FOR THE LORD SHALL COMFORT ZION

Isaiah 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

Recently I posted Isaiah 51:2 about Abraham being called alone because I can so relate to that. You can read that post… here. The next verse, Isaiah 51:3, speaks about the Lord comforting His people. I want to share just two of the things that really blessed and comforted me yesterday…

I wear a hat whenever I go out, a hat that proclaims Jesus. I pray almost every night that the Lord would use that hat to bless the saints and minister to the lost. Many times I get a joyful response from believers when they see the hat, and that is a wonderful blessing for both of us. It happened again yesterday, but for some reason yesterday was different. It made me tearful. A good kind of tearful, as in sensing the presence of the Lord. We were having lunch out when an older man passed our table. As he was leaving he turned around and gave me a thumbs up and a big smile. I responded likewise. I guess it struck me that no words were said, yet this stranger and I were both acknowledging our beloved Savior.

When we finished our meal we decided to go to a nearby lake just to sit a while and enjoy the view. When we sat down I noticed that there were several teens, boys and girls, hanging out at the pavilion next to us. I had seven little Bibles with me (they are really tracts in tiny booklet form) so I tried to count the teens. It seemed there were seven of them but I wasn’t sure. I was sorry I didn’t have more tracts with me, thinking next time I would be more prepared for any opportunity that the Lord presented. I hesitated quite a while about giving them tracts. I didn’t know if I had the courage to just walk into a crowd of teens. I waited and debated, should I do this, and then two of the girls walked away. I thought, there goes another opportunity lost because of my procrastination. But then they came back! I prayed and asked the Lord to help me, then walked over to the pavilion with my walker. I handed each one of them a little Bible. As I was handing them out I wasn’t sure I had enough, but there were exactly seven kids there, and I had exactly seven little Bibles! Each one accepted the little Bible, and they were all very polite. I’ve handed out many of those little Bibles over the years, but there was something special about yesterday. Again, it brought tears to my eyes, and I sensed the Lord’s presence again. The Lord knows how to comfort us, his “alone” children, as only he can!

I have a basket full of little Bibles in my home. I’ve been praying that the basket empties quickly and that I would have to refill it. Will you pray with me that the Lord would give us more opportunities to give out His Word, and to make His Gospel known. 🙏 🙌🏻 ❤️

LITTLE BIBLE TRACT

MY HAT

MY BASKET WITH SPANISH AND ENGLISH LITTLE BIBLE TRACTS

THE STORY OF FOUR MISSIONARIES…

This is the most I can remember of a story I heard about two couples who went on the mission field together. When they arrived at their destination they chose not to live where the other missionaries in the area were living because they wanted to live closer to the people they came to evangelize. They soon found that all the native people were very hostile to their presence, that is except for one young boy. The young boy often brought them food, and when he did one of the women shared the Gospel with him. A short time later this same woman tragically died in childbirth. Her husband became angry at God because of his wife’s death, and didn’t want his newborn baby girl. He returned to the main mission area with the child and there he met an older missionary couple who agreed to take the baby.

((It may be hard to believe but the other young couple also died. They were both poisoned. I don’t recall hearing any details of where, when or how that happened.)

The child was raised in the U.S by the couple and when she grew up she was told about her parents and the story surrounding her birth. She searched for her parents and was able to find and meet her father in the U.S. He lived a worldly life and didn’t want anything to do with the Lord. Searching further for information about her mother she was surprised to hear that a monument had been erected in honor of her mother in the town where she had been a missionary. As she continued to search she learned that the young boy that heard the Gospel from her mother became a Christian. He in turn preached the Gospel to the town’s people resulting in a revival. The revival spread to neighboring towns with churches being planted, and the people erected some sort of monument in remembrance of her mother for bringing them the Gospel.

The Lord brought a revival from what looked like an utter and complete missionary failure. What’s even more amazing is that one day she and the young boy her mother witnessed to all those years before just “happened to meet” at a Christian conference they were both attending!

We never know what the result will be when sharing the Gospel with someone. We witness and leave the rest in the Lord’s hands, trusting Him always, in all situations.

Hebrew 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Have you heard the Gospel?

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CHILD, THE LORD IS CALLING – A Poem

Our life upon this earth is short,

The days are few, at best.

One day, unknown, we’ll leave this world,

No doubt, like all the rest.

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To school we go, learn all we can,

For temporal life prepare.

But if for death, we do not plan,

Dear child, we’ve greatly erred.

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Tomorrow this, tomorrow that,

Who said it would be ours?

Much promised in the Word of God,

But not unending hours.

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Another thought, why walk this earth,

Without the Savior’s hand?

He’ll comfort, guide, and help us through,

This very weary land.

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Religion is so popular,

Fruit of the devil’s seed.

Dear child, do know, if that’s your hope,

You’ll truly be deceived.

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The Lord is calling, can you hear,

There’s hope, while there’s still breath.

Now is the time, to change your course,

Before the day of death.

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The Spirit and the bride say come,

Be born again today.

You may not have another chance,

Dear child, please don’t delay.

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Christ crucified, and then arose,

The Gospel that we tell.

By grace, through faith, is how we’re saved,

T’was Jesus taught of hell.

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Repentance, faith, believe we must,

But still we do not boast.

Salvation is a gift from God,

Receive the Holy Ghost.

Cathy White 2007 ©

MODERN DAY PREACHING

I’ve been listening to a few street preachers online that have a very large following of young people. Street preachers are good if their teaching is solid, but I’ve heard some very disturbing things from the few I’ve recently heard. One preacher was at an outdoor venue “teaching” young women. His language was so sexually graphic that I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Never in my over 30 years in the Lord have I heard anything like it. This preacher travels the U.S. street preaching and planting churches. He also casts out devils from born again believers, and also while he’s baptizing new believers! What torment must this LIE bring to the hearts of young believers new in the faith!

And it’s not only this one preacher. Others I have listened to have also used inappropriate graphic language. And one I listened to berates some who obviously are not saved and disagree with the Gospel message, calling them idiots and more. These are not one time occurrences. Another “Protestant” street preacher comes to mind who teaches baptismal regeneration. Baptismal regeneration is a false Roman Catholic doctrine.

These are young preachers and I am old. Street preaching has really changed over the years it seems. What really grieves me is that these preachers have a VERY large following of young people. The young people love them. Their fiery zeal is very alluring. But obviously truth mixed with error is very dangerous. Young people, our children and grandchildren, can easily be drawn in. These preachers are very popular on YouTube and thereby draw many to join them in their street ministry.

Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

Our young people need to read the Bible and know the Scriptures for themselves. I would tell my grandchildren when they were young children “that if you don’t remember anything else that I tell you remember this… know the word of God for yourself so that you will not be deceived.”

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

As I read the YouTube comments and read the chats I see that these preachers are idolized by the youth. There’s a rare one here and there that is discerning and addresses some of the things that I have mentioned. You may find these preachers in you neighborhoods. That’s concerning. It’s good to know these things so we can take heed and warn our young.

Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

It grieves me to write a post like this. The youth need our prayers, and so do these preachers.

ARE YOU SAVED AND IN YOUR WAY TO HEAVEN?