Welcome to The Joinville Project blog

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

Mission Board: Macedonia World Baptist Missions Inc.

"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

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.