A Time for Prayer

Greetings brothers and sisters in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

My name is Jeremy Strang and I manage brother Brian’s website. We wanted to reach out to you and let you know that a couple of months ago Brian decided to take some time away from preaching in 2020 so to better focus on family, the Lord and the family ranch. Ironically enough this seems to come at a time when the entire world seems to so much be falling apart, ever changing and falling away from true faith.

Below is a recent post that we hope will encourage you onward in the faith. May the Lord be glorified and lifted high in your life and may He cause you to fully rest in Him, with deep joy and peace during these times of seeming insecurity.


Pray and Don’t Lose Heart (Taken from: https://hegivesgrace.com/2020/03/12/dont-lose-heart/)

And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Luke 8:1

Please allow me a bit of room below to simply speak, not as a deep exegete, but rather directly from Scripture and my personal thoughts regarding my life. Maybe you too will find this to be true, challenging or an absent need in your life. May the Lord help us all onward in the faith, as He will do since He is the “author and perfecter of our faith.” (Heb. 12:2)

Should we not do that which strikes the head of Satan most directly and most powerfully? Should we not do this in this most perfect way, through Jesus Christ and His propitiation, being worked in us a willful conformity to be humbly sanctified, that we wage war, not only in our defense, but our offense against “the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12) “Therefore”, shall we not, “take up the whole armor of God”? (Eph. 6:13) Shall we not rather choose to be like our Lord, who left for us “an example, so that you (we) might follow in His steps.” (1 Peter 2:21) And what are these steps? Do they not begin and end with humility, love, self-control and true grace being ever in submission to God and compelled to prayer? “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth. When he was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly.” (1 Peter 2:22, 23) “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (Matt. 26:39) “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Although He as a Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.” (Heb. 5:7, 8)

Should this not be our pattern? Should this not be our life, that is, if we dare profess to be Christian? Should we not heed the Word that we lay claim to? How long will we go unaffected, absent of growth and fruit, in denial of the Word we treat so disrespectfully by ignoring it as if it were a stale moldy crumb?


“He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, “Give me justice against my adversary.”

For a while he refused, but afterwards he said to himself, “Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.”’

And the Lord said, ‘Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?’” Luke 18:2-8


I don’t know about you, but these verses leave me asking myself: Is the Lord seeing true faith in me today? Not faith in self-works, past-hopes, religious-rituals, and the like, but true saving, deep and biblically true faith? Jesus, who although had close fellowship with His friends, knew that the place of intimacy in walking with His Father and true obedience, was found in choosing to get alone with Him, away from all, in prayer. Does my personal life resemble the private ‘prayer meetings’ with my heavenly Father, in Christ and by the Spirit, in reality and truth? Or am I acting in mere rote and intellectual accent that bypasses application, submission and obedience? Do I get alone with Him or does my life pattern look more like the sleeping disciples? If I were to perish or Christ were to come back today, would He find a faith that is full of active and growing grace (Titus 2:22-14) in me? Or would He find me locked in fear, or ignorant of His Word, or scrolling through thousands upon thousands of pointless screens, websites and opinions of spiritually dead men? Maybe He would find me sleeping at the helm or searching for the next small piece of false hope or fleshly hell-bound entertainment? How will He find me?

Should I not, maybe starting this very moment, heed the message of Christ and be like the widow woman in “her continual coming”, relentless, awake, determined and on point? Shall I not admit my current state and turn (repent) once again unto the living God? Shall I not turn and be heeled? Shall I not heed the proverb, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” (Prov. 6:10, 11) Shall I wait until it’s too late to be told, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” (Jer. 8:20)

For until I take responsibility for my lack of sanctification, my laziness, my lack of zeal, my lack of asking God to be made more holy, I will never be at peace and with lasting joy. For although knowledge of God and His ways is a good thing, if there be no application, I am but a fool. And though the power and working of sanctification and faith be of the Lord, the responsibility to obedience, seeking God in greater measure and prayer is mine.

I wonder if all the careless words, both audibly, mentally and posted online, and all the hours spent staring at a plastic screen will not condemn us when we find ourselves, not at the judgement seat of Christ, but at the Great White Throne judgement being told, “Be away from Me, I never knew you.” (Matt. 7:21-23) Profession that is absent of obedience leads to deception, and left unrepentant, eternal death.

Lord, may it never be – apprehend my affections this day, apprehend my carelessness, my pride and my selfish desires and make me into a vessel for Your glory, Your eternal usage, to be Yours and Yours alone. Amen.

Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”


Please feel free to listen to past messages Brian has preached. Want to see how the Lord is working in rural Bungoma, Kenya through Dallas, TX natives? Visit: http://www.AFM.ngo for more information.

Amazing Grace Begs A Question: Brian Long

Brian preaches the message, “Amazing Grace Begs A Question”, while recently in Brisbane, Australia. This powerful message reminds of God’s incredible grace for us individually, yet challenges us if we are indeed truly following the Savior.

Hear the Sound of the Trumpet: The Call to Worship – Brian Long

Listen to Brian’s newest message, part 2 of 3, “Hear the Sound of the Trumpet: The Call to Worship“, preached at the Westside Christian Fellowshipin Leona Valley, CA. You can listen to Brian’s first message: “Hear the Sound of the Trumpet: The Warning Call

 


Brian Long

Christian. Husband. Father. Preacher. Rancher.

Brian is married to Martha and together they have five children. Brian now works full-time on his ranch in Oklahoma and continues to preach itinerantly all around the world. Listen to Brian’s story.

High View of Scripture? Ponder, Pray, Pursue

The post below comes from brother Jeremy Strang of http://www.EyeonChrist.com

If I do anything else in my life, this one thing I do believe is of the utmost importance. For if I believe that the Scriptures are indeed inspired of God, being sufficient for my every need, then I must apply it in all aspects of my life and obey it. If I also believe it is such a wonderful book for myself, then ought it not be for everyone? Absolutely! But what shall I do if I spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on study materials for myself and as a Christian I do not even purchase a single Bible for someone who has never even held one? How shall I answer on judgment day? How shall I even pick mine up today? Although this is my personal conviction, I believe it is one every church and every believer must think about.

Having a high view of Scripture is only as good as the application of it.

Will you purchase a Bible for those who have none? Only $5 US Dollars purchases a Bible to those without.
Learn the details here: www.EyeonChrist.com/BiblesKenya

And although not everyone may have the funds now, if you can read this, you can share this!

Ponder – Pray – Pursue

Peace and blessings all,

Brother Jeremy

Mercy Home Story: Surrendering the American dream for Christ and Kenya

The Bys family sold all they owned, gave away career and savings to serve God as full time missionaries to help the needy. But why Bungoma, Kenya?

The reasons are many, but ultimately it was through trips originally made by AFM founders who traveled on Gospel missions to work with various pastors in Bungoma, and they and those like Jeff who went along with them, saw many horrific unmet needs that we all felt God was leading us to do something to help. The love of Christ compelled us. We saw how we could do much good with our few resources.

In our desire to do the most good, we chose this place – Bungoma. We saw in Kenya a receptiveness to the Gospel and for us to come and settle there with such a ministry as this. As the Lord Jesus said, “The fields are ripe unto harvest but few are the workers“.

We want to be faithful workers to deliver the Gospel message and through acts of compassion. Where God leads us we shall go, and it seemed very clear this was the place God was calling us to go and be his hands and feet and heart. Kenya has many orphans due to rampant disease and poverty. Disease, lack of education and poverty kill so many poor among them and it only takes a small amount to radically change that!

The streets of Bungoma are also filled with over 250 abandoned young children struggling to survive and of whom have become a pariah to the Kenyans…even to the local churches of Kenya. Few feel these street boys worthy to invest their time or resources, thinking them to be a lost cause. But we knew better! God rescued us, we who were the chief of sinners, by the loving compassion of Christ Jesus bought out from death to LIFE! And this is His mission for us, so we go without fear, but trusting in our Mighty God to help us be his ambassadors of faith, hope and love, even to the most outcast of the world!

Connect with them today!

Jeff and Stephanie Bys on Facebook / About-Face Missions

Read Jeff’s story about being confronted, Karson the Lion Hearted: A trial of a missionary family.

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