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Teach a Man to Fish

  • Jesus said to them, 'Come after me, and I will make you into fishers for men.' Immediately they left their nets, and followed him. Mark 1:17-18 WEB

    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, night-crawlers 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.

    God knows the difference between hunting and fishing as well, and there are different seasons for each. He told Jeremiah: 'Behold, I will send for many fishermen,' says Yahweh, 'and they will fish them up. Afterward I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain, from every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks' (Jeremiah 16:16). In Jeremiah, He gave Israel a chance to come willingly by having fishers 'lure' them. Afterwards He sent the hunters to force them.

    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 son's 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 with others.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your grace and wisdom. Help me know what to say at the right time and keep me from driving those away that would come to know You. Help me find a balance in my life. Please walk with me and talk with me today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

         Quite a concept!!!!

August 11, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

August 11, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

thank  you  father  for  the  words  you  give me  to fish  for  your  children  hallelajuh  amen

 

August 11, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen Pastor Dion! We need to give little morsels of bait to lure them, just enough to attract their attention and then let God reel them in.

August 11, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

amen

August 11, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner

One nebhore met older women  two grown  children  well tried make friend of her she was so intresete making friends who belived in God so I accecpt that  she so kind to me want  her be my friend  thankyou devonal .

August 11, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Jesus is the way, truth and the light; who would not want to follow him.  Thank you Father in Heaven for sending your Son as an atonement for our sins and as the peacemaker for mankind.  Amen!!

August 11, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

amen

August 11, 2016
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Amen, and Thank you Pastor Todd for your daily faithfulness

August 11, 2016
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Tonya Evans
Tonya Evans

Amen.

August 11, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen, Lord continue to hold my hands in yours, and lead me the right way. Thank you Jesus, thank you pastor Todd for this wonderful message 

August 11, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen ♡

August 11, 2016
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Matthew  Materazzi
Matthew Materazzi

Amen

August 11, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

"Make Jesus look good and do not be offensive or scary when you share your faith with others."  I always give my nieces, nephews, grand children a whisper in their ear when we see each other "ALWAYS PRAY'

August 11, 2016
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JJ Koutecky
JJ Koutecky

This message really hit home. My son and daughter-in-law, whom is Muslim, constantly say to me that our God is the same God. I have tried gently (or so I thought) to explain the difference that our God is not the same God. It came to the point a few years ago that my son asked me to no longer discuss religion with them as I am upsetting my daughter-in-law. Of course I agreed but, since then I have been upset because they don't know the truth and will not listen to the truth.

Pastor Dion, this article has awakened me to be prepared for when they find the truth. I feel so much better as it is more important to show them love and patience than to try to make them see the light. I will continue praying for them and turn this over to the Lord.

Thank you for sharing this article!

God Bless you and thank you!

 

August 11, 2016
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible

Your post is similar to my situation. it's so very painful for me when my daughter tells me she is at best an agnostic. 

August 11, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Hi Debbie,  I have five who grew up in church or accepted Christ in church.  I heard someone say.."they hear about thei father's God but on day they will meet Him and He(Jesus) will be there God.  Veil on eyes does not help. When thy are drawn to Him & seek Him to find Him & receive Him then it is for sure the veil is off.  The different soils talked about in Matthew then seem to show up in my adult kids & can take another path which then I believe the Lord draw them again.  Yes, my heart too is waiting too yet even though I try to put one foot in front of other till then for I know ultimately they are in God's hands.

August 11, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

August 11, 2016
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible

Excellent advice. I pray to know what to say AND do to bring others to Christ. 

August 11, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Great insight!

August 11, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Father, I thank You for Your grace and wisdom. Help me know what to say at the right time and keep me from driving those away that would come to know You. Help me find a balance in my life. Please walk with me and talk with me today, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

August 12, 2016
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Belinda Lee
Belinda Lee

I love your words of teaching the Divine word pastor. I get it! Thank you so much. Amen!

August 12, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese

Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!

August 15, 2016