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my private preparation verses for message Ps 71.18; 89.1
Even while I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me, while I proclaim your power to another generation, your strength to all who are to come.” (Psalm 71:18) “Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; Until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, And thy power to every one that is to come.” (Psalm 71:18, KJV 1900)
With my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness †to all generations Ps 89:1
c See Ps. 36:5. base for slide background
d ver. 2, 5, 8, 24, 33, 49 (Heb.). Ps. 88:11. & 119:90. So ver. 14, 28, 37.
† Heb. to generation and generation. ver. 4. See Ps. 77:8.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Ps 89:1). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
message starts here
conf. text
Salmo 145.4 AV
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
I personally like the Cambridge KJV maybe not so much the chapters marked with roman numerals Psalm CXLV but I do like the original hebrew alphabet divisions (ד) daleth — this is the 4th Hebrew letter in the alphabet each verse starts with the next Hebrew letter in alphabetical order. making for easier memorization of this poetic scripture portion in the original Hebrew language. also has lots of cross-references in this Bible.

4 (ד) One generation shall praise thy works to another,

And shall declare thy mighty acts.

that´s exactly what I want to do tonight.
intro
the reason for the BBFI existence we can see in Acts
OPEN YOUR BIBLES TO:
Hechos de los Apóstoles 4.12 AV
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
any other purpose for us as a fellowship is futile grasping at the wind.
SERMON TITLE SLIDE : GRASPING THE WIND
that is a reason to grab a hold of your life purpose
Instead of grasping the wind (idea of Ecclesiates “all is vanity”) your whole life trying to get a hold of something that you can´t and end up empty handed and/or to say the least very frustrated.
bible reading for message Acts 4:1-31 3 point message Faith, Faithfulness, & Fruit. but we are going another direction tonight.
focus on vv 12, 13, 14 v4 sounds like a revival to me
Hechos de los Apóstoles 4.4 KJV 1900
Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
DO A SLIDE “E” middle of Project Peru logo

I. Embrace your Calling / to proclaim HIS name Acts 4:12

don´t be grasping for other things
Hechos de los Apóstoles 4.12 KJV 1900
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Luke 19.10 Mt 1.21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21, KJV 1900)
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10, KJV 1900)
Lucas 19.10 KJV 1900
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Salmo 145.4 AV
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
Our job to present Christ, proclaim HIS name, praise HIS NAME,
Proverbios 30.4 AV 1873
Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?
(to young men & women) IMPOSSIBLE on our own strength and knowledge
God touched my heart I resisted (thought God would just snuff me out) went to college — uneducated and untrained
.. extra year in BBC because of no job after 3rd yr
(10 out of our small TX church of 100 to BBC) 1972-1976
1967 ISRAEL SIX DAY WAR 1968 MARTIN LUTHER KING KILLED
1969 REVIVAL SWEEPS THROUGH INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCHES
1970 ASBURY COLLEGE (WESLEYAN) EXPERIENCES REVIVAL
In 1969, revival occurred throughout the Independent Baptist Churches of America, regardless of location. The revival was fueled by weekly evangelistic services, as well as by large Sunday school and Saturday morning programs that relied on extensive busing ministries. Independent Baptists became role models for other American churches on how to grow by reaching the lost. Of the one hundred largest churches in America, more than sixty are Independent Baptist, including six of the ten largest churches.
Rusten, S. with E. Michael. (2005). The complete book of when & where in the Bible and throughout history (p. 470). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
I remember Once to Die play, Seminole altars full (Bro. Tracy), BBC field house services, bus ministry, VBS, Camps, etc. How do you grasp and hold revival you do not it is of God and God alone.
Dad proved to be a prophetical when he said I am afraid they will make you a Baptist.
called To what, I did not know - no preview, one step & one door at a time.
3. … Ministry open doors my advice step through them.
Associate to the pastor at small home church missions requirement
called Dr. Boonstra what field called?? Go get experiance as pastor
b. Pastorate young (23 yrs.) but GOD
(Faith Promise example from my pst Bill Frerking Corn on Cob I Cor 15. 36-37
offering must die
plant up to 3 seeds = 2 or 3 ears = multiple rows of seeds ( count)
c. missionary “misio” beggarly broke
support and language 1 yr. each
field
Mts. Huaraz and Yungar
Lima and beyond Project Peru 2001
Hispanics TX as language group missionary + 3 times to Peru
PERU via Proyecto Peru coast, mts., jungle
(4.) F.P. step of faith
a. 10 cents my first Faith Promise as a 14 year old boy
b. missionary Willy Faulk reciepted !st Bapt. for 10 cent support from SS
c. surely you can start out with 10 times that today = 1 dollar (Daniel 10x wiser)
d. I Cor 15:36Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:” (1 Corinthians 15:36, KJV 1900)

II. Endure Circumstances/ proclaiming HIS name

don´t grasp for something to escape your situation
(to men & women in the midst of it) key is recognized that you have been with Jesus Acts 4:13
Hechos de los Apóstoles 4.13 KJV 1900
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
Hats — mostly God given must stay close to Jesus our Lord with every hat
bus mechanic as associate class with no kids - empty room uneducated and untrained and un-experienced
young pastor identified as 16 yr. old uneducated and untrained now I really felt so & no experience
missionary Tom Brown shot my children present when it happened.
others, dad, husband, granddad, counselor, friend, accountant, travel agent, medic, etc.
Finances come and go and come again must be with Jesus to stick it out
Furlough financial focus I always tried to focus on spiritual fruit
Field inflation, closed banks, bank charges etc.
Fellow pastors — a little is a lot so go ahead and give it.
example receipting 10 cents missions support to Falks in Germany 1st Bapt. Geneseo
3. Family immediate and stateside (mom & dad) not just missionaries any who are in the ministry. must have close relationship to Jesus
sacrifices birthdays and holidays both ways
satisfaction when see fruit 26 saved in a school one on one me. “Sea Fiel”
strife not only family but BBFI family versions, or Calvinistic election, lords supper, whatever that Satan could use to divide and he has done just that.
4. ..Getting set for revival in the mts. of Peru must keep Jesus close
its not all darkness Eccl. 11:7-8 there is sunshine
latest actions in Mts. andahyalas building + missions heart.
( FP - step of faith in spite of circumstances just ask GOD )

III. Enjoy Life / proclaiming HIS name

this point not used at Owasso fellowship meeting
Hechos de los Apóstoles 4.14 KJV 1900
And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
did mention the verse though
just tell the truth of what happened honesty leads to enjoyable life.
A. Even en rough or undesirable circumstances
B. don’ be grumpy or mister Scrooge
C. Balanced do not go over board in any direction it will rob your joy
D. live according to Biblical principles and teaching

IV. End Well / proclaiming HIS name

don´t give in or give up and destroy a lifelong testimony.
(to gray haired, battle worn men & women) v 14 since they have seen a lot!
I think Tom Brown ended well defending his family but too early for me
2. Many gray heads here today with finish line always at the back of our minds.
what will people say about you and me v20 for we are not able to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.
Hechos de los Apóstoles 4.20 KJV 1900
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
b. what legacy will we leave for our Lord
c. more importantly will we leave disciples well equipped to continue till HIS return? v29-31 bold holy spirit filled servants
Hechos de los Apóstoles 4.29–31 KJV 1900
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
3. Project Peru God did it Glory for God alone 4:21
Hechos de los Apóstoles 4.21 KJV 1900
21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.
100 churches helped with land or construction projects
6th rotation of the base fund no over one million loaned
next goal over $1 million repaid via Peruvian churches. celebration in March of 2019. you are all invited!
CONCLUSION
Proverbios 30.4 AV 1873
Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?
Verse speaking of Christ´s power to grasp the wind, Control the Waters, earth is under his control and so is your ministry wherever you happen to find your self today. Stand Strong, be faithful, don´t give up Hang in there God is in Control!
Salmo 145.5 AV
I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
SLIDE #20 is invite to Peru March 2019
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