All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:18-20. U
The lessons on the parable of the vineyard and of the two sons come close home to all who have had the light of truth…. The instruction contained in these parables is of great value. All who are bearing responsibilities, be these responsibilities great or small, should study this instruction carefully. God looks for fruit from His vineyard. This fruit is the result of the work of His laborers. Every soul who believes in Christ has a work to do for Him. No true Christian can be idle in this time of such solemn importance….
Have you become a silent partner? … There are in our world many large cities in which the truth has not yet been proclaimed. Why should not the people of these cities hear the gospel message for this time? Has not Christ purchased them with His own blood? Are they not of as much value in His sight as those who have already received the truth? Are these portions of His vineyard to be left unworked, while upon other portions blessings are poured so abundantly that they are not appreciated? The truth is not appreciated, not being mixed with faith in them that hear, because they do not arouse and give to others the light they have received….
Christ’s last words to His disciples show the importance to be placed on the work of spreading the truth. Just before His ascension He gave them the commission, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19, 20).
Christ did not confine His labors to one place. Of His work we read, … “And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee” (Luke 4:43, 44).
Would that all who have the light of truth would follow the example set by Christ, and not expend their God-given time and ability and means in one or two places, when the light of truth is to go to all the world. The wonderful display of grace shown in the gospel message is to be carried to all places.—Letter 92, April 8, 1902. “To My Brethren in Responsible Positions in the Medical Missionary Work.”
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—-Please pray for Kitty who is losing her battle with cancer. Rose
—-Please pray for my neighbor. Her cat Miracle has a urinary tract infection and is fighting her when she tries to give her the needed medicine. My neighbor is asking prayer for her cat’s healing. M
—-Please pray for my sister-in-law Denise. She has been taken to the ER. Kay
—-please pray for Milt as He undergo a surgery this morning. Arlene
—-Please pray for my family. We are planning a trip to visit my in-laws in China and I’m terribly uneasy about it. If we are not supposed yo go, then I pray the holy spirit bring my husband and I into an agreement about the trip. Jennifer
Some years ago, someone forwarded this poem to me that was written by Sheila Gosney. She writes, “Today’s poem is for those who are hurting with grief this Christmas, as I know many who are. If this poem doesn’t describe you today, perhaps you know someone it will minister to. In Christ The King, Sheila” I wrote her and asked if I could share this with all of you. She graciously consented. Although I shared it with you at that time, I thought it might be well to share it again.
When Sadness Comes At Christmas Time
This may be a Christmas when sorrow comes to call
and brings a winter unlike any you remember.
When the joy of the season is tinged with sadness
and you struggle to get through December.
But this is a Christmas you’ll not soon forget
if this Christ is the Lord of your life.
For the Baby who was born, who we celebrate with joy
is also Lord of your pain and your strife.
Though Christmases past brought tears of sheer gratitude
for your salvation & forgiveness of sins.
This Christmas brings tears for your grief and your sorrow
and the sadness as each day begins.
But this Christmas you will know another side of your King
for He’s the Comforter who tends to your pain.
He cares that you’re hurting and He stands even closer
when the teardrops start falling like rain.
And this is the Christmas when you will be thankful
that your Savior came in human flesh.
He tasted heartache, suffering and sorrow
so He could hold you and offer you rest.
This is the Christmas when your heart will realize
it’s not the festivities or events to attend.
But Christmas brought a Savior for every phase of your life
and true peace that never will end.
© Sheila Gosney
May this poem be a blessing to all.