Meditation

03/04/2021

He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. (Acts 15:3)

Our own redemption puts a new song in our mouths, beloved. Out of hearts of gratitude and love for God, we share our own personal witness of His grace, mercy and forgiveness.

The consequence is, many will “see and fear” and come to trust Jesus Christ. Our testimony shared in and with love is powerful in winning others over to Him.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, Like a cup that is being filled, when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, the cup runs over and we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Abba, every day is not always a great day, but when we allow You to enter our lives, every day is a day filled with the knowledge that You are always with us and care for us. Let us reach out to others, with the same love that we have received, and share Your love with them. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Your self worth is more important that your net worth.

KNOWING GOD:

But when the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, ‘Your blood be on your own heads! I am clear of my responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.’” (Acts 18:6)

Paul was obedient to His responsibility to evangelize, even if he was criticized and his gospel message rejected. He clearly spelled out the results of rejection. We must evangelize regardless of the response.

.Evangelization includes confronting people with the judgment they face without Christ Jesus.

I AM:

At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that though me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.” (2nd Timothy4:16-17)

Paul prayed for and that it would not be held against them. Christ had taught that enemies should be prayed for without reservation.

Even if all people desert us, God will stand by us and strengthen us for the task of sharing Christ with others. He is able to deliver us and make our witness for Christ effective. Paul experienced God’s strength as he stood alone to face a pagan judge and to make the gospel known under very difficult circumstances.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me, I still had no peace of mind, because I did no find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.” (2nd Corinthians2:1213)

Paul constantly stressed that doors for evangelism are opened by the Holy Spirit alone. To go ahead of God or lag behind will thwart the world of the Holy Spirit in opening people. To receive our testimony.

In order to have people receive our testimony, we must walk with God in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. If, when listening to someone preaching and you find your mind wandering, ask yourself if it because you were not ready to hear the message, or if the message was not delivered by one who is filled by the Holy Spirit.

Meditation

03/03/2021

The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the brothers very glad. (Acts15:3)

Local churches need to communicate with one another. This is one of the primary purposes of ministerial alliances, so that fellow clergy can share and communicate with other local churches on their efforts within the communities. It is not a time to celebrate our differences; rather, it is a time to celebrate what we all share in common.

Paul realized he was responsible to the churches in his missionary evangelism. We are all responsible to the whole body of Christ in our evangelization efforts. This attitude brings joy to all, and the entire cause of Christ is thereby strengthened.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You, more than we, understand how important to not only communicate with other churches, but it is also a responsibility for us to join forces with other churches in community-wide events, which reflects our unity amongst each other to the people we serve. Even more important is to get our laity to join forces with others that have common ground with us, that everyone will see the witness of solidarity with each other in the benefit of the community. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

When you clench your fist, no one is able to put something into your hand.

KNOWING GOD:

Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O Lord: I will sing praises to your name.” (Psalm 18:49)

God’s message must be shared wherever we are. The gospel makes an impact in the marketplaces of life, even in the courts of government. Kings and rulers, along with all people, are to be warned so they may become wise unto salvation.

That is the evangelistic responsibility of all who have been transformed by God’s salvation.

I AM:

On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered those who were buying and selling there. He overturned he tables of the money changers and hen benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, Is is not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a de of robbers.’” (Mark11:17)

God graciously provided the tabernacle and the Temple to give His people access to Him. God’s house was being used in a way different from the purpose of its dedication. God’s congregation should be more interested in prayer than in economic profits.

True worship begins when we sincerely seek God. That’s why God’s house was known to Israel as a “house of prayer.” That principle must not be corrupted if evangelism is to be effective in the worship of God’s people.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord had done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’ So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.” (Mark5:19-20)

God saves us and sends us to tell those closest to us about His salvation. Evangelization begins in our homes and with our friends.

Jesus’ miraculous healing of Legion, casting the demons out of him, was a powerful demonstration of the grace of God. Grace is the unmerited blessing, the gift of God’s overflowing love to one who does not deserve it and has no grounds for asking for it. Jesus Himself was the instrument of healing for the pathetic, demon-possessed man, but He told him that the blessing that came to him was mercy from the Lord. God’s grace is manifested in every good thing that we enjoy in life, beloved.

Meditation

03/02/2021

Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah2:3)

God’s teaching in God’s worship place should attract people of all nations to Him. God has entrusted His people with His Word o teach the peoples.

Such teaching should lead people to faith. As long as the teaching is taught as it is written, then it remains in His will. If someone takes the text and gives it another meaning, it no longer is within His will. Much responsibility is attached to anyone who enters the ministry to do their own will and not God’s.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You knew us better than we knew, for You inspired Your Word into several people that wrote down Scripture for our reference and use, to learn more about You and to help our relationship become closer. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Carve your stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

KNOWING GOD:

O Lord my strength and my fortress, my refuge in times of distress, to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, ‘Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good. Do men make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!’ Therefore I will teach them—-this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the Lord.” (Jeremiah16:19-21)

Evangelistic opportunities may come unexpectedly. People dissatisfied with their way of life come seeking the truth.

The evangelist should be a teacher for God to teach God’s power and might and introduce God by name to those who seek Him.

I AM:

Many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Micah4:2)

Identical to Isaiah, huh? There is a different twist on this from Micah. The gospel, although in many respects simple, is still most profound and needs to be carefully taught. Faithful teaching explains all the various elements and implications of the message of salvation. We need to pray God will “teach us his was” that we may “walk in his paths.” Teaching evangelism is as important as preaching evangelism, beloved.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.” (1st Timothy2:7)

As a leader, Timothy was to instruct faithful Christians, who then, in turn, could teach others also. This principle is most important in the development of an evangelistic church. The share Christ is not the duty of just one or two leaders.

They are to teach others how to evangelize who will then teach others until all in the body of Christ are instructed n sharing their faith. This is how he entire world can come to hear the gospel.

Meditation

01/29/2021

As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm—when he comes and prays toward this temple., then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name. (2nd Chronicles6:32-33)

God’s mighty historical acts served as an invitation to foreigners to join Israel in the worship of the one true God. Regardless of race, color, ethnic origin, or any human difference, all people are to hear our word of witness. God loves all and wants to include in His kingdom all who will turn to Him. They will hear of God’s “great Name” and be drawn to Him.

We will be drawn to Him as we personally share Jesus Christ with them. Then we are to include them in the family of God and accept them as brothers and sisters. Personal witnessing to all is essential to vital evangelism.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, in many ways, we have become more isolationists from some countries, and we need to reform our laws about those whom seek to live in our country but are not allowed in. We must, welcome the, so they may enter and become part of our country, working and becoming productive members of our society, paying taxes and making a way to prosper in this country, that they want to become part of. Guide us, Abba, to help those presenting themselves for entry, that we all can become closer to us in Christ Jesus , as we also become neighbors and co-workers. For it is in Jesus precious name that we pray this. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Beloved, worry about nothing, pray about everything!

KNOWING GOD:

“’You are my witnesses, declares the Lord, and declares the servant whom I have chosen, so tht you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and said and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you. Your are my witnesses, declares the Lord, ‘that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can revere it.’” (Isaiah43:1013)

Witnesses declare what God has done. Effective witnesses need to e knowledgeable of the mighty act of God in history—and in the contemporary moment also. This requires study and sensitivity to all. God has revealed in His Word, in history, and in one’s daily life. Witnesses take up the role of God’s servant.

Witnesses believe in, obey, and worship God. They share what they have experienced with all who do not know God. They want everyone in the world to let the true God be their Savior and to commit their lives to Him. Witnessing is the believer’s essential task.

I AM:

I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. ” (Philemon1:6)

Paul wanted Philemon to be active in sharing his faith. In that way he would mature in the faith and deepen as a believer. To do personal evangelism is a great strength to one’s own personal faith as well as a means to lead others into the faith.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” (John1:7-9)

John demonstrated personal witnessing. Despite his own power and popularity, he pointed people to Christ and away from himself. He sought to bring people to believe in Christ.

John knew that Jesus was the true Light providing knowledge and salvation that God promised to the world. He was the Creator come to be with His beloved creatures. H brought saving power to all who believe in His nature and purpose (His name). Most people have rejected His revelation. All who believe and respond become part of he family of God adopted in love and grace.

Meditation

01/28/2021

Many other people went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds. An alien living among you who wants to celebrate the Lord’s Passover must all the males in his household circumcised; then he may tale part like one born in the land. No uncircumcised male may eat of it. (Exodus12:38, 48)

When many people are redeemed as wee the Israelites out of Egypt, masses will very often be inspired and follow. This is the power of mass evangelism.

I spent over 28 years working in Texas prisons, and when a call was put out for baptisms, it was not uncommon to have between 125 and 200 inmates come forward to be baptized. Makes you wonder why in our churches, we get only a handful every year.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, As part of the ritual for baptism, a perfect lamb (one who has no injury or imperfection) would be of the ritual of the service, to cleanse the one being baptized of their sins. We no longer sacrifice animals for this purpose of cleansing the individual being presented. Jesus became the sacrifice for our sins. For it is in Jesus precious name that we pray this. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

If you scatter thorns, don’t go walking around barefoot.

KNOWING GOD:

You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens who have settled among you and who have children. You are to consider them as naive-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.” (Ezekiel47:21-22)

God surprised the exiles with His restoration plan which included full citizenship rights for foreign believers.

No one is to be exempted from the household of faith. All who believe become part of God’s family. Our evangelistic ministry must extend to all.

I AM:

This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, Let us go at once to entreat the Lord and seek the Lord Almighty. I myself am going. And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to entreat him.’ This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with yo, because we have hear that God is with you.’” (Zechariah8:2023)

When the message of salvation is heralded, nations come to hear and seek the Lord. What a responsibility and joy that is. This is the glory of evangelism—and the duty of the church.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew24:14)

The gospel will go out to all the world before the end comes. God desires His people to engage in world evangelization. Declaring the gospel to the masses will hasten the day when Jesus comes again.

Beloved, each of us has a different gift, in order to spread the gospel, so use your gift to spread the message and not mine or someone else’s. Your gift will be real to others, because it is your gift effectively.

Meditation

01/27/2021

Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, and so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of he Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him. (Genesis18:18-19)

God created His people to be a blessing for others. The evangelistic call has always been central to the identify of God’s people. Through Abraham seed came the promised Savior, Jesus Christ. He lived out Israel’s calling. In Him all the nations shall be blessed. Blessing is a result of salvation.

Following God’s moral expectations always carries the responsibilities of conveying those expectations to one’s family. Our moral development begins through family habits and expectations long before we can learn God’s expectations through reading His Word. His expectations are not unreasonable demands of a tyrant. They are the perfect guidelines of the heavenly Father leading to righteousness and justice.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, each generation has its issues that come up and cause pain and suffering regarding family, friends, and neighbors. It is our responsibility to pray and reach out to all that we come into contact with, that first lets them know that we care for them, and it also assures them that they are in our prayers. This kind of comfort cost us nothing, yet I assure you it gives comfort that you may not see, but is welcomed and appreciated. For it is in Jesus precious name that we pray this. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Tomorrow is uncertain but forever is for sure!

KNOWING GOD:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun.” (Psalm19:1-4)

God’s great deeds and judgments are known everywhere. There is an innate awareness in everyone that God is just and is o be sought. People can see the results of God’s great redemptive deeds all around them.

This fact forms a basis for appeal and creates an openness for people to receive God’s salvation for themselves. In most instances, believers can assume this wen they witness for Christ Jesus.

I AM:

For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not your? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.” (1st Thessalonians2:1920)

From the believer’s perspective, the greatest part of Chris’s final coming will be people let to Christ through our testimony.

Saved people are the fruit and reward of faithful evangelism. Seeing people saved is the joy and glory of those who faithfully witness—in this life and in the one to come!

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew10:3233)

Jesus was aware of an intimate relationship with His Heavenly Father and He was also aware of His of His own power and importance. Final judgment will depend on Jesus’ word to the Father concerning each person. Total allegiance to Him and total commitment to His way of life are the criteria for judgment. Those who acknowledge Christ before others will be acknowledged by Him to the Father. Jesus expects disciples to make their faith public knowledge.

Witnessing reveals our relationship to Christ. Christ left no place for secret disciples. Faith confesses Christ publicly and gains eternal rewards. Without the genuine faith that causes people to witness, we cannot expect God’s gracious rewards.

Meditation

01/26/2021

Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. (Psalm86:10)

God’s unique saving action for all peoples to worship God. The day will come when al will bow before the Lord. That is the final judgment. Before that hour, however, God’s call to faith in Christ goes out to all nations. He wants all to know of His saving acts and to believe He alone is God.

We share in that divine call to salvation because we have tasted God’s redemption. God is patient with those who do not know Him. He waits for us to go tell them the gospel story. God’s salvation call to the lost comes through the saved.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You wait patiently to do that, which should be our desire to accomplish. As Christians, we have been called to go and spread the gospel message of salvation, through Christ, our Lord and Savior. Much like Jonah, we tend to shy away from taking the message you have given us, to take to others in obedience to God’s call for us, Let our courage come from those who walk with me, and lets us go forth in obedience to the call placed upon each of us, and be bold in our proclamation of the gospel message, that other will follow. For it is in Jesus precious name that we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Failure is only failure when we say, “I Quit.

KNOWING GOD:

If you will return, O Israel, return to me,” declares the Lord. If you return to m,” declares the Lord. ‘If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go stray, and if in a truthful, just and righteous way, you swear, As surely as the Lord lives, then the nations will be blessed by and in him they will glory.” (Jeremiah4:12)

God’s call to the lost is always to return. They are to turn to Him —not the church, or to religious exercises, or to themselves in new resolves.

They turn to God Himself. All those secondary things will follow as they answer the call to turn to God. It is in Him they will follow as they answer the call to turn to God. It is in Him they are blessed.

I AM:

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk2:14)

Habakkuk saw the day when the message of he gospel would be known worldwide. God’s evangelistic purposes will be realized. This speaks of a great day of culmination, but in the meantime we labor to fulfill the ‘Great Commission’ (Mt 28-19-20).

God works to let his weight—the literal meaning of he Hebrew kabod, glory—be felt among all nations so they may acknowledge to His sovereign authority and power.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is he gate and narrow the road that leads to the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew7:13-14)

The call of the Holy Spirit to all is to enter. The doors to the kingdom of God are always open. Our Lore warns that the large masses of people will go down the broad way to destruction.

Most people will reject God’s way of life. The Lord urges us to enter the narrow gate. Few find it, bu it leads to life. One should strive to find the narrow way through Jesus Christ. Those who seek the Lord will find the way.

Meditation

01/25/2021

You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. (Acts3:15)

“Author” (Greek archegos) means the one who begins something the ruler, leader, founder. As the first person resurrected from death, Jesus is the Pioneer or Founder of eternal life who leads His followers to know life.

Life is more than physical functioning of the body. Life involves personal relationship and meaning. Full life includes relationship with God. In this sense Jesus is the source of life. He lived the fullest human life ever lived. He is the link to the Creator of life. By His death, He enabled sinners to inherit eternal life.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You are the One called Jesus, and You knew God before you ever knew us, the Created ones. You walked among us, and taught among us, and came to understand us as no one else. You are our mediator with Almighty God, and we both love and worship You and God our Father. Each day, we come closer to You, for we have a measured time on this earth, and we seek to do what it is that we are called to do as servants of yours and God’s. Please continue to guide us each day, to maintain our walk with You, that whatever we do, it is pleasing to you at all times. It is in your precious name that we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Being a believer takes more than merely believing.

KNOWING GOD:

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts4:12)

The ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus made salvation possible. Evangelists must lead people to Christ for salvation because salvation is not available in any other place or through any other person. Therefore, you must clearly understand that Jesus is the only Savior. His salvation is available to all people. So if you are waiting for someone else, you have mistaken scripture, for there is no one else. When He returns, it will not be the precious child that came the first time, He will return in all His glory, and will be accompanied with the heavenly hosts by His side. Don’t wait, beloved, there will be no time to decide then, decide now and avoid the crush of people decided to wait, too late.

I AM:

I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong. As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you. Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes, and given them to me. Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? Those people are zealous o win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that yo may be zealous for them. It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you. My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, How I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I perplexed about you!” (Galatians 4:12-20)

The purity of the gospel rests on Christ’s work and not on any human achievement. Deeds done for self-satisfaction are not part of the gospel. Personal zeal does not prove one’s preaching is correct. Paul had arrived in Galatia with an illness. Illness is not enjoyable for the suffer or those who waiting on the sick. It may change our plans into God’s opportunity. The Galatians treated Paul as a messenger from God.

Enthusiasm adds spice to life. Taken to an extreme, however, or done as an end in itself, it can become counterproductive to the purposes o the Gospel. Enthusiasm must be a real, ongoing part of character, not a temporary act to impress other people. We should be like a woman giving birth to a child in wanting to see Christ formed in our converts. To be saved is to have Christ in us, as well as for us to be in Him.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans5:8)

The love of God is the root from which comes all of the redemptive grace of God, both in giving His Son to die for sinners and in giving His Holy Spirit to dwell within in believers, thus creating hope in us. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all included in this redemptive love God. All three are a part of the process of bringing lost persons into the new life of salvation.

It is the action of the trinitarian God which saves us, not the work of any one member of he Trinity in Distinction from the other two. Christ’s death demonstrated God’s absolute love for us. God made the ultimate sacrifice so you and I could have salvation and in abundance.

Meditation

Sermon for 3rd Sunday of Epiphany, 01/24/2021

Psalm 62:6-14; Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1st Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark1:14-20

Rev. Jerry Lyle

Collect: Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Well the psalmist this morning spoke to my heart, and I hope for each of you. He clearly sets the tone from the beginning when he said, “For God alone my soul in silence waits; truly my hope is in him. Clearly he is making a statement of his devotion to God, for he states in a very personal way, that he finds security in God, our Savior, through our prayer commitment, our belief in salvation, as God is our refuge, understanding human life compared to eternal life is a short amount of time, that God is characterized by love and power. We can depend upon Him always, like no one else.

Jonah reveals to us that he us completely human! Shocking, right! God calls Jonah to tell the Nineveh community that their wickedness has reached God’s recognition, and that they must repent or God would overturn the city in 40 days. Would you believe that the people did exactly what they were told to do and even the king proclaim that no one, man or beast was to eat or drink, herd or flock was not to taste anything, man and beast was to be covered by sackcloth; let every call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. God may relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger to that we will not perish! God saw that they had turned away from evil and returned to Him and God had compassion on them and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened! Nineveh the great city by the sea when told of what Jonah had brought to them from God, immediately changed and returned to God’s loving grace.

Some interpreters of Scripture believe Paul referred to the time until the Second Coming. Thus Paul would have meant that the necessary prelude for the age to come is the passing away of the world in its present from. In its place will dawn the new age. Each generation must live in the conviction that time is short. Whether the point of termination be death or Christ’s return, the time is short for all persons. Others believe Paul saw an immediate threat of severe persecution and recommended immediate threat of severe persecution and recommended waiting until the “crisis” passed to participate in life’s normal activities. Some believe God should tell us exactly when this will occur, but he knows us, we would wait until the last second to officially accept his terms! I say accept Him now, and avoid the rush!

Now we come to the Gospel message from Mark about proclaiming the Gospel message. Jesus is the supreme pattern of proclaiming the message. Upon the imprisonment of John the Baptist. He stepped into the spotlight to preach. He announced that the kingdom of God was at hand. People were to enter the kingdom of God through repentance and faith. As Jesus demonstrated the ministry of proclamation involves the announcement of eternal truth and the call for personal commitment. All true proclamation follows this pattern.

In Luke 5:8-11, we see that Christ’s miracle amazed fisherman Peter. He was teaching people who were following Him and then He saw two boats. He walked on to Simon’s boat and sat down and continued teaching the people. He then told Simon to put the boat out to deeper water, let down your nets, and Simon said, “Master,” we worked all night and haven’t caught anything.” But because you say so, I will let down the nets. When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish, that their nets began to break. They signaled the other boat and they came up and both boats were filled with fish.

Simon told Jesus, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” His companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Jesus. So what is it going to take, to answer God’s call on your live?? Amen.

Meditation

01/21/2021

Listen to me you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.’ But I said, ‘I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.’ And now the Lord says—he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to Him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord and my God has been my strength—-he says: ‘It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends f the earth.’ (Isaiah 49:1-6)

Evangelism is an Old Testament teaching as well as one from the New Testament. From her birth as a people, Israel was called to be God’s servant through whom God would display His splendor to the nations.

Israel’s experience in Babylonian Exile appeared futile and without purpose.

Instead, it opened opportunities to expand their witness to the nations. Thus God’s message of salvation could reach the ends of he world.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You intended to use Your people, the nation of Israel, to be Your servant and as a witness to all the nations. this is most assuredly the Word of God which brings us salvation, but also moves the people of God onto the path of taking the Word of God, that also ushers us His people into becoming missionary people in the pursuit of using Your people as the beginning of redemption for all nations. All of us and more, are the ones who picked up where Jesus left this earth returning to the kingdom, for preparations to one day return, when God gives Him the nod to gather up His people who have been preparing for the day Jesus is to return. Only this time He will come in His full glory and those who have made light of the return, It will be awesome and unmistakable that they were wrong. Beloved, it is in this, that we pray that all people will make the decision to accept God through Christ Jesus now, for upon His return, it will be too late. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Don’t count the days—make the days count.

KNOWING GOD:

The Lord will be awesome to them when he destroys all the gods of he land. The nations on every shore will worship him, every one in its own land.” (Zephaniah2:11)

God’s judgment brings about evangelization. As God judges the sins of people, some learn to worship before the Lord. In sincere worship, which implies a true turning to God in repentance, they can find forgiveness and life through faith.

I AM:

Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. I the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no raid. The Lord will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of al the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. On that day Holy To The Lord will be inscribes on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the Lord’s hose will be like the sacred bowls in frong of the altar. Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord Almighty.” (Zechariah14:1621)

God wants all people to worship Him. Past history does not exclude people from worship. People who refuse to worship face God’s judgment. The principle is applicable to people in all situations. Unless people truly worship God through faith in Jesus Christ, trust Him, and worship Him; or we will incur God’s judgment. Worship must result in holy living to be pleasing to God.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ ‘Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets let them listen to them’ No, father Abraham, he said, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ ‘He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” (Luke16:27-31)

People who persistently reject salvation in Christ face eternal separation from God in hell. There they will realize how vital it is to receive God’s forgiveness and life. The rich man, even in hell, was so aware of these truths that he wanted some to tell his brothers of the eternal fate of those who refuse Christ. The lesson is for Christians. It calls us to love the lost who face such judgment. Our witness can lead people to Christ and away from hell. Your choice beloved, so be very careful with your choice.