Monday, November 30, 2020

EVANGELISM

Today’s Reading: Acts 8-9

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).

 

The Port of Joppa was a busy place during Bible times and still is today.

 

Key Verse: Acts 9:5

And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And the Lord said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting…”

 

What a team of the Lord’s servants in today’s reading! Stephen’s broken body is buried. Philip heads out to evangelize. Peter and John join him in Samaria. The Ethiopian treasurer heads home to witness for Christ. Saul of Tarsus is converted and boldly witnesses for Christ. At Joppa (present day Jaffa), Dorcas is raised from the dead as a witness for Christ. Aeneas of Lydda (present day Lod where the International Airport is located today) is healed. What is the result of all this? Exponential growth of the Church. “Multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip” (8:6). “The churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria…were multiplied” (9:31). “All at Lydda, and Sharon…turned to the Lord” (9:35). In Joppa, “Many turned to the Lord” (9:42). God’s purposes have not changed. God’s power has not changed. Let us move out in bold faith to see the same happen today. Amen!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, we have a word today that I don’t find in the Bible. It’s “retirement.” You are filling us with new energy as we do this blog daily. Show me, and all who read this, how we can be a part of the dynamic growth of Your Churches. Amen! and Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I believe in and seek to put into practice outreach ministry beyond the church walls. In villages where I was a Pastor, I sought to take the lead in mobilizing some members of the congregation to visit every home. We would ask if there was a need for which we could pray. We would inquire about children for Sunday School or teens for the youth activities. In the large cities this was more challenging, but we would stake out areas to visit. I trust that I will have the health, strength, determination and the blessing of my Pastor to keep doing this. By gently asking about needs for prayer, I’ve never been turned down. People know when they are cared for, not like the door-to-door cults that try to indoctrinate people by visiting them to add points to their religious record.

Yours for consistent growth, early church style, in Jesus’ Church today,

David

33 thoughts on “Monday, November 30, 2020

  1. Thank You, Father, for Your life-giving Spirit here with us. Thank You for Your church all over this world. Bless, strengthen, encourage, and embolden all Your people everywhere, that Your will is done on Earth as in Heaven. In Jesus’s great name, amen

  2. Amen Rob. What an exciting and eventful time in today’s reading. I pray for us all as well, like David, that we have strength to also minister in our settings, whatever they be. Retirement does not mean “close up shop”!!
    Blessings all.

      • Thanks Beverlee. Saw my Acute Care doctor today. He is very dedicated (hard to find that these days were the virus stats are so high). He ordered another medication which I will receive in a day or two. He’s in touch with my cardiologist as well. It has been an uncomfortable time for me. I totally put my life in God’s Hands each day. He’s trustworthy!!!! Amen.

  3. My 16 year old granddaughter is to have a Covid-19 test done today at 11:45. Pray for her. That her results will be negative. A student in her class has it. I pray he will recover quickly. Other students that have been tested , they were negative. I have a good feeling about this. She is in quarantine right now.
    So if all reading this could say a quick little prayer for her it would be greatly appreciated. God bless you all today.

    • Yes Nan. Praying for your dear granddaughter. Father, in Jesus Name, minister to this girl & her classmates and direct their care. Placing them before You and asking for Your Perfect Plan & restoration. Amen

  4. Nan I have just seen this and I have prayed for your granddaughter, that her results will be negative. If she is positive, I pray that the Lord would heal her quickly. It will be hard to wait for the results but I will continue to pray that they will be negative. Blessings Eleanor M.

  5. Praying for Luisa’s husband, Joseph. Lord God, we pray that You bring an end to his nausea; perhaps a medication that will help. We pray it was only for one day and that he improves from this treatment. Lord God, give him comfort and hope–the hope we know that You are. Ease Luisa’s worries, Lord. Hold them safely in Your arms. In Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

    • Thank you so much, Beverlee! He has been doing better. He has some medication which he takes when the nausea comes on. He finished one week of treatment today, two more weeks to go. We are asking the Lord to keep him strong throughout the treatment and beyond.
      God Bless you!

  6. Praying for Ger’s leg numbness and tingling, Lord. Ger wonders if it is neuropathy. We pray she gets to see her family doctor about this and be tested for diabetes just to be sure. Lord bring an end to this troubling numbness and give Ger a sense of peace and ease her worry. Give her Your strength, Lord God, and grant her peace. In the mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.

  7. Today’s scriptures are very encouraging: thank you Ron, and Reynold for this posting it! I pray we follow their example, Amen!

    Have a wonderful day all you saints of the LORD!

  8. Sorry it’s been a few days since I’ve made the the comment but yes thank you for those people who responded to my request I had the surgery on Friday the 29th at Grand River hospital in Kitchener at 2:00 in the afternoon thank you for all your prayers the surgery was a complete success I’m now home I’m on the mend I’ve had surgeries before so thank you so much for everybody your prayers your thoughts your comments I appreciate that from the bottom of my heart so God bless you all the gallbladder with the stones was completely removed but the doctor said that I can live without this organ

  9. Agreeing with all the above prayers, all requests for each prayers will be answered according to each need, in Jesus Name I pray, Amen and Amen!

  10. I’m sorry that I’m only getting back to that I had left a few days ago I just want to say thank you for your prayers and to those who responded to my request my gallbladder with gallstones the surgery was a complete success they removed the organ the surgery was on Friday November the 29th at 2:00 a.m. at Grand River hospital in Kitchener so I am home now I’m on the mend and the Doctor who did the surgeon surgery sorry I will see him in 6 weeks so thank you to all those who prayed I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart and God bless you all ❤️

  11. Thank you to all who prayed for my granddaughter. I will let you all know her results.

    Marilyn I had a sigh of relief at your wonderful news. So glad God saw you through your operation. I pray you will continue to get better by the days ahead. Father God will see you through.

    Rest easy. God bless.

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