kristnaskon Estonian - Roomsaid Joulu Puhi Farsi - Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad Finnish - Hyvaa joulua French - Joyeux Noel Frisian - Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier! German - Froehliche Weihnachten Greek – Kala Christouyenna! Hawaiian - Mele Kalikimaka Hebrew - Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova Hindi – Bada Din Mubarak Ho Hungarian - Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket Icelandic - Gledileg Jol Indonesian - Selamat Hari NatalIraqi - Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah Irish - Nollaig Shona Dhuit Italian – Buone Feste Natalizie 
Japanese - Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto Kala Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos Korean - Sung Tan Chuk Ha Latvian - Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu Lettish - Priecigus ZiemassvetkusLithuanian - Linksmu KaleduMaltese - il Milied it-tajjebManx - Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa Maori - Meri Kirihimete Marathi - Shub Naya Varsh Navajo - Merry Keshmish Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa. 
Norwegian - God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar 
Pennsylvania German - En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr! 
Papiamento Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo Pig Latin Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay Polish - Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia Portuguese - Feliz Natal Rapa-Nui – Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua 
Romanian - Craciun Fericit Russian - Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom Serbian - Hristos se rodi Slovakian – Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce Samoan - La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou Scottish - Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur Serbian – Hristos se rodi! 
Singhalese - Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa Slovak - Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok Slovene - Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto Spanish - Feliz Navidad! Swedish - God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar Tagalog - Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon Tamil - Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal Thai - Sawadee Pee MaiTurkish - Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun Ukrainian - Srozhdestvom Kristovym Urdu - Naya Saal Mubarak Ho Vietnamese - Chung Mung Giang Sinh Waray Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig 
Welsh - Nadolig Llawen Zulu: Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

From the Cradle...to the Cross...to the Crown

If I were preaching at a Gospel Festival in a foreign nation at Christmas time, this is the message I would preach. I hope this simple truth blesses you today.

From the Cradle…
Two thousand years ago, a tiny baby was born in the city of Bethlehem. He was born in a stable amongst the animals and He was laid in a manger. His earthly father was a poor carpenter named Joseph and His mother was a virgin girl named Mary. The baby’s real Father was God Himself. Mary named the child, Jesus. But, the baby had another name. He was also called Immanuel, which means “God with us.” That baby was the king of kings. He was God Incarnate, the Creator of the entire universe. Yet, He humbled Himself and became a man. The baby deserved global fanfare, but only some shepherds came to see him.

God became a man because He wanted to save people from their sins. The first man and woman, Adam and Eve, sinned and this sin separated people from God. God’s Book says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Sin is when we disobey God’s commands. Lying, stealing, and coveting are examples of sin. Every single person has done something wrong. We have all sinned. Sin separates us from God.

Over the centuries, people have tried many different ways to get reconnected with God, but none of them were successful. Some people thought money would buy them a place in heaven, but no amount of money is enough. Others formulated religious rituals in an effort to get to God, but the rituals were useless. Others thought they could find a way to God if they became smart enough, but their study was wasted. Since it was impossible for people to get to God, God decided to become a human being and come to us. Jesus was born in order to provide a way for us to have a relationship with God.

…To the Cross…
God’s book says, “The price for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.” Because of our sins, we deserve to die and to be eternally separated from God. But, God does not want us to separated from Him, so He sent his only Son Jesus Christ to be born here on earth. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Jesus never sinned. He lived a perfect life. He did not deserve to die, but He gave up His life to provide a way for people to be saved. Jesus stretched out His hands and He was nailed to a cross. His death paid the price for your sin. The cross that Jesus died on is the bridge between heaven and earth. He died so that we can live.

…To the Crown!
But Jesus did not stay dead. After three days, Jesus rose from the dead! Today, Jesus is alive. He is sitting in heaven with a crown on His head. He is now the Lord of Lords.

God’s Book says, “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” If you will cry out to Jesus today, He will save you from your sin and you will be perfect and holy before God. The Bible promises, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

If you want Jesus to forgive your sins, I encourage you to pray this prayer: “Dear God in Heaven, I believe Jesus died on the cross. I believe Jesus rose from the dead. Today, I chose to make Jesus the Lord of my life. I repent of all of my sin. Please forgive me. In Jesus Name, Amen.”

Thank You
During the holiday season, it is important to remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Thank you for helping us take the message of hope and salvation to people around the world. It is because of your faithful giving that people are being saved.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The magic of Christmas is not in the presents, but in His Presence.

Missions in the New Testament - Revelation

The book of Revelation is the great culmination of the missionary mandate. In this book, we clearly see the harvest of souls all in one place. At the same time, we witness the consequences for all those who rejected the Gospel.

Revelation 5:9 (NKJV And have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
Revelation 7:9 (NKJV) After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
Revelation 14:6 “The angel had the eternal Gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth, to every nation, tribe, language, and people.”
Revelation 15:4 “All the nations will come and worship before you.”

Revelation 21:23-24 “The Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light.”