“PRAISE THE LORD!” (the last words of today’s reading)
Today’s Reading: Psalms 105
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Key Verses: Psalm 105:1-3
Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His holy name;
Those first three verses of today’s reading sum up what we should do daily. (1) Give thanks! (2) Pray! (3) Communicate! (4) Sing! (5) Testify! These are the five essential elements of our mission!!! How long are we to do this? Psalm 105:8 lets us know the answer, “For a thousand generations!” Our responsibilities are not over yet! God remembers “His holy promise.” He promised Abraham that in his seed (105:6) all nations would be blessed! Together we will help make the blessing of the “Seed of Abraham,” Jesus, known to the whole world! Read Genesis 22:1-18. God spared Abraham’s son but did not spare His own Son. Our job is to make this known to all generations!!! EVERYBODY HELP!!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I pray with thanksgiving for the entire Crossroads team. I ask for Your Holy Spirit to communicate through them in a powerful way. Lord God, please encourage the Crossroads team by our support. Thus, all of us together will enable the leadership and the Board to establish the plan in following God’s instructions given in our key verses! In the Name of the “Seed” (singular) of Abraham, Jesus, I pray! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I ask for grace from readers as I have about 300 (I believe they are important) words below. I’ll make a big effort to stick to 100 tomorrow.
As founders of the Crossroads Family of Ministries, Norma-Jean and I have experienced such “joy” and “gladness.” We read those words in verse 43 of today’s reading! We’re now in our 54TH year of soul-winning television productions for children, teens, families, and people of all ages. A quarter of a million children and teens have spent at least a week each at the Circle Square Ranches, approximately 60% of whom came from homes where they don’t attend Church. About 100,000 of these have made first-time decisions to give their lives to Jesus! We have graduates from our School of Broadcasting and Communications in over 80 countries of the world, and many of them are reaching their own people on television with the message of Jesus! I could give more examples of what has been accomplished (“remember” as Psalm 105 tells us), but the reason I’m telling this story again is that I know what it is to carry the heavy burden of leadership. It is a huge responsibility before God to make sure sufficient funds are on hand to do all that God expects of us! My heart is heavy for John Hull and our team as they carry out this Fall’s fundraising effort. Norma-Jean and I, at our ages, 79 & 76, are pressed financially in various ways, but we are cutting back on other things in order to give. Our offerings are automatically taken out of our bank account each month. It saves having to remember and saves on stamps and the time to write a cheque and mail it in to Crossroads. Dr. Hull, former Pastor of the great missions church, “The People’s Church,” Toronto, has taken on this heavy load. I get the picture in my mind of lifting a piano. Every hand giving a lift makes the move possible. Here’s John with a statement he made on the 100 Huntley Street telecast recently (click here).
Yours to help Crossroads not only to survive but to thrive in the saving of precious souls for time and for eternity!
P.S. I’ve just watched that clip of John on 100huntley.com. I know John is feeling the heavy burden of his leadership responsibilities. Let’s all respond so that when he hosts 100 Huntley Street his body language, as well as his words, will continue to show, as in today’s reading, “joy” and “gladness.” You could send an e-mail to John encouraging him in his calling (email@example.com). I sense that he needs our uplifting words. Please everybody, please do this! Thank You!!!