Bermuda Sunrise 10/7/21
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
So, did you have a great week “in” the Lord? Only you can answer that. If so, have you thanked Him? If not, why not?
How do you like the photo of the Bermuda Sunrise? If you look real close in the bottom left hand corner, you will see a street sign that says, “Bermuda Rd.” That’s right……… I took this photo yesterday morning just a few blocks east of my home…….. and some you thought it was the British territory of Bermuda in the North Atlantic 😊 There are those times with a little imagination we can be at an ocean-view vacation and never leave the desert.
Regarding the above verse…….. I have been reading in Luke lately. I’ve always liked the first part of Luke 19 when Jesus meets Zaccheus the tax collector. But the other day something caught my eye when Jesus said, “Zaccheus, HURRY and come down, for today I MUST stay at your house.” I stopped at the (2) words HURRY and MUST. Of course we all know that Zaccheus “obeyed” and hurried down and gladly received Jesus. The question I asked myself, I’m I putting the same emphasis and urgency on those words of Jesus that Zaccheus did. I might suggest that you again read those (10) verses and see how the Lord speaks to you. We know that salvation came to Zaccheus’ house that day.
Right In Your Own Backyard!
That’s right, many of us don’t have to look any further than our own backyard. Meet Eduardo…. He cuts my grass. I’ve been visiting with him for sometime now. I know that he is 20 years old, has a little girl (Bellarose – see photo) that will turn age 2 on Dec 4th, that his mother abandoned him, that his father died in Texas (2) months ago and last Saturday his wife kicked him out of the house and that he is living with a friend of one of the guys he cuts grass with. You might be asking yourself, why did he get kicked out of his house? The more important question is “What about Jesus?” I have been praying and talking to Eduardo about Jesus ever since his employer assigned him this area. But this Monday was the day the Lord used. We sat on my back patio and he told me what happened. He could hardly get the words out amidst the pain and tears. For a time I just held him in my arms as he was shaking and crying. I have shared my testimony with him in the past and asked if he wanted to surrender his life to Jesus. With tears streaming down his face he nodded his head. That morning he repented and prayed to receive Christ! Thank you Jesus……. Of course we have stayed in contact, he came by yesterday after work and I gave him a Bible in Spanish and we will be talking again this Saturday…………..
I truly believe we need to take those words of Jesus serious: HURRY & MUST! And in many situations you don’t have to look any further than your own backyard. Are you praying for the workers that come to your house? Or rather are you saying, “The lawn guys are here and I need to let them know about the sprinkler they broke last week.” Then you go right back in the house. And what about all the other people around us…….. waitresses, cleaning people, mechanics, handymen, co-workers, etc. When was the last time you had to order more gospel tracts (Steps To Peace With God)?
Have you truly died to Christ or are you just going through the motions?
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Zion Boot Camp December 3-5, 2021
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If you haven’t done it already, pray to invite someone to this amazing conference!
Men: It seems more and more that I am asking guys if they are teachable. Sometime back I even asked Eduardo (my lawn guy) if he was teachable. Walt Henrichsen allowed me to “plunder” his knowledge. And for that, I am eternally grateful………….
“Look Satan, I want to make a deal with you!”
Men: Don’t start the weekend without reading these (2) paragraphs. My wife and I are always sending each other quotes, devotionals, etc. I sent the Tozer quote to her over (4) years ago. Just ran across it again. Definitely worth the read along with Walt’s ……. Profound!
If Satan opposes the new convert he opposes still more bitterly the Christian who is pressing on toward a higher life in Christ. The Spirit-filled life is not, as many suppose, a life of peace and quiet pleasure. It is likely to be something quite the opposite. Viewed one way it is a pilgrimage through a robber-infested forest; viewed another, it is a grim warfare with the devil. Always there is struggle, and sometimes there is a pitched battle with our own nature where the lines are so confused that it is all but impossible to locate the enemy or to tell which impulse is of the Spirit and which of the flesh. There is complete victory for us if we will but take the way of the triumphant Christ, but that is not what we are considering now. My point here is that if we want to escape the struggle we have but to draw back and accept the currently accepted low-keyed Christian life as the normal one. That is all Satan wants. That will ground our power, stunt our growth and render us harmless to the kingdom of darkness. Compromise will take the pressure off. Satan will not bother a man who has quit fighting. But the cost of quitting will be a life of peaceful stagnation. We sons of eternity just cannot afford such a thing.
A.W. Tozer Sermon: Victors of Victims
“As a Christian, you can go to the devil and say, “Look, Satan, I am already a Christian and I am on my way to heaven; but I want to make a deal with you. If you leave me alone, I will leave you alone. I will not be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I will not threaten your hold over the lives of men or invade your kingdom. In return, don’t you bother me. Let me live in comfort and quiet.” And the devil will say, “Friend, you’ve got yourself a deal.” But remember, Satan is a liar and the father of lies. You have no guarantee that he will not double-cross you. The cost you will pay for not being a disciple is infinitely greater than the cost you will pay for being one.”
Walter A. Henrichsen
Laziness is Rooted in Self-Love
“Now, because as a sinner I tend to make life all about me, I work to avoid anything that is hard or uncomfortable to do. I tend to curse hard work, the need to serve others, the call to persevere, the inescapable reality of suffering, the requirement of daily labor……..”
(See attached PDF on Laziness by Paul Tripp)
Movies to see in November
Men: Pray about these 2 movies coming next month and ask the Lord to give you someone to invite
Nov 3rd: C.S. Lewis “The Most Reluctant Convert” CSLewisMovie.com
Nov 8-10: Sabina SabinaMovie.com
Why do we expect to be better treated in this world than Jesus was?