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SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
"This is the day the LORD hath made let us rejoice and be glad in it."
 
Isaiah 66:10-14
Gal. 6:10-16
Luke 10:1-9,16
Psalm 19
 
As you drive through the country side you will see endless rows of ripening corn, beans in mid growth and golden wheat fields being harvested. These fields wait for laborers to gather in their abundant gifts. But it will al come to nothing unless there are workers to go into those fields.
 
As Jesus passed through the countryside and cities of His day, He saw a vast harvest of people ripe for the good news. In response to their great need for healing and hope, He sent out . . .

"This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."
- 1 Timothy 1:15
 
This statement is the very heart of the Gospel. Without it there is no real Gospel and no good news. This statement is faithful saying, it may be relied upon as true; we are safe in putting faith into this declaration. the Holy Spirit moved the Apostle to write these words. Jesus made the same declaration: "The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." And what Jesus said, that He performed in His sinless life and in His vicarious death.
 
This saying deserves to be received and believed by . . .

"My sheep hear My voice, and I know the, and they know Me:... and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand."
- John 10:27,28
 
There is a wealth of beauty and comfort in these precious words of our Savior. The shepherd knew each sheep and lamb in his flock and tenderly card for each individually. In turn the sheep knew the shepherd and became attached to him and would follow none other.
 
"I know My sheep and am known of Mine." Comforting truth: Jesus knows each one of us, knows our needs, our faults, our weaknesses, all our peculiar characteristics. He knows our . . .

"The LORD Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you."
- 2 Timothy 4:22
 
Most of our church services close with a benediction. In so doing we follow the pattern set by God Himself to His instructions to Aaron in Numbers 6:22-27. and also by the Apostles of Jesus Christ, who closed their epistles with similar benedictions.
 
As Christians we should use these Scriptural benedictions in our personal lives, such as in family devotions and the closing of our letters to absent members in the family. Especially in these days, when so many sons and daughters are leaving their homes for college, work, or to enter the armed forces of our country, should hear these words of divine benediction. I'm remembering my grandfather using it everytime he came to visit or . . .

"The LORD Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you."
- 2 Timothy 4:22
 
Most of our church services close with a benediction. In so doing we follow the pattern set by God Himself to His instructions to Aaron in Numbers 6:22-27 and also by the Apostles of Jesus Christ, who closed their epistles with similar benedictions.
 
As Christians we should use these Scriptural benedictions in our personal lives, such as in family devotions and the closing of our letters to absent members in the family. Especially in these days, when so many sons and daughters are leaving their homes for college, work, or to enter the armed forces of our country, should hear these words of divine benediction. I'm remembering my . . .

"He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; and his own righteousness sustained him."
Isaiah 59:16 - Heb. 7:25 - James 5:16
 
Here is a statement that has probably escaped most of us in our Bible study. In the declining days of Israel, God looked for intercessors among His people, such as Abraham and Moses had been in their day; but there was none. God wondered about this.
 
Humanly speaking, God must still wonder that there is so little intercessory prayer. Whom do we include in our prayers? Ourselves and our immediate family; and whom else? For whom have you really pleaded with God?  How God values intercessory prayer, how He reacts to it, we learn clearly from the story of Abraham pleading for Lot's family and for Sodom and Gomorrah. Still God assures us: "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16
 
This is one of the most serious . . .

"Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as (something done) for the LORD and not for men."
- Colossians 3:23
 
Paul had been telling servants how to serve their masters: in simplicity of purpose, with all your heart, because of your reverence for the LORD and as a sincere expression of your devotion to Him in verse 22. Whatever they did was to be done "heartily, as to the LORD, and not unto me."
 
We, too, are to please the LORD, and not men, in our service. We are to be enthusiastic. "Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily." We are to be sold on what we do. We are to put every part of our being into what we are doing.
 
We must have the right motive. We must view our tasks as something done for the LORD and not for men.  This is true not only of our Christian activity but of . . .

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Rev James Snyder videoPastor Tim has retired from pastoring local churches and is now working alongside his wife to help refugees and persecuted Christians.

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The Reverend James L. Snyder is an award winning author whose writings have appeared in more than eighty periodicals including GUIDEPOSTS. In Pursuit of God: The Life of A. W. Tozer, Snyder?s first book, won the Reader?s Choice Award in 1992 by Christianity Today. Snyder has authored 8 books altogether.

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