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Joe’s Podcast is a weekly show where you submit the question and Joe will try to answer them. You may even get a story or two thrown in for good measure.

Joe’s Podcast Episode #039

I thought you might really enjoy listening to my kids sing and preach at our Watchnight Service in our home church, Central Baptist Church in Center, Texas!

Joe’s Podcast Merry Christmas

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!  Here is a greeting from the Consford kids and the Aaron kids!

Joe’s Podcast Episode #037

Welcome back to the 36th episode of Joe’s Podcast! I am so thankful that you take the time to listen each week!

I hope you have been enjoying my daily devotional podcast The Morning Meditation! I have really enjoyed producing this show. If you would like to subscribe to the show, here is how….


This week I am continuing in our salvation series! It is such a privileged to get to teach the gospel to people who have never heard it presented in a clear way!

Preach unto them Christ

God has had this plan from the beginning of time.

Revelation 13:8
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

We have a God that truly wants everyone to know the truth about Christ and understand it enough so that it can change their life forever.

God has laid His plan out in the Bible for all mankind starting with:

1.  Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve needed a covering before they could come before God because their sin made them naked in God’s eyes.

God gave them clothes.

He had to kill an animal to give the clothes to Adam and Eve.

The animal represents Christ.

The animal did not do anything wrong, but the Blood had to be shed for the covering.

We know that Christ lived a perfect life and also died so that His blood could be a covering for your sins.

2. Cain and Abel
Cain and Abel both had to stand before God.
God did not accept Cain’s gift because it was not what he wanted.

Cain tried to offer his own works to God.

Abel offered blood, and it was accepted.

We need blood to cover our lives to be accepted by God.

3. Abraham and Isaac
God told Abraham to offer up his only son.

Isaac needed a replacement, or he would have died on the altar.

God prepared a ram to take his place so that he did not have to die.

God gave His only son for a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.

If we will accept this replacement for our sins, we will not have to die.

The blood will cover our sins.

Genesis 22:14
“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”

Abraham’s prophecy came true when Jesus Christ gave Himself as a replacement for the sins of the whole world.

4. The Passover Lamb
Judgment was coming to every firstborn of the land.

There was only one way not to die when the death angel came.

The blood had to be applied on the door post.

There is only one way for us to skip the judgment of our sins, and it comes from having the blood of Jesus Christ covering our sins.

Your Passover Lamb is already there.

The Bowl of Blood is already there.

When Jesus died on the cross, he gave His blood for all mankind.

We need to have Jesus personally put His blood on our lives, just like in the story when the death angel saw the blood of the lamb he passed over the house.

When God sees the blood of Jesus, He passes over you house and does not judge for your sin.

5. The Brass Serpent
John 3:14,15
“14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

The serpent represents sin!

Just like Moses had to make the brass serpent look like the real serpent, Jesus was made to look like sin for us.

Our sins are “red like crimson” the Bible says and blood is red like crimson.

When they looked at Christ on the cross they were astonished because He was covered with blood so that he looked just like our sins look to God!

Isaiah 52:14
“As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:”

Christ took upon Himself the sins of the whole world, and Christ actually became sin for us on the cross.

Galations 3:13
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

If we do not trust in the Person that was lifted up for us, we will always have the snake bite and the poison of sin in us.

It just takes a look of faith.

In the Old Testament, God had the children of Israel build the temple.

In the temple, there was something called the Holy of Holies.

This was a place that God came and stayed.

The Holy of Holies represents Heaven.

Hebrews 9:24
“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”

There was a veil that separated the people from God, because God is holy and he cannot be with sinners.

Every year, the high priest went into the Holy of Holies to offer a Sacrifice for the sins of all the people.

He would tie a rope on his foot so that the people could pull him out if he was not clean before God.

Man could not go see God; they needed someone to go for them.

So God had the priest do this for the children of Israel.

This was the best picture He could give us for what was going to happen when Jesus died.

The Bible says that Jesus became our High Priest.

Jesus took His own blood to God in a bowl.

This was everlasting blood that had no corruption because of sin.

His blood was enough to destroy the separation between God and man.

In the temple, there was a veil that separated God from man.

The veil was ten inches thick and made out of wool.

It was unbreakable by man, but the Bible says that the veil split in two when Jesus Christ died.

Mark 15:38
“And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”

This meant that we were no longer separated from God if we had Jesus’ blood.

The Bible says that Jesus became our High Priest.

Hebrew 4:14-15
“14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

This is what Christ has done for us.

All we have to do is repent of our sins and trust by faith in what

God has provided a way for us to be saved.

Isaiah 55:7
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

Rom. 10:9, 10, & 13
“9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Joe’s Podcast Episode #035

Welcome back to the 35th episode of Joe’s Podcast!  I am so thankful that you take the time to listen each week!

Just to let you know, I am doing a daily devotional podcast called The Morning Meditation.  If you would like to know how to subscribe then just click this button.


This week I am continuing in our salvation series!  It is such a privileged to get to teach the gospel to people who have never heard it presented in a clear way!

Passover Lamb

Exodus 11: 4-6
Exodus 12:3-7
Exodus 12:12-14
Exodus 12:21-23
Exodus 12:29-30

1.  God says about midnight, the firstborn would die.

Judgment -There is a time we all are appointed to die!

Hebrews 9:27
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

2. There is only one way the firstborn is not going to die.
Exodus 12:3
“Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:”
    10th Day of Nissain – They had to get a perfect spotless lamb
    14th Day of Nissain – They had to kill it.
    They had to place the blood on the door post and both sides of the door.

•    God did not say, “Just Jews or good People could apply the blood.”
•    Anyone could apply the blood to be saved.
•    The death angel was not going to come into the house and check to see if the person was a good person or not.

o    Focus on the blood; that is what God is looking for!!!!!!
o    Maybe it was a newly painted house.  And he said let’s just put the blood in a bowl. Would that work?
o    They had to personally apply the blood!!!!
(This is a good point to bring back up at the end when they are receiving Christ as their Savoir.)

Tell a story about a 13 year old boy.

Dad said, “We die if we don’t apply the blood.”

Then they had to go inside and wait.

Every 30-40minutes, the boy would say to the father, “Daddy, please go outside to see if the blood is still there.”

Dad said, “WE HAVE TO HAVE FAITH IN WHAT GOD SAID.”

The father would show the boy the blood on his clothes because blood is hard to get out.

THE ANGEL OF THE LORD COMES TO A MIXED COMMUNITY.

-Jews’ houses, Egyptians’ house . . . The cry is getting closer and closer.

The son is afraid.  The father said, “We applied the blood; trust in it.”

-They only thing that made the difference was the blood.

Applied to our life

1. Judgment will come some day
2. Whose blood do we need to apply?
-About 3000 years later on 10th day of Nissain (palm Sunday), Jesus entered Jerusalem.
-14th day of Nissain — The same time that all the sacrifices were being made in Jerusalem, God gave his own Lamb to be sacrificed and to shed His own blood.

3. Your Passover Lamb is already there and the bowl of Blood is already there.

4. Personally applied
We need to ask Jesus to personally put His blood on our heart’s door so that when God looks down from heaven, He only sees Christ’s blood and not my sins.

5. When I see the blood I will pass over you – God’s Promise!!!!!

Exodus 12:13
“And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”

6. You might say, “Is that enough?”

God cannot lie!
Titus 1:2
“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”

They only applied the blood once.

7. Will you trust in the blood alone?

Hebrews 9:22
“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

Moses trusted by faith in the Blood ALONE!
Hebrews 11:28
“Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.”

Joe’s Podcast Episode #034

I am so sorry about the lack of recent episodes!  I really want to finish this Salvation series.

If you have a question for Joe’s Podcast make sure you call our voice mail and leave your question that I will answer as part of an upcoming show.

Abraham and Isaac

Gen. 22:1-14

Abraham had peace with God, because of the faith he had already in what God had told him.

Isaac had never had an encounter with God yet!  He did not have peace with His maker. Abraham’s peace with God was not enough for Isaac.

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Joe’s Podcast Episode #033

Welcome back to Joe’s Podcast.  I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford; and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week.  This is the show to help us build a better relationship with you as your missionaries in West Africa.  Please feel free to contact me at any time.  I would love to be a blessing to you!  My e-mail address is feedback@consfords.com.

This week is the third lesson in our Salvation Series.  I really enjoy getting to tell people the Gospel story.  The purpose of this lesson is to show us that it is not enough to just be sincere.  We have to trust that God’s way is good enough.

Cain and Abel

Genesis 4:1-16

  1. Cain and Abel both had to stand before God.

Ecclesiastes 11:9  Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

  1. Cain brought the best he had, but his best was not accepted by God.

Jude 11  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain,…

  1. Abel brought a lamb for sacrifice, and the Lord accepted it.

Hebrews 10:17-18  17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

  1. Why did God accept Abel’s sacrifice and not Cain’s sacrifice?

Hebrews 11:4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

A.   Cain was very sincere, but being sincere is not enough.

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Matthew 7:21-23 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

B. It was sin when Cain did not bring the right offering.

1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother.   And wherefore slew he him?   Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

  1. God gave Cain a second chance.

Genesis 4:6-7 6And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

We have to remember that Cain and Abel knew the story of Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the garden and what had to happen before they were able to stand before God.

We have to believe that Adam did not keep all of this from his sons.

The Scriptures make it plain that the Lord did not somehow reject Cain up to that point, but instead He had loved him and encouraged him.

Cain ignored this love and encouragement, as it seems he ignored a great deal more of the Word of God.

Cain was too prideful to accept God’s covering of blood.  He wanted to bring his own thing.

  1. We see that God will only accept one gift.

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

We saw that with Adam and Eve there had to be blood.  In the story of Cain and Abel, it is the same thing.

  1. God has told us how to stand before Him and be accepted, but most of the world wants to try to come to Him Cain’s way.

Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Joe’s Podcast this week.  If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s podcast has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it.  To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to Consfords.com/033, scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.  If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit Consfords.com/facebook.  If you use Twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to Consfords.com/tweet, and there is a tweet ready for you to send.  If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.  I cannot wait to hear from you!

If you have questions for Joe’s Podcast, please feel free to call us at (936) 553-5234 and leave your message as a voice mail. If you have access to a computer with a microphone, you can visit our website Consfords.com and just click on the button on the right side of the screen that says “Voicemail”. Once you click on that button, just follow the instructions, and the voice mail will be sent to my e-mail. If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can also click on the “Voicemail” button, and you will be asked to download the “Speak Pipe” app.  Once again, just follow the directions on your device, and you will be able to record a voice mail and send it to me via your iPhone or iPad.  Or you can e-mail your question to us at feedback@consfords.com, and I will read it as part of the show. We will do our best to answer all of the questions as part of future shows.

My wife and I send out a daily e-mail and post it to our blog.  If you would like to subscribe to keep up with the day to day life of a missionary family in West Africa, you may do so by going to Consfords.com/subscribe.  We also send out a monthly newsletter if you would rather just get the condensed version.  You can subscribe to the monthly prayer letter at Consfords.com/prayerletter.

Don’t forget about Missionary on Fire; go to MissionaryOnFire.com.  In Missionary on Fire, we interview a different person each week.  This show is dedicated to veteran missionaries and those who support them.   It is our prayer that the Lord would use the stories of these faithful people to exhort you to do more for the Lord in these end times.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Joe’s Podcast.

Have a great week, and God bless!

Joe’s Podcast Episode #032

Welcome back to Joe’s Podcast.  I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford; and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week.  If you would like to be a blessing to me, this is how you could help Joe’s Podcast.  Go to Consfords.com/itunes and subscribe to the show and leave a good rating and a review.  This will help Joe’s Podcast be more visible in iTunes and help people be able to find this show quickly.

Adam and Eve

Genesis 3:1-21

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

1. They chose to sin.

No one makes you sin!!

It is a very common belief in Africa that people do not sin but that evil spirits enter into the body and make people sin.

Sin is a choice that every person chooses to make.

Sin comes from our own heart!

Mark 7:23

“All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

          Jeremiah 17:9

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

2. They tried to cover their sin.

They tried to cover it with leaves.

They tried to find a way they could stand before God.

God did not accept their covering.

Many people are still trying to come to God with their own covering hoping it is good enough.

We see this with every religion in the world except true Christianity.

3. They hid from God. 

Even though they had a covering, they still hid from God because they knew it was not enough.

4. The covering of leaves was not enough.

God does not and cannot accept anything from us when it comes to covering our sins.

5. The only thing that was acceptable was God’s covering that He made.  This took the shedding of innocent blood.

Please note that God had to give them a covering so that they could stand in front of God and not be ashamed.  The way of peace comes from God.

Hebrews 9:22

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

The blood is the important thing to think about.

Nothing has power to take away bad things but blood.

In the African Juju tradition, the only way you could get something removed was by blood.

If someone did an abomination, they had to bring an animal to the priest so that he could sacrifice it to the gods in order for the sin to be appeased.

It was only by blood!!!

If someone puts a curse on something or someone, then a lady that is in her period could not get near the person or the thing because the blood would erase the cure for the curse.

Many of the deep Juju priests are vegetarians because they think the blood that was spilled to kill the animals will take away their powers.

6. They blamed others not themselves! 

Man always wants to blame God for SIN!

Genesis 3:12

“And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”

The Devil made me do it!

Genesis 3:13

“And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”

7.  The punishment of Satan, mankind, and the earth

Genesis 3:14-19

14And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

16Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

17And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

a.  Satan was cursed. – God said there would be someone who would come and crush the head of Satan. We know that was talking about Christ.

b. The woman was cursed. - She would have pain in childbearing, and she would have to obey her husband!!  Ladies do not like either of these because they are a curse because of sin.

c. The man was cursed. - God told Adam that he was cursing the ground so that it would be hard to get food.  His work was going to be hard.

All animists worship some part of creation.

In Africa, it is a tree, a rock, a river, an idol, an animal, the stars, the moon or the sun.

God tells us all these things were cursed because of sin.

So we are worshiping an accursed thing.

If you try to get your power from something that is already cursed, you also will be cursed.

This fact is very common among traditionalists.

If people know something or someone is cursed, they will stay away from that thing or person.

This is one of the reasons Africans have not been blessed by God in the past, because they are worshiping an accursed thing.

The only thing their gods can give them is a curse.

If you have questions for Joe’s Podcast, please feel free to call us at (936) 553-5234 and leave your message as a voice mail. If you have access to a computer with a microphone, you can visit our website Consfords.com and just click on the button on the right side of the screen that says “Voicemail”. Once you click on that button, just follow the instructions, and the voice mail will be sent to my e-mail. If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can also click on the “Voicemail” button, and you will be asked to download the “Speak Pipe” app.  Once again, just follow the directions on your device, and you will be able to record a voice mail and send it to me via your iPhone or iPad.  Or you can e-mail your question to us at feedback@consfords.com, and I will read it as part of the show. We will do our best to answer all of the questions as part of future shows.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Joe’s Podcast this week.  If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s podcast has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it.  To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to Consfords.com/032, scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.  If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit Consfords.com/facebook.  If you use Twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to Consfords.com/tweet, and there is a tweet ready for you to send.  If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.  I cannot wait to hear from you!

My wife and I send out a daily e-mail and post it to our blog.  If you would like to subscribe to keep up with the day to day life of a missionary family in West Africa, you may do so by going to Consfords.com/subscribe.  We also send out a monthly newsletter if you would rather just get the condensed version.  You can subscribe to the monthly prayer letter at Consfords.com/prayerletter.

Don’t forget about Missionary on Fire; go to MissionaryOnFire.com.  In Missionary on Fire, we interview a different person each week.  This show is dedicated to veteran missionaries and those who support them.   It is our prayer that the Lord would use the stories of these faithful people to exhort you to do more for the Lord in these end times.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Joe’s Podcast.

Have a great week and God bless!

Joe’s Podcast Episode #031

This week we talk about some of the benefits that I have seen from our Fante studies.

I also take you through the first lesson in my Salvation Bible Studies that I have been working on.  Andrew Aaron and John Sommer gave me this outline, and I have been working on developing it to fit my style.

But first, let me welcome you back to Joe’s Podcast.  I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford; and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week.  If you would like to be a blessing to me, this is how you could help Joe’s Podcast.  Go to Consfords.com/itunes and subscribe to the show and leave a good rating and a review.  This will help Joe’s Podcast be more visible in iTunes and help people be able to find this show quickly.

Are You Going to Heaven?

Purpose:

The purpose is to show the person that they are a sinner and are in need of something more than what they have.

Questions:

1. Are you going to heaven?

This answer is usually, “Yes.”

2. Why are you going to heaven?

9 out of 10 people in Ghana will say something like this.

“Because I believe in Jesus or God, AND I am good, I go to church, I pray, I speak in tongues, I preach to others……etc.”

We see that the key phrase is “I”.  Whatever is said after and is what they are truly trusting in.

The people in Ghana in the past worshiped many gods.

These gods kept the people in fear.

If they did not worship these gods by performing certain practices and ceremonies, then the gods would be angry.

This same idea has come over to Christianity.

Most people here in Ghana have added Jesus Christ to their gods and are trying to keep Him happy so they can go to heaven.

3. Is one sin enough to send you to hell?

Who are we comparing ourselves to – our friend or GOD?

Test at school —   We have to grade tests from the answer sheet.  God says we have to have 100%, or we cannot go to Heaven.   It does not matter how you think you did on the test.  The only thing that matters is the final score.

When we compare ourselves to God’s righteousness, we all fall short.

One sin is enough to make you fail God’s test.

4. If you do not keep the Ten Commandments, will you go to Heaven?

Exodus 20:3-17

  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

What do you put before God…?

  1. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…

Catholics have graven images all over their churches…

Many people have local fetishes in their houses…

  1. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain…

How many times a day do we say, “Oh my G—!” or “J—–!”?

  1. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

God wants one day a week from us that is set aside to worship Him!

  1. Honour thy father and thy mother…

We have all broken this commandment at some time…

  1. Thou shalt not kill.

I John 3:15

“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”

  1. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Matthew 5:27-28

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:  28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

  1. Thou shalt not steal.

Malachi 3:8-9

8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.  9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.”

  1. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Every lie falls into this category!

Psalm 58:3

“The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.”

  1. Thou shalt not covet…

Wanting something that does not belong to us!

Remember, if you do not keep one, you have not kept them all.

 James 2:10

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

5. Will our righteousness get us closer to God and heaven?

Isaiah 64:6

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Even as a Christian, the good things we do in our own strength are filthy in God’s eyes.  THEY will get burned up at the bema seat judgment.

Let us say that we insulted the chief.  When we go and try to make it up to him, we wear some nasty clothes and bring him a filthy gift so he will forgive us. Will he accept the gift?  It is a bigger insult than the first offense.

We have insulted God by breaking His laws; and if we try to make it up to Him by doing good, it is like coming to him with a nasty, filthy gift!!!!

God has to have something else before we can stand before Him.

6. Can one bad sin outweigh all of the good things I have done?

James 2:10

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”  

We see by this verse that the weight of one sin is greater than nine good things.

What if a man lived his whole life doing very good things – going to church, praying, doing good works, etc.? Everyone thought he was a good man.  Then, when he reached eighty years old, he went outside and killed someone.  When people go by his house now, they will not say, “Here is a good man!”   They will say, “Here is a Murderer!!”  The act of killing someone only took a couple of seconds, and he had been good his whole life.

7. If we have asked for forgiveness for our sin, does God hear us and forgive us?  

Isaiah 59:2

“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

God cannot hear us because our sin separates us from Him!

Even if you have confessed your sins in the past and told God you were sorry, He did not hear you.

God needs a payment for your sins first!!!!!

8. If God is perfect and He cannot allow anything in His sight that is not perfect, how can we go to Heaven?  (It is best even if you can get them to ask this question.)

Africa is a nice place because people ask a lot of questions usually.  This lets you know what they are thinking.

This first Bible study is to let them understand their need.   Most of the time, it will take one to two hours.  They have been taught one thing their whole life.  They will not get the right perspective in a couple of verses.

People might say, “I believe in Jesus. I am okay, right?”

We must ask ourselves what they believe about Jesus.

The devils believe and tremble.

James 2:19

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

Muslims believe in Jesus.

Even if someone believes that Jesus died, is that enough?

Many of the people who saw Jesus hanging on the cross did not go to heaven.

One of the men hanging on the cross right beside Jesus did not go to heaven.

We know when someone is living in their own sin that they do not have peace.

Romans 3:17

And the way of peace have they not known:”

They do not even understand the way of peace because of their sin.

We want to show God’s way of peace in these Bible studies.

Now that we see the Ten Commandments cannot take us to Heaven, we want to show the people in the stories the way that God made for them.

If you have questions for Joe’s Podcast, please feel free to call us at (936) 553-5234 and leave your message as a voice mail. If you have access to a computer with a microphone, you can visit our website Consfords.com and just click on the button on the right side of the screen that says “Voicemail”. Once you click on that button, just follow the instructions, and the voice mail will be sent to my e-mail. If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can also click on the “Voicemail” button, and you will be asked to download the “Speak Pipe” app.  Once again, just follow the directions on your device, and you will be able to record a voice mail and send it to me via your iPhone or iPad.  Or you can e-mail your question to us at feedback@consfords.com, and I will read it as part of the show. We will do our best to answer all of the questions as part of future shows.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Joe’s Podcast this week.  If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s podcast has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it.  To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to Consfords.com/031, scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.  If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit Consfords.com/facebook.  If you use Twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to Consfords.com/tweet, and there is a tweet ready for you to send.  If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.  I cannot wait to hear from you!

My wife and I send out a daily e-mail and post it to our blog.  If you would like to subscribe to keep up with the day to day life of a missionary family in West Africa, you may do so by going to Consfords.com/subscribe.  We also send out a monthly newsletter if you would rather just get the condensed version.  You can subscribe to the monthly prayer letter at Consfords.com/prayerletter.

Don’t forget about Missionary on Fire; go to MissionaryOnFire.com.  In Missionary on Fire, we interview a different person each week.  This show is dedicated to veteran missionaries and those who support them.   It is our prayer that the Lord would use the stories of these faithful people to exhort you to do more for the Lord in these end times.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Joe’s Podcast.

Have a great week, and God bless!

Joe’s Podcast Episode #030

Welcome back to Joe’s Podcast.  I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford; and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week.  If you would like to be a blessing to me, this is how you could help Joe’s Podcast.  Go to Consfords.com/itunes and subscribe to the show and leave a good rating and a review.  This will help Joe’s Podcast be more visible in iTunes and help people be able to find this show quickly.

Every month that has a fifth Sunday, there is a Song and Testimony service in the Evening service at Independent Bible Baptist Church here in Takoradi.  This past Sunday was the first time we had attended one of these services here.  Laura sang a special and the kids sang Jesus Loves Me in Engish and then in Fante.  Everyone really enjoyed the kids’ singing.  So, I thought I would let you listen in!

The Independent Bible Baptist Church has a singing group consisting of three young ladies and Brother Williams, the principal of Freedom Baptist Academy.  They sing really well!  I enjoy hearing Africans sing from their heart.  I wish you could hear them in person.

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We had a missionary get together for the fourth of July.  Everyone was busy on the fourth; so we had the get together on the second.  We had a lot of fun.  I delayed the podcast for a day so I could record this interview with some of the missionary kids.  This is my conversation with Adam (6) and Amelia (7) Aaron.

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Our kids sang Amazing Grace with the Aarons’ kids.  It was great!

If you have questions for Joe’s Podcast, please feel free to call us at (936) 553-5234 and leave your message as a voice mail. If you have access to a computer with a microphone, you can visit our website Consfords.com and just click on the button on the right side of the screen that says “Voicemail”. Once you click on that button, just follow the instructions, and the voice mail will be sent to my e-mail. If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can also click on the “Voicemail” button, and you will be asked to download the “Speak Pipe” app.  Once again, just follow the directions on your device, and you will be able to record a voice mail and send it to me via your iPhone or iPad.  Or you can e-mail your question to us at feedback@consfords.com, and I will read it as part of the show. We will do our best to answer all of the questions as part of future shows.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Joe’s Podcast this week.  If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s podcast has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it.  To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to Consfords.com/030, scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.  If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit Consfords.com/facebook.  If you use Twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to Consfords.com/tweet, and there is a tweet ready for you to send.  If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.  I cannot wait to hear from you!

My wife and I send out a daily e-mail and post it to our blog.  If you would like to subscribe to keep up with the day to day life of a missionary family in West Africa, you may do so by going to Consfords.com/subscribe.  We also send out a monthly newsletter if you would rather just get the condensed version.  You can subscribe to the monthly prayer letter at Consfords.com/prayerletter.

Don’t forget about Missionary on Fire; go to MissionaryOnFire.com.  In Missionary on Fire, we interview a different person each week.  This show is dedicated to veteran missionaries and those who support them.   It is our prayer that the Lord would use the stories of these faithful people to exhort you to do more for the Lord in these end times.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Joe’s Podcast.

Have a great week and God bless!

Joe’s Podcast Episode #029

Welcome back to Joe’s Podast.  I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford; and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week.  If you would like to be a blessing to me, this is how you could help Joe’s Podcast.  Go to Consfords.com/itunes and subscribe to the show and leave a good rating and a review.  This will help Joe’s Podcast be more visible in iTunes and help people be able to find this show quickly.

This week, we have three questions; the first two are by e-mail from my mother-in-law, Bonnie Van Manen.  First, she asks, “Is the public education in Ghana free, or do all students have to pay?”

Next, she asks, “Are the marriages in Ghana arranged, or do teenagers date on their own?”

The next question was asked by my Uncle Ronnie who was mentioned in MissionaryOnFire.com/018.  My dad recorded his question and sent it to me.

What is the greatest challenge of raising kids on the mission field?

  • Knowing what is going on back home and guarding against the feeling of being left out of something.
  • Developing friendships in a cross-cultural situation
  • Health concerns

If you have questions for Joe’s Podcast, please feel free to call us at (936) 553-5234 and leave your message as a voice mail. If you have access to a computer with a microphone, you can visit our website Consfords.com and just click on the button on the right side of the screen that says “Voicemail”. Once you click on that button, just follow the instructions, and the voice mail will be sent to my e-mail. If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can also click on the “Voicemail” button, and you will be asked to download the “Speak Pipe” app.  Once again, just follow the directions on your device, and you will be able to record a voice mail and send it to me via your iPhone or iPad.  Or you can e-mail your question to us at feedback@consfords.com, and I will read it as part of the show. We will do our best to answer all of the questions as part of future shows.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Joe’s Podcast this week.  If you could take a moment to leave a comment about how this week’s podcast has blessed you, I would greatly appreciate it.  To leave a comment on this week’s episode, go to Consfords.com/029, scroll down to the bottom, and leave your comment there.  If you would rather leave the comment on Facebook, you can visit Consfords.com/facebook.  If you use Twitter, I have already set up a great tweet for you; all you have to do is go to Consfords.com/tweet, and there is a tweet ready for you to send.  If you prefer to send a good old e-mail, the address is feedback@consfords.com.  I cannot wait to hear from you!

My wife and I send out a daily e-mail and post it to our blog.  If you would like to subscribe to keep up with the day to day life of a missionary family in West Africa, you may do so by going to Consfords.com/subscribe.  We also send out a monthly newsletter if you would rather just get the condensed version.  You can subscribe to the monthly prayer letter at Consfords.com/prayerletter.

Don’t forget about Missionary on Fire; go to MissionaryOnFire.com.  In Missionary on Fire, we interview a different person each week.  This show is dedicated to veteran missionaries and those who support them.   It is our prayer that the Lord would use the stories of these faithful people to exhort you to do more for the Lord in these end times.

That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Joe’s Podcast.

Have a great week and God bless!