Blessings to all who visit here!
I’ve decided to add something new to my home page. I usually place a devotional on Facebook every morning, and thought it might be good to share those daily messages with my friends that visit my website. At some point in the future, I will adding the link to Facebook and Twitter, but this is a work in progress. I hope this message touches your heart. Feel free to share it with those you know who might also benefit:
August 21, 2014
FROM GREENLAND’S ICY MOUNTAINS
When you have good news, don’t you want to share it with others? There was a time when one would sit down and write a letter off to their best friend to share their happiness. Sometimes it would take weeks for that letter to reach its destination, but was received with as much joy as if the news was fresh… Nowadays, we can use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a multitude of other social media formats to instantly tell all our ‘friends’ about any exciting event in our life! But think of what it must have been like in New Testament times…
I’ve talked before about the Great Commission: “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15 KJV). Jesus told His disciples to reach out to every corner, every creature, on the earth, to tell them about the gift of salvation. This was God’s original intent for the Israelites/Jewish descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He wanted them to tell the heathen countries surrounding them about the true God of the universe. But they failed to do this; instead, they became a closed society shunning even others, the Samaritans, who also worshipped the One God.
After Pentecost, after the Holy Spirit was poured out on the believers, they organized and began going out to preach in homes first. “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:46-47 KJV). Later they would preach in both homes and the synagogues… “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” (Acts 5:42 KJV).
Eventually, God told Peter, in a dream, to go to both Jews and Gentiles with the gospel message: “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” (Acts 10:34-35 KJV). From that time on, the followers of Christ, who numbered in the tens of thousands already, scattered throughout the then known world, primarily the Roman Empire and preached salvation through Jesus sacrifice. This they taught despite persecution and even martyrdom.
Are you willing to put your life on the line to tell others about the Lord? My <3 song today talks of all the mission fields out there still in need of hearing the gospel. It has once more become unpopular and more dangerous to be a Christian, as we are seeing in Iraq and other parts of the world where Christians are killed for their beliefs. How far would you go to tell others about the greatest Love of your life?
“From Greenland’s icy mountains, from India’s coral strand;
Where Afric’s sunny fountains roll down their golden sand:
From many an ancient river, from many a palmy plain,
They call us to deliver their land from error’s chain.
What though the spicy breezes blow soft o’er Ceylon’s isle;
Though every prospect pleases, and only man is vile?
In vain with lavish kindness the gifts of God are strown;
The heathen in his blindness bows down to wood and stone.
Shall we, whose souls are lighted with wisdom from on high,
Shall we to those benighted the lamp of life deny?
Salvation! O salvation! The joyful sound proclaim,
Till earth’s remotest nation has learned Messiah’s name.
Waft, waft, ye winds, His story, and you, ye waters, roll
Till, like a sea of glory, it spreads from pole to pole:
Till o’er our ransomed nature the Lamb for sinners slain,
Redeemer, king, creator, in bliss returns to reign.”
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14 KJV). Have a blessed day!
ABOUT MY WRITING:
My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks.
Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.
With the holiday season approaching us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us. Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people.
<>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>