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Evangelism – A New Sister in Christ

Evangelism in action

Baptism of Imelda

Evangelism!

Yesterday was a great day for many of us associated through Know The Truth Radio. We gained a new sister in Christ, Imelda de la Cruz. We rejoice greatly at this addition to the Lord's family. Now, let me tell you about evangelism and how this event came to be. Evangelism is simply the act of sharing the gospel. It may take the form of an invitation to services, a request for a Bible study or an invitation to listen to a particular program. The content is the good news of Jesus and His one time for all sacrifice for our sins. In obedience to that gospel we believe the message. We repent, or determine to change our ways to conform to His. We confess this faith and are baptized or immersed in water for the remission of our sins.

Several months ago, our brother Henry Doty invited an online acquaintance to listen to www.kttr.org, our online radio program. Imelda started listening and participating in our chat box. Not long after this, Henry messaged me and said that Imelda was interested in finding out more about the churches of Christ. So we started looking for a local minister in her area. It took some doing, but  Remir de Mesa, another friend of Henry's and a minister in New Jersey, who is from the Philippines, contacted Ed Maq. He agreed to go see Imelda and assist us in this evangelism effort.

Evangelism at work

After contacting Imelda, Ed was intent on setting up a Bible study and then a group study. He also enlisted the aid of Efren and Joy Esteban, Christians who live near Imelda. They invited her to services and continued to have studies with her and some of her neighbors. Imelda continued to listen to www.kttr.org and participate in our chat box. After several studies conducted with her by brothers Ed and Efren and sister Joy and the evangelism they were doing, this weekend, Imelda decided to put our Lord on in baptism and was added to the body of Christ. Randy Macapagal, another local minister also assisted. We rejoice with her and with our Father in heaven as we now have a new sister!

We want to thank all of you who consistently and faithfully support us here at www.KnowTheTruthRadio.org. It is our greatest honor and privilege to hear of the gospel being preached and received and then obeyed, in some small part because of what we are doing. Evangelism is so simple in some ways, an invitation, and in others so difficult because we have many excuses. Consider these events and our new sister and don't hesitate to suggest a visit or a listen, anywhere in the world! We will find and contact a local member of the Lord's church to see it done. God bless and thanks again for being a part of this great work, evangelism!

Steve Weeks, for KnowTheTruthRadio.org

Little Handprints

Handprints

Handprints

Little Handprints

Two little handprints on a glass door at the church building. My first thought was that someone was going to be upset. The doors are dirty now. But then I noticed that these handprints were too high for the size of them. Someone must have been holding that little one in order for them to get those handprints that high up. I like clean doors, but all I could see that day was two small handprints, high on the glass. I think I know whose they were, but it really doesn't matter. The evidence was there that someone had brought a child to the services of the church at this place. That is always a good thing. A tall person (dad, granddad, step-dad, foster dad) was carrying a small person (child). They were at services. They were learning and sharing. They were putting God first at that moment. Dad was setting an example and establishing priorities, a child was learning to love God and His Word. Nothing is more important. "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Eph. 6:4

Two small handprints

I like clean doors, but I love big people bringing little people to church! Parents demonstrating in action how important God is! God bless!! Steve Weeks, minister     steveweeks@radio40.org Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org Go to www.kttradio.org for more information.

Treasure and Pearl

treasure

Treasure

Treasure and Pearl

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it." Matt. 13:44-46.

These two short parables teach us something about the kingdom of heaven: its great worth! This treasure, the kingdom of heaven, the place where God's people have citizenship, the place where God's people dwell, the body of Christ, the church that belongs to Christ, the embodiment of the message of salvation. There is nothing of more importance in this world than learning about how to get to the next one and be with God forever. What a treasure that is!

Value/Worth

The great value of this kingdom, the message about how to get into it, the gospel, is described for us as a treasure. I am not sure what that treasure was that the man discovered, the description as "treasure" seems adequate to bring to mind great wealth and abundance. The man's reaction was to do whatever it took to get it. In giving everything to purchase the field, he demonstrated his great desire to attain it.

The same is true when we consider the pearl of great price. The merchant was obviously in the business of seeking valuable pearls and upon finding one of infinite value, a treasure in itself, he did what was necessary to obtain. It cost him all that he had.

Yes indeed, it is that important! The consequences of our desire for and our commitment to this treasure, the Gospel, are eternal!

God bless and have a great day!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steveweeks@radio40.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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Despair Turned to Hope!

 

Despair turned to hope!

Despair turned to hope!

Despair turned to Hope!

Our Lord has a different way of looking at things.

And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. Matt. 9:23-25

He doesn't see things the way we do. These people saw and knew death. They felt despair at the loss of a child. They were not as ignorant as we sometimes are given to believe. Jesus was not contradicting their assessment, as much as He was redefining the situation. She was asleep, a term often used for death, but with a whole different expectation of the outcome.

When we are hopeless and in despair, He sees opportunity and gives comfort. He turns our despair into hope!

Life restored!

He took an opportunity to give back life to a child, but in a very real sense He does the same for us. When we are in a state of despair, lacking all hope of revival and lost in our sin, He comes along and says, "I can fix that. Not dead, just asleep." When we do what He commands, he restores life and hope. He turns our despair into hope!

He is greater than any problem we face, including death! Despair can indeed be turned to joy through the blood of Jesus Christ. Eternal life replaces death and death becomes sleep for those who are in Christ!

God bless and have a great day!

Steve Weeks, minister     steveweeks@radio40.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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Perfect! as your Father is Perfect

Perfect!

Perfect!

Perfect!?!

Good Morning! We are called to a higher standard of behavior as followers of Christ. Jesus holds up the ultimate example in this passage.

"But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. ... You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matt. 5:44-45, 48

Now let me explain that this word "perfect" means mature, ripe, ready, not just without fault. It is something we should strive for, grow into and seek to reach. We get there by practice and endurance (see James 1). Sometimes with a lot of prayer! In fact, prayer should be part of our daily lives anyway, but that is a subject for another post. Perfect, mature, complete. Strive for it.

Perfect? Do you KNOW who I live with, work with, etc?

This is a difficult task in the world we live in. There are many people with whom we come in contact who are so much less than perfect! By the way, we are also less than perfect, but working on it. In dealing with them, we need to remember how God has dealt with them. Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Not an easy task, but a necessary one!

God bless!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

Go to www.kttradio.org for more information.

Promise fulfilled

A Promised Kingdom

A Promised Kingdom

Promise fulfilled

"When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever." 1 Chron. 17:11-14

A promise was given, a promise was fulfilled. God did raise up Solomon after David to build a physical house for him, the first temple in Jerusalem. That kingdom and lineage did endure to the coming of Jesus  the Christ. Jesus was indeed God in the flesh (John 1:14; Col. 2:9). He addressed God as Father and was condemned for claiming that relationship, but God had given a promise and He kept it.

A forever promise

His kingdom will stand forever. The kingdom of God that Jesus preached was coming. The church that Jesus said He would build (Mt. 16:18). God made a promise and He kept it through His Son. His throne shall stand forever.

The question is, have you submitted to the Lordship of this King of Kings and become a part of His sovereign kingdom? Obedience is a necessity where a king is involved. A promise is made, a promise is kept, but it requires obedience to receive the promised reward (Matt. 7:21)

God bless and have a great day!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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Appointed to Die. Death comes for us all!

Appointed to die

Appointed to die...

"And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him." Heb. 9:27-28

This morning I am thinking about those who have been appointed to die. Some have cancer, those who are aged and those who are unsuspecting. Each of us will face a time, whether we see it coming or not, when we will leave this mortal coil and pass to eternal life. Some to eternal reward, those who have obeyed the gospel and entrusted themselves to the blood of Jesus Christ. Others, to eternal punishment, who have rejected or neglected that gospel message.

I have family and friends who have seen and now see the imminence of that event and it really changes your view of what is important. We need to "put our house in order, for we are going to die." We are appointed to die once and then comes the judgment. Nothing will stop it, it is coming.

Death comes for us all.

Unless the Lord returns before that appointment comes for us, we will all meet it. We need in that group that the Hebrew writer mentions above, those who are ready, saved and eagerly waiting for Him!

We all are appointed to die, are you in that group? If not, what are you waiting for? The appointment is coming, better get ready!

God bless and have a great day!! Get ready for your appointment!

Steve Weeks, minister     steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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Eternity! It’s Forever!!

Eternity is forever

Into Eternity

Into Eternity

Life is short and uncertain. Things that endure are rare.

“…for ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” 1 Pt. 1:24-25

Our lives are short in comparison to eternity. We have no guarantees for tomorrow. Our lives can literally end at any time. Car accidents, weather events, deadly illnesses and any number of other things can end our lives suddenly.

As Peter reminds us, there are many things around us that demonstrate the brevity of our lives. The thing is, we have to make the most of the time that we have (Eph. 5:15-16). As we do this, we often turn to setting up a legacy of some sort, something to leave for the generations that follow us.

Eternity is a mind-boggling concept. How do we do something that will endure for eternity? The short answer is that we can never do anything that will last forever. Everything we do will eventually fade from memory.

So what do we do?

So then, if we cannot make something that will last forever, is there something that we can be a part of that will last for eternity? Absolutely!

If we are looking to be a part of something that will endure into eternity, the Word of Lord abides forever. Count on it! Obey it! Enjoy the inheritance that will last into eternity! God keeps His promises!!

God bless and have a great day!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

Click here to listen live! "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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Be Strong!

Be strong in the Lord!

Good Morning! Be strong!!

We are half way through the week, Bible study is tonight, we have another day of God's blessings!

"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." 1 Cor. 16:13-14.

Sometimes we encounter things and people that can discourage us. Be strong, God loves you and has promised to reward us for doing the right thing in spite of those around us.

Sometimes we are corrected and don't like it much. Be strong. Yes, sometimes our shortcomings are pointed out and it is uncomfortable, but we need to consider information in the light of God's Word.

But through it all, we take our stand on the Word, it is the truth that will make us free (Jn. 8:32). Be strong. Spend enough time with it to know what it says and how it applies to us. Be strong in the knowledge of His Word.

Act like grown-ups

We also need to take responsibility for our action, or act like grown-ups. Be strong. Too many of us always look for someone else to blame. We don't like to admit our faults, but we must in order to be forgiven (1 Jn. 1:9)

And finally, make sure your approach to everything is immersed in the love that God demonstrates toward us and we share with others.

Be strong! Hang in there!

God bless and have a great day!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

Click here to listen live! "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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