One Year Today

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It’s been one year since Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami in which 16 to 20 thousand people were killed. As we hear these numbers, we are slowly growing numb to what that really means. They aren’t just numbers. They represent real families, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters. People that were violently torn from their family. I can only imagine the feeling, of a Japanese man, as water filled his home, and the horror that comes with the sound of it breaking apart. I imagine him running to get his family, and as he reaches for them he is forever haunted by the image of them being swept away never to be seen again.

They aren’t just numbers. They are people. People with friends, memories, and laughter. The part that continually weighs on my heart is the thought of their standing with God. Where are they now? Chances are, they were either followers of Shinto or Buddha. In which they would try to follow the four noble truths. Both beliefs boil down to works, as do all religions. What do you believe? Do you believe the Bible? Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5, Isaiah  64:6, Hebrews 10:1, Galatians 2:16 and so many more verses show that no amount of working/doing can earn favor with God. We have all sinned. We are guilty before a righteous judge, and our so called good works don’t even come close. We have not worshiped God alone. We have all lied, lusted, hated, and deserted God. Those that died faced God. The supreme judge. There is no sin He does not see. No wickedness that He will let go unpunished. You may not like it. You may hate it, but ultimately your opinion will not change all powerful God, the creator of all things. You will stand humbled and afraid of God. Your excuses and lies will fall so short of His righteousness. This is what brings me to tears, because I do believe the Bible, that those Japanese people that died in their sins are in hell today, and have been there for over a year now. They have been burning in fire, but never consumed. They crave relief and will never receive. They are forever tortured by the thought of their rejection of God. I can imagine their screams of repentance and regret, but it is too late. It is too late for them. OH, THAT WE WOULD HAVE CARED ENOUGH TO TELL THEM! We live our lives consumed by greed and selfishness! How lazy we are! Jesus Christ died on a cross to pay for their sins. He died for them. God was not willing for them to perish! How long will we play this game of Christianity! We have houses, cars, jobs, pets, tv, internet, and all the joys of this world, and that is our focus. THAT IS OUR PASSION. Our entertainment. If it sounds like I’m angry, I AM. I’m fed up with people going to hell. I’m fed up with selfish Christians who hold the truth and never tell another! I’m tired of people yelling about revival and never willing to sacrifice! Our God died for them, and we have said in our hearts, “TO HELL WITH THEM!” WE SPEND MORE MONEY ON PORN THAN GETTING THE GOSPEL OUT! WE CARE MORE ABOUT OUR PETS THAN THE LOST! They have rejected God, and as the children of God we have done little to nothing about it. How many more must die? 2Pet. 3:9 The Lord is …not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance.

Happy Birthday

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Today I get to celebrate the birth of my best friend, partner, and love of my life, Rebelle Hill. I’m blessed to have such a wonderful Christian woman as my wife. I daily thank the Lord for her, and I thank each of you that keep her in your prayers! Having a birthday on deputation is a little bit different. Instead of   meeting with friends and family, you meet kind, loving people that do the sweetest things. On your birthday you don’t really expect strangers to celebrate it or even remember it! This past Sunday we were at Bible Baptist in Royston, GA and the church had gotten Rebelle a gift! We are at a missions conference at New Life Baptist Church in Dalton, GA, with people we haven’t met until recently. They have done nothing but loved us, and given Rebelle cards and gifts. I praise the Lord for His people. What a reflection of God’s love. Thank you to all our new friends that have really done too much for us! Like taking us to a Mexican Restaurant!

March Madness

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Well March is looking to be one crazy busy month! It has been exciting what God has already done this month! This past Sunday, a young lady prayed to accept Christ at the church where we preached! After I finished preaching, Pastor Dan Bailey closed with an invitation. The young girl didn’t come at that time, but after the service she came to me and said she wanted to accept Christ! What an amazing day!

That same church just voted to take us on for support, and the Pastor just let me know last night! We praise the Lord for the a steady stream of churches partnering with us to see the name of Christ rise in Japan!

Please keep us in your prayers as we will be extremely busy over the next few weeks. This week we will be in Dalton, GA for a missions conference till Sunday morning. After service, we will be driving about 6 hours to Beaufort, SC and presenting our ministry and then preaching. The next morning we will drive from Beaufort, SC to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, GA (about 5 hour drive) to catch our 1:25 PM flight to Ontario, California! We will be there for a week and half for a missions conference at Bible Baptist. Then we will finish the month off with two meetings back in North Carolina and a missions conference in Alabama! Like I said, one crazy month! We are so excited for the opportunities God has given us! Japan has never felt closer! Literally!