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November 2021

Advent Message of God's Rule

Today is the first Sunday of the Advent Season. The first day is an announcement of God’s rule over the whole land. The Lord proclaims deliverance to all peoples. He rescues those who are down and helpless. Will you do the same?

“In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” (Jeremiah 33:15. ESV). “Watch out and keep praying that you can escape all that is going to happen and that the Son of Man will be pleased with you (Luke 21:36. CEV).

God is pleased when we seek out justice in our lives and proclaim His rule among our friends and into our neighborhood. Will you go and make this announcement? God is here and desires for you to share His deliverance for all peoples.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Luke 21:33)

Made Me Think

“Your talk today made me think of my neighbor, and how I can find ways to share the gospel with her,” Mary J. shares with me at the hallway right after church. “She says she is a Christian but she also believes in some Eastern religions and does different pseudo spiritual practices.”

Last week, I was in an Illinois church sharing about God’s work in Asia and preaching a sermon on “becoming a source of God’s comfort to the people around us.” From time to time, people like Mary J. would come and give some feedback. I appreciate these few times when I would hear God’s people expressing their Christian faith and engaging with the missional principles I am sharing during my sermon. That Sunday, I paused and made sure of thanking Mary J. for sharing her thoughts about my sermon. God’s word is alive. I always look forward to the day when every community of faith brings God’s words out to the streets and into the world, making God’s love alive in every word we say and every step we take.

At the conclusion of my chat with Mary J., I suggested to her to focus on sharing with her neighbor on the life and teachings of Jesus. I told her that these usually bring people in and engage them in honest and relevant dialogue. She agreed with me. I left that church with a greater sense of fulfillment, not only as a missionary, but also as a teacher of the Word of God.