NEWSLETTER OF SEPTEMBER, 2015
Jesus told us in Matthew 28:18-20 that “all authority had been given to Him in heaven and on earth.” He then went on to say, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” It’s called the “Great Commission,” and as I read it again, I remembered the time that the Pharisees wanted to know by what authority He was doing these things (preaching, forgiving sinners, making disciples and healing the sick) and who gave Him this authority. He didn’t tell them because they were being dishonest with Him, but in the text that is mentioned above, He tells us by what authority – the Father’s! After Jesus died on the cross and then rose from the dead, ALL authority was given to Him and now He has given it to us! Therefore, we continue to make disciples wherever we can and are happy to report that 134 people were recently baptized in Chiapas, Mexico! We have seen in Mexico that if the person isn’t serious about their relationship with the Lord, that they won’t get baptized and you can’t talk them into it! So, we rejoice that these souls have come to know Him and His saving grace.
Recently, in a village called La Grandeza, God blessed us with a mighty miracle. The 10 year old son of one of our brothers (the boy’s name is Emanuel Ramirez Gomez) became deathly sick with a kidney problem. One of his kidneys stopped functioning and the remaining kidney was only functioning at about 25%. His stomach and other parts of his body swelled up and he could no longer walk. His parents took him to the hospital where the family was told that nothing could be done for him. They told his father to take him home and get ready to bury him. The church and his parents continued to cry out to God, with prayers and fastings, and God heard their prayers! He was healed by the power of God! The doctors were blown away by this because they had seen with their own eyes that there was no hope, medically speaking. He will make a way where there is no way! His name is Jesus, the lover of our souls!
We can’t thank you enough for your prayers and financial support of this ministry. Please continue to help us as we reach the lost with the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Check out our website at:
www.life-givingspiritministries.org. There is a new blog entitled “A Rumor of War.” The devil is trying to intimidate the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days. The preaching of the Gospel is being called a “hate crime.” Pastors have been arrested in Canada and other parts of the world. Will we continue to preach His word with boldness or allow a spirit of cowardice to silence us? He has given us authority to preach His word!
Ron and Debbie Testa