Illegal Mexico Reason To Come North MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary “The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO” Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.

 Illegals  Mexico MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary “The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO” Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US. 

 CONTACT: normanoetker@hotmail.com  October 2009 

 

October 2008

A Good Life In Mexico For Mexican Nationals

The Mexican Dream Is A Fact, And A Way Of Life.

The Illegally Entering People, that are passing through Mexico to the U.S., are they looking to work in the fields of the US in 2008?

  • The legally entering Mexicans are that legal, they will work the seasonal jobs, then return to Mexico.
  • The majorities of Mexicans, choose to live and remain in their country, a proud spirit of being Mexican, runs throughout the country.
  • Multitudes Remain In Mexico and live a very comfortable life, in the border regions, working in any of the two thousand eight hundred companies in the multi-national plants within their border areas.
  • There Are Millions in the northern Mexico areas along the Mexican U.S. border from California to Texas.
  • Trained And Cross Trained, then working within the various jobs applications, where semi skilled to skill professionals are utilized.
  • Production assembly of quality products, in one of the most highly technically advanced work centers globally.
  • The Quality, And High Standards that are required, for a continual market share by meeting the international community requirements, for quality goods and materials is essential, for long term growth and economic prosperity.
  • The Standards Required, within these industrial parks, located within Mexico, are under intense market driven pressures, competing in a world wide, work forces, with this global incentives, and that being, with all wanting, an ever greater Global share.
  • Mexico Has Demonstrated, and will continue to meet the global challenges, in their expanding worldwide exports sales.
  • Their Global Work Skills Proficiency levels have enabled them to be in high demand by the International Employers.
  • The Mexican Nationals, with schooling, and training, coupled with language learning skills, with English being a primary targeted language, are realizing through their hard work, and further commitments, the
  • “Mexican Dream” of a better life, for them, and their children, and being a voice of change within  Mexico’s Global Workforce Community.
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  • N. Oetker… As One Reads Through The Pages Below, it will become evident, that those who venture to north Mexico, on their illegal way to the U.S. will have contact with million’s of middle class, successful Mexican citizens, who are succeeding in their quest, for a better life and life-style in “MEXICO.” 
  • According To NAFTA’s report below there are 2,808 international factories in Mexico, it will become very clear that these are specialized jobs, and that the locals, have invested in themselves, by attending local government initiated technical schools to help them in attaining the work-skills necessary to compete in the global workplace, which requires the production of consistent quality parts.
  • The question for discussion is not that there aren’t jobs in Mexico but, what is the real motivation for illegal immigration activity?
  • As with all things of Mexico, it will be the Mexicans that will need to step forward and address the truth’s of this issue also.    

SOURCE NAFTA 2005 -2006 PRESENT AND BEYOND

http://www.teamnafta.com/ssp/2008_site_selection_package.pdf

  THE MANUFACTURING EXPORT INDUSTRY

In 1965 the Mexican Government Established the in-bond or maquiladora (INDUSTRIAL PARKS) program, a program that allows duty-free importation of raw materials, components and equipment needed for the assembly or manufacture of finished goods for subsequent export. The program originated from the need to industrialize northern Mexico and slowdown migration to the U.S. by creating jobs along the border.

There are 2,808 Maquiladora companies operating in Mexico with nearly 90% of them in the border zone. The maquiladora industry currently employs 1,181,284 people. In Ciudad (City) Juarez alone, the industry employs 231,000 people.

 

  • N. Oetker footnote this city Juarez, according to local news, currently is controlled mostly through fear and intimidation from drug cartels and corrupt officials. The newly elected administration in Mexico, has disarmed the local police in these border regions and have sent in the military…. the axiom holds true and that is, “if you want to find the problems, follow the money.”
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  • According To The Auto Industry Association (AMIA), Mexican auto production expanded 6.6% in 2005 to 1.6 million units, while exports rose 8.4% to 1.2 million units. It is important to point out that the automotive sector already accounts for more than 20% of total manufacturing output.

 

·         NAFTA in Numbers

·         Since 1993, the year before NAFTA went into effect, the total volume of trade between the three NAFTA countries has expanded from $294 billion to $1.149 trillion in 2006.

  • Each Day NAFTA Members Conduct Nearly $2.1 billion in Trilateral Trade.

(Source: Secretaria de Economia, Banco de a, US Department of Commerce) MEXICO FOREIGN TRADE

Mexico’s Exports Have Grown exponentially since NAFTAs inception and the country has been consolidating as a major exporter to the US. During 2007, Mexico exported $194 billion, nearly equalling the all-time high from 2006 of $198 billion, and a big leap over 1993 levels, the year prior to NAFTA implementation, when it exported $39 billion.

In 2007, Mexico’s Trade surplus with the United States reached $67.7 billion US dollars, the highest surplus ever.

Sales from Mexico to the United States have increased $59.4 billion between 2002 and 2007. Immediate access to the US is a primary advantage for companies producing products that require tight logistical time frames to re-enter the US, heavy products that have high transportation costs and where quality is more important than price.

 

THE MANUFACTURING EXPORT INDUSTRY

In 1965 the Mexican Government Established the in-bond or maquiladora program, a program that allows duty-free importation of raw materials, components and equipment needed for the assembly or manufacture of finished goods for subsequent export. The program originated from the need to industrialize northern Mexico and slowdown migration to the U.S. by creating jobs along the border.

There are 2,808 maquiladora companies operating in Mexico with nearly 90% of them in the border zone. The  maquiladora industry currently employs 1,181,284 people. In Ciudad Juarez alone, the industry employs 231,000 people.

 

MAQUILADORA EXPORTS

Exports in the maquiladora industry reached $94 billion in 2005. The main exports of the maquiladora industry include machinery, electric appliances and materials, sound and image recording devices,TV sets, mechanic devices, optical instruments and devices, photography, precision control and medical instruments, vehicles, plastic manufactures, and garments and accessories.

According  to the Auto Industry Association (AMIA), Mexican auto production expanded 6.6% in 2005 to 1.6 million units, while exports rose 8.4% to 1.2 million units. It is important to point out that the automotive sector already accounts for more than 20% of total manufacturing output.

MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary “The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO” Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.


Periferico Plaza MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary “The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO” Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.

  MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary “The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO” Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.

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Posted in México by Prange Way on April 19th, 2007

 

Sorianna is the name of one of Mexico’s large food stores.

 

Plaza Periferico main entrance in Reynosa, Mexico  

  • Just a Few Miles South of Pharr and McAllen lies the large Mexican city of Reynosa.  At well over 1,500,000 residents, Reynosa eclipses McAllen’s population by about threefold.  Many people are most familiar with Reynosa and the Mexican cities along the Rio Grande for infamous reasons: rampant crime, poverty, and maquiladoras.  However, upon my visit, I noted that although conditions were noticeably better on the American side, the criticisms of these cities are largely an overreaction promulgated by the American media.  While, like many cities in any country, there were sufficiently visible examples of abject poverty, so too were there modern areas of the city with very typical, American-style conveniences including new subdivisions, convenience stores, big box, and even shopping malls.  In general, the disparity between life in Mexico and life in the U.S., while noticeable, is not as significant as you probably think. 

 

 

Reynosa Strip

 

 

 Mex 40 and Mex 2 Interchange, Reynosa, Mexico

  Since Retail Is Our Focus Here, we’ll take a look at what Reynosa has to offer and consider comparisons to what we’re familiar with on the American side.  In doing this, we hope to provide a brief glimpse into the parallel other world of Mexican retailing.  Much like we’ve found with Canada, they have their own, unique chains and ways of doing things and it’s worth a shot to try and understand.  However, several caveats: we’ve only been to Mexican border cities, and are aware that the interior is probably much different in terms of general conditions and offerings.  Also, we don’t speak Spanish (well, maybe un poco) so much of what we observed may very well have been lost in translation.  That said, we’ll try to explain what we found, and add a new country to our mix in the process.  Diversity is cool, after all.  

 

Reynosa border

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

  • Plaza Periférico Is A New, very modern enclosed mall on the far west side of Reynosa along the heavily-traveled main route to Monterrey.  This route is also the major modern retail strip for Reynosa, and is full of fast food, big box, strip malls, and American-style chain restaurants.  Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Office Depot, McDonald’s, Chili’s, Popeye’s, and HEB are all American stores with presence here.  In addition to those are Mexican box chains and restaurants with which we are unfamiliar, including Sanborn’s department store, City Club warehouse store, S-Mart Grocery, Coppel Hidalgo, and impressively modern hypermarket Sorianna.  In addition, there’s even a new American-style brew pub called Sierra Madre Brewing Company. There are no less than three enclosed malls along or within a very close distance of this strip.  
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  • We’re Starting With Plaza Periférico, which is at the west end of the aforementioned strip near the intersection of México Route 40 and México Route 2.   Consulting Wikimapia, which proved as an invaluable resource for this non-Spanish speaker in finding the retail strips in Mexico, Plaza Periférico was labelled yet not present in the satellite photo.  So, we’re assuming it’s less than a few years old.  Anchored by Soriana, Famsa (appliances), Cinépolis (a large multi-screen movie theatre), Woolworth’s (yes, that very same one), and a large food court, Plaza Periferico is your typical suburban mall.  Most of the stores inside are Mexican chains we’re assuming, but many tenets of a typical American mall remain.  For example, there are cars for sale parked inside, and the same kiosks were used to hock the same stuff: cable television, cell phones, and printer ink.   

 

Plaza Periferico in Reynosa, Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

  • However, At The Same Time, there are differences too.  In the parking lot, parking attendants rush over to you when you get into your car to assist you out of your parking spot.  You back out, and they blow a whistle when it’s clear to proceed forward.  Kind of interesting, yet I wonder why it’s necessary.  To create jobs?  The parking lots were no different or hazardous than those in the U.S.  Perhaps they double as security for the lot because of more frequent thefts, and the parking assistance is just part of their job as well.  The decor is pretty standard for a new mall, but the layout is a bit different.  There are two large, circular courts at each end of the mall, and the anchors are sort of placed haphazardly throughout, yet the organization is efficient. 

    

  •  Take A Look At The Pictures of Plaza Periférico and the surrounding area, taken April 2007.  Since, again, we aren’t very familiar with the Spanish language, finding even Internet resources about this mall didn’t produce much.  So, we once again open it up to you, our readers, to fill in some of the details about this mall and the area in general.

 

   

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Review 1 Attack On The BibleMEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary “The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO” Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.

Bible Inspiration… Is Being Lead Away To Other Resources As Being More Authorative Than The Bible. MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary "The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO" Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.

 WANTED… A WRITER FOR A BOOK ON MY LIFE AS A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY

CONTACT: normanoetker@hotmail.com  October 2009

 
 

September 2008 

 

N. Oetker Missionary

A Review   Series 1 

    • The Purpose Of This Review Explained.

      • As one begins to read my reviews, it might seem that I’m pointing at some very minor points. Indeed, the points in question, could be interpreted in many ways, yet a pattern is most detechtable.

      • When I began this set of 14 courses, I was opened in my examinations of the material; yet, there were times that when I read things, I would stop and say to my self, "the Bible did not say that."

      • Moreover, As You Continue In The Reviews, you will see the introduction of non biblical material as reference sources. The logic introduced, through these non inspirational materials, leads in a subtle way, to the questioning Of The Current Translation Of The Full Christian Bible Of The Old And New Testament, as being Inspirational.

      • We are talking about separating the Christian Bible, and this writer does just that, therefore, using other source materials and not actually, the current Christian Bible Of Both the Old and New Testament Translation Truths.

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      • Again, It was Only After Many Courses, that I realized the subtle error being perpetrated through the course  materials.

      • The  Course Author’s Assumptions and Stated Views, that this or that, is in all likelihood what the Bible means to say, is placing one’s personal view above "Inspirational Truth," which is error!.

      • In My Continual Setting Aside These Inward Red Flags Of Warning. I decided to act, by contacting the sponsoring organization, their reply was that they did not have time to read all of the course material. Yet, this same group posted it to their site, a very unprofessional action to say the least.

      • While In The Courses I would have to stop, think and pondered, the material read, then I was tempted to go to other materials for their view of the material presented. The problem was that these other books, and writings had rejected Christ as the Messiah. Finally, I stopped this questioning of the truth’s  presented in the Current Translated Form Of The Full Christian Bible Of The Old And New Testament.

      • Therefore, then, there would be the introduction of these "other materials," which I’ll write about below, these, "others," are introduced, as being of some evidential benefit to his statements, and assumptions about a subject.

      • It has been a couple years, and now I want to continue the reviews.

      • I have had to come to a realization that, not only were some of the statements that I was reading in this course material incorrect, that eventually, that is, about three quarters the way through the courses, these patterns were repeated over and over, that raised in the reader’s minds, the suspicions, and doubts, and to questioned, the Current Translation Of The Full Christian Bible Of The Old And New Testament, and many of it’s verses, to be incorrect in it’s stated forms.

      • The "Writer Leads One To Doubt," The Full Christian Bible Of The Old And New Testament, and that it could only be truly understood, with the knowledge, along with the belief’s, and practices of other traditional materials, and needless to say, it has to be duly noted here, that these "others," have to present, rejected "Christ," as the "Savior of the World,"  and that they also have rejected, that "Jesus is God." And Most importantly, have rejected the Current Translation Of The Christian Bible Of Both The The Old And New Testament As Being Inspired.

      • It is of further note, to explain, that there are other religions that are most definitely, not Christian, yet, the writer uses their Bible, as his source material. Yet, the religious people, that uses this Bible, have translated it to be understood that the Messiah is not "Jesus. 

      • Now, to another related subject, the understanding of interpretations of thought, it is with intensive controlled, that one needs to  maintain, in the keeping with the overall meaning of the sentence thought and the ideal it conveys, as it relates to the overall context.

      • I myself, believe, that now, we have enough information within our subject languages of the Bible, that’s to say, a thought can now be transpose into English, no matter how complex it might be, it could require several sentences, nevertheless, it can be translated and fully understood in Amplified English. 

      • All one needs to do is to insert multiples of thought, that speaks to that particular concept’s ideal.

      • That resolves the generally understood thought-ideal, that the one English word, does not, or cannot convey.

      • We have other religious groups that have translated the original text, to be used,  that blend more readily, to their own generally held view, of what something is, instead of the actual facts.

      • One simply needs to believe in the "Atonement" as it is foretold, in the The Current Translation Of The Full Christian Bible Of The Old And New Testament, then all would be resolved.

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      • One Day, It Will Be So,

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      •  "For Every Knee Shall Bow To The Lord ‘Jesus’."

     

     

    The Writer introduces these other traditional belief’s, where-as, he states that an average lay person, couldn’t begin to understand, these concepts Of God, according to this course author.

      • There Are Fourteen Courses Under Review. 

    Course One

    Dr. —— The course author’s name I have left out.

     

    • The Courses Are Reviewed and given one at a time in this series. My review is added to each course. It is very helpful for one to look and read some of the other materials, I have posted on this site in regards to the ‘Fundamentals,’  for in that, one will see how the ‘Inspirational" ideal about the Bible was attacked, and over time, this unchallenged assumption, gained a foothold into Christian thinking. Eventually this error was addressed, by the corporate effort of the writer’s of the articles within the Fundamentals.
    • Thanks be to God.  Norm
    • The course material has been numbered by it’s paragraphs, and it is this number that is referenced.
    • The entire course under discussion is at the end of my review.

     

    Course 1

    1.    N. Oetker Missionary…As we can see in the Introduction, it is the study of the "Bible."  Yet, it will be plainly demonstrated that this course, in it’s present form runs contrary to it’s stated purpose which is the study of the "Bible."

    Introduction…

    • …Make us diligent students of the Bible so that we would have an answer to give to those who ask us for a reason of the hope that is in us. We thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
    • N. Oetker…Notices that there is an inclusion to understanding the Bible, "in all that Christianity teaches"…
    • This Is Not For Our Instruction and reproof that is, "all that Christianity teaches."
    • There Is Only One Book that is inspired and complete in it’s self, and that is the "Bible."
    • Yes, There Are many other writings but
    • …only one "Inspired Bible" as our only rule of faith. NOT WHAT ALL OF CHRISTIANNITY  TEACHES!

        Para. 2…The course description states that the purpose of this course is to present the person and work of Jesus Christ from His pre-existence to His Second Coming. Thus, acquainting the students with the major doctrines of Jesus Christ, while focusing on the centrality of Jesus Christ in all that Christianity teaches, believes, and practices. That is a wonderful course description and we will try to do that.

     

    • 3. N. Oetker Missionary…Now, I would like to draw attention to the use of  ‘we’ and the phrase, ‘the messianic circles,’ below. This is a direct attempt to introduce, that there are two types of ‘Christians.’  And that would be those within the messianic circles and those, who are not in the messianic circles, in other words, the Jewish Christian, and the Gentile Christian, this is error, the Bible does not speak of two class’s of Christians, quite the contrary.  

    para. 11,    Now In The Messianic Circles Of Today, we abbreviate it and it is spelled: Y’shua.

      Norm…Please read below parts of Ephesians and Romans that address this error directly. The Bible references are from the NKJV, The New King James Version.

    Ephesians 2:11-22

    11.  Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh who are called Uncircumcised by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands 
    12.  that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
    13.  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been made near by the blood of Christ.
    14.  For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of division between us,
    15.  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,
    16.  and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
    17.  And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
    18.  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
    19.  Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
    20.  having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
    21.  in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
    22.  in whom you also are being built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.

     

    N. Oetker… A note here to the reader, I‘m not saying in this review that one should  deny their heritage. We can only acknowledge what the Bible says who we are in Christ, and there are no "two," but "one."  The practice of speaking of two types of Christians is not taught in the Bible. This two class system was spoken AGAINST  most plainly, and quite forcibly, by Jesus, and then the apostle. 

    N. Oetker…What I discovered, while taking this course, was a systematic process that in fact, leads one away from the "Inspirational" side of the Bible, to a view, that one cannot fully understand  Bible, not unless, one accepts other writings and view points as authorized truths, this is error.

    N. Oetker…Again, I would like for one to realize that the Bible, describes the Christians as one body with Christ being the ‘Head.’ Not two different bodies with one head.

    Romans 12:1-5

    1.  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
    2.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
    3.  For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
    4.  For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,
    5.  so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

           

    4.    N. Oetker…para. 12, introduces doubt about the source of the book of Matthew.
      

    "The book probably has a Hebrew source…"

    5.   N. Oetker… para. 22, Begins to reveal that one is not doing something correctly…
       

    …You know, some people when they are trying to cast out a demon say, "In the name of Jesus come out of him," as if  the only thing necessary is to mention the name Jesus. You know. Do you understand? We’re missing the point….

    6.    N. Oetker…  para. 23, introduces a line reasoning that one doesn’t understand the preexistence of Christ. Yet, in the book of John it is spoken of plainly.

    John 1

    1.  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    2.  He was in the beginning with God.
    3.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
    4.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
    5.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
       

    …So the name Yehoshua, when did that come? When was that given to Him? At His birth. Well, then what was His name previous? Isaiah says that His name was Wonderful. You call Him wonderful in the Old Testament. But the Hebrew word     Wonderful, means "difficult to understand" or "incomprehensible." So what are we talking about when we discuss the  preexistence of Jesus Christ? We are talking about someone who has not yet received His name, Yehoshua, and whose     name is beyond our ability to understand. That is really something important, yet we sometimes miss it… 

    7.    N. Oetker…para. 24, again, one cannot understand ‘Christ.’
       

    …It is high. I cannot attain it." There is a clear definition of the word wonderful. It is greater than your ability to understand it. When it says in Isaiah 28:29, "His counsel is wonderful," and in Isaiah 9:6, "He is the     wonderful counselor," it means that it is "too difficult to understand." He is the incomprehensible Christ!…

    8.    N. Oetker…The Bible states, that the three years before Christ’s death, Christ reveals all sides of His character to mankind. The Bible is abundantly clear about the person of  Christ on earth.
        

     N. Oetker…Question? Is it God’s intention to keep the believer in the dark? or for us to vaguely  understand Christ and His life on earth ?Does God want us to reach some mystical truth, by reading this or that, and then trying to connect the dots? Absurd, the Bible is complete.

    God is incomprehensible to man, however, Jesus said "you have seen me, then you have seen God," all that we care to know about God is plainly revealed to us in the "Bible."

      John 14:9-11

    9.  Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, `Show us the Father’?
    10.  "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
    11.  "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves 
     

    Complete copy of course introduction below.

    Introduction

    1.    Thank You that You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Savior into this world. Thank You that He died for our sins and paid for them and rose again from the dead. Thank You, Lord, that we have life and forgiveness in Him. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." Thank You, Lord, for the wonderful inheritance we have in Christ. We are joint heirs with Him and we pray that our study of Your word concerning Jesus Christ will prepare our hearts to bring the message of Jesus to a lost and dying world. We pray, Lord, that we would never loose sight that Christianity is not just a religion—a system of doing things—but it is Jesus Christ our Lord. Without Christ there is no Christianity. Help us, Lord, by opening our minds and hearts. Make us diligent students of the Bible so that we would have an answer to give to those who ask us for a reason of the hope that is in us. We thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
    2.    The course description states that the purpose of this course is to present the person and work of Jesus Christ from His pre-existence to His Second Coming. Thus, acquainting the students with the major doctrines of Jesus Christ, while focusing on the centrality of Jesus Christ in all that Christianity teaches, believes, and practices. That is a wonderful course description and we will try to do that.

    3.    There is a little tract that is published by the Faith, Prayer and Tract League and its title is the same as the textbook: The Incomparable Christ. Let me read a few lines out of this that your heart might be warmed.

    4.    He came from the throne of the Father to the womb of a woman. He put on humanity that we might put on divinity. He became Son of Man that we might become sons of God. He was born in a supernatural way, lived in poverty and was reared in obscurity. He had neither wealth nor influence, yet the wisdom of men has never matched His wisdom. Never has a man spoken like this man. His family was inconspicuous and uninfluential. In infancy He startled a king. As a boy, He stunned theologians with His knowledge and wisdom for He was taught of God. In manhood, He ruled the elements and quieted the raging sea. He healed the multitudes without medicine. And fed thousands from a boy’s lunch. Even demons obeyed Him and He gave back life to those who died. He never wrote a book, yet none of the libraries of the world can contain the books that have been written about Him. He never wrote a song, yet He has furnished the theme of more songs than all song writers combined. He never founded a college, yet all the colleges together cannot boast of as many students as He has. He never marshaled an army, yet no leader has ever had more volunteers. Great men have come and gone yet He lives all. Herod could not kill Him. Satan could not tempt Him to sin. Death could not destroy Him. The grave could not hold Him. He laid aside His purple robe for a peasant’s gown. He was rich yet for our sakes He became poor. He slept in another’s manger. He rode on another’s donkey. He was buried in another’s grave. He conquered death and rose on the third day as He said He would. He ascended into heaven and is now at the right hand of the throne of God. One day He will return with power and great glory to judge the world when every knee shall bow to Him and every tongue shall confess Him as Lord. His friends gladly. But enemies seeking for a place to hide from His face. He is the perfect one. The only one who can satisfy the soul. He gives everlasting life to those who love Him. He is altogether lovely. But best of all, He is my Savior.

    5.    He is a wonderful Lord. Now God often gives us illustrations that are rather close to the times that we speak. Yesterday morning a Jewish medical doctor called me because somebody gave him my name. He had never heard our broadcast, but he called our ministry. He had just been talking with his rabbi about Jesus and wanted to know about Him. Though He had heard all about Jesus growing up, since it was in a Jewish home it was only to stay away from Jesus. Now he had become interested and somebody gave him a New Testament. While he was reading the New Testament, something about Jesus really bothered him. He went to his rabbi to find out the scoop about Jesus, but his rabbi gave him a lecture on why Jesus cannot be the Messiah. The funny thing about it is that he faxed the reasons to me and the rabbi gave the exact same arguments that I use to prove that Christ is the Messiah. The rabbi was not at all ignorant of the facts; he laid them out very beautifully for this man and told him that because of the curse on the line of David through Solomon at the time of Jeconiah Jesus cannot be the Messiah. Secondly, because He was born by virgin birth according to the New Testament, He would have come out of the womb of a woman (though she was in the line of David through Nathan) Christ could not have been the King of Kings because the messiah cannot be adopted. According to Psalm 132:11, He has to be born out of the loins of David—out of the woman’s womb from King David through Solomon as this rabbi claimed. Now the Scriptures do not say that it must be through Solomon. He was born of a woman in David’s line out of Mary. The rabbi was wrong concerning the adoption issue. We will get to that one day when we talk about it in this course and go over the details of it. Here is a man telling me that Jesus was not the Messiah by using the very argument that we use to prove that He is the Messiah! The point is that both sides agree to the argument. Now I just looked at him and said, "Glory!" because I have now, in print, a Jewish rabbi stating exactly the argument as to why Yeshua ben Yosef is the only one who could ever be the Messiah. There is no other possibility.

    6.    In case, you are worried about that now, Isaiah 9:6 states, "For Unto us a Child is born." Birth. "Unto us a Son is given." Adoption. Whoever this one is, whose name is wonderful will be on the throne of David and He will be exercising righteousness and justice forevermore. Whoever this one is, He has to have both birth and adoption in order to fulfill Isaiah 9:6.

    7.    The other interesting thing—if the rabbi is correct—that he has eliminated any possibility for any Messiah, because nobody could be the Messiah. Why? Well, because He cannot meet the prophecies that are in the Bible. He listed the prophesies about Jesus and said they were coincidence. We will see in this course whether or not it is coincidence. Did the disciples sit down with Jesus one day and say, "You know what? I mean, you are nice looking. You’ve got a lot of great things to say. I think you’d make a great messiah. We certainly need one." Now, we do have a little problem here. There are 300 prophecies that we are going to have to work on. Can you imagine the day that came along when they said, "I hate to tell you this, Jesus, but there are 30 prophecies that you have to fulfill in one day and you also have to be killed. There is one more that is even worse than that, because on the third day, you are going to have to come back from the dead."

    8.    We will get back to this later in the course. We are getting a little bit ahead now. Allow me to run down the outline briefly so that you know what we are going to cover. We are actually going to deal with ten major subjects. Two weeks will be spent on most of these subjects.
        a. Of the ten major subjects, the first one is the pre-existence of Jesus Christ. He did not just start as a baby in Bethlehem.
        b. The second one that we will look at is the messianic claims of Jesus Christ. The fundamental issue of the Bible which a lot of schools do not at all teach their students, unfortunately, is that Jesus is the Messiah. As a matter of fact, to be accurate with the New Testament, a person becomes a Christian by believing that Jesus is in fact the Messiah. It says that point blank. It astounds me the little interest people have in the whole issue of the Messiah Himself. The claims of Jesus Christ to be the Messiah is the heart of the gospel. John wrote in John 20:30-31, "These signs are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Messiah and that in believing you would have life through His name." So it is critical to understand the messianic claims of Jesus Christ.
        c. The third subject is the deity of Christ, and which will include a look at all the cults and aberrations of Christianity—everybody who is just a little off. They call themselves Christians, but they are just a slight bit off, and it is always over the deity of Christ. The deity of Christ functions as the common denominator of cults, whether they deny or water it down. The fact of the matter is that He is God. And we are going to deal with that.
        d. We will address the incarnation and virgin birth of Jesus Christ. Incarnation means God became flesh. How that occurred? We will discuss the virgin birth—even addressing it genetically. We will also discuss the biological miracle involved in it. And hopefully all of us will get a good, clear understanding of why that is an essential doctrine of the Bible about Jesus Christ.
        e. We will look at the humanity of Jesus Christ. A very real subject. The Bible uses that to tell us He identifies with us. He is our merciful and faithful High Priest. He will comfort us. He was touched with the feeling of our infirmities in all points as the Bible says. We will look at the humanity of Jesus Christ.
        f. We will look at the miracles of Jesus Christ. And since John 21:25 says that the books of the world cannot contain all those miracles, we obviously will not be talking about every one of them. But we will be showing you some of the key miracles of Jesus Christ. Especially as it relates to different veins of thought. For example, His power over demons, His power over the weather and sickness and illness. We are going to be looking at His mighty power.
        g. We will address the death of Jesus Christ. No issue is more crucial to the gospel than understanding the death of Christ. We will be giving you about fifteen reasons why He died, and that will be a great time in the Lord.
        h. We will also discuss the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And of course that, if the resurrection did not occur then we have a dead Savior—we have no Christianity, for we would remain in our sins and our preaching and teaching is a waste of time. Obviously the resurrection is crucial.
        i. We will look at the ascension and present ministry of Jesus Christ. Rarely do you get in a lot of studies on Christ’s present ministry in our life. It is almost as if people believe He ascended to heaven and that He is not doing anything anymore until He comes back. Oh yes, He is very active and we will find out how and what He is doing.
        j. Lastly, of course, is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Now we do have a course in eschatology that deals totally with prophecy, but we will be hitting some of the highlights only as it relates to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

    9.    Now just a word about Jesus as we begin the first subject, the pre-existence of Jesus Christ. Let us take a moment and simply discuss His title and who we are talking about. The name Jesus in English comes off a Greek word Iesous. So basically it is not translated, it is said into English (transliterated). You also have it in other languages of the world. For instance, in Latin America and South America you have many people called Jesus. It is not just those letters and then title that is who we are talking about. We are speaking of a particular Jesus here.

    10.    Now, the Greek word, Iesous, which we get the name Jesus, comes off of a Hebrew word. And I want you to spell it with English letters so that you can get a hold of it. The word is often called Yeshua, which is an abbreviation that people use of His name. The real name is Yehoshua. Now that means "Yahweh is salvation" or "the Lord is salvation." That is also the name of one of the books of the Old Testament: the Book of Joshua. We will mention how sometimes people can be confused on certain passages where it is talking about Joshua or whether it is talking about Jesus. His correct name is Yehoshua.

    11.    Now in the messianic circles of today, we abbreviate it and it is spelled: Y’shua. Now when you hear somebody say that Jesus is Yeshua ben Abraham, Yeshua ben David, or Yeshua ben Joseph. The word ben is placed to denote "son of." So when people use that today, you know that they are speaking of so and so is the son of so and so. That is how they are identified. The New Testament does the exact same thing.

    12.    Let us open up our New Testament and look at Matthew 1. It says the book of the generation of Jesus Christ. Now the word "Christ" in English is from the Greek word christos, which is a translation of the Hebrew word for Messiah. When we say, ha Masheach, the word ha is the definite article (i.e., the word "the"). You will see people say Yeshua ha Masheach. In Irvine there is a messianic assembly at which I recently spoke on Jewish salvation, and the name of it is called Adat ha Masheach. So understand when we read right off of Matthew, that Matthew was a Jew. The book probably has a Hebrew source and has been translated into Greek so the whole world will hear the message of the gospel. It is the book of the generation of Yehoshua ha Masheach, Jesus the Messiah, or as we often say, "Jesus Christ."

    13.    The next thing that Matthew states is "ben David," the son of David. This immediately identifies Christ as the messianic King. Yeshua ben David is the Messiah King. It also said He is the son of Abraham.

    14.    So, here right away, the Bible uses a typical Hebrew or Jewish way of identifying who we are talking about and what the New Testament is all about. Here we have the book of the generation of Yeshua ha Masheach [Jesus the Messiah] ben David [the son of David] (the messianic King) and ben Abraham [the son of Abraham] (the promised seed).

    15.    We also know in this same chapter that He is the son of Joseph (ben Yosef). When you are communicating with Jewish people who are unfamiliar or do not want to agree with you about words like "Jesus Christ" and "Jesus is the Messiah," the way to talk to them is to say, "I want to speak to you about Yeshua ben Yosef [Jesus son of Joseph]." Jews never say that a person is the son of a woman—they never say that—instead, they always list the man. That is why in the genealogies you see all these men. Now in Matthew 1:16, it says, Yacov [Jacob] (a very common Jewish name even today) begat Yosef [Joseph] (the husband of Mary). Now the next phrase, "of whom," is a feminine pronoun that must agree in gender and number with its antecedent. Gender denotes whether it is masculine, feminine, or neuter. Number means either it is singular or plural. This is a feminine singular pronoun and it is highly unusual in any genealogy. Now the details of the Bible are very important. It is indicating that Jesus is not the natural son of Joseph. It says "Jacob begat Joseph." You list the men in the line, and then it says that he is the husband of Mary of whom, feminine, singular pronoun was born Yeshua who was called ha Masheach [the Messiah].

    16.    This is a part of the simplicity of getting started and yet it can become complex if you are not careful. We often throw these things around. "Hey, do you believe in Jesus Christ?" "Well, I’m Jewish." "Well, do you believe in Jesus Christ?" Now, what I would say to you about your witnessing is that it is lacking, but it is understandable. A lot of us are ignorant. We do not know what is really being said. The Jews do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah, therefore do not begin evangelizing them by asking if they believe in Jesus Christ. You have to learn to communicate with people. The Bible communicates with us very carefully so that we know who it is that we are talking about.

    17.    Now according to this passage (Matthew 1:21), He was given the name of Yehoshua. "She shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call His name Jesus." Why? "For He shall save His people from their sins." You see, it means, Yahweh is salvation. That is the meaning of Yehoshua—Yahweh is salvation. The oshua part we know from Hosanna. Remember when Jesus came in on Palm Sunday? "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." Hosanna means "save us now." It is a form of oshua, the salvation part of Jesus’ name. The little ye on the beginning of Yehoshua, is an abbreviation of the name of God, Yahweh, in English we say Jehovah (which is really from a Latin word). So Yehoshua means, "Yahweh is salvation." That is the meaning of the name that was given to this one who is ben David [son of David] and ben Abraham [son of Abraham] and a son of Mary, but not born naturally as a son of Yosef, who became His father by adoption. After he married Mary, Joseph adopts Jesus as his own son.

    18.    Is everybody with me still? When did Jesus get the name Yeshua? Only here, when He comes into the world. So what was His name before that? And it is interesting even discussing that. The word name appears 800 times in the Old Testament. It is the word shem. Remember that Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japhath. Shem is the line of the Messiah—the line of the Jews and the Semites. The word shem means "name." Therefore the Semites are the People of the name.

    19.    In Jerusalem there is a memorial to the Holocaust when six million Jews were killed by Hitler and his troops. The name of it is Yod ha Shem. Yod, meaning "monument" or "pillar." So it is a monument to ha Shem, "the name." It is really a monument to God and the survival of the Jewish people which He promised in His Word. There is quite a story behind that.

    20.    In the New Testament the word "name" is onoma and is used 200 times in the Bible. Now here is something interesting: not once does the word name, in reference to God or Jesus, ever appear in the plural. It is always in the singular, even when it mentions all three persons of the Godhead, like Matthew 28:19 which states, "Go and teach all nations in the name (singular) of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." There it mentions all three persons but they only have one name.

    21.    When we say "name", we mean the title we have that our parents gave us. When the Bible uses the word name, it refers to the character and attributes of that person (i.e., who that person really is).

    22.    Now we are told in the New Testament as well as the Old, that our Lord has a name that is above every name. There is no name of anybody worth mentioning in the same sentence. His name is above every name. The Bible says in Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved." You know, some people when they are trying to cast out a demon say, "In the name of Jesus come out of him," as if the only thing necessary is to mention the name Jesus. You know. Do you understand? We’re missing the point. We’re talking about the character and attributes and glory and majesty of this One who received the name Yehoshua. But there were other people who had the name Yehoshua as well. It simply means "Yahweh is salvation."

    23.    So the name Yehoshua, when did that come? When was that given to Him? At His birth. Well, then what was His name previous? Isaiah says that His name was Wonderful. You call Him wonderful in the Old Testament. But the Hebrew word Wonderful, means "difficult to understand" or "incomprehensible." So what are we talking about when we discuss the preexistence of Jesus Christ? We are talking about someone who has not yet received His name, Yehoshua, and whose name is beyond our ability to understand. That is really something important, yet we sometimes miss it.

    24.    Why is His name beyond our ability to understand? Now if you need to know the meaning of wonderful, you can check Psalm 139:1-6, where it speaks of God’s knowledge being so great that before there is a word on our tongue, He knows it altogether. Before we say anything, He knows exactly what we were going to say. He knows the end from the beginning. And the Bible says in Psalm 139:6, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me. It is high. I cannot attain it." There is a clear definition of the word wonderful. It is greater than your ability to understand it. When it says in Isaiah 28:29, "His counsel is wonderful," and in Isaiah 9:6, "He is the wonderful counselor," it means that it is "too difficult to understand." He is the incomprehensible Christ!

    25.    You know this is the kind of class and teaching where along the way, you do not know whether to be quiet or to shout, "Glory!" You know I find it very difficult to talk about these things and not get really excited about praising the Lord. I do not know about you. We are talking about that name that is above every name—a name that is so wonderful. His ways are past finding out. "Oh the depth of the wisdom and the knowledge of God," the riches of that. It is incomprehensible. His greatness is too difficult to fathom. He calls all the stars by name. His sovereignty is so amazing that He rules over all—whatever is in the heaven and in the earth. He does whatever He pleases. He sustains all the physical laws of the universe so that when I let go of this book, it drops to the table. And my Lord is sustaining the laws of the universe.

    26.    He is incomprehensible. What you learn about the preexistence of Jesus Christ will accelerate your appreciation for the incarnation of Christ. In fact, you will begin to wonder how in the world it could have occurred, which we will cover when we get there.

    27.    How is it possible that this great God who is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent, could localize His infinite presence that fills the universe? In fact, the heaven of heavens cannot even contain Him. It is all within Him; He fills it all with His presence. Now how can He localize Himself in a human body enough to say that all the fullness of God dwelt in His physical body as Colossians 2:9 states?

    28.    In our discussions and teachings about Jesus Christ, we are sometimes too light. We are very superficial and do not think it through. The preexistence of Jesus Christ is an amazing subject about our Savior. This One whose name is wonderful (too difficult to understand), whom is called Yahweh Himself, never got the name Yehoshua, but He still was Yehoshua because He has always been salvation from the beginning to the end. "Look unto Me," this Messiah says in Isaiah, "all the ends of the earth and be saved. For there is no other God besides Me. There is no other Savior." He has always been Yahweh-is-salvation.

    29.    Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

    30.    People ask me, if there is any other way of being saved apart from Jesus? Is the grass green? Yes. What are you asking? Because the Bible is very clear. There is no other salvation. How did they get saved in the Old Testament? Typical Gentile question. Do you think any Jewish person who never heard the name was excluded from the salvation, which He who is above every name and has always existed provided at any age under any time? Do you understand what people are saying? How was Abraham saved? I expect to see him in heaven. Along with Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, David, Solomon and all the rest. They are going to be in heaven, but how did they get there? Though they never saw the earthly Jesus, you should never doubt for a minute that He whom we are discussing has always been there. There was no other way. God told Abraham, "In thee all nations of the world will be blessed." "In thy seed," Abraham, and Galatians reminds us, that it is not many seeds. We are not talking about all the Jewish people being your saviors. It is only one Jewish person; the seed of Abraham will bring salvation to the entire world. Everybody will come the same way. The Lord is salvation and there is no other way. The Lord is the only one who can save you. No one else can. And if you existed before He became a baby, you still had to call upon Him in order to be saved.

    31.    Did you know that every statement in the New Testament about what you are supposed to do is based on the Old Testament? There simply is not anything new. You say, the Bible says whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Well, that is how they got saved in the Old Testament. In fact, that is a quotation from the Old Testament.

    32.    It is interesting to me how we think. No one in any age will ever be saved apart from Yahweh who is salvation. That name was given to Him because that is who He is. They did not say, "Let’s flip a coin. Shall we call Him Abraham? Jacob? David?" No, we can only call Him one thing. We can only call Him Yehoshua. It is the only thing we could call Him, because He is Yahweh, who alone is salvation. It is the only thing we can call Him. We can tell people also that He is ha Masheach, the Messiah that God has been talking about all the way through the Bible. He is the redeemer, and this is exciting stuff.

    MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary "The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO" Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.


    Grace Cannot Be Earn MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary “The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO” Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.

        MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary "The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO" Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.

         WANTED… A WRITER FOR A BOOK ON MY LIFE AS A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY

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    • Is Grace Earned By Christians By Acts Of Humility? A Review. 

      • Many Years In The Past, During A Sunday School Class, I got a checked in my Spirit about a statement that was made. Eventually, through the years I have recognized that "check"’ as an inward witness from the Holy Spirit, indicating that something wasn’t correct in what was being said.

      • Back then, and even more so now, I  spent, and spend, a lot of time researching things and sure enough you would find the error. More importantly, the error found, would be based on it’s contradictions to the Bible, not through man’s current theologies. The example I want to give starts like this, "We are God’s People."

      • Consequently, from this statement a general message evolves, that as the people in the Old Testament where God’s people, so today, we are God’s people. (The everyday church going people.)

      • The Blessing’s of God are our rights’s, As the Jewish People thought. 

      • Based on this simple repetitive statement by religious leaders to their religious people, this people begin to have a false since of security.  

      • Theretofore, the next step is easy to believe, that as God was the great protector of the Old Testament thus, He will protect them, if  they will keep His commands. 

      • This error continues…

      • We are God’s Children, and, if we obey God, by doing things for Him, then "God" will take care of everything for us.

      • Our erroneous performance based actions insures us of those blessings.

      • The error continues… 

      • For us to receive "Grace," we need to do something.

      • The Prosperity message is based in a similar concept, it normally goes something like this, that we have a sort of contract with God.

      • If we do our part in this contract arrangement then God is obligated to do His part. 

      • For example, if I do this service, or give this much: time, effort, money, then God is under His own Word to give back to me this, and so much more, strictly a contractual arrangement.

      • I do, give etc. and God gives back in a more bountiful measure.

      • I receive because I have done something to earn it or to receive it.

         

        • God is sovereign, and "He, God and He" alone, can and will do what He so desires.

        • We know that Mercies and Truth’s are God’s given from generation to generation.. 

             

                 Quote from the article under review which is below. "God’s grace is accessed through humility and faith."  

        • No, it’s not, we have nothing to do with accessing God’s Grace. It’s from God and God alone. This ideal is very difficult for most to realize.

        • Furthermore, this is simply a miss applied meaning of Grace in scripture, in fact, it is contrary to the trueness about the Bible doctrine of salvation by Grace.

        • This miss-applied application about Grace, is in fact, a law based concept.

        • Why is this so popular? Why does it have a large following? Why is it taught and preached?

        • Man is a law based creature, man general thinks you get what you deserve attitude.

        • I will determine to be humble therefore, I’ll receive God’s Grace.

            This thread plays out like this …being God’s children, as demonstrated over and over with Old Testament examples, then we, the children of the New Testament deserve this or that. Why? because we have done this and that, or we have acted in our minds, in humility or this way in faith; thus, we receive from our performance based actions, which in our mind seems right.

        • In short, this ideal that has been taught over and over. That we, the religionists deserve… something because of who we are, because of the actions that we performed, whether they be mental or physical (humility or faith.)

        • This concept, which is  sad to say, is embraced in most of Christendom.

        • It is an error, and the explanations of Grace given in the writings under review below, are incorrect, and are theologically based, not biblically.

        • Grace from God is not based on our actions.

        • Grace is God’s, and it’s given in abundant measure, from His heart, His love, and His kindness, to wards man, whom He created in His image. 

        • N. Oetker… I have included one of the excellent articles on Grace from the Fundamentals.
        •   Then after this Fundamental article on Grace below, the article in review continues.
        •   Fundamentals
        • http://blueletterbible.org/Comm/fundamentals/44.html
        • "The Grace of God"By C. I. Scofield, D. D.
        • "Grace" is an English word used in the New Testament to translate the Greek word, Charis, which means "favor," without recompense or equivalent. If there is any compensatory act or payment, however slight or inadequate, it is "no more grace"—Charis.
        • When used to denote a certain attitude or act of God toward man it is therefore of the very essence of the matter that human merit or deserving is utterly excluded. In grace God acts out from Himself, toward those who have deserved, not His favor, but His wrath. In the structure of the Epistle to the Romans grace does not enter, could not enter, till a whole race, without one single exception, stands guilty and speechless before God. …  
        • The Three Errors
        • In the Epistle to the Galatians the Holy Spirit through Paul meets and answers the three great errors into which in different degrees, theological systems have fallen.
        • The course of this demonstration is like the resistless march of an armed host. Nothing can stand before it. The reasonings of ancient and modern legalists are scattered like the chaff of the summer threshing floor.
        • We have, most of us, been reared and now live under the influence of Galatianism. Protestant theology, alas, is for the most part, thoroughly Galatianized, in that neither law nor grace are given their distinct and separated places, as in the counsels of God, but are mingled together in one incoherent system. The law is no longer, as in the Divine intent, a ministration of death (2 Corinthians 3:7), of cursing (Galatians 3:10), of conviction (Romans 3:19), because we are taught that we must try to keep it, and that by Divine help we may. Nor, on the other hand, does grace bring us blessed deliverance from the dominion of sin, for we are kept under the law as a rule of life despite the plain declaration, "Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace" (Romans 6:14).
        • The First Error
        • The Spirit first meets the contention that justification is partly by lawworks and partly by faith through grace (Galatians 2:5 to 3:24).
        • The steps are:
        • 1. Even the Jews, who are not like the Gentiles, hopeless, "and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12), but already in covenant relations with God, even they, "knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ" (Galatians 2:15,16), have believed; "for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."
        • 2. The law has executed its sentence upon the believer (Galatians 2:19); death has freed him. Identified with Christ’s death by faith, he, in the reckoning of God, died with Christ (Romans 6:3-10; 7:4).
        • 3. But righteousness is by faith, not by law (Galatians 2:21).
        • 4. The Holy Spirit is given to faith, not law-works (Galatians 3:1-9).
        • 5. "As many as are of the works of the law are under the curse"—and the reason is given: "Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them" (Galatians 3:10). The law, then, cannot "help", but can only do its great and necessary work of condemnation (Romans 3:19,20; 2 Corinthians 3:7,9; Galatians 3:19; James 2:10).
        • Elsewhere (Romans 5:1-5) the Spirit, by the same Apostle, sums up the results of justification by faith with every semblance of human merit carefully excluded. Grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, has brought the believer into peace with God, a standing in grace, and assured hope of glory. Tribulation can but serve to develop in him new graces. The very love that saved him through grace now fills his heart; the Holy Spirit is given him, and he joys in God. And all by grace, through faith!
        • The Second Error
        • The Spirit next meets and refutes the second great error concerning the relations of law and grace—the notion that the believer, though assuredly justified by faith through grace wholly without law-works, is, after justification, put under law as a rule of life.
        • This is the current form of the Galatian error. From Luther down, Protestantism has consistently held to justification by faith through grace. Most inconsistently Protestant theology has held to the second form of Galatianism.
        • An entire section of the Epistle to the Romans, and two chapters of Galatians are devoted to the refutation of this error, and to the setting forth of the true rule of the believer’s life. Romans 6, 7, 8, and Galatians 4 and 5, set forth the new Gospel of the believer’s standing in grace.
        • Romans 6:14 states the new principle: "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace." The Apostle is not here speaking of the justification of a sinner, but of the deliverance of a saint from the dominion of indwelling sin. In Galatians, after showing that the law had been to the Jew like the pedagogue in a Greek or Roman household, a ruler of children in their nonage (Galatians 3:23,24) the Apostle says explicitly (ver. 25), "But after that faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster" (pedagogue).
        • No evasion is possible here. The pedagogue is the law (3:24); faith justifies; but the faith which justifies also ends the rule of the pedagogue. Modern theology says that after justification we are under the pedagogue. Here is a clear issue, an absolute contradiction between the Word of God and theology. Which do you side with?
        • Equally futile is the timorous gloss that this whole profound discussion in Romans and Galatians relates to the ceremonial law. No Gentile could observe the ceremonial law. Even the Jews, since the destruction of the temple, A.D. 70, have not found it possible to keep the ceremonial law except in a few particulars of diet. It is not the ceremonial law which says, "Thou shalt not covet" (comp. Romans 7:7-9).
        • The believer is separated by death and resurrection from Mosaism (Romans 6:3-15; 7:1-6; Galatians 4:19-31). The fact remains immutable that to God he is, as to the law, an executed criminal. Justice has been completely vindicated, an it is no longer possible even to bring an accusation against him (Romans 8:33,34).
        • It is not possible to know Gospel liberty, or Gospel holiness, until this great fundamental truth is clearly, bravely grasped. One may be a Christian and a worthy and useful man, and be still under bondage to the law, but one can never have deliverance from the dominion of sin, nor know the true blessedness and rest of the Gospel and remain under the law. Therefore, once more, note that it is death which has broken the connection between the believer and the law. "The law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth" (Romans 7:1). "But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held" (Romans 7:6). Nothing can be clearer.
        • But I hasten to add that there is a mere carnal and fleshly way of looking at our deliverance from the law, which is most unscriptural, and I am persuaded, most dishonoring to God. It consists in rejoicing in a supposed deliverance from the principle of Divine authority over the life—a deliverance into mere self-will and lawlessness.
        • The true ground of rejoicing is quite other than this. The truth is, a Christian may get on after a sort under law as a rule of life. Not apprehending that the law is anything more than an ideal, he feels a kind of pious complacency in "consenting unto the law that it is good," and more or less languidly hoping that in the future he may succeed better in keeping it than in the past. So treated, the law is wholly robbed of its terror. Like a sword carefully fastened in its scabbard, the law no longer cuts into the conscience. It is forgotten that the law offers absolutely but two alternatives exact obedience, always, in all things, or a curse. There is no third voice. "Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them" (Galatians 3:10; James 2:10). The law has but one voice: "What things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may become guilty before God" (Romans 3:19). The law, in other words, never says: "Try to do better next time." Of this the antinomian legalist seems entirely unaware.
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        • N. Oetker Missionary…below is the article in review, please remember it is the miss-application of ‘Grace.’ that is the review.
        • "Access to Grace through Humility and Faith." N. Oetker one cannot receive Grace by their actions, mental or physical. 
        • N. Oetker English Class Comments October 2008 Reynosa.
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        • God’s Grace First Draws One To The Saving Knowledge Of Christ. Then, That Individual, if she or he so desires from a repentant heart, Will, Yield Their Mind, And Heart, For The Acceptance Of "Jesus," As Their Personal Lord And Savior.
        • The Atoning Work Of The Cross By Faith Is Applied To His Sin’s, His Guilt, And  Then Sin’s Condemnations Are Removed, Then and Only Then, Is One Converted.
        • Being Humble as a Little Child, can Only Be Accomplished By God’s Grace.
        • God’s Grace First Drawing One to the Cross, In Their Decision To Accept Christ.
        • Only Through God’s Grace Can That Process Begin.
        • And Being Humbled Can Only Be Accomplished By A Converted Person. For All Are Dead In Their Trespasses And Sin’s, Until They Are Converted.
        • 1 ¶  At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
        • 2  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
        • 3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
        • 4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
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        • God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble…through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand.
        • James 4:6; Romans 5:2
        • N. Oetker  October 2008 Reynosa.
        • The face value of the above statement "God resist the proud," one needs to stay within Biblical Context.
        • Jesus purpose is not to condemn, but to save mankind.
        • The way in which this sentence above is written is incorrect, compared to scripture below.
        • James 4:I-10. it is plain to see God does not say he gives Grace to the humbled person, look closely no matter how much sin is going on Verse 6, God gives more Grace.
        • To His converted person to overcome, Grace is available before any actions of Man are taken, either by the prideful or the humbled.
        • It’s available to the converted, however, if one is to proud to trust the Lord during his trials and testing, then this; prideful person isn’t receiving that which is abundantly available to him, "GRACE, WHICH IS GOD’S MERCY, COMPASSION, KINDNESS, AND ENDEARMENT TO US, WITHOUT MEASURE FROM A HOLY GOD."
        • Nevertheless, man then realizes that only God can help him, and then man’s dependance on Him. Man, throught trials is then humbled,  by that which he goes through. Because man understands, he could not sustain victory, if Grace’s Standard wasn’t raised and planned by God in His eternal salvation through Calvary’s cross, for the converted, to cling to, to hug tightly, and to hold on, at the nail scarred feet of our Blessed Savior… Praise Be Forever ! For Our Blessed Redeemer, Who Forgives All that Will But Come To Calvary’s Cross. .
        • God has in abundant measures of Grace to all. 
        • I believe that God’s Grace will eventually break through a converted heart that has become prideful.
        • For God’s ultimate plan is to Save all of his Children as Christ said to the Father " I have not lost that which you gave to me."
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        • James 4:1-10
        • 1 ¶  From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
        • 2  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
        • 3  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
        • 4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
        • 5  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
        • 6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
        • 7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
        • 8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
        • 9  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
        • 10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up
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        • N. Oetker Comments October 2008 Reynosa Comments Below on Romans 5:2 From Article.
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        • God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble…through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand.
        • James 4:6; Romans 5:2
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        • …"we have access by faith into this grace.
        • Nevertheless, it needs to be brought into the open the implication of the above statement, for this is how it appears in it’s entirety.
        • Man is portrayed as being proud and thus, no blessings from God, if a man will be humbled he will have blessings. Now let’s look at the scriptures in it’s entirety in instead of this one verse only.
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        • Romans 5:1-5
        • 1 ¶  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
          2  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
          3  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
          4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
          5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
          6 ¶
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        • N. Oetker October 2008 Reynosa Comments Below on Romans 5:1-5 From Article.
        • The Converted Have Peace With God.
        • Grace Brought Us To The Knowledge Christ.
        • Grace Gives Us The Faith To Believe.
        • Grace Given During Trials And Temptations Thus Enabling Us To Be, "More Than A Conquer Through Christ Who Dwells Within." 
        • N. Oetker. As one reads this author, and those who think likewise. The author’s views on Grace and it’s attainment by us is done by our actions, our works, which is incorrect. This isn’t the correct interpretation of God’s Grace and it’s practical application to our lives. Yet the majority, of nominal Christian religionists accept this view.
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        • MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary "The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO" Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.


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        Refugee Camp Burma Norman Oetker .. English Class Reynosa Mexico Missionary Mae Hong Son Thailand Hmong Myanmar Burma Volunteer in Refugee Border Camp St. Charles Missouri.

        Teaching and Sharing Jesus in Burmese Refugee Camps

         

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        • Hey There, Would You Like To Hear a Mission Field Story? Mae Hong Son is in North West Thailand, while living there, there were actually very few other missionaries in this Northern Thai region.  As was my practice,the Mong Hmong village where I was working was up in the mountains.  However, in this  border region, they have many types of hill tribes people, with each group, having their own dress, and spoken dialects. 

        In Addition A Good Part lived in the Himalayan mountainous areas, within each differing hill tribe, they  lived at certain elevations.  And being close to the lowlanders, their interaction with the local flat landers or the Thai people, who are of Thailand nationality. Many of the hill tribe peoples are not registered Thai, and they are restricted to the province area of registration.

        In My Journeys it never failed, that the people all wanted to have their own missionary to live and work within their people group, it was just about impossible for one to do. The missionary needs are in such demand. Finally, I had gathered many types of differing Bible Tracts, then made multiple copies, and when I traveled  through the different villages I was able to give them these salvation tracts in their dialect.

        For me, my purpose remains the same to this day, it is for people to hear the plan of Salvation, then it is up to them to accept or reject the message. 

        Yet, their was one particular people group that I was press in my heart to help, more so than the others, and this group was the Karen Tribe, from Burma, which lived in the refugee camps   to be cont….

         

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        • Norman Oetker English Class Reynosa Missionary Border Burmese Refuge Camp located in Northwest Thailand Mae Hong Son on the border between Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand.

          

        In Thailand Mae Hong Son as a missionary, there was this Burmese Christian man that I was talking with, the subject of which caused him to bowed his head, for he knew that he along with thousands of others, were in Thailand Illegally.

        • The Legal Way into Thailand is Most Difficult, and very few obtain it, compared to the countless thousands and millions who continually try. Thailand, is a free country in a sense, compared to all it’s neighbor. An endless stream of people enter on all of Thailand’s borders and it’s extended borders: Burma, China, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, India.

         

        • I Knew the Man I Was Talking With Wanted Me to Sanction His Illegal Stay.

        He was at the Christian Church keeping a very low profile. He, along with the other Christian illegal’s have a painful lesson to learn, for the legal process there into Thailand, is a long and hard road, so, so very difficult, for the illegal person.  They cannot gain full citizenship, a most perplexing problem.

         

        Burma Shan State 

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        • Refugee Camps are Simply Carved Out and into the Himalayan foothill mountain jungle’s.

        When I was going from Mae Hong Son Thailand to the camps, it was a five to six hour motorbike to the beginning of the walk which was another three to four hours, I would have to wade through a winding valley river, eight or nine times chest deep in parts.

          

        Karen Refugee

         

        •    I Was Asked To Come Into the Karen Refugee Camp on the Thailand border with Myanmar,  and instruct in their Christian Minister’s School, it was so refreshing to hear these men and women state their  goals, and that was to finish the class, and return to Burma and share Christ.

        As one can imagine, their is always the on going problem of what is known in missionary circles as the "Rice Christians." They are those "bless their hearts" that are only there for what they can receive.

        • I Have Personally Witness Untold Numbers of Missionaries, that are involved in works program, that generally are very helpful to the peoples involved.

         

        The Boldness, The Singular Duty, of the Christian Missionary, is Not, In Innovated Public Works Programs Distributing to the Needed of the World. Exception is to the Orphan and Widow. 

         

        THE CROSS, REPENTANCE, SALVATION IS THE MISSIONARY DUTY AND PURPOSE.

         

        They All Knew the Risk and Dangers Involved, yet their trust was in the Lord. 

        I was so proud to be with these Christian Myanmar (Burmese) Karen Patriots.

         

        • Norman Oetker English Class Reynosa Mexico Missionary Mae Hong Son Thailand Hmong Myanmar Burma Volunteer in Refugee Border Camp.


        Job Loss Mexico Norman Oetker English Class Reynosa Mae Hong Son Thailand Mexico St. Charles Missouri Hmong Missionary Reynosa Mexico Solution for Job Loss

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        I have been in the Reynosa Mexico area for the past three years, were American, and many other international jobs are going, largely in part to the lower manufacturing cost ratio.

        I have ‘speaking English class’s’, for students here at my home, many of my students worked at Panasonic.  I’m a Christian Missionary. I have lived in Asia, and many places in the states.

        I’m sad to see, and read about the lost American jobs.

        I do believe they could be saved, but it will take some belt tightening and good negotiating.

        I would propose a concept that is used in Asia. Many of the ethnic groups have a cultural practice that

        would work in some of the situations that America faces in their lost job’s.

        Within these ethnic groups, there is one person, for a region, that is appointed, and agree upon by all others.

        His job, is to bring reconciliation into play, to all parties concern.

        The job is to resolve, not to let it go undone, but to resolve, there is no ideal for lost.

         
        This is the KEY.

        This individual is well aware of the entire situation wherein he is asked to intervene.

        He has total access to both parties involved, and in the end fully understands the financial, national, emotional, and family components parts.

        Where as the unions only represent generally, one side, this is a handicap to those with whom they represent. I see this same thing played out, over and over, with a no budge, to the demanding, to eventually end in the loss of jobs..

        Even though some concessions are made, this complex problem within industry, and the global workforce profitability problem- leads, sadly to say, to the companies relocating elsewhere.

        This is a resolvable problem.

        Complex, with many varied componments, however, it could be resolved with all parties concerned.

        Parts of the model that I’m speaking of, are used within the states, in some of the large muti million dollar companies.

         
        A new model needs to be adopted, for job security, for the future of progressive countries.
         
        Having witness, that which I have spokeen about,  all that would, could, enjoy economic betterment of all concerned.
         
         
        The New Model, simple ,complex, efficent, touching all parts of the industry.
         
         
        "To resolve"
         
        "The New Model"

         

        Norm

         


        Kuala Lumpur To Believe Norman Oetker .. English Class Reynosa Mae Hong Son Thailand Mexico Hmong Missionary St. Charles Missouri Malaysia Kuala Lumpur the Bible Verses Were so Clear Yet, I couldn’t believe.

         

        Bible Verse Made Clear In Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

         

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        • While In the Mission Field, once, there was an extended two month stop-over in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

        This longer than expected lay-over, lead to an extended, earnest time of Bible study and prayer.

        It was in this setting, that a Bible verse subject, became a very difficult passage for me, to want to accept, at it’s very face value. It was several days before I could realize this verse and it’s impact on me now, and for the future.  

         

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        • Norman Oetker in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Missionary to Thailand. Living in Mae Hong Son working with Mong Hmong and having Bible based English Class in home when not in Himalayan Mountains with the Mong Hmong.

         

         

        Malasian food One of the Main Food’s of the Malayans is their "curry." A red curry is used in almost all of the dishes, at first it was great but…everyday well… it soon got old yet,it is one of my favorite dishes, along with the great "Fish Head Curry Soup."

         

         

        • Norman Oetker Missionary… 

        I Read And Re-Read The Bible Passage And Yet, could not or would not, accept it for what it was plainly saying.

        Jesus’ Compassion and Love, how could someone turn and reject that.

        Jesus’ love in one’s  life, so wonderful to behold, to relate with on a day to day basis in their life.

        Turning from this Resurrection power, that forgives all, cleanses one’s soul, gives the new life, with it’s love, and kindness, to be had in God’s abundant mercy, and love to, and, for  all.

        The guilt and life’s condemnation gone.

        Someone to Turn From That, I could not understand, again and again, I searched the scriptures, prayed, thought, reasoned…yet could it be?

        Lord! oh Lord! what is it? that I need to see, need to understand about this scripture?

        It all hinges on our, "Free Will."

        The Bible is Quite Clear, "Salvation was God’s Plan." Man cannot come to this knowledge until the Father first draws him.

         

        This Grace Window of Opportunity, Is Only For A Time, this is the time, for one to experience this forgiveness, and new birth in Christ.

         

        How Could One Turn From That? The love and kindness of the Lord?

         

        At the end of that extended Kuala Lumpur stay over, I was deeply moved, and profoundly changed, by those Bible verses. And even now, years have passed yet, sadness and forlorn, fill’s my heart, for those, that have and will turn and no longer walk with the Lord.

        Through the Years, I have heard and listened, I’ve read, and researched and in the end, it is sadness.

        The One Line of Thought is that we aren’t to judge. Another line is, that, those who turned weren’t really saved anyway.

        Those, Who Are Truly the Followers of Christ, will be deeply grief, and moreover, they’ll want to have "Christ," in the center of their lives. It is in Christ, in His Mercies, and Truths, that we will be used by the Holy Spirit, to reach out, and by Mercies strength’s, hold on to the one from those eternal flames of torment.

        Most Sincerely 

        God’s Eternal Mercy On Us All

         

        • Norman Oetker English Class Reynosa Mexico Mae Hong Son Thailand Hmong.  

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        Reynosa Go There Norman Oetker English Class Reynosa Mae Hong Son Thailand Mexico St. Charles Missouri Hmong Missionary Mexico Reynosa, Lord, go to Reynosa?

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        Where is Reynosa Mexico?

        I’m ready, is this what I should wear?

         

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        Reynosa is where exactly?

         

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        Oh yes, there it is, right across the United States border, near Hidalgo, and McAllen Texas.

         

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        The Lord has His continual plan working in my life, even when I’m in the dark about His direction, and purposes at times.

        He continues working through my circumstances, and daily situations that I encounter. For God is faithful.

         


        Faith’s Journey Norman Oetker .. English Class Reynosa Mae Hong Son Thailand Mexico Mong Hmong Missionary St. Charles Missouri. The Journey of Faith, for the “Lord is Faithful,” for “He Will Never Leave, Nor Forsake You.”

         

        THE FIRST JOURNEY TO MAE HONG SON THAILAND

         

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        • Norman Oetker English Class in Reynosa the many places and events, that I will share in this blog, were written from my singular viewpoint. There were others involved at that time also. Nevertheless, I have decided to share, my singular thoughts, on God’s faithfulness in my life. Mae Hong Son Thailand Hmong.

         

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        • The Prayer of "Dedication Unto the Lord," as a Missionary was made and then immediately, seconds afterwards. I  remembered thinking, "I’m not sure, but, I think the ‘Lord’ is giving me the impression of the Northern Hill-Country of Thailand." I had never been there.

         

        • Later, at a visit to the local library and researching this area, the tribal people of many, that stood out was  the Mong Hmong. Later in prayer, it was apparent to live and work with these people, the Mong Hmong.

         

        • Norman Oetker English Class Reynosa Mae Hong Son Thailand Mong Hmong, Mexico Missionary.

         

         

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        •  The Red Pins are in St. Charles Missouri and Mae Hong Son Thailand and Reynosa Mexico where Missionary Norman Oetker is now serving having English Class. 

         

        • These Brief Excerpts of My Journey’s are just that "brief excerpts." There are many other great stories, of this miraculous journey by faith, that God would supply everything, to get to that place in the Himalayan foothills located in Mae Hong Son  Province in Thailand, to live and work with the Mong Hmong people.

        Yes, I,  the newest Missionary, Norman Oetker from St. Charles Missouri, was going to see first hand how God was going to supply everything in total, to this place, lying half way on the other side of the world  from St. Charles Missouri.

        • Upon Leaving St. Charles Missouri, maybe, I had one hundred dollars in total, for I had given away the money I had in  the bank, the furniture I had, and the majority of cloths. I purchased and old 1960 model car, and upon leaving St. Charles Missouri, a friend of mine insisted on buying me a new tent however, that tent was to be my home for the next three months. I worked at different odd jobs in my travels to the west coast.

         

        • I had told him, I didn’t need it, for I was sure, that by some way God would perform a miracle, and I would be on the next plane to Bangkok Thailand, well on my way to Mae Hong Son  in Mae Hong Son Province in Thailand.

         

        • In My Surrender Prayer to the Lord, with me submitting my will, to His Lordship over my life. I had stated also in that prayer, that, as the early believers trusted in the Lord for everything, I too, wanted to trust Him for all of my needs also including this first journey of my life as: Missionary Norman Oetker called to the Mong Hmong people in Mae Hong Son Province in north west Thailand.

         

        • That Was the Desire, of My Mind, Heart, and Spirit and now, thirty two years later, I Missionary Norman Oetker, can state, to all, and to my present English students here, that that, was the one greatest single thing I did for my faith, in believing in the Living God  through me personal Savior "Christ,"of the Bible, for He, God, delivered me to the Himalayan mountains, located in Mae Hong Son Province in Thailand to a Mong Hmong village.

         

        • The First Missionary To This Remote Mountain Village.

         

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        • If I Was Going To Tell People about the saving power of the Lord, through Christ, for their eternal lives, and then for their day to day lives, then surely, I could trust Him NOW in my life, for my everyday needs, as He so plainly states in His Word…seek Him and His Righteousness FIRST and all these things shall be added unto you…   

         

        "The Lord’s Hand is Not Short in Anything."

        Missionary Norman Oetker English Class Reynosa Mexico Mae Hong Son Thailand Hmong 

         

        Again, from St. Charles Missouri, these travels where "faith travels." All that was mine at that time, I gave away, all, including furniture, a bank account, and a car.

        This was the greatest, the most profound, live changing event. This singular act, this total belief, and acceptance of God’s Word, the Bible, that He will take care of everything. I can only say to all believers in Christ and His Bible, that the Lord will give unto you, as He did for me, an abundance of Grace, to stand on His Word.

         

        God’s Grace and Man’s Willing Heart Nothing is Impossible.

         

        Again, this was my beginning as a Missionary, this was the decision that I made at that time. That decision was based on this simple belief, which was, that if I, was going to share about "Jesus," and His, "Plan of Salvation." That I, this new Missionary Norman Oetker, needed to experience first hand, "God’s Miracle working power, in my own very personal life."

        I asked no person or church for support. And it is so to this day. God will supply.

         

        • Missionary Norman Oetker 

         

        • Traveling from St. Charles Missouri  eventually, to end at the west coast, and then on to Mae Hong Son Thailand. One of the stops was in the Grand Canyon, in the US.
        • Staying At An overnight campground, and during this stay, I had talked with  a man in the next campsite he had said that He was a ‘Christian," and he felted, the Lord wanted him to stay there, at the campground, but he didn’t know why.
        • He Also Said, that he had wanted to leave, and had packed everything, and left the park area. Had driven a few miles, until he came to a T in the road, he was unsure, in which way to go?
        • Again, He Related, that after prayer and thought, he felted he should return to the campsite, which he did, it was the second week after that, that I arrived.

         

        • Later this same Christian man, who had been raised in a Methodist Church, but had drifted away. Upon finding out that I was a Missionary headed to Thailand, he donated the exact amount of money, for the plane ticket to Thailand. I did not tell him anything of my financial situation.

         

        • That Donation Enabled the Journey, to the northern hill country in Mae Hong Son Province in Thailand, to the Mong Hmong hill tribe people, to draw one step closer in my life.

         

        Norman Oetker Mae Hong Son Thailand now serving in Reynosa Mexico English Class. 

         

         

        • Below Are the Foothills Slopes leading up into the Himalayan Mountains.
        • North West of Chiang Mai in Mae Hong Son Province Thailand.
        • Missionary Norman Oetker English Class now serving in Reynosa Mexico.  

         

        Mountain Thailand          Mountain Mae Hongson    Elephant Mae Hongson

         

         

         

        Arriving in Bangkok Thailand, it’s hot and humid at it’s sea level elevation.

        For me, this was just another trek in my journey to a Mong Hmong village in Mae Hong Son.

        In prayer in St. Charles Missouri, I was impressed where this village was located, it was north west of the city of Mae Hong Son which is located in Mae Hong Son Province, which is located in North West Thailand.

         

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        Bangkok’s Thailand and it’s floating market area.

         

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        North Thailand

        Chiang Mai Thailand so very much different from the city of Bangkok in the South of Thailand.

        Chiang Mai is quaint with such a rich history, however, it to, feels the squeeze of the worldwide tourist traffic clamoring to see all of the antiquities, that the north has hidden from the rest of the world.

        • Yet, The Mission Call, was to continue into the mountains to the northwest of Chiang Mai into Mae Hong Son Province, to the city of Mae Hong Son.

        The 12 hour, state run bus, climbing ever higher, through it’s endless switchbacks, creeping upwards at a pace where one could literally walk faster.

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        • The Switchback Road Winds above the white clouds of the picture below on to Mae Hon Son, Thailand.

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        • Mae Hong Son Province and to it’s major city named Mae Hong Son was the next stop.

         

        • The Journey Had Come to the last major city on the map, yet my journey was to continue into the mountains further yet to the northwest of this last city on the map, it was still to the northwest to the Mong Hmong people, for it was to them, that the destination was to end on this trip. Yet, it was unknown exactly where they where located at this time.
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        The Journey Continues

        Norman Oetker English Class Reynosa Mae Hong Son Thailand Missionary Hmong

        October 2008