Thursday, April 7, 2016


Today’s┬áReading: Amos 7-8

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With a giant trunk and boughs towering 60 feet high, a gnarled sycamore near Jericho’s main square is believed to be over 2,000 years old, and could be the very tree that the hated tax collector Zacchaeus climbed to get a glimpse of Jesus (Luke 19:1-5). In today’s reading, Amos says that he was a tender of sycamore fruit (Amos 7:14).

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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).


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!!!


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. I recognize that the passion that consumed Amos is the same as I find in great Pastors/Evangelists and in visionary believers in Jesus everywhere. The Apostle Paul wrote, “How shall they preach unless they are sent!” (Romans 10:15).

Crossroads Christian Communications is 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 giving monthly. This month our team on 100 Huntley Street television is asking for our sacrificial giving, especially from April 18-29.

Yours for every one of us to rise to the challenge in obedience to those compelling words, “GO!” “PREACH!”,


11 thoughts on “Thursday, April 7, 2016

  1. Yes, we preach the Word of the Living God, and prophesy of Jesus Christ, alive and well, in all of us. Powerful prayer, David, and call for support of the Crossroads Ministry. Let us love one another. Amen! Blessings dearest saints, in the Lord!

    In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Mt 5:16 ESV

    Elevation Worship – Here As In Heaven (Acoustic) AWESOME!!!

  2. I posted a blog April 1st: regarding 2 gals named Dana who needs a blood transfusion and a gal named Jan who was in the right place at the right time and indicated she has the same blood type! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
    I understand that Jan has begun to get her blood tested, it will take some time to complete these tests.
    The gal Dana is having a complete body scan done on May 5th, she has cancer of the liver;
    Her blood transfusion will happen on June 6.
    this whole incident happened in a 7/11 Convenience store!
    All I can say is Thank you Lord for bringing these 2 people together at 10 p.m. on Friday April 1st, I pray Lord that the blood will be an exact match!
    I am thankful to be a witness to this wonderful miracle!
    Please pray that I will have a good sleep!
    Blessings to everyone!

    • Bless you Sah! Psalm 4:8 says “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep, for you, Lord, only make me dwell in safety”.

      Psalm 3:5 says “I laid me down and slept; I awakened; for the Lord sustained me.”

  3. On the day before yesterday’s blog I used the word witchcraft in relation to the lifespan doctors gave you, dear pastor David. I’m sure your doctors are no fortunetellers, mean well and are gifted professionals who serve you.
    I’m still feeling bad having used that word and ask your forgiveness.
    …..because HE first loved us. (1 John 4,19)
    Thank you so much for collecting the daily manna for me!

    • that’s the beauty about having a relationship with our Lord God, He forgives as far as the east is from the west! that’s a big distance, and God lives in that distance, He is everywhere, He knows what we mean despite what we say!

      Please keep Dana & Jan in your prayers regarding the blood transfusion! see blog April 1st! PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!

  4. “Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh, what a beautiful day, I have wonderful feeling, everything”s going GOD’S WAY!!”

    Praise God from Whom all Blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures hear below, Praise Him above you heavenly hosts, PRAISE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT!! AMEN!!

  5. Yes, Pastor David, to listen, hear and obey His Word. A message and prayer worth taking to heart and practicing. And not “be moved” as Amos the prophet stayed on course,let it be so, in obedience to God’s leading. May we too be as diligent in our ways for the Glory of God. This is my prayer, Jesus, in Whose Name I pray, that God be gloried. Amen!

    “In Thee Oh Lord do I put my trust:” “Let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies triumph over me” “O Victory in Jesus, my Savior for ever, He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood, He loved me e’r I knew Him and all my love is due Him, He plunged me to Victory beneath the cleansing flood!”

  6. Thankyou Sah for sharing your story about Dana & Jan.
    I will remember them in prayer that our Lord Jesus will bless them
    with a miracle of healing. Praise His Holy Name, Amen!

    • Thanks Joy! The miracle of the 2 gals meeting and BOTH having the same blood type is still UNBELIEVABALE!
      I am thankful that God spoke to me to get out of bed and get down to 7/11 and witness this miracle! AMAZING! SIMPLY AMAZING!
      Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed by thy name! Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven, Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation , but deliver us from evil for thing is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory forever and ever Amen

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