I’m sorry to be delayed posting The Prayer Link this morning. Our electricity was off when I got up and just came on.
Physical training is good,
but training for godliness is much better,
promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.
~1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)~
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” Philippians 2:10
Mike Benson, Editor
HOW MANY OF us have heard folks say, “They just won’t be baptized…?”
“What can we do to persuade them to be baptized?” These statements seem to overlook the greatest challenge of salvation for most folks. Have you ever seen one who believed in the Lord (John 8:24), was not ashamed, but willing to confess Him before others, (Matthew 10:32-22; John 12:42-43) had repented of their sins (Luke 13:3, Acts 26:20, 2 Corinthians 7:10) and not be baptized? I’m sure there are exceptions, but the general rule in Acts is that penitent believers asked to be baptized.
Repentance is a change which begins in the mind which changes lives. In Acts 19 the city of Ephesus, the home of the Temple of Diana and capitol of worship to this goddess, was presented with the Gospel of Jesus. For the pagans to become Christians, what changes did “repentance” demand? In verse 19 they brought their books of magic into one pile and burned them. The value was 50,000 pieces of silver. This was a considerably large sum of money. Books were valuable passions and very expensive in those days. Remember Jesus was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15), which brings their sacrifice of burning their books into perspective. Instead of selling them and advocating false doctrine, the repentance of the Ephesians led them to suffer financial loss. A second sign of their repentance was the fear their actions brought upon Demetrius the silversmith. He was in the business of selling shrines of the goddess Diana. He realized penitent Christians changed their behavior. Their change in behavior would mean they would no longer buy his shrines. The more Christianity spread (the more people repented) the less business he would have! He started a riot, hoping to defeat Christianity. Some are never willing to repent, others give up all!
Jonathan Winchester is a fine young missionary we worked with in El Salvador. He wrote me this note:
“We had some good and sad results. The area where we worked was one of the poorest and most dangerous in Ica, Peru. One woman had decided to be baptized, and had changed into the baptismal robe, but then decided that she could not. She knew that repentance was necessary. She told us that her only way of providing for her children was to go out and steal people’s wallets, and she knew that she was not going to stop.”
Should she have been advised to be baptized anyway? What would God say? “Repent or perish” (Luke 13:3). Folks do not need to be “talked into baptism.” What folks need is to be taught the doctrine of Christ and see if they are ready to repent! Penitent believers have always responded by saying, “What hinders me from being baptized?” (Acts 8:36). David Shannon
Then Peter said to them,
‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins…”
Keto Day 5
Posted: 12 Nov 2010 01:13 PM PST
Well we made it home and things haven’t been that great. The actual preparation for my meals isn’t nearly as hard as my mommy expected. The hard part is getting me to eat which we never thought would be the problem. We actually thought I wouldn’t get enough to eat. Well we were very wrong. I don’t want to eat now. In fact, I gag and sometimes vomit. I have really had a rough start. Hopefully I will get use to it and stop gagging. We have not noticed a change in my seizures. Yes it is very early but we were hoping to see a little change. We are not giving up yet. My mom has a phone conference Monday with the herbologist. We are hoping she can help us in some way. When you pray for me tonight, please pray that we will not get discouraged. We are doing everything possible and we just can’t get relief for me. It’s very hard to stay positive at times like this but we are trying our best. We know God will help us through this and that everything will happen in his timing.