His Ambassadors

Lee DeYoung

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 In these devotional reflections, we have considered Jesus’ command in Acts 1:8: “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Being a witness for Jesus requires us to provide personal testimony on his behalf to others. Doing so “to the ends of the earth” involves cross-cultural interactions with persons from foreign lands and cultures. In these devotional reflections, we have considered Jesus’ command …

Cheerful Giving

Lee DeYoung

READ : 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (v. 7) When the Apostle Paul exhorted the Corinthian believers to give wholeheartedly to God, he was bolstering Old Testament admonitions like these: “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed for he shares his bread with the poor” (Prov. 22:9), and “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me …

Blessed Generosity

Lee DeYoung

READ : 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord (v. 3). After his Damascus Road experience, the Apostle Paul dedicated the rest of his life to proclaiming the gospel. Through his efforts, churches were planted in numerous places throughout the first-century world. He maintained ongoing relationships with his congregations, exhorting them to faithful and fruitful discipleship. In today’s Scripture, Paul urged the church at Corinth …

The Lord Sees All

Lee DeYoung

READ : Psalm 33:13-22 He may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. (v. 19) In Acts 1:8 when Jesus directed his followers to witness from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth, he could assure them that the Holy Spirit would accompany them everywhere. A few months ago, Words of Hope’s Niger ministry director Pastor Sani Nomaou took me to Bassarawa—an isolated village miles from the nearest road. Although it is too obscure to appear …

Falsely Accused—Truly Blessed

Lee DeYoung

READ : Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. (v. 11) Disciples who faithfully bear witness to Jesus Christ sometimes encounter resistance from non-believers who may initially oppose gospel proclamation for a variety of reasons. Skeptics may doubt the veracity of the message. Others may resent it as a foreign challenge to their cultural identity and beliefs. Ado Sairi first heard about Jesus …

Macedonian Call

Lee DeYoung

READ : Acts 16:6-10 When Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia. (v. 10) By this point in the narrative of Acts the gospel had spread beyond Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, to other lands in multiple directions. The Holy Spirit directed Paul and his ministry colleagues away from some potential target areas to the people of Macedonia. The “Macedonian Call” proved irresistible to Paul and even to the author of Acts himself. The use …