How Precious is a Soul

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Luke 19:10

The Scriptures are full of God reaching individuals and groups of people.  The actions of Christ and his disciples clearly reveal that every soul is precious to Him.  Note just some of the instances and the particular effort to reach the lost.

  • Matt 18:11-14  – The Good Shepherd (Jesus) leaves the ninety and nine to reach one lost sheep.
  • John 3:1-11  – Jesus shares the Gospel with Nicodemus at night.
  • John 4:1-26 – Jesus goes out of his way to meet the Samaritan women at the well.
  • John 4:46-54 – Jesus meets with the nobleman and heals his son.
  • John 5:1-9  – Jesus heals the lame man at the pool of Bethesda.
  • John 8:1-11  – Jesus meets with the woman caught in adultery.
  • John 9 – Jesus heals a man born blind and is challenged by the religious leaders.
 

While there are many more examples, Jesus doesn’t stop looking to minister to lost people until He ministers to the thief on the cross and lays down his life.  Will you and I be dedicated to reaching and seeking the lost like Jesus was?


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A New Start

“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God, Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”  Psalm 40:3
 
     The Bible is full of times when God gave people a new start. Failure is the plight of fallen man and reminds us of our need for God. The author of this Psalm is David. It could have been written during the time when he was running from Saul, or more likely, when Absalom had taken his kingdom. David had experienced God’s forgiveness before and had been given a new start after the sin with Bathsheba.
 
     David reminds us that the focus of human flesh tends to be human things. We see the problems of our life, we see the challenges to truth, and we see the desires and needs of our flesh. It is easy to have the cares of this world attach themselves to us without us even being aware of it. Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, a custom that recognized that while a person may be clean, the walking of the dusty streets allows the dirt to attach to us without our knowledge.
 
Commencement is one of those “New” times in life. Mr. Zakry Minor is graduating Hope Christian School and starting a new path in his life. We encourage you to pray for him.
Our upcoming revival meetings are also an opportunity for a “New” start. I encourage you to plan to come every night of the meetings and rejoice in God’s goodness.

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Numbered Days

And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”  Genesis 6:3

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; And if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, Yet is their strength labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”  Psalm 90:10

We have experienced the Lord taking some of His servants home in recent weeks.  These times are full of sadness and reflection on the purpose of life.  As in all things pertaining to our lives, the Scriptures give us the answer we need to understand life and what God is doing.  We look at death as the enemy that separates us from the one we love.  In this sense, it is indeed an enemy, but one controlled by God. 

Just before the flood, God said that the evil in the heart of man was “only evil continually.”  He limited the lifespan of man to 120 years.  Moses writes in Psalm 90:10 that the lifespan is further limited to 70 years and that the limit is because God is angered at the continued evil in the heart of man. 

Moses writes in Psalm 90:12 the prayer to “teach us to number our days, that we may apply our heart unto wisdom.”  A consequence for an action, if it is too far away has little effect on present behavior.  So God shortened life so that every time we have a funeral, we would be reminded that we too will soon meet the Lord.  While we do not like the thought of death, the shortened time is meant as a gift from God to help us seek the wisdom needed to reverence God and seek a right heart with Him.  Numbering our days should cause us to draw close to Christ and use every day for His glory.


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The Great Enemy

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

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Anticipated

“Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”   Matthew 1:22-23

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What Good is a Motto?

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

 

A motto is only words.  The power of a motto is not the words themselves, but the meaning they convey and the attitude of every hearts response.  Santa Anna invaded Texas and claimed the territory of Mexico.  Men from all over Texas and other parts of the United States came to defend the people of Texas.  At the Alamo mission, they held off the army of Santa Anna to give Sam Houston and other Texans time to raise an army capable of defending Texas.  The motto, “Remember the Alamo,” so energized the people that the poorly trained and ill equipped army of Texas defeated Santa Anna.


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When Google Is Not Enough

“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.10  With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.  11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, That I might not sin against thee.”   (Psalm 119:9-11)
 

In modern America, education and knowledge are not valued as they once were.  Students think that most of the things they are asked to learn and know can be found by googling them.  Understanding the concept or knowing an event or truth is not really important any more to most people.  

It is true that the internet does make it easy to learn facts, figures, and general knowledge.  However, character, beliefs, and personal integrity are not things that can be googled quickly.  David said that the way we live clean and right before God is to “take heed” to the Word of God.  This must be understood in the heart not just known in the head.  The heart is the place where what we believe to be true about God and ourselves causes us to desire to know what is right and true.  When we desire to know the Word of God, we desire to obey it because it is truth and it pleases God.  It is the truth in the heart that causes one to make choices based upon what is right rather than what is easy for me now. 

Temptations do not come with a warning to Google “truth” and check out the consequences before doing what others and Satan have set before you.  Just like when Jesus was tempted in Matthew 4:1-10, Satan sounded so good and beneficial.  Our faith is not something we keep in our pocket and pull out at times to impress someone.  Our faith is the deep-seeded belief in the Word of God and of God’s unfailing love for us.

 


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