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7 days ago

FISH Ministry
SOMEBODY BIGGER THAN YOU OR I God is infinitely bigger than you or I. The student of the Bible can but stand in awe of His might, and His works. He often uses men to accomplish astounding feats of faith, but it is always in His power, and not in the power of human endeavor alone. Few, very few are privileged to be trail blazers as was Moses of old. So, it is somewhat easier to identify with Joshua as a successor to someone who has gone before us. One can only imagine what burden was in the heart and mind of that great man as he contemplated the looming battle of Jericho. He had led the army of Israel in battles during the 40 years of wilderness wondering, but he always had Moses to look to, and lean on. Now, the ball was squarely in his court. Jericho lay before Israel as the first battle of conquest of the Promised Land. This was big, really big, and it would be no surprise to learn that he could have been feeling mighty small for task. Admirably, he sought solitude for contemplation and prayer as the enormity of his responsibility pressed heavily upon him. It was in that environment that something quite unexpected happened. There appeared before him a person with a drawn sword. This led Joshua to question the character before him as to whether he was for Israel or an enemy from Jericho. The answer he received brought gladness and huge relief. The stranger said, “Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.” Joshua 5:14-15. As it was marvelous to Joshua, so it is to the people of God today. We are not alone! God gives us great and mighty things to accomplish, and we often wonder how we are going to get them done. The survey of strength, resources, and wit are too often turned inward on self. Let it be remembered that only God can do the work of God. People are instruments in His hand, blessed to be used of Him, but it is God who clears the way. It is God Who empowers His Word. It is God Who works on human hearts, and it is God who gives the increase. If the increase eludes or seems more insignificant that it should, it just may be that we have not yielded ourselves to the Captain of the Host of the LORD! His way is not our way, but it always accomplishes just what He wants done. He should be explicitly trusted in every endeavor, in confronting any obstacle. He is infinitely bigger than you or I. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

FISH Ministry
Here is the link to the videos of sermons and the well done memorials report at the ABA meeting this past week. vimeo.com/962163389... You may need to paste it in the top search window of your computer. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

FISH Ministry
SEEKING KNOWLEDGE OF RESURRECTION POWER There is an attainment alien to planet Earth. It outranks all other possible possessions in worthiness of pursuit. Among men, gold, silver, diamonds, and pearls are universally accepted as wealth, and the years of life are given to acquire them, and what they represent. But there is another that pales the treasures of earth. Prerequisites are essential to the ability to pursue the treasure of which I write. Being born from above, and committed to obediently following God in New Covenant relationship are those prerequisites that open the door to that opportunity. Think of it in the context of the apostle Paul. God used Paul as He did no other. Paul also had things men seek in life: the best education, friends in high places, and rank in his Pharisaical world, to name a few. Yet, in Philippians Chapter Three, he listed some of those, but went on to say they were all counted but loss, even as a pile of dung in comparison to the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. He wanted above all other things to know Him better, and especially the power of His resurrection.Few understand much about resurrection's possibility. Jesus was a man, but He was also the Creator God of the universe. Since the wages of sin is death, it was possible for the man Jesus, Who knew no sin, to die only because he voluntarily took upon Himself the sins of men. But the man, Jesus was formed of flesh and blood of this world. However, the life in the man Jesus was the eternal God Himself. It is not possible for Him to die. But it was possible for the God Who lived in the man Jesus to re-enter the human body of Jesus, changing it into a glorified state. That has specific and profound meaning to His people. The Spirit of the Living God which dwells in His people is life, and it is not possible for it to die. To this point Jesus forthrightly declared: “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:26. The everlasting life Jesus gives to those who repent of sins and accepts Him as their personal Savior begins at the moment that happens. It never ends and cannot end because it is everlasting. What that means is that though death claims the flesh on earth, the life-force or spirit returns to God Who gave it to await the command of the Master to reunite in a glorified body like unto His own. The interim is not inactive, but chock full of glorious awareness that pales that of earth. Hallelujah! We join Paul in pursuit of a better knowledge of that, his prime directive. He lives! We live! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

FISH Ministry
A CAVE OF RETREAT I Kings 19 is a most interesting chapter in the Bible. It is interesting from a number of viewpoints, not the least of which is application to the life of the Christian in modern times. Readers are encouraged to read the chapter again. It is about Elijah, a great prophet of God who had gained a monumental victory over the forces of false religion in his time. But there would be no time to rest and savor the victory. Jezebel, the wicked queen of the northern nation of Israel was furious over Elijah’s action and vowed to kill him. It was time for Elijah to run. The emotional pendulum had swung fully. The prophet was distraught. Having fled to the southern parts of Judah, he sat down under a tree and asked the LORD to let him die. He had had more than enough in standing up for God in the face of such pervasiveness of evil. Exhausted, he slept under the tree. But, an angel awakened him and bid him to eat. Behold there was a baked cake of bread and a bottle of water. This happened twice, and the angel told him his journey was great and food was required. The journey took him to a cave of refuge. There God wanted to know what he was doing there. Elijah recounted the event of recent past and how his life was being sought as a lone witness of Jehovah. It was then that God demonstrated His power before the prophet in fire, earthquake, and whirlwind. But God was not in those things. Immediately thereafter, a still small voice repeated, “What are you doing here Elijah?” The prophet was made to understand that he was far from alone in standing for God and His righteousness. Additionally, God was the source and protector of his life, and He had yet a work for the prophet to accomplish. It is not unusual for God’s people to tire, not because of the way so much as in the way. The Lord’s work among men has always been small compared to what seems mountains of falsehood. It becomes easy for the consecrated Christian to tire, to seem overwhelmed, to seek a cave of refuge, but God’s work is out there among the multitudes who desperately need to know and receive God’s forgiveness, love, and hope. We all do well to learn from the experience of Elijah! ... See MoreSee Less
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