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The Harvest

We are called to make disciples.  Christ gave us a purpose greater than anything we could muster ourselves.  What holds us back though?  Today let’s look at Matthew:

Matthew 9:35-38 KJV

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.  But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;    Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

The compassion and the truth of what Christ is saying here is just as relevant today as it was then.  Christ has compassion for the lost and suffering, and he asked that his disciples pray for labourers to bring those people into the kingdom.

Guess what?  We are those labourers the disciples prayed for.  If we don’t reap the harvest, who will?  If we don’t get into people’s lives and minister to them, who will?  If we don’t show love and compassion to the lost and suffering, who will?  If we don’t share the gospel with world, who will?

The easiest thing we can do is nothing.  It’s also the most disastrous thing we can do.  Complacency to a lost and suffering world is proof that we don’t get it.  We don’t understand the compassion Christ has for that world.

Emulate Christ, see the opportunity for the harvest, have compassion for the lost and suffering.  Get with a local church to find ways you can serve.  You can also start by sharing the gospel with family, friends and neighbors.

Whatever you do, please make sure it’s something.  Let’s work towards bring the kind of compassion Christ has into our own lives.

God Bleas

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Sermon: 01/04/2015 – New Year, New Man, New Church

Let’s get ready for a new year serving the Lord.

Ephesians 4:17-29
Colossians 3:12-17

Speakers on Sunday January 4th:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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The walls of Jericho

In studying today, I was reading from Joshua.  I want to share just a couple insights I had while reading.  There are a lot of things we could talk about, but I want to specifically talk about Joshua 6:2-5.

Joshua 6:2-5 (KJV)

And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

Let’s look at this.  Joshua, who God had told he was now acting on His behalf, just as Moses did, was an obedient man.  Here is the city of Jericho, locked down tight.  High walls, easily defended from an attacking army.  God gives them a simple set of instructions, to be followed exactly:

  1. Take all of you warriors, your strongest, fiercest men.  Lead them with 7 priest with 7 horns, and walk completely around the city once.  Do this for six days.
  2. On the seventh day, go around 7 times, blow the horns, and the men should yell.
  3. The walls of Jericho will fall.

Wow, that’s some faith.  Truly ponder that.  Joshua, having full trust in the Lord, orders his men as such, and what do you know, God was true to His word.  They followed directions, and the walls fell.  Object lesson here, the Lord is good to His word.  He does not lie, He does as He says He will.

I personally tend to forget this concept sometimes.  Not that I think the Lord lies, or course not, but I sometimes forget He will do as he says.  He says if I repent, my sins are forgiven, I in turn think I’m not worth forgiving.  Now, if by following what He lays out for us, His will is done as He plans, is there really any room for us to question Him?

Do you think that if Joshua would have done any different than what he did, he would have defeated Jericho?  I don’t.  As a matter of fact, I’m sure it would have been disastrous.  In fact, if you read further in Joshua, you can see what happens when some of the Israelite’s disobey God, it doesn’t end well for them.

Point being, God demands we approach things a certain way to achieve what He has promised us.  We cannot cut corners and expect that all will end the same.  He has laid these things out a specific way, for a specific purpose.  We don’t have to understand all the reasons to do all He has commanded us.

Remember, being obedient is by far the best way to achieve all the God has promised us.

God Bless.

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