Monday, December 17, 2012

Why *DID* Christ Come to Earth Anyway?


As we often go into this time of year we spend the majority of our time focusing on…

Family
Turkey
Sleeping outside stores on the cold ground in order to get the latest gadget at the best sale price
Santa Clause
Peppermint mocha coffee 
Love, Peace, and Joy
Hope for the Future
Presents

This time of year passes so quickly that we are often left scrambling to absorb those feelings of joy and peace to last us the rest of the year. We tend to spend time indulging ourselves and our own happiness! 

(Let’s be honest … We focus on feeding our greed, aka the lust of the flesh.)

Our happiness, the joy of the season… what is it based on?

"Don’t tell me of your happiness if it daily depends on the uncertainties of the earth. Your home may be rich in comforts; your family may be all you could desire; your income may be amply sufficient to meet all your wants. But oh, remember, if you have nothing more than this to look to, that you are standing on the edge of a cliff! Your joy may be deep and earnest, but it is fearfully short-lived. It has no root. It is not true happiness." ~ J.C. Ryle 


Where do you find your happiness in life? Is happiness a person or a thing? In what do you find happiness? Since Christmas is in the near future, this is a very important subject on which we should give significant consideration.  


The true celebration of Christmas is in the birth of Christ. We must regain our focus on Jesus Christ! In order to have lasting joy, hope, peace, and true happiness in our hearts, we must learn to love Christ. In order to love Him more fully, we must understand why He came to earth in the first place. 

Why was it necessary for Christ to come to earth as a baby?

As promised in the Old Testament Scriptures, Christ came into the world to save sinners by His death upon the Cross, according to the set purpose and plan of God, that the way should be open for sinners to obtain a right relationship with God and therefore the gift of eternal life.

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST EMPHASIZED THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH HE DID NOT COME.
He did not come to call the righteous (Matthew 9:13; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32).
He did not come to condemn or judge the world (John 3:17; 12:47).
He did not come to abolish the law or the prophets (Matthew 5:17).
He did not come to be served and waited upon (Mark 10:45).

CHRIST CAME BECAUSE IT WAS THE FATHER'S WILL.
He came down from heaven (John 6:38).
He did not come of His own accord or His own initiative (John 7:28).
He was sent into the world (John 4:34; compared with John 3:16).
He did not come to do His own will (John 6:38).
He came from the Father (John 8:42; John 16:28; John 17:8).
He came to do the Father's will (John 4:34; John 6:38; John 8:29; Luke 2:49).
His aim throughout His earthly ministry was to please the Father (John 5:30).

CHRIST CAME TO FULFILL THE SCRIPTURES.
He came as the One promised in the Old Testament as the Messiah and Saviour (Luke 7:20; John 6:14; John 11:27).
He came to fulfil all the promises God had made about the coming One (Matthew 11:3-6): to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour (Luke 4:18-19).
Thus He came first to His own people - the Jewish people - to whom He had been promised (John 1:11).
Most of all He came to fulfil the Scriptures that show that the Messiah had to suffer for others and then rise from the dead (Mark 14:49; Isaiah 53; Acts 8:30-35; Acts 17:3).
CHRIST CAME TO SAVE SINNERS

CHRIST CAME TO REVEAL THE FATHER TO US.
He came to make the Father known - His grace and truth - for no one has ever seen God, but the only begotten Son, who is at the Father's side, has made Him known (John 1:17-18).
He came to testify to the truth about God (John 18:37).
He came to complete the law, or, expressing it in another way, to reveal more completely what God requires of us (Matthew 5:17).
He came to give to us the words of the Father (John 3:34; John 7:16; John 8:26; John 14:24).
He came to speak what the Father had commanded Him to say - and His words are the words of eternal life (John 12:49-50).
One of the reasons why Christ is called 'the Light' is that He revealed the Father (John 3:19).

CHRIST CAME TO SAVE SINNERS - THIS IS THE STRESS OF THE BIBLE.
He came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).
Acting on the principle that it is the sick who need a doctor and not the well, He came to call sinners to repentance (Matthew 9:12-13; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32).
Because of His purpose to save sinners, He spent His time with them, much to the disgust of the self-righteous (Matthew 11:19).
He came to seek and to save the lost (Matthew 18:11; Luke 15:1-32; 19:10; John l0:16).
He came to be the Saviour of the world (John 12:47; 1 John 4:14)- to make it possible for God to save those in danger of perishing (John 3:16).
He came that we might believe on Him and be saved (John 3:16-17; John 6:29).

CHRIST CAME, THEREFORE, TO DIE.
He made it plain to His disciples that He had to go to Jerusalem, there to suffer much from the elders, chief priests and scribes, to be put to death, and to be raised again on the third day (Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22) - all in accord with what was written of Him in the law of Moses, in the prophets and the Psalms (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 22:37; Luke 24:44-47).
He came into the world with the deliberate intention of dying upon the Cross (John 12:27; Acts 2:23).
He came to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).
He came to be lifted up on the Cross just as the snake was lifted up by Moses in the desert (John 3:14; John 12:34).
He came to give His own flesh for the life of the world (John 6:51).
He was constantly aware of the terrible suffering that was ahead of Him in His crucifixion (Luke 12:50).
The whole programme of His earthly life moved towards the Cross as its climax (John 7:6, John 7:8, John 7:30; John 8:20; John 12:23, John 12:27; John 13:1; John 17:1; Luke 24:6-7).
He came to be the propitiation - the atoning sacrifice - for our sins (1 John 4:10).

CHRIST CAME THAT THROUGH HIS DEATH FOR SINNERS, WE MIGHT HAVE A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, AND ETERNAL LIFE.
He came that those who accept Him may receive a right relationship with the Father (Matthew 10:40; Luke 10:16; John 13:20).
He came that, by means of the Cross, He might be the way to God for us (John 14:6).
He came to proclaim the good news of peace through the reconciliation made possible by the Cross (Ephesians 2:16-17).
He came to bring us spiritual life (John 5:40; John 6:51, John 6:58; John 10:10; John 20:31; 1 John 4:9).
He came so that everyone who has faith in Him as the crucified and risen Messiah should possess eternal life (John 3:14-15; John 6:40, John 6:51, John 6:58; John 17:3).


*  To celebrate the birth of Christ is to celebrate His death and His subsequent victory over death






(The following is an exerpt from Bob's message, "Born to Die!")

Friday, December 14, 2012

Pray for Peru!

Tonight we found out some interesting information from one of our coworkers in Peru.

Please pray that the president of Peru will sign a modification to the law which would allow foreign mission boards not to have a minimum number of members in order to get the resident carnets. If he does not sign, then after Jan 19, 2013, we will not be able to renew or request new annual carnets unless we get the minimum number of members. Original bill says 10,000 members (almost impossible to comply). One modification says 150 members (possible to comply but we would have to join other foreign mission groups and many missionaries currently serving will have to start the entire process of residency all over again). The current one, which we want him to sign, has NO minimum number and we go on with our current ministries.
Please pray with us for this matter.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Update


"Never does a person see any beauty in Christ as a Savior, until they discover that they are a lost and ruined sinner." ~ J.C. Ryle

This last month has been very hectic, as the churches we visited have been busy with many Thanksgiving and Christmas activities. It has been such a blessing to participate in many of these activities and to see how different congregations celebrate these special holidays. During this time, our travels have taken us from Visalia in the south and Burney in the north; however, most of our meetings have been within two hours of San Francisco. 
We were in Burney, CA on December 9th and had a wonderful time with the church family there! It was a chilly change from the weather in San Francisco, so we were glad we packed our coats! The next day, we drove twelve hours to Kingman, AZ, where we will be ministering for the next two weeks. We will be spending Christmas with some of Bob's family here!
While in Arizona, we will pick up a borrowed travel trailer that we will use for the remainder of deputation. This will help immensely, as next year's schedule is filling up quickly and will include travel from California to Ohio. While in Arizona, we have also been able to find some work, which will greatly help our financial need!

Wondering about next year's schedule? Click to see the current list: http://bass2peru.blogspot.com/p/our-upcoming-schedule.html

We pray that each of you has a Wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year! Christ was "Born to Die," so that we may live, and that's the message that the world needs to hear! May we commit to share this message with the lost around us each day, starting today and throughout 2013!
Prayer Requests:
-Safety: Since we are on the road a lot, we always covet your prayers in this area. Thankfully, our GMC has provided a higher profile than the Toyota. This has proved helpful in California traffic!
-Finances: The last few months have been difficult in this area. Since we are on the road so much, we have felt the pinch, as expenses for fuel and vehicle maintenance have been high. We ask that you pray for us in this area. 
-Support: Our monthly support level has remained at 27.4% but several churches will be voting on us at their year-end business meetings. We covet your prayers that we still reach 50% in the next few weeks! Our goal is still to reach full support by next year. Please pray with us for this!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Last month we spent all but one Sunday in Arizona visiting churches and presenting our ministry! We saw many churches that are struggling but who remain faithful to God's call on their lives and ministries. 

During this trip, a couple of individuals noticed our need for tires and decided to donate a full set of tires for our Yukon. We praise the Lord that we now have reliable tires!

We are now back in California and are trying to finish filling our schedule. We currently have one week left in February, as well as all of March left to fill. Excluding those dates, the Lord has been so gracious in allowing a completely full schedule, including all of April and most of May. 


Please pray for us as we continue to travel and to schedule meetings.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Further Education Preparation


The Bible has a lot to say about being prepared. In fact, the Bible uses the word prepare/preparation 87 times. As we look ahead to life and ministry in the jungle, we want to be prepared. We are praying about taking some courses next year to better prepare us for life and ministry in the jungle. For Bob, these courses include Sanitation, Water Purification, and Solar Electricity. Becky is preparing to start a Masters degree in Biblical counseling. Additionally, she will take a course called Missionary Medical Intensive, which would help prepare for the lack of medical resources available in the jungle. We are thankful to have received approval of our mission board to take these courses and are praying for the finances to take them!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I AM THE LORD


HE IS FAITHFUL 

Thus saith the LORD,
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Neither let the mighty man glory in his might,
Let not the rich man glory in his riches:
But let him that glorieth glory in this,
That he understandeth and knoweth me,
That I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness,
Judgment, and righteousness, in the earth:
For in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
                                          -Jeremiah 9:23-24
We are thrilled how the Lord has continually shown His love and kindness to us over these last few months.  We are happy to report that we are currently at 26.3% of the support we need to raise! Also, because of God's people, we have been able to keep our truck on the road, our fuel tank full, food in our bellies, and a roof over our heads.  If it all ended there, that would be more than enough. Just the opportunity to serve God gives us great cause to praise Him.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

"LOOKING UNTO JESUS"



"… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..." Hebrews 12:1-2


Glory to God:

Our attitude today should be that we don't care who gets the credit as long as God gets the glory.
When our only desire is to glorify God, we are more than willing to step aside and let others use their gifts.

HANDY LITTLE CHART - God has a positive answer: 

YOU SAY - GOD SAYS with BIBLE VERSES

You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible  (Luke 18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest  (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say:“Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you  (John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )  

You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15) 

You say: "I can't figure things out"   
God says: I will direct your steps  (Proverbs 3:5- 6) 

You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things  (Philippians 4:13) 

You say: "I'm not able"
God says: I am able  (2 Corinthians 9:8)  

You say: "It's not worth it" 
God says: It will be worth it  (Roman 8:28 )

You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I Forgive you  (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)  

You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)  

You say: "I'm afraid" 
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7) 

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME  (I Peter 5:7)  

You say: "I'm not smart enough" 
God says: I give you wisdom  (I Corinthians 1:30) 

You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you  (Hebrews 13:5)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

23.9%


 Support Level Increase: We are so grateful to report that in the last
   two weeks, an additional two churches have voted to support us. This
   raises our support level to 23.9%!  We are excited to see the Lord
   working in this area, as well. Please continue to pray that we may gain
   full support as quickly as possible. We ask you to pray about
   supporting us individually or perhaps pray that your church would
   support us. We continue to seek like-minded PARTNERS for the work in
   which God has called us!

So Missionaries Are Human After All~


  So, what happens the night before Sunday's meeting, when a missionary
   forgets his suit coat, prayer cards, and presentation DVD, all of which
   are a two-hour trip away? Well, first he gets frustrated and maybe even
   pouts a little… not that that ever happens! Hahaha! He then gathers
   himself up off the floor and decides to call the pastor of the morning
   church to ask about the suit coat. The first problem has been diverted,
   since the pastor said the coat is not an issue. At this point, the
   missionary doesn't ask the pastor about the other issues, because he is
   still unaware of the missing prayer cards and DVD. Sunday morning after
   realizing he didn't bring the presentation DVD, he pouts again until he
   remembers that he can download a copy of the DVD from the Internet. But
   wait, his brother-in-law doesn’t have wireless Internet that is needed
   for the project. Good thing he has a smart phone! Crisis diverted! All
   is well, until he drives another two hours to his morning meeting and
   is setting up his display, when he realizes he has left the extra
   prayer cards at home, which is now about three hours away. So with only
   10 prayer cards, all of which are gone within the first ten minutes,
   and a meeting scheduled in the evening at a different church, he
   frantically calls their niece, whom he begs to drive a two-hour trip to
   get prayer cards for the evening service.

   This sure was a learning moment for us, to help us be better-prepared
   for our meetings. However, I have to say, it doesn’t compare to one
   missionary story I heard recently. This missionary family was so happy
   to be preparing for their first meeting. They loaded their car topper
   in their garage but didn't realize how tall it was. As they pulled out
   of their garage, they completely ripped off the topper from their
   vehicle, because they were too tall!  I guess we all have our moments!
   (Did I get the story right, Charley? Maybe not, but that’s how I
   remember it!) We are so grateful that one of the qualifications to
   being a missionary is NOT perfection! God does, however, want willing
   hearts!


Thursday, June 21, 2012


About a week ago, we wrote an e-mail to our asking for prayers for our
   vehicle situation. We had a very reliable '93 Toyota 4-Runner, but it
   didn't have the power we needed to pull our small utility trailer over
   the mountains. On Sunday, June 10th, we were in Hotchkiss, CO and had a
   wonderful time with the believers there. We stayed a few extra days, so
   Bob could help with their church's remodeling project. One afternoon,
   they let him off early, so we could go talk to a dealership in Delta.
   They did not have anything that could work for us in our current
   financial situation; however, right outside of town, we stopped to look
   at a vehicle on the side of the road that had a for sale sign in the
   window. It was a 2001 GMC Yukon, the same vehicle that we drove at the
   dealership. Through conversation with the owner, we realized it might
   be possible to do a straight-across trade of our vehicles.

   After doing a pre-purchase inspection, seeking good counsel, and
   praying much over the situation,  we agreed to the trade. Yesterday,
   Tuesday, June 20, 2012, Bob and the owner of the Yukon met halfway in
   Gunnison, CO for the trade!  We are so thankful for God's guidance and
   direction in this situation! The Yukon is more spacious and has the
   power that we need.

   Thank you SO MUCH for your prayers for this situation!


   Bittersweet day for the 1993 Toyota 4-Runner


1993 Toyota 4-Runner

   We are so grateful for how this vehicle handled for us. Bob spent many
   hours fixing her and it was a bit difficult, as you can see, to get rid
   of her! :)

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Praise the Lord!!!



   We are so thankful that the Lord answered our prayers so quickly for
   this "new" vehicle!

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'01 GMC Yukon



   Our new vehicle has the power to get us over the mountains and has more
   room than our 4-Runner! We are so grateful for this answer to prayers!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

19.4%

Praise the Lord! We received a call today that another church has voted to take us on for support, bringing our support level to 19.4%. We are praising the Lord for His provision!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Missionary Survival Kit

Recently we presented our ministry to Peru at a church in Wichita. This church is special for many reasons, one of which is their passion for the lost and hurting. They truly love each other like a family and were committed to helping each other both in and out of church!


When we were there, they committed to be a part of our ministry. They will be one of those supporting churches that will really be involved with us, which is truly exciting! 


One of the special things they did for us is to give us a Missionary Survival Kit.




Missionary Survival Kit
for Bob and Becky Bass

1. ALMOND JOY - Represents the "JOY" you bring to those around you.

2. LOLLIPOPS - These will help you "LICK" any problems you might have.

3.PEANUTS - Because it is okay to act "NUTTY" sometimes.

4. MOUNDS - This is for the "MOUNDS" of work there is to do.

5. ENERGIZER BATTERY - So you can keep "GOING" and "GOING."

6. PIECE OF STRING - To help you "TIE" up any loose ends.

7. SKITTLES - For the "RAINBOWS" of love you have for your fellow man.

8. STARBURSTS - Because sometimes you need a "BURST" of energy.

9. SMARTIES - These will help you make "WISE" decisions.

10. SNICKERS - No matter what happens, always remember to take time to laugh.

11. REECE'S PIECES - You are important "PIECES" in the Lord's ministry.

12. - I AM LOVED BUTTONS - To let you know you are loved by the congregation at Westlink Regular Baptist Church. But even more important is that you are loved by GOD.

We are so thankful to each of you who have encouraged us, since we have been on full-time deputation.This has been a challenging and rewarding time. We are truly blessed!!!

Here's the great group at Westlink Regular Baptist Church:



Monday, April 23, 2012

Some Things Worth Celebrating

This last Sunday we celebrated Bob's graduation from Patriot Bible University. He finished his Masters of Biblical Counseling degree a few months ago, and we've finally stopped in one place long enough to be able to celebrate it! 


We are thankful to our family and friends at Olivet Baptist Church who attended this small gathering! We are so appreciative of each and every gesture of support and encouragement!

Our Missions Display:



Oh, and what's a celebration without a cake! I had a fun time decorating this cake for Bob!




Thanks to each of you who prayed for us, while Bob finished his studies! We are excited to see how the Lord is going to use us, both in our pre-field ministry and when we get to Peru!