And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion of them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-38)
In a single passage of scripture, our Lord has laid before us a challenge and our purpose. We are living in a world that is suffering anguish and violence. There is a desperate need for THE SHEPHERD. Many people are distressed and downcast searching for both foundation and meaning. The passage of scripture stated above teaches us that there is simple opportunity to share both the shepherd and His gospel. All we need to have is a revised vision. I mean by that, one that is focused outwardly.
“The fields are white unto harvest”. Interpretation: Opportunity surrounds. We need to be willing to take advantage of those opportunities while they exist. We will be amazed at the power of the Word of God to change hearts and lives. We just need to put it to use. That is our assignment.
-Michael Crowley, Sr.
Change is hard on all of us. But for those who wish to make some changes there is a sure way to accomplish it. Daily bible study and application (the latter is the difficult part), is the only genuine and effective method which we can use to really make changes in our lives. We will also gain as a benefit from that study, a much deeper faith.
Change will come but it will not come without conflict. Remember, habit is a tool often used by the Devil. He actively opposes our attempts to make the changes which will please the god we serve. The weapon most effective in countering his attacks according to the apostle Paul is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Knowledge of the Bible is invaluable when you encounter the power of darkness.
The Bible tells us that our God has “put eternity in our hearts.” That simply tells us that God has given us direction for our lives. It is up to us to make the necessary course adjustments. This involves change. Once again, That is hard on us, but with our Lord’s help, we, like Paul…”can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Make the changes while you have the time.
-Michael Crowley, Sr.
We read in II Corinthians 5 that we as Christians have an identity crisis. We find ourselves inhabiting a worldly, physical body with all of its imperfections and limitations. We know, somewhere deep within us, that our time on this earth is limited. And we also know that there is more to this life than what is seen with the eye.
It was C.S. Lewis who said, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
The fact is that God made us for something more than just this earth…something much better than this earth. In reading II Corinthians 5 we find that our God “prepared us for this very purpose,” that is to inhabit a “house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Since we are a people who have a marvelous inheritance waiting for us in heaven shouldn’t we want to be a people of purpose? A “purposed people” are those who are seeking to be well pleasing unto God.
Why not join us in worship this Lord’s day as we examine God’s eternal purpose for us?
– Mike Crowley
“What is truth?”, Pilate asked of Jesus long ago. The Bible answers the question in the Gospel of John, Chapter 17, verse 17;
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
The search for truth should be a high priority for us as we journey through this life.
We must approach the study of the Bible with a desire to discover truth. We must be willing to read the Bible and allow it to speak to us. We need to try to understand what is actually being said. The Biblical truths we find need to be incorporated into our own lives.
“Ah, you have me there”, a research scientist once said thoughtfully, “I’m not sure I can take the risk. It might mean leaving my job and becoming a missionary or something.” This man was not joking. Indeed, few people are that honest. Also, we can offer him no guarantees as to what demands his conscience might make of him.
It is important that you and I come to the study of the Bible not to prove what we already believe, but to discover what we must believe. Only then will we be truly, students of the Bible.