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Greetings to you my friends -

Yesterday in our Sunday Services here at Applegate, I shared a message from Romans 5:1-5 entitled Perfect Peace.

At the end of the message, I shared some challenging news with the congregation relating to my family, particularly my son Peter-John.

I am providing that particular section of the sermon in the video clip above.

If you would like, you can hear the complete teaching by going to Most Recent Teachings in the Teachings section.

We so appreciate your prayers for Peter, his sweet family and our entire clan.

Abundant Shalom in Jesus Name,

Jon


Daily Devotional
December 14
 
And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
Revelation 10:11
 
The idea of ‘must’ here is not a command, but a statement of what will inevitably happen when one takes in the Word. How do you know you’ve really heard the Word? When you have compassion for the sinner and/or conviction of your sin.

‘Then why go to Bible study?’ you ask. ‘Who wants a bitter belly? I want sweetness.’ And I understand this ...

I’m watching CNN on TV when a commercial for Compassion International suddenly appears: Sally Struthers showing starving kids in Africa or Southeast Asia.

‘Oh, no,’ I say to myself. ‘I don’t want to deal with this now.’ Click. Sally disappears. So do the kids.

That’s what people do with Church and devotions and witnessing. ‘I don’t want to go anymore,’ they say. ‘It makes my belly hurt.’ Click, Wednesday night Bible study, gone. Click, Thursday morning worship, gone. Click, devotions gone. ‘I don’t want to deal with this sin, these attitudes, that cynicism. Just give me the sweet stuff.’

But you know what happens to those people? Their lives begin to unravel because staying in the Word is the only way to experience prosperity and success (Joshua 1:8). Yes, it will trouble you. No doubt it may upset you. But as time goes on, you will begin to see that your life is centered and grounded, fruitful and prosperous because the Word always does its work.

My prayer is that we will be those who, like John, devour and digest Scripture — the bitter portions as well as the sweet — in order that we, like John, would impact our world for the Kingdom.
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Days Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Days Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.  If you would like your own copy of "A Days Journey" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store