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Some of you on WordPress are familiar with brother Vincents Artale jr.  No doubt he’s probably reblogged some of your posts.  This week Vincent had a heart attack.

The following is from his post mentioning about his heart attack:

Hey everyone, we’ll the last 2 days have been interesting to say the least.

The last 60 days I’ve been struggling with some chest pain, after a visit with my Cardiologist we were waiting for approval for a cardio-catheter test to be approved. Well, after walking from the living room to the kitchen, 911 needed to be called Wednesday night. God bless those men and women, they were part of everyone saving my life.

The tests were done and 3 blockages were revealed. The doctors were amazed I was still alive. An Angioplasty catheter was successfully performed and 2 stents have been inserted, 1 more to be done in the upcoming weeks.

Pastor Jim at Domain for Truth and Brother Wally thank you for all your prayers, I love you guys. Now that I’m making this known to everyone, please join in Prayer, not just me but for all us.

My infamous reblogging abilities will resume on Monday…oh btw, I’m now home resting, follow up Dr visits coming up next wee

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A Call to Prayer Ryle

J.C. Ryle. A Call to Prayer.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, July 2nd, 2012. 49 pp.

I appreciate this short work on prayer by J.C. Ryle that exhorted Christians to pray.  Ryle delineates the reason why prayer is important and he goes so far as to say that an individual who doesn’t pray isn’t a Christian.  As uncomfortable as that thought is, Ryle’s certainly has a legitimate point that a Christian who is not communing with God is missing the whole point of why Christians are saved by God’s grace in the first place.  I think Ryle is also nuanced when he said that prayer in of itself does not save someone to go to heaven, but at the same time a non-praying person might be someone who does not understand God’s grace.


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God is sovereign.  I’ve noticed the Lord increased opportunities the last few weeks and especially the last 24 hours to pray for brothers and sisters through WordPress going through various trials and tribulation.  Some prayer requests involves physical health, some involve grieving and some involves wrongs done to them.

If you have any prayer requests and you are comfortable with it, do share and I plan on praying for you.

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Today I got a phone call from the President of a Campus Ministry in a Community College in the Southern California Area

This campus ministry is part of a larger, International and well known Ministry

THose involved in Vertias Domain have an active teaching ministry with this campus ministry, whether it is serving them by being guest speakers, booking other Biblical preachers, advising and various compacities to the ministry as well.

One of the most prominent thing the three of us in Veritas Domain contribute most is teaching Presuppositional Apologetics every week, during the Apologetics HOur on Thursday.  I do not know about the other two contributors to this blog but I’m sure they would agree when I say that the Apologetics hour has been such an oppourtunity and a joy for me personally.

Being twenty three years old, I know I have alot to learn still about the ministry.  But the little I know, includes knowing that no ministry is perfect.  HOwever, with this particular campus ministry, it has alot of things I have praised God more than I have to ‘complain’ about.  It is a very sucessful ministry and a very biblically based ministry, led by students leaders who are conscious about being Biblical in their theology and their philosophy of ministry.

However, given the group’s sucess by implementing a biblical method of ministry, at an unknown level within the Organization headquarters or leadership, they decided to send new and more overseers.  Rather than spending the money wisely with the donation of Christian donors to advance the gospel in campuses without an established ministry, it appears to me as rather foolish, and more of a squander.

They are emergent, they are to be frank, very unbiblical, and have been trying to bully the student leadership to implement their ideas that are (1) unrealistic, (2) down right pathetic and more importantly, (3) its unbiblical.

This saturday, I was asked by a lady who was one of the Overseer to come on Feb. 19th to “discuss about philosophy of ministry and the role grace and truth”; Knowing what so many people have told me about their view of grace and truth (=so called ‘grace’ without truth is what it boils down to), I suspected something that was not good.

Today, the student president called to let me know that he has considered stepping down because of the pressure from these overseers.

He told me how they want to get rid of the very much sucessful and popularly demanded Apologetics Hour.  I grasp.  He also told me how these paid staff members does not want any more guestspeakers.  (I recalled how one of them does not like preaching…rather naiive, if you asked me).  So guess how they want the meeting to be runned? They want to go over their outlines, and their sharing instead of preaching, and listening instead of evanglism.  Yet those was how the Campus Ministry grew, contrary to what it was like before the implementation of a biblical view of ministry, when it was dead, and nobody went.

These overseers also want to split the group into two group.  They want it to reach out to different race and ethnic groups by doing this.  This campus ministry is diversed, with Whites, Hispanics, Armenians, Chinese, Koreans, etc.  We already were reaching out to all minorities and no one has ever been ‘race conscious’ in the group, except the paid staff members who were not even from ethnically diversed background.

So to sum it up, their agenda is summarized as (1) stopping the teaching of believer’s in being equip to fullfill the biblical mandate to ‘give the hope for the reason’ for being a Christian, contrary to 1Peter 3:15, (2) end preaching and public vocal proclimation of the gospel contrary to Romans 10:14, (3) and being racists in splitting the Believers in the ministry instead of being a light to world ‘for you all are one in Christ” contrary to Galatians 3:28.

We are now considering what to do in light of all of the above.  Please pray for wisdom.  I personally do not want to be in the flesh and I want to do everything in a way that pleases HIm, yet remain uncomprimising to the Word of God and in a loving manner.

We are not unaware of the Devil’s scheme with division, so pray that His Will be done

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Pray for this un-reached people group.

Although the Lop Nur people have been officially included as part of the Uygur nationality, “they differ from the Uygur people in both language and appearance – looking more like Mongolians.”

The Lop Nur Uygurs are “believed to be descended from the ancient Loulan people. Their ancestors all lived at Lop Nur and were engaged in fishing and hunting. When Lop Nur dried up several decades ago, they were forced to move and settle down in Miran.” When Marco Polo visited the ancient city of Lop, now buried deep beneath the sand, he noted, “There are many springs of bad and bitter water, though in some places the water is good and sweet. When it happens that an army passes through the country, if it is a hostile one, the people take flight with their wives and children and their beasts two or three days’ journey into the sandy wastes to places where they know there is water and they can live with their beasts.”

Seven centuries ago, Marco Polo described the effect the Taklimakan Desert had on stray travelers. “When a man is riding by night through the desert and something happens to make him loiter and lose touch with his companions he hears spirits talking in such a way that they seem to be his companions. Sometimes, indeed, they even hail him by name. Often these voices make him stray from the path, so that he never finds it again. And in this way many travelers have been lost and have perished.”

The Lop Nur Uygurs converted to Islam several centuries ago. They retain many features of their pre-Islamic spirit-appeasement rituals, including the worship of the sun, moon, stars, and wind.

There is no apparent Christian presence among the people living in the desolate wastes of the Lop Nur region. Nestorian missionaries from the eighth to thirteenth centuries established churches along the Silk Road townships, but all memory of them and their message has long since been obliterated by the all encompassing sands of the Taklimakan Desert.

More of the Uygur.

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