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Posted by Oscar Graves on Sunday, May 28, 2017


Simon Peter said to them,” I am going fishing.”  They said to him, “We will also come with you.”  They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.  (John 21:3; all Scripture NASB)

 Classic television programs and commercials feature signs on businesses which read, “Gone Fishin.”  People fish to get away from problems, to relax, or to spend quality time with family and friends.  Other people fish either to feed their families or to make some cash.  Fishing proves quite necessary for various reasons.

  Peter and the disciples fish for any number of reasons.  Some people claim that Peter intended giving up his discipleship.  Others state that he simply needed a break.  He certainly enjoyed fishing and found success in it.  He could use the opportunity to earn extra income during the waiting period.  However, something greater arrives.  Jesus rewards the disciples with a nice catch, and this serves as an example of greater things to come.  They will fish for men and produce a bountiful supply of souls for God’s kingdom.

  Matthew 4:19 reminds the reader of Jesus’ will for his disciples.  “And He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’”  The Lord wills that all Christians fish for people in order to make disciples for his kingdom.  People enjoy the luxury of fishing for food, but the greatest joy comes from spreading God’s Word and winning souls for the kingdom of God.

 Will YOU go fishing for men each day? 
Continue Steadfastly,
Oscar Graves

4 Things That Turn People off of Christianity That We are Trying NOT to Do

Have you ever been in a restaurant and lost your appetite because of something that happened?  Perhaps you found a hair in your food or the person handling the money didn’t wash his/her hands before preparing your food.  Sometimes, spiritual appetites are lost in the same way.  There are four things that some Christians do that cause people to lose their spiritual appetites.  
 For Christ to live in us, our hearts have to be pure and holy (Matt.5:8; Phil.4:8).  No one is perfect, but we must strive to live up to the standards we teach others from Scripture.  


A cynical worldview, a depressing outlook, or a complaining attitude do not speak well of one’s faith in an all-powerful, all knowing, all-sufficient God.  One reason the first century church   multiplied so rapidly was because men could see their hope (Acts 2:42-47).  Keep your hope “lively” (1 Peter 1:3-4).        


The servant of the Lord is to be gentle, not gruff (2 Tim. 2:24).  Instruction is to be given in meekness, not meanness.  Satan loves harsh teachers, for they drive men in his direction and often harden hearts to the point that loving teachers have trouble getting through the scar tissue left behind.  Speak the truth, but speak it in love (Eph. 4:15).  “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city; and their contentions are like the bars of a castle” (Proverbs 18:19).    


Answers to others are to be given with respect (“fear,” 1 Peter 3:15).  A holier-than-thou attitude cools off the interest of those asking.  We must not be “highminded, but fear” (Romans 11:20).
If you have lost your appetite at a restaurant, did you decide never to eat again?  No.  Did you vow to prepare your own meals from now on? Probably not.  If someone professing to be a Christian has disappointed you, don’t reject Christianity altogether.  Find a better place. Feed your soul.

Wade Webster – housetohome  Vol 21 #2


A certain missionary wrote that in one of the great temples of Japan the devotion of the worshiper consists of running around the sacred building one hundred times and dropping a piece of wood into a box at each round, when, the wearisome exertion being ended, the worshiper goes home tired, and very happy at the thought of having done his god such a worthy service.

We think this unspeakably silly, and yet, is there much difference between running around a temple a certain number of times, and driving to a church building, sitting quietly through the service and driving back?
Unless we go to the meeting house prepared to worship God and enter whole-heartily into the worship letting our soul draw near unto God by singing with meaning and feeling;  Unless we allow our hearts to be lead in prayer and pray to our Almighty Maker sincerely from our heart in faith;  Unless we give of our means liberally and in a cheerful manner to our Creator;  Unless we listen to the words of the preacher and strive to glean out words that apply to us  and will aid us in better serving our God and not just applying all that we hear to someone else;  Unless we partake of the Lord’s Supper in a worthy manner thinking of the great sacrifice that Jesus made for us and desiring to serve him more;  Unless we do all of this and thus really worship God rather than merely attend at worship period – we are just as foolish and unreasonable as the Japanese runner.
Jim Sheerer
HV 11/27/1960