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We Are Called To Reach The Lost

Luke 15:10

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

My father concluded his active ministry as an evangelist. He preached in revivals all over the east coast and some in some other states like Ohio – West Virginia – Minnesota – and Indiana. He loved sharing the Gospel with folks. He loved when folks would open their hearts to Jesus and receive Him as their Lord and Savior. I love being a pastor of a local congregation – but the times I have preached revivals for other churches has given me a glimpse of what dad shared in those twilight years of his active ministry. I too love it when the lost come to know Jesus and receive his free gift of salvation.

Revivals seem to be a thing of the past. It seems that many pastors today don’t believe in hell or Satan and his demons. It stands to reason that the belief in hell and Satan would fade for those who don’t believe they are real. For eight years I served on our conference Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM) and have served many terms on the District Committee of Ordained Ministry (DCOM) as well. I often ran into pastoral candidates who were Universalists – persons who simply believed that all persons went to heaven. There were times – during examinations – candidates (many who eventually were ordained) couldn’t clearly define salvation because they couldn’t explain what the alternative would be. Continue reading

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Rejoicing in Heaven

Luke 15:10

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

profileWhat makes you rejoice? What brings you happiness? The Orioles won on Monday – they beat Boston 2-1 for their home opener. Chris Tillman pitched a good game – not a great game – but good enough to keep his team in the game. Nelson Cruz – a free agent signing in the offseason – scored both runs – one with a homer to take the lead late in the game. Some good relief pitching – some great defense (the O’s were the best defense of all time last year – setting all kinds or records) – and a save by new closer Tommy Hunter – and the first place O’s won! Remember I said it here – 92 wins and the playoffs this year – only 91 more needed.

Have you ever wondered what makes the angels rejoice? Have you ever thought about what they rejoice about in heaven? Today’s passage gives us an idea. Luke 15:10 – In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Continue reading

April 1, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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