“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God : it is He that has made us and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.”

Have you ever taken the time to realize how grateful and thankful we should be towards the Lord every day of our lives ? We have so much to be thankful for ! If we spent the next seven days and nights thanking God and praising Him for His goodness and His faithfulness to us, we wouldn’t even begin to scratch the surface of how good He has been to us. Think with me for a moment- if you are reading this inside your home, a home with heat, running water and food in your pantry, you are further along than many people in the world at this moment.

Dear Ministry Partners & Friends :

Moments before Jesus ascended into Heaven, following His glorious resurrection from death, He shared His last words with the disciples that followed Jesus so closely for three and a half years. Those words are recorded in Luke’s Gospel, chapter 24, verses 46 through 49, and again in Acts 1:8. Let’s look at these all important last words in Acts.

Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you : and you shall bewitnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.” Some New Testament translations use the phrase, “you shall be My witnesses.” Another phrase that is used is, “you shall bear witness of Me.” We know that a witness is one who furnishes credible evidence as to the truth of something. A witness is one who is capable of testifying to something he has seen or heard.

Those original 12 disciples that walked with Jesus saw His miracles, heard His preaching, and were eyewitnesses of His crucifixion and His glorious resurrection. They could credibly testify that they had seen Jesus nailed to a Roman cross. After all, they were there. They could witness to the fact that three days later, Jesus walked through a wall in the room where they were hiding out in fear. Now that Jesus had a glorified, spirit body, He didn’t have to open the door, He simply walked through the wall of that room to the disciples’ utter amazement. In fact, after Jesus’ resurrection, the Bible teaches that He was seen by over 500 people in Jerusalem.

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