1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Will you help the “Lost” find their way home?


It is a joy for me to serve our Lord and be with you today.
As a volunteer speaker for the Pocket Testament League,
I am here to invite you to be part of this very meaningful ministry. 
Must, we take God's great message of salvation to others ?

The Bible Scripture commands us ;
Mark 16:15 (NIV)
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
Scripture tells why we should obey His commands;
John 14:15 (NIV)
"If you love me, you will obey what I command.

Our common objective is to share the Word of God around the world.
Most of us are called to stay and spread the Good News to our part of the world. 
Evangelism can start with each one of us, today, exactly where we are.  
In order to do that, we need to be equipped for our personal outreach.
Everyone’s circumstances are not the same so the “Pocket Testament League”
has provided many effective ways for our members to plant those seeds,
of course members can do it or members can sponsor someone else such as;
another member, or partner with a ministry such as a Care Team, food bank,
missionary, nursing home Chaplin,  a gospel in your Church Visitor’s Welcome Package.
Sponsors provide gospels to active members who do not have the financial means to
donate, but they have that passion for sharing God’s Word with those in need of salvation. 
Our purpose is to get Pocket-sized Gospels into as many hands and hearts
as possible, but we cannot do this without prayers, members, and sponsors.

Is God calling you to take a part in making known His message ?

Our membership has no fees or dues, we request members to pledge that they will:
“Read God’s Word each day”, 
“Carry God’s Word with them wherever they go”, 
“Share God’s Word as He gives them opportunities”. 

Will you make that pledge ?

Joining The Pocket Testament League takes about a minute on the internet.
Just enter:  www.ptl.org  and visit the signup page just click on “Join Now” and enter
“ referral number # 395591 “ to encourage this ministry.

Nothing changes hearts like God’s Word.
                                      Brother George

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Time to Get Up and Begin Again

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Romans 11:29
for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.

Thoughts for Today:

This is perhaps my favorite Scripture. It is simple and straightforward -- and completely reassuring. How so? Because God didn't change His mind about Israel despite their short-comings, therefore He won't change His mind about me! Even if we're faithless, He remains faithful because He cannot deny His nature. 2 Timothy 2:19: "Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: 'The Lord knows those who are his,' and, 'Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.'"

In our passage today, Paul tells us "God's gifts and His call are irrevocable." That means, no matter how badly we mess up, God will continue to hang in there with us. Sometimes we might feel as if our sinfulness is too great, or perhaps we've been testing the mercy and patience of God in rebellion. We might even know that if we continue down these paths we will eventually feel the repercussions of our acts. However, even though we may not deserve it -- God's not through with us -- because the gifts and call of God are irrevocable. He doesn't take them back, no matter how off course we might become.

Let's take a moment and look at Peter. Peter swore he did not know Jesus. Why? Because a little girl said, "This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth." (Matthew 26:71) Despite knowing Jesus is alive, Peter was so disgusted and thoroughly disappointed with himself that he went back to fishing. The same is true for us when we foul things up in our own lives: We go back to the same old places, habits, and former friends. And we too come up empty-handed. John 21:3: "So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing."

But then a voice calls out, "Put your net down on the right side of the boat." John 21:6b: "When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish." And what did they find when they got back to shore? That's right, fish roasting on the fire. The very thing they had gone in search of was right there in the hand of Jesus. John 21:12-13: "Jesus said to them, 'Come and have breakfast.' None of the disciples dared ask him, 'Who are you?' They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish."

Jesus then asked Peter, "Do you love me?" He didn't say, "Peter, you've really messed up badly so I'm going to put you on probation for a year." Rather, He said, "Feed my lambs...take care of my sheep...feed my sheep...and follow me!" (John 21:15-19) The Lord says the same thing to us when we've failed to live up to our responsibilities: "Get going again. Pick yourself up. Feed my flock. Do what you were doing before you digressed into sin." Only the Lord shows that kind of grace. Not people, schools, governments, review boards, or even churches. But Jesus does. He says, "Follow me, because my gifts and my call are irrevocable."

Questions to Ponder:

Are you in need of a second chance?
Have you just messed up your first one horribly?
Join the crowd. I am probably on my twentieth chance,
yet the Lord still finds a use and purpose for me.
Because His gifts and call are irrevocable! Isn't that great news?
How will you apply it today?
Is it time to get up and begin again?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Grace Multiplied

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Romans 11:12
But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring!

Thoughts for Today:

At the present time God has set aside the Jews. He is not finished with them, He is just not dealing with them as a nation right now. Think about Paul's point for a moment: If the world has been blessed because of the Jews' transgressions, how much more so will the world be blessed when they stand in belief and submission to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? When will this happen? In the kingdom age, this is when Jesus returns to rescue the people of Israel from destruction at the end of the Tribulation.

One might wonder: If the setting aside of the Jews brought God's grace to the Gentiles, what happens to the grace of God toward the Gentiles when the Jews are received again? It will be multiplied. James explains this to the great council in Jerusalem (Acts 15:13-17): "When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me. Simon has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself. The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written [quoting from Amos 9:11-12]: 'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things.'" In other words, God is calling out a people (the Gentiles) for His name, at the same time He is calling out the Jews.

Questions to Ponder:

God has called us a people who bear His name.
I consider it to be a great responsibility.
How are you handling yourself in the workplace, in the supermarket, in the parking lot?
Would God be pleased with your behavior?
Would anyone want to know God because of your actions, or would the reverse be true?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Four Works of Christ

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Romans 8:33b-34
It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died -- more than that, who was raised to life -- is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Thoughts for Today:

Salvation and eternal life are secure for the believer because of the following four works of Jesus Christ:

1. Christ died for our sin. His life was delivered as payment for our transgressions.

2. Christ was raised from death to life. He was raised for our justification.

3. Christ is seated at the right hand of God. In our passage today, Paul tells us Jesus "is at the right hand of God". We also know from Mark 16:19: "After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God." If by comparison we look at the temple or the tabernacle we see no seat -- no place to sit. Why? Because the work of the Old Testament priest would never be finished. However, just before He died our Great High Priest Jesus Christ said in John 19:30, "It is finished." So why is Jesus seated? Because the work is finished.

4. Christ is interceding for us. Did you pray this morning? If not, you should have. But not to worry, whether you did or did not -- because Christ is right now making intercessions for us.

These four works of Jesus Christ are the reasons why no one -- before God -- can condemn the acts of His chosen people. We have been forgiven.

Questions to Ponder:

God's chosen people are "justified sinners".
His sovereignty, authority and power stand behind us. Why?
Because Christ's death and resurrection removed all condemnation.
Isn't that beautiful?
Then why do we continue to beat ourselves up over sin?
Isn't it time we fully embrace the power and majesty of God's sacrifice?