Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends ! This is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us continue to believe, to follow, and to trust our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

It is Sunday January 10TH 2021. Exactly 13 years ago – right here on this blog – I presented this Scripture from the Gospel of Matthew (5:13-16 NLT):

You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor ?  Can you make it salty again ?  It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead – a lamp is placed on a stand – where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way – let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Back then my Lead Pastor was kicking-off a new 5-week message series for 2008 entitled “State Of The Church”. It was all about what Jesus says about the church, and how we fit within it. The theme for the first message – “A City On A Hill”. Hope is alive and well within the church ! We are to be beacons of hope.

As His modern-day disciples we are to go out into the world, but not be of the world. We are commanded to love our neighbor – that’s everyone in the world – and show them the light of God. Always be ready to share God’s Good News, and walk the talk so that they can not just hear it from us, but also see it from us. Glorify God in everything we do, and in everywhere we go.

All rights reserved (c) 2021 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends ! This is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us continue to believe, to follow, and to trust our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

It is Sunday January 03RD 2021. We finally made it into a new year. It’s a new beginning. It’s a new thing. I’m not into New Year’s resolutions. I used to be, but that’s such a secular thing that the world does. I have a simple goal that’s not confined to a new year. That goal is to get closer to God with each new day – closer than yesterday.

How do I get closer to God ? I spend more time in His Word – reading and studying and writing about His Good News. This past weekend I finished writing the second-half of my current sermon titled “Kingdom & World”. I had the first-half written. I just needed to continue it and close it. I was able to do that this past New Year’s Day. Now I have a full sermon that’s almost ready to preach when I’m called upon to do so.

It’s based on John 16:16 to 17:26. Here’s an excerpt:

… Christ continues His final prayer to the Father:

I pray that they will all be one – just as You and I are One – as You are in Me – Father, and I am in You. And may they be in Us so that the world will believe You sent Me. “I have given them the glory You gave Me, so they may be one as We are One. I am in them, and You are in Me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Me, and that You love them as much as You love Me. (John 17:21-23)

God wants us to be one – one church body – just as the Father and the Son are One. As a church body we represent Jesus – out there in the world. Nobody’s gonna listen to us out there if we’re not one – if we’re not unified in our message. If we’re sad – if we’re miserable – if we show no joy – if we’re combative – if we’re intolerant – if we’re hateful – the world won’t see God in us.

We must not be judges out there in the world. We must be witnesses of the Kingdom.

When we’re the hands and the feet and the mouthpiece of God – and we act like it – and our walk verifies our talk – that’s when the world takes notice. That’s when the world sees a new thing going on. That’s when there may be one or two or more people of the world who want to check-in to the Kingdom we’re in.

This Just In:  Our God rescues and saves lost souls all around the world every moment of every day. God’s Kingdom continues to expand. You won’t ever see that on the Evening News, but God is at work via His disciples who have the power of the Holy Spirit living within. And that’s God’s Good News ! …

All rights reserved (c) 2021 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries