Spiritual Sustenance

 
 

Today is the most celebrated day in the Christian faith – Easter! Many people take this day to spend with loved ones, eat delicious meals, go to church, and catch up with old friends. All throughout the Old Testament of the Bible we see God preparing his people for the day of Christ’s physical resurrection! During the history of our world no greater miracle has occurred! As Christians we praise God for this miracle because without it we would have no hope of a resurrection of our own – both through the waters of baptism with Christ (Romans 6:4) and after death to be with Christ (1 Corinthians 15:53).
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What the Apostle Paul is saying in the above quoted passage is that since we know Christ was raised from the dead, we can be confident that we too as baptized disciples will live in heaven with God one day, so therefore, let us get to work! “‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest?’ I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.’” (John 4:34-35)

Jesus says that his food was to do the will of God. He loved the hard work! His sustenance did not come from the results, but solely from just getting the job done! In fact “harvest”, in the Greek, is “therismos” meaning “the act of harvesting” – a reference to the act of gathering souls and saving them into God’s Kingdom!

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God promises that our work is not in vain. Sometimes people can “burn out” or get overwhelmed by working very hard and then not seeing the results they had hoped for. However, we can be certain that God’s promises are true and our work for God is not in vain, there is fruit to our “therismos” if we are faithful! God has destined each Christian to have impact on those they are surrounded by. Jesus calls every disciple to be “fishers of men” (Mark 1:17), not necessarily “catchers of men”.  Although, if a disciple remains in Jesus they will bear fruit – other Christians!
(Matthew 28:19-20; John 15:8, 16)
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We thank God for the miracles we have seen throughout the North Quadrant and India World Sector which is comprised of: Syracuse, Chicago, Boston, New York City, and Chennai, India! Through the first quarter of the year Chennai has seen 12 baptisms! Excitingly, plans are in place for Christopher & Maria Selvi to plant Bangalore next year! NYC has witnessed 10 incredible miracles through the waters of baptism this year!

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In Boston the 25 sisters had 65 out to their Women’s Day last weekend! Also, after slow growth in the first two months of the year God blew it out with five incredible baptisms in March including the first disciple baptized from the prestigious Harvard University – Hamza, an ex-Muslim from Pakistan!

The Chicago Church has had 13 baptisms so far this year and a record Bring Your Neighbor Day attendance counting 431 people!
In the last ten weeks, Syracuse has had 10 additions to their fellowship and just added a new paid intern – Brison Hall!
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Truly God is using all of the World Sectors of the Sold Out Movement to “resurrect” many lost souls throughout the world! Brothers and Sisters, let us take time to thank God for Christ’s resurrection. If not for the light of the resurrection there would be no hope for this dark world.

To God be all the glory!
We are family…to the end,

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Joel R. Parlour

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