Why Does God Allow Homosexual Temptation?

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18

“Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.'” John 3:3

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” John 14:6

If you are not sure where you will go when you die, click here.

(Please Note: This video’s intended audience is those who struggle with unwanted same sex attraction. It implies that one who struggles may feel that it is a “curse” or “defect”. Intent is not to diminish accountability.)

Cambodia Ministry

Hello, friends:

Thank you for praying. Bus ride from Bangkok, Thailand to Phnom Penh, Cambodia took well over 20 hours due to a delay and re-route, then about 15 hours to return. Time with church family was wonderful. Although I got sick, the Lord provided strength to push through. We had a blessed mission. Praise the Lord.

Highlights:

  • Pastor asked Rebekah to teach Sunday School impromptu. I prayed with her quickly, and she went in. We worked together. With the Lord, she did valiantly.
  • Both of us standing in front of the congregation, Pastor asked, ‘Do you have a plan to get married?’ and ‘Do you have an idea of a date yet?’
  • Then I shared testimony from old life to new. We sang “It Is Well”- our first duet.
  • Daniel blessed me with the opportunity to preach at his house church. I spoke about spiritual weapons, including fasting.
  • The Lord always leads to witness, which is the core of Castaway’s mission. Jesus loves all and died for all. The gospel of Jesus Christ is 100% inclusive- applies to everyone.

Short Story:
We visited the rural village where I lived before moving to Bangkok 5 months ago. Walking from house to house, we gathered kids who regularly attended class on the porch. With most grouped together sort of in a line, I chatted them up and asked one by one if any was still reading the Bible every day. From left to right- ‘Otey. Otey. Otey…’ (No, No, No…). Humble and shy, the last boy uttered- ‘Baht’ (Yes) and looked down.

This is one of the Lord’s cinematic moments. Why was it the last child in the line who said Yes when all of the others said No?

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Brothers and sisters, think of this as a case study. Imagine that you have 6 months to build relationships in a village, share the gospel and win souls for Christ. Many pray to accept Jesus. Who will actually follow?

On the surface, all of the children appear to be the same… until you hear “K”‘s story. After accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior, K immediately showed an interest in the Word. He volunteered to read the Bible and pray in class.

One day, an elderly neighbor woman told me that his parents were both dead. He and his brother lived with his grandparents. I visited them and met his brother who shared he was leaving in a matter of days to work in Korea indefinitely (whch is common… make money to send back home). K was devastated.

Which one is still reading his Bible?  The one who is broken- has suffered tremendously and experienced the Savior’s comfort.

“…my father and my mother have left me, and the Lord has taken me up.” – Psalm 27:10

We don’t always know why bad things happen, but we know that God can use them to point us to the Rescuer, who loves us so much that He gave His life for us.

Follow this child’s example. Follow Jesus.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ:
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
“If a man is not born again, he will not see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 3:2

“Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” – Romans 10:9-10

My Story 2: Lessons

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:8-10

Bible passages referenced in this video:  Matthew 7:1-3, Revelation 5:12-13,  1 Corinthians 6:20, John 1:12

Click here to watch “My Story”.

My Story: Ex-Gay

“If a man is not born again, he will not see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3

Re-enactment of our founder’s deliverance from the gay lifestyle and related sin.

Bible passages referenced in this video:  Matthew 19:26, 1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 19:16, Matthew 24:7, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Philippians 4:17, Galatians 5:22-23, Nehemiah 8:10, Matthew 7:13-14, 2 Timothy 1:7, 1 John 4:18, 1 Corinthians 15:31, Hebrews 13:8, John 1:14, Hebrew 12:29, Matthew 28:18, Revelation 5:12-13

Click here to watch “My Story 2”.

America- the Bright Side

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Preview for a new Hollywood thriller sends chills up our backs with a one-liner, “Some conspiracy theories aren’t theories at all!”

These days, it is increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction. People are constantly whispering something crazy into our ears. We don’t know what to believe or whom we can trust.

For Americans, the daily grind can be our worst enemy. Ups and downs, or the perception of them, keep us in fear of what might be. Comparing where we once were to where we are now, we are discouraged.

Illustration:  Desks form a semi-circle in a classroom high above the busy streets of Bangkok. It’s the first day of Thai language class. Round robin introductions begin- ‘My name is Ti. I am from South Korea,’ ‘…Zigo, …Poland’, ‘…Eante, …Iran’, ‘…Vlad, …Russia’, ‘…Rebecca, …America’

‘America?’ the teacher exclaims. The room goes silent in honor for a couple of seconds.

Another American… same happens.

Outside class at break, Brazilian engineer speaks of how although the younger generation may seem a little lost, America is considered the gold standard.

Election coverage was all over the news in Thailand, and people from all over the world in Bangkok were talking about it. Turn on the TV in a foreign land, and they are often analyzing America- knowing that when she does well, we all do well.

The church abroad still views the United States as a Christian nation.

Pakistani Christians in mass seek asylum due to persecution from Muslim extremists. Recent video posted on social media questions, “Where is America?”

At a recent church lunch in Thailand, Filipino brothers shared strong opinions about the outcome of the U.S. election and foreign policy.

In Cambodia, a pastor preached a sermon using the U.S. Army as an example of the best of the best. U.S. Army clothes and hammocks are proudly sold all over Southeast Asia.

In Peru, there was a palpable respect when the U.S. was mentioned.

Point is- Keep your head up, America. Things aren’t quite as bad as they seem. All is not lost. Praise God.

Let us be thankful this Thanksgiving.

Let us walk worthy of the call. The entire world is watching.

Praise the Lord!  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” – Psalm 106:1

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1‭-‬2