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TAKE IT OUTSIDE

Take It Outside

Read Acts 18:5–11

Frustration plagued Pastor Chuck. He preached evangelistic messages every Sunday, gave altar calls during the service, yet seldom saw new people come to the Lord. In fact, the baptismal tank had not been used in six months. People were not being saved in the church. The “good news” was not reaching the lost. Fortunately, the solution is simple.

Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized (Acts 18:7, 8).

Paul shared the message of salvation at the Jewish house of worship, but he often had better results outside the synagogue walls. Because of Paul’s outreach efforts, many people in Corinth found Christ and were baptized into the faith.

We can expect similar results. Since most of the harvest grows outside the church building, it’s best to look there first. Who knows—maybe the next candidate for baptism lives next door.

Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to help you witness to your neighbors.

—Charles Earl Harrel

“Pray that God would work actively in your local schools.”

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His Hand Extended

Hand Reaching                 His Hand Extended

                 Read Isaiah 6:1–13

After 2 weeks of missionary services at Full Gospel Tabernacle, Chuck knew what to expect. The format never varied. Missionaries greeted the church in a foreign language, talked about their mission, showed slides, handed out prayer cards, took an offering, and preached a message. Each night the same soloist sang the same chorus to the same people; then the service ended. A few stayed to pray but most went home.

However, something unexpected happened on the final night. The soloist began singing, “Oh, to be His hand extended, reaching out to . . .” Suddenly she stopped. Uncontrollable weeping spread throughout the sanctuary. Tears filled each eye. People everywhere were moving to the altars. Chuck hurried to the front too, found one spot left and took it. Then he heard the voice.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8).

Chuck heard a voice that came from within. The voice spoke to others that night as well. God’s call to the harvest manifests itself in different ways, but the message remains the same. His voice calls to you today.

Challenge for Today: Will you be His hand extended?

Quicklook: Isaiah 6:4–10
—Chuck Harrel

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