8-20-17 Today’s Scripture Matthew 4:18-20King James Version (KJV)
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
A song from “From The Heart of an Old Farmer” “Make Me a Fisher of Men”
v.1 Help me, Dear Lord, to plant a seed in someone’s doubting heart, I know I can not on my own. Your perfect peace impart But with Your guidance let me be a witness to Your Word, show me how my sinful heart can make your truth be heard Chorus
.v..2 Help me, Dear Lord, to recognize when someone comes along who needs a friend to comfort them in times of want or need and to hear the thing you say. So many times throughout my life I haven’t stopped to heed, those who need a helping hand in times of want and need.
v.3 O Holy Spirit guide me; as I try to spread Your Word. .Help me to remember all the lessons I have ever heard. Help me to make a deference as I walk life’s rocky trail. Help me give a doubter hope, please don’t let me fail.
Chorus. I hear my Savior call, “Come here!” He beckons me “I need your help to save lost souls, for all eternity, You’ll a fisher of men, if you listen to my voice, and all who heed my message, will thankfully rejoice!”
D.F. Don Cooper
Sometimes God Sends Angels
Sometimes God sends angels to help in times of need;
He knows when we can’t help ourselves in either word or deed.
Those times when answers seem to hide, though right before our eyes;
We wish that we could jar our mind, when answers it belies.
I do believe in angels, they’re part of god’s creation;
They intervene from time to time in what may be our station.
I believe that God directs whatever part they play;
And if it is His will, they’ll guide our earthly way.
He sent the angels long ago proclaiming Jesus’ birth.;
That proclamation still resounds everywhere on earth.
It’s part of what we celebrate every Christmas Day;
The songs and Bible verses we loved to sing and say.
Be careful when you meet someone who leaves you struck with awe;
It could be an angel, sent by God, is who you met and saw.
I sometimes feel their presence, walking among us all;
To set us straight, to pick us up, whenever we stumble or fall.
17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,” and “Because going to the Father?” 18They kept asking, What does he mean by “A little while?” “We don’t understand what he is saying.”
19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are asking one another what I meant when I said, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me? 20Very truly I tell you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will greave, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets her anguish because a child is born into the world. 22So with you: Now is your time of greaf, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, My Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.
Today’s NIV Bible Reflection Mark 10:13-16
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. i15 “Truly I tell you; anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will not enter it.” He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.