A Plea For Fishing :: Darrell W. Robinson

Now it came to pass that a group existed who called themselves fishermen. And lo, there were many fish in the waters all around. In fact, the whole area was surrounded by streams and lakes filled with fish. And the fish were hungry.

Week after week, month after month, and year after year, these who called themselves fishermen met in meetings and talked about their call to fish, the abundance of fish, and how they might go about fishing. Year after year they carefully defined what fishing means, defended fishing as an occupation, and declared that fishing is always to be a primary task of fishermen.

Continually, they searched for new and better methods of fishing and for new and better definitions of fishing. Further they said, ‘the fishing industry exists by fishing as fire exists by burning.? They loved slogans such as “Fishing is the task of every fisherman.? They sponsored special meetings called “Fishermen’s Campaigns? and ‘the Month for Fishermen to Fish.? They sponsored costly nationwide and world-wide congresses to discuss fishing and to promote fishing and hear about all the ways of fishing such as the new fishing equipment, fish calls, and whether any new bait had been discovered.

These fishermen built large, beautiful buildings called “Fishing Headquarters.? The plea was that everyone should be a fisherman and every fisherman should fish. One thing they didn’t do, however: They didn’t fish.

In addition to meeting regularly, they organized a board to send out fishermen to other places where there were many fish. The board hired staffs and appointed committees and held many meetings to define fishing, to defend fishing, and to decide what new streams should be thought about. But the staff and committee members did not fish.

Large, elaborate, and expensive training centers were built whose original and primary purpose was to teach fishermen how to fish. Over the years courses were offered on the needs of fish, the nature of fish, where to find fish, the psychological reactions of fish, and how to approach and feed fish. Those who taught had doctorates in fishology, but the teachers did not fish. They only taught fishing. Year after year, after tedious training, many were graduated and were given fishing licenses. They were sent to do full-time fishing, some to distant waters which were filled with fish.

Many who felt the call to be fishermen responded. They were commissioned and sent to fish. But like the fishermen back home, they never fished. Like the fishermen back home, they engaged in all kinds of other occupations. They built power plants to pump water for fish and tractors to plow new waterways. They made all kinds of equipment to travel here and there to look at fish hatcheries. Some also said that they wanted to be part of the fishing party, but they felt called to furnish fishing equipment. Others felt their job was to relate to the fish in a good way so the fish would know the difference between good and bad fishermen. Others felt that simply letting the fish know they were nice, land-loving neighbors and how loving and kind they were was enough.

After one stirring meeting on ‘the Necessity for Fishing,? one young fellow left the meeting and went fishing. The next day he reported that he had caught two outstanding fish. He was honored for his excellent catch and scheduled to visit all the big meetings possible to tell how he did it. So he quit his fishing in order to have time to tell about the experience to the other fishermen. He was also placed on the Fishermen’s General Board as a person having considerable experience.

Now it’s true that many of the fishermen sacrificed and put up with all kinds of difficulties. Some lived near the water and bore the smell of dead fish every day. They received the ridicule of some who made fun of their fishermen’s clubs and the fact that they claimed to be fishermen yet never fished. They wondered about those who felt it was of little use to attend the weekly meetings to talk about fishing. After all, were they not following the Master who said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”‘

Imagine how hurt some were when one day a person suggested that those who don’t catch fish were really not fishermen, no matter how much they claimed to be. Yet it did sound correct. Is a person a fisherman if, year after year, he never catches a fish? Is one following if he isn’t fishing’

Darrell W. Robinson, People Sharing Jesus, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995), pp. 21-23

Paul David Tripp NMM :: January 20th

Where is hope to be found? In five life-altering words: “I am with you always.”

You and I are on a constant quest for hope. We all want a reason to get up in the morning and motivation to continue. Here are some things you have to know about hope ::

1. God hardwired human beings for hope. We don’t live by instinct; we all find our identity, meaning, purpose, and inner sense of well-being in something.

2. What you place your hope in will set the direction of your life. Whether you know it or not, your life path is directed by hope. Whether it’s hope in a philosophy, a person, a dream, a location, or whatever, your life will be shaped by what you place your hope in.

3. Hope always includes an expectation and an object. I am hoping for something and hoping that someone or something will deliver it.

4. Hope, to be hope, has to fix what is broken. Hope that does not address your needs isn’t very hopeful. You place your hope in your mechanic only if he has the ability to fix what’s broken on your car.

5. You always preach to yourself a gospel of some kind of hope. You’re always reaching for hope and preaching to yourself the validity of what you reach for.

But here is the radical truth of the gospel. Hope is not a situation. Hope is not a location. Hope is not a possession. Hope is not an experience. Hope is more than an insight or a truism. Hope is a person, and his name is Jesus! He comes to you and makes a commitment of hope: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). Now, there’s hope. You have something profoundly deeper to hold on to than the hope that people will be nice to you, that your job will work out, that you will make good choices when tempted, that you’ll be smart enough to make good decisions, that you’ll be able to avoid poverty or sickness, or that you’ll have a good place to live and enough to eat. No, this is eternal and deeply personal hope. It rests in the truth that Jesus has wrapped his powerful arms around you and he will never, ever let you go. If nothing you envisioned ever works out and all the bad things that you’ve dreaded come your way, you still have hope, because he is with you in power and grace.

For further study and encouragement :: Haggai 1:12–15

#Conversations :: Redemption – Demonstration

This Conversation is the next in our #Redemption series. The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

Today we focus on Exodus 7 – 11 in which we view the benevolent power of the Redeemer on display.

 

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

#Conversations :: Redemption – Confrontation

This Conversation is the next in our #Redemption series. The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

Today we focus on Exodus 5 – 7 in which we view the conquering Redeemer in the midst of the world’s confrontations.

 

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

#Conversations :: Redemption – Revelation

This Conversation is the next in our #Redemption series. The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

Today we focus on Exodus 3 & 4 in which we view the revelation of the Redeemer.

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

#Conversations – Redemption :: Introduction to Exodus

We just launched a new series called #Redemption for the Worship Gathering messages at Eastgate Baptist.

The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

Growing in the Grace & Knowledge of Jesus

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Grow in the grace & knowledge of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 3:18

Grow in grace—not in one grace only, but in all grace. Grow in that root-grace, faith. Believe the promises more firmly than you have done. Let faith increase in fullness, constancy, simplicity. Grow also in love . Ask that your love may become extended, more intense, more practical, influencing every thought, word, and deed. Grow likewise in humility. Seek to lie very low and know more of your own nothingness. As you grow downward in humility, seek also to grow upward–having nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus. May God the Holy Spirit enable you to “grow in . . . the knowledge of our Lord and Savior.” He who grows not in the knowledge of Jesus, refuses to be blessed. To know Him is “life eternal,” and to advance in the knowledge of Him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of Him yet. Whoever has sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ does satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction that the appetite is not choked, but whetted. If you know the love of Jesus as the hart pants for the water-brooks, so will you pant after deeper draughts of His love. If you do not desire to know Him better, then you love Him not, for love always cries, “Nearer, nearer.” Absence from Christ is hell; but the presence of Jesus is heaven. Do not rest content without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus. Seek to know more of Him in His divine nature, in His human relationship, in His finished work, in His death, in His resurrection, in His present glorious intercession, and in His future royal advent. Live close to the Cross, and search the mystery of His wounds. An increase of love to Jesus and a more perfect apprehension of His love to us is one of the best tests of growth in grace.

-Charles H. Spurgeon


Taken from the January 4th devotional reading of Morning & Evening by C.H. Spurgeon


May we come to understand and embrace a life of growing in the grace & knowledge of the only one who can be our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. Continue reading