A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

The World – Are you a “fan” or a “follower”? – April 10, 2020

The difference between a fan and a follower lies in understanding what it is to be DEVOTED. Jesus was devoted to do the will of the Father, no matter what the cost.

God’s Word clearly gives us the promise that – “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being save.”

On condition that: “They DEVOTED themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. EVERYONE was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had EVERYTHING in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. EVERYDAY they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. AND THE LORD ADDED TO THEIR NUMBER DAILY THOSE WHO WERE BEING SAVED.” (Acts 2:42-47)

The Greek word for DEVOTED is “proskartereo”.

Definitions:

(1) To adhere to one, be his adherent, to be devoted or constant to one;

(2) To be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing;

(3) To continue all the time in a place;

(4) To persevere and not to faint;

(5) To show one’s self courageous for;

(6) To be in constant readiness for one, wait on constantly.   

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USA – The Passion of Christ – April 10, 2020

“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ – which means, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Our family will spend this evening in the Harvest Home at 7pm watching the “Passion of Christ” embracing the Cross of our Savior, Lord and King, Jesus Christ. If you don’t have a copy, please let us know, we have a couple of extras and would try to get them to you today.
“Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:3-4)
 
“We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake , so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.”
2 Corinthians 4:10-11)

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The World – Only forty-nine left for me, Dad – April 10, 2020

A young boy, the son of a missionary, had heard his father say to the native congregation that if each Christian in that particular city would win fifty to Jesus the entire city would be Christianized. Without reservation this twelve-year-old boy accepted his share of the responsibility. Every day he would pray for a boy friend of his who was a Hindu. Such successful personal work was done that after a few months the boy friend was baptized. Radiant with happiness the lad watched the baptism, and said to his father, “Only forty-nine left for me now, Dad.”
Oh, that our faith were so simple that we would look to the Master for power to win against the enemy of souls! 


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