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The Robinsonsí Herald
E∑mail version for August
thru December 2007
Looking Up For the Lordís Second Advent from Carriacou
been remembering the first advent of our Lord Jesus Christ and looking up
for His second that could occur at anytime.
recently completed our verse-by-verse trek through the book of Revelation on
Wednesday nights. We began on August 11, 2004. Deducting our recent furlough
of ten months, it took a little over 100 Wednesday nights with each message
being 40 to 60 minute long. It was exciting for me and I learned more this
time that I ever have about this marvelous book. I believe it has served to
help the folks of Windward Bible Church to understand the end times from a
Biblical perspective. It was my hope and expressed desire that it would
encourage our people to keep the immanent return of the Lord Jesus at the
forefront of their hearts and minds. The Bible teaches that such helps to
encourage believers to be more faithful to the Lord and live purely in a
world that is getting increasingly dark and sinful.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we
shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him;
for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this
hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1 John 3:2-3)
Only those who believe
in the pre-tribulational rapture can truly say that they are looking for the
blessed hope of the Lordís return at any time (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18,
Titus 2:13). If one believes that the church is to go through even part of
the tribulation, including any of the seals of the book of Revelation (i.e.,
the PreWrath rapture), in truth they can only say they are expecting those
things to occur before looking for the Lord to take out his church. That
makes it very difficult for believers to find hope and encouragement in a
world that is becoming more depraved each year.
The priority for all believers should be to live as though the Lord could
return for His church at any time, because He can and will some day, and
likely sooner than later!
at Windward Bible Church has been going well. The last couple of months our
attendance had jumped to the high thirties on Sunday and Wednesday nights
(36-39 typical). It has dropped of a bit here during December, but that has
been typical ever since Windward Bible Church began. Sunday morning
attendance had also increased to being in the mid twenties. We have been
encouraged by the numbers, but equally encouraged by the spiritual growth we
have seen in some of our children, teens, and adults. We have been working
with many of our young children to teach them proper behavior and not to use
profanity. The vast majority have shone tremendous improvement, especially
since many do not get encouragement from their parents or other guardians to
come to church. Most of those who do come, come because
they want to do so! We have also
seen improvement in our older teens who are behaving more respectively,
dressing more appropriately, and asking what the Bible teaches about
important questions such as dating, sex, and what to look for in a future
mate. Some of our young adults are now working hard with good jobs that the
Lord has provided after asking the church to pray for them. They are now
beginning to testify openly about how God is answering their prayers and
beginning to build a life based upon biblical Godly principles. The Lord has
recently supplied a very nice vehicle for one young man, and two or our
ladies have obtained driverís licenses. We praise the Lord for what He has
been doing in their lives.
Please pray for the continued growth of all that has been mentioned here.
increased numbers has made it necessary for us to make two trips for many
services since we still have the one bus. Thankfully, the Lord has made it
work faithfully since I replaced the radiator a few months back. We
desperately need another bus and we also need a meeting place large enough
to accommodate the growth we have seen recently. I know that the Lord has
everything we need ready in His perfect timing.
Please remember to pray with us concerning our meeting place and
already mentioned that we have recently completed teaching through the Book
of Revelation on Wednesday nights. We are now considering key prophetic
passages in other places in both the Old and New Testaments, and relating
them to the chronological relationship with events described in the Book of
On Sunday nights, we
have been going verse-by-verse through the Old Testament for many years. We
are now through Exodus chapter 30. Sunday mornings we have been going
through a topical series on ďHow to Be
an Effective Soldier for Jesus Christ.Ē We have been going
through the whole armor of God as described in Ephesians 6. I have learned
much and benefited from the teaching personally, and I believe many of out
folks have as well.
Pray that the Lord will lead and empower me in my selection, preparation,
and delivery of messages as I seek to shepherd the flock of God at Windward
December 19th, Windward Bible Church held its 15th
annual Christmas program. I believe it was the best that we have ever had.
There were nearly 60 present, with about 27 of them being in the program!
All the children, teens, and young adults spoke clearly and loud enough for
each to be clearly understood. Everyone, including visitors enjoyed it.
Linda and all the others worked hard to produce the program that I believe
glorified the Lord. (See photos on the last page.)
The following Sunday, December
23, we visited the two nursing homes and the hospital here on Carriacou.
There were about thirty people from Windward Bible Church that participated,
more than we have ever had before! It was truly a blessing! At each place,
we sang Christmas Carols and some of our children and teens recited their
parts from the Christmas program. I then provided the patrons a short
message about true gifts being those that one can receive only after having
done nothing to earn them. I then challenged them to make sure they had
received the true gift of eternal life apart from all works, including
rituals such as baptism (Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 4:1-5,
9-10). Several at one nursing home raised hands to indicate that they had
understood the 15-minute message and had received the true gift! Obviously,
only the Lord knows who truly understood and responded with a sincere heart,
but the Lord takes the spiritual seeds that have been planted, and the
spiritual water that has been provided for nourishment, and He is the One
that brings the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6-8). Before we departed from each
place, we gave each patron a beautifully prepared bag with fruit, tasty
snacks, and a Bible tract. Most seemed truly appreciative and thankful to
get them. I believe their spirits were lifted to know that someone had
remembered them during this busy season.
We praise the
Lord and ask that you help us pray for these souls that recently indicated
that they have been born again apart from all works.
After all the visits were over,
we all went back to our home for a time of fellowship, food, and fun. Many
brought a dish or something to drink, so we had plenty of food for everyone.
We then showed the video I had taken of the Christmas program using our
digital projector and a large screen. All watched with rapt attention and
laughed as they saw themselves on the big screen. Linda and I made two trips
to take every one home after 6:00 PM. We finally got back home about 7:00
PM, and we were pleasantly pooped.
Our Crate is
Soon to be Shipped, Lord Willing
Lord willing, in January 2008,
we hope to ship the crate that we built and packed before we returned to
Carriacou this past June. It has some personal items in it, but it is filled
predominately with items we need for the work here, including literature,
special occasion gift items for those that attend
WBC, etc. The crate is 4í X 4í X
4.5í and weighs just under a thousand pounds. We left it with a friend who
has a business just outside of Cross Lanes, West Virginia. He told me that
he would ship it to Miami for me. He has been holding on to the crate until
we were ready to receive it here on Carriacou. We expect that it will cost
us $500.00 to a $1,000.00 dollars to ship it, pay import fees, and pay
handling and transportation fees to get it to our home.
that we will have enough when the bills for shipping it come due!
Linda and Walterís Health
Linda has been doing
well, and she no longer has pain in her leg. Thanks for praying. I have been
doing relatively well. Yet, I have had problems with suspected
diverticulitis off and on for the last few months. I have been on and off
antibiotics three or four times, and have modified my diet considerably.
With the Lordís help, I have lost a little over thirty pounds, and I hope to
lose another thirty to get to my ideal weight of 165. I praise and thank God
that I have been feeling better and getting more done the last couple of
Please remember to pray for our health often.
many should have received personal notes of thanks to specific individuals
and churches that we had visited on our past furlough. When we look back, I
am awed, amazed, and very appreciative for all that God had done this past
year. The Lord always remains faithful according to His Word and power. We
have been spared of hurricanes and tropical storms and an earthquake that
shook us up pretty good a few weeks back. He has also supplied all our needs
and even granted many things that we simply wanted. We are always reminded
that the Lord has precious faithful children throughout His kingdom through
He works to supply the needs of others. We thank God and his children for
the way our needs are being met.
once more for touching our lives with yours. May the Lord bless you all as
we look forward to serving in the New Year just a few days away.
Thanks to all who have prayed
for and continue to pray for us. We arrived back on Carriacou on Wednesday,
June 6, 2007.
looking up for Him,
(Signature Omitted in
This is a sample of the visitors and program participants. They filled
our open congregational area
and the extension off to one side toward the door. We counted 59 present
that Wednesday night!
These are mostly the young
children and teens.
These are more of the older teens and young adults,
which were eager to participate in the program.
Tyrus, the youngest of our
participants who spoke up and was heard clearly by all.
The younger and the older alike enjoyed all. Can you guest which
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