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with Pastor Jon Courson

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A Message From Jon

Greetings and Grace to each and all!

As we are presently studying through Leviticus on our Searchlight broadcasts, some may wonder why we would bother with going through such an "arcane" or (as some would say) such an "irrelevant" book.

Why not just stick with The Gospels, or Paul's Epistles?

My answer to such questioning is very simple.

Jesus our Master said (quoting the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy no less!), "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

And "every word" in the Hebrew language means ... every word!

In fact, Jesus built an entire doctrine, an essential doctrine, concerning the afterlife based on the tense of a single word from an Old Testament passage when He said concerning God "I am the God of Abraham...," not "I was the God of Abraham..." (See Mark 12:18-27).

Now in so saying, He was declaring God is presently the God of Abraham, thus Abraham who died 2000 years before, is still alive ...in Paradise!

In this same passage in Mark, Jesus told those who were denying the eternal state of man that they had "erred because they knew not the Scriptures...," referring to that Old Testament Book of Exodus.

You see, a single word from the Book of Exodus made a world (quite literally!) of difference in their understanding of destiny and eternity.

No wonder then that Paul (the human writer of much of the New Testament), emphatically states that "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction that the man of God may be perfect ...!"

So Fellow SearchLighters, let us continue on in our taking in "every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

Amen and amen, 

Jon


Daily Devotional
January 26
And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Mark 10:44-45
 
The easiest way to know if you’re a servant is by how you react when people treat you like one.

All too often, I’m afraid, my heart is, ‘Yes, Lord, I want to be a servant as long as people realize I’m serving. I want to be a slave as long as I become Slave Of The Year.’ If you’re gladly slaving in the nursery, in the kitchen, or in the Sunday School class without being noticed, appreciated, or thanked — yours is the heart of a true servant.

Does the Lord want us to be slaves because He likes to see us grovel? No, it’s because He’s preparing us for the Kingdom — for the next billion years — and He knows that the best exercise for strengthening your heart is stooping down to pick up someone else.

The best workout you’ll ever have is to serve others because in serving, your heart is strengthened. Others might not acknowledge you. You might not be rewarded presently. But when you move into the Kingdom, when the Lord says, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Father,’ — you’ll do so with a large heart and a huge capacity to enjoy eternity.

If you want to rule, become a slave. It’s a paradox indeed — but it’s true.
 

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Days Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Days Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.If you would like your own copy of "A Days Journey" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.