We are soldiers of the Cross -Brian and Sarah Hampshire from BCM

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Pastors Brian and Sarah Hampshire from BCM

Our church supports missionaries in many places, some foreign, others domestic. Last Wednesday Pastors Brian and Sarah Hampshire came to visit us and share what is going on in their life and with their ministry. They are affiliated with BCM (Bible Centered Ministries International). Their biggest prayer request is that a way is opened for them to have a Bible Club on Fort Campbell. There are a lot of children connected to Fort Campbell missing their parent who was sent overseas. These children would benefit from knowing more about God and having a relationship with Him. Pastor Sarah spends many hours corresponding with MK’s (Missionary Kids) from around the world. She said that there are about 175 kids she prays about and corresponds with. Some of them need special prayer because being a MK is not easy.

Three of their children are going to head overseas in the military – Michael to Iraq, Nathan to Afghanistan, and Stephen will leave for Iraq in March. Their other son Min is still at home.

Pastor Brian works at camps and leads studies for people. Their ministry is touching lives in a vital way. You can reach them at briansarahhamp@yahoo.com, their home/field address is 58 Hillsboro Road, Clarksville, TN 37042-6244. If you want to contribute, to help, or receive their prayer letter, let them know.  If you want to know more about BCM, the webpage is www.bcmintl.org

They are also musicians and sang and played a beautiful hymn on fiddle and guitar, pointing out music can teach much about the Word of God.

Pastor Brian told us the area where they are living is beautiful, the scenery is so wonderful it gets him contemplating what the world must have looked like before the fall of man. He cannot imagine how awesome it had to have been in the Garden of Eden, but where he lives now gives him a glimpse of the beauty.

Pastors Brian and Sarah sang a hymn about Jesus seeking for the one lost sheep. Pastor Brian pointed out that in school if we got a 99 instead of a hundred we would feel pretty good. But we are so precious in His sight that He will go and search for the one lost sheep.

At one point when the children of Israel were under attack by the Amalekites, Moses went up on a hill to pray. Exodus 17:11-13 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Her supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated the Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

We are in a great spiritual battle in this day and age. Spiritual forces, demons, dark forces are getting stronger and stronger. We need to keep praying and supporting those who are working against the dark forces in prayer. God desires people to be praying and working with Him to combat the darkness. 1 Samuel 17:47 …the battle is the Lord’s.

We, as soldiers of the Cross, do battle the darkness. It doesn’t take much to realize how much darkness and lawlessness has increased in our land. Just look at the change in the content of TV programs over the past 10 years. What was bad then is now considered good, and much of what is good is now considered bad.

Being near an army base opens up the door to the world, for there are many nationalities living in Clarksville; German, Korean, Chinese, and many others. So to teach the Word there has the potential to reach more than those in that one town.

When troops deploy it is difficult for the families. Pastors Brian and Sarah often walk in the local Fulmar and hear little ones asking, “When will daddy come home? Deployment is also difficult on marriages. For families with a member in the Special Forces the divorce rate is 90%.

He also told us that we need to keep praying for the peace of Jerusalem. That lately American weapons have been sold to the enemies of Jerusalem, and sometimes the Israelites have been shot at by American bullets. If we don’t back Israel, America is doomed, because it matters to God who protects His people.

Pastor Brian told us that we can find out what is going on in Israel by checkingwww.israelnationalnews.com. Pastor Brian pointed out that many in Israel now have a personal relationship with Hashem. Jesus once said, “Before Abraham was, I AM. That I AM is Hashem, the Jews just don’t know that yet.

How do we have eternal life?  John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Sometimes people are confused looking for where God is revealing Himself. God showed Himself to Elijah not in a whirlwind, or a storm or a fire, but in the Still Small Voice.

God revealed Himself to Moses, and Jesus revealed Himself to Saul/Paul asking Saul why he was persecuting Jesus. Saul helped in the stoning of Stephen. He had a zeal for Hashem, and spent years seeking out Christians in this misplaced zeal, thinking he was doing God’s work. Jesus came and pointed out that He was not doing what God wanted him to do.

Yet, once Paul received the revelation from God, look at how God used him. Most of the New Testament was written by Paul.

God reveals Himself in His creation. Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.

Pastor Brian pointed out that there is such a miracle in creation. We can look into the heavens and find galaxy after galaxy or we can look into a microscope and keep looking and find that atoms have vast space between the electrons and protons, that there is an order and even further divisions as we increase the magnification. Scientists do not know how the universe is held together so they speculate about Atomic Glue, but we know that God holds the universe together.

Just look at how two gasses Hydrogen and Oxygen come together to make water H 2 0. And this can be a gas, a vapor, a liquid or a solid. People are without excuse when it comes to knowing God through creation.

We need to believe the truth, to be true to God’s Word. Skeptics have tried to destroy the truth of the Bible, but their arguments fall flat. It is also important to remember that there is an 18 inch space between the head and the heart. Head knowledge does not give us the relationship with God– that requires heart knowledge. God wants us to have Christ in us, the hope of glory.

Those who know the Word of God must do the Word of God. God’s Word produces change.

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

The Word of God produces change. God speaks and change happens. God spoke, “Let there be light….” And there was light.

One scary statistic was recently published. In a Barna survey, pastors were asked how much time they spend in the Word of God. Many pastors spend 20 minutes or less a week. (Heather’s note, that was astounding to me, but perhaps that is why I count my blessings that we have Pastor Don and his teachings, for he spends far more than that in one day in the Word.) With such little time spent in the Word of God it is little wonder that many churches are weak.

2 Chronicles 7:14 My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Believe what the Word says, and seek to join God in His work here on earth. God wants us involved in His work and His creation. He will use divine intervention to get people’s attention. He even used a donkey to get Balaam’s attention. God reveals Himself through creation and through His Word.

God created the nearest star to us, 93 million miles away (our sun), and he created that in six days, 6,000 years ago. Not only did he create that, but he created the whole universe. And the universe is spreading out. Yet, we are seeing that the universe is slowing down (second law of thermodynamics – entropy). Scientists are refusing to look at the facts and are holding onto their false religion of evolution, in spite of the fact that much of what they have concluded is rapidly being proved wrong.

Psalm 119:102 I have not departed from Your judgments, for You Yourself have taught me.

God Himself will teach us His truth. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand.

Pastor Brian gave us an example. In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke there is a passage that talks about Jesus casting out demons, and in Matthew it mentions two demons – but the same story in Mark and Luke it mentions one. This puzzled Pastor Brian, and he asked the Holy Spirit for clarification. It was brought to his attention that Matthew was written for the Jews, and for Jews the testimony of two witnesses was important. This is a possible explanation for the two demons.

This passage also shows us how Jesus was the Son of God in human body on earth. The demons recognized that and questioned Jesus’ authority at that time, but Jesus did have authority to cast them out because when He did so, He was fully human. After the demon was cast out the man was fully clothed sitting calmly and talking. Before that he was with the other demon possessed people, living in caves as outcasts. This man was chained and kept breaking out of his chains.

If we look at our lives, we are all chained in areas of sin, and we need Jesus to set us free. Once he was freed of the demon, the man wanted to go with Jesus, to follow Him. But Jesus told him to go home and tell the good news of his healing to the people in his town. We too need to spread the good news of how He has freed us. Our lives and the changes that God makes in them speak loudly to others who are observing us.

We will also know God through HIS NATURE. If we study His word, God reveals Himself to us. There is darkness around us, and it only takes a little light to dispel the darkness. We are the light of the World, we have Jesus within us, and as such are children of the light. Men love the darkness and flee from the light.

There will be a day to come when we will be persecuted for our faith. Church doors will be padlocked, and sermons will not be permitted that do not conform with secular thinking. We need to be people of the Word. To know His Word so that we can be lights in the darkness that will be coming.

We need to get out and share God’s Word with people. Not giving a TESTIPHONY (a testimony that is surface, not backed by deep change within), but a testimony of God. There is a lot of Christian fluff around, a lot of show, music, polish, and production, but without power.

When Jonathan Edwards preached about hell people were hanging onto the backs of pews fearful of being pulled immediately into hell.

We have taken the Holy Spirit and God and tried to put Him into a little box. But He is God and cannot be confined to a box. We need to be liberated, to live for God no matter if we are mocked or face the possibility of death.

We are all to be people of the Book (the Bible), it is not just up to our pastors, professionals, elders and leadership, but everyone in the pews needs to be people of the Book.

Prayer is vital. The fields are white with harvest. We are not to just do good, but to do God’s best. To walk through the best door God has for us and do His Will on the earth.

We want to see Jesus glorified, to see Him victorious.

Hoping this blessed you.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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