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The James Allen Family, Missionaries to Brazil since 1991.
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Home Church: Victory Baptist Church of Loganville, GA. http://www.getvictoryinyourlife.com/

Mission Board: Macedonia World Baptist Missions Inc.
http://www.mwbm.org/

"Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;" Romans 15:30 KJV



Monday, October 10, 2011

“Círio de Nossa Senhora de Nazaré”

The “Círio de Nazaré” as it is called, is defined by Whikipédia (the Portuguese version of Wikipedia) as being in devotion to Lady of Nazareth, and is the largest religious manifestation of Catholics in Brazil and the largest religious event in the world, gathering about six million people in each one of it's veneration’s and processions. In Portugal it is celebrated on September 8 in the small town of Nazareth, and is celebrated, since 1793, in the city of Belém do Pará, each year, on the second Sunday in October. The term “Círio” has it's origin in the Latin work “Cereus,” that means large candle. In Brazil, in the beginning it was an evening pilgrimage, or even done at night, therefore the use of candles. In the year 1854, to avoid the repetition of torrential rains such as happened in the year before, the procession began to take place in the morning.

Some are considering the “Círio de Nazaré” in Belém do Pará, as being the largest religious manifestation on the planet. It is able to assemble more than two million people in one morning.

The stages of the celebration:

Currently the manifestations of religious devotion extend over a period of fifteen days, during the so-called Nazareth court. Among the high points of this manifestation, the following stand out:

The Transporting of Our Lady

Given this name because it marks the trajectory of the image of Lady of Nazareth, from the Basilica of Nazareth, through the streets of the city until the main church, in the municipal of Ananindeua, a neighboring municipal of Belém. This journey is carried out in an open car, and the Lady receives numerous homages. The image, spends the night in this municipal, were the people stay in vigil all night. This Pilgrimage happens on the night of Friday to Saturday, before the Sunday of the círio.

The Highway Pilgrimage

After one night in Ananindeua, and a mass, the image leaves before sunrise on another pilgrimage, this time in another direction, the town of Icoaraci, district of Belém. Even though it is before daybreak, the faithful followers wait for the passing of the image, once again, rendering numerous homages. The procession is accompanied by the directors of the círio in their cars, also by politicians, firemen, ambulances, official and civil vehicles. This is why it is called the Highway Pilgrimage.

Fluvial Pilgrimage

In this pilgrimage, the image is taken by boat, by way of the Guajará Bay, which surrounds the city of Balém, and is followed by many other boats, that are decorated according to the condition of each owner. In this procession you can see boats, yachts, and even simple canoes of the “ribeirinho” people that follow the procession. This journey from Icoaraci to Belém can take up to 5 hours. Upon arriving at the port of the city, it is received by a multitude and more homages are given. This pilgrimage was introduced in 1985, as a way to honor all those who depend on the rivers of the region, such as the “ribeirinha” population, that, because of their poverty cannot go to Belém, and by this, can now pay their own homages.

Motorcycle Pilgrimage

At about 11:00 am on Saturday, the image of the Saint arrives at the port of Belém. From there the image continues in an open car, now followed by many motorcyclist that blow their horns incessantly, announcing the passing of the image, the people stop in the streets, come out of their houses, and welcome her, with their hands raised high, as to ask for blessings. The Pilgrimage extends through the streets of the city till it reaches the Gentil Bittencourt School, where yet another multitude of faithfuls awaits the image. Then, at night, just after another mass, the Transport begins.

Transportation

The transportation of the image happens on the night before the Círio, in a candle light procession. It is symbolic of the legend of the discovery of the image and it's return to the original place where it was found. In this ceremony only the Berlinda (car in which the image of the Lady is carried) is used, in a trajectory that is the inverse of the Círio.

The Círio Procession

This actually gathers the most faithfuls (2 million, 250 thousand in 2010), in a procession, that in the past has taken about nine hours, today due to better organization and planning takes less time, and covers a distance of about five kilometers (about 3.1 miles) between the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Basilica of Nazareth. This celebration is divided in three moments: the Círio event, begins at six o’clock in the morning with the celebration of a mass, after which the faithful move to the streets along the trajectory. At seven o’clock, the Archbishop conducts the image of the Lady to the Berlinda, to begin the Círio. The image arrives at the Basilica of Nazareth before noon and is taken out of the Berlinda for the liturgical celebrations.

Recírio

This happens two weeks after the Círio, and is a goodbye procession.


It is said that the image of Lady of Nazareth was found under a tree in 1700 by a man named Plácido de Souza, and it is 11 inches tall. According to local tradition, the man of Portuguese and indigenous decent, took the image home and cleaned it up, but the next morning it was inexplicably back at the same place he had found it. This happened several times, until the man interpreted this as a divine sign, and decided to build a shrine for the image at that location, which is now the back side of the Basilica of Nazareth in Belém do Pará.

Information gathered from: http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%ADrio_de_Nossa_Senhora_de_Nazar%C3%A9

Picture is from: http://noticias.terra.com.br/brasil/noticias/0,,OI5402176-EI8139,00-Cirio+de+Nazare+reune+milhoes+de+pessoas+em+Belem.html#tphotos

Translated by James Timothy Allen

Please pray for the salvation of souls in Brazil.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Am I making it worthwhile?

Am I making it worthwhile?

Far away on this mission field I sometimes wonder, am I making it worthwhile?
The special things that I have missed, am I making it worthwhile?
The weddings, the birthdays, the funerals, am I making it worthwhile?

Oh, how I love and miss my brothers, my sisters, my parents and in-laws, am I making it worthwhile?
The joyous graduations and conquests, the painful losses and mishaps, am I making it worthwhile?
All those simple moments that make life worth living, am I making it worthwhile?

I don't really know my Aunts and Uncles, am I making it worthwhile?
I have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree cousins that I've never met, am I making it worthwhile?
My nephews and nieces wonder who I am, am I making it worthwhile?

I hear my grandparents were great people, am I making it worthwhile?
Unknown American veteran heroes, am I making it worthwhile?
I would love for my children to have known them, am I making it worthwhile?

Then, in a moment, I am reminded of Christ's sacrifice for me, am I making it worthwhile?
“I must work the works of him that sent me,” He said, am I making it worthwhile?
“while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” am I making it worthwhile?

“Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:” am I making it worthwhile?
“nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” am I making it worthwhile?
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” am I making it worthwhile?

And as I look into the eyes of those whose souls have been rescued from hell, I ask myself;
Am I making it worthwhile? Am I doing all that I can?
Am I working the works while it is day? For the end is soon at hand.

Far too many others are on the path of pain,
Leaping into eternity each and every day.
Who will go and tell them of the strait and narrow Way?

I conclude then “Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

So as I stay and labor here on this mission field awhile,
I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for He makes it all worthwhile!

Are you making His sacrifice for you worthwhile?
Are you making your sacrifice for Him worthwhile?


James Timothy Allen
Second Generation Missionary to Brazil
Macedonia World Baptist Missions Inc.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September Prayer Letter

Dear supporters and prayer partners,

I would like to present to you most of the members of the Igreja Batista Vitória. These are very sweet people that have been saved and are growing in the Lord. Many are being used of the Lord to influence their family and friends with the Gospel message. Please pray for the salvation of their family and friends.

As I look at my people in this photo I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul saying, “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:” Col. 1:9-12 KJV

No, I'm not going to “preach to the choir” through my prayer letter, but I do want to ask you to please take a few moments of each day and bow your head, lifting up your heart and mind to the Lord in prayer for us. Please pray for the folks that have trusted Christ as their Savior and are just now learning what God's will for their life is. Pray that they may have wisdom and spiritual understanding. Pray that they may walk worthy of the Lord and be fruitful. Pray that they may grow in the knowledge of God and be strengthened in their faith.

Please pray for us as we do our very best to minister unto them and help them in their spiritual growth being an example of faith and faithfulness before them.

Thank you for your faithfulness in serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and for your faithfulness in supporting our ministry through prayer and financial gifts.

James & Soraia Allen

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lender Paradise

My dearly beloved fellow Americans,

As you know I am a missionary working in the city of Joinville, in the southern part of Brazil, South America.

I went to the bank this morning to pay for our son's Bible College tuition. While waiting for my receipt the teller said to me that I had a pre-approved credit line that I could get right then if I wanted to. I thought, man, I really need funds right now, things are tough, I don't know how I am going to pay for some things in the next few weeks. Maybe this is the way out for me. I thought of all this a total of about a millisecond, and declined the offer.

Putting aside my reasons for not wanting to take out the loan, I would like to share with you the out of this world and even Universe, interest rates these guys charge, and people actually borrow money from them, and this is one of the lower rates!

As you can see in the picture, to borrow R$5.690,00 Brazilian Reais (that's the equivalent of about $3,556.00 US Dollars) you can pay back in 48 payments of R$359,36. If you do the simple math, 359,36 times 48 equals 17.249,28 or proximately $10,780.80 US Dollars. (Interest of 84.300% a year).
Observation: The comma (,) is used in the place of the period (.) here.

So, to borrow $3,556.00 in 48 payments of $224.60 equals $10,780.80 or 7,224.80 in interest alone.
(The exchange rate is 1.60 Reais per Dollar)

My question is, does any one out there want to make some money?

I have no other comment at this time!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Vicarious Verde (green)

Vicarious Verde (green)
I read an interesting article this morning; It states:

“Instead of asking them to pray, priest tells sinners to plant trees”
June 22, 2011

“This one is to get folks into the mood of Corpus Christi, celebrated this Thursday. A priest in the interior of the Brazilian state of Goiás adopted an interesting strategy to make this year’s Fraternity Campaign of the Catholic Church count: for every sin confessed, the sinner should plant a tree. The priest’s forecast is to plant one thousand trees in the city of Pires do Rio, which has a population of about 28 thousand and is about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from Brasilia. Don’t you think he should redo this calculation?”

Sorce:http://wp.clicrbs.com.br/anverde/2011/06/22/em-vez-de-pedir-para-fazer-oracoes-padre-manda-pecadores-plantar-arvores/?topo=84,2,18,,,84 (in Portuguese)

Huh? So the environment has become a means of redemption?

Well then, the author said it well, “Don’t you think he should redo this calculation?”
With 28 thousand inhabitants, there will not be enough trees in the market!
They’re going to have to send trains, planes, buses, trucks, cars, pickups, vans, horse and buggies, bicycles, and even people on foot carrying tree seedlings in order to fulfill the demand!

That’s crazy!

Thank God we have the truth in us; that Jesus Christ hung on a “tree” (cross) for our sins!

The Bible says: “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Colossians 2:6-14 KJV

Folks, go plant a tree or two, it’s good for you and for the environment.
But know for sure that no amount of trees planted can redeem your sins, for only the sinless blood of the Lord Jesus Christ can wash away all sin!

Hebrews 9:11-28, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

Now, if you must, go plant a tree.
For remission of sin, go to the cross.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mass Across the Street

This morning, starting at 4:00 o’clock the neighborhood folk started to prepare the pavement with stained sawdust that they put on the street making a colorful pathway up to the house across the street from our house.

Then everyone gathered together there to celebrate Mass. The priest "preached" a message, then they sang some songs, and then they gave the "Eucharist" (the Roman Catholic Lord's Supper), finishing the event with the taking up of a sacrificial offering.

Unfortunately, the priest said that "the taking of the Holy Eucharist, along with feeding the hungry, guarantees the Catholic, blessings in this life, and eternal life in heaven!"
He did not read one passage of scripture, nor did he say where he got his "theology."

After seeing this "Mass across the street", I did a search on the internet and read the following information on Wikipedia;
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Brazil ),
"A 2007 poll, made by Datafolha and published in newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, asked diverse questions about the beliefs of the Brazilian people. In this poll, 64% reported to be Catholics, 17% Pentecostal Protestants, 5% non-Pentecostal Protestants, 3% Kardecists or Spiritists, 3% followers of other religions, 7% non-religious or atheists. Less than 1% reported to follow Afro-Brazilian religions"

This tells me that at least 78% of the Brazilian population (about 145 million people) still does not understand that Jesus Christ the Son of God is the ONLY WAY of Salvation! (John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.")

Then, I also think that about half (if not more) of the ones that declared themselves to be either Pentecostal Protestants (17%), or non-Pentecostal Protestants (5%), may not truly be saved, due to the enormous confusion that exists in many of these churches about salvation. (For example, many of these folks believe that a person can lose salvation, and many are basing the salvation they think they have, on their religiousness or some sort of works based belief).

This brings me to the conclusion that, today, June 22, 2011, 454 years after the first "evangelical service" held in Brazil on the beach of Guanabara Bay on March 10, 1557*, at least 89% of the Brazilian population are basing the salvation of their eternal souls on something other than faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

My question is; are we doing this thing right?
What can I do to change this astounding fact?

I know we are not in the 10/40 window, but don’t take your eyes off of this unreached people!
Please, send more Bible-believing, Bible-living, Gospel-preaching missionaries to Brazil!

Pray for us, the ones that are already here, that we may be able to "pull them out of the fire".
Jude 20-23, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." KJV

Thank God for the some 21 million Brazilians that claim to be truly saved!
But please pray for the approximately 165 million Brazilians that still do not have Christ as their only hope of salvation, that they might be saved.

Oh dear God, please help us!

* http://www.ipicprudente.org.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=274:o-primeiro-culto-evangelico-no-brasil&catid=35:editoriais&Itemid=112

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June Prayer Letter

Please read our latest Prayer Letter:


http://www.thejoinvilleproject.com/uploads/June_2011_PL_with_letterhead.pdf

Friday, May 27, 2011

Do you have good brakes?

Do you have good brakes?

Today in my Bible reading, I read the five chapters of the book of James.
The exhortations in this book are both relevant and indispensable for practical Christian living. One of the exhortations in this small book is about a very small member of our body: Our tongue.

James describes the tongue as “… a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” James 3:6

Look at what James says about the person that has good “brakes” on his tongue: James 3:2, “For in many things we offend all (*). If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”

(*We all stumble or trip, Adam Clarke Commentary)
This is the way it is translated to Portuguese: “For we all stumble in many things. If someone does not stumble in word, the same is perfect, and powerful also to refrain the whole body.”

So, if someone is able to “restrain” their own tongue, keeping it from stumbling in word, then that person is also capable to “refrain” “the whole body”;

To refrain their eyes from seeing what they should not see,
To refrain their ears from hearing what they should not hear,
To refrain their hands from touching what they should not touch,
To refrain their feet from going where they should not go,
To refrain their mind from thinking thoughts it should not think,
To refrain their flesh from falling into the trap of lust,
To refrain their mouth form eating too much…
(Now your meddling preacher… lol)

Ultimately, he who can “restrain his tongue” should be able also to “refrain the whole body.”

So I ask the question: “Do you have good brakes?”

Friday, May 20, 2011

Ministry Memorable Moment

As I write this post my heart is filled with joy as I remember a very special day in my ministry as a missionary. That day is May 7, 2011, just two weeks ago. It was the day I had the opportunity, for the first time in my ministry, to gather a group of godly Pastors and some godly men of our church to examine the testimony of salvation and call to ministry and doctrinal stand of my co-laborer Brother Ricardo Hogrefe.

It was really a formality because this dear Brother has proven his faithfulness to the Lord and His church for over seven years in working with me at Igreja Batista Vitória (Victory Baptist Church) in Joinville.

The meeting was marked by the presence of Pastor Edgar Sandri, of the Bible Baptist Church here in Joinville. This was Brother Ricardo's Pastor when he was saved and it was he who baptized him. Pr. Sandri gave a sweet testimony placing his complete approval and recommendation of Brother Ricardo's ordination.

Then, my Father, Dr. Phillip R. Allen, who was here on a short surprise visit, gave testimony of the time that he worked with Brother Ricardo, and also gave him his stamp of approval and recommendation.

Then I shared my observations of Ricardo's life and testimony also giving my approval and recommendation. I also read a letter that was sent from the Bible Collage from which Ricardo graduated that stated their complete and absolute approval in recommending this Brother to be ordained into the Gospel ministry.

All this reminds me of how the Apostle Paul must have felt in respect to young Timothy.

I truly am grateful to the Lord for placing this young godly man here to work with me and to hopefully one day soon, become the Pastor of this missionary work in the city of Joinville, Brazil.

To God be all of the honor and glory in this and every ministry memorable moment.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It’s not popular

It’s not popular.

In fact it’s gotten to the point that when holy and righteous living is preached or taught, it is censored by many of those who should be saying; “Amen!”, in humble obedience and submission to the Lord and His Word!

Those who do make the decision to submit and live a life of holiness and obedience before the Lord and men, are mocked, discriminated and downright hated for their stand for right, but not only by the world, that’s to be expected, but by their own “brethren!”

The work of “Pastoring” today’s "sheep" is becoming more and more difficult and painful. Consider I Peter 5:2-4, “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”

Thank God for that “crown of glory that fadeth not away.” Because even many "aged" men and women are “fading away” or going astray, in ostentatious rebellion against Scriptural truth; Consider the Pastor’s responsibility shown in Titus 2:1-3, “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;”

And what do I say about the young people? Many see their parents as the ones going astray in rebellious disobedience to God and His shepherds! This is devastating to the pastor that in love, willingly and of a ready mind and by example seeks to obey the Word of God. We must obey Titus 2:6, “Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.”

Folks, we are to live godly, righteous and holy lives in this present day! In this present world! God has not changed! His Word has not changed! Yet so many think that they can call themselves “Christians” or “Believers” or “followers of Christ” and continue living like and loving this world!

Consider the following Bible verses: Titus 2:11-15, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”

Are we being “despised?” Yes. Are we allowing it to move us away from “speaking, exhorting and rebuking” with all the God given authority we have? No! We must not go astray!

We must continue steadfast preaching, teaching; Living the Word of Truth!
II Timothy 4:1-5, “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

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

Preach on the truth of I John 2:15-17, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Preach on the exhortation of Philippians 2:12-16, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”

Preach on! Live on! Declare “all the counsel of God.”

Oh dear Lord please help me to live my life in such a way that at its end I may humbly say as did our beloved Apostle Paul; Acts 20:26-27, “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”

May I obey the charge of verse 28, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

My Lord Jesus, they are Your sheep, purchased with Your precious blood; Please help me oversee well, this small part of Your flock.

(All Scripture references are from the KJV)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Youth Safari

On Saturday February 26 we took our youth group to visit an archaeological site just a couple of miles from our house. It is a national park called “Parque Caieiras”, and it is where an indigenous civilization lived over 500 years ago. We had a great day walking the various nature trails and visiting the interesting sites. Then we returned to our house and ate hot dogs, after which the young people played street volleyball. (In case you are wondering, that’s volleyball played in the middle of the street!). We finished the day together with a devotional from I John 2:6, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” KJV.

Please pray for our youth group as we seek to lead them into a closer walk with the Lord, and as we reach out to those that have not yet come to Christ as Savior.

Thanks.

James Allen

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I thank the Lord for our son Matthew Scott. Yesterday he turned twenty-one years old. I remember the feeling of being a Dad for the first time, it's inexplicable really. I remember holding him up in the air at our home church, Victory Baptist in Loganville, Georgia, on the next Wednesday night so everyone could see him.

On that day, I was just twenty one years old myself! Wow! I was married to the most beautify girl ever, we had just recently arrived in the United States to start Bible Collage, and I had just started a new job. Man, you could say that I was a bit overwhelmed! What precious memories.

Today, twenty one years later, here we are, I'm still married to the same most beautiful girl ever, and we are serving the Lord together as a family. I could not ask for more. God is so good to us, all the time He is good to us! Matthew, I am so proud of you! I love you, and always will.

Son, stay close to the Lord.