Sunday, July 30, 2017

Examples Of Heroic Faith


Something to make you smile before today's sermon

How many Californians does it take to change a light bulb?
Four, 1 to screw in the bulb and 3 to share the experience.

How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?
Just one, but the light bulb has to really really want to change.

How many morons does it take to change a light bulb?
50, 1 to hold the light bulb and 49 to turn the house around.

A POEM ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE INSURANCE COVERAGE

I have an insurance policy written in the blood of the Lamb
Sealed by the cross of Jesus, redeemable wherever I am

The company will never go bankrupt; It's bonded by God's promised truth
It will keep every word of its contract; exactly what it says it will do

I don't have to die to collect it; no premiums do I have to pay
All I do is to keep God's promise; And walk in His holy way

No collector will ever come calling; It was paid on calvary's tree
It insures me for living and dying; and for all eternity


     OK, today let's learn about several heroes of faith that I pray in Jesus name will teach us how to walk with our Lord Jesus. First, pictured above we see the disciple Peter who caught fish on the sea of Galiliee-many fish. One day at the call of the mighty one from Nazareth named Jesus, he left his nets and followed Jesus whose only promise was that he should some day catch not fish, but men.

     Matthew 4:18 tells us 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. And He saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets and followed Him.

     Jesus told Peter to launch out into the deep and leave his comfortable job and home to win souls for Jesus. Peter fully obeyed and pictured above as a result on the day of Pentecost, Peter threw out the gospel net, and 3000 men squirming under the conviction of sin more than fish that jerk and quiver under the hot sun of the beach were landed for God. 

     I pray in Jesus name that anyone who ever reads this will be like Peter and be willing to launch out into the deep (making time to tell everyone about the Lord Jesus) and become fishers of men winning souls for our Lord Jesus. Like Peter, make a voyage under the good hand of God from the shallows of just catching fish, (to taking time out of our schedules to witness Jesus to lost sinners) on a voyage of winning souls and catching men for God.

     Right now, Brother Bob like Peter is throwing out the gospel net to anyone on this earth who reads this story. Right now get saved and repent, making a decision to stop sinning and make Jesus God of your life. Daily say I am crucified with Christ and covered by the blood of Jesus. Tell the devil daily, the blood of Jesus has overcome you, evil must pass over me, and the blood of Jesus has cleansed me of all my sins. And remember after you get saved. to give your life purpose and meaning like Peter win souls to our Lord Jesus. Proverbs 11:30 says the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

     Alright, next pictured above we see a hero of faith named William Carey who was the first missionary to the people of India. William Carey was willing to leave England and sail on a boat all the way to India to share the gospel of Jesus and win souls. Wow, Mr. Carey was willing to travel months on a ship over the stormy seas to see lost sinners in India get saved when no planes and cars existed in 1793. 

     On May 31, 1792 William Carey preached greatly and mightily at Nottingham England the great sermon that gave rise to our modern missionary movement. Right now say out loud William Carey's blessed sermon and be willing to reach out to save lost sinners all over this earth for our Lord Jesus. Say Attempt Great Things For God; Expect Great Things From God! When William Carey arrived in India, he put this sermon into practice.

     On November 11, 1793, the very day on which the French revolutionists tore down the cross from Notre Dame France and smashed it in the streets, celebrating atheism while they mocked Christianity, William Carey landed at Calcutta, India and claimed a new continent Asia for our Lord Jesus.

     William Carey was determined to translate the bible into the many languages spoken in India. As William tried to witness Jesus to the people of India, his little son died. As a result, William Carey's wife became insane and almost killed William one night. And then William's wife died. But William continued to have faith and got remarried, while he kept on witnessing to the lost sinners of India.

     After William Carey became a master of a dozen languages spoken by the people of India, he met a friend who helped him buy a printing press to print and distribute the bible he translated to thousands of Indian people in their own tongues. And William Carey built one of the finest colleges in India to train people about the Lord Jesus. 

     Today because of William Carey, millions of people in India are saved and believe in the Lord Jesus, having legible bibles in their own Indian native languages. Wow, William Carey truly is one of Brother Bob's heroes who voyaged from a mere thinking of great things to mighty achievements for God.  Like William Carey put your thoughts to save the lost for Jesus into practice and use this internet like Brother Bob to tell people all over this earth about our Lord Jesus.


     Our next hero of faith pictured above is Adoniram Judson who was a missionary to Burma (now Myanmar) in the 1800's. Adoniram and his wife decided to travel months by boat over the Atlantic Ocean from America to Burma to win lost souls to our Lord Jesus. Friend reading this anywhere, we shouldn't say we don't have time to witness for Jesus when Adoniram was willing to travel months over the stormy seas by boat to Burma to win lost souls for our Lord Jesus. When Adoniram Judson set his face toward Burma, there were great pulpits wanting him. And some, when he, with his wonderful voice, turned aside from these offers called his burning desire for the foreign land a wild nightmare of a disordered brain. 

     When Adoniram arrived at Burma, he discovered that England was at war with the tribes of Burma. As a result, the king of Burma thought Adoniram was an enemy and locked Adoniram up in a lonely prison cell. But, after England won the war with Burma, Adoniram was released from prison and able to witness Jesus to the native people of Burma. It took six years for Adoniram to win his first Burmese convert to Jesus. Wow, what determination; Like Adoniram remember to rejoice when just one soul is converted to our Lord Jesus. There is joy in the presence of angels when just one sinner repents. Today say I will at least win one soul this year to Jesus and have the angels rejoice in heaven.

     Adoniram Judson like William Carey was able to translate the bible into the languages spoken by the people of Burma. After obtaining a printing press, Adoniram Judson distributed many bibles to thousands of people in Burma in their native tongue. Today because of Adoniram Judson millions of people in Burma are saved and have come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. All because of this hero of faith (Adoniram Judson) who for Jesus survived many long days in a prison cell weighted down with heavy chains to complete a successful voyage to win multitudes of Burmese people to Jesus in the deepest of the deeps for God. I pray in Jesus name, that we all can be like Adoniram Judson and launch out into the deep for Jesus and save multitudes of people all over this earth to the Lord Jesus.

     Alright, our next hero of faith is John Bunyan who preached about Jesus in the 1600's. When John Bunyan was a young man, he was a sinful dissolute (immoral person cussing all the time) tinker ( a handyman that traveled everywhere to make repairs) living in the muddy shallows of an unclean life. Unhappy in his own thoughts, vile and low, John Bunyan came to Jesus and to Jesus yielded his all.

     John Bunyan began to preach about our Lord Jesus everywhere he traveled. The government of England told John that he would be placed in jail if he kept talking about Jesus. After John like the apostles kept preaching about Jesus, the English leaders put him in jail. While in jail, John Bunyan would preach Jesus every day to the jailor. When the jailor got saved, the jailor secretly released John Bunyan from prison. But, the English leaders found John and placed him into prison again.

     While in prison, John Bunyan in the 1600's wrote the book pictured above named Pilgrim's Progress. This book Pilgrim's Progress crawled out from John Bunyan's jail cell, where he remained for 12 years, and this book walked up and down more bypaths and traveled more highways and knocked at more doors and spoke to more people in their mother tongue than any book save the one Book, the Bible, which is beyond all books as the river is beyond the rill (a tiny stream) in reach.

     As Demosthenes was the first orator and Shakespeare was the first dramatist, John Bunyan was blessed to be the first allegorist for our Lord Jesus. I encourage all my friends to read John Bunyan's gem called the Pilgrim's Progress that is an allegory that reveals the hidden meanings of the bible through stories, poems, and pictures as a man named pilgrim journeys victoriously over the devil to the celestial city kingdom. 

     I pray in Jesus name this little bible study blesses multitudes all over this earth. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at rz9tlm@gmail.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.      

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