Watch and Pray

The return of Jesus Christ to earth could literally be at any moment in time. Thats why Matthew 24 tells us, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

What does it mean to keep watch? Watch means to stay alert. Stay awake. Be ready. Be aware of the signs, then wisely and winsomely witness about the Lord Jesus with those in your world.

Watch also means spend time in the Word of God. Spend time on your knees. Do it before you go to work in the morning. When you go to bed at night, spend time meditating on the Scriptures. One of the best ways to reach your world is by teaching your family to understand the Word of God.

My Dad died when I was ten but I tell you he left us a legacy of reverence for the Bible. I have five sisters and one half-brother, and all of us have learned to reverence the Word of God, to love Jesus Christ, and to share Him with others.

Lets not become complacent in sharing our faith, because Jesus could return even today! So spend time with God. Teach your children to love His Word. And Ask the Lord to help you remain faithful in reaching your world with His message of Good News!

Love His Appearing

Do you know what it means to love the appearing of Jesus? The apostle Paul, in 2nd Timothy, says we are waiting for the crown that Jesus will give to all “who love His appearing.”

The appearing is when Jesus will come back to earth, to take all believers to Heaven with Him. So to love Christs return means to long for it, to talk about it, and to tell others about it.

Now, no one knows exactly when Jesus is returning. So it may be easy to become a bit lazy about loving His return. But, you also dont know when your own life will end. It could be any day. And when that happens, youll be held accountable for your thoughts, words, and actions. The question is: When our time on earth is done, will we be found faithful to Jesus Christ?

We dont have time to make excuses. Lets you and I make the most of every day we have here on earth by spreading the Good News. Theres no doubt about it, Jesus is coming back, and He wants to take as many people as possible with Him to Heaven. Thats why He calls us to share His love with people in our world.

Remember, its the enduring message of the cross, resurrection, and power of Jesus that changes people forever.

The Pastor and his Special Son

Every Sunday afternoon, after the morning service at the church, the Pastor and hiseleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out GospelTracts. This particular Sunday afternoon, as it came time for the Pastor and his son to go to the streets with their tracts, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring down rain.

The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, ‘OK, dad, I’m ready.’

His Pastor dad asked, ‘Ready for what? ‘Dad, it’s time we gather our tracts together and go out. Dad responds, ‘Son, it’s very cold outside and it’s pouring down rain.’

The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, ‘But Dad, aren’t people still going to Hell, even though it’s raining?
Dad answers, ‘Son, I am not going out in this weather.

De spondently, the boy asks, ‘Dad, can I go? Please? His father hesitated for a moment then said, ‘Son, you can go. Hereare the tracts, be careful son.

‘Thanks Dad! And with that, he was off and out into the rain. This eleven year old boy walked the streets of the town going door to door and handing everybody he met in the street aGospel Tract.

After two hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone-chilled wet and down to his VERY LAST TRACT. He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a tract to, but the streets were totally deserted.

Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up thesidewalk to the front door and rang the door bell. He rang the bell, but nobody answered.

He rang it again and again, but still no one answered. He waited butstill no answer.
Finally, this eleven year old trooper turned to leave, but something stopped him.

Again, he turned to the door and rang the b ell and knocked loudly on the door withhis fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch!

He rang again and this time the door slowly opened.

Standing in the doorway was a very sad-looking elderly lady. Shesoftly asked, ‘Whatcan I do for you, son?’ With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, thislittle boy said, ‘Ma’am, I’m sorry if f I disturbed you, but I justwant to tell youthat *JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU* and I came to give you my very lastGospel Tract which will tell you all about JESUS and His great LOVE.’

With that, he handed her his last tract and turned to leave. She called to him as he departed. ‘Thank you, son! And God Bless You! Well, the following Sunday morning in church Pastor Dad was in the pulpit. As theservice began, he asked, ‘Does anybody have testimony or want to sayanything?’

Slowly, in the back row of the church, an elderly lady stood to her feet.

As she began to speak, a look of glorious radiance came from her face,’No one in this church knows me. I’ve never been here before. You see,before last Sunday I was not a Christian. My husband passed on sometime ago, leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday, beinga particularly cold and rainy day, it was even more so in myheart that I came to the end of the line where I no longer had anyhope or will to live.

So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the atticof my home.. I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof, then stood on thechair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. Standingon that chair, so lonely and brokenhearted I was about to leap off,when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me.I thought, ‘I’ll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away.’

I waited and waited, but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louderand more insistent, and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly.

I thought to myself again, ‘Who on earth could this be? Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me.’ I loosened the rope from my neck and started for the front door,all the while the bell rang louder and louder.

When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes, forthere on myfront porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy I had everseen in my life..His SMILE, oh, I could never describe it to you!

The words that came from his mouth caused my heart that had long been dead, TO LEAP TO LIFE as he exclaimed with a cherub-like voice, ‘Ma’ am, I just cameto tell you that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU.’ Then he gave me this

Gospel Tract that I now hold in my hand.

As the little angel disappeared back out into the cold and rain, I closed my door and read slowly every word of this Gospel Tract. Then I went up to myattic to get myrope and chair. I wouldn’t be needing them any more.

You see– -I am now a Happy Child of the KING. Since the address of your church was on the back of this Gospel Tract, I have come here topersonall y sayTHANK YOU to God’s little angel who came just in the nick of time andby so doing, spared my soul from an eternity in hell.

There was not a dry eye in the church. And as shouts of praise and honor to THE KING resounded off the very rafters of the building,Pastor Dad descended from the pulpit to the front pew where the little angel was seated.

He took his son in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably.

Probably no church has had a more glorious moment, and probably this universe has never seen a Papa that was more filled with love & honor for his son…. Except for One.

Our Father also allowed His Son to go out into a cold and dark world. He received His Son back with joy unspeakable, and as all of heavenshouted praises and honor to The King, the Father sat His beloved Son on a throne far above all principality and power and every name that is named.

Blessed are your eyes for reading this message.

Don’t let this message die, read it again and pass it to others.Heaven is for His people!

Remember, God’s message CAN make the difference in the life of someone close to you. Please share this wonderful message….

If you love JESUS, please send this message to everyone.

Spread His word, and share His goodness and faithfulness.

Matthew 10:32 says:
‘Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will acknowledge him beforeMy Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disownhim beforeMy Father in heaven’

A Threat to the Enemy

Many people in the West claim that they are Christians, but words alone dont necessarily mean that they know Jesus Christ. So, we need to make sure that were a witness to everyone – those who say they are Christians and those who dont.

Some people think that being a Christian is a religious duty, a matter of rituals. Other people think that they are a Christian because their grandparents were. But, neither of those is true. A follower of Jesus is someone who has given their heart and life to Him. Its someone who enjoys life with Jesus Christ here on Earth and will enjoy eternal life with Him in heaven.

Since so many people dont really know what it means to be a Christian, we need to tell them. Satan would love for us to be quiet and just let people think they know our Savior. But, we need to fight! We need to tell our world about Jesus. God will give you the words. All you have to do is be willing to tell others about the cross and the resurrection of our Lord.

Are you a threat to the enemy? Are you reaching your world for Jesus Christ? Ask the Lord, even right now, to give you the courage and opportunity to tell a friend about Him and then go ahead and do it. In the end, that friend of yours may come to faith in Jesus Christ, and boy will they thank you as the ages go by in eternity for the day that you talked to them about Jesus. So do it and be blessed.

Eyes on the Prize

We serve a victorious God! Jesus Christ conquered death and Satan when He rose from the dead! But the spiritual battle between good and evil will continue being fought on this earth until the day the Lord Jesus Christ returns in all His glory.

Today, lets focus not on the enemy, but on the Victor. Because when your eyes are on Jesus Christ, He directs your steps. And when He directs your steps, everything you do will be a threat to the enemy.

The Bible tells us to: “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”

My friend, this is exciting news! When we live our lives as representatives of the Lord Jesus, by definition we are a threat to Satans evil plans. We do not have to fear the enemy. We do not have to strategize how to defeat him. We simply let God fill us as He guides our every word and every deed. We threaten the enemy as we reach our world for Jesus Christ.

Will you do it today? Will you tell someone about Jesus our Savior and our Lord? That is the best weapon for the good of people and for the good of the nation.


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