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September 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

He Speaks

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I think of you. May you ever be strengthened in your inner being by drawing closer to our precious Heavenly Father through the reading, studying and applying of His Holy Word.

You are reading the Word of God, aren’t you? If not, I want to encourage you to get into the habit. Make no further delay. Be rid of all excuses. There is no other exercise that will have such a profound impact on your life today and your destiny tomorrow. It is nourishment for your very soul and without it we surely starve. Indeed, Jesus declared, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Regrettably, many Christians are dying of hunger due to the sheer laziness of the undisciplined life.

Frederick Buechner writes: “We are to hear. All of us are. That is what the whole Bible is calling out. ‘Hear, O Israel!’ But hear what? Hear what? The Bible is hundreds upon hundreds of voices all calling at once out of the past and clamoring for our attention like barkers at a fair, like air-raid sirens, like a whole barnyard of cockcrows as the first longs shafts of dawn fan out across the sky. Some of the voices are shouting, like Moses’ voice, so all Israel, all the world can hear, and some are so soft and halting that you can hardly hear them at all like Job with ashes on his head and his heart broken… Somewhere in the midst of them all one particular voice speaks out that is unlike any other voice because it speaks so directly to the deepest privacy and longing and weariness of each of us that there are times when the centuries are blown away like mist, and it is as if we stand with no shelter of time at all between ourselves and the one who speaks our secret name. Come, the voice says. Unto me. All ye. Every last one.”

Will you accept His gracious invitation? Will you feast at His table today? Just think of it: What would happen to APCN and to our homes if we – the Body of Christ – would more deeply believe the truth – God speaks! God speaks to me! Speaks to us! Come, let us partake of these wonderful words of life. If you need help finding a Bible reading plan, just let me know. There would be no greater joy for me today than to help you get plugged into God’s Holy Word. In closing, I invite you to pray the following prayer with me: Dear Jesus, this day do not let me forget that I cannot live by bread alone, that like you I must have words from the mouth of the Father. May your Divine Word find its proper place in my life today. Amen. 

You are Loved!
Pastor Jason Stevens

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