“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (Isa 52:7)
Thank you, Paul.
And thank you all for you enthusiastic applause. We always open with Brother James, because if you can endure his message then you are ready for anything else the Lord will have the rest of us say!”
The crowd roared with self-depreciating laughter. And James himself gave a smile backstage.
“Indeed, Paul has been a father to me,” Timothy began. “He has taught me both in word and in example that the grace of God is sufficient for us in all things, at all times. One of my favorite lines from his letters reads, ‘That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.’ (Eph 2:7)
I pray that my feet may be beautiful and swift in the bringing of good news today, for I will speak of the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power when He raised our Lord Jesus from the grave. (Eph 1:19)
God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind. These are the fruit of His grace at work in our lives. Power that is greater than sin and death; Love that is greater than darkness and hatred; and soundness of mind that is greater than deception and confusion.
Our God reigns! Go tell it on the mountain, over the hill, and everywhere!
He reigns over us in His mercy and goodness; He reigns in us by His grace and righteousness; He reigns through us by His love and kindness.
Therefore, my dear friends, stay the course. God is at work in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. For your part, let this salvation work its way out in your attitudes and actions toward others.
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life! (Philippians 2:12-16)
“And know this — God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need; you will abound to every good work. Yes, God is able to supply you with the full measure of His empowering presence, thereby securing your ability to be who He created you to be and to do what He has called you to do – wherever you go.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us; unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Eph 3:20-21).
“May the power of God’s Grace work in you in such measure every day that your life and service to our Lord brings Him great honor throughout all ages!”
“And now it is my great honor to introduce our final speaker. He is one of the most celebrated evangelists of the New Testament. Loved far and wide, and renowned as an eloquent man, and one mighty in the Scriptures – please join me in welcoming to the stage, Apollos of Alexandria!”
We did so with great enthusiasm, and when all was said and done we discovered that the glowing accolades given to Apollos were well deserved.