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November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

"Christmas Outreach:
Remain Committed, Despite Difficulties"

“Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic man on a stretcher.  They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus.  When they couldn’t find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some times, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus.  Impressed by their bold belief, He said, ‘Friend, I forgive your sins!’”  Luke 5: 18 – 20 MSG

Here’s the continuation of what you can do to touch lives for Jesus during this Christmas season:

3.  You’ll have to overcome difficulties

The friends were bringing him to Jesus but they couldn’t get near Jesus.  The crowd was out the door and around the corner.  What would they do?  They had come this far in the hope of helping their friend.  They were determined that he would be helped.

They had every right and reason to feel discouraged, but they didn’t give up.  They looked for another way to bring him into Jesus.

We all face discouragement.  But in order to share Jesus with our friends, we must persist through those difficulties.

Sometimes the difficulty is with the person you are trying to touch for Jesus.  He or she just might not be ready yet.  That doesn’t mean you should give up on them.  Sometimes it takes God a long time to work in the heart of a person, but when you stay persistent, it may be the means by which He does so.

Jesus tells a story about soils and seeds.  Every farmer who goes out to farm knows that it’s going to take time for things to grow.  In the parable Jesus tells us about this seed that fell on the ground that was presented with problems.  It started to grow, but got choked out by weeds.

Jesus’ hope is that the good seed planted in good soil, grows and produces.  He tells us the harvest will be plentiful, even 30, 60 or even 100 times as much as was planted. That kind of return is certainly worth staying committed to accomplish!

Pray the Lord of the harvest that He would call workers because the harvest is ready.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don