Count the Stars - Now Think On This message by Steve Martin, Love For His People, Inc.
March 9, 2019
Greetings my friends in Internet land.
Have I got a promise for you, because our Lord keeps His promises. Once stated, always kept.
Be encouraged as you read this: Count the Stars. Having just published it this morning, be sure not to be left behind. (Wasn't there a book series named as such? We'll just leave it at that, as I expect to go through all that the Lord is bringing this way. I do know that He is calling out His love daily to all the peoples in all the nations. You know too?)
Here is some more encouragement the Lord spoke through me for you last Sunday at the Antioch International Church in Fort Mill, SC where we also serve: Resurrection After Decades!
Be blessed, even as you are a blessing to others today, with ahava (love) and shalom (peace),
Love For His People ministry
P.S. Know anyone with a birthday this month? I know a few. They live in Charleston! (Bob and Mary...) When you reach 65 and 63, respectively, you gotta have a greeting from your big brother! Laurie and I will be joining them next week to share a Shabbat meal together. Yeah! Then also in Israel May 2020 too. Where else but in the Land of the Promise, as David Peterman shared.
“Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." (Genesis 15:5, NKJV)
Have you ever tried counting the stars? If you live in a city or suburban area, you can hardly see any stars at all due to the bright night lights that light up the sky, which prevent the heavenly lights from shining through to your eyes. You must get out into the country, away from the glow of mankind’s rays, to see the ultimate canopy of the Lord God, Creator of the universe. Then you will experience His awesomeness.
In the summer of 1973, fresh out of the Catholic high school in Waterloo, Iowa, (Columbus High, home of the Sailors!) I went on a mission trip to the hill country of northern Georgia. Blairsville, Georgia to be exact. Northeast of Atlanta, somewhat near the North Carolina state line. A group of older teenagers went on the six-week adventure to lead a summer Bible youth camp for underprivileged kids, sponsored by a Catholic mission.
Being 18, I loved it! Quite the adventure driving my two-door, metallic blue 1963 Mercury Cougar all the way from Iowa, through Cincinnati, OH. It was a great time, forever stored in my memory banks.
I am a man who likes to see people connected. If I meet one person here, who can help another person over there, I enjoy putting them in contact with each other. If they are in Jerusalem, and I know someone in Iowa that can meet a need they clearly have, I will “reach out” (overworked words I know, but you understand it) for the benefit of both. Makes common sense to me.
The Lord’s heart is certainly for that too. He is all about connecting, to having those He has created to get together and fulfill His purposes and plans for each. For that matter, He has intended it to be this way for us to use what each has been given, to “bring it to the table”, and fulfill the big picture that He has, not us.It is not about me doing my thing and you doing yours. Separately.
It is about coming together and building together. When that happens, then the world will see the Lord’s body of believers as we were meant to be seen. Until now, the world thinks very little of Christians and Jews. In many cases, we are both despised people. And no wonder. Most often all they see is fighting, arguments, name calling, and rejection of what the other “church” or “synagogue congregation” is doing. I don’t blame them. If I was in the “unbeliever’s camp”, so would I.
Guess what? Our God, the same One Who is bringing back the Jews to their promised Land of Israel, right now, even more so than what He has been in the last 70 years, is also speaking clearly to the other group, “the grafted in ones”, Christians, to come back to His plan, and start working together, in unity, as one.