Likewise, when the Lord sent you from Kadesh Barnea, saying, ‘Go up and possess the land which I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God, and you did not believe Him nor obey His voice. Deuteronomy 9:23 NKJV
There were giants in the land and the children of Israel, cowering in fear, turned back from the blessings of the Promise Land. They believed the ten spy’s majority report, scoffed at the 2 spy’s minority report, and rebelled against the commandment of the Lord not believing or obeying His voice.
What about us? Will we believe God’s Word and move forward into His blessings? Or will we not believe God nor obey His voice?
Recorded: Sunday January 6, 2008 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA
Recorded: Sunday July 8, 2012 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA
This past Saturday was our annual neighborhood yard sale. When the weather is favorable (as it was this year) the event can attract several hundred people. This is, of course, a perfect opportunity to share the Gospel message with a world that so desperately needs the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s also a great opportunity to involve the entire family in the effort: my wife organized and set up several tables with the usual garage sale items, my children set up an ice cream stand, and I set up the Gospel table.
In the above picture of the Gospel table I numbered three specific ideas that you could incorporate into a similar effort:Read More
Brother Wilson first left for the mission field at the age of 21. He went on to serve the Lord in the nation of Angola for 40 years. After leaving Africa in 1961 he spent the next 35 years preaching God’s Word throughout the world.
Personally, I have many fond memories of brother Wilson. When I was growing up in the 1970s & 1980s brother Wilson would regularly preach at my assembly. I clearly remember his humble and soft spoken voice. It made a considerable impression on my young mind. It was so evident that he knew and loved God’s Word. His preaching was powerful and had a profound impact me… but the power didn’t come from a loud voice or eloquent oratory techniques, the power came from God’s Word. In the mid 1990s circumstances were such that I happened to be in fellowship at the same assembly as brother Wilson. Though he was elderly and frail his attendance at the meetings was regular and consistent. Brother Wilson was called home to be with his Lord in 1996.
Thankfully a good portion of brother Wilson’s ministry has been preserved and is freely available on the Internet. The www.ternestwilson.com website has been established by the Wilson family to “preserve, protect, and perpetuate the work of T. Ernest Wilson”
On the website you will find a treasure trove of material including: a listing of the books brother Wilson authored (most are available for purchase at Gospel Folio Press), a collection of his published articles, and a collection of his recorded ministry in mp3 format.
In my opinion the most interesting feature of the website is an online archive of many of brother Wilson’s letters from the mission filed. Two handwritten letters (available as scanned graphic files) provide a unique insight to his passion for, and dedication to the Lord’s work.
The T. Ernest Wilson Ministry website is a reliable resource for both the student of God’s Word and for anyone who has an interest in the history of African missions.Read More
A new audience waiting to hear your voice
(as it pertains to ministry)
Listen to this post read by the author Glen Steinson…
We thank our Heavenly Father for the excellent sources of Christian content on the internet these days. Many of the Lord’s people have taken to blogging and social media as a means to communicate the subjects they are passionate about (ie. the writers contributing to Digital Sojourner). Whether for ministry, personal use or online business ventures, the steady flow of information is only a click away for those who want to read it. Printed text with lots and lots of words.Read More
Scripture has much to say about our money and possessions, yet many Christians struggle with their personal finances. There seems to be a disconnect between what the Bible teaches and how many Christians are living their lives. This is unfortunate. Glen’s passion is to bridge the gap by communicating God’s truth on this important topic in a fun and encouraging manner.
What is podcasting you ask? In brief, podcasting is an extremely flexible audio medium that can easily be adapted to fit almost anyone’s lifestyle. No time to sit at your computer and listen to a 45 minute podcast? No problem. You can download the audio file to an iPod or any mp3 player and listen while you’re on the go. You can also subscribe via iTunes or RSS Feed. Glen’s site provides more information on how to go about doing this here.To date twenty-two episodes have been posted covering a wide range of topics, including: common money mistakes (Episode 20), the art of encouragement (Episode 8), and managing our time and talents (Episode 18).
Many of the podcasts feature interviews with other Christians who share Glen’s interest in biblical financial principles. I personally had the privilege of being interviewed in Episode 12 – “Don’t Disinherit The Lord In Your Will”.
The site also offers other helpful resources, so happy exploring!Read More
Digital Sojourner recently posted a review of the Voices For Christ website. The VFC website features more than 50,000 audio sermons in mp3 format. The site has been a tremendous blessing to countless English speaking believers around the world.
Behind VFC is a small, all volunteer team of believers who freely give of their time and talents. This team keeps the site online and constantly growing.
When VFC first went online in the Spring of 2005 there were several hundred audio messages available. Since then VFC has steadily grown to over 50,000 messages. Most of the messages were originally recorded years ago on cassette tapes, which means each tape must go through a time consuming process to digitize and save in mp3 format.
Recently I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Dwight Beavers in Durham, NC. Brother Dwight has spent thousands of hours digitizing countless messages. The work he does is far from glamorous, and often tedious. Nevertheless, as he describes in the interview it is a “labor of love.” Digital Sojourner is posting this interview with the prayer that regardless of the nature of your service for the Lord, glamorous or not, tedious or exciting, you will be encouraged and inspired. To God be the glory.
You can listen to the interview here:
Voices For Christ is an online repository of approximately 50,000 audio sermons in mp3 audio format. All of the sermons are available for live streaming or download free of charge. The site offers messages from 1,175 of the Lord’s servants from our own generation, and prior generations as well. Some of the preachers from a prior generation include Alfred P. Gibbs, Harry A. Ironside, and Stephen Olford. Among the more contemporary preachers you will find Michael Attwood and Craig Shakarji.
The Voices For Christ homepage explains the purpose of the ministry:
Voices for Christ is an attempt to make Christ-centered ministry available to a wider audience. We are especially interested in helping those on the foreign field, those who have a sincere interest in the infallible Word of God, and any desiring to see the Lord Jesus Christ preeminent in His church.
Because of the large number of messages, and preachers featured on VFC it can be a little overwhelming the first few times you visit. However, it is well worth your time and effort to fully explore the site.
Where to begin?
From the homepage click the “voices” tab near the top center. This will take you to the Library page. Here you can scroll through the names of the preachers who are available. When you find a preacher of particular interest, simply click on his name to bring up a listing of available messages. The list can be resorted by clicking on any of the column titles.
If you are interested in a particular topic you can use the search tool located near the top right corner of the Voices’ Library page. Simply enter a keyword and click the “search now” button. When I entered “Hosea” the search resulted in a listing of 88 messages. “Genesis 22” resulted in 73 messages; however you should carefully review the list as not all 73 messages deal with Genesis chapter 22. This is because the search will also list messages about Genesis that just happen to be 22 minutes long, regardless you should still be able to find what you are looking for.
Two additional starting points are “the most recently added messages” link and the “top 25 downloads” link. Both are found on the Voices’ Library page as shown in the screen shot below.
Once you have identified a message that you would like to listen to, you may listen online by clicking the circular play button to the left of each message, download the mp3 file to your computer by clicking the title of the message, or order a custom made CD by clicking the check box to the far left and completing the order form at the bottom of the Voices’ Library page.
Finally, it is important to keep in mind that our only authoritative source of truth is the Bible. Resources like Voices For Christ should be used as a help in our study of God’s Word, but never as a replacement. Because of this the VFC Library page states:
While much of this can be helpful, none of this material is a substitute for your own personal study of the Word of God. God’s word alone is authoritative and you should carefully compare anything you find here with the scriptures (Acts 17:11).
Voices For Christ is a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about God’s Word. If you have been particularly blessed by one of the messages from VFC, let us know about it in the comments below.Read More