Emmanuel French SDA Church

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Genesis 1:1

Genesis 1:1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1

 

Rooted in the Word of God

Churches actively involved in evangelism experience spiritual revival. The New Testament church of Acts 2 grew because it had an internal spiritual revival. There was a sense of centrality within the mission. Everyone knew their reason for existence: the proclamation of the gospel.

When evangelism is paramount within a church, churches are strengthened spiritually due to the increased Bible study among members in preparation for this gospel proclamation. Evangelism keeps individuals rooted in the Word of God. Both the disciple of Christ and the prospective disciple benefit from the effects of evangelism. Both read the Word, study the Word, and experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit through the proclamation of the Word. When this is accomplished, the power of God will be seen, felt, and heard throughout the church, individually and collectively.

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God's Good News

My mother had five children--four sons and one daughter--and lost her daughter, Mary, in an auto accident. My daughter, Maryann, who was named for my sister Mary, had four daughters and one son, and now she had lost him in an auto accident. What a heartbreaking situation for those two mothers and fathers, for the siblings, and for both sets of grandparents.

But thank God that is not the end! The truth about death is so much more comforting than the devil's fake news! For God's children, a day is coming when there will be no more death or sorrow or crying. God says He will wipe all tears from our eyes and make all things new. We will have our loved ones again--not just for a night but for forever! . . .

That's God's good news for you and me!

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Asking for More

We can have belief that something can happen, but we need the faith and action to pick up the phone, get out of the house, put the money in a jar, and claim it for whatever mission project or goal we are planning. Is God prompting you? Pray about it. Form a plan, and get moving in a direction. A good friend used to tell me, "If you don't put yourself out there, God can't lead you . . . forward." God will bless you. Say with me, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24).

I like to think that I am bold. But some of the stories of the Reformers and people in the Bible are much more astounding. However, we, too, can ask for a greater measure of God's Holy Spirit. John 3:34 says, "For God gives the Spirit without limit." Jesus' name gives us authority, peace, and eternal life, to name a few things. What would we do without Jesus?

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God Has a Plan

The worst that Satan can cause to happen to you is, in every case, something that God can use for your good. Probably more than one person reading these words has allowed the absence of prosperity to demotivate them. Let me give you advice--lift your head up. For a moment, look away from what is happening here and now, and concentrate on the blessing God is going to bring to your life and the lives of many others.

On a personal note, I give God thanks for everything He has given me. I also give Him thanks for everything He hasn't given me, even though I asked for it. Sometimes the most important prayers in our lives are the ones God answers differently than we think He should. When God allows something painful in your life, remember that He has a plan, even in the middle of the pain.

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