Monthly Archive for May, 2009

April 2009 mission report Brian Willis

here is brother Brian’s mission report for the month of April.
Brian Willis april 2009 mission report

Josh’s Testemony

This Is A Testament To Honor My God Of Mercy, Grace, And Love.

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Job 3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. 2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. There is only. “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph.4:5). Therefore there can only be one book, (Authorized K.J.V.)

“Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me”(Psm.40:7). We must be very careful how we handle Gods word, “But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God“ (2Cor.4:2). This one God is the God of the bible as stated, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac. the God of Jacob. I to can stake a claim to the God of the patriarchs, because He staked a claim to me first. I realize that is not proper English but the God of Thomas L. Krause staked a claim to me first. Therefore I approach Him with great reverence, I approach His throne with great fear and trembling. If you do not know the God of the bible I urge you this minute to listen to Gods word. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10-11) . I urge you this minute to fall into submition to the Lord Jesus Christ. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel“ (Mk.1:15). And by his Grace he will grant you faith in him. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God“ (Eph 2:8). One day soon all will bow before Him. Today is the day of salvation. “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation“ (2Cor.6:2).

In writing this letter my desire is to honor my Most High God and take my place at His feet. I have two sons born to me and one grafted in daughter by God in marriage. My oldest son lives in Marion, Michigan with his wife and my two grandchildren (one 8 weeks old, still in the womb at the time I wrote this). My youngest son lives today in the land of Canaan known as heaven. I will qualify that last statement and begin this story of Gods Saving Grace in the life of Joshua Allen Krause. We raised our boys in the Lords church, they were taught the truth from a child. “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus“(2Ti 3:15).

At age 7 our youngest boy Josh wanted to talk to our pastor about salvation. We consented to let him go because we knew our pastor would only point him to Calvary by Gods word and not try to get a profession out of him. Salvation is not the work of men. God uses men to preach the gospel which He (God) uses to call men by the effectual calling of the Holy Spirit unto salvation. In your natural condition “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God“(Ro 3:23). You must bow in repented submition before The Most High God of the bible. Seeing your need of Your predetermined, particular, portion of The redeeming blood of the Lamb of God, and He must and will according to John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” save you for all eternity. Very simply the plan of salvation is by God’s Grace, but man wants to take the glory from God and act in the place of the Holy Spirit. “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2Tm.4:2). “But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD” (Jonah 2 :9).

Joshua had all the right answers when talking to our pastor that day. How easy it would have been to get a profession out of him. As the days and months went by it became evident that he only had a head knowledge of Jesus, just as Nicodemus had in John 3 when Jesus explained salvation to him he said in John 3:9 “Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?” True repentance always produces works as evidence of our salvation, “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead“ (James 2:20) . As the years past we just continued (by Grace) to point our boys to Christ by His word. We would try to use situations in life to show them there need of salvation. One time in particular worth mentioning is when we were working on our barn roof. I would tell my boys to stay away from the edge if anyone was going to fall it would be me, because I am going to heaven. This must have stuck with Josh, after the Lord saved him in 2005 I would tell him to be careful he would reply with confidence and a smile “don’t worry dad I am going to heaven“. Those words echo today in my head and bless my heart, “don’t worry dad I am going to heaven“. Ok as I wipe my eyes lets get back to God’s Grace in saving this kid. As Josh grew older he became best friend’s with our pastor. They would go fishing together often, Mark said it was so he could tell him of Jesus. They worked on our church building a lot also. Josh after school would go to the church to work even before Mark our pastor would get out of work. He had more hours working on the church building than most of the men of the church had. Then Josh started to struggle with Gods Electing Grace in salvation. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” (Ro 9:13). Both of my boys struggled with a God that chooses some unto salvation, and some He leaves to there natural depraved condition we are born with. This should not surprise us, even though these two boys were raised in the truth. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1Cor. 2:14). This is the very place Satan wants us, a seemingly legitimate accusation against God. “What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid” (Ro 9:14). One big problem, Satan has no power over Grace, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound“ (Rom.5:20). Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him Jesus our blessed redeemer. Sing that song when you assemble next with your local Church, sing that song with your family tonight, sing that song in your heart till you lay your head down to sleep. Praise Him. Ok while I wipe my eyes again back to Romans 9. Continue reading past verse 13, slowly study and understand what God is saying here. I did not put those words in there. These are Gods words. “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times” (Ps.12:6). Now stop at verse 20. If you can not sing Praise Him in your heart ask your self, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?” (Rom.9:20). Should not the question be, why o God do you love Jacob, WHY O GOD DO YOU LOVE ME. “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (Isa.6:5).

We have had many talks with our boys over the years trying to point them to Calvary, but God gets all the glory for saving them both and adding both of them to the Lords church. My oldest son serves his God, The Most High God hear on earth in and through “Cadillac Baptist Church at Cadillac Michigan“. My youngest son serves his God ,The Most High God face to face today in the land of Canaan known as Heaven. Praise Him, Praise Him, Jesus my blessed redeemer. I am the most blessed man on earth.

On the day the Lord saved Joshua, He again was the first one at Church to work after school. Mark our pastor arrived he opened the door and Josh was not working which was unusual for him. He was just sitting and gazing around with a big grin on his face. Mark knew the Lord had saved him. They hugged and wept together rejoicing in God, Then went to work on our old building, as new brothers in Christ, a relationship that will last for all eternity. That predetermined day was almost exactly 2 years before the Lord would take him home. The next time our church assembled Josh came professing Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior, and requesting to join the church through the waters of baptism. We did just that through the authority ultimately given to us by Jesus in Mt 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; (baptizing Joshua increased our membership) and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it“. (Verse19) “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: (authority) and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth ( and it was so with Josh) shall be bound in heaven (and it is today) and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven“. I have included a picture of Josh on that day in May at a lake where we Baptized him. “And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized“ (John 3:23) . I like to call it a picture of an obedient child of God. He talked often of that day with great joy in his heart, as is evident in the picture. Submission of our hearts will always cause obedience to Gods word and bring comfort and peace to our souls. “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

The doctrine of Gods electing Grace that Josh once hated, now loves with all his heart. How could this be. How could one thief on one side of Jesus on the cross hate Him and the other on the other side love him, both facing eternity that day. Gods electing Grace can be the only answer. Today the preaching of Gods Electing Grace is hated by this world and loved by those chosen out of this world. “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you“ (Jn.15:19). The preached Gospel of Jesus Christ either offends those that receive the general call, or is embraced by Gods elect that hear the effectual call unto salvation. Even when Jesus was hear on earth, and preached His Gospel in John chapter 6, it was offensive to some. “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?” (John 6:60). Jesus asked then in verse 61, “Does this offend you”? Gods Electing Grace was so offensive when taught again by Jesus, the Jews took up stones to stone Him. “But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him“ (John 10:26-31). Will you cast stones at Jesus today, or repent of your sins and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ and be saved for all of eternity. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved“ (Ro 10:13) . “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out“ (John 6:37) . “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day“ (John 6:40) . Electing Grace will never deny any repented sinner, Gods Mercy, Grace, and Love.

Experiencing Saving Grace myself and witnessing Saving Grace in the life of my son Josh gives me peace that only God can give concerning His will in my life. I am at great peace knowing that one day I to shall see my savior face to face and be reunited with love ones in heaven. Again I ask will you have this pease or cast stones at Jesus. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isa 52:7) .

In memory of Joshua A. Krause; Except a man be born of water (2/12/90) and of the Spirit, (5/7/05) he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (May 9, 2007)
John  3:5b

here is a link to a PDF version in a tract form you can download and print.

Josh’s tract