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The Disciple-Making Command of Christ

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Go, therefore, and make disciples of  all nations,  baptizing  them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus came to save the world (all people) from their sins. Man is separated from God because of sin. God desires relationship with you and me so he planned from eternity past to conquer sin and free mankind. He set in motion through his obedience to the father, the redemption on the cross; “to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20). God's will is obvious; that none should perish. The redemption of the cross is the good news that must reach all people.  As one preacher said, “The good news is only good news if it gets to people on time.”  So the delivery of the message of Jesus’ death burial and resurrection is paramount.

There is not a more inspiring location on this planet for Kris and I than Mt. Arbel.

After Jesus rose from the dead, he approached his disciples in Jerusalem and asked them to meet him on the hill by the Sea of Galilee.  Mt Arbel is “the hill” that most believe he was talking about. From Mt. Arbel you can see most of the locations where Jesus taught the disciples. He spent three years loving, investing, fellowshipping, and engaging the disciples in each location. He demonstrated to them over this period of time how to make disciples. It was Mt. Arbel where Jesus gave the Great Commission.  As he commanded them to “make disciples”, he was reminding them how to accomplish this command, as they saw each scene with their own eyes, and remembered each lesson. The location of the Great Commission was in essence a description of how to fulfill the Great Commission; the delivery system.

It is true that Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. He provided salvation for all. But unless we engage in his delivery system of sharing the good news, the good news is not good to those who never hear it. The delivery system of reaching the world with the gospel is making disciples.

[pastor Mack is leading a trip to Israel! If you'd like to get more information, or to register for the trip, go to 419tours.com]

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True Treasure

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"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” - Matthew 6:24

God gave me a Mustang once. I’m not kidding.

That was a beautiful car. She was almost exactly what I had always wanted - dark blue, black leather interior, manual transmission, incredible sound system… I could go on and on about how awesome this car was. And I say it was God who gave me the Mustang, too - It was no coincidence. The discovery, the timing, the incredible deal I got... I’m convinced it was by His hand, and I'm not being sarcastic! He just reached down out of Heaven and fulfilled my desires - my dream car, virtually handed to me, by my Father in Heaven!

Then I traded her a bit more than a year later.

You see, among other things, I was the only one in my family of four drivers that could work a stick shift - and we needed a car that we could all share. And if you think it was easy to give her up, well… I still vividly, sadly, remember the day I handed over the keys.

But you know what? God’s blessing wasn’t in the car, and I didn’t find that out until a month or so later. I was driving down the road and saw another Mustang passing by. But instead of jealously or bitterness, my heart welled up with thanksgiving. I poured out to God right then and there, thanking Him for the time He allowed me to have that car. Sounds silly, right? But that led me further down the path to realize just how much He has blessed me with - my family, my church, my “stuff” ...it was all a blessing from God. Far from the spoiled believer I could be, God had tested my heart and created in me a better perspective on which treasures are truly valuable.

The thought of a material thing grabbing hold of my heart is terrifying! Jesus gave us clear warning that love of this world and all it’s stuff is a huge wall that can keep us from the relationship with God that brings true satisfaction and contentment. My goal is to have nothing more important in this life than that relationship.

Now, I won’t deny that the desire to get another Mustang still resides inside me. But I’m content in the very center of my soul that, if it never happens, my God still loves me, and continues to bless me in much, much more meaningful ways!

Thank you, God...

  • For my life, in all it’s bumps and bruises
  • For my family, and the love we share
  • For my church, and my place to serve
  • For my stuff, and the reminder it is of You as my loving Father, providing all my needs - and so much more
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