The young man I was studying with before our trip to the US has decided to be baptized. After some hurdles at finding a place to baptize Washington, we heard his confession at 1 p.m., US Central Time, today.
Some neighbors down the street were kind enough to lend us their pool. More on that later.
Washington came to us from the state of Bahia. He’s here for a year to work and then return home, in June. His fianceé is a Christian.
For now, please pray for Washington’s decision, that the Lord will give him a clean conscience and that he will see not only the forgiving power of God but the empowerment to do his will and be a beacon for the gospel as well.
Somebody sent Psalm 121.5 in KJV English to my cell phone here in Brazil today. It says,
The LORD is your protector;
the LORD is the shade at your right hand. (NET)
So how did that happen?
I can count on one hand the number of text messages I’ve ever sent. Well, maybe two hands.
It’s a great verse, even if it was in KJV.
Are you feeling down? Have you stumbled and fallen? Is your face eating the dust of the ground? Do the barriers seem insurmountable? Get up and go forward!
But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and after winning the crowds over, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, presuming him to be dead. But after the disciples had surrounded him, he got up and went back into the city. On the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.
Acts 14:19-20 NET
In Iconium, Paul and Barnabas barely escaped. They fled the city to avoid stoning. Continue reading
My God. Pagans mouth the words in vain. Christians find in these two words their greatest joy. No greater thought has ever been entertained than this, that God is mine, and I am his.
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
I will be overjoyed because of my God.
Isaiah 61:10 NET Continue reading
In an email this morning, the writer stated, “And just like in any other area of life, when you ask yourself questions, you must get answers.”
So I ask,
- How can I nudge someone toward obeying the Lord today?
- Who needs a special word of encouragement?
- How can I direct people’s attention to the love and power of God?
- What great words of hope can I offer?
If I can keep these questions in mind today, the Lord will answer and use me for the gospel.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.” Mat 7.7
Ask what saved Noah, and most people will say the ark, thinking that the danger from which he needed saving was the water. But Peter says that the water saved that ancient preacher of righteousness, with his family, because the danger was that perverse generation, and the water separated them from it. As real as that salvation was, so is baptism, and so it saves us from our sins.
20 after they were disobedient long ago when God patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. 21 And this prefigured baptism, which now saves you – not the washing off of physical dirt but the pledge of a good conscience to God – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who went into heaven and is at the right hand of God with angels and authorities and powers subject to him. (1 Peter 3:20-22 NET)
(Read my earlier, longer take on this here. Today’s post was inspired by John Wehan’s, “Saved by baptism?“)
Some people try to come across as being important by calling famous people or just a lot of people their friends. It’s “my friend” this and “my friend” that. Ever noticed it? It just feels fake. So I avoid doing that online. I recommended Weylan’s good crucifixion article on the WashTimes site this morning and wrote “my friend Weylan.” I almost removed the phrase, “my friend.” I do consider him a friend and trust he so considers me, but I didn’t want to come across in a false way. Ever feel that, too? Continue reading
If Karl Mark thought that religion was the opiate of the people, today some educated people think that religion is the plague of society. They’ve not learned to distinguish between popular religion and the word of God, the latter of which ought to interest all educated people, like this high official of the Roman Empire: Continue reading
The isolated reading of a story can lead us to wrong conclusions. For example, in Acts 12, how could the Lord let the apostle James die? No motive on Herod’s part is given, only the fact of James’ death at the hands of the arrogant and tyrannical king.
He had James, the brother of John, executed with a sword.
Acts 12:2 NET Continue reading
Prophecy was a miraculous gift given by God to the church of the first century. It consisted of inspired teaching. To the prophet God gave edifying words of truth. At times the prophet was instructed to register his message in written form. Some, but not all, of these writings were included by God in our New Testament.
A small element of prophecy was the prediction of future events. At certain points, God gave to the prophet knowledge of something that was to happen so that the hearers could prepare for the event. Continue reading