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October 27 - Evening

"for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

- Romans 10:13-15

Calling on the Lord is Faith

In Paul’s quote from the book of Joel (2:32) he says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” The use of the word “everyone” makes this inclusive to every person who “calls on the name of the Lord.” When a person “calls” to the Lord they are expressing some kind of confidence or conviction that he is willing and able to help them. Calling on God indicates faith that what God has revealed about himself is true.
When a normal person calls someone on the phone they only dial numbers they believe have the potential to be answered. So, calling someone’s number shows a level of faith. Calling indicates belief in the existence of the person being called and indicates faith that the person will respond.
But, of course, it is very frustrating to know who you want to call, but either can’t find the number or don’t know the number. At least, with minimum information you can look the number up. How hopeless it is if you don’t even know who to call? You know you need help. You know you want to call, but you don’t know who.
That’s where Paul takes Joel’s quote. After giving the universal promise that, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved,” Paul asks, “How can they call on the one they have not believed in?” If people do not know the information they cannot believe it. And, they cannot believe information if they have not heard the information. Thus, the need for someone to tell them the information.
Sent to go Tell -->  Hear -->Know -->Believe -->Call

How excellent are those words that communicate the information about the person who can help. Or, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” The person who hears the message now knows the promise of the one who can help. If the person who heard actually believes the message that they heard, they can call the one who can help.

We preach, teach and provide information. The person who hears decides if what they heard and know is true. If they believe they will call. Calling indicates they have believed and if they believe they will be saved.
One of the most beautiful ministries in the church is to be able to bring information to someone looking for the Lord’s number.
Onoma (Gr) - Name (Eng) - the Greek word onoma means name. A name often reflects the character of an thing or a person. A person's name can communicate that person's character.
Do I judge people for their lack of faith?
Do I expect people to call on the Lord when they know nothing about him?
Instead of judging and blaming people for their lack of faith and deeds, I will communicate information to them about God so that they have something to hear, know and believe.

Bible Reading Descriptions Here


(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text


Listen to someone
in need


Understanding of Grace
Freedom of Religion
Slovenia - faithfulnes and fruitful ministries there

The Gezer Calendar - contains some of the earliest Hebrew text which comes from around 1000-950 BC. The text is some kind of a calendar that lists the seasons and agricultural practices that was found in Gezer, Israel:
Two months of harvest (olives?)
Two months of planting (cereals?)
Two months are late planting (vegetables?)
One month of hoeing 
One month of barley-harvest
One month of harvest and festival (grain?)
Two months of grape harvesting
One month of summer fruit (or one last month?)

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Map of the modern Old City of Jerusalem.
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Someone to Quote

"God has already revealed Truth in his Word through the prophets and apostles. We do not get to make up our own version of Christianity, or create 'Jesus' from our own imaginations, emotions or mystical experiences. Jesus has already been revealed." - Galyn Wiemers

Something to Ponder

Council of Chalcedon (451) - condemned the heresy of Monophysite that taught Jesus could not have had two natures in one person.

Here’s a Fact

Along a fault line on the eastern shoreline of the Dead Sea near Bab edh-Dhra (possible Sodom) and es-Safi (possible Zoar) are three additional sites. Archaeologists (Rast and Schaub) found that all five sites were abandoned at the same time around 2450-2350 BC covered with the same ash deposits from their destruction by fire.  One of the sites was a heavily fortified city (called Numeira today) was covered by seven feet of ash.


"The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives."
- Proverbs 27:21

Coach’s Corner

You make your occupation holy! But, your occupation does not make you holy. 

1 Corinthians 3
New International Version (NIV)
The Church and Its Leaders
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
Luke 15
New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

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