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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Literal means in 6 Days God created the earth.

Currently I am discussing this with a friend, who has been taught by those who believe days in Genesis does not mean days. I think ICR.ORG has some very convincing arguments that it does, and believe it as well, but interested in some discussion in regards to this.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My dad's latest report on his Ministry

Partners In International Ministry, August 2010

Dear friends, this is the continuing saga of the summer ministry.

While at Leuven , Belgium I mentioned to the missionary family I was staying with that I had two extra days in Donetsk , Ukraine with nothing to do. These missionaries live at the Evangelical Seminary. They told me there was a student from Donetsk living just down the hall from us. We talked with him. He contacted someone at the University in Donetsk who set me up to speak with some of the faculty and administration at the U. From that speaking engagement I was asked to speak at an English class, preach at a Sunday service and speak to another church's youth group. These events along with talking and praying with some of the foreign students at the U. filled in the extra time nicely. God has connections everywhere!

With the Chinese Christian Fellowship in Leuven I shared my testimony and then about my year teaching and spreading the gospel in China. After that I had nearly two hours teaching and nurturing the faith of three new Chinese believers.

Pastor Zhenya had gotten a traffic ticket on the way to Donetsk. In Donestk, attempting to find the University, he made an illegal u-turn and was pulled over again. This time I felt led to pray that he would not be fined again and not have any problem. Soon he got out of the police care and rejoined us. He said they were going to revoke his drivers license for two years and then asked what He did. He said that he was a pastor of a Reformation church. Shortly thereafter they decided to let him keep his license and did not fine him. God is so good to us.

At the Apologetics Summit my topic was "Apologetics and World Religions." I focused upon dealing with the human origins of non-Christian Religions. The Bible indicates that the earliest faith and belief of humanity was Monotheism not animism, pantheism or polytheism. I gave them Anthropological and Historical evidence that validates the biblical presentation. The evidence proves that the so-called primitive religious beliefs were not original but rather degenerated from previously known truth. The other major world religions were human attempts to reform and advance religion over the degenerated earlier beliefs. The various theories of the evolution of religion, and some other non-biblical ideas cannot be sustained by the evidence. These other theories are based upon speculation, unjustifiable assumptions and ignoring the evidence. We also discussed how to deal with those from other religions.

Most people had left the Apologetics Summit in Donetsk several days before I was to fly out to the Republic of Georgia . The plan was to call a cab but the offices were closed at the University. I saw two couples talking and walked up to them. One man said, "I recognize you." He was an administrator at the University. I told him of my need to get to the airport after speaking the next evening. He said their driver would take me. It would cost one-third as much as a cab.. The next day I was told the President of the U. was flying out that evening to Kiev and that I might be able to go to the airport with him. Our schedules worked perfectly and the half hour ride ended up not costing me anything. This was another example of God' working out the timing and conserving the funds He had provided.

To contribute to this Partnership with missionaries and pastors in Eastern & Western Europe, make out your check to Partners in International Ministry and mail to:

1218 E. First St. , Tustin , CA 92780 . Thanks for being partners with me.

In the Father's service,

Friday, March 19, 2010

Missionary letter from my dad.

Partners in International Ministry March 2010

Dear Friends,

The significance and necessity of believing prayer has been strongly impressed upon me anew in the last few weeks. A long-time friend recently informed me that he prays for me every day. His loyalty and faithfulness really impacted and humbled me. John Wesley said "God does nothing but in answer to prayer." H. Cameron Townsend wrote "The secret of all failure is prayerlessness." Because he let me know of his prayers for me, I emailed him the following quote that had started my renewed focus on prayer:

"Prayer is an act of spiritual defiance of what is, in response to what God has promised. The shape of the future will be determined by those who can survey all its possibilities and by faith grasp one as possible. History belongs to the intercessors, those who believe the future into being." - Sundar Krishnau

Think of it. Through prayer we are creating history! How amazing, how incredibly important believing prayer is. How humbling is the responsibility and privilege of requesting God's intervention. Writing these things to my friend brought tears to my eyes. To think that the awesome Creator deigns to act in this, His world, because you and I ask Him to do so!

Please continue to pray that I and various mission groups and pastors will be led of the Lord as we continue to fill in my schedule and determine what should be taught in each separate location and day. So far my schedule includes the following:

During May, I am to work with Christian Associates church planting ministry In Belgium teaching Apologetics. Also It looks like I’ll be returning to Simferopol, Crimea to teach at the Christian College , a couple of state universities and two of the local churches as I have for the past five years. Then I move on to Kharkov, Ukraine to teach at the School Without Walls and some village churches

The beginning of June I'll be presenting at the Eurasian apologetics Summit in Donetsk, Ukraine. We are finalizing arrangements for me to help train emerging leaders for Christ in Armenia for two weeks. Also in June, I'll be working with a Luis Palau Next Generation Alliance evangelist assisting pastors and young churches In Macedonia.

If any of you happen to be near on March 21 at 10 am. I will be sharing from the Bible and experiences overseas at a wonderful contemporary church called Sorrano Hills. They meet at the Pioneer Middle School in North Tustin off Tustin Ranch Road. My sharing will be in regard to the Protection and Provision of God.

Let me remind you that if you or someone you know would like to gain some insight on intellectual issues from a University professor simply log into www.meettheprof.com. They share their journey to Christ and are willing to respond to questions about the Christian faith. In addition to your partnership in prayer, those of you who feel led to be financial partners can make out a check to:

Partners In International Ministry and mail it to: 1218 E. First ST. Tustin, CA 92780. Or you can paypal PartnersIntl@aim.com. It is a non profit organization.

Yours for the re-evangelization and spiritual renewal of Europe,

Gerald Tilley