Posted on Nov 7, 2016
If you are familiar with our ministry, you know that most of our ministry trips involve going to Bible colleges. These schools are training people to work in pastoral and evangelistic ministries.
Sometimes when people hear ‘Wyss Missions’ they think that we either (a) go on summer mission trips all year or ( b) organize group trips. At this point, this is not what the Lord has called us to do. We are called to equip others for their ministries and callings.
Are you familiar with these verses about teaching ministry?
Acts 5:42 says, "Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.
Ephesians 4:11-13 says, "So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for...
Posted on Oct 21, 2016
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the “Hall of Faith” because it lists many ordinary people who, by faith in God, were used in extraordinary ways. One of them was Noah (Hebrews 11:7). God told him to build an ark so he and his family could be saved from an upcoming flood. Many times, we read the story without reflecting on the incredible faith it took to do what he did. Scholars say there had been no rain in that region in Noah’s lifetime. They were not located on the coast. Not to mention the monstrous size of the ark of 450 feet in length (1 ½ football fields)! Think about the pressure and distraction from people in the area ridiculing him.
George Muller said: “Faith does not operate in the...
Posted on Dec 8, 2015
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Big problems, little problems, worries, concerns, and don’t-know-what-to-dos-we all have them! A problem can be like a weight, bearing down on our hearts and minds to the point of sorrow, anxiety, even depression. When I have a situation in a relationship, for example, it often begins with the question in my head, “What am I going to do?” I don’t know how to move forward when I am in the middle of a relationship mess. Or any other mess for that matter.
Last year at this time, I was still reeling from the emotions of losing my Dad to cancer. Hate that ugly, disgusting disease! I lost both of my parents to that enemy of the human race, Mom in 2010 and then Dad in 2014. And we believed and still currently believe that God not only can, but already HAS...
Posted on Jul 28, 2015
Sometimes we find ourselves complaining about a situation or a person. I am not talking about a legitimate complaint, like taking an item back to a store for a refund or exchange. I am talking about the whiny complaining that’s coupled with self-pity. Sound familiar? Complaining has been around for a long time. Someone once said, “God created the world in six days; on the seventh He rested, and since the eighth day, He’s been receiving complaints.”
When leaving Egypt, the people of Israel were supposed to travel straight to the Promised Land in about 10 days. Instead, they spent 40 years circling the desert. One main reason was due to their grumbling and complaining (Exodus 15-16). In spite of God’s awesome miracles and faithful provision, they repeatedly focused on the negative. To complain means, “To express dissatisfaction.” Complaining has never solved a problem; it only...
Posted on Dec 24, 2014
Growing up, I spent numerous Christmas breaks in the Swiss Alps. Often, it would snow overnight. Waking up the next morning, after a huge snowfall, was like waking up to a different and absolutely stunning world. Fresh fallen snow as far as the eye could see, tranquility and calm, the sun shining on it like glitter. Snow is also found in the Bible: “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. Isaiah 1:18
There’s an awesome parallel between the beauty of natural snow and the Scripture in Isaiah. It’s about forgiveness and God removing the stain of sin. Naturally it was impossible to remove the dye in wool or fabric. So God said, “although you’ve been stained by sin, I can completely remove it and make you white as snow.” The color white...
Posted on Oct 23, 2014
We tend to travel through life with excess baggage. The airlines charge us for the extra weight or over-sized baggage. Life will “fine” us, too. You’ve likely been asked, “Have you made Jesus your Lord and Savior?” Quickly, we respond “Yes!” Let’s slow down a minute. If we are born again, thank God we’ll spend eternity in Heaven with Him. But, is Christ really my Lord? Lord, by definition is a ruler, master, or head of household. Do I ask Him when it comes to making decisions? Do I ask His help concerning how I spend my time and resources? A quick look at my calendar and checkbook will inform those answers. Often times, we frustrate ourselves with our stuff and our busy. We’re overwhelmed by the chaos we’ve created and the clutter we’ve accumulated. So, what can we do about this?
First, we must examine our lives and ensure that He is “first” (Matthew 6:33). We should also do...
Posted on Jun 27, 2014
We’ve all experienced being hurt: the bitter pain of a broken relationship, being blamed for someone else’s mistake or perhaps having been abused. Our natural reaction is to take matters in our own hands and come up with a way to retaliate. Ephesians 4:31-32 tells us to take a different route: “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” In short: Let it go and forgive.
Not letting the hurt go means you’re holding on to it and therefore it’s still in your “hands”. Not letting it go is like holding on to a rope which is connected to the source of your hurt. Every time you think about the hurt it reignites the pain and the emotions. Not letting it go also means you’re stuck in your past, causing you to miss out on the course...