What Will Your Obituary Say About Your Life?

Have you ever thought about what you have done over the entire course of your life? Most recently, I was looking at the birthday list that popped up in Facebook and then saw a friend who has passed away. When looking at their profile of Facebook, there were family pictures, evidence of a fun life.

In one’s life, you could be the life of the party, telling jokes, and enjoying making people laugh. Some people might have enjoyed their lives cooking, volunteering with the rescue squad, volunteer fire department, or auxiliary police.

Others may have lived for traveling, going to the beach, or fishing. Some had a love for music, singing karaoke, or playing golf. Some have spent their lives playing computer games.

All these activities are done out of enjoyment for ourselves, but what evidences do we have in our life that showed that we were the hands and feet of Jesus? How have our lives made a difference for the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

When I was a police officer, I could have made a difference for the cause of Christ, but I failed miserably. Instead of sharing my faith, I got into the wrong crowd and lived a life of sin. I spent almost 10 years policing and could have made a tremendous impact for the gospel of Christ, but that did not happen.

It wasn’t until later in life that I came to the true salvation of knowing Jesus and I turned to Him completely. I repented of my sin and begged forgiveness for my sin filled life. Since that true day of conversion, I have had the hunger for the Word of God and a hunger to tell others about what Jesus has done for me.

When I die, instead of describing what I enjoyed in life, I would want my obituary to read that Joseph T. Lee wanted all his friends, family, and acquaintances to come to know the true and saving grace of forgiveness, only found through Jesus Christ.

Friends, time is short. For some of us, there may not be a tomorrow on this earth as a living and breathing human being. Why continue to put off coming to Him? Jesus wants a personal relationship with all.

The Bible says in Romans 3:23, that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

In Romans 6:23, it reads, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Look in John 3:3, “Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Why did Jesus come to die?

In John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” One cannot get to Heaven unless they know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Look at Romans 10:9-11, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

In 2 Corinthians 5:15, “and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”

The final verse is from Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Jesus stands at your heart’s door and knocks. He wants a relationship with you. Once you accept Him as your personal Savior, He will minister to you through His Holy Spirit.

Don’t put this off any further. Please pray this prayer.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name! Amen!

If you have prayed that prayer, please write to me and tell me that you did. You can write us at Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc., PO Box 1778, Ashland, VA 23005. I would like to send you a Bible so that you can develop your relationship with the Lord. The best way to grow in Christianity is to read the Bible and get involved in a local church.

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Who Do You Lean on in These Dark Days?

Friends, I truly believe that we have entered a very dark time in our nation. Most recently, our nation’s Capital Building was stormed by a mob professing to be Trump Supporters, but there were also reports of Antifa mixed into the riot. All we want is the “truth,” but the truth is also mixed with conspiracy theories as well as lies from our own government leaders as well as conspiracy theorists. For the last four years, the Democrats have worked hard in trying to remove a duly elected President. Even before he was elected, they spied on his campaign, impeached him, and because of the recent Capitol riot, are trying to impeach him again. I would dare say that he is the most hated President ever in the United States history by the Democrats.

This story is not about the President but I needed to set the stage for what I am about to share with you. Our President, like all of us, have morality flaws. We all sin and fall short of God’s glory. With all his flaws including his foul language, over 70 million American’s voted for him in his second Presidential election. He is a favorite for the working class of the American people. There are people who would follow him to the moon and back because they have placed their trust and faith in him.

In contrast, Jesus said, “I am the way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Our focus of salvation should be on our Heavenly Father and not on one man. Although God allows leaders to be heads of nations, God can allow Presidents to be removed as well. We do not know why God has allowed Joe Biden to be the next President, but we should be praying for the new leaders, for their hearts to change and turn to Christ Jesus. If the new leaders do not change, you have done your part to pray for them as well as our nation.

We have entered dark times this week with the Capitol Building being desecrated, the killing of life, looting, and property destruction. Then President Trump’s Twitter Account was permanently suspended by Twitter, Facebook has banned conservative’s pages, Amazon, Apple, and Google has removed the conservative social media platform Parler from the app stores and hosting platforms.

Just overnight, a new conspiracy story has been shared on Twitter, Parler, CloutHub, and even Facebook that the Vatican had a black out and the Pope was arrested for 80 counts Child Trafficking and Fraud. The Pope was not arrested and the child trafficking story is false. It was released by a small Canadian news blog that is not well known. I fact checked them and their assertion could not be verified. An independent fact check organization called LeadStories.com; fact checked this story and labeled it as a hoax.

There is so much misinformation flying all over the internet and we as Christians MUST NOT get caught up in this frenzy. As Christians, we put our trust and faith in Jesus. We must not get caught up in the world’s deception and lies. We must stay focused on the race that Jesus has called us to be a part of. We are to stay steady in Christ and lean on Him and Him alone. We must be praying, not only for the leaders, but for our neighbors, as well as ourselves.

But remember, even during trials and tribulations, God is still in control. He is in control! If you do not know the Jesus that I am speaking about, then you will be frightened. But if you do know Him, truly know Him, do not worry. He is with us. We know where we will go when it is our time to die. But those who do not know Him will live in fear.

Friends, here are some Scriptures of comfort during these dark days. Write them down and memorize them. Internalize them. Pour them into your heart so that you will be comforted when days become hard.

Isaiah 35:4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution, he will come to save you.”

Isaiah 43:1 “But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 34:4 “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

Psalm 94:19 “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for

you.”

Psalm 118:6 “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Psalm 115:11 “You who fear him, trust in the LORD— he is their help and

shield.”

Pray and ask Jesus to comfort you in this dark week of American History. Of course, be prepared for what may come. God wants us to be prepared. In the event of a 6 to 8-week lockdown, have enough food and supplies to get you by. We must always be prepared for what may come and of course, pray and ask God for guidance in all that you do and say. Encourage one another and again stay steady in Christ Jesus. Our focus must not be on a leader but on the Living Savior, Jesus. Certainly, a leader may help make our lives better in this world, but a leader is not going to save us from an eternal hell fire. Only Jesus can do that.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior? If not, would you like to know Him? If so, please pray this prayer out loud in your own privacy.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name! Amen!

I pray that you will come to know Him as your Living Savior. If you prayed that prayer, I would highly recommend that you start reading the Bible and start your relationship with Jesus. The first books of the Bible to read would be the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Of course, you should read the rest of the Bible but for a new Christian, these are the best books to start in.

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Do You Suffer from the Sin of Unbelief?

We are continuing today in our study of Chapter 1 of Luke. In verses 18-25, it reads, “18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” 21 And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. 23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. 24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, 25 “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”

Look at what happened to Zechariah. He doubted and questioned what Gabriel told him. He could not believe that Elizabeth, his wife would conceive and give birth to a baby boy. The angel Gabriel silenced Zechariah by making him mute until the birth of John the Baptist.

One would think that Zechariah, being a priest and a man of faith knew the previous miracles that God had performed in the Old Testament. But Zechariah doubted in his mind and in his heart that God would be able to give them a child. What Zechariah should have thought was what God has done before, He could do again. There is nothing impossible for God.

Unbelief is a sin and God is provoked by it. According to JC Ryle, Unbelief in what God can do is a “practical denial of God’s almighty power to doubt whether He can do a thing when He undertakes it. It is giving the lie to God to doubt whether He means to do a thing when He plainly promised that it would be done.”[1]

Do not let concessions to unbelief rob you of inward peace or destroy your hopes and dreams. According to Ryle, “Unbelief is the true cause of a thousand spiritual diseases. In all that respects the pardon of our sins and acceptance of our souls, the duties and trials of our daily lives, let it be a settled maxim in our religion, to trust every word of God implicitly, and to beware of unbelief.”[2]

Do you suffer from the sin of unbelief? If you do, you need to repent of that sin. Pray and ask God to forgive you. One should believe all aspects of the Bible as opposed to just parts of it. The Bible is the Holy Word of God, breathed into the men that wrote it by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the inerrant Word of God.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior? If not, would you like to know Him? If so, please pray this prayer out loud in your own privacy.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name! Amen!

If you have prayed that prayer, please write to me and tell me that you did. You can write us at Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc., PO Box 1778, Ashland, VA 23005. I would like to send you a Bible so that you can develop your relationship with the Lord. The best way to grow in Christianity is to read the Bible and get involved in a local church.

References:

Reverend JC Ryle, Daily Readings, January 4th, 2020.


[1] JC Ryle, Daily Readings (Welwyn Garden City: EP Books, 2020) January 4, Morning.

[2] Ibid., January 4, Morning.

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Prayers Are Not Necessarily Answered Immediately: Wait on the Lord

Have you ever prayed for something for a very long time and God does not seem to hear nor answer you? In today’s Bible reading, Zechariah had been praying for a blessing of children for years and yet the people in his society looked on it as if it were all in vain. Elizabeth was barren. Both he and Elizabeth had given up all hope in their advanced years.

Let’s look at Luke 1:13-17, “13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

As you can see, the very first words of the angel were “Do not be afraid.” Then he went on to tell Zechariah that his past prayers had not been forgotten (v. 13). When we pray, it is not for us to dictate as to the way nor the time when our Heavenly Father chooses to answer those prayers.

Verse 14 teaches us that no child will cause such great joy than a child that has the grace of God upon him or her. The grace of God can even be on children as infants and toddlers. The Holy Spirit can operate in small children and these children can grow up to be great evangelists for the Gospel of Christ Jesus (v.15).

How is greatness measured in this life? Our society may measure greatness in politicians, millionaires, generals of armies, authors, artists, and even presidents of corporations like Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter. Our definition of greatness is empty when the Gospel of Jesus Christ is left out. Can you imagine the angels of God consider those who work at evangelizing and doing the work of the Good News of Jesus as great? In contrast, those who do nothing for the Gospel of Christ are not great in God’s sight. Do not seek the praise of men, but seek to praise and worship our Heavenly Father.

With God, nothing is impossible! When you pray, just remember that prayers are not necessarily rejected because the answer was delayed. Stay steady in Christ and persevere in prayer. God will ultimately give you an answer of yes, no, or wait.

If you do not know the living Christ, please consider praying this prayer:

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name! Amen!

If you have prayed that prayer, please write to me and tell me that you did. You can write us at Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc., PO Box 1778, Ashland, VA 23005. I would like to send you a Bible so that you can develop your relationship with the Lord. The best way to grow in Christianity is to read the Bible and get involved in a local church.

References:

Reverend JC Ryle, Daily Readings, January 3rd, 2020.

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Jesus: The Lord of Angels

Luke is one of my favorite authors in the New Testament. Luke was not only a doctor but a medical missionary and was a close companion of the Apostle Paul. Luke was not a disciple but was born a gentile and was converted by the Apostles to Christianity and had come under the guidance of Paul. Luke was also a historian and researched and wrote the accounts from interviews with the Apostles and others who knew Christ Jesus.

We find in Luke 1:5-12, the great announcement by the angel Gabriel that Elizabeth would bear a son whose name would be John. Of all the gospel writers, Luke is the only one who gives an accounting of the impending birth of John the Baptist.

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.

Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.”

In this article, we are going to focus on verses 8-12. In verses 8-9, Zechariah (Zecharias in Greek) was serving as a priest. Zechariah was one of eighteen thousand priests. Of all those priests, fourteen of the eighteen thousand were given the privilege of offering incense on the altar for one year. According to RC Sproul, “Only once could a priest have the opportunity to offer prayers of intercession for the people by means of the offering on incense, which was to represent the prayers of God’s people, a sweet aroma to God.”[1]

In verse 10 as the whole multitude of people were praying outside at the hour on incense. In verses 11 and 12, an angel of the Lord appeared at the altar and was standing to the right side of the altar of incense. Zechariah was troubled when he saw him and fear fell upon him. Can you imagine the fear that fell upon Zechariah? An angel of the Lord was fitted with armor and was ready to fight and do the work of God.

Were you aware that angels are mentioned more times in the New Testament than the word love and more than the word sin? Angels are an integral part of Scripture. This angel was Gabriel and he came to give an amazing message to Zechariah that would change his and Elizabeth’s lives forever.

At no time do we read about so many angels than regarding the Lord’s incarnation and entrance into the world. God was announcing the coming birth of John the Baptist by the angel, Gabriel. According to JC Ryle, “The meaning of this circumstance is sufficiently clear. It was meant to teach the Church that Messiah was no angel, but the Lord of angels, as well as men.”[2]

Ryle wrote, “One thing about angels we must never forget. They take a deep interest in the work of Christ and the salvation that Christ has provided. They sang high praise when the Son of God came down to make peace by His own blood between God and man. They rejoice when sinners repent. They delight to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation.”[3]

Ryle writes, “The appearance of Gabriel to Zechariah produced a marked effect. Zechariah was afraid and he trembled. The fear came from our inward sense of weakness, guilt and corruption. If angels are so great and terrible, what must the Lord of angels be?”[4]

We must pray to God and thank Him that we have a mighty Mediator whose name is Jesus. As we believe in Him, we will draw closer to God, and boldly live out our lives for the Gospel of Christ Jesus. We will look forward to the day of Judgement and hear the words, “Well done thy good and faithful servant!” In contrast, as for the wicked, I tremble to think of the Judgement Day when the wicked are lost without a Savior and will face the judgement of Hell eternal at the last day.

If you do not know Jesus as your personal savior, why not ask Him into your life? Pray this simple prayer:

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name! Amen!

If you have prayed that prayer, please write me and tell me that you did. You can write us at Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc., PO Box 1778, Ashland, VA 23005. I would like to send you a Bible so that you can develop your relationship with the Lord. The best way to grow in Christianity is to read the Bible and get involved in a local church.

References:

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[1] RC Sproul, Luke: An Expositional Commentary (Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust, 2020), 7.

[2] JC Ryle, Daily Readings: From All Four Gospels for Morning and Evening (Welwyn Garden City, UK: EP Books, 2020), January 2 Morning.

[3] Ryle, Daily Readings, January 2.

[4] Ryle, Daily Readings, January 2.

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Is a Closer Walk with God a New Year’s Resolution for You?

Last night, my wife and I toasted to the new year, 2021, with sparkling white grape juice. We were bidding 2020 goodbye and welcoming in the new year. Then right after giving her a kiss, we opened the Word of God as well as started reading Reverend JC Ryle’s “Daily Readings” from all four Gospels for Morning and Evening. What a better way to start the new year but in God’s Word and then praising Him for His blessings and praying for our future as well as the future of our nation.

In 2020, we had a global pandemic as well as racial riots. We were locked down and churches were ordered to be closed or limited to only 10 participants. Many thought the world was coming to an end and many thought Jesus was coming back in 2020. We must always be ready for Christ Jesus’ return, but no one knows of His return, not even the angels in Heaven (cf. Matthew 24:36).

One positive thing that has come out of 2020 with the Covid-19 Pandemic is the fact that Christians were placed in a situation where they could not attend a formal church service. Many of my Brothers and Sisters in Christ took the opportunity to lead Bible studies in their homes with their own families as well as disciple their family as well as others.

Our ministry, Marketplace Evangelism Ministries was already positioned to minister to those across the nation via Zoom, texting, emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. These social media platforms allowed for the Word of God to be shared, taught, and many prayed to ask Jesus into their hearts. Hundreds prayed the “Sinner’s Prayer” via TikTok and came to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

I pray that this year, many will hear the call of the Holy Spirit and will act upon the calling to share your faith, disciple others via social media, Zoom, or some other platform. It could be as easy as making telephone calls and talking with friends, family, and people who are in your Sunday School Class, and possibly your neighbor who is lost without Jesus. Reach out to those who you do not know well and ask if they need anything? Offer to pray for them and then pray right then and there with them on the phone or in person while socially distancing yourself. Make 2021 the year that we respond to the Holy Spirit and become involved in Revival of America.

If you want a closer walk with Jesus, then I would suggest you start today by praying and asking forgiveness of your lack of communication with Him. Perhaps, you do not know Him? Pray this simple prayer:

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name! Amen!

If you have prayed that prayer, then start reading the Bible. A good version for a new Christian is the New International Version. It is written in a translation that is easily understandable. Get connected with a local church who has Bible studies via Zoom or possibly in person. One of my favorite pastors is Alistair Begg. Alistair has a ministry called Truth for Life and is on Facebook as well as his app can be downloaded to your smart phone. Listen to his lessons taught daily. If you do not have a Bible, you could read on Bible Gateway on the internet for free.  You should read the Bible daily and get engaged in some sort of worship, either over the internet or connecting to a local church.

I mention the internet because we have people in other countries following our blog who are in nations where Christianity is illegal and they could be in danger of being arrested for worshipping Jesus. They are involved in a secret church where Christians worship in secret and their lives are in jeopardy. Please pray for these Christians, that God will protect them and their families.

I pray that you will start this New Year out right with God and start to read through the Bible this year. If you need a Bible, please write to us at the following address, Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc., PO Box 1778, Ashland, VA 23005. As long as funds are available, we will get you a Bible.

If you would like to donate to our ministry, you may send a donation to Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc., PO Box 1778, Ashland, VA 23005. Our ministry never charges for books or Bibles sent to those in need of discipleship or need a Bible to help them with their Christian walk.

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The Birth of Jesus According to the Gospel of Luke

The Birth of Jesus Christ

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

From all of us at Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc, we wish you and your family a very Blessed and Merry Christmas! Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” I pray that you will find Salvation only found through the saving grace of Jesus, the Christ!

Photo Credit: The Nativity by Greg Olsen; Pexels.

Reference: The Bible Gateway

The First Evangelists After Jesus Was Born

Were you aware that the Shepherds who were tending their flocks of sheep in the fields were the very first evangelists for Jesus? The Bible says in Luke 2:15-16, “ When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.” The shepherds were not going to see Mary or Joseph. They were going to see this baby laying in a manger. This baby was going to be the Messiah, the anointed One; the Savior of the world.

Now look at Luke 2:17, “And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.” They made known all that concerned Jesus, the Savior of the world. They told everyone! They were the first evangelists after seeing Jesus because they opened their mouths and proclaimed the Good News of Jesus to everyone they knew. In Luke 2:18, “and all who heard it wondered at what the Shepard’s told them.”

Can you imagine the excitement over seeing all the heavenly hosts in the fields, then going to see this baby in a manager, being over whelmed by His glory, and telling everyone by shouting it from the housetops? The excitement must have been contagious!

I wonder today, if we should be displaying that same excitement over our Lord and Savior, Jesus? Are you excited about the fact that you have asked Him into your hearts? If so, have you shared the Good News of Jesus with others? If not, why? Why wouldn’t you want to share this glorious gift of eternal life with others?

If you do not know the Living Savior, Jesus Christ, won’t you pray this simple prayer right now?

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name! Amen!

I pray that your love for Jesus will be strengthened and that you will know the wonderful Good News of Jesus Christ, whose salvation and forgiveness surpasses all understanding.

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Tik Tok Can be a Very Dark Place: Speaking Sin into Your Child’s Life

Most recently, after posting an evangelism video on Tik Tok, a video showed up in my feed of a Mom and her baby boy. She was speaking evil over her toddler. And then he agreed with her. As a Christian father, I was very shocked to see this.

As adults, we have the choice to obey God’s commandments or to go our own way and do our own thing. Everyone has their own belief system, but they can make those choices as teenagers or adults. I will always be nice to people who are different than I am and show the love of Christ which lives in me.  

Speaking what one truly knows as a sin into their child’s life is opening doors of a demonic nature. Dabbling in the occult or encouraging another to willfully sin, can be very dangerous and open both you and your family to a demonic possession or oppression.

Although when Jesus was teaching the disciples about who the greatest was, in Matthew 18:6, Jesus said; “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Children are very vulnerable and their faith is great. To speak evil over a child is literally causing them to sin. It’s introducing sin into their lives and causing them to potentially be open to evil spirits.

Titus 3:2 reads, “To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”

Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

1 Peter 3:10, “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”

Mark 7:21-23, “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Mothers should be protecting their children as opposed to speaking evil over them. It is literally invoking sin over their lives. See Psalm 82:3-4, Psalm 127:3, Matthew 18:10, Ephesians 5:11, Proverbs 22:6, Psalm 139:13-16, and Ephesians 5:11. A mother influencing her toddler to potentially sin against God is chilling and many would consider it an evil act.

Apparently, this mother does not know Jesus herself. If she truly did, she would not be speaking evil over her son. The Bible says that the evil one roams our world like a lion who sets out to destroy everything in his sight. See 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walking about, seeking whom he may devour.” Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus is vulnerable themselves to the wiles of Satan.

Here are some Scriptures to pray over your child:

Psalm 145:1, “I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.”

Jeremiah 24:7, “I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.”

Hebrews 12:6, “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

Psalm 37:3, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.”

Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

I pray that you will choose to speak positive godly affirmations over your child. Pray for them as well as with them. Teach them the ways of the Lord and they will never leave the faith. See Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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Amazing Love. How Can it Be?

Can you imagine loving Jesus so much that you would weep over Him, use your tears to wash His feet, and use your hair to dry them? That is exactly what happened to Jesus when He went to visit the home of a Pharisee. According to Luke 7:36-50, Jesus had been invited to one of the Pharisee’s homes to eat a meal. Jesus went into the home and reclined at the table with the Pharisee. Then a woman from the city came into the home. She was most likely a prostitute as she was described as very sinful and was not the type of woman the Pharisee thought should be hanging around Jesus.

The woman started weeping and crying. It must have been dramatic crying as her tears were many. She was moved by the Spirit of God and started to wash Jesus’ feet with her tears. She used her hair to dry His feet and then anointed his feet with alabaster ointment.

The Pharisee who saw this thought to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner” (Luke 7:39). Jesus said to the Pharisee, “Simon, A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Why is it that we do not see such great love today for our Savior, Jesus? Is our faith so weak that we have a low sense of obligation to the Lord? According to JC Ryle, “A low and feeble sense of sin will always produce a low and feeble sense of the value of salvation.”[1] The men and women who feel much forgiven are the ones who love much (cf. Luke 7:47).

If you have come to Christ but are lacking in a close relationship with Jesus, then you need to stop right now and pray and ask forgiveness of your sins. You then need to pick up your Bible and start reading it starting in the Book of John. Read at least one chapter each day and then pray for at least ten minutes.

Talking with God in prayer should consist of the following: According to Dave Earley, “Thanksgiving, Praise, Confession, Supplication, and Intersession. Thanksgiving means expressing gratitude to God for what He has done for you. Praise is worshipping God for who He is. Confession is agreeing with God that we are sinful and asking forgiveness for those sins. Supplication is asking God to provide for your needs. And Intersession is standing in the gap and praying for others.”[2]

Regardless of the problems we face today, giving everything to Christ Jesus means that you will trust Him. According to Ryle, “No problems, real or imagined, can dissuade the man or woman who loves Christ from obeying Him.”[3]

If you do not know Jesus, I would ask that you pray this simple pray to Him.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name! Amen!

I pray that your love for Jesus will be strengthened and that you will know the wonderful Good News of Jesus Christ, whose salvation and forgiveness surpasses all understanding.

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[1] JC Ryle, Daily Readings (Welwyn Garden City, UK: EP Books, 2020), 7 December, Morning.

[2] Dave Earley 28 Days to Powerful Prayer (Nashville, TN: Barbour Books, 2020), 16-18.

[3] Rlye, Daily Readings, 7 December, Morning.

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