These lessons are on the Audio Bible Teacher.
I was in Jerusalem in March 2014 for a summit meeting of DAVAR Partners International, the Audio Bible people. One time we visited the Upper Room where Jesus celebrated His last Passover supper with His disciples. That room was of course destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 after Jesus’ birth, together with all of Jerusalem. But the reconstruction still shows the original building blocks close to the foundation of the old building. What I did not know is that this Upper room was built over the grave of King David.
Don't think too high of yourself
Little children rely on their parents for all their needs: love, food, clothing, shelter, a home, security and so much more. They are not yet very capable in doing things, and rely on their parents for help; good parents teach and train them to obey and respect authority, how to do things, and how to live. And so we all must learn to rely on our heavenly Father for all our needs. I do not think too highly of my independent abilities to accomplish much. I believe that most things I do are supported by the spirit world, the real reality. Either a loving and caring almighty Daddy God is my helper or, when I ignore my God and Father, that help will come from Satan and his demons who will gladly make me believe that I am capable and do not need help, and that ultimately will make me prideful and ruin my life.
I believe that our God is a very playful God; we will discover that He is a fun God when we get to know Him well. You know, He designed things here on earth in such a manner, that He wants us to do everything for Him, yes, manage everything for Him. But we are not so very capable, and He knows that. But do we know that? Adam knew it, and as he was doing those things which his Father liked Him to do, he only had to ask His Father to help Him, and Father God then loved to do it for Adam. A beautiful example is in Genesis 2:19: "God brought animals to Adam to see what names he would gives them, and whatever Adam called each living creature that it became."
Prisoners, the hope of our world
As I drove my car this morning to town, I was struck by the sight how the main road where it turns was totally blocked by minibus-drivers. Most of them do not care at all for other users of the road, as long as they may gain, maybe, one more passenger before moving on; a long line of cars was waiting for an opening to pass through. This is just one typical example of how people in African countries usually take without any appreciation, instead of give; obviously they do not understand and practice the nature of our God who always, and only, gives. Giving is a key word of this message. We just cannot give if there is no love in our hearts, and we cannot love without giving liberally from an open heart.
We have a few very important prayer requests:
• Pray with us that the great revival that has started with the ABT's, in prisons and rural areas alike, may ignite a large revival fire that no human institution can stop anymore.
• Pray with us for strength for those who are now rejected by their families and have no homes and food anymore.
• Pray with us for major amounts of funds to come in to buy more Audio Bible Teachers as we can yet use this year another 5,000 ABT-s at a cost of $25.00 each.
• Pray for a person to come alongside our International Director Kees Hoek to assist him and be prepared to take over the helm of the ministry in the future. We also need more workers in our Lord’s harvest field.
Fatherhood Prison Ministries Fellowship's goal is to fulfil Jesus’ desire that we visit Him in prisons (Matthew 25:35), and bring prisoners the Gospel of Reconciliation to God through Jesus Christ, not starting with a focus on dogmatic issues, but by helping people see that our Father eagerly waits for our love, intimate relationship with Him that comes with sanctification, with holiness, with Healing of our Wounded Hearts.
Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:13: “God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth”.
So, there is no salvation without seeking holiness.
We cannot sanctify ourselves, but His Spirit will do the work in us if we ask Him.
Then we receive truth about events in our past that made us progressively more bitter of heart.
Seeking Him means loving Him.
Loving Him means honouring and obeying Him in everything. "If you love Me, keep (all) My commandments.” (John 14:15),
We bring an Audio Bible Teacher (ABT for short) in prisons and remote rural village areas in Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique with topical bible lessons and bibles in local heart-languages for use in prison cells after lock-up for the night, and in rural listener clubs. Such clubs in time usually become house churches.
• In Zambia’s death-row prison with 332 condemned man revival became so amazing that the President entered that prison and commuted all death sentences four months after we brought a three days long seminar and leaving an ABT for each cell.
• After placing by now about 9000 ABT's, most of them in remote rural villages, we experience an amazing revival. In 2017 we estimate that more than 50,000 people will come to Jesus Christ in Malawi, Niassa Province of Mozambique and southern Tanzania.
• The success with the Audio Bible Teacher makes it by now clear that not only is the lessons material what the people need to hear for the Holy Spirit to do His work, but it appears also best for people from an entirely different religious world to be able to listen among themselves without any outsiders present who they might feel are pressuring them.