The Name and Fame of Jesus

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“There is salvation in no other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Act_4:12).

There is only one name that opens heaven’s doors and God’s heart—the name of Jesus. There is only one name that breaks the power of sin and sets the captive free—the name of Jesus. There is only one name worthy of all praise, and deserving of your allegiance—the name of Jesus.

Early on in His public ministry the name and fame of Jesus spread like a prairie fire on a windy day. People all throughout the region—rich and poor, king and commoner, Jew and Gentile—all heard of Him; for His fame was ever-increasing.

His death on the Cross did not have the effect the rulers of the day had hoped. He rose from the dead and His followers became invincible in their faith—so much in fact that in ever-widening circles the number of disciples increased vastly in Jerusalem; and many of the Jewish priests were themselves converted as well.

Paul the Apostle, a few years later wrote, “Finally, dear brothers, as I come to the end of this letter, I ask you to pray for us. Pray first that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and triumph wherever it goes, winning converts everywhere as it did when it came to you” (2Th_3:1, Living Bible).

Jesus Christ!
He is peerless in His exaltation,
unrivaled in His Lordship,
incomparable in His grace,
invincible in His power,
unassisted in His work as Redeemer,
matchless in His mercy,
adored in His glory
and worshipped in the beauty of His holiness.
In His birth is our significance.
In His life is our example.
In His death is our forgiveness.
In His resurrection is our hope.
In His Second Coming is our consummate glory!

Isaiah spoke for us all when he said, “Lord, Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts” (Isa_28:8, NIV).

Friends, we live in a fallen world where hostilities toward God run high and hot. For this reason we must become men and women of vision, passion, discipline and risk—laying ourselves out for the high honor of one Name alone…the name of Jesus.

It is a bold act in a day when all other names are exalted but this One, and to associate with this One is scandalized with every argument the mind of man can muster. But when all is said and done, and the debris of man’s fallen empires lays in shamble at Heaven’s door — Jesus will be there to welcome you, saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Today’s thought – The God Who Listens

apr22 004the Farmer’s cactus has such spectacular blooms
in comparison to the humble-looking plants.

Good Morning

“I love God because He listened to me.” Psalm 116:1

God knows everything and everybody;
and everything about everybody.
He knows even that which is yet unknown to anybody.
There is no thought, idea, invention, place, person, plan,
or purpose which He does not know all there is to know about.
Imagine, then, the wonder of His genuine attentiveness —
“He listened to me.”

Have you ever tried to say something important or
personal to someone who wasn’t listening?
Oh, sure, they held eye contact,
only occasionally glancing away at some passing distraction.
And they nodded at appropriate moments,
and even muttered a muted grunt while you were speaking.
But, despite their feigned interest,
the moment they get a chance to reply,
they either fire back some trite response
that has nothing whatsoever to do with what your were saying;
or, they quickly excuse themselves with some pressing need
that somehow suddenly came to their mind. Bye.
But God is not like this.
He listens.
Obviously, it is not for what He may learn —
for He already knows.
So why does He do it?
Because it gives Him pleasure —
the pleasure of seeing, hearing and enjoying our learning process,
and the passions that stir our hearts in life.
When you pray, therefore,
do it with the awareness that He is the God who listens,
and is delighted to do so.
Your words matter;
each one is carefully weighed by the Master of Words;
each phrase is turned over
and examined with artful care in His great heart.
And He appreciates with Fatherly pride
everything you think and say.
And, having listened to you,
He will also speak.
But here’s the question —
do we then listen to Him? Rylie

Am I listening . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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