Your gift to LOGOI could double this August!

Posted by Ed Thompson on Aug 8, 2018 3:10:57 PM

 

Some wonderful ministry friends have given us an August 2018 challenge—to meet their $10,000 gift! You can double your missions investment right now (up to the $10,000 challenge) and help equip national pastors and leaders to proclaim the Gospel in their communities.

Thank you... Forever! 

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Topics: spiritual needs, donations,, perfect gift, blind faith, witnessing, people watching

Ed's $5 mission news

Posted by Ed Thompson on Jul 24, 2018 1:36:41 PM

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Did you know that since January, our network of Five Dollar National Missionaries has grown by over 40%?  

One of those FiveDollarMissionaries is of a 45-year-old attorney. She wrote, “I am a Christian woman working in Public Defense for prisoners in Venezuela. Although I do not work for any particular ministry, I work privately with the people I have defended who now have their freedom.”

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Topics: witnessing, Bible Study, Bible truths, group study, eternal salvation

On our anniversary we celebrate you!

Posted by Angie Torres Moure on Jul 23, 2018 10:44:10 AM

 

T he response from our Spanish-speaking national missionaries, pastors and church leaders in recent weeks as part of LOGOI Ministries' 50th Anniversary has been overwhelming. These brothers and sisters are the reason LOGOI was founded 50 years ago and YOU are the reason our ministry keeps growing today!
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Topics: faith,, donations,, fellowship, perfect gift, blind faith, opportunities for witnessin, Bible truths, ability to communicate, the gospel

Fifty Years of LOGOI

Posted by Carolyn Thompson on Jul 23, 2018 10:33:14 AM

 

For 50 years I was married to a wonderful man full of love for “his Spanish pastors” throughout Latin America. This year we celebrate 50 years of LOGOI , the ministry he founded.  
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It's friday but sunday is coming

Posted by Ed Thompson on Jul 23, 2018 10:10:28 AM


I first heard Tony's "It's Friday, But Sunday's Coming" message when I was a senior at Wheaton College, way back in 1984. It left a powerful impression on me.

...As Tony says,

"'It's Friday but Sunday's coming' is what we have to tell the world. When they are depressed, we have to tell them it's Friday, but Sunday's coming. When they feel they can never know love again, we have to tell them Sunday's coming. When sin has them bound so tightly they feel they will never be free, we must tell them Sunday's coming. When they have lost their belief and no longer expect great things from God, we must tell them that Sunday's coming. When injustice is rampant, when all hope seems lost, when we are on the brink of despair... we can yell at the top of our lungs,

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Topics: joy of the resurrection, empty tomb, eternal salvation, resurrection, words belong to God, the gospel, father to his children, redeemed children

A christmas devotion

Posted by Al Valdes on Jul 19, 2018 6:48:16 PM

 If you remember Christmas mornings from long ago (or even more recently) you might recall that some toys worked and some didn’t. The good ones came with all the parts included.

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Topics: He is always in control, joy of the resurrection, perfect gift, blind faith, Bible truths, eternal salvation, redeemed children

Dr. Stuart Briscoe Greets LOGOI

Posted by Angie Torres Moure on Feb 9, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Known for his logic and wit,  Dr. Stuart Briscoe  of Telling the Truth Ministries  has been preaching since he was just 17 years old. Now, edging close to 90 years young, he continues teaching the Bible on nearly every continent. We at LOGOI are also honored to count him as one of our respected collaborators. 
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Topics: the gospel

Significant thoughts about small things

Posted by Al Valdes on Dec 12, 2017 1:53:00 PM

Frosty the Snowman presents us with one of the most enigmatic children’s Christmas time cartoon characters ever. Do you recall the lyrics? They start like this:

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Topics: joy of the resurrection, perfect gift, blind faith, opportunities for witnessin, eternal salvation, sacrifice, existence is defined by words, redeemed children

Help with Christmas Gifts

Posted by Al Valdes on Dec 4, 2017 7:00:00 AM
 
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More than birthdays or anniversaries the Christmas season gives us an opportunity to think about gifts—our attitude towards them, and our motive for giving them. When thinking about Christmas gifts —or any gift actually—we can come up with different categories of presents. Let’s look at a partial list and see how they can particularly help us this Christmas.

Different Kinds of Gifts

Our culture and customs help us recognize different kinds of gifts. See if you can identify with these...

  1. The obligation gift: This category pertains to when we start our shopping with, “I have to buy a gift for…” This applies when we get invited to an event that requires that we bring something (birthday, going away parties), during certain holidays (Valentines Day… but not Arbor Day), or when someone gives us something and we feel the pressure to reciprocate. Guilt and social shame motivate this kind of gift giving. We don’t want to look bad, so we buy something.
  1. The re-gift: The television show Seinfeld brought attention to this kind of present with its episode on “re-gifting” or giving to a third party a gift that someone gave us that we either don’t like or have no use for. This resembles #1 above except that it includes the factor of secrecy and the potential for feeling shame if someone finds out that we re-gifted.
  1. The love gift: This represents the highest category of gift (and arguably the only true gift on the list). This one comes from the heart, has the well being or happiness of the recipient in mind, and doesn’t expect a gift of equal or greater worth in return. Giving someone a live saving organ or sacrificing one’s life for another fit in this category. God’s gift of eternal life, Heaven, and forgiveness belongs here.

Now, despite the different categories, all gifts resemble each other in key ways.

What all gifts share in common

All gifts have these three essential characteristics: Someone else pays for the gift—not us. They genuinely offer it to us. And, we receive it by faith —we believe that the giver intends to truly give us a gift, and we won’t get a bill. If we think about it, these also apply to the gift of eternal life and Heaven. God genuinely offers us eternal life as an absolute gift paid for by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ —God and man in one Person. We don’t deserve it, can never pay for it, and receive it by believing in Jesus … period. Interestingly, when we speak to people about God’s gift of eternal life they sometimes see it as automatic (everyone gets it or has it) or meritorious (we have to earn it by good behavior). But we don’t get the gift automatically without believing and we would need perfection to earn it. So, we need the Bible to give others and us the precise picture.

God gives us eternal life as a gift

These verses (among others) highlight the fact that God gives us eternal life as a gift when we believe in Jesus. Believe means that we have become convinced or persuaded of the truth. We believe that God has told us the truth and will keep His promise! Notice how the following verses highlight belief, God’s provision for us through Jesus’ death, and the freeness of the gift—we don’t deserve or earn eternal life:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:16-18)

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”(Romans 3:23-25a)

The Bible has others, but these can give us a good foundation for understanding and communicating God’s gift.

Conclusion

As we shop this holiday season let’s think about how, why, and what we will buy —and aim to use love as a guiding factor. When we witness to others let’s focus on Jesus who paid the full price for our salvation by offering His life for us. He paid 100% of the price for our sin, promises us eternal life (no hell or eternal condemnation) when we believe Him for it, and always keeps His promises. Finally, let’s use the Scriptures to back up what we say. And… and if we haven’t believed in Him yet… believe!

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Topics: words belong to God, redeemed children

Indulgences and the 95 theses

Posted by Al Valdes on Oct 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM


Some church leaders take advantage of people. They do. They misrepresent the Scriptures in order to manipulate, control, and use others. Instead of communicating the love of God, the meaning of Christ’s death and resurrection, and the free gift of eternal life by believing in Jesus, they sadly communicate the opposite. They take and misuse people’s money, mislead them about their eternal destiny, and add self-effort to the Gospel message. Well, things haven’t changed much since 1517! In his time Martin Luther took a principled stand against the abuse of church people via the sale of something called indulgences. Let’s take a look and hopefully learn from history. ..
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