Devotion to the Word of God

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart; for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16) KJV

When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies. (Jeremiah 15:16) NLT

Jeremiah was devoted to the Word of God.

This verse shows his great devotion to the Word and the resulting effects which included his call into service. To look into the details of this verse about Jeremiah’s devotion to the Word, we note his pursuit, partaking, pleasure, and placement.

Pursuit.

“Thy words were found.” (KJV) “I discovered your words” (NLT)

You will not find the Word unless you look for it. This says you will not learn much Scripture if you do not study it. “Search the Scriptures” (John 5:39) is one of the keys to finding great truths in the Word. Our lack of learning of the Word is often a lack of industry in pursuing the Word. “Thy words were found” also says that when one moves to a new community, he needs to look for a church where the Word is preached faithfully. Do not settle in a church where the Word is not preached.

Partaking.

“I did eat them.” (KJV) “I devoured them.” (KJV) “They are my joy and my heart’s delight.” (NLT)

After the finding comes the feeding. Many get new Bibles but never read them. This is like filling your cupboard with food but not eating the food. Some do not eat the Word because of poor appetites. They have filled their soul with the junk food of the world (such as TV), and so they are about as interested in the preaching and teaching of the Word as children are in vegetables.

Pleasure.

“Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.”

If you get into the Word faithfully and “eat” the Word spiritually, you will find it a great delight to your soul. But most people have little delight in the Word. They are like those Jeremiah spoke to whom “the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach, they have no delight in it” (Jeremiah 6:10).

Placement.

“I am called by thy name.” (KJV) “I bear your name.” (NLT)

This means Jeremiah was called into service for God. If you are devoted to the Word of God, you will have a place in the service of God.  Being devoted to the Word of God is absolutely essential if you want to truly serve God. Unfortunately, many churches and mission boards ignore this basic truth. This results in workers without a message and hence without value.

 

By John Butler,  Butler’s Bible Reading

The Second Reformation

During this morning reading from R. Dwight Hill, Facts of the Matter: Daily Devotionals.

“The first Reformation put the Bible in the hands of laymen; the second reformation will place the ministry in the hands of laymen.” – John R. Stott

Ever wonder why we are so sluggish in reaching the world for Christ? If so, consider this:

A few years ago I was attending a conference of Christian leaders when a businessman stood up and asked, “How many of you came to Christ through a ‘full-time’ Christian worker?” Out of the 5,000 delegates, (98% of whom were “full-time” Christian workers) about 50 people stood up.

He then asked, “How many of you came to Christ through a layperson?” The rest stood up.

Historian K. S. Latourette observes that throughout the history of the church, whenever the Word of God was put into the hands of laymen, the Gospel tended to spread like a prairie fire. When, the Word of God remained in the hands of the clergy, evangelism ground to a near halt.

It is significant to note that Jesus’ primary approach to world evangelization was to selectively invest His life in 12 laymen for three years. When He had completed His task of discipling, He then commissioned them to go out and repeat the process. The command, of course, applies to all of us:

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you… “(Matthew 28:19-20a)

They obeyed, and that next generation of believers “turned the world upside down.” (Acts 17:6)

So, which method, do you think would prove more effective in impacting the world with the Gospel?

  1. Imagine 20 Billy Grahams daily reaching 20,000 people for Christ, or

(2) One layperson discipling another for a year, after which the two of them would split off and each disciple another, etc.

The answer: In 30 years the Graham method would reach 2.9 billion people with the Gospel, while the one-to-one approach would reach 8.5 billion.

QUESTION: So, tell me, are you, as a lay person taking Christ’s “Great Commission” seriously by investing your life in others with a view toward their salvation and/or spiritual maturity? If not, what explanation do you plan to give your Heavenly Father the day you face Him in eternity?

Meditating on who God is

In Revelation 3: 20 Jesus said, “If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share (time) together as friends.”
John Calvin wrote, “All Scriptures must be received as if God, appearing in person, visibly & full majesty, were himself speaking.”
The Bible is a unique book. It is one of the oldest books in the world, and yet it is still the world’s best seller. It is a product of the ancient Eastern world, but it has molded the modern Western world. It is the most quoted, the most published, the most translated, and the most influential book in the history of mankind. From God to Us, Norman L. Geisler, p.7
In Genesis 24:63 we read that Isaac, son of Abraham, took time to be alone with God; he enjoyed meditating on who God is.
Did you heard His voice and open the door of your heart to let Jesus in your life? You cannot find a better friend than Jesus.

Rubbish

I hope that you will enjoy this great devotional from Vance Havner in his book ‘Consider Jesus’.

“… there is much rubbish.” Neh. 4:10
At was another device of Satan to stop the building of Jerusalem’s wall. Outside opposition had failed so he started boring from within. The burden bearers were weary and so much rubbish had accumulated that they grew discouraged.
If you are building a life upon the one foundation, Jesus Christ, you will face the problem of rubbish. You cannot build a house without the accumulation of odds and ends, broken pieces, waste material that must be destroyed; nor will you build a life without the rubbish of mistakes, wrong calculations, the inevitable odds and ends that result from our weaknesses and limitations The devil would point to all these and break down your spirit. But you will save much trouble if you learn to expect some rubbish and, in spite of errors, go right on with the building. We do not exonerate the rubbish; we merely recognize it and keep hammering away, forgetting the things behind.
Many a minister has broken down because he had to work with such faulty helpers in the church, so many mistakes were made, so much time and money were unwisely used, that the rubbish and weariness overwhelmed him. But there are no perfect churches nor deacons nor choirs this side of heaven, so a little of Nehemiah’s wisdom is sorely needed. Our Lord had to work with most discouraging disciples. There was much rubbish. One betrayed, another denied him. But he built his wall!

2017 Costa Rica Mission Trip

“And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:9-10
‘Hagalo ya’…Do it now!
‘Hagaloya’ is a Spanish word that means ‘Do it now’. ‘Hagaloya’ seems to resonate in Paul’s ears.
Scripture describes him as a man of action, sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. “Christ’s love controls us.” 2 Co 5:14
My son Pierre and I are so glad for the open door God allow this coming fall to go help physically and spiritually this Baptist church. Pastor Jose wrote “Our congregation is currently averaging 125, we just baptized our last six new converts… This brings joy to the leaders since the vision for our church planting (2013) has been since the beginning to witness to our community with the Gospel of salvation and to edify our new believers so we all become fully developed disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Pierre will help building some Sunday school classrooms as well as cabinets for the restrooms and kitchen area. I will be their main speaker for the church first Missions Conference in October.
Pierre and I realize that alone we cannot do it. We invite you to be part of the Team. Your prayers and financial support will help us achieve the goals.
How you can help:
• First and foremost is prayer; this is God’s work and God’s work always starts with prayer.
• Since there are some costs involved for the construction and travel, your financial involvement is also very important.
For a tax deductible receipt, financial contributions should be sent in the name of
Purdy Community Church
13 Centreview Rd,
Cumbermere, ON K0J 1J0 Purdy Community Church
B/N 1075606691 RR 0001
Please don’t forget to indicate on the cheque “Costa Rica construction project”.
Pierre Paul Gaucher
Cell 343-364-8477
Email: woodpecker915@yahoo.ca
John (Jean) Gaucher
Cell 705-262-6331
Email: johngaucher@gmail.com

John O Gaucher M.A.
Pierre Paul Gaucher E.T.

After two years of silence I am back!

Opening my Facebook this morning was a “see your memories” of 3 years ago”. The picture was taken during my last mission trip in Costa Rica. Joining was my dear wife Ginette, youngest son Brian, dear Tico fiend Arturo and I. So much took place in my life the last two years; moving, updating the house we bought, finding new friends, etc. that kept me away from my Blog page. Many times my heart wanted to get back and visit dear Ticos friends (that’s how Costa Rican call themselves), but the door was always closed. Lately the door is open.  With my oldest son Pierre Paul we will fly this October. I met Pastor Jose Gutiérrez during my last trip and a beautiful work is taking place. Jose planted this local church about nine years ago, the work is now flourishing.  On Jose invitation, Pierre will use his craftsman skill to help build some kitchen and bathrooms cabinets, and some portable walls for the Sunday school classes. I will be the main speaker for the first Mission Conference that ‘Templo Bautista Biblico’ (Baptist Church) will host. We certainly would appreciate your prayers. If you would like to know more about the project don’t hesitate to ask.