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Our Guest Pastor Jerry was reading from the Message Bible, the book of Acts 1: 9-17; 21-26. I share some of the gleanings from his message as I took notes.
Acts 1:14 They agreed they were in this for good, completely together in prayer, the women included. Also present was Jesus' mother, Mary, and his brothers. (Message Bible)
A large group of believers had just witnessed the final instructions of Jesus and had seen him ascend into heaven. An angel had comforted their fears, and told them to go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise as he had requested of them.
As they congregated in the upper room where they usually met for prayer, a decision was made that they were not returning to fishing, or their previous occupations.
Instead they were going to carry this new message that Jesus is alive, to the world - - for the long haul. There was no turning back.
We are in this for GOOD they all agreed!!
The assembly included many women in the group of about 120 who met in this upper room.
A resolution was made to select one of their brethren to take the place of Judas. Peter declared, “It must be one who had been a witness of the ministry of Jesus, of the empty tomb and of the ascension into heaven by our Lord.”
The selection was made by drawing lots and Mathias was chosen. Actually nothing is heard of him again in the Scriptures. They were firm in their decision to go forward, and were in this for good.
The Pilgrims came to America for the greater good.
The body of Christ with the many denominations, divisions and camps are telling the old Gospel story and God isn’t finished with his church yet.
There is always a new beginning, and our choices reflect that we are committed as we say in the marriage vows declare - - till death do us part. We are Not turning back - - We will never give up !!
May You are I declare with them that we are in this for Good.
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