“To what can I compare the kingdom of God? It is like a mustard seed that is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth when it is sown in the ground. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches so that the …
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever.” John 6:51.
“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matt 28:16-20).
“Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another.” Colossians 3: 12-17
As I mark fifty years of ordination on May 29th, let me share my story in three acts: Open Doors, Make Preaching Better, and Apostolic Courage.
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” John 20: 19-23.
“So, then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.” Mark 16:15-20.
“Peter said: ‘In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever stands in awe of God and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” Acts 10:34-35.
“I am the true vine…. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want, and it will be done for you.” John 15:1-8.
“I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.” John 10:14.