VIDEO 50 Hours to Pentecost Worldwide Prayer Chain

 

Bringing all Christians together for 50 Hours to Pentecost with Praise, Worship, and Intercession May 28-May 30 for New Pentecost 2020.

Unite with 200,000 Christians, from Israel to New York to Sidney to Rome and around the world in a 50 hour, uninterrupted prayer chain for a mighty intervention of God in healing our lands and in ushering in a revival leading to a great evangelization and mobilization of Missionary Disciples worldwide.

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Good Measure

Give, and it will be given to you.  Luke 6:38

At a gas station one day, Staci encountered a woman who had left home without her bank card. Stranded with her baby, she was asking passersby for help. Although unemployed at the time, Staci spent $15 to put gas in the stranger’s tank. Days later, Staci came home to find a gift basket of children’s toys and other presents waiting on her porch. Friends of the stranger had reciprocated Staci’s kindness and converted her $15 blessing into a memorable Christmas for her family.

This heartwarming story illustrates the point Jesus made when he said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).

It can be tempting to hear this and focus on what we get out of giving, but doing so would miss the point. Jesus preceded that statement with this one: “Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked” (v. 35).

We don’t give to get things; we give because God delights in our generosity. Our love for others reflects His loving heart toward us.

By:  Remi Oyedele

Reflect & Pray

In what ways have you experienced God’s generosity in your life? How can you extend generosity to others?

Gracious Father, help me to give generously to others because You’ve been so generous to me.

Why Does God Allow Storms in Our Life?

Jonah 1:1-17

No one likes turbulent times, but until we reach heaven, they will be a part of our life. The underlying foundation for understanding the storms we encounter is found in Psalm 103:19. No matter what the apparent source is, God ultimately directs every situation, because His sovereignty rules over all.

He uses storms to …

Bring us to repentance. Sometimes we create chaotic conditions with our own sinful choices. Yet like Jonah, we’ll discover that the Lord is always with us—even in our disobedience—drawing us back to Himself.

Grow us spiritually. Trials force us to rely on God’s strength rather than our own. We learn to endure, persevere, and submit to the Father so He can make us more like Christ.

Reveal Himself to us. Turbulent times give us a more accurate perspective of God and the way He works. Sometimes this understanding comes when we look back on a storm and see how He brought us through. Then we realize His strength was sufficient and His purpose was good.

Take comfort in knowing that God controls your storms, and His mighty power and unfailing love govern whatever comes your way.

A Good Pastor

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” (John 10:14)

The Greek word used here for “shepherd” is the same as for “pastor.” The Lord Jesus, therefore, was saying, in effect: “I am the good pastor: the good pastor giveth his life for the sheep [that is, ‘for His flock’].” A good pastor is, thus, one who leads his flock into good pasture, who knows his flock, and who is known by his flock. A good pastor would even give his life for his flock (vv. 1-16).

However, this is not merely a term for the leader of a church congregation. The term and the concept are sufficiently broad to include all those individuals (teachers, military officers, parents, etc.) who have leadership responsibilities.

In all such cases, our guide and example is our good shepherd, our good pastor, our good leader—the Lord Jesus Christ. With this in mind, consider some of the other biblical references to our good shepherd: “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away” (1 Peter 5:2-4).

Note also Hebrews 13:20-21: “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever.”

Most every Christian, at least on occasion, must assume the function of a spiritual shepherd, and every Christian, always, is spiritually a sheep. The Lord Jesus is our good shepherd, and we do well to follow Him in all things. HMM

Preach the Whole Word

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

—2 Timothy 4:2

 

I heard of one graduate of a theological school who determined to follow his old professor’s advice and preach the Word only. His crowds were average. Then one day a cyclone hit the little town and he yielded to the temptation to preach on the topic “Why God Sent the Cyclone to Centerville.” The church was packed. This shook the young preacher and he went back to ask his professor for further advice in the light of what had happened. Should he continue to preach the Word to smaller crowds or try to fill his church by preaching sermons a bit more sensational? The old man did not change his mind. “If you preach the Word,” he told the inquirer, “you will always have a text. But if you wait for cyclones you will not have enough to go around.”   GTM086

Lord, I commit myself again today to avoid the sensational and to faithfully “preach the Word.” Amen.

 

Add Up the Columns

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have…everlasting life.

—Romans 6:22

 

God calls us into the joys and reality of eternal life. He calls us into purity of life and spirit, so that we may acceptably walk with Him. He calls us into a life of service and usefulness that brings glory to Himself as our God. He calls us into the sweetest fellowship possible on this earth—the fellowship of the family of God!

I hope I never hear any Christian bragging even a little bit about what he or she gave up and how much it cost him or her to answer the call of God. Anything that we were or any abilities that we possessed were as nothing compared to what God has called us into as His believing children.

Why is it so difficult in our churches for us to be honest about our lives and our condition as sinners alienated from God? We did not give up anything when God in His love and mercy called us unto Himself and into the blessings of grace and forgiveness and peace. JAF049

Counting is not the language of poetry or sentiment but of cold, unerring calculation. It adds up the columns thus: sorrow, temptation, difficulty, opposition, depression, desertion, danger, discouragement…but at the bottom of the column God’s presence, God’s will, God’s joy, God’s promise, God’s recompense. ISS093

 

Good Grief!

1 Thessalonians 4:18

Christians are not immune from grief. They suffer loss and feel the pain as deeply as anyone. What are the reasons for the power of grief?

First, we grieve because we are concerned over our departed loved one. Death is sin’s final blow, and we can’t help feeling, when we lose loved ones, that they have been deprived.

Paul declares that “The dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). They will meet the Lord before any of the living will.

But knowing this doesn’t put grief to an end. We are also concerned about ourselves. Our grieving can’t change anything as far as the departed is concerned, but the death of this person may leave us with quite a bit to work through.

Our grief also expresses our fear about our own destiny. Facing the death of a loved one means remembering that we are accountable for our lives. This consoling passage of Scripture should not obscure the dimension of judgment. In this very letter Paul speaks of “the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10 KJV), warns that it will come “like a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2), with “sudden destruction” (1 Thessalonians 5:8).

Our society tries to keep us forgetting about death. And then someone we love dies, or maybe we have a close brush with death, and we realize then that we are not prepared. This is a hidden gift in our grief. It brings us face to face with death and eternity and beckons us to be prepared.

What is the answer to our grief? What are the sources of comfort?

The first source of comfort is that Jesus died and rose again. For those who are His, the day of wrath is transformed into the day of light and salvation.

The second source of comfort is that we have been, we are, and we shall always be, with our Lord. This is the overriding assurance of the Christian’s life. Those who die in Christ remain in Christ.

The third source of comfort is that we shall be together. There will be a final homecoming as we, and every believer, will “meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). We shall be with our departed loved ones in Christ.

“Therefore, comfort one another” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). We thank God for Christian brothers and sisters who stand by us in our grief and know how to weep with those who weep.

Let us thank God that our grief experiences force us to pay attention to our deepest needs, and let us thank Him for comfort which is lasting, because it is based on a sure and certain hope.

Philip D. Needham, The War Cry