Posts tagged preaching
Posts tagged preaching
The Laborers Are Few
When it comes to preaching the gospel, we can’t do it alone. Instead of struggling by yourself, why not pray as Jesus suggests?
“After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:1-2 NKJV)
Aspen Cathedral, Vail, Colorado
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You know how people are always promising that what they’re about to show you will change your life? This sermon by Bishop T.D. Jakes is one of the precious few life-changing things I’ve ever come across. It will increase your faith, arm you for spiritual warfare, strengthen and expand your view of who you are in Christ. If you finish this, you’ll never be a stereotypically wimpy sad-sack Christian again.
If some sermons are shaky old silent movies in black and white, this one is full-color IMAX 3D. Despite the title, it applies to where you work, where you live, where you go to school, and where you minister. It’s divided into nine segments. I hope you’ll be as blessed as I have been by “Ten Commandments For Working In a Hostile Environment”. This is part 1.
“10 Commandments For Working In a Hostile Environment, Part 5”.
“10 Commandments For Working In a Hostile Work Environment, Part 7” continues the series from yesterday. I know what you’re thinking: Where the where is part 6? I believe the person who posted these originally skipped it in the numbering, because this segment picks up directly from part 5.
“10 Commandments For Working In a Hostile Environment, Part 10” concludes the series.
There are times when we want so badly for our unsaved friends and family members to know Jesus that we get involved in fruitless arguments, blaming ourselves when they continue in sin.
Folks, it’s not up to us.“For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.” (John 6:44 NLT) “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NLT)
We’re not God; it’s that simple. Friends and enemies, relatives and colleagues, they’ll all come to Christ in God’s own time and God’s own way. Make sure that your labor on behalf of the gospel is fruitful labor: Work hard wherever God takes you, but stop worrying. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:7 (NKJV), “So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.”
(1) Misc. on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/30233318
Know Your Enemy, Part 2
Here’s more from Jesus about how the devil steals your inheritance:
And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.”
When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?” And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. (Luke 8:4-15 NKJV)
Satan can’t very well take the Word away from you if you know it, right? If you’ve heard it or read it so often that you at least grasp the major points, no one can take the Word away from you. How can you get there? The YouVersion Bible app is absolutely free, and available for iPhone and Android. It includes dozens of popular translations in many different languages, reading plans, searching and highlighting, plus audio capability.If you need guidance in context, you might benefit from hearing the Word in sermons. While no preacher is perfect, there are several on TBN who will fill you with Scripture. If you memorize well by hearing, you’ll find yourself reciting verses in no time. Watch the station to pick out your favorites, check out YouTube, or visit TBN’s searchable video hub, ITBN.org. Joseph Prince, T.D. Jakes, Beth Moore, Charles Stanley, Robert Morris, John Bradshaw, Rod Parsley, Jack Graham, John Hagee, Joyce Meyer, Ron Carpenter,Jentezen Franklin, and Ed Hindson are all worth hearing for different reasons.
What about the other snares Jesus talks about here — temptation and getting bound up in worrying about your position and your stuff? Keep reading for more ammunition.
Untitled on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/31666845