Suggested Reading: Amos 7-8
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Key Verses: Amos 7:14b,15
I was no prophet, nor was I the son of a prophet, but I was a herdsman and a tender of sycamore fruit. Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said to me, “Go prophesy to my people Israel!”
Amaziah, a priest serving the northern kingdom of Israel, tried to shut Amos up. When he realized that Amos would not be quiet, he tried to send this prophet/preacher to the southern kingdom of Judah. With stubborn resolve Amos refused to leave, continuing to speak truth to power. Neither king nor priest could stop him! The call of God on his life was all consuming. As it was with Amos, so it is with those who hear the Word of the Lord today. God, through Jesus, says to us, “GO, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations!” (Matthew 28:18-20). Mark writes these Words of Jesus, “GO into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Like Amos, true followers of Jesus feel compelled to “GO” and/or support those who “GO,” if we are obedient to God. The results of obedience are summed up in the last verse of Mark’s Gospel, “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through accompanying signs. Amen!” (Mark 16:20). As Amos tells us, the worst famine ever is not the lack of food to eat physically, but the famine “of hearing the Words of the Lord!” (Amos 8:11b).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I’m listening to You! I hear You! Because I have called You my Lord and God, I must obey You or my decision to give my life to You is a lie! I pray for grace to “GO” and “Prophesy.” I remember that prophesy for Your followers, Jesus, is as John said in Revelation 19:10b, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” It is in the Name of Jesus that I pray this prayer for world revolution, turning the whole world to Christ! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Dr. Oswald J. Smith, the man I consider to be the greatest 20th century supporter of Christian world missions and sender of missionaries, said, “Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice, when millions have never heard it once!” During the missionary conventions at his People’s Church in Toronto, huge banners with such statements would hang on the walls of his church. Hundreds of missionaries were sent all over the world. Faith promises to give millions of dollars to send them were made. After the passing of the Smiths, God called a 35-year-old, Dr. John Hull, who had implemented the “Faith Promise” plan of giving and sending in the church where he was Pastor, to move to Toronto and take on the mantle of Dr. Smith. John closed out the 20th century from 1993 to 2000 as Pastor of the People’s Church, continuing to carry the passion for world missions that had motivated Oswald J. Smith. John preached the Gospel every Sunday across the continent on television for seven years from the pulpit of the People’s Church. I recognize that the passion that consumed Amos is the same as I find in these great Pastors/Evangelists! The Apostle Paul wrote, “How shall they preach unless they are sent!” (Romans 10:15).
Dr. Hull is now leading Crossroads Christian Communications, a ministry with a worldwide mandate from God to proclaim “the testimony of Jesus” 24/7 over the entire world. Norma-Jean and I are praying daily for the Crossroads mission and we are increasing our monthly faith promise giving. Right now our team on 100 Huntley Street television is asking for our sacrificial giving. Here’s John Hull with a challenge from this past week (click here and fast forward to 22:23 into the program).
Yours for everyone of us to rise to the challenge in obedience to those compelling words, “GO!” “PREACH!”
P.S. Please call 1-888-288-0003 as Norma-Jean and I are doing today. Or you can make your faith promise pledge online here (and feel free to ask for a copy of the book The Greatest Words Ever Spoken). God has called everyone who will listen to “GO” by sending God’s servants around the world on the powerful media of television and on the worldwide web on our growing Crossroads360.com ministry.