Archive for February, 2016

Smile God Loves You

February 19, 2016

We need to smile and this was sent to me on my Face Book page so I am sharing this smile with you today. Have a wonderful day with Jesus.

  

SOS Events Spanish Ministry

February 18, 2016

Soul winning and teaching others to win souls is the main purpose of SOS Events ministry. It is a great joy to see people come to know the Lord through the various events that take place.

God is richly blessing with many Spanish speaking people in our area coming to the Lord. Pastor Romero and his team go the Lakeland Flea Market every Sunday and turned in 89 decision slips this week. Those results were for several Sundays.

The Bible says to go into all the world and preach the gospel but in Florida many from other countries come to us. To God be the Glory!

Mark 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Word Study

February 17, 2016

Have you ever done a word study in the Bible? Maybe it is something you are thinking about or have an interest in. Love is a great one to start with. Go to a concordance or download a Bible on your computer and just type in a word in the search option. 

Sleep is my word study today, probably because it is difficult to stay asleep because of a cough. Just a few verses to help you realize what a neat way to study God’s Word.

Genesis 2:21-22 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

1 Thessalonians 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

The Wedding

February 16, 2016

The Bible tells us that we Christians are the bride of Christ. That may be a hard concept for some to understand. Think about a wedding. The groom loves the bride and she loves him. The bride has on beautiful apparel. She is beautiful. 

They vow to love and to cherish, for better or for worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health till death do they part. It is a choice she makes when she says “I do or I will” take this man to be my husband. 

We made a choice when we accepted Jesus to be our Savior. As His beloved we should vow to love Him, cherish Him, for better or worse, in sickness and in health until He comes to take us to be with Him. Just as marriage has its joys and sorrows, so the Christian life has its joys and trials also. The good news is that He is always with us. He will never leave or forsake us and He is waiting to welcome us to His wedding feast.

Revelation 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Are We His Disciple?

February 15, 2016

Little is known of some of the original disciples, except of course Judas who betrayed Jesus. The study of each of them show us what God can do with ordinary men. They were from all walks of life, fishermen and tax collectors. Some were respected and others hated.

Jesus is no respecter of people. He loved them regardless of what they did for a living, what their position in life. He gave everyone an opportunity to to follow Him just as He gives us that opportunity today. He knew Judas would betray Him, Peter would deny Him and that all would run at His crucifixion. Still He used 11 of these men to preach the gospel and become the leaders of the Christian Faith.

We too can be used of God to further the Gospel. It is our commitment to God and determination to follow Him that will make us successful. The plan of salvation is simple and it is easy to witness but it is not easy to follow Christ with no reservations. Are we going to follow when the path is easy and run when things get tough? We serve a risen Savior and still have freedom to tell others. Let us use our time to bring others to Jesus. 

Twelve men changed the world with the gospel. If each of us would win those around us, we could change the world today.

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Happy Valentines Day

February 14, 2016

  
The greatest love of your life should be the Lord Jesus. Stop and tell Him today how much you love Him! Then tell the ones you love how much you love them. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!!
John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John, the Beloved

February 13, 2016

John was called to be one of the 12 disciples the same time as his brother, James. He was a fisherman also. He was called “the disciple who Jesus loved” in John 21:20-24.

He was the only one of the 12 who was not martyred.

Peter, James and John  had a special relationship with the Lord because  many times the Bible talks about those three to the exclusion of the other disciples. They were with Christ on the mount of transfiguration. They (along with Andrew) were with Him for the healing of Jairus’ daughter, and were also the inner circle of prayer warriors in the Garden of Gethsemane.

John wrote 5 books of the New Testament, John, First, Second and Third John and also penned the book of the Revelation. All written by the power of the Holy Spirit as is true of all the scriptures. He never named himself in the books that he wrote but referee to himself as the disciple.

John was exiled to the isle of Patmos and wrote some of the Books from there. He lived a long life and it is unknown where or when he died although there is much speculation about his death.

The study of the lives of the disciples gives us many examples of how we should live as Chistians. The Bible tells of their weaknesses as well as their strengths and shows they were men just as we are, with a love and service for the Lord Jesus Christ. It should inspire us to do all we can for the Lord while we have the time and energy.

John 21:22 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. 

James, Son of Zebedee

February 12, 2016

Matthew 4:21
And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.

James, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, was also a fisherman like Andrew and Peter. He had a rough temperament and history tells us that fishermen were of the lower class of people in that day. He and his brother, John were called “sons of thunder”. He also left his occupation immediately and followed Jesus.

He became one of the disciples that was closest to Jesus and was present at some of the miracles that many of the other disciples did not see.

He preached boldly and was outspoken and was beheaded by Herod. James was the first of the 12 to be martyred.

Andrew, Fisherman

February 11, 2016

Andrew was  a disciple of John the Baptist before he was a disciple of Jesus. Andrew, like his brother Peter, was a fisherman by trade, meaning that he was an outdoorsman and must have been very physically fit. He was exposed to the conditions and had learned a trade that was also physically demanding. 
Andrew and Simon were called by Jesus when they were fishing. They left their nets and followed Him leaving everything behind.

Andrew brought others to Christ, his brother Peter before Jesus made them disciples and the the little boy who had five loaves and two fishes. 

Andrew was a great example of what we should be as followers of Jesus.

John 1:40  One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.

Simon Peter

February 10, 2016

The Bible gives an account of how Jesus chose His disciples. In Mark 1:16 and 17 Simon  and Andrew are chosen.

They were just common men, brothers, who earned their living catching fish. Jesus told them to follow Him and they would become fishers of men. 

Simon was a impetuous man, bold, boisterous had a temper. Jesus changed his name to Peter. Peter was always putting his foot in his mouth but one thing about Peter was that when Jesus told them (Peter and Andrew) to “follow me” they simply walked away and left everything they had without a second thought.

Peter also was the disciple who denied Jesus 3 times and wept bitterly over his betrayal of his Savior. Even with all his faults and sins, Peter became one of the greatest witnesses. He was the first one to preach on the day of Pentecost after the coming of the Holy Spirit and he was the first one to proclaim Christ to a Gentile. He was one of the boldest apostles of all. He willingly suffered persecution, imprisonment, beatings, and even rejoiced at the fact that he was worthy to suffer disgrace for the Lord‘s sake.

Jesus changed the life of an ordinary man into one who became a great witness for the Lord. Jesus is still changing lives today and through the power of the Holy Spirit we too can become great witnesses for Him.

Mark 1:16-17 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.