Just recently I read a book about five evangelists God used in revival: George Whitefield, John Wesley, Asahel Nettleton, Duncan Matheson, and Howell Harris. Of course there have been many others God has used in bringing revival - but reading about these five caused me to ask a question: What will it take to again reach the nations of the UK with the Gospel?
Each of the five above mentioned evangelists, and many others like them who have been used by God in revival and reaching nations with the gospel have one thing in common: they each were unashamed preachers of the gospel. I don't know about you but in terms of the age and culture in which we live, an age which sees the preaching of the gospel as old fashioned and irrelevant, and a culture in which attempts to 'encourage people to 'make their peace with God' through various methods that can seem to compromise at least some gospel truth, I believe more than ever that we need to regain our confidence and conviction in the preaching of the gospel.
The gospel does not change, God's standards do not change, the hearts of men and women have not changed, and neither has I believe the main biblical method of evangelism - that of preaching the Gospel. Indeed the state of the Church and of evangelism should lead us to ask the same question a well known evangelist posed recently: Where is the raw, declaration of the Gospel message: Sin and Salvation - Heaven and Hell - Repentance and Faith?
In past times the preaching of the Gospel bore great fruit, as it does in many other nations today - may our prayer be that in this hour God will raise up evangelists, as I believe he is doing, to faithfully proclaim the Gospel, and that Churches and Church leaders will work with these evangelists in reaching the nations with the Gospel.
I would like to suggest five things I believe it will take, both for individuals who are called to minister the Gospel, and individual Christians across the land, to reach these nations of the UK:
1) PRAYER - there has been no real, authentic move of God without there first being a move of prayer. We have seen in recent years an increase in prayers initiatives across the UK - however, I believe it is time to pray for the evangelists, pray for doors to be open for them, pray for opportunities for the Gospel, pray for their protection, pray for their relationships with Churches, pray for souls to be saved - PRAY!
2) BOLDNESS - In Acts 4 the scriptures tell us that the religious leaders saw the 'boldness' of Peter and John, and later we read they prayed for 'boldness' to speak the word (Acts 4:30) If we are to be serious in reaching out then we will need boldness. Boldness to stand up for truth, boldness to proclaim the gospel, boldness to stand against adversity, boldness to share our faith.
3) LOVE - We can claim to have all the spiritual gifts we like but if we don't have love the scriptures tell us we are no more than a clanging bell! Could it be that there are too many clanging bells around? Jesus said that the world would know that we were His disciples if we 'had LOVE one for another' (John 13:35) Not only are we to love one another but we are also to love those who have not yet made a decision to follow Christ.
4) TRUTH - The truth of the Gospel is powerful. It is life changing. We must not alter, change or depart from this truth. We must stand for it, hold on to it, proclaim it! In a world in which people are searching for answers we need to be carriers of the truth, and declarers of the truth. We dare not meddle with the truth when eternal destinies depend on it!
5) PERSEVERANCE - or tenacity. This means we will have to be persistent, determined, firm, resolute, relentless and single minded. The Bible says he who wins souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30) We have to have a resolve that nothing will shake us from the path God has called to. However hard it gets, whatever we face ( remember Paul faced shipwrecks, whipping etc and he kept going!) we must keep going, we must keep our faces towards Jesus the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2) We must keep praying, we must keep proclaiming, and we must keep going!
We need a mighty move of God and a wave of salvation to wash over the UK - lets pray and work to that end... NOW IS THE TIME!
Steve Mullins ( @drybonestrust )
So the new year has arrived. The old has gone, the new has come. For many the start of a new year brings renewed hope, fresh inspiration, and incredible opportunities. For others, not a lot changes. Despite our best efforts to make new years resolutions, the aim of which is to bring some kind of improvement to our lives folks can still be stuck in the same routine, faced with the same problems and issues that blighted them last year and overwhelmed with dilemmas to which they can seemingly find no way out of.
It's ok to make a new years resolution, that's one thing - but to CARRY that decision out in practice is something completely different! However, in reality, we can try and make as many 'life improving' decisions as we like, but at the end of the day the only real hope people can have is to be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I am so glad that Hebrews 13 verse 8 says ' Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today, and forever'. That means HE can change peoples lives - today!
- The gospel message that we have to share does not change.
- The hope that message brings does not change
- The truth of the gospel does not change
- The power of the gospel does not change
Do you get it? NOW is still the day of Salvation! While we have breath in our bodies, TODAY is still the day of salvation!
We still have the opportunity to take this life transforming message of good news to so many who need to hear it.
This year NOW IS THE TIME UK is looking to run a number of three night evangelistic events across the UK - we'd love to work with you in your area and help you get this UNCHANGING message of hope, joy and truth out to your community - so get in touch today and lets work together to see the unchanging message of salvation through Jesus Christ bring change to people's lives!
Steve Mullins ( @drybonestrust )
15 Evangelists from across London recently gathered together for the launch of the 'London Regional evangelists network'.
The network, which not only aims to bring evangelists together for mutual support, fellowship, prayer, worship and looking at ways to resource local churches in mission and evangelism, is part of a wider vision to see networks established across many regions of the UK.
We are in the process of looking for other evangelists across regions of the UK to start a network in their area - if you are interested please get in touch!
My prayer for you as you read this week’s blog is that the Holy Spirit will minister to you and bring divine healing.
I have been thinking about the way in which our body repairs itself. Cuts, whether deep or shallow, go through a process. Scar tissue becomes fibrous and replaces normal skin. When we damage the soft tissue, whether internal or external the body takes control and begins healing the wound. Deep scars take a long time to heal and rarely disappear totally. Shallow scars take
different times to heal, some go completely others leave a faint mark that gradually fades with time. Healing is dependent on the initial physical damage and can be aided and hindered by what is going on within the body itself. The scars, regardless of depth take on a different form and have a permanent weakness.
I got to thinking about the deep and shallow hurts that we get on a daily basis. Words of condemnation, thoughts of failure, shame, accusations both false and justified and so the list could go on. These wounds are rarely seen on the surface but they are as dependent on our ability to heal emotionally and spiritually as our physical healing. They open a door to weakness,
susceptible to further scarring.
There is a saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Amazingly this was first recorded in a Christian publication in 1862, the meaning of which we know suggests that one should remain calm and not respond to words. The issue with words has been long term, Jesus had the perfect response (Matthew 27:12, Luke 23:10) which reinforces the sentiments in the saying. Yet it cannot be denied that words cause hurts and as
such we need to look to the scripture for the source of healing so that scars do not form
hindering our walk with Jesus and our fellow humans.
Jesus gave us the perfect way to heal emotional and spiritual scars completely so that they do not hold us back from fulfilling the higher purpose to which we have been called. “At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, "Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven ?" Jesus replied, "Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21 -22
Deep or shallow, Jesus does not want scars to be a weakness in our walk. I know that the Holy Spirit will bring revelation of scars that He wants to bring healing to; I would encourage you to take time now to listen to God’s still small voice. Now is the time for restoration, for the weaknesses to become strengths. Forgiveness, first and foremost allows the wounds to be healed. Forgiveness towards the accuser, forgiveness releases the hurt, forgiveness releases the pain.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Tina Russell-Mott ( @AgapeTina )
I first chose the subject for this blog post near the beginning of Lent. This has been a real blessing as it has meant that during Lent I have focused on the cross, what it means on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and how it relates to prayer. In one
sense I am barely scratching the surface so I am focusing on just a few things for each day.
On Good Friday we see Jesus dying on the cross in our place because of our sins, and on Easter Sunday we see an empty cross and an empty tomb because Jesus has been raised from the dead. When we pray we must always have both these in mind, whether consciously or sub-consciously, as they will affect how we pray.
When we think of the cross on Good Friday it is the place of repentance and forgiveness, but on Easter Sunday we see it as the place of hope and victory.
If you don't know Jesus then now is the time to come to Him in prayer (which is simply talking to God). You can turn away from your sins and leave them at the foot of the cross. If you believe that Jesus died in your place then you can walk away and be free
from those sins forever. This is what Good Friday is about; it is the first half of the Good News (or Gospel) that you can now be dead to sin.
On Easter Sunday both the cross and the tomb are empty, Jesus has been raised from the dead. The second half of the Good News is that just as Jesus was resurrected from the dead so you too can have a new life in him, and can live this life because the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is now living in you.
Paul talks to the Roman Christians about what it means to be ‘dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord’ (Romans 6:11, please read all of Romans 6:1-15). This is what Jesus death on the cross has done for us. Prayer is central to this new life, what could be more natural than to talk to your natural father and God is now your Heavenly Father. It is also through prayer that you can know his enabling, and his power at work both in and through you.
It is because of Christ's finished work on the cross that we pray from a place of victory, not of defeat. On the cross Jesus said, 'It is finished' (John 19:30), and it was. Whenever we pray we must stand on the completeness of his work, and in the power of his blood which was shed for us.
Jesus was raised from the dead; he ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of Father God in heaven. (See Philippians 2:1-11) We are seated with Him in the Father's presence and in a place of power and authority. (You might want to read my last blog post ‘What’s your praying position?’ which talks about this.)
Jesus is also praying for us in heaven which he can do with understanding. (See Hebrews 4:14-16) He knows what it is like to know physical and emotional pain, to feel abandoned, and to be betrayed. Because Jesus died on the cross we can never say to him, ‘Oh, you can’t understand’, in fact we can understand so little of what he went through, not the other way round.
All this is amazing, but there is even more! God doesn’t just give us just enough, he gives beyond what we could ask or imagine. It is from heaven that Jesus baptises us in the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1:1-9 and Acts 2:1-13) and gives us blessing and power beyond imagining, and enables us to pray as he is praying (See Romans 8:26-27).I shall look at prayer and the Holy Spirit in my next post.
Lord Jesus, help me never to lose sight of your cross, but help me to know that I can always come to you in repentance for sin and live my life in your power and in victory. Thank you that you are no longer on the cross as you were raised from the dead and are now seated in heaven next to your Father. Thank you for the cross, Amen.
Theresa Grant ( @theresagrant3 )
I was impacted by one of the comments made towards the end of Christ for All Nations School of Evangelism in January “Purpose in your heart, that you are not affected by people who don’t see, to dominate what you do see”. This made me think about the people around me who have influenced my ministry decisions. I also thought of the challenges that faced Jesus and later Paul in the early days of ministry whereby they were rejected. I am encouraged by the testimonies found in scripture that show the encounters that they had and the way in which they reacted.
As I read through Acts 17 I realised that there were things that I could learn from Paul’s testimony and help me to “purpose my mind”. I was also struck by the similarities to the parable of the sower. In Thessalonica Paul went to the Synagogue on three Sabbaths and reasoned from the scriptures (Acts 17:3), some were persuaded but there were some who weren’t. In the same town the scriptures testifies that “devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women”, joined Paul. Paul always went to the synagogue first, he had a strategy but who came to accept Jesus was out of his control. The result of his obedience, some of His words fell on stony ground others fell on fertile. But regardless of the reaction Paul and of course more so Jesus remained faithful to their purpose. They did not get aggravated, they did not lose focus and they didn’t lose heart. They “purposed their heart”. There are similar accounts in the verses that follow (take a few moments to read them).
We know that Jesus said if you are not welcomed in peace shake the sand from your feet, leave in peace, continue to preach the Gospel and pour out Grace. Paul did this, knowing that he had the personal presence of God in him. This was an encouragement for me. I have the personal presence of God in me in, the Holy Spirit. Todd White followed the above comment with “Walk and function fully in the Spirit” and later “the motive always needs to be populate heaven” and “love needs to be always a motive”. I know that it is God’s love that will turn those with harden hearts, the lost, the atheist, the agnostic and the sceptic to him. It is the truth that sets captives free, he will use me as a vessel; I need to walk in obedience to his will, fully submitted to the Spirit.
At times it is a challenge for me all to walk the path of ministry. There are times when all is going well, but there are times when the words of others affect me to the point of straying from the path that God has directed. The comment mentioned above, encouraged me to return, return to whatGod had shown me. I understand the uniqueness of my calling. Likewise what he has shown you is unique. No one else can fulfil the purpose nor will they have the means by which to fulfil the mandate. He has set your path, he already knows who you will meet, who you will take the Gospel to... heal... comfort...empower... Awesome! He has the provision ready, the timing, the venue, amazing!
The comment says “Purpose your heart”. Now is the time to go back to what He has asked of you – preach the Gospel. Pray for the sick. Walk in humility “Purposed your heart” to fulfil the mandate, “Purpose your heart” to populate heaven, “purpose your heart” to walk in love.
Tina Russell-Mott ( @agapetina )
I wonder if you knew that you only had hours to live, what would you do? Visit loves ones, get your finances in order, maybe make some calls... whatever the case would be for you personally, I can tell you what you would do: You would do the thing that was most important to you while you still had time.
In 1 John 2:18 we read 'Little Children, it is the last time:...' That is to say there is not 'another time'. We are not here just in preparation for 'another time' This is the time, this is our time and it is the 'LAST' time. The seconds are ticking away, the clock counting down 'til Jesus returns will soon strike midnight!
What are we to be doing in this 'last time' - what is important? Well while we have health in our bodies, and a calling on our lives, there is one important thing we should be doing - making sure we are living out the life of grace that God has enabled us as christians to be partakers of. 'NOW is the day of salvation' (2 Cor 6: 2) the bible says. Now is the day of God's grace. We are never promised a tomorrow - we only have today, we only have NOW. Don't miss the opportunities God is sending your way. Don't leave things too late.
My son is coming up to his main school exams soon and I have been emphasing the importance of revision. The revision has to be done now - it will be too late to revise on the day of the exam. He has to make the most of his time to revise now if he is to do well in his exams.
The same applies to our lives.... we need to make the most of the opportunites God gives us now, whilst there is time. Jesus said in John chapter 9 ' I must do the works of him that sent me, while it is still day: The night cometh, when no man can work.'
Someone once said 'Life is not a dress rehearsal' - they were right, this is it. Just as Jesus had his 'now' time, so we have NOW to do what God has called us to do. One day I will not be here - I will have died. I don't know when that day will be. You do not know when you're day will come, but when that day comes for each of us it will be too late - 'the night cometh when no man can work'
I am not meaning to be negative, for those in Christ, for those that have trusted Jesus and know Him as Saviour and Lord, the sting of death has been dealt with,Hallelujah!! A day will come when we enter into eternity to with the Lord Jesus forever - what a joy that will be!!
Until that day comes however, we need to be alert, watchful, prayerful, and sharing the love of God and the gospel wherever we can - we must work whilst it it still 'day', while we still have opportunity and still have time.
Steve Mullins ( @drybonestrust )
I have been reading Acts since my last blog for Now is the Time. I have been dwelling on a few things and want to share them with you. I can’t say there is a theme or even three points but as an evangelist I believe that God brings forth revelation at an appointed time.“Now is the Time” to share these simple thoughts.
The testimony of Saul’s conversion on the road to Emmaus was supernatural, yet prior to this he was known for his fervent execution of the Law and persecution of people of the “Way”. The first time we hear of Saul is at the stoning of Stephen; the witnesses laying their garment at his feet (Acts 7:58) and his approval of Stephen’s death (Acts 8:1). Saul the persecutor, (Acts 8:3; 20:22) taught by Gamaliel, an eminent Pharisee and freeman of the city. His fervent persecution of followers of the Way (9:1-2), was tireless. Little did he know of the “Power” of the risen Christ. God had a plan to change this man, to supernaturally speak. God’s timing was perfect, for Saul the road to Emmaus was his time to experience the Grace of God, that unconditional forgiveness
Imagine God whispering to Ananias in Damascus, giving him all the details of where to go, who to ask for and what to do. I was thinking that Saul’s reputation could have influenced Ananias to be more like Jonah (Acts 9: 10-18). The difference was that Jesus had preached the Kingdom of God. That repentance was the way to have communion with God. Ananias was under a different covenant. Both Saul and Ananias heard the voice of God, one was rebuked the other encouraged. Later Saul would also be encouraged. God was doing a new thing in Saul’s life. His reputation could have stopped his ministry before it had started. Saul may have had a life changing experience but the disciples in Jerusalem didn’t know that (Acts 9:26)! God provided an advocate for Saul, Barnabus. For Saul, this was the turning point, his “Now is the Time” moment. Saul was encouraged by Barnabus, but it still took an attempt on his life by the Hellenists to convince the disciples (Acts 9:29). Nothing or no one will hold you back from what God is calling you to, this is your “Now is the Time”. Look around you, who has God placed close by to be your advocate?
In between the conversion/commissioning of Saul and the travels of Peter is a verse that speaks of peace, edification, fear, comfort and increase. The disciples had commissioned Saul, he spoke boldly and the Holy Spirit was free to be and to do. This is thought provoking, what can be learnt? Why was this verse in this position? Lord, what are you saying to the church today? Positive thoughts please... “Now is the time” to rise up, speak peace, edify the saints, walk in the fear of the Lord and allow the freedom of the Holy Spirit. Alleluia!
Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. (Act 9:31)
I have recently been released from an evangelistic charity. It was a time of challenge, a time of questions, a time of sadness and a time of rejoicing. I was challenged by the circumstances that surrounded my release, I found myself questioning my gifting, my friendships, what was I to do? There was sadness at the timing but rejoicing in what was to come. As I read through Acts, I was encouraged by the testimony of Barnabus and Saul. They ministered togethe(Acts12:25, 13: 5) and were commissioned together (Acts 13:3). God’s perfect timing for them.
Two things struck me,
Firstly, Barnabus and Saul had equal standing (Acts 13:2) and were united when they were commissioned. Together they invited “John whose surname was Mark” to go with them (Acts 12:25). Later, John Mark left Saul and Barnabus and returned to Jerusalem. John Mark was not indispensible, neither was his ministry finished. For Barnabas and Silas this was their “Now is the Time” to move into a new season (Acts 15:22)
Secondly, there came a point when Saul and Barnabus separated. The word says “contention became so sharp” (Acts 15:39). Barnabus knew that God was a God of second chances, and more, I suggest that this is where his support of Saul and later John Mark (Acts 12:25; 15:37) came from. Saul was opposed to this, hence the division. I was encouraged to read that both
continued to evangelise the lost and equip the church (Acts 16:5), fulfilling the great commission:
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Mat 28:18-20
“Now is the Time” to release the Holy Spirit to be your enabler, “Now is the Time” for you to find your Barnabus, “Now is the Time” for your to edify, equip and empower the saints, “Now is the Time” to take the Gospel to the Saul’s of your generation.
Tina Russell-Mott ( @AgapeTina )
'My prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling!' If you haven't said this yourself, I'm sure that you have heard someone else say it, but can this be true? Where are you when you pray? Are you on earth, in heaven, or both at the same time? And does it matter?
When we pray heaven and earth are connected, we see this from the Lord's Prayer, 'Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven' (Matthew 6:10). As Christians we want to see God's kingdom here and his will done on earth in our own lives, and in the life of his church. The problem is that many of us struggle to know what this means in a practical way, and so use 'Thy will be done' as a get out clause when we are unsure how to pray about a particular situation. When this happens I would recommend praying in tongues as the Holy Spirit guides us. If He then speaks to us about the situation then we will be able to pray with understanding, if not then we will still be praying with our spirits guided by the Holy Spirit.
As a non-Christian we can only pray from an earthly perspective, all we see is the physical realm and we are spiritually dead, Paul says that we 'were dead in trespasses and sins' (Eph 2:1).
All this changes when we become Christians. God has 'made us alive together with Christ' (Eph 2:5 NKJV), our spirits are now alive instead of being dead. This means we can communicate with God as our spirit is touched by his Holy Spirit. Prayer is now no longer a seemingly one way communication, we can actively listen to God as well as pray to him. After all I cannot hold a real conversation with a dead person, but I can with someone who is alive.
It does not stop there. God has 'raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus' (Eph 2:6). We are no longer earth bound creatures, we are restored to be creatures of God's presence. God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of day, but when we are restored in Jesus we have a far greater inheritance. We are now seated in heavenly places. We are seated, we are at rest in God's presence. In one sense we do not need to strive when it comes to prayer, although in other ways we do. We do not need to strive as Jesus victory over sin and death is complete, we can do nothing to make it more complete. It is done, it is finished! We can rest in that victory.
We are in heavenly places. We are no longer just bound to earthly things, to an earthly view or to hear earthly things. We now have a place in heaven itself. We can now say that we can see and hear God's word like the OT prophets. This means that like Jesus we can know what the Father is doing and pray and act accordingly. We can all know what God is saying and can pray
It is amazing that we now live both on earth and in heaven, but how does this impact on our prayer lives.
If you have ever doubted that God is hearing your prayer then you need to ask for his forgiveness, and ask him to change how you think! Don't worry he hears all our prayers all of the time, even if we don't realise it at the time.
We are in heaven, in the throne-room of the King. We are talking to the King. Ask him to show you how to pray, if you came into the presence of an earthly monarch you would want to learn about what they are doing, it should be the same with God. A good place to start is from your Bible reading as praying Scripture is powerful. We also find that as we seek to pray and do the King's will in our lives, then our prayers and requests will come more in-line with His and we will see ourprayers answered to a greater extent.
Heavenly Father, help us to know the reality of all we have in our new life in you, that we now live both on earth and in heaven. Thank you that Jesus work on the cross is complete, and that we pray from a place of victory not defeat. Lord, help us to learn to listen to you more and more, and know the reality and glory of heaven in our lives and the lives of those around us. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Theresa Grant ( @theresagrant3 )
God is a God of the 'NOW'.
If you are like me, most days there just does not seem to be enough 'time'. So many things to accomplish in the 14 hours or so that we're awake: Work to do, shopping to do, places to visit, family to look after - the list is endless. Would it be any different if we had a 36 hour day? or a 40 hour day? Would life become 'less' busy because we had more 'time'? Somehow I think not. We would still find things to do with our time, we would still be 'too busy'.
Although God is eternal, and is not restricted by time as we are, He has not left us alone in this world to just 'get on with it'. God has a purpose for this world, God has a purpose for you and God has a purpose for me. The psalmist wrote ' My times are in thy hand;' (Ps.31;16) This is a comfort for the Christian. To know our times are in his hands, that our heavenly Father looks after us, protects us, provides for us and much,much more.
We need to dwell on that phrase 'My times are in thy hand' - our time is in God's hands! That means God is in control. Our lives belong to God and therefore we should be concious of how we use our time, what we do what we say, where we go etc.
Ecclesiasties (3:1-11) has a long list of how time is appropriated in life: a time to be born, to die, to heal, to break down, to build up, to weep, to laugh - the list goes on. The writer in Ecclesiaties concludes in verse 11 ' he has made everything beautiful in its time'. Just think - God has made 'EVERYTHING beautiful'!
That seems so far from the world we see on our TV screens though, or the world we read about in the papers or on the internet. The world we see is a world that is broken, hurting, at war, in turmoil and distress, a world that looks far from beautiful. Could it be the case that the reason for this destruction in the world is due to the fact that so many people are living for 'Now' in a world as they see it, without a God who cares? A world of self centeredness and selfishness where they give no real thought as to where they will spend eternity?
The heart beat of anyone involved with evangelism is a heart beat for the lost, a heart beat of urgency.It is a heart that beats because God does care! The apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 6 '...Behold now is the accepted time. Now is the day of salvation' (v2). The greek word used in this verse for 'time' is 'KAIROS' meaning a 'season' rather than a defined length of time. God has not left this world to it's own devices, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on a cross so that all who put their trust in Him could be forgiven and restored to a new life which has meaning and purpose.
This is the season we are in. This is God's 'NOW' moment. This is our 'NOW' moment. We only have the days we are alive to make a difference, to be 'redeeming the time' (Eph 5:16). We only have 'NOW', this 'SEASON', to share the gospel, to tell people about Jesus. So often we say we are waiting for God, but the truth is He is waiting for us - waiting for us to go - NOW - for 'NOW IS THE TIME!
Steve Mullins ( @drybonestrust )