For the past 3 years my family has received the Baptist Global Response (BGR) Christmas gift catalog by mail.
We started a tradition where I’ll give the catalog to my children and allow them to circle the gifts that they would like to purchase for those in need.
We like to do this with BGR because we generally get a letter back from them with stories about how our donation was used to help bless the people in the way that was represented in the catalog.
Because we own chickens of course one of the items we always purchase is chickens. And because it’s such a great need we also now add in water filtration systems. You may remember the Global Relief Run I directed with my local church last year was raising funds for water filtration.
It’s such an uplifting experience to get the letters back from BGR and to hear the stories of how these gifts are actually used.
I’d encourage each of you to take a look at the online gift catalog and select a gift or two to purchase this year. Make it a yearly tradition for you and your family.
We have clues that the fish are here. They should be here, it’s fertile water with plenty. The waves are calm and there have been fish before at these depths at this time of year.
Throw out the nets and be prepared for the catch. What reason would there be for anything other than success.
Let the nets settle in and posture yourself for the pull, it’s going to be a heavy and laborious haul. Pull! Catch them all, don’t let any swim free, close up the net!
But nothing is there. The net has no tug except from its own weight and drag. The net itself is the only burden, dragging up through the water. The fish were not there.
Surely we simply missed and we’ll just slightly move and try again. And again we try and try again. Until we’ve worked all night and caught nothing but despair.
Whose voice is telling you to cast your nets? And will you obey? For when Jesus is the captain the fish will swim your way.
Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.
Luke 5:5-7 NASB
Jesus is man and is God. He is the incarnate Word. He has all authority given to Him as judge and executioner. He is Love, merciful, full of grace, and just.
Don’t mess with His children. Vengeance is His.
In my mind when Jesus starts saying “but whoever”, His tone gets real serious and deep and His eyes show a strong resolve.
Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
MATTHEW 18:4-6 NASB
You keep pretending like you know it all. You say you’ve researched and know there is no God and Jesus was a myth. You claim that Natural process has caused all things to be as they are and started from nothing.
But in your heart, you know you are lying to yourself. And worse, you have used this false knowledge to destroy the world view of people around you.
God is still in His place and Jesus is preparing His return. They only wait to allow a few more to hear the Gospel. Then God will send the redeemer to gather up His bride (the believers) in His arms. And He will execute judgment on those who continue to lie to themselves that there is no God.
Come, accept the living water who is Jesus Christ. Believe in Him and be redeemed.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
And let the one who hears say, “Come.”
And let the one who is thirsty come;
let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.
As we go through life we will inevitably encounter times of uncertainty, even faith testing struggles. But we find our strength again when we praise and worship our God. Jesus is the object of our faith. Our faith is not in a building, denomination or anything created. Our faith is in the creator, the Lord God, the great “I Am”.
Revive us, Lord. Inhabit our praise. Holy Spirit move in us and strengthen our resolve to run the race with renewed vigor.
This song has most recently helped bring my heart and mind into a time of worship. I hope it helps you today.