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Teach a Man to Fish

  • And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men." Mark 1:17 ESV

    While growing up, I spent a lot of time on the rivers near my home in South Carolina. The black water of the Waccamaw was just a few miles away and fishing and hunting were a normal part of everyday life in the country. Bait selection was imperative, crickets for bream, nightcrawlers for catfish, minnows or lures for bass. A good fisherman always went prepared.

    You also have to use different tactics according to your quarry. When fishing you try and entice a fish to take the bait. You put something in front of them that looks good, appealing, a lure, something that they desire and would want to eat. Using the wrong bait will get you nothing but ignored. The fish willingly go after the right bait when it is presented and become hooked. If you make much noise you will drive the fish away, and if the lure does not look good they will never go for it to begin with.

    In hunting you pursue your prey, often with the help of barking dogs and other hunters, depending on the quarry. The prey does not willingly submit either. It is being chased or ambushed and their only desire is that you would leave them alone.

    Jesus said that He would make us fishers of men, not their hunters. We are to make Jesus look good, appealing, something people would want. If they do not willingly take the bait then move on. Do not pursue them like a hunter as you will just drive them away. No means no. The prodigal sons Father did not chase him down with a Bible yelling at him, but instead was there waiting for his return when he came to his senses (Luke 15:17). Make Jesus look good and do not be offensive or scary when you share your faith.

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Rita Roodenburg
Rita Roodenburg Wow! This is really a devotional I'm going to share with some people. How true, worthy to be red by many. Thanks!
April 17, 2015
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Tonya Jones
Tonya Jones Amen
April 17, 2015
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Valerie  King
Valerie King Amen 
April 17, 2015
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Angel Brooks
Angel Brooks Wonderful word people often try to portray Christ as unaccepting of our failures and faults when this is nothing more but a evil lie! I spread his goodness everywhere I go thanks pastor Todd may God Bless you and Your family 
April 17, 2015
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Mary Anne Kochut
Mary Anne Kochut Excellent point! It's about living the life that Christ would have us live and reflecting that to the people in our lives...
April 17, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Thank you Lord for the many gifts you give to me
April 17, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Wonderful analogy, Pastor Todd! I also enjoy fishing; when my dad was happier in life, he purchased a fishing boat and would take me and my then young kiddies fishing in the Hackensack River! (it seemed a bit cleaner then--LOL) Sadly, as my dad grew older, he also grew bitter.Thanks for bringing back good memories!
April 17, 2015
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Jeremy Lytle
Jeremy Lytle A lovely written parable; gently presented, yet thought provoking. I think my art titled: 4 CHRIST says we carry JESUS in our minds gently, with love. J Lytle - THE LOVE ARTIST
April 17, 2015
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Adrian Labuschagne
Adrian Labuschagne Really sound advice which all of us should take to heart and practice dailly. THANKS.
April 17, 2015
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Uwalaka Dorathy
Uwalaka Dorathy thank you for this teaching
April 17, 2015
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Ann Burks
Ann Burks Thank you. This is what I try to remember every day. 
April 17, 2015
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Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith Amen
April 17, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt This is very good.
April 17, 2015
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Beatrice "Raye" Huth
Beatrice "Raye" Huth A soft approach brings them to you with questions; beautiful analogy!  Thank you!
April 17, 2015
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell Morning... I've got it. Dust my feet and keep it moving. As God does not force Himself, I/We shall not force ourselves. AMEN.  Everyone enjoy This Day because NO MATTER WHAT GOD has our backs.
April 17, 2015
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Rich Morgan
Rich Morgan Great post today - a simple point very well made and illustrated superbly with the Bible too! 
April 17, 2015
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Noraima Crespo
Noraima Crespo Amen
April 17, 2015
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Vicky McRae
Vicky McRae This is a great point. I wish the people that was Yelling  at us, at last weekends parade would read this..They did more to push Jesus away from him them, than to draw Anyone closer..It made Christianity  look BAD!
April 17, 2015
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Paula Barnett
Paula Barnett Great Word. If we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us and stop with the car-salesman and holier-than-thou tactics we would be better able to live out this passage. Show'em Jesus!
April 17, 2015
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Ruth Martin
Ruth Martin This is great. I have actually have people that only talked to me because I told them I would not argue about who is right nor would I try to cram my beliefs down their throats.
April 17, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Haha, I don't see you doing that anyway, Ruth, but I guess those people may have had some bad experiences.
April 17, 2015
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J D  Williams
J D Williams WE ARE TO LIVE OUR LIVES SO THAT OTHERS WILL SEE AND WANT WHAT WE HAVE NOT TO FORCE OUR LIVES ON THEM DON'T YOU THINK?
April 17, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Yes, JD, agreed :)!
April 17, 2015
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Mike Stephenson
Mike Stephenson Wow, what a great analogy!! I love what the Holy Spirit reveals through this ministry and Pastor Todds words of encouragement. Thank you Jesus.
April 17, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Mike, have a great weekend :)
April 17, 2015
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Lauri Teel
Lauri Teel I get blessed by your teaching of the scriptures and the true's that you bring out by the Holy Spirit to bring encouragement.  Thank you.
April 17, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Jesus should be attractive in me, let Him shine through...
April 18, 2015
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Rosemary  Sambrano
Rosemary Sambrano Amen!
April 18, 2015
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Nancy Cavataio
Nancy Cavataio What a beautiful story. I've never heard "fishers of men" dissected so well!  Excellent, thank you Todd :)
April 18, 2015
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke This is a good recipe for soul winning. Thanks pastor Todd
April 18, 2015
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Reinhard Blefgen
Reinhard Blefgen Amen
April 19, 2015