Tony Cornelius' Blogs & Commentaries

Tony Cornelius'

Blogs & Commentaries

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Welcome to the Dominica Cornelius Blog.
Various blogs of ministry and family.
Numbered Blogs are my personal commentary of I John.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Our Bus

We have been working on our bus or van (depending on your preferred term) lately. It has needed a lot of maintenance and the Lord has provided for some of this work to be done. The seats are now being upholstered while the body, both inside and outside, are being repainted with a lighter color. With this work done, and a few more things, it should be in good shape to keep carrying the Gospel for a number of years. Seeing that she is 18 years old, she has done well though going through some rough patches a few years back. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Dominica Dispatch May 8, 2015

Greetings from a very dry Dominica,

We have had several weeks of no rain with one exception last night when we had a brief shower. At times there seems to be no rain spiritually in the ministry. I was reminded as I preached 2 Corinthians 10 Sunday our battle is not a physical one but a spiritual one. Paul strongly challenged the Corinthians to remember that the power of the Gospel comes from God and is able to break through the most impossible situations, completely diffuse arguments against the knowledge of God and submit every thought Christ. I am not one of those fiery preachers who command authority by my ability or persuasion so this passage was an encouragement to me because I know that behind the Word I preach is the Almighty power of God. He will accomplish His Word in my life and in the lives of those to whom we minister.

We had our first service in the Kalinago Territory Sunday and I have included a picture of our little group. We are excited to see God work in these precious lives. After the service, Puppet, the bald young man in the picture approached me and asked to be baptized. One week ago at our fellowship group, Betty (light green blouse) asked me to explain the Gospel to Collins. He has some mental limitations but knew what sin was and that he is a sinner. He wanted me to help him pray to be saved so I did. God knows his heart and we look forward to see God’s power evidenced in his life. Collins is also in the picture on the left in the back. A neighbor and fellow soccer player spoke to me on the field last week as well indicating his deep desire to follow Christ and acknowledged his sinfulness and that he is trusting Christ as Savior. I actually led him in a salvation prayer many years ago when he was a little boy. We don’t put our trust in a prayer but trust he is putting his faith in the Lord. So pray for Gevin. He is struggling with various sins which he has acknowledged openly to me.

Your prayers on our behalf are also backed by the power of God so please pour them out often for Dominica and rejoice with us as God answers those prayers.

By God's Grace and for His Glory,

Tony & Martha Cornelius

P.S. Martha and I just celebrated 26 years of perfect marital bliss (except for those times when it was not so blissful J). Martha is an incredibly godly woman. I thank God for her! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekly Dispatch from Dominica April 28, 2015

Greetings from St. Vincent!

Well, at least I was in St. Vincent last week. I had wonderful fellowship with God’s people serving the Lord at the Baptist Bible College of the Caribbean.
This college was founded back in the early 1950’s and has been used by the Lord to equip many His servants. Lately, Pastor Keith Inniss has taken the helm of the school leading as the administrator. The school does not presently have a president and are seeking God’s wisdom and direction for the future. Pastor Inniss has a career in the financial realm behind him and retired early to answer God’s call to pastor the Calvary Baptist Church in Prospect, St. Vincent; the same village where the college is located. While I am not in total agreement of every little detail at the school, (what institution is there that would be different) to my knowledge at the present, there is nothing that would prohibit me from recommending this ministry to my God’s people, and supporting this ministry in any way God allows. I have found in Pastor Inniss and the other faculty and staff, a sweet, humble, and loving spirit yielded to God’s will and Word, and willing to spend and be spent for the spiritual success of every student.

On another bright note, we have received permission for the use of the Sineku Primary School buildings for services in the Kalinago Territory. We are grateful to the Lord for His provision and to you for your prayers. Please continue praying as we continue ministering to the Kalinago’s we were transporting to Marigot and to many others who live in the villages surrounding the village of Mahout River, where the services will be located. Pray for us as well for endurance as we will be involved in two services Sunday morning; me preaching twice and Martha ministering to the children twice. This will mean a very early start to our Sundays. We thank the Lord for the privilege we have to begin this ministry and thank you for your faithful prayer support.

God bless you all!

By God’s grace and for His glory,

Tony & Martha Cornelius

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Dispatch - Abraham

No, this is not about Abraham in the Bible but about the son of one of our members, Vernie. She called me last week and shared some news about Abraham. He has been fighting conviction from the Lord to receive the Gospel and struggling with a raging anger that may come to harm others or himself. He is 14 years old, the same age I was when I hit my bottom also struggling with anger. The difference is that I had the Lord working on me and godly parents seeking God’s wisdom to help me. Abraham has a godly mother laboring with the Lord on his behalf but he does not have the Holy Spirit dwelling in his heart. That does not mean that the Holy Spirit is not working on him as well. Abraham has agreed to meet with me on Wednesdays. I would appreciate your prayers for his salvation, victory over his anger, submission to his parents and authorities in his life, and for wisdom for me as I seek to direct his heart to the One who can really help him.

Blessings to all and thank you so much for laboring with us through your prayers.

By God’s Grace and for His Glory,

Tony & Martha Cornelius

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Balance 2 Fundamentalism

This is a blog concerning fundamentalism. It is an open forum for anyone who is unashamed of the fundamental doctrines of God's Word. Various issues may be discussed and articles may be recommended to be published to this forum. I only ask that all discussion be done with the scriptural mandate upheld: let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3. 

This blog may be found at the address below.

Your comments or articles may help a fellow believer in their understanding of biblical truth. Please remember that we will not agree on every point. We all love our Savior with all of our hearts. We all believe in the historical fundamental teachings of God's Word. We all serve the Lord in different areas and under different situations and God does not ask the same thing of every believer. In areas of liberty, let us be careful to not create a teaching where it does not exist. Let us be careful to not elevate personal choices to the level of fundamental doctrine. With this in mind, may God help us to be more and more unified under the fundamentals of the faith and realize we are all working toward the same goal, to behold our Savior more and more and to experience His transforming power to mold us into His image as we serve as Christ's ambassadors in this world.

Friday, July 4, 2014

18 The Joy of Fellowship with God I John 2:6

4. Walking As He Walked

6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Abiding in Christ is more extensively addressed in chapter 15 of John’s Gospel. There, abiding in Christ is identified as abiding in His Word and His Word abiding in us. The goal is to glorify God the Father as Jesus also was abiding in the Father and through Him, the Father was glorified. One of the major themes of I John is “love” and is commanded both in John’s gospel and even more strongly here in John’s first epistle. If I say that I abide in Jesus, walking just as He walked, within this context, is to love as He loved. This love provided a clear guide for Jesus’ actions. When we abide in Him, this love will also guide our actions, attitudes, motives, and goals. Walking as Jesus walked which means we love as Jesus loved to the glory of God the Father will prove we are abiding in Him.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Producing Spiritual Fruit

I had the privilege to preach at my home church, Hampton Park Baptist Church recently. If you are interested, follow this link to listen to the sermon God gave me on Producing Spiritual Fruit. Just click on the title below and it will take you to the Sermon Audio page with the audio sermon.

Producing Spiritual Fruit