Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Bethany Bullet - Week of January 31, 2016

“The Hereafter, Here and Now: Hear! Now!”

Most of us remember the “Can you hear me know?” commercials.  God too has a wireless network, it is called, “His people.”

That others might, “HEAR NOW” the promises of God, He appoints His people to speak.  While radically different in terms of look, language, and location each of God’s children receives this call
  • If God can use 8 year old Josiah and 80 year old Moses…Can He not use us? 
  • If God chooses both a PhD in Pharisee (like Paul) and a man who only knew life on the sea (like Peter)…Can He not choose each of us? 
  • The Lord who called someone with a questionable past (like Mary Magdalene) and someone with a questionable passport (like the Samaritan)…Can without question call any of us! 
  • He sent one who was completely new but pressed into service (like Rahab) and some who had been with them from the beginning but had not yet been tapped (like Matthias)…So too He sends each of us!

No matter where you come from or what you’ve come out of, no matter if you’re brand new or for as long as you can remember you’ve been a part of…God declares that through you He intends for others to “Hear” Him “Now!”

The matter of “Hearing Now” is a matter of the HereAfter on two levels.  First, we are to communicate the promises of God made complete in Jesus and those all ultimately flow into the promise of eternity: The HereAfter.  At the same time we are called to speak so the work of the church might continue here…after we are gone. The way we use our words and wallets, both our day to day work, and the witness of the way we live our daily lives are means through which others “hear” Him “now.” 

-Pastor Kevin Kritzer


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