Month: September 2017

The Work of the Pastor and the Responsibility of the Members

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As Paul instructed the church in Corinth he let them know what he tried to do for them and what they should do with his efforts. From this passage, 2 Corinthians 12:14-21, we will see clear instructions for both pastors and for church members.

 

 

This is worth waiting for

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Isaiah 65

23   They shall not labor in vain,

Nor bring forth children for trouble;

For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord,

And their offspring with them.

24   “It shall come to pass

That before they call, I will answer;

And while they are still speaking, I will hear.

25   The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,

The lion shall eat straw like the ox,

And dust shall be the serpent’s food.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,”

Says the Lord.

The last two chapters of Isaiah mirror the book of Revelation.  They speak of the New Jerusalem where God will dwell forever with His own.  These verses speak to a coming day when no labor will be in vain.  How many times have I done a job that was either done wrong or just didn’t matter?  Never again will that be the case when we are in our eternal habitation.  Since it does speak of labor it does not say that we will be sitting on clouds holding harps.  Boy-oh-boy am I glad of that.

“We won’t bring forth children for trouble” is a euphemistic phrase because Jesus said that there is neither marrying nor giving in marriage in heaven.  This speaks to our labor always being righteous. So often in parenting we wonder what we worked so hard for.  This will never be the case in heaven for all that we do will be for righteousness.

We will be so close to God at all times that verse 22 says before we call out to God He will answer and while we are speaking to God He is hearing us.  Immediate answers to prayer are one of the blessings of heaven.  No more will we send out a cry to God and wonder for He will be hearing and answering as we pray.

Ever since God had to kill the first lambs to cover the first sins, there has been violence on the earth.  In creation, God made the animals to eat herbs and plants.  There was no fear in the Garden that man or animal was in danger.  So it will be again in heaven.  All animals will be domesticated and we will not fear them nor will they fear us.  But notice this; the serpent is still cursed for it will still slither along the ground.

It all ends with “Thus says the Lord.”  God’s signature is on His document and His promises are set in the stone of His immutability.  God will never change thus we can always trust His word to be true.  So, there is coming a wonderful day when all who came to God through Christ in this life will enjoy His presence in His holy place forever.  That is a day to look forward to.

7:00 Tonight at the Riverwalk we will begin our last sketchboard outreach for the season.  We are going to need some in the crowd who can sing for us.  I trust you can make it out. 

Dinner day is Sunday after church.  Plan to stay and join with us.

Thanks to God, Dawn’s surgery went well, she was home earlier than expected.

Have a great day in the Lord,

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God’s Eternal City is for All who Come to Him

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Isaiah 65

17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.

18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, And her people a joy.

19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, And joy in My people; The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, Nor the voice of crying.

After a chapter of letting the people of Israel know that as they have rejected God so God will reject them, Isaiah brings us to this wonderful promise of a glorious future for all of God’s people. In verse 1 of this chapter we read this:

1 “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ To a nation that was not called by My name.

My friends, Isaiah was writing about us, the Gentile nations. We are not called by God’s name, Israel is. In their rejection the gospel was sent to the Gentiles. There will come a day that God will again reach out to Israel and many of them will come to God through Jesus Christ (the only way, truth and life).

God’s plan is salvation. God’s plan is an eternal dwelling place for all of His people of all nations to gather together and bring praise to Him. Revelation 7 speaks to this wonderful day yet to come. So wherever you are today, God has a future for you. Trust in God for today and He has tomorrow already planned, a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness dwells, awaits us.

Last night with the teens we talked about how much work it is to pray for lost people. Our minds wander, other things get in the way, and we just don’t spent a lot of time praying for the lost. So we talked about things we would warn our friends about if we knew they were going to do. After talking about four or five things that are really dangerous to let your friends do, we talked about the reality of 100% of all who are born will die and will go either to heaven or to hell. Who are you praying for that God would bring them to salvation? How important is their soul to you?

Tomorrow night is our last Riverwalk outreach of the season. Can you come and be a part with us? We will get started about 7:00 and go till 8:30-9:00. It will be dark and we will be using the black light on the sketchboard. Pray with us for the souls of those who walk by. Come and be a part of the crowd. Sing with us. Answer Dave’s questions. Enjoy yourself and while there pray for those stopping by to receive the Savior.

Dawn has surgery today, keep her in your prayers throughout the day.

Sunday is dinner day. Just a reminder.

Have a great day in the Lord,

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Is God a good “shaper?”

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Isaiah 64

8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.

Here is the breakdown of this sentence:

  • You our Father
  • We the clay
  • You our potter
  • We the work of Your hand

 

Do you see God as your Father, the potter, and the shaper of your life? Do you see yourself as simple clay being shaped as God sees fit? This is both a wonderful truth and a humbling truth. God shapes us exactly into the person that He wants us to be.

 

As a human father, I always wanted what was best for my children. Bobbi and I have sought to use different methods to shape the lives and abilities of our children to become men and women of character and ability. We have learned that our parenting is limited to human understanding. Using human parenting as an example, God is the perfect parent who knows exactly what He is doing to shape His children’s lives. So not only is God the potter but God is also the ultimate parent.

 

If I think I know what is good for my children then I can trust that God knows what is best for me and is constantly shaping my life as He sees fit. The result of God’s working is that I become the work of His hand, not mine. I cannot take credit for who I become when God is the ultimate Father and master Shaper. He has shaped me as He has seen fit and I have become the man He determined me to be. We are His workmanship, His trophies to show forth His power to those around us.

 

I read about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego this morning. They were God’s workmanship holding up God’s name and showed God’s power in the furnace. When they came out the king proclaimed their God the God of all power. Let God shape you today so that others will see His power.

 

We got most of the sign-painting done last night. Be in prayer with us for this Friday’s outreach that God will prepare hearts beforehand to hear the Gospel and be saved.

 

I will be bringing a message Sunday that is very timely regarding our need to be prepared for the coming of the Lord. Paul asked the Corinthians to be ready for his coming and Christ has called us to be ready for His. There are many signs that point to the second coming of Christ which should push us to be prepared.

 

Pray for the recovery of Krista who had surgery yesterday.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,

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God, sin, and righteousness

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Isaiah 64

5    You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness,

Who remembers You in Your ways.

You are indeed angry, for we have sinned—

In these ways we continue;

And we need to be saved.

6    But we are all like an unclean thing,

And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;

We all fade as a leaf,

And our iniquities, like the wind,

Have taken us away.

7    And there is no one who calls on Your name,

Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;

For You have hidden Your face from us,

And have consumed us because of our iniquities.

I see two themes here that we should look at.  The first theme is the desire of God for man.  God meets those who rejoice in Him and do righteousness.  From the Garden to the Cross we see God desiring man and man rejecting God.  Jesus himself wept over Jerusalem for their constant rejection of His message to them.  God created man for perfect fellowship and through the blood of Christ we have that fellowship restored.  God desires to fellowship with us who are created by Him in His image.

The second theme we look at is the reality of man’s sin and what it does to our fellowship with God.  God is angry with us because of our sin. We know right from wrong, we have a God-given conscience, but we go against righteousness all the time.  Then we come back and try to do something good for God and He says that those righteous deeds done by us to gain His favor are like filthy rags. Our fading continues like a leaf in the fall and our iniquities blow us away as a leaf is blown by the wind. We don’t call on the Lord and we naturally continue to drift further and further away.

The result of the reality of our sin is that God hides His face from us.  In the Garden, Adam and Eve hid their faces from God.  God sought them and confronted them in their sin.  When we are living in sin and cry out to God He hides His face from us.  As we continue in sin we will find that our sin, which we enjoyed at some point, consumes us.  God in His wisdom knows this and constantly calls us from our sin to Himself and to His righteousness.  Let us not underestimate sin.  It is always destructive.  Sin always causes separation from each other and from God.  Sin is what Jesus died to save us from therefore we must not compartmentalize any sin finding ways to downplay it lest we learn its consuming ways.  Turn with me from sin and let us enjoy the righteous fellowship of God.

Be in prayer with us for our last Riverwalk outreach this Friday night.  We will be at Dave’s tonight painting the sketch boards for Friday night.  If you have time to help, please do.  Pray for health, good weather, and open hearts to receive the message of the gospel.  This is our fourth time out this summer and we have yet to see someone come to Christ.  It would be a great joy to see God save a soul Friday night. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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When God shows up

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Isaiah 64

1      Oh, that You would rend the heavens!

That You would come down!

That the mountains might shake at Your presence—

2    As fire burns brushwood,

As fire causes water to boil—

To make Your name known to Your adversaries,

That the nations may tremble at Your presence!

3    When You did awesome things for which we did not look,

You came down,

The mountains shook at Your presence.

4    For since the beginning of the world

Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,

Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,

Who acts for the one who waits for Him.

These four verses are worth re-reading.  Think about these for a moment.  The prophet is looking for God to come down from the heavens to shake the mountains to burn the forests and to boil the oceans to make His name known to those who area against Him so that all the nations of the world will tremble at His presence.  Have we not seen some of God’s power in the last month?  We have had three major hurricanes and two major earthquakes all doing damage beyond what any war or weapon of man can do.  On Christian radio I have heard God exalted but not on secular news.

The prophet longed for the nations to recognize God as the Lord and believed that when God came and showed His power in His presence the world would sit up and listen.  Let us pray that they will listen and that they will acknowledge that God is the Lord.

In verse 4 we find and interesting statement about God and the world’s religions.  Here we learn that from the beginning of the world, no man has heard from any other god and no eye has ever seen any other god for there is no other god besides the Lord God of heaven.  All other gods of this world have been the figments of the imaginations of those who thought them up.  And beyond this thought we read that God is the one who acts for those who in faith wait for Him.  Join me today in waiting on the Lord.  He will give us good courage and will not let us down when we patiently and in faith wait upon Him.  He alone is God.

Tomorrow from 4:00 – 6:00 there is an outdoor prayer meeting at the Grand Pavillion on Naperville’s river walk.  This is behind the VFW. During this two hour prayer meeting we will hear from different men and women who will present specific needs to pray for.  We will then take six minute segments in small groups to pray for each specific need.  This is the third year for Pray! Naperville to have an outdoor prayer gathering of all who would come and pray for our community.  I encourage each of you to come and join us in prayer.  There are many places in the world where this type of public prayer gathering would be illegal.  While we still can, let us gather with other followers of Christ and join them in prayer. 

I have been asked to bring the gospel message at the end.  Pray that if some there do not know the Savior that they will be drawn to Him for salvation.

Sunday, I plan to show some more of my pictures from my trip.  I do hope you will be there.

Have a great day in the Lord,
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When Trouble Comes So Does Jesus

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2 Corinthians 12:7-10 paints a picture of God’s grace uniquely given to a man in great trouble. Yet, we tend to avoid and run from trouble. In this message you will see how Paul embraced the trouble only to find the greater grace of God and a new nearness of Christ.

 

 

Called to Rest and to Glorify God’s Great Name

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Isaiah 63:14–16

14 As a beast goes down into the valley, And the Spirit of the Lord causes him to rest, So You lead Your people, To make Yourself a glorious name.

15 Look down from heaven, And see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are Your zeal and Your strength, The yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me? Are they restrained?

16 Doubtless You are our Father, Though Abraham was ignorant of us, And Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O Lord, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.

The prophet starts with a simple illustration of an animal in the wilderness going down into a valley to rest. The animal is a large animal that does not fear predators and in the valley is able to rest from the travels of the day. The prophet then asks the Lord to lead His people to the place of their rest so they will make God’s name glorious.

 

When we gather on Sundays, it is a time of spiritual rest with the people of God. We gather and make God’s name glorious together. Our church gatherings around the person and work of Christ are a foretaste of heaven to us. We are resting from the pressures and the people of the world even if just for a few minutes. When we leave, we are refreshed and ready to go out again.

 

The prophet is calling out to God to bring His people back to the place of their rest. He is their Father, He is our Redeemer from Everlasting.   Are you in need of rest? I am. I look forward to time together resting with God’s people to receive strength to continue. We won’t know our permanent rest until heaven. Until then we enjoy the rest we find in the valley with our Father, our Redeemer, where we gather to make His name great.

 

Do the troubles of this world today grieve you? What a painful day yesterday was in this world. From a hurricane to an earthquake people lost loved ones and possessions. From one day to the next their lives have been overturned. Let us pray for thousands of people to cry out to the Lord Jesus for salvation. Let us pray that the world will sit up and take note that God is God and there is no other. Let us pray that people will repent of their sins and know that the Lord, He is God and that He alone can carry them by His grace through this trouble.

 

We are praying tonight. Join us.

 

Pray for our teens as we meet. We have been having teens come week after week who do not know the Savior. Pray for the Lord to grip their hearts tonight. I could still use a driver for this Saturday’s Dare2Share event in Oswego.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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A Day of the Lord, soon coming

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Isaiah 62:11–12

11 Indeed the Lord has proclaimed To the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.’ ”

12 And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.

I have been paying attention to prophecies that have days and times assigned to them. For when God assigns a day and a time to a prophecy that means that it is on His calendar as a day that is going to happen and the clock is ticking toward that date. This passage has a specific date attached to it. “the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the world…” This is a specific day on God’s calendar. It is coming. And though we don’t know when, God does and is directing all things toward it.

 

At that time God’s salvation is coming, His reward to the faithful is with Him and all of His work will be before Him. No thing and no one will avoid this day. It is a day of salvation to all of God’s people. His people will be called “The Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord, Sought Out, and A City Not Forsaken.” When you consider how the nation of Israel has gone back and forth from captivity, this is a powerful prophecy.

 

As Gentile Christians, we can over-lay the work of Christ and the purifying of our hearts through His blood on top of the teachings of God’s chosen people and know that we too, His redeemed from all ages, will be a part of his glorious day. All of us who have suffered reproach for the name of Christ will be welcomed into this glorious and eternal city of God.

 

Whatever happens in the world today, and a lot is happening, God is preparing for a day when He will reign on this world in His power and in His righteousness. We will be a part of that world. Amen.

 

I watched a BBC news report on the island of Tortola in the chain of islands below the Dominican Republic. There is not a home on the island that wasn’t hit by Hurricane Irma. They are without food and water. They have little hope of rebuilding because the government doesn’t have enough money to rebuild. One woman, while holding on to a tree to keep from being blown around by the wind, had her baby pulled from her arm never to see him again. In the light of Hurricane Jose, they were trying to evacuate the whole island. The stories of devastation abound. Do pray for these dear people to find hope and peace in very difficult situations.

 

I will be back at Sunrise Assisted Living today for the first time in a month. I am looking forward to seeing our friends there.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,

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Our New Name

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Isaiah 62

For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,

And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,

Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,

And her salvation as a lamp that burns.

2     The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,

And all kings your glory.

You shall be called by a new name,

Which the mouth of the Lord will name.

3     You shall also be a crown of glory

In the hand of the Lord,

And a royal diadem

In the hand of your God.

Acts 11:26  And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

 

Revelation 3:12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

The world has called the people of God many things.  I was in a classroom a few years ago where evolution was being taught.  The professor was talking about those who don’t believe in evolution and called us right wing Bible believers.  It wasn’t a complimentary term.  I have been called a “born-againer” in a not so nice manner.  I have been asked if I were “one of those” where “those” was meant as a slander against the Christians in the room.  The world has many choice names and expressions for the people of God.

Note in these passages that the day is coming when God will call His own people by a new name which He will give them.  The name that God has for us is a special name with a special relationship attached to it.  When the people in Antioch called the believers “Christians” it wasn’t a compliment, it was a sneer, but the name stuck.

Who are you in Christ?  First off all, you are not the same person you were apart from Christ.  If you had a nick-name that went with your old sinful life then when you came to Christ and found forgiveness of sin you might have wanted to change that sin-induced nick-name.  You now had a new identity.

Rejoice with the Lord, He has a new name for you!  His name for you will define you as His chosen for all eternity.  So whatever derogatory name others have for you now, God has a new name for you and will give it to you when you are with Him in His presence.  Hallelujah!

We are looking forward to Sunday.  It will be another great day in the life of Grace for Life Bible Church.  I plan to show a few more pictures of my trip with a bit more of the report from it.  We will also be observing the Lord’s Table together which is a great moment of reflection on the wonderful work of Christ on our behalf.

Pray for the needs of our church.  The summer months offerings were well below budget leaving us very close on our bank balances.  We are having to pick and choose what bills to pay as offerings come in.  Pray with us about this need and ask the Lord what you can do. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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Rejoice, God is clothing us with His salvation

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Isaiah 61

10   I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,

My soul shall be joyful in my God;

For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,

He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,

And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11   For as the earth brings forth its bud,

As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,

So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

I was in the car for a few minutes on the 11th and heard a bit of Chris Brooks on the Moody noon show, Equipped.  Chris said much of what I have been thinking that the many natural disasters of the past months and years including the terror attacks on us and on others, are the hand of God seeking to get our attention that we might recognize that God is the Lord.  I have been listening to and reading the reports of hurricane Irma and not once did I hear that this was a demonstration of the power of God Almighty. If you did not hear it from anyone else, hear it from me today, the earth is groaning and travailing in pain until the day of the Lord.  God is showing us His power and we need to sit up and take notice that He is the Lord.

According to Isaiah 61 there is coming a day when God will deck out His bride, the church, as a bride adorned with ornaments of jewelry.  God makes us beautiful with the garments of salvation and with the robe of His righteousness.  For while I know that the nations are running away from God we are running toward Him.  We look forward to the day when He with His righteousness and praise will spring forth before all the nations.  That day is coming.  As sure as we are here today we will be with the Lord when He reigns in righteousness.

Therefore, let us greatly rejoice; let our souls be joyful in our God.  For while wars and destruction come and will come God is in control and He alone will bring His judgment upon this earth and will then set up His righteous throne where He will rule and reign in righteousness, peace, and perfect justice. Greatly rejoice today my friends.  God has clothed us with the garments of His salvation.

One of the things I saw in the Philippines was just how hard people work just to be able to have a place to sleep and to have food to eat.  If enough money is made for one meal a day then that is all that they get. If enough money is made to keep their place to live then they have a place to sleep.  Coming back to the U.S. I know that some of you have the same struggle.  You work long and hard just to make enough money to keep your house, your car and food for your family.  I admire you for your hard work and your commitment to your family.  Let us pray more for one another that we might have a little more strength to do all that we are called to do each day.  Let us pray that God will provide for each of us according to the riches of His storehouse so that each of us would know that God is the Lord.

We are still short of workers for Kids4Truth.  If you are on the fence about serving in this important ministry to our children, call MaryEllen or Bobbi and let them know that you can serve. 

Thanks for your prayers yesterday, the message to the pastor’s went well.  I was thankful for the opportunity.

Have a great day in the Lord,

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Doing what we are called to do

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Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

(The devotional today is taken from Larry and Jane Parks’ recent newsletter.)

 

Talking about leadership… is what we do most these days.  On the field every seminary class session is opened with a challenge concerning leadership.  On furlough we find the challenge to be to explain the focus of our present and future ministry in Spain.  As one author so rightly said, God did not ask Moses to build the tabernacle, but rather to motivate those gifted to do the work of the ministry. To follow Moses’ example we need to be detailed in our obedience to God’s direction.  Likewise, it is not for us just to “sit and watch” God work, instead it is ours to give our best to the Master for His use when the call comes to get the job done.

Leadership does not equal dictatorship.  Leadership begins with being separated unto the Lord, beginning to end.  It is not necessarily about the task that one is given.  Leadership for the building of the tabernacle was needed in many areas as is the case for the church today.  The concept is that we are to be “holy” and “wholly” separated or dedicated to the Master Builder. In the introduction to the book of Leviticus, one author pointed out that God took His people out of Egypt.  The next step was to take Egypt out of His people.  God through Moses taught them that they had to change their way of thinking and living.  God demands that we dedicate every area of our lives to Him, as much in our motivation as in the practical day to day activities.  Although we do not have to practice all the rituals given to the people of God in Moses day, we must have the same spirit of preparation and devotion for lasting leadership.

 

God gave us a great service on Sunday. It was a joy to be back with you at Grace for Life Bible Church. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Philippines and in Bangkok, getting back home to our church was good. May God use the Word preached each week to challenge our hearts and to draw us closer to the men and the women that He wants us to be.

 

I would appreciate your prayers this morning as I will be speaking to 50 pastors. It is a great opportunity and I trust God will use me to be a help to them.

 

Keep our school kids in your prayers today. It was awesome to see so many in church Sunday and to know that each of them will be being prayed for throughout the year. Their needs are great, the world, the flesh, and the devil, are on them every day.

 

Kim Lavryk called me and asked for special prayer. Do keep Kim in your prayers that she would know God’s strength in her very weak body.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,

 

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Who are God’s messengers?

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Isaiah 61

1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

Isaiah knew his mission in life. He knew what God had called him to do and did it in humble obedience to that calling.   Isaiah knew where the call came from; it came from the Spirit of the Lord God. He did not speak on his own authority but on the authority that came from God alone. Isaiah knew what the message from God was; the message was one of good tidings. The good tidings were that there was healing for the brokenhearted, there was liberty for the captive and there was opening of the prison to those where were bound up in their sin.

 

Let’s take a look at Peter’s writings to us:

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

God has called us out of the darkness of sin into His kingdom of marvelous light and has done so to make us His chosen people, His royal priesthood, His holy nation, His peculiar people who would show forth His praises into the darkness of this world.

We too have a mission and a message from God. We too, possessed of God’s Holy Spirit have been anointed to preach good tidings to the meek, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound in their sin. The acceptable year of the Lord is coming; the day of His vengeance will soon be here. Let us pick up the call of God to Isaiah as His call to us and let us be God’s messengers of His redemption. The Spirit of the Lord is upon us.

We have enjoyed having Janet McLanahan with us this week. What a special privilege it has been for so many of you to get to spent time with her. Let us uphold her in greater prayer as she continues to be used of God.

We do not have a Riverwalk outreach tonight. I know the calendar says we do but with my being gone the past two weeks we just could not pull it all together.

You don’t want to miss this Sunday. I will be giving a report on my trip which you, thankfully, sent me on. I have much to show you and am looking forward to our day together.

We had at least six unsaved girls in youth group last night. I changed the lesson and taught the Gospel in six words. Pray for these girls. They listened intently as I challenged them with their sin and their need of a Savior. What a thrill it would be for them to come back next week having trusted Christ.

Have a great day in the Lord,
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The Harvest is Ready

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Ready to harvest
John 4
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
Though it wasn’t yet harvest season when Jesus told His disciples these words, for the crops were not yet ready to harvest, but as the disciples looked up, the men of Samaria were coming out in mass to hear the message of Christ.  The woman at the well had left her water pot to go tell the people of the city to come meet the Man who told her all things she had ever done.  “Must this not be the Christ?” she shouted.  As a result, the men of the city came out to meet this man who had so changed the worst woman in town.   As they were walking out to meet this “Man,” Jesus told His disciples, “Look, the harvest is plenteous.”
As I am now home from Asia, I can tell you, “Look, the harvest is plenteous.” People, people everywhere.  In the mid 1900’s there was a strong mission’s movement into the Philippines. Men who had been there in the war went go back as missionaries.  As a result, there is a strong gospel presence in the Philippines.  Yet, just like in the USA, there are millions still lost.
In Bangkok, Buddhism is strong.  I will show you more on Sunday but you cannot go around town without noticing mini-temples in front of houses and businesses.  These mini temples, it is believed, is where the evil spirits live thus freeing up the building behind it from the evil spirits living there.  People stop and light incense, leave bottles of red pop, and place figurines on these mini-temples.  How lost they are in this false belief.  Yet, Buddhism is everywhere.  The Christian churches are by-and-large, very small and far in-between.  Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send laborers into Thailand as He did into the Philippines.