Phil. 3:10. that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
The resurrection is a historical fact. The resurrection is also a personal experience with the risen Christ. Jesus said, “I AM the Resurrection.” The Christian life is the daily knowledge that Jesus is alive within. Every day in Christ is an Easter!
Wilbur Smith related a chaplain’s story: Many years ago a dying tuberculosis patient heard the Gospel on the radio one Good Friday. When a pastor came by the hospital ward, the patient called him over. “It is Easter today.” “Indeed,” I answered, “it is Good Friday and. . .” He became very quiet. In a moment, “I guess you did not understand. It is Easter today.” With his emaciated white hands, he pointed to his heart. At three o’clock the next morning, the pastor was hurriedly summoned to the hospital. The patient lay at the door of death. His voice was almost gone, as he turned and whispered: “It is Easter today.”
Thank you for all who served so wonderfully in last week’s outreach efforts. I thank God for you! Everyone who uses the spiritual gifts given by God will find the greatest fulfillment in the Christian life.
Heb. 6:10 (CEV). God is always fair. He will remember how you helped his people in the past and how you are still helping them. You belong to God, and he won't forget the love you have
shown his people.
Diligence in serving Christ is the outcome of devotion to Him. Believers ought to overflow with love for Christ and demonstrate that love in service to others. William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, had a watchword– “Others.”
I am thankful for God’s grace in the salvation of new believers. Let’s continue to share the
“good news” with others in personal witnessing and bring people to Christ.
A life-saving crew went out in a boat through a terrific storm and rescued a man who had been fastened to a mast on a wrecked ship caught in the rocks and visible clearly from shore through their glasses.
They brought this man back, but he was utterly unconscious. They took him to the little hospital. . . and the first words he uttered when he came to consciousness, were these: “There is another man.” They said, “What do you mean?” He said, “Another, another man.” They said, “Do you mean there is another living man out on that wreck?” “Yes,” he said, “another man.” And
so they went out again through the storm. . . and, sure enough, they found another man. . . and he was saved. (Ironside)
I urge you to pray for and be a part of the revival and outreach efforts this week. Revival begins in the heart and extends with concern for others. Rom. 10:1. Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. May God give us a real burden for souls.
The deeper Christian life will result in a personal concern for lost people.
Amy Carmichael said,
“Oh, for a passionate passion for souls,
Oh, for a pity that yearns!
Oh, for a love that loves unto death,
Oh, for a fire that burns.”
When the criminal Charles Peace went to the scaffolds for execution, the chaplain spoke to him of Christ's power to save. The criminal replied, “If I believed that, I would willingly crawl across England on broken glass to tell men it was true.” It is true! Because of that, let's reach out this week and invite someone to be present with us this Sunday!
Please pray and get involved with our Spring Evangelistic Emphasis. We will hear two outstanding evangelists during the week. However, the main thrust will be our involvement in reaching out to the community for Christ.
There is a place for you to participate in this total church evangelism effort.
D. L. Moody said, “I believe that if an angel were to wing his way from earth up to Heaven, and were to say that there was one poor, ragged boy, without father or mother, with no one to care for him and teach him the way of life; and if God were to ask who among them were willing to come down to this earth and live for fifty years and lead that one to Jesus Christ, every angel in heaven would volunteer to go. Even Gabriel, who stands in the presence of the Almighty, would say, ‘Let me leave my high and lofty position, and let me have the luxury of leading one soul to Jesus Christ.’ There is no greater honor than to be the instrument in God’s hands of leading one person out of the kingdom of Satan into the glorious light of Heaven.”
In the Sunday evening study on spiritual gifts, we have learned that God by grace bestowed a spiritual gift on each believer. In a properly functioning body, each gift will be utilized to glorify Christ and build His Church.
How can you know your spiritual gift? Kenneth Gangel asked four questions:
Harry Moorhouse said of D. L. Moody, “He uses his ten talents, I use my one and we both together praise the Lord for using us at all.”
It is not the spectacular ability that God can use, it is just availability to be put into action.
"He has no hands but our hands
To do his work today;
He has no feet but our feet
To lead men in his way;
He has no voice but our voice
To tell men how he died;
He has no help but our help
To lead them to his side."
Jn. 9:4 [NKJV]. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
Beneath the name on most cemetery monuments, the engraver inscribes the date of that one’s birth and the date of the death. A simple dash separates those two dates and represents that person’s time on earth. What will you do with your dash?
In a lifetime the average American will spend six months sitting at stop-lights, eight months opening junk mail, one year looking for misplaced objects, two years unsuccessfully returning phone calls, four years doing housework, five years waiting in line, and six years eating.
Jesus stepped into time and space during the days of His flesh. Jesus walked carefully to fulfill the hour for which God sent Him.
Lk. 2:19. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
The spirit of Christmas should not be confined to a single calendar day. The Bible did not attach any significance to a single day but rather to the life-changing and day-by-day difference Jesus made to those who come to Him.
Walter A. Maier described the desire to hold on to Christmas when he wrote, “A few moments more to linger in the colorful radiance of the Christmas-tree, a few moments more to blend our hearts and voices in the cheerful Christmas melodies, a few moments more to enjoy the happiness that comes to our reunited family circles on Christmas, and this day of days from which we unwillingly release our grasp is gone and has given way to the tomorrow, in which, as men resume their wonted activities, the spell of Christmas is often broken, its luster dimmed, its message forgotten. But Christmas is too wonderfully magnificent to be confined to one solitary, fleeting day. There is rather a deathless significance in this Child of Christmas, a permanent and divinely bestowed gift of God, which brings perpetual happiness, immeasurable and unspeakable, both here and hereafter.”
Are you willing...
to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children;
to remember the weakness and loneliness of people growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough;
to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts; to try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you;
to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you;
to make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open—
Are you willing to do these things, even for a day?
Then you can keep Christmas.
Are you willing...
to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world— stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death— and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love?
Then you can keep Christmas. And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?
But you can never keep it alone.
(Keeping Christmas, Henry Van Dyke)