The Promises of God, Part 10

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The Promises of God, Part 10 by Allan McGuirl

 Matthew 7:7-8

Here we are again, continuing our series on God’s promises. It is amazing the number of promises that God has given in His Word: over 3,500!  Do we know them, and better yet, are we claiming them in our daily lives?

One promise I get excited about is in Matthew 7:7-8, which says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Today I would like to take you to the country of French Guiana in South America.  When we started the Galcom International radio ministry by placing solar-powered, fix-tuned radios into many of the Latin American countries, and along with that, installing low-powered Christian radio stations, we made many of our contacts at the COICOM Annual Conference.  Each year this conference is held in a different Latin American country, and our radios were most welcomed there.  Wherever we would see a need, we would set up an FM radio station and provide the solar-powered radios.  Over time we were able to have involvement in every Latin American country except French Guiana.  The country denied entry for Christian radio stations and the radio receivers.  We wondered why.  We began to really pray and ask God for an open door.  We met up with Arnold Doobay, a seasoned missionary with MATE Mission. Arnold said, “Allan, this country is under French control, and distance, plus lack of personal contacts, is a huge challenge.  However, I will work on your behalf to see if we can get an open door.”

We knew we needed to follow the words of our Lord Jesus when He said “Ask.”  We did just that and prayed specifically for this country.  God’s promise is that if we ask it will be given to us, perhaps not right away, but the promise is still true.  While asking and seeking, we found the right person who was able to assist us in gaining entry to the country.

We are now partnering with RVLD Radio FM 98.3 and have sent them a thousand solar-powered, fix-tuned radios.  With broadcasting in French, French Creole and some English, the station reaches most of the population in a 260 km radius.  They especially find the radios sought after in prisons and hospitals, where they are gaining a large listening audience.

We praise God that He has opened doors in every Latin American country in Central America, South America, and the West Indies.  And, folks, some day in heaven we are going to meet many people from these countries, especially French Guiana.  Many times when I bring back these reports from various countries, people ask me how they can be a part of this great missionary effort sending solar-power radios and audio Bibles into Latin America.  We have a matching donor who will provide funds on a 50/50 basis.  For $15 you can help send a radio to the mission field.  Why not get involved today, knowing that you can have a part in sharing the marvelous message of salvation with unreached people around the world?

Call us at 1-877-242-5266, ext. 225, and I will give you details on this project.  You can also e-mail me at allan@galcom.org. In the meantime, let’s continue to ask and seek God so that the Gospel may reach into many other closed areas.

 

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The Promises of God, Part 9

 

 

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The Promises of God, Part 9 by Allan McGuirl

Romans 6:23

Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the promises of God and realizing that what God says does happen.

I really enjoy the book of Romans and the many precious truths it contains.  In Romans 6:23, Paul says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This is another promise of God regarding the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf so that we can live eternally with Him.

Just a few days ago, I was flying back from our capital city, Ottawa, to Toronto and I had only one person sitting beside me.  I guess I am known as being a bit outgoing and we started a conversation.  He had fled a Middle Eastern country 16 years ago under difficult conditions and came to Canada with his family.  His occupation was in the communications field, and of course this opened up the conversational door with Galcom being in radio.  He was heading to Las Vegas for a conference and wasn’t really attracted to all the gambling there.  I shared what we were doing in Christian radio and we exchanged business cards.

He looked at the front of my card and tried intently to pronounce my name.  It seemed a strange combination of letters to him since English was not his mother tongue.  Then he turned over the card and was fascinated with what he saw on the back.  I asked him if he could read the words that were written in a type of calligraphy.  He read the first phrase, “The wages of sin is,” and then quickly recognized the word in calligraphy was “death”.  I told him to turn the card upside down and there he read, “The gift of God is eternal”…  The same calligraphy which reads “death” when turned upside down reads “life”.  He easily deciphered the word life but was very confused.  Earnestly he asked, “What does this mean?”

For the next 25 minutes until we arrived in Toronto, I shared how man has sinned ever since the time of Adam and Eve and that the punishment for sin in God’s eyes is death.  Death is separation from God for all eternity.  Then I explained to him that the gift of God is eternal life.  God’s gift is His Son Jesus Christ.  He came from heaven to this earth to live as a man and then to die, taking the punishment we rightly deserved.  He rose from the grave and has returned to heaven to be with God the Father.  Since He paid the debt for our sin, we can be forgiven and have eternal life.

His next statement caught my attention:  “Why didn’t anyone tell me about this?  I can have my sins forgiven?  As Muslims, we have lived on a hope that we can make it by doing good deeds and gain merit that way, but we never have assurance that we have done enough good things to make it to heaven.  You mean we can actually be forgiven?  I have never heard this before.”

Our flight was over and I promised to send the man a book that I had written, full of stories about people all over the world who have come to know God by claiming His promise that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to purify us from all unrighteousness.”  “Please send me the book.  I will look forward to reading it,” was his response.

This man heard only one verse from God’s word, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  His interest was gained immediately and I was able to share some of God’s truth with him during that short flight.  Please pray that God will bring this man to the saving faith in Christ Jesus.  How many other people do we meet on a daily basis who are hungry for this same truth?  God is in the business of keeping His promises, and His promise of forgiveness and eternal life is extended to every person on this globe.  May you rejoice today in God’s promises to you from His precious Word.

If you would like to read more from Allan, you can order his book, Waves of Hope, for $10. Call us at 1-877-242-5266 for more information.

The Promises of God, Part 8

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The Promises of God, Part 8 by Allan McGuirl

As we carry on our series about the promises of God and how they can apply to our lives, we watch God work in amazing ways.  I have an exciting report on my recent trip to Albania and how God’s promises were there to carry us through.  In Isaiah 41:13 we read, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

Wow!  That’s quite a statement.  In other words, whatever we are doing, wherever we are, the Lord takes us by the hand to help us through.  Let me give you an interesting example.  I just took a team of six men to do radio outreach in Albania.  Each man was bringing 200 ImpaX players into the country.  Each player was solar-powered with a fix-tuned radio tuned to the Christian FM radio station in Korce called Radio Emmanuel.  Each unit also contained the Albanian Bible in audio form.  This meant that each of us had two suitcases full of radios plus our own personal belongings in a third suitcase.  The total number of radios carried in by the seven of us was 1,400.  At $30 each, we were bringing in $42,000 worth of radios/audio Bibles.

Now the policy to our knowledge in Albania is that people can bring in gifts of items and not have to pay duty on them. However, if the security officer decides to stop you, you have to then go through customs and you can pay up to 20% of the value of the items you are bringing in.  Some of my team members were getting a bit nervous as we were landing.  I was thinking, “Lord, can we trust you by faith to get not only my 200 ImpaX players through customs but also another 1,200 from the other six men?”  We had all the documentation prepared to show these players were a gift to the people of Albania, but that doesn’t always satisfy an inspector.  If it didn’t, I would be in big trouble. I don’t have that kind of money available.  But, Lord, you have said, “I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.”  I knew I had to trust Him to somehow help us through customs.

Now what do you think happened?  I have to say, God must have a sense of humour since I have never witnessed this happening before.  Just as we were going through security and preparing to have our passports stamped, a strange thing happened.

A lady in her mid-thirties was just a few people in front of me and went to the wicket to get her passport stamped.  As she proceeded to baggage pick-up just beyond this point, she started screaming and running around the crowd of people who were waiting for the conveyor belt to start.  The screaming continued as she jostled her way in and around the crowd.  One security officer tried to carefully restrain her to one spot.

In the meantime, I went to get seven carts for our baggage.  As I look back now, I really believe the Lord prompted me to do this rather than watch what was going on.  As I pushed this many carts toward the conveyor belt, though, I was thinking that I was going to be attracting a lot of attention.  However, this lady seemed to be the main focus for everyone in the area and by now most of the security people had converged on this lady to try to subdue her.  A quick glance at the inspection area showed it was deserted and everyone was just walking through.  Our men loaded up the carts and headed for the exit.  Not one suitcase was held up, not one item searched, not a single penny charged for all of these players.

Having reached the parking lot, we saw Tani Baraku, the director of Radio Emmanuel.  He could hardly believe what he was seeing: he had been prepared for a long wait.  On many occasions when he was bringing in radios or other items it would take hours to get all the documentation gathered up and duly stamped to prove to customs that these things were gifts to the people of Albania.  And lately, these customs people have been nailing people with unduly high customs charges when the items should have cleared without any cost.

Anyway, I hope they were able to get help for the lady involved, who was in such a frantic state. All I can say is, God’s ways are not our ways.  In the end, He proved that He was prepared to take us by the right hand and help us.  We had no need to fear.

Thank you, Lord, and thank you for listening to our prayer and leading us in amazing ways.

Maybe you have a similar story you would like to share with us.  You can call me at 1-877-242-5266, ext. 225.  We would love to hear from you.

The Promises of God, Part 7

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The Promises of God, Part 7 by Allan McGuirl

God’s word does not return to Him void. Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”  As we have been looking at promises from God, this one is indeed very precious. In other words, God promises that His word will bear fruit.  This statement of Isaiah goes back to the 8th century B.C. – that’s over 2800 years ago.  Is it still true today?

We at Galcom have sent over a hundred thousand of our little Galcom solar-powered fix-tuned radios into the country of Colombia.  These radios have been distributed in many remote communities, often where the Gospel message has never been clearly presented before.  These are areas that are seldom visited by outsiders.  Let me tell you a fantastic story:

A Christian brother, Thomas, travelled to a small village called La Paz, meaning “The Peace,” and he found real peace there.  He was in for a big surprise.  Entering the village, he came across one of our Galcom solar-powered fix-tuned radios hanging from a nail on the railing of a very poor house where a couple lived.  Now Thomas knew the radio well, for he had been distributing them for Russell Stendal, a well-known missionary, in another area of the country far removed from this village.  He wondered how this radio ever got up into this region deep in a territory with constant conflict between the guerillas and the paramilitary forces. Few people wanted to travel into this area because of the danger, but Thomas had a burden for these people and wanted to share the Gospel with them.

He inquired of the owner how in the world he came to possess his little radio.  The man told him, “I am a farmer and I had to carefully venture into another town for supplies where I met up with a missionary who was talking about Jesus and giving out radios.  After I spoke with him, he gave me a radio.  Now you can see, in this town it is very small with only about 80 people, so I asked the missionary for 5 radios for my village and he joyfully gave them to me.  He knew that no one ever came up into my territory because of the danger.  Not even the priest comes here because it is so far out.  We are all alone.  But you know, we in the village have been listening to the radios divided among the people, and we have only 3 Bibles which we also share among the villagers.  We got a great message on Sunday through the radios that touched our hearts in a powerful way.  We have never had a pastor and no one has ever come here to evangelize us: only the Lord through these little radios.  But, praise God, everyone in this village follows Jesus now. “

How precious is this promise in Isaiah 55:11 where the Lord says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”  Thomas left the village rejoicing, having witnessed the power of God’s Word in touching and changing lives in one of the most remote areas of the world.

Is God speaking to you too?  Hear this word of hope.  Maybe you would like a little solar radio fix-tuned to a local Christian radio station in your area.  We will send you one for $20.00.  Just provide us with the exact frequency, AM or FM.  And do keep us in prayer as we continue to send these little missionaries all over the world.

 

To learn more about how you can be a part of sending radios around the world, go to our website at http://www.galcom.org/get-involved/donate/.

 

The Promises of God, Part 6

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The Promises of God, Part 6 by Allan McGuirl

I came across an interesting definition on Google for the word “promise” that I really liked.  “To assure someone that one will definitely do, give or arrange something; undertake or declare that something will happen.”  Wow!  You know when that takes place there is a wonderful feeling and great respect for that person.

God has given us some wonderful promises that have been such a great help to you and I.  One of the most exciting promises of God is in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you…”  Sometimes we are impatient for the answer.  But the verse goes on to say, “…and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  God keeps His promises to the fullest degree.

I keep thinking back to some amazing stories that need to be told.  For example, we needed 100 Christian radio stations in Indonesia and God answered immediately.  Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  Sometimes it takes a while for our desires to be fulfilled, as with our needs in Greenland. It took eight years in fact, but then in 2008 we got radio licenses for every major town in Greenland.  We were even granted the same frequency for each community, something that has never happened before.  Many of these people are nomadic and move from one town to another so their Galcom solar fix-tuned radio works wherever they go.  God certainly gave us the desire of our hearts.

God also gave us the wisdom to build them and that is another precious story.  As you know, Galcom has produced over a million solar powered fix-tuned radios that have been distributed in over 140 countries around the world.  At one point, we needed a pick-and-place machine to make up the circuit boards.  Blackberry was getting rid of a half-million dollar unit for an upgrade.  We claimed Psalm 37:5 wrote out a request, and then talked to their accounting department.  When they found out we were a missionary organization, they sold the unit to us for $115,000.  We didn’t have that much money, but as we prayed and shared the need, a group of business men from Western Canada provided the funds.  Praise God. He is there to care for you as in amazing ways, as well.  He gives us the wisdom to carry out His will.  I often say, “Just hold on to God’s hand and watch Him work.”

In closing, God in His Word says He has plans for you.  In Jeremiah 29:11 it says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  This is God’s promise for you and your future.  Right where you are, talk to Him.  In fact, if you would like an amazing book that recounts many of God’s answers to prayer, contact us at Galcom International at www.galcom.org and we will send you a copy.  We usually ask for $10 a copy plus shipping, but if you would like a copy, just contact us and we will send you one.

The Promises of God, Part 5

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The Promises of God, Part 5 by Allan McGuirl

We have been going through a series on the Promises of God and how God cares for us.  Let me share one verse that I am sure you are very familiar with.  Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  What does this verse mean to you?  It is saying God will watch over you, care for you, protect you and give you wisdom in time of trouble to find an answer.  Let me give you a short story of how my God will “meet all your needs” – no matter what.

Back in December of 1999, just before the turn of the century, the airlines were giving great specials on flights because many people were afraid to fly.  I’m sure many of you remember the “Y2K” scare.  At that time I was preparing to install a 2,000 watt FM station in Oouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa.  I got a great deal on a flight for December 30th for the transatlantic flight to Paris arriving early on the 31st.  With a long stop-over there, I arrived in Burkina Faso tired and hungry.  Pastor Michelle welcomed me and provided me with a Coke for the drive to the guest house.  He suggested I have some rest and then he would pick me up around 9:00 for a Watchnight Service for New Year’s Eve.

Bringing in my tools and suitcase, I saw the bedroom.  It had a double bed with one sheet on it, no blanket, and a huge oversize cushion for a pillow.  I settled in, rested for a while and then wandered down to the guest-house kitchen.  There was no one in sight, so I was wondering what to do for supper.  My wonderful wife had given me some packages of raisins, peanuts, cashews, almonds, granola bars and dried apricots, so I had a snack, thinking there will probably be food at the church service at 9:00.  I attended the worship service but there was nothing served for a snack, and nothing to drink.  The pastor dropped me off around 1:00 a.m. and said breakfast would be at 8:00.  I was looking forward to that!

The next morning at 8:00 a.m., I was in the dining hall with two other American missionaries for breakfast.  Just then a man appeared in the kitchen and said, “Sorry, no breakfast today, come back at noon.  If there’s no one here, just help yourself.” I was thinking that the Lord has promised to supply our needs according to his riches in glory.  So back to my room I went and enjoyed some more of the snack food my wife had packed.  Normally, she only puts in a few things, but this time she had packed quite a bit extra – how did she know?  I was very thankful and decided I would definitely be in the kitchen by 12:00 noon.  After spending some time working on the plans for the station install I made my way to the kitchen; there was only one other fellow there – no one else was around.  I looked in the fridge and there was an old dried up cabbage and a bare soup bone.  Now, Lord, you promised to meet our need.  It was more than 24 hours since I had had a meal.  Back to my room I went carefully rationing out the remaining snack foods.  I had a rest and continued working on the plans for the station.

At around 4:00 p.m., Pastor Michelle dropped in saying, “Hi, Allan, how is everything?”  I didn’t tell him I had had to put my coat over me at night to keep warm because in this desert country it can get very cool at night, but I did bring up the matter of no food.  He apologized when he realized it was a holiday and the staff were not there.  He took me down to a roadside restaurant – if you could call it that.  Reading from the French menu, I ordered chicken noodle soup.  Pastor Michelle asked for barley soup.  When it arrives I look down at it and there were very fine stringy noodles and little orange rings floating on top.  “Oh,” he said, “That’s chicken foot soup, do you like that?”  Wow, as hungry as I was I really wanted to say, “No!”  He saw my hesitancy and asked if I would like to trade.  The thick barley soup looked very inviting, so I took him up on his offer.  Soon my stomach was a little more settled.  The ten days I was in Burkina Faso, I averaged about one meal a day.  The Lord did supply my need according to His riches in glory.  We have been so blessed in North America. Let us never complain when we realize the situation in other lands.  We got the 2,000 watt station up and running, although we had one challenge with it.  Our one big transmitter had been shipped ahead and the curious recipients of the shipment had opened up all the boxes and emptied everything in a huge heap all over the cement floor.  As I prayed for wisdom to put everything back together, I was thankful that it was cement and not a dirt floor.  Nuts, bolts, screws, etc. all gradually found their rightful place – thank you, Lord.  And praise God that this radio station has been sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ for the past 15 years.

 

If you would like to read more from Allan, you can order his book, Waves of Hope, for $10.

 

The Promises of God, Part 4

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The Promises of God, Part 4 by Allan McGuirl

Psalm 18

It has been interesting to see many of the promises in the Bible; things we can learn about how God is there to watch over us.  But life is not always a bed of roses.  There are challenges, struggles and even times of weakness.  We get tired, lose energy, and sometimes feel overwhelmed with the work load that we have to carry.  There are times when life is a real battle in overcoming the spiritual attacks of the enemy.

But “be of good courage,” the Bible says; there is hope and answers to the dilemma you face.  There are accounts in the Bible where individuals faced some tough times.  I think of Daniel facing years of death threats at the hand of King Saul, not knowing at any moment when he could be trapped by Saul’s army.  But notice David’s attitude.  In Psalm 18:1-3, David gives a great testimony: “I love you, O Lord, my strength.”  Here we see the source of his strength.

I really like verse 2, “The Lord is my rock, in whom I take refuge.”  I have often gone for walks into the hills and observed some magnificent rocks.  You go back every year and see those same rocks virtually unchanged.  And although over time they may weather and change, Jesus our solid Rock has not changed.  He is always there to support us.

Then in verse 4, David is being surrounded by the enemy.  In fact David says, “The cords of death entangled me.  The cords of the grave coiled around me, the snares of death confronted me.” I don’t know if any of you listeners have ever been in a life and death situation, but that day David was in big trouble.  It seemed like there was no way out.  What do you do at a time like this? Here is what David did!  Verse 6 says, “In my distress, I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.”  You can see his personal relationship with the Lord.  The Bible says, “From His temple He heard my voice.”  If we skip down to verse 16 of this Psalm it says, “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters.”  God was there to help in the situation David was in.

Verse 17 says, “He rescued me because He delighted in me.”  But why such an experience; why does He delight in David? It’s because God chose to love him and lavish him with His protection, and also because David was a man walking with the Lord. He goes on to say, “according to the cleanness of my hands He has rewarded me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord.” Is David claiming to be without sin? Not in any way!  But David knew the greatness of God’s mercy and that confessed sin would be put out of His sight.  He knew the meaning of Psalm 32:1 and 2, “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not hold against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.”

What do you think?  Let me say, I believe that with the way the world is going, its violence, horrible crimes, and repulsive situations, that we could one day be surrounded by the enemy.  Although we may not be surrounded by a literal army, we may be surrounded by forces of evil in our lives.  We need to keep short accounts with God so that we have clean hands.  Maybe in your heart right now you are saying, “I need to make things right with God. I need to confess my sin to him and be forgiven.  I want clean hands.”  There is a precious verse in I John 1:9 which says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  Why don’t you do that right now?

 

If you would like to read more from Allan, you can order his book, Waves of Hope, for $10.