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Daily Bread JUL/24/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 24 July 2010 17:15
James 4:14 - Yet you do not know what kind of tomorrow you will have; for
your life is a mist that appears for a little while, and then it vanishes.

There is an hourglass of time set upon each person's life, and no one knows
when that hourglass will yield its last grain of sand. We boast of the great
things that we will do, but we fail to realize that our lives are like a
vapor that appears - then quickly vanishes. The life of man is like the
grass, his glory like the flower: no sooner does it spring up than suddenly
it withers away, and is no more (1 Peter 1:24; James 1:11). The length of
our life compared to eternity is but a very small thing (Psalm 39:5-6). Yet
we boast in the pride of our heart as though we will live forever - failing
to realize that tomorrow may never come (Proverbs 27:1). Those who act like
they will live forever and are in need of nothing will hear God say: "You
fool, this day will your soul be required of you" (Luke 12:20).
 
Daily Bread JUL/23/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 23 July 2010 10:42
Jonah 3:2 - Arise, go to Ninevah, that great city: and preach to it the
proclamation that I speak to you.

It is God who gives direction to His servants to go to the places that He
chooses. God is the One who also gives His servants the message that they
are to speak. God was about to send judgment upon a nation; but before He
did He desired to give them an opportunity to repent. Jonah, knowing the
mercies of God, did not want to go - because he knew that it was God's
desire to bring this nation to repentance so that He could show His abundant
love. Jonah knew that if the nation of Nineveh repented, God would not send
judgment upon them; and while it was in the heart of God to show mercy and
love, it was in the heart of Jonah to see judgment fall on that wicked and
evil people (Jonah 4:1-3).

Even though the people of Ninevah were terribly wicked, the preaching of
Jonah brought such conviction upon them that they all repented and turned
from their wickedness. It does not matter how wicked a city is, or how
estranged a person may be from God - when anyone humbles themselves before
God and turns from their evil, God shows His mercy and forgives them (Jonah
3:8,10; 2 Peter 3:9).

We are the ambassadors of Christ, sent into the world today to beseech the
world to be reconciled to God. We are commanded to go to every person and
tell them that God commands all men everywhere to repent: to change (Acts
17:30; Mark 1:15; Matthew 28:19-20). The direction has been given to us by
God; we have been commissioned by Him to go. If we will speak His words that
He gives us to proclaim, then the power of His mercy should reach deep into
the hearts of everyone who hears. Those who will believe - who will repent
and call upon His name - will be saved. Those who refuse to hear will
experience only wrath and judgment (Matthew 3:7; Mark 16:16; Romans 2:5;
Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:3; Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 3:6).
 
Daily Bread JUL/22/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 July 2010 09:05
1 Peter 4:14 - Happy are you if you are reproached for the name of Christ:
because the glory and the Spirit of God rest upon you. On their part he is
blasphemed; but on your part he is glorified.

We are called to forsake all, and follow Jesus. If we will obey God and go
everywhere and preach the gospel to every person, we will doubtless run up
against persecution. If we stand in righteousness and live godly, we will
suffer persecution - but the good news is that we will experience that same
glory that came down upon the tabernacle in the wilderness (Exodus 40:34).
We were baptized in the Holy Ghost and fire, so that we might live in the
glory and power of our heavenly fire. If we will continue to declare these
glorious truths of the kingdom of God, we will see the expressions of the
great exploits of God. Even as in the days of Paul, we will be able to say
that mightily grew the word of God and prevailed (Acts 19:20). We will give
witness to Him with great power, and there will be great grace upon us that
will cause the world to encounter the living God (Acts 4:33).

Jesus was persecuted by man and Satan, and Jesus told us that we would be
persecuted too. We must not count our lives dear unto ourselves, but instead
be willing to take up our cross and follow Jesus. These are the days of
great exploits, but we must not love our lives even unto the death
(Revelation 12:11; Matthew 16:25). These are the days when the glorious
appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are nearer than before. Soon
everything about the earth and the governments of men will change - as Jesus
Christ Himself will come to reign. We must not withhold our voice, we must
not hide in self-preservation; but boldly go out and declare these wonderful
works of God.
 
Daily Bread JUL/21/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 10:40
Matthew 4:17 - From that time Jesus became to announce and to say: "Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"

Somehow many have failed to realize that the gospel of Jesus Christ demands
change. The kingdom of heaven is at hand - and men must change. The door is
fast closing upon a world full of sin and strife, and God is calling all men
everywhere to repent. The new age has begun: a new heaven and a new earth is
about to appear. The new heaven and the new earth will only have
righteousness dwelling in it; and if men want to come into this glorious
kingdom, then they must be different - radically different. They must be
changed from a sinner to a saint, from a child of the devil to a child of
God (John 8:44; Ephesians 2:3).

Jesus began His ministry demanding that men repent. To repent is to change.
It is a change of heart and a change of mind; a change of direction and a
change of life. People may think that they are just fine, and that a loving
God will accept them just the way they are. That is not true. Nicodemus, the
ruler of the Jews, was a good man - but Jesus said that before he could come
into the kingdom of God, he had to change: he had to be born again (John
3:3). The rich young ruler was a good man who had always observed the law of
God from his youth - but Jesus demanded that he change: that he forsake all
that he had, and come and follow Him (Matthew 19:21). To all Jesus
proclaimed that if they wanted to find their life in God, then they would
have to lose their life in this world (Matthew 10:39; Matthew 16:25; Mark
8:35; Luke 9:24; Luke 17:33; John 12:25).

God has granted repentance unto life to all men everywhere (Acts 11:18; Acts
17:30). Men are to repent and be converted: a conversion that is
miraculously supplied to us by the gift of God (John 4:10 Acts 11:17;
Galatians 6:15; 2 Corinthians 5:17). As the ministers of the gospel, we are
commanded to preach repentance in His name (Luke 24:47). The preaching of
the gospel conveys the power of God to everyone who will hear (1 Corinthians
1:17-18; 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10). If we will preach repentance in His name,
then the gift of God will fall upon those who will hear - and their lives
will be radically changed.
 
Daily Bread JUL/20/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 13:20
Acts 14:21 - Having evangelized that city and made many disciples, they
returned to Lystra, and into Iconium and into Antioch.

The church was purchased by the blood of Jesus and baptized in the Holy
Spirit - to become the means by which the kingdom of God was to be advanced
throughout the earth. This advancement takes place by going everywhere and
preaching the gospel (Mark 16:20; Luke 9:6; Acts 17:30; 2 Thessalonians
3:1). It is accomplished through making disciples of all who will receive
Jesus as their Savior.

Many are willing to pray prayers and make half-hearted commitments; but we
must be insistent and persistent with them to take them past an initial
encounter, and make sure that they are established as disciples: followers
of Jesus. We are commanded to train them and teach them to observe all that
Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). We must be willing to both reach the
unreached and establish those who have responded to the message of
salvation. Our children must be raised up to teach their children; and those
who have only known the ways of darkness must be taught the beauty of
holiness and the ways of righteousness. Such a task demands that all
participate in the work both inside the church and outside the church. We
must realize that we cannot be His disciples unless we are willing to
forsake everything and follow Jesus (Luke 14:33; Matthew 10:38).
 
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