Successful Mission

Fifty years ago this month the Apollo 11 lunar landing completed a successful mission to the moon. As Neil Armstrong said, one giant leap. Perhaps like me you watched the historic event on a black and white television.

Recently, I watched a real-time successful Space X launch on my phone. Quite a change from a black and white tv, wouldn’t you say?

In this successful Space X mission sixty satellites launched from a Falcon Heavy rocket into the blackness of space. The satellites left the rocket in a pack. Then one by one, dispersed on their individual mission. Fascinated, I watched as each of those tiny spots of light left the rocket and floated off into darkness.

While I watched those sixty satellites head out on their pre-determined mission, I thought of the words Christ spoke to his eleven remaining disciples before he returned to heaven following his resurrection.

The eleven received their commission together. Then one by one each Bearer of Light dispersed on his individual mission to spread the Good News throughout the whole world.

I’d have to say they completed a successful mission, wouldn’t you?

As Bearers of the Light of Jesus, followers of Christ are given the same mission today.  I wonder, how are we doing with that?

Did you watch Apollo 11 launch or see Neil Armstrong walk on the moon? Pilot’s dad was part of the Apollo launch team that day. Pilot and his family watched the launch first hand.

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Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — One Common Goal

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Twelve imperfect men with different backgrounds and personalities, yet one common goal, put their differences aside, joined together, were empowered by the Holy Spirit, and boldly proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

They were called to love one another and the world as Christ loved them, despite their differences. Not an easy task considering the diversity of the group, but a task they accepted.

Jesus didn’t call a group who were exactly the same to serve him. He called a group of diverse men to reach a diverse population. These men stretched across a wide spectrum of abilities, lifestyles, education, temperaments, and position.

Jesus called each person knowing their strengths and their weaknesses. He knew what one person could not accomplish alone, they could accomplish together.

Among the twelve apostles first called there were fishermen. One apostle was a tax collector working for an occupying government. One, an enthusiastic Jewish patriot. Some might call him a radical.

Several of the men were chosen out of obscurity. Some were contemplative. Some impulsive. One was a politically ambitious, greedy thief and traitor.

These men brought family members to Jesus. They brought their friends. They witnessed to people in distant lands and close to home. They witnessed to foreigners and kinsmen. They overcame their prejudice and went where God led. They suffered mightily for the cause of Christ.

They did all this because of one common goal; their love for Jesus and their love for a lost world in need of a Savior.

Regardless of their unique differences, Jesus melded these twelve different personalities together with the expectation they would work alongside one another in love and serve his purpose to advance his kingdom here on earth.

And they did.

Jesus used each person’s abilities, strengths, frailties, and failures to reach those with abilities, strengths, frailties, and failures. He used the varying temperaments and personalities of the group to reach people with varying temperaments and personalities.

I believe he expects the same from us, don’t you?

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Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,  and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures – Are We Concerned For The Lost?

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

This morning as I looked into the backyard, my heart sank. Rising up from the ground was a large hawk with something in it’s claws. I couldn’t tell if it was a squirrel or a bird. Since both frequent our yard it could have been either.

I raced to the sliding glass door and pounded my fist as I screamed, “NO!”

But it was too late. The hawk rose and flew off with it’s prey.

As I stood speechless, the hawk’s mate landed in one of the trees in our yard. I pounded and screamed again, frightening it away before it had the chance to claim another victim.

I know … the circle of life and all that. As Pilot reminds me, I’m an omnivore. I eat meat. So do hawks.

Fretting over the death of one of God’s creatures, I walked into the yard and stared at the pine tree two yards over where the hawks live. Instead of the usually hawk cry, I heard a small voice. A juvenile being fed.

While I stared at that pine tree, listened to the hawks, worried over the life that had been taken, and acknowledging the gift that life gave the baby hawk, it seemed as if God asked me a question.

“Are you as concerned over a lost human soul as you are over this loss?”

Well, to be honest, I’d never considered that.

As I pondered, I asked myself some questions.

Do I pound at the door and rush to save those who are caught in Satan’s claws?

Am I vigilant to pray for those who don’t know Jesus, that their hearts will be softened and they will see God’s truth?

Do I support efforts that spread the Gospel throughout the world?

Do I live my life in such a way that those who see me see Christ?

Am I as concerned over a lost human soul as I am over a lost squirrel or bird?

How do my actions answer that last question? How do yours?

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Jesus came and said to them, “All power has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go and make followers of all the nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do all the things I have told you. And I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NLV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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