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Compassion leads to action!

Scripture reading for July 28th: 2nd Chronicles 24, 2nd Kings 12, Psalm 50, Matthew 9

Matthew 9: 35-38 “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.””

Jesus Christ was a man of deep compassion for lost and hurting people. He came to reveal the Father’s heart of love and mercy through teaching the Gospel of the kingdom of heaven and allowing the Father’s compassion to flow through Him in acts of healing and deliverance from evil spirits. He saw people helpless because of sin and Satan’s grip and harassed like sheep without a protecting shepherd. After healing and deliverance of all kinds of sickness and oppression, Jesus instructed His disciples to pray to God, Lord of the harvest, to send out laborers into the harvest field. This prayer was just prior to sending them out as part of the answer to their own asking!

Psalm 50:14-15 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your great compassion for helpless and hurting people. I thank You for Your compassion for me and Your mercy through the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus Christ, healing my sinful heart and delivering me from darkness and Satan’s harassment. Lord, send out laborers into Your harvest field to share the Good News and to show Your compassion through healing and deliverance. Send me!

2nd Chronicles 24:13 “So those who were engaged in the work labored, and the repairing went forward in their hands, and they restored the house of God to its proper condition and strengthened it.”

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The Lord of Harvest

Scripture reading for March 16th: Luke 10

Key Scriptures: Luke 10:1-3 “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of Him, two by two, into every town and place where He Himself was about to go. And He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.”

Jesus was intent on His mission to reach the world of lost people. His plan was to multiply ministers who would in turn raise up others. He hand-picked the Twelve and now sent a total of 72 out with authority. He first instructed them to pray to the Lord of the harvest for laborers. The harvest was plentiful but few were available to work. As soon as they prayed, Jesus said to them “Go your way, behold I am sending you!” They would be sent out as lambs among wolves! They were to take nothing and go in faith. Whatever house they entered, they were to impart “peace”. If the people received the blessing and them, they were to stay and minister. If they were rejected, they were to leave, shaking the dust off and moving on.

Luke 10:17-18 “The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name!” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. . .”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your amazing plan to reach the whole world with Your Gospel. Thank You for sending Your disciples to places where You are going too. Lord of the harvest, send out more laborers into the plentiful harvest! I offer myself to go as well, that the earth may yield its increase and God shall bless us!

Psalm 67:5-7 “Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear Him!”

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Sunday rest and reflection!

Sunday October 12th, 2014

Dear Friends,

I love fall!  Harvest is in full swing on the farms!  The air is getting cooler and nights longer!   Football games come on the weekends and holidays are not far away!  As we enjoy this season, we can look back and thank God for His faithfulness to supply our needs and lead us daily.  He has abundantly supplied!

Take time this Sunday to join with God’s people and worship our Lord!  Bring a thankful heart and present your selves before Him.  One of the marks of the people of God is taking a day to honor God and give Him thanks!  Offer yourself afresh as a laborer in His harvest field!

In His Love, Pastor John and Mary

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