Bob Wilkins, founder, and CEO of Wilkins Radio Network has decided to remove all programs produced and sponsored by churches of Christ and any others that teach baptism to be essential to salvation. Wilkins’ position is that churches of Christ are in opposition to “biblical salvation by faith in Christ alone.” He has called the position of churches of Christ “Jesus plus baptism.” Continue reading “Wilkins Radio Boots Churches of Christ Off the Air”
More than 1,300 congregations are joining together with House to House to reach the greatest number of families ever. Continue reading “House to House hits record 3.2 mil magazines in latest issue”
(BNC) — World English Institute administrator Lee Allen posted a notice to the ministry’s teachers on the website about the devastation Hurricane Matthew caused in Haiti and its impact on the hundreds of online students there.
“Haiti has been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Lives have been lost. Please pray fervently with your families for this special country of God’s people. We have many brothers and sisters in Christ there,” he wrote. Continue reading “Haiti hurricane devastation slows WEI online evangelism”
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (BNC) — Natanael Santos, Dominican student at the Baxter Institute, preached at the Diamante church plant. His wife Lea taught the kids’ class under a shade tree. Then at the end of the services three men and one woman asked to be baptized.
In the Diamante area there is no running water, but that did not stop Timoteo, a campus worker who initiated this work. He drove down the mountain to find water, filled up a barrel with water in the back of his pickup, and Natanael baptized the four.
This reminds us of those ancient words in Acts 8.36, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”
SALVADOR, Brazil (BNC) by Miroel Dias Franco — We met a student in the course I taught in the Pernambués School of the Bible. He is a member of the Assembly of God in Itinga and he presented me to their pastor, Arakem.
I offered to teach them a free course in the School of the Bible, called “The Eternal Purpose,” in DVD, and he was very interested. Continue reading “Evangelist teaches Bible course to denominational members”
JOÃO PESSOA, Brazil (BNC) by Joseph McKinney —Last month, four couples in the Luna congregation started Bring a Friend Day. They bought and cooked food for the church and told everybody to bring friends and stay for lunch. It was a trial run, and there were six visitors, and a couple who couldn’t find our building (they finally arrived for lunch). Continue reading “Friend Day in northeastern Brazil pulls in 30 non-Christian visitors”
KARNS, Tenn. (BNC) by Steve Higginbotham — My good friend, co-worker, and brother in Christ, Wendell Agee, departed from this life Oct. 26 to be with his Lord.
I met Wendell and his wife June when we moved to Knoxville a little over five years ago. During these past five years, Wendell and I have been on mission trips together, worked in the jail ministry together, and been fellow-encouragers. Continue reading “‘Little man, spiritual giant:’ Wendell Agee baptized 125 in 5 years — in his 80s”
GRESHAM, Ore. (BNC) — An email letter sent today from the World English Institute to its teachers stated that 30% of WEI’s internet students claim Islam as their religion. Continue reading “30% of World English Institute students via Internet are Muslim”
DENTON, Tex. (BNC) by Cheri Deaver — God’s astounding power never fails. With Bibles open before us, and my crude illustrations of the beauty of Romans 6:3-5, we had come down to our fourth study together. Continue reading “Not prepared to teach? God answers prayer same day”
BELÉM DO PARÁ, Brazil (BNC) by Nicholas Fowler — Last week, Larissa, the sister of Ramon and Lucas, gave herself to Jesus and had her sins washed away. Continue reading “Bible in English effort leads to 5th Belém baptism for 2015”
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (BNC) by Roy Davison — Fifteen brethren from Holland and Flanders gathered at the building of the congregation in Amsterdam to exchange ideas on evangelism on Saturday, Sept. 5. Continue reading “Amsterdam hosts ‘Effective Evangelism’ exchange”
ALFENAS, Brazil (BNC) — Two brothers from São Paulo state took advantage of a holiday Jun. 4 to teach a couple over the state line. Continue reading “Evangelists use holiday to teach, baptize couple in reservoir”
ULAAN BAATAR, Mongolia (BNC) — The team of seven evangelists that has been teaching for two weeks in the capital has registered a sixteenth baptism, Luis Camacho said this morning on KTTR.org radio. Continue reading “Mission Mongolia leaves after 16 baptisms, prepares follow-up”
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (BNC) — Daniel Araujo (photo, above, with family) in southern Brazil watched some videos posted on YouTube by World Video Bible School, based in Maxwell, Tex. A video about premillenialism convinced him. He contacted WVBS for information about the church in his city. He wrote,
“Since watching your videos on youtube and studying in other sources I’ve been bothered. That’s the ‘problem’ with the truth, it sets you free. Where I live, state and city, all churches preach premillennialism and the rapture, so I need your help! For some time now the whole subject has been troublesome as I couldn’t understand what would happen to those left behind. Now that I’m free from that mistake, I can no longer admit participating in those churches’ services. But I also don’t want to be without a house of prayer. So what does one need to open a church of Christ? What do I have to know or do? Please, help. I want to do God’s work and I want to do it right.”
WVBS’s Al Washington asked brethren at the Sherman Drive congregation in Denton, Tex., about a contact in Brazil. They’re one of our supporting churches. Al emailed me March 24, and the same day I emailed Daniel for a first contact.
He quickly replied to my email.
“I was actually going the wrong way about the understanding of the gospel. Believing in things that are not biblical at all. I can’t do that. I won’t do that.
“So, please, lead me in the direction of some church who preaches the pure and true gospel. Or please teach me how to open a branch of the Church of Christ here where I live. Anything so I can get closer to Jesus. I only know I have to talk to my current pastor and say I have to leave as my heart is changed (God only knows how that conversation will go, but I intend to make it peaceful).
“I just want to do the right thing. Be my brothers and help me. Please.”
I then emailed several brethren in or near the city of Porto Alegre, state capital of Rio Grande do Sul. (We are located near São Paulo, some distance from the city.)
On March 26 Almir Barbosa emailed me from Porto Alegre.
“I’m already in contact with Daniel and helping him with his doubts and questions. We pray he may learn God’s will and be a faithful Christian.”
I saw Almir Apr. 4 at the National Christian Workers Encounter near São Paulo, and he told me that Daniel and his wife were meeting with them in their congregation. We look forward to more news about them in the gospel.
After only two days since Al’s initial contact, Almir had done follow-up on the ground with Daniel. Everyone was kept in the loop as the emails flew back and forth. Al wrote that he was sure that Daniel was impressed with the prompt replies and follow-up.
On April 7 Daniel wrote to everyone involved.
“The Lord not only revealed His truth clear as crystal, but also indicated me where to go. For that I praise the Lord and here I thank each and every one of you for the support and love. I follow steady our Lord Jesus Christ and now I’m attending the Church of Christ.”
In a lengthy Facebook chat, Daniel commented, “God opened my eyes because I was searching for the truth. This serves [as an example] for everyone.”
UPDATE: On Sunday, April 12, Daniel and his wife were immersed for the remission of sins, after a study with several of the brothers of the congregation where they were attending.
QUINLAN, Tex. (BNC) — A woman in the Philippines was converted last week through the Internet radio station, Know the Truth Radio, Steve Weeks, of KTTR, said. Continue reading “Internet radio station key in Filipino conversion”
DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine (BNC) — What does a church do when war comes to the country? Why, they keep on preaching the gospel, that’s what! Continue reading “Evangelism continues in wartorn Ukraine”
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) by Jim Waldron — On the 9th of March I boarded a plane in Memphis to return to Knoxville, after reporting to two congregations in West Tennessee about our work. As I was about to sit down, I heard a man directly behind talking on his cell phone. In his conversation he used a crude phrase used by worldly people to denigrate others.
So I decided I needed to do something to help him. Thus, when our plane landed at the Knoxville airport, I quickly got up, introduced myself, and, in the midst of a brief conversation, I asked him if he was a religious man.
He replied that he was, so I offered him a tract: “The Gift of the Holy Spirit,” and he took it. It has my name and address on it.
It would be a rare thing for us to ever meet again in this life, but we will meet at the judgment bar of Christ as it is written,
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor 5:10).
I tell this brief story to illustrate the urgent need to carry tracts in your purse, pocket, or pickup to give away randomly to anyone that you can.
Remember what Peter said about being ashamed or embarrassed about serving Christ (1 Peter 4:16).
To help you in such an effort, we have a large number of tracts we would like for you to help us distribute. Write to Box 1010, Crossville, TN 38557, for a list of all our free literature; or go online.
Jim does extensive work in Asia. This story was excerpted from his mission report, sent today by email. For more sources of tracts, see the list in the entry in WiseBible.
Submitted by George Merritt
TROY, Alabama (BNc) — Ben McAlister is a Christian known and respected by his brethren throughout several counties in Southeast Alabama. He recently sat down with George and Wanda Merritt at a restaurant in Troy, anxious to share his good news. Continue reading “Fire on an Oil Rig”
GENEVA, Ala (BNc) — Diane Grantham, Geneva, AL, has endeared herself to both local nursing home residents and personnel. For the past year she has been going to the home on Monday mornings at 9:30 to tell Bible stories.
RECIFE, Brazil (BNC) — A fourth evangelical pastor has converted through classes in the School of the Bible and renounced his religious title, missionary Randy Short said today. Continue reading “Brazilian ‘pastor’ converts to Christ, gives up title”