Supercell Thunderstorm west of Glasgow Montana – NASA
(and a solitary tree in the foreground waits patiently)
When He speaks in the thunder, the heavens roar with rain.
He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.
He sends the lightning with the rain
and releases the wind from His storehouses
Praying you have remained “in” Christ this week. I love this verse: “When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:4). The words, Christ who is your life, are jaw-dropping. A dear brother sent me the Spurgeon devotional. Take a moment to reflect on it (Click Here)
Last night the clouds and lightning in the Las Vegas Valley were something else. Just amazing. Not quite as amazing as the supercell that formed over Montana some years ago, but nevertheless, you see the mighty hand of the Lord…….. Remember, the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Many of you have seen the chart on the left (the complete chart is attached: Evangelist vs Discipler)
Note: Assumes evangelist reaches one person a DAY, and discipler trains on person a YEAR.
Notice in year 13 the discipler overtakes the evangelist. So why aren’t more men discipling other men?
One of the brothers created a video (39 seconds) on cell division ….. mitosis (Click here or on image).
The purpose was to so how similar it is to discipleship. Discipleship is multiplication whereas evangelism is addition.
Both are important, but in the process of “making a disciple” (Matt 28:19), he also becomes passionate about sharing the Gospel.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38)
Please be praying that more men will take charge and not only make new disciples, but disciple his family. This is one of our prayers as the “Whose Job is the Ministry” draws close.
- Disciple making is a work of faith
- Disciple making is a labor of love
- Disciple making involves the patience of hope
The Cost of Investing in Others – Part 1 & 2 – Red Book Day 227-228
The purpose of these devotionals is to help you think Biblically
[Excerpt from “Whose Job is the Ministry?” book]
The Priesthood of the Believer has been a central concept in the plan of God to reach fallen mankind.
He never intended the ministry to be carried out solely by professional “clergy.”
The main player in God’s program has always been the layman. All believers are in “full-time Christian work.”
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS
Please keep lifting up this conference in prayer
See attached flyer
Please share with the men in your men’s groups and churches.
IF YOU HAVEN’T REGISTERED, PLEASE DO SO
“If God is present with you everywhere you go (and He is), and if He is sovereign over every situation, relationship, and location of your life (and He is), then when you blame other people for your circumstances or for the wrongs that you do, you are, in fact, blaming God.” Paul Tripp
Men: The attached one page PDF “God is Sovereign” is excellent. Here is another quote from it: “You disobey not because you lack the God-given grace to obey, but because you love something more than the God who’s given you that grace.” Take a couple minutes to read it……….. then reflect how it applies to you!
Facts of the Matter
We continue in our discussion as to why we suffer:
God allows His disciples to suffer through persecution:
Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also (2 Tim. 3:12; Jn. 15:18-20). (See Matt. 5:10-12; Jn. 17:14; Heb. 11:32-39; I Pet. 4:10, 12-14)
God allows suffering through Satan’s harassment:
Jesus: My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. Paul: Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist [Satan], standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings (Jn. 17:15; I Pet. 5:8, 9). (See Matt. 6:13; 13:19; Jn. 8:44; Lk. 13:16; 2 Cor. 2:11; Eph. 2:2; 1 Tim. 3:6,7; 2 Tim. 2:26; 1 Thess. 2:18)
God ordains that we take on the suffering of Christ:
[Christs] followers partake of His vicarious suffering, and fill up…. that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ. Here, surely is a profound thought which may throw a flood of light on the deep mystery of human affliction. The cross of Christ furnishes the key to the meaning of sorrow as the greatest redemptive force in the universe. 1
Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (Col. 1:24; Phil. 3:10; 1 Pet. 4:13). (See Act. 4:13; 2 Tim. 3:12; Heb. 11:32-38; I Pet. 2:20, 21)
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
~R. Dwight Hill~
It Will Cost You Everything –
(YouTube – 11 Minutes)
I try listen to this message by Steve Lawson about once every 3 weeks. Keeps me on my knees!
This is Discipling –
(YouTube – 2 Minutes)
How does this video impact you? Notice their heart……..