*Volume 108 *No. 02 *Published by Christian Triumph Co. *Permit # 695 *FEBRUARY 2009
Contents: Thank You, Steve A Texas-size Miracle Our Children Our Unborn Children The Potter’s Clay Poet’s Corner A Look at the Book of Matthew Letters
New President of Christian Triumph 1 2 3 3 4 5 6 7
Pastor Israel Hernandez
Steve Beletic: Former Christian Triumph President
Left to right: Pastor Israel, Evelyn Anderson, Vitalina
A Word from Israel:
THANKS, Steve ! For volunteering many hours to help in this Missionary ministry. You are loved and appreciated! God go with you As you pursue new avenues of Service. + “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord.”
When I was 16 years of age, I dedicated my life to God. On the following day, September 17th, I was baptized. Later, I began serving God through missions located in Michoacan, Mexico. After helping there, I moved to Reynosa, Mexico, and pastored for four years. In 1978 – I met Rev. Lyell Janes, founder of the Christian Triumph missionary ministry, and from that time on, I became closely involved with Brother Janes and his extended family. My wife, Vitalina, and our children helped in the local mission church and served where needed. (Continued on Pg.2)
We now pastor the mission church and have been ordained by the “Grace of God” and the Church of God in Anderson, Indiana. This New Year, I have also been elected to serve as President of Christian Triumph Company, and one of my goals for this missionary work is to increase (as well as maintain) the growing Spanish Bible Correspondence Courses. Additionally, the old buildings at Christian Triumph are now becoming unsafe, and there are plans to create another structure for the office and the local mission congregation. My heart goes out to the community for it is essential that the little children and adults have a safe environment in which to worship, (edited) to learn, and to fellowship.
A TEXAS-SIZE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE The same weekend the little children at the Christian Triumph Mission Church were about to receive their holiday gifts from Jo, her family and friends, another Christmas miracle was in the making. Before Sunday, Jo, her daughter and children had decided to take a closer look at the Gulf – they walked out on the seawall that goes into the rolling waters, and it was there that Jo’s daughter laid down her purse for a moment! Inside were valuable personal and business documents. Time passed, and the family decided to return to Port Aransas for some rest. Several miles down the road, the purse was nowhere to be found. Greatly concerned, the family called the Police in Corpus Christi. After explaining where they had been and that the purse was left on the seawall, the Police assured them that a search would be made. Many anxious minutes later, the Police called to say the purse had been turned in to a local motel nearby. In fact, nothing had even been disturbed or taken from the purse; everything important and valuable was completely safe! God blessed His children with a Christmas miracle! Faith Messenger
More Information on Pastor Israel While serving God through missions in Michoacan, Mexico, Pastor Israel (with God’s direction) established three churches, pastoring them and then encouraging other Christian pastors to fill the positions. When possible, Israel and his wife, Vitalina, now visit those churches, taking to them the Spanish literature from Christian Triumph. Furthermore, the Hernandez give other items from their own resources to fill the great needs in Mexico. During this month of February, Pastor Israel and Vitalina have once again returned to Michoacan for a short visit to repair the roof on one of the churches while encouraging the Saints and speaking in the services. The economy in this area is so poverty stricken that often those who wish to give offerings can only present practical things such as “eggs.” (What precious offerings!) Wherever the Hernandez family is found, they can be seen humbly serving God and others with all their energy and resources. Christian Triumph Ministry is very fortunate to have such devoted, caring leadership. As we express our thanks to God for Steve Beletic’s faithful service, we also convey our appreciation to Him for Israel and Vitalina.
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There is no doubt that today’s children require every bit of encouragement they can get; especially from their parents.
God bless you - Jo
Little children at Christian Triumph Mission OUR CHILDREN
OUR UNBORN CHILDREN Editor
In God’s sight, children are precious beings. We as parents and grandparents have a responsibility to tell them of Jesus and His love. Deuteronomy 6: 4-7 states, “Hear O Israel: THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children and shall talk of them when thou sittest in thine house and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down and when thou risest up.” The scriptures are saying how very important it is to repeat over and over God’s word to our children. When we do this, they begin to believe it. Paul also tells us in Ephesians 5:15, “See then that ye walk circumspectly not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” It is in the Christian home that they are to learn the principles and teachings of God’s word, so children can be ready when trials come and be able to make Godly decisions. All of God’s word is given for our own good, and when we disobey, we bring harm upon ourselves. So let us be obedient and gain wisdom in our lives, by being doers of His word.
Did you know that in 1996, statistics show that in the United States of America, there were over 1.37 million little unborn children aborted. That means 3,700 innocent little ones lost their lives every day in 1996. Are we still a Christian nation? Who is having abortions? Statistics show that 37.4 % are Protestants. 31.3 % are Catholics 1.3 % are Jewish 23.7 % have no religious affiliation 18 % are “Born Again” Evangelicals World-wide – there are 42 million abortions performed in a year.
Why? Statistics indicate the motives are as follows: 93% - Social reasons 6% - Potential health problems 1% - Rape, Incest (The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform)
THE POTTER’S CLAY By Anita
Did you ever mold objects out of clay as a child? Wet clay is easy to shape and will hold its form when dry. If heated, it becomes almost as hard as stone and even watertight.
Blessed is the man who does not walk In the counsel of the wicked Or stand in the way of sinners Or sit in the seat of mockers.
My older brother, Oscar, made a pig out of clay while at school, and it made quite an impression on me. My little nephew, Richard, made the imitation of a frog; I have it and enjoy seeing it, mainly because he made it. Clay in a potter’s hands can be shaped into the likeness of almost anything, and as it becomes hard, it retains its formation.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season And whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1
Unlike that clay, we can be reshaped, and our lives can be reformed. In fact, the scripture in 2nd Corinthians 2 reminds us that we are as treasures in jars of clay with lives that demonstrate the all-surpassing power of God to save and recreate us. Isaiah 64 confirms this thought, “…O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our Potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” Our potential for becoming more than just ornamental figures is endless. We are created in the Image of God, made for nobility, great worth, and for the purpose of becoming a positive influence in our world. In yielding ourselves to the Master, our lives will radiate joy and love for God and others. As we trust in God’s saving grace, this joy can be authentic for it is found in yielding to His glorious plan for our lives. God’s plans are always the most excellent and the most gratifying. (edited) 4
Man undaunted--he was respected. His image mirrored a walk with God. Integrity of soul with purpose-A wilderness his feet had trod. Accepting not, the fleecy slippers. Wanting only shoes of steel, For his heart was of a conqueror-The sense of victory, he could feel!
Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me After Thy will; While I am waiting, Yielded and still.
Giants tall--they did not sway him, Walled high cities were his style. Mountains great—they did not stop him, Though the odds were fiercely piled!
Faith in God was his sure weapon. Trust in Him—he’d never quail! For with every fiery fortress, He and God would never fail!
Poet’s Corner UNCONDITIONAL LOVE Unconditional Love, sent from heaven above. Jesus came just to prove that God is Love.
And so God gave to him that mountain. And he drove the giants out. But his name lives on forever On God’s scroll of lives that count! Maxine Trigleth ===================== = ===
Such incredible Grace, that He should me embrace, As I look on His face who took my place.
Irrepressible joy is mine without alloy, Since I'm in the employ of Christ, my Lord.
“Oh, the Joys of those Who do not follow evil men’s advice, Who do not hang around with sinners, Scoffing at the things of God.
--Byrum C. Lee 04/2007 ========================= “GIVE ME THAT MOUNTAIN!”
But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, And day and night Are always meditating on his laws And thinking about ways to follow him More closely.
Caleb cried. “Give me that mountain!” His words have echoed through the years-Showing forth a stalwart warrior-A man of courage who did not fear. Though old age was bent upon him, And the rocking chair was near He refused to live with comfort And stood out from all his peers.
They are like trees along a river bank Bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, And all they do shall prosper… Psa. 1
His hair and beard were white with aging. His piercing eyes were strong and bright. With agile steps and arms of power, He spoke the truth and stood for right. 5
insults and insensitive comments. It seems that when we do good things for them or others, complaints or criticism can be heard, as our actions are ignored or misjudged. Truthfully, we could spend a lifetime aching over careless remarks made in our presence or in secret discussions. Sadly, we find this thoughtless behavior even in our churches. Often, faithful, kind persons who work for the Master are victims of those proclaiming their undying love for God. Thus, it must be said that in our service to mankind or even to the church, we must do our good deeds for God and learn that He will show us the appreciation our hearts desire. In the depths of our spirits, we may even hear those glorious words: “Well done!” God’s love will prevail over the carelessness of others! The Holy Spirit’s precious Presence will minister to our hearts as we quickly turn our hurts to him. The impulse to “get back” and repay insensitive actions or words will cease as we trust God to heal our hurts. In following Jesus’ words, we can be empowered by the Holy Spirit to continue to serve even in challenging circumstances. God’s Spirit will help us set aside the temptation to claim our rights, to practice tit for tat, and instead to choose to give our precious, unique SELF into the arms of a loving God. As humble servants of the Master, we will be rewarded many times over for quickly turning away and trusting in the Good and Almighty Father. Although we cannot change others, we can ask God to change us. And in doing so, our lights will shine in this old dark world as witnesses to those who seem to test our one last ounce of patience. Perhaps, even our gentle service which requires no “reimbursement” will even help persons to realize that …Someone…somewhere is doing her or his best to read the Scripture and then doing her or his best to follow those amazing, divine words of Jesus. (if asked to go one mile, go with him two) In conclusion, Jesus asks that we give and do not turn away from those who wish to borrow. There are no limits to sharing! Although we are often concerned about enabling the undeserving when we give; who can say what will help another in life? (Cont. on Pg. 7)
A LOOK AT THE BOOK OF MATTHEW SERMON ON THE MOUNT Chapter 5 (Reference for this study comes from the Holy Bible as well as the book, The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 1 By William Barclay) Matthew Matt. 5:38-42 “You have heard that it has been said: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you not to resist evil; but if anyone strikes you on the right check, turn the other to him also; and if anyone wishes to obtain judgment against you for your tunic, give him your cloak also; and if anyone impresses you into the public service to go a mile, go with him two miles. Give to him who asks you, and do not turn away from him who wishes to borrow from you.” This scripture begins with the oldest law in the world, often described as “tit for tat.” Even though it appears to be merciless, it was, in fact, the beginning…of mercy. In the earliest days of mankind, blood feuds were typical of clannish civilization. We have even heard about these in our times, families persisting in bitterness, determined to pay back a wrong that was done in the past. However, this Old Testament law was not meant to promote vengeance but instead was given as a guide intended for Judges - as they assessed the penalty for a person of unjust behavior. God’s mercy is described many times in the Old Testament as well: “Thou shalt not avenge or bear any grudge against the children of thy people” (Leviticus 19:18) “If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink.” (Proverbs 25:21) As stated, even though ancient principles were based on “tit for tat”, they were not intended for personal revenge. Furthermore, Jesus (God the Son) declared another principle of living: the principle of LOVE, introducing the gift of nonretaliation. And yet, life is often difficult and full of heartaches. Even the ones who claim to love us often prick our hearts with unthoughtful actions, 6
Perhaps, it may be better to give than to risk turning away a person in real need. Giving is definitely a personal service unto God and this duty or privilege must be guided by the Holy Spirit as we remember the words of Jesus, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matt. 5:7 Giving changes the Giver more than it changes the Receiver. An open heart that shares will find freedom and joy unspeakable!
looked at the clock and it was two minutes after midnight. That surely was the highlight of my year. Hope this finds you well…God bless you. Idell From Florida: The “Faith Messenger” periodical is very uplifting to our family. John From Texas: Dear Christian Triumph Family: Warm greetings in our Savior’s name. Thanks so much for the books and tracts. I send a Christmas letter to many friends and family and will include a tract. I appreciate your ministry so much, I pray God will continue to bless everyone involved. May God bless your church in Corpus. Doris
March Faith Messenger: Matthew 5:43-48 Comments on this study of Matthew are welcomed! Please send to Christian Triumph Company, PO Box 5187, 905 Bluntzer Corpus Christi, Texas 78465-5187
From Michigan: It is so cold, I have not been going out to get my mail every day. We are having more snow earlier this year. I have been plowed out twice…We have had 14 inches of snow in our area. God is so good to us all. The Lord bless all of you and the mission work. Love and prayers, Donna
A note from the Editor The January Faith Messenger was late in getting to some of our readers, and the reason is yet unknown.
From Texas: Dear Christian Triumph Co., Thank you for the Faith Messenger and El Mensajero. Also a big thanks for Walking Man. I enjoyed reading it. Some parts of it made me laugh, but most important was the parts that made me stop and reflect how very little my missionary involvement has been. And in spite of it all how very wonderful the Lord has blessed my life. My prayers are for Udela and Narciso and all of God’s workers out in the mission field all over our world. Because of the book, my involvement is improving. Yours in Christ, Elvira
The February Faith Messenger may also be behind schedule due to the ICE STORM in the Midwest which brought down power lines. We apologize and are persevering in returning to the scheduled mailing time as soon as possible. Thank you!
From Texas: Dearest Friends, Greeting in the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ…I am doing very well today and give all the glory to God for that. Thank you for the great visit by mail...Take care and write when you can. Jesus loves you and so do I. In His love, Jimmy (Jimmy Huff Ministry)
From Oregon: Hello! I thank God for all His goodness to me. He keeps me safe day and night and when driving the car and otherwise. He is health and strength and comfort to me. Last April when I was sound asleep I was suddenly awakened by a voice, and it said my first name, “Idell” only. But immediately I knew it was my husband’s voice. It was a joy to hear his voice. I am still amazed and thankful to God that this experience happened to me. I got up right away and
More letters are coming in the March Faith Messenger. THANK YOU – each one – for such interesting, lovely letters. We enjoy each one! A little one-liner: “The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.” We send our love and prayers! 7
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