Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 21, 2017

Personal Sharing — The Wrong Question!

Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 20, 2017

Personal Sharing — Be Transformed!

Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 19, 2017

Personal Sharing — Religious Freedom?

Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 18, 2017

Personal Sharing — Attempt to be One!

Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 16, 2017

Personal Sharing — Number One Word!

Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 15, 2017

Personal Sharing — The #1 Question!

Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 14, 2017

Personal Sharing — Questions!

Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 13, 2017

Famous Last Words — Partners Forever!!!

Day 2313: The last day regarding the importance of Jesus’ last words!

Scripture: And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Thoughts/questions: The last words of the last words – one would think these would be of special importance!

Jesus assigns us some tasks with His last earthly comments, and then punctuates those words with a promise that we can accomplish those because we won’t be going at it alone!

A forever partner! Jesus reminds us that He didn’t command us and leave us. No, He is faithful no matter what our circumstances to ALWAYS be with us! We are NEVER alone! NEVER!!! Remember, when there was only one set of footprints, we were not alone but it was then that He was carrying us.

His words are so much more than, ‘I’ll be back!’ or ‘No matter where you go, I will find you!’ He hasn’t left us, nor has He lost us, as He is with us now and always!

Suggested Prayer: Jesus, I can’t do it on my own! Thank You for always being with me . . .

Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 12, 2017

Famous Last Words — Teaching or Motivating?

Day 2312: Two more days on these last words of Jesus!

Scripture: And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Thoughts/questions: Once while coaching a basketball team, I thought their skill level was higher than it actually was and therefore tried to motivate them instead of teach them. That was frustrating for all of us and when I eventually reverted to teaching them, things went a lot better!

After someone chooses to follow Jesus and is baptized, they are to be taught! And not about Scriptural principles, but about obedience! Sometimes we try to motivate people to try harder. Jesus made it simple – teach new Christians (and maybe some old ones) to obey!

Obedience must not be easy if we have to be taught to do it. If you’re a parent, how did you teach your children to obey you? Repetition? Punishment? Rewards? Maybe God uses those tools with us as well.

If your in a position of teaching in any way, take these words to heart and teach your students, children, grandchildren, and those you mentor to obey! (And don’t be surprised if God is trying to teach you the same thing!

Suggested Prayer: Father God, for You, to obey is better than to sacrifice. Help me to obey . . .

Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 11, 2017

Famous Last Words — Three in One!

Day 2311: Spoke 6 times over the weekend on 6 different subject areas – and my voice held up! Blessed weekend!

Scripture: And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Thoughts/questions: Why would we baptize in the name of each part of the Trinity? For at least the following two reasons: 1) To reaffirm the Trinity! Each person of the Godhead is included in our symbolic regeneration! We are complete!

2) Each person represents something different as we emerge from the water. In the name of the Father affirms that we are a child of God – our true identity! In the name of Jesus shows our need for a Savior as we become dead to the old life and alive to our new life in Christ! And in the name of the Holy Spirit as this moves us forward in our walk as we live victoriously through the power of the Holy Spirit!

All of God is there to indwell us when we are baptized! An amazing transformation!

Suggested Prayer: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – may I always be open to Your complete infilling . . .

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