Readers' Forum

It's-a-Small-World Department

I'm a subscriber for the past 4 years and every time I come across [Editor-in-Chief Bob Dasal's] last name, I often wonder if you knew the meaning of it in the Filipino dialect.  It was only when I read your editorial for the June issue ["Daddy's Dash"] that I learned your Dad is a Filipino!

I'm a Filipino pastor of a predominantly Filipino congregation in Houston. My friend and I formed a ministry group called Agape Philippine-American Ministries, Inc.  Our main burden is to establish libraries in remote areas for Filipino pastors. By God's grace, we already have 13 libraries in different parts of that country. For the last 3 years, we had been leading mission trips and we always pass through Negros Occidental. Last January, we had a team of 30 people conducting pastors'/Christian workers' seminars and doing evangelism in schools and we were in Bacolod, Kabankalan and Dumaguete (that's already in Negros Oriental).

Just dropping you this line to let you know that your articles in this great magazine are greatly appreciated. My best friend in Bible school (that's 30years ago) works with AMG in Thailand.

  Dindo Caporal

               Editor's note: The AMG worker Brother Caporal referred to is Joel Ibanes who has just celebrated his 24th year anniversary with AMG Thailand. He is the director of Camp Joy, located in northern Thailand in Nan Province, near the Laotian border.

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"100% Predictable"

The series of studies on "Truth" by Bro. J. D. Watson are so relevant and greatly needed in our unstable and rapidly changing society. In these last days, we need more than just something to meet immediate needs. We need something that is predictable for tomorrow, next month, next year. Bro. Watson brings out this predictable truth, using Eph. 1:12-13.

When I was a kid in the early 30s, basic things were predictable. When I said bad words, Mom washed my mouth out with soap.

100% predictable..... 100% of the time. When I misbehaved, I got a whipping.

100% predictable..... 100% of the time.

"When your daddy gets home, he is going to tear you up." (With whom, my dad, is no variableness neither shadow of turning me loose).

100% predictable..... 100% of the time.

My mom and dad loved me more than anything in this world.

100% predictable..... 100% of the time. "He that believes in Jesus is not condemned" (John 3:18). 100% predictable..... 100% of the time. "He that does not believe in Jesus is condemned already" (John 3:18). 100% predictable..... 100% of the time "Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men" (Matt.4:19). 100% predictable..... 100% of the time. "Ask anything in My name, and I will do it" (John 14:13). 100% predictable..... 100% of the time. "I am come that they might have life more abundantly" (Jn.10:10). 100% predictable..... 100% of the time. "Our sufficiency is of God; Who has made us able ministers of the New Testament" (2 Cor.3:5-6). 100% predictable..... 100% of the time. No matter which way your stick floats, only the Word is 100% predictable..... 100% of the time.

Thank you Bro. Watson.

Wayne Nix

Pittsburg, TX

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Call or Hire-One Final Reprise

I'm answering the question, Should a church "call" or "hire" a pastor?

The church should "call" a pastor. They should seek God in prayer for God's shepherd for their church and then go forth "listening" for a man who is after God's heart. (May hear about someone's testimony in the community or in another part of the world.) I believe pastors can still be found by truly waiting on God and seeking Him. I know the modern method is to look at track records, preaching styles, education, etc., but please don't leave God out of the equation!!!

My husband is a pastor. He spent 7 years pastoring out West. When he felt God leading him back south, people looked at his resume and they looked at the point that he attended a private high school (yet he is a seminary graduate). After several churches approached him he followed God, said good-bye to the great people at First Southern, and went without a church, moved back to the South, (supplied each Sunday) until he felt God's leading. What a step of faith! Four months later we moved to Bethel. We've been here for 7 years now.

Shirley Howell

showell@ppbc.net

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