“Go Ye.”

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”     Mark 16:15

We construct beautiful buildings for worship, then struggle to get people in.  We have eloquent preachers but often no unsaved are there to hear them!  We seem to have things back to front.  The Lord’s final message before He ascended was “Go ye.”  Use your feet to go into all the world to preach the gospel.  He is saying to the church today, “Go ye into the high street and market; go to the homes and playgrounds; go to your friends and neighbors.  Whatever else you do please go.  I am waiting to make you a blessing if only you will go.”  A conference held some years ago was entitled, “Go Out or Die Out.”  How true.  Is yours a dying assembly?   -David Croudace

Go then and tell them of Jesus, it was for them He was slain

Give them, O give them the Gospel, let not their cry be in vain!  -O. Smith

Devotional: Preparing to Celebrate Christ’s Birth ~ Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ~ Fourth Advent Sunday

Billy Graham’s Advent Devotion: Week 4

By   •   November 2, 2016   •   Topics:

Virgin Mary illustration

Are in the middle of your darkest hour? Billy Graham’s fourth Advent meditation focuses on the light of Christ.

Week Four: December 18–24

For this week heading into Christmas, read Luke 2:11, 13-14.

The greatest sermon ever preached was delivered by angels on this historic night. It has always been interesting to me that this message was delivered at night. It wasn’t night because the sun had gone down. It was night because the world was surrounded in spiritual and moral gloom.

People were driven by greed, intolerance and lust for power. Religion had become a device for the rich in the exploitation of the poor. Men robbed and swindled and profiteered under the cloak of religion; they even fought wars in the name of religion. In every arena of life, it was night when Jesus came.

Things haven’t changed. Today, there seems to be a moral night that has settled over our world—sexual immorality, pleasure-mad people, lusting for money and power—the same as it was in the days when Jesus came 2,000 years ago.

It is in the darkest hour that Christ often comes. He brings the joy, the thrill, the peace and the glory such as you have never known—when you and your loved ones give your lives to Him.

How has Jesus shown Himself to you in your darkest hour? Reflect on this for Christmas.

>> Read Week 1 of the Advent devotion

>> Read Week 2 of the Advent devotion

>> Read Week 3 of the Advent devotion

Have you given your life to Christ?

 

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    Please send me the devotions daily, it’s such a blessing. Thanks

Devotional: Preparing to Celebrate Christ’s Birth ~ Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ~ Third Advent Sunday

Billy Graham’s Advent Devotion: Week 3

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Live Nativity scene; Volunteers as Mary, Joseph, shepherds; also a camel, llama
The live Nativity is always a favorite at Christmas at the Billy Graham Library.

Do you know people who need to hear about God’s love and forgiveness? Billy Graham’s third Advent meditation focuses on sharing the true Christmas message.

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Week Three: December 11-17

Read Luke 2:8-10—On that first Christmas night, the angels appeared to shepherds on a hill near Bethlehem. Alfred Edersheim, the great 19th-century Jewish-Christian scholar, wrote in his book The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah that the shepherds and the sheep to whom the angels appeared near Bethlehem were no ordinary shepherds and sheep.

The sheep were those bound for the temple sacrifices. The shepherds were outcasts because of their necessary isolation from religious ordinances. And their manner of life rendered legal observances unlikely, if not absolutely impossible.

How wonderful that in God’s wisdom and love the angels should appear to them—the doomed and the outcast—that night.

Today we can declare to the world that the Good Shepherd cares for all people and wants to give them peace. Christ came on that first Christmas for one great purpose—to die on the cross for our sins. Now God offers forgiveness, inner peace and eternal life to all who will repent and believe in His Son. This is the Christmas message!

Do you know people who need to hear about God’s love and forgiveness? Will you share the true Christmas message with them this year?

>> Read Week 1 of the Advent devotion

>> Read Week 2 of the Advent devotion

You can have peace today.

 

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  1. steven.satyala says:

    blessed by message

  2. ANTONIA OLORUNSOLA says:

    I pray that GOD gives me the ability to proclaim His words to nations.

  3. Margaret Hood says:

    Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It is always wonderful to go back in time and know that God is still in charge! Thank you dear Lord, for sending us the Savior who conquered death in order that we might inherit eternal life in heaven surrounded by those who have gone on before us. Jesus can be your Savior too. Trust in him and his Word. the Bible. Know that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that ” that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish and live surrounded by the Old Prophets and the New Prophets of today. Amen

  4. stacy roberts says:

    Yes I will share his message to the people and tell them how much God loves them.

  5. Joan Wrenn says:

    Thank you Dr. Graham for all
    your teaching and undying devotion
    for humanity. Your life has blessed
    us all!!!

  6. Devamaran says:

    Yes, I believe my response to preach good news.

  7. Alan says:

    I pray for God’s wisdom and His words upon meeting someone who needs to hear the Gospel.

  8. John A Mackay says:

    Glad to get these advent messages. Thank you for posting them.

  9. Joyce Paul says:

    God pours His love into our heart that it might flow to others. God Bless us all.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  10. MARY Blair says:

    This a blessing for me and my family thanking you for sharing.

Jesus

Jesus Christ was with God the Father before the world was created.  He became human and lived among humanity as Jesus of Nazareth.  He came to show us what God the Father is like.  He lived a sinless life, showing us how to live; and he died upon a cross to pay for our sins.  God raised Him from the dead.

Jesus is the source of eternal life.  Jesus wants to be the doorway to new life for you.  In the Bible He was called the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29).  In the Old Testament, sacrifices were made for the sins of the people.  Jesus became the sacrificial lamb offered for your sin.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”  (John 14:6).  He is waiting for you now.

  • Admit to God that you are a sinner.  Repent, turning away from your sin.

  • By faith receive Jesus Christ as God’s Son and accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin.  He took the penalty for your sin by dying on the cross.

  • Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

    You may pray a prayer similar to this as you call on God to save you:  “Dear God, I know that You love me.  I confess my sin and need of salvation.  I turn away from my sin and place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord.  In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”

    After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, tell a pastor or another Christian about your decision.  Show others your faith in Christ by asking for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith.

From Open Windows

A Guide For Personal Devotions

Winter 2016-2017      LifeWay

 

 

Have A Blessed Christmas

 

Pray For Revival In America!

Devotional: Preparing to Celebrate Christ’s Birth ~ Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ~ Second Advent Sunday

Billy Graham’s Advent Devotion, Week 2: Responding to God’s Call

By   •   November 2, 2016   •   Topics:

Are you seeking to follow God’s call on your life? Billy Graham’s second Advent devotion focuses on how we can follow the lead of Mary and Joseph in responding to God.

Week Two: December 4-10

Read Matthew 1:19-21—Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Meditation
We’re given just a little glimpse of Mary and Joseph before Jesus was born. They lived in the hill country of Galilee. Joseph was a religious man. Mary gives every evidence of having a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures, even though she was a teenager. The Bible teaches that God was so pleased with her that He chose her to be the mother of Jesus. Mary and Joseph weren’t married, and yet Mary became pregnant.

I’ve often put myself in Joseph’s place—imagined his thoughts, his aspirations about the girl to whom he was engaged. But Joseph decided to break the engagement privately.

While he was thinking about these things, God’s angel appeared to him in a dream to give Joseph an explanation of the situation. All Joseph’s suspicions were put away. He accepted what God had said through the angel, and he was immediately married to Mary.

Both Joseph and Mary followed the call and plan of God, and through their obedience the way was prepared for Christ to come and bless us.

Are you seeking to follow God’s call on your life? Are you actively responding to Him?

>> Read Week 1 of the Advent devotion

How will you respond to God?

 

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    Pray for my family that they will come to Jesus.

  2. Rachel Platiausays:

    Thank you for including me. God bless you.

  3. Debra Woodsays:

    I am so glad that I am able through my phone to follow your teaching thank you

  4. Adepeju Robert Jamessays:

    Father Lord Jesus Christ help me by your grace to follow your plan and purpose for my life

  5. safdar mughal.says:

    hi God be with you and your family

Devotional: Preparing to Celebrate Christ’s Birth ~ Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ~ First Advent Sunday

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Devotional: Preparing to Celebrate Christ’s Birth
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PREPARING TO CELEBRATE CHRIST’S BIRTH
The word Advent means arrival, and it refers to the arrival of Jesus Christ into the world. The “Advent season” usually starts four weeks before Christmas and concludes with the celebration of Christ’s birth. Some churches emphasize the Advent season more than others, but all Christians look forward to celebrating Christ’s birth during this season of the year.

Why was Jesus’ birth so important? The reason is because slightly over 2,000 years ago, God stooped down from Heaven and became a human being: Jesus Christ. As the Bible says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14, NIV).

Think of it: God became a man! He did it because He loves us—and that’s what we should celebrate as Christmas approaches. Take time between now and Christmas to reflect on this great truth.

WEEK ONE: NOVEMBER 27–DECEMBER 3
Read Isaiah 9:6. In this Scripture we find the message and meaning of Christmas. Isaiah the prophet gave five awe-inspiring names of our Lord that encourage us, thrill us and fill us with hope at this Christmas season.

1. Wonderful. When He did His many miracles, the Scripture says, “The people wondered.” (Luke 11:14, KJV)

2. Counselor. The officers said, “No one ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46, ESV)

3. The Mighty God. He is the God-Man. He said that He and the Father are one. (John 10:30)

4. The Everlasting Father. It was by Him, the living Word, that all things were created. He is the designer of the whole universe. (John 1:3; Hebrews 11:3)

5. The Prince of Peace. There will never be lasting peace on earth until He comes again to reign in righteousness. But He is also the Prince of Peace in other ways. None can have peace with God apart from Him and the peace that He made through the blood of His cross. (Colossians 1:20)

The full meaning of these words from Isaiah should give us enough strength, hope, and joy to face any crisis, endure any sorrow and meet any temptation. How has Jesus shown you recently that He is “Wonderful, Counselor … the Prince of Peace”?

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How To Be Saved

It is imperative that the most important doctrine in all of Christendom is repeated frequently on this blog site, and that is the plan of salvation.  What good is it to learn a lot about the Bible if you are not saved/born again/and washed in the shed blood of Jesus Christ?  What good is it to you if you know the plan but not the Man?  It is one thing to know the plan of salvation… but then we must put feet on our faith.  We must repent from sin and trust in God’s only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, for salvation.  Listen to Billy Graham and Charles Stanley preach on this monumental doctrine:

The Pastor’s Conference And Southern Baptist Convention ~ June 12-15, 2016 ~ Part 5

Monday Morning, June 13, 2016

Pastor’s Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis

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Derwin Gray from Transformation Church in South Carolina.

Pastors must be wrecked by the Gospel before we can equip others with the Gospel.  Derwin played for five years with the Indianapolis Colts.  Derwin was so lost that he stole a Bible.  Timothy was a Hellenistic (Greek) Jew.  *The apostle Paul knows nothing of segregated churches.

II Timothy 2:4-5

4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he mayplease him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

EQUIP

E   How do you equip the church to be evangelistic?  The Gospel you preach will equip the converts you make.

Q   Question the Gospel that divides evangelism from discipleship.  People are saved so God could have a family.  Forget the seeker-sensitive movement.

U   Unity  All ethnic groups are one in Christ.  We need to be ethnocentric.  Seated right next to me, our son Matthew Thompson said:  “Interracial churches are a taste of heaven.”  That will preach!

I   Inspire a Gospel – Ethnos in your church.  Preach the Gospel so people in 2016 can understand it.  Do not let tradition destroy your church.  People must be equipped to share their work of grace.  Tracts have their place, but relationships are the key.

P   Teach the people to share their story.  Reach millenials by being real.  Have no canned presentations.  Present the Gospel.

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North American Mission Board (NAMB) Luncheon

I neglected attaining tickets to this great event until later, and it appeared we might have to stand, and we may not receive a lunch!  But God blessed, as we finagled our way to the front, and we received our lunch while seated, and were given “High Sierra” backpacks as well!  The auditorium was jam packed, as this function is growing every year.  NAMB had some great speakers and videos that covered their many efforts at disaster relief, spreading the Gospel, etc.  This is a tremendous ministry.

C.H. Spurgeon On The Importance Of Sharing Our Faith

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies.  And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped around their knees, imploring them to stay.  If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”

Street Evangelism 101

EAST LONDON MOSQUE: Muslim spits in Jayda Fransen’s face! Policeman mocks Christianity!

Published on Mar 2, 2016

A small team of Britain First activists, led by deputy leader Jayda Fransen, held a flash demo outside the notorious East London Mosque, in Whitechapel, London and were subjected to a barrage of police and Muslim hostility.

Be advised watching this video, that people opposed to Jayda’s testimony use the “F” word against her street preaching.  The “F” word was the extent of the theology in the possession of these Muslims in front of their own mosque.  Another Muslim spat in her face.  Jayda put on a soul winning clinic in front of a notorious East London Mosque.  She walks right into Satan’s lair, lifts up Jesus and tramples on the Prince of Darkness.  She preached Christ crucified, and that He is the Savior of the world.  She warned the Muslims of falsely calling Jesus a prophet rather than the Son of God.  She spoke of the Islamic false prophet yet did not mention his name (Mohammad).  Jayda mentioned their worship of the false moon god Allah (who in reality is a demon).  She is anointed.  Notice her courage, zeal and fervor which is lacking in most Christian circles.  She is Spirit filled, and even the Muslims and London police officers could not intimidate her.

There are several videos of Britain First activists sharing the Christian faith in England.  Muslims receive the activists with hatred, and are already claiming Great Britain for Allah.  This is what “peaceful” Muslims do, you know, the ones who are not Radical Islamist.  The “peaceful” Muslims get a strong minority as a foothold in a nation, as a springboard to take it over.  Their desire is to implement Sharia Law in London.  Under full blown Sharia Law, one has a choice to be a Muslim or die.  This will soon be moving across the pond to a theater near you.  Islam believes it is their time to conquer the entire decadent west.  These videos in Europe will be America tomorrow, unless the Lord intervenes.  Christian movements like Britain First are what it will take to dispel the darkness.  Christians in America are going to have to throw Political Correctness (PC) to the wind, and “obey God and not men.”

Pray For Revival In America!