Archive for December, 2015

“The only completely consistent people are dead.” – Aldous Huxley

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Over time I’ve discovered that, there is no absolute finish line for everyone in the race of life. Our tracks are different and our durations are different. The only thing we have in common is the same play ground.

For instance, one person graduates at age 20 and struggles for another 5 years to get a job, another might graduate at 25 and get a job immediately. One can marry a virgin and wait for the next decade to have the blessing of a child, another lady probably after having series of abortions in her past, becomes a mother almost immediately after marriage. A fellow becomes a Managing Director at 38 and dies at 56, another becomes Managing Director at 55 and lives to 90.

What a life! Life is full of twists, turns, ups and downs and many more surprises and disappointments. Life offers each and everyone of us different opportunities, and once an opportunity is lost, it’s gone forever except by the grace of God. It is up to each one of us to patiently prepare, wait, recognise and utilize every opportunities that come our way. We learn on the way. No one has it all or knows it all. There is a reason why we all don’t fall at the same time. It’s so that when one is down, weak and discouraged, the other who is strong can encourage and lift the other person.

God never promises that the road would be easy, but he promised never to leave or forsake us. Although life is complicated, let us learn to go easy on ourselves and trust that God is working it all out for our good. Whatever trials, challenges or down times we face, all shall pass, and in due course, we will be up and strong again to lift up those who may be down around us. NEVER LOOSE HOPE. Pass this on to your friends to encourage them in their journey called LIFE!.

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December 31, 2015

HOPE

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Romans 5:1-5

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Romans 15:4

Many times, people come to church not knowing what the other person has been through that day. Many people come to church with hopeless and discouraging situations hanging over their heads.

As the Word of God comes to them, discouragement and hopelessness are driven away. Like chaff before a strong wind, discouragement and desperation are forced to fly away. The preaching of the Word, brings good news and hope which keeps a man alive.

I once read about an experiment in which a mouse was put into a bucket of water in a dark room. There was absolutely no light in this room, and after about three minutes the mouse died.

A mouse of similar weight and size was put in the same bucket of water and in the same room. This time, a little glimmer of light was allowed to seep through. This mouse kept swimming for about three days before it finally drowned. What was the difference between the two mice?

The thin ray of light, which the second mouse saw, gave it so much hope which kept the mouse swimming. This is a wonderful story that illustrates how hope can keep a man alive until his miracle comes.

“…that your faith and hope might be in God” (1 Peter 1:21).We hardly talk about hope, but without hope there can be no faith. Faith is the assurance of the things you are hoping for. As people receive hope through preaching, faith is built up.

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“If you always do what you’ve done, you will always get what you’ve always got.”  – Ed Foreman

December 30, 2015

FOLLOW – UP

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Acts 15:35-16:5

My little children, of whom I travail [pray] in birth again until Christ be formed in you.

Galatians 4:19

The follow-up ministry is a scientific way of preventing the loss of converts. So much energy is spent in winning the lost. A proportional amount of time and resources must be spent to retain the harvest.

Let me ask this: What is going to happen to all the souls who come to the Lord? Follow-up is to new converts as breast-feeding is to babies.

At the turn of the twentieth century, the world’s population began to increase dramatically. This was due to great improvements in medical science at the beginning of the twentieth century, resulting in a drastic reduction in the mortality rate. If the church were to do follow-up, and retain the people we won to Christ, the church would experience major growth.

Planting churches where crusades and evangelism have taken place is a major part of follow-up. Follow-up also involves prayer for the converts won to the Lord.

You must travail for your souls in prayer. That is how to follow them up spiritually. After spiritual follow-up, you must visit them in their homes. New converts are established through visitation.

Follow-up leads to retention of souls. Without follow-up, evangelism is virtually a waste of time, money and resources. All our efforts will be in vain. Every church must develop effective follow-up to handle the souls that come to the Lord.

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“If you have always done it that way, it’s probably wrong.” – Charles Kettering

December 29, 2015

INTO ALL THE WORLD

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10

For from you sounded out the word of the Lord…in every place…

1 Thessalonians 1:8

Some zealous persons, who would not be deterred, set up the Basel Evangelical Missionary Society. Gradually a complete missionary organisation, with its own overseas programs was established. There were those who thought there was no need for such an organisation to send missionaries into the world when Swiss people themselves needed Christ. This is a common argument that leads to “paralysis by analysis”.

You will notice from this history that the Swiss people attempted to go “into all the world”. They were not distracted by the fact that there were sinners in their own cities. Jesus never said that we should go when everyone around us is saved. He just said that we should go! Notice how the Church in Switzerland sent missionaries to all parts of the world at great cost. They sent people to Russia, West Africa and Asia.

One thousand eight hundred years after Christ had given his instruction, there was a need to obey and go into all the world! Today, two thousand years after Jesus gave the missionary command, I declare to you that there is still a need for us to go! We must go! If we love him, we must feed his sheep! We must find a way of going to every single nation of this world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The example of the missionaries of old should serve as inspiration to us in this modern world. We must not just say, “Wow, that was a great effort!” We must rise up and do the same and more!

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