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Sing a New Song

Sing a new song. That’s the first command given in this text. A new song could be new in kind, one that has never before been heard. A new song could also be an old song you sing with new spiritual eyes. It may be a song you have sung hundreds of times, but because of some life experience, the song now takes on new meaning to you as you sing it. We are reminded in Lamentations 3:23 that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. Since that is the case, every day we should have a new song that stems from His new mercies.

Let’s begin each day with a “new song in our heart, since the Savior set me free.” (John W. Peterson) I think the day will go much better if we do.

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Singing for Joy

Singing enriches us and unites us in worship of the Lord. In this Psalm, the psalmist invites all to join in thanksgiving to God. But he gives a word of caution. He takes them back to a time in their history when their ancestors who came out of Egypt rebelled against God. They were unthankful for what God had done for them and their ungrateful hearts led to disobedience, which resulted in God not allowing that generation to enter the Promised Land. It’s a stark warning to us to always remember God’s blessing, provision, and protection and to be thankful. Let’s sing for joy.

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Reasons for Thanksgiving

Are you a thankful person? David gives us plenty of reason from our passage in I Chronicles 16 to give thanks. The central figure of thanksgiving is the Lord and David points out from their history how God has kept His Word. He is as faithful today as He was in the past and that faithfulness will continue. We have a great God worthy of our thanksgiving, worthy of all thanksgiving.

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Our Challenge in Witnessing

Learning to navigate some of the roads in very large cities can be challenging. It’s the same in witnessing. There are a lot of challenges and Paul in Romans 10 addresses three of them. He gives us the reasons for rejection, the results of rejection and then the remedy for rejection. Let’s take out of Paul’s life. May our heart’s desire be to see our friends and family saved.

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Our Clarity in Witnessing

From the text we will be looking, even the great missionary Paul requested prayer knowing that it is a powerful force when sharing the gospel. He asked his readers to pray for opportunities. He asked prayer for boldness. He asked prayer for clarity. He wanted to be able to clearly articulate the gospel when he spoke so that people would hear the message of Jesus Christ. May we pray for the same as we seek to share the good news.

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Upward, Inward, Outward

Pastor Jim takes us through a journey in Isaiah’s view of heaven as he first looks at God and His holiness. He is then introspective as he considers himself in view of the holiness of God. He concludes with accepting the invitation by God to go and preach the good news. Upward, inward, and then outward. When we see God for who He and what He has done in forgiving us, we should be compelled to go and share that great news with others. Like Isaiah, let’s accept the invitation to go.

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Partnership in the Harvest

Rev. Larry Pauley, from Slavic Gospel Association, concludes our missions conference weekend with a challenging message from John 4:31-38 with our need to consider the partnership of the gospel message as we endeavor to carry out the great commission. We must be stirred to action because we each have a part in the partnership.

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Our Character For Witnessing

We are called to be salt and light to a world that needs to see the gospel lived out. Our character should be such that people are drawn to the Savior through how we live. The faith we live out must be attractive. If our words don’t match our message, then we send a message that is unclear and repels people from the gospel instead of compelling them to investigate further the claims of Christ. Our character matters when it comes to being a witness.

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Our Courage For Witnessing

In Matthew 28 we have been given a commission by Christ to witness to the ends of the world. In Romans 1 we have been given the capability through the Holy Spirit to witness about Christ to the ends of the world. In Acts 1 we have the courage to witness for Christ because the gospel is the power of God for salvation. That power in the gospel gives us the courage to be witness, again to the ends of the world. Let’s put aside our excuses and get busy.

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Our Capability For Witnessing

In Matthew 28, we are given the commission for witnessing by the Lord. In the passage today from Acts 1, we are given the capability for witnessing. It’s not through anything in ourselves, it is through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. We can have all the tools and strategy but without the power of the Spirit, efforts to share the gospel will fall flat.