Communication, Confirmation, Conversion

Good Morning my friends,

In Acts 14 we find that there’s excitement at First Church, Antioch!  Paul and Barnabas return from their first missionary journey.  The place is packed. The singing is electric.  The prayers are filled with praises.  Now the audience is hushed as their missionaries stand to give the report of their journey.
#1.  JESUS WAS SHARED… That’s the work of communication.
#2.  CHURCHES WERE STARTED..  The Great Commission says we are to make disciples, baptize and teach.. That’s their work of confirmation.
#3.  PEOPLE WERE SAWVED…  Missionaries don’t focus on stones, but the souls; not the bruises, but the believers!  That’s the work of conversion..

“And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.” (‭Acts‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU…     Pray for the missionaries all over the work sharing the good news of Jesus Christ..
I hope you all have a TERRIFIC day…   Blessings & much love….D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!
 
 
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Promised, Provided, & Presented

Good Morning my friends,
Acts 13 begins the global missions section of Acts.  Following Acts 1:8, the Gospel has spread from Jerusalem to Judea/Samaria.  Now, to the utmost parts of the earth.  Thus begins the first missionary journey of Paul.  Paul arrived in Pisidian, Antioch and preached a typical missionary sermon. He shares wonderful truths about salvation. He tells the people salvation is PROMISED.  He brings his brief Old Testament survey to it’s focal point–the Lord Jesus. Then, it is PROVIDED.  God provided salvation in the crucifixion of Christ and salvation is PRESENTED. The good news is that salvation is provided for all people everywhere!  The sermon was received by some and rejected by others. 
  
“Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”  (Acts 13:2)
MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU…     Ask God the God of ALL nations to give you a global outlook today.  
I hope you all have a WONDERFUL day…   Blessings & much love….D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!


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Prayer & Peace

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Good Morning my friends,
Acts 12 is an action packed intriguing chapter.  We have a killing, an arrest and praying.  This chapter is similar to the world that we’re living in today.  We live in a hostile world that  is attacking; beleaguered church are praying; but the only difference is that our prayer-answering God isn’t intervening YET.  Oh how I wish God would intervene in this world today.  Let’s consider the mystery of providence in verse 1-4.  We see that James is killed and Peter is delivered.  Why?  When we cannot trace His hand, we can trust His heart.  We see the ministry of prayer in verse 5.  Prayer is a mighty weapon!!  The church prayed “Without ceasing” which means, stretched out.  The disciples put their souls into their prayers and didn’t stop.  The majesty of peace is found in verses 6-16. Peter was due for execution the next morning and he was sleeping..  Peter had peace.. Can you imagine the faces of the disciples when Peter, showed up at the door?  Their prayers were answered..  Why is it that when we pray we’re surprised when God answers? 

  “But prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.”  (Acts 12:5)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU…     When you don’t understand, lay it before God’s throne of grace.
I hope you all have a TREMENDOUS day…   Blessings & much love….D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!


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God, Growth & Giving

Good Morning my friends,
We discover in Acts 11 that for the first time followers of Jesus are called Christians. The enemies of Christ used it as a term of derision and scorn but God has a way of turning scorn into a compliment!  A Christian is one who belongs to Christ. The term is given to a group, not individuals. The church is called Christian because God is in it, there is growth in it and there is also giving in it.  The disciples pointed people towards to God.  Barnabas comes and sees grace, growth and provides guidance.  A need is set before them and they do it. The essence of Christianity is a gift.   We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭16-18)

How Do We Receive God’s Son?

Because of what Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross, the Bible states “He that has the Son has life.” We can receive the Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior by personal faith, by trusting in the person of Christ and His death for our sins.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

This means we must each come to God the same way: (1) as a sinner who recognizes his sinfulness, (2) realizes no human works can result in salvation, and (3) relies totally on Christ alone by faith alone for our salvation.

What is God’s Plan of Salvation

1 John 5:11-12  “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

This passage tells us that God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son, Jesus Christ. In other words, the way to possess eternal life is to possess God’s Son. The question is, how can a person have the Son of God?

Man’s Problem

Separation From God

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.


According to Romans 5:8, God demonstrated His love for us through the death of His Son. Why did Christ have to die for us? Because Scripture declares all men to be sinful. To “sin” means to miss the mark. The Bible declares “all have sinned and fall short of the glory (the perfect holiness) of God” (Rom. 3:23). In other words, our sin separates us from God who is perfect holiness (righteousness and justice) and God must therefore judge sinful man.

Habakkuk 1:13a Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity

The Futility of Our Works

Scripture also teaches that no amount of human goodness, human works, human morality, or religious activity can gain acceptance with God or get anyone into heaven. The moral man, the religious man, and the immoral and non-religious are all in the same boat. They all fall short of God’s perfect righteousness. After discussing the immoral man, the moral man, and the religious man in Romans 1:18-3:8, the Apostle Paul declares that both Jews and Greeks are under sin, that “there is none righteous, not even one” (Rom. 3:9-10). Added to this are the declarations of the following verses of Scripture:

Ephesians 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Titus 3:5-7 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

Romans 4:1-5 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

No amount of human goodness is as good as God. God is perfect righteousness. Because of this, Habakkuk 1:13 tells us God cannot have fellowship with anyone who does not have perfect righteousness. In order to be accepted by God, we must be as good as God is. Before God, we all stand naked, helpless, and hopeless in ourselves. No amount of good living will get us to heaven or give us eternal life. What then is the solution?

God’s Solution

God is not only perfect holiness (whose holy character we can never attain to on our own or by our works of righteousness) but He is also perfect love and full of grace and mercy. Because of His love and grace, He has not left us without hope and a solution.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

This is the good news of the Bible, the message of the gospel. It’s the message of the gift of God’s own Son who became man lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sin, and was raised from the grave proving both the fact He is God’s Son and the value of His death for us as our substitute.

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.

If you would like to receive and trust Christ as your personal Savior, you may want to express your faith in Christ by a simple prayer acknowledging your sinfulness, accepting His forgiveness and putting your faith in Christ for your salvation.

You can pray something like this

“Dear God, I come to you today realizing that I am a sinner. I have done and wrong and in no way can earn salvation on my own.  I accept Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for my sin.  I trust in Him and in Him alone for my home in Heaven.  Please forgive me of my sin.  I give my life to you. Amen.

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU…    Show the world that you’re a Christian by the life you live.
I hope you all have a MAGNIFICENT day…   Blessings & much love….D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!


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Searching, Growing, Gathering, & Gratifying

Good Morning my friends,
Acts 10 is the Gentile Pentecost. Peter, a Jew, goes to the house of Cornelius, a Gentile whom is a Roman officer and a sincere man.   Cornelius prays and is of good reputation but even more so is SEARCHING for God..  Peter is a GROWING Christian and has a lot of growing to do.   The prejudice in Peter’s heart is clogging the channels of compassion.  When the Lord gave Peter a vision and told Him to, “Get up, kill and eat.”  Peter said, “Surely not Lord.”   You can’t call Jesus, Lord and say no, to Him in the same sentence!  A GATHERING congregation  would be any preacher’s dream but a GRATIFYING conversion before the sermon is finished is even more of a blessing.   Calvary’s River of Love is meant for the world..  

“By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ.”  (Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭5-6‬)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU…     Ask the Lord to help rid your heart of anything that would hinder getting the Gospel to sinners.
I hope you all have a GREAT day…   Blessings & much love….D
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Faith, Family & Future

Good Morning my friends,
In Acts 9, Saul was radically saved. His conversion on the Damascus Road is still one of the greatest proofs of the reality of Christianity.   When Saul met Jesus and received his new FAITH, he had faith before but his now his new FAITH was different because it was in Jesus Christ.  Saul asks life’s two greatest questions: Who is Jesus? What does he want me to do?  Apostle
Paul spent the remainder of his life learning the answers to those two questions.  He learned that when you come to faith in Jesus Christ you get a new FAMILY.   Those that he had hated and persecuted prior became his new family.  “Brother Saul” must have filled his heart with joy because he was glad to be a part of the family of God.  His life held a new FUTURE . God began to shape and prepare the apostle Paul for his future work.  What a future he had and God has one for you as well.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.” (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭11-14‬)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU…    Ask the Lord that since he has saved you to now use you.  
I hope you all have a FANTASTIC day…   Blessings & much love….D
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A Divine Encounter

Good Morning my friends,

The Spirit said unto Philip, “Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.” (‭Acts‬ ‭8‬:‭29‬)

Who wants to leave a great city-wide crusade and go to a desert?  The Lord told Phillip to do that. Often we have experiences that can only be described as a Divine encounter.   Every essential ingredient in a witnessing experience is found here.  In verse 26-27, there is a Spirit-Prompted Saint.  God said, “Arise and go.”  And he, ”arose and went” which signified prompt obedience. In verses 27-28, we see a Spirit-Prepared Sinner.  Riding a chariot was a responsible, religious and receptive man-the Ethiopian Eunuch.  Joining himself to the chariot,  Phillip uses a Spirit-Pointed Scripture.  Stephen goes from Isaiah 53 directly to Jesus.  The  result was a Spirit-Produced Salvation. The Eunuch believes and is baptized.  Desert duty may become delightful duty.  

“Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭12‬)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU….    Ask the Holy Spirit for a Divinely encounter today.  
I hope you all have a MAGNIFICENT day…   Blessings & much love….D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!


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