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Monday June 11, 2018
We never know what we'll see in our travels throughout Lancaster County! We passed this miniature horse and cart on very busy Rt. 322 east of Ephrata, PA. Can anyone tell us what kind of equipment he is hauling in the back beside the boy with the straw hat?
Message summary: Paul's example from his ministry in very secular Athens applies to our ministry in very secular modern America (and virtually everywhere else on this planet!)
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nor did he remain silent.
1) "So he (Paul) reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks." In our age this would be analogous to ministry within the church, among those likely already receptive. However he was preaching the Gospel of Christ which was a new message to those familiar only with the old way."Reasoned" translates the Greek "dialegomai" from whence we get dialogue. The word conveys "to say thoroughly, to discuss (in argument or exhortation)".
Yesterday on the Lord's Day many of us gathered in our churches with many others where we heard the Gospel and teachings of the Bible as well as prayer and worship to God.
2) "As well as in the marketplace." This is ministry outside the church. This teaches that genuine ministry is not limited to a specific place. Marketplace translates the Greek word Agora which was the central public space in ancient Greek city-states. The literal meaning of the word is "gathering place" or "assembly". The agora was the center of the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city.
3) "Day by day" This suggests ministry is not limited to a specific time.It conveys the ongoing, non-compartmentalized view of ministry practiced by the early church. Many have compartmentalized their faith and ministry to a place (church) and a specific time (Sunday). Surely God's call is that we serve and live for Him every day, wherever we are and in every way possible!
Peter wrote “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).
4) "with those who happened to be there" God providentially places us in the way of those who need a witness and support. This applies to everyone reading this.Isn't it a wonderful description of what I call providential evangelism and ministry? Ultimately in God's providence He has placed you in your place of work or wherever you are today. "Those who happen to be there" are likely your fellow employees and God has appointed you to be His representative to them. As Brooksyne and I and make our rounds as corporate chaplains, we often pray that God will bring us into contact with those whom He would have us share a message of hope, encouragement or even a message of salvation with any who are seeking.
Many are already believers and yet some are resistant or even hostile to the Christian message, as was the case in Athens.
Ev'ryday they pass me by, I can see it in their eyes;
Empty people filled with care, headed who knows where.
On they go through private pain, living fear to fear;
Laughter hides the silent cries, only Jesus hears.
We are called to take His light, to a world where wrong seems right.
What could be too great a cost, for sharing life with one who's lost.
Through His love our hearts can feel, all the grief they bear.
They must hear the words of life only we can share.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He's the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize people need the Lord. *
Daily prayer: Father, You have called each of us, as believers, to take Your light to a lost and dying world where wrong seems right; where right is derided, mocked and considered old-fashioned. It's challenging and often times awkward to go against the grain of our culture that calls evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. We can convey the message of truth and salvation, but only You can change the hearts of those who walk in darkness. Only You can replace darkness with light, evil for good, and sweet for bitter. We share the message and leave the results to You as the Holy Spirit convicts and changes the hearts of those who seek truth through salvation. Amen.
See Isaiah 5:20
Ron and Bonnie Hoover have a great place for indoor and outdoor gatherings!
Book Recommendation: "God's Guest List" Welcoming Those Who Influence Our Lives by bestselling Debbie Macomber. As we wrote about Ron and Bonnie Hoover early in our message and the tremendous influence they have on business leaders and many others, Brooksyne thought of an excellent book that speaks to this subject. Macomber's book is filled with true stories and rich insight that will change how we regard various people, from all kinds of backgrounds, in our lives. She challenges us to anticipate lives that we can touch, to seize every opportunity to be a positive and faithful influence on others; to live with the doors of our lives wide open to greet each new person God brings across our thresholds.
Chaplains Randy and Trisha Christian and son Micah
The Christians were in the area for a conference near Harrisburg. They serve as chaplains at a Val-Co facility in Ohio. Both have tremendous testimonies of redemption.
While we were visiting at the Convene event on Saturday Ester visited with the Lapps at the Old Windmill Farm. The Christians met us there at the farm while visiting in Lancaster County over the weekend.
We are so pleased that the Old Windmill Farm is busy with farm tours. The brief time we were over on Saturday we visited with Daily Encouragement readers who were on a tour along with a German foreign exchange student they had hosted nearly 20 years ago. (Unfortunately we didn't think to take a photograph of them which is not like us.) We also met some guests from Israel.
These colorful scooters, which look like a lot of fun to drive, were part of a tour group that visited the Old Windmill farm on Saturday.
And away they go!
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
Blessings of Hope newspaper article in Lancaster newspaper
Blessings of Hope website
Convene is a national organization. Our relationship with Convene is through Ron Hoover who chairs several of the Lancaster groups.
"People Need The Lord" Video Steve Green
"Broken World" Video Last night the Talleys were in Lebanon at an outdoor concert.
"The Broken Ones" Video Talleys
"I Want To Be That Man" Video Brian Free & Assurance Later this week we will share a message about Father's day but today we challenge our men to consider this song!
Farewell Banjo Jimmy
In the course of our chaplain visits throughout eastern Lancaster County we often stop by to walk through "The Kitchen Kettle Village" in Intercourse, PA. This is a busy tourist destination in the heart of Amish country. We always enjoyed listening to "Banjo Jimmy & his Rose Ramblers" who have played at Kitchen Kettle Village for the past 30 years. Last time we noticed a new musician (see photo). Sadly, we read yesterday that Banjo Jimmy passed away. (Obit)
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