When Fish Start to Talk

Whether in Canada, Asia Pacific, or anywhere else, it is amazing how quickly the Word of God can become twisted, added to, or confused. I heard a few interesting stories one day when I was sitting in on Bible classes in the area.

The first story was about a famous radio preacher. The preacher was speaking about the special message he had for them all. He said that he had been eating fish at a local restaurant, and when he had finished his meal the fish’s bones began talking to him. The bones told him what he should say, and the preacher was more than happy to oblige them.

Another story was about an old man in a remote village. The man died and was buried in a cave, but several days later the man came walking back into the village and began telling them lots of things about the afterlife and the Bible.

These stories are indeed sensational, but what was more impressive was how the teacher responded to these stories. Asia Pacific is more superstitious than the west, and are more inclined to be spiritually minded than we might be.

The teacher, however answered the students very gently. “About those stories, I don’t know what they are all about; if they’re true or not. I do know what Jesus said is already complete. I don’t need someone to die and then return to tell me more. Lots of people like to say, ‘I believe in Jesus because of this man or that man, or because of this event or that event,’ but I believe in Jesus because of what the Word of God says. On what Jesus alone has said.”

It can be so easy to add to what we read in the Bible. Who doesn’t love to add their own two cents. How wonderful this teacher’s words were. How important it is to base our theology on something solid. Besides, what better, more fantastic messenger do we need than the one we have?

“We do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2:9

Visiting friends interior

In March we had the lovely opportunity to have Mark's parents visit us for the month. During their time here, we were able to fly into an interior village where our dear friends and co-workers live and work. 

It was Lauren's first time to visit a interior village in Papua, and it was such a great experience to see firsthand what our co-worker's are experiencing. We met some of their language helpers, saw their greenhouse gardens, heard about their homeschooling progress, heard about the 7.5 earthquake that rocked their house a few weeks prior, and overall enjoyed the fellowship with our dear friends! Leo was so excited to be reunited with one of his best friends, whom he has greatly missed since they moved interior back in January.

Weekly teachings in town

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Every Monday evening for the past 6 months, Mark and several of our co-workers, have been teaching through Firm Foundations to a small local congregation. The lessons teach through key Bible passages, chronologically from Creation to Christ, and progressively reveal truth about God and man and the gospel and grace that bridge the gap of sin. This small group of people are from the Ketengban tribe in central Papua, and have moved to town to look for employment and education. We are encouraged to hear their excitement at understanding truth. A few weeks ago, after teaching on a lesson in the Old Testament, one women shared, "God told the Jews to make sacrifices. What do we do for our sins? Should we be sacrificing, too?" Please continue to pray for these Ketengban men and women, that they will soon come to clearly understand who Christ is and what He did for them.

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