KNOWING AND BELIEVING
I John 4;46-54
This is the Lord’s second visit to Cana. The first time he changed water into wine. Not only can He change water into wine, but He can also change a sinner into a saint.
There was a certain nobleman which reminds me of a song…”What He does for others, He will do for you.” There is a difference between the nobleman and the average Christian of today. The difference is believing in God and believing God. Most of us claim to believe in God but our problem is that we don’t actually believe God. Be much in prayer as this story unfolds.
The nobleman had never met Jesus. He had heard about Him through the people he knew, or through those he had done business with, or maybe from a family member or a friend. Does this sound familiar?
Capernaum was about 15 to 20 miles to Cana. There were no airplanes, trains, cars, or motels along the way. When Jesus left Judea and made the trip to Galilee, the nobleman believed what he heard on the streets regarding all the things this man called Jesus had done.
This reminds me of a time in my life when I had a friend tell me that Dr. Jack Hyles was coming to Atlanta to preach. I had never heard of Dr. Jack Hyles. My friend told me his family was coming from West Virginia to hear Dr. Hyles preach. Mrs. Mack and I gladly invited them to stay in our four bedroom home near Dunwoody so they would have a place to stay while we were out of town. I did not know there was a preacher anywhere so good I would want to miss a trip to the beach. Knowing or hearing is not believing.
REQUESTING A FAVOR or SANTA CLAUS, A GENIE or WIZARD
VSS. 47 & 48
The nobleman approached Jesus (GOD incarnated in the flesh according to Matthew) and pleaded with Him to come down to his house and do some magic for all his neighbors to see.
We hear things like this all the time. Preachers often tell us if God would call me to Jamaica, I would go too. Think about that a minute. Really, would you go? Most Christians have to check it out first. First let me talk to my wife, my children, my family, my friends, and my church. Really?? Next, what is expected of me? How long do I have to stay? The Bible answers that in Isaiah 6. It says until there are no inhabitants in the land.
This is what Jesus wanted to hear. That doing and time in my life was 1963. This is when I realized I had a serious problem. I could not save myself. At that moment I had to choose Heaven or Hell. I thank my Heavenly Father for bringing me to that point in my life. I will never forget that day.
Jesus answered, GO THY WAY; They son is healed.
News From Jamaica
Missions Teams from the US have been greatly used by the Lord here in Jamaica. Please pray for us as we host three more teams this year!
1) February 5 – One day medical group with JoAnna Patillo
2) February 15-22 – Community Christian School out of Stockbridge, GA
3) February 18-22 – Embracing Orphans
4) March 29-April 4 – ELCA
5) May 26 – June 1 – Northside Baptist Church out of Tifton, GA
6) June 2 – June 9 – Linda Norton’s group from Florida
7) July 21-18 – Gethsemane Baptist out of Cornelia, GA
If you would like to support us, please send all donations to Noah’s Ark Children’s Home, PO BOX 1445, Rome, GA 30162-1445.
From the Heart of Mrs. Mack…
The year 2017 has come and gone. We have had some ups and downs. We have some sad times and some good times. Mack has had a good report from his heart doctor saying that he was in such good shape the doctor thought he needed to stop the test before he found something wrong. The doctor was an Oklahoma fan and told Mack that if Alabama beat Oklahoma, Mack would have to find a new doctor. Mack has done so well that we dug up our back yard and laid grass in the Spring. I did all the moving of the grass from the driveway to the yard for him.
We had the least amount of groups we have had in a long time in 2017 but 2018 is already filling up. We lost one of our boys to Heaven on October 22. Demetre Miles was only 14 years old when he drowned in the sea. The Island of Jamaica has had a lot of rain in 2017 starting in September and it is still raining almost everyday. They went through flash floods in December that flooded Riverside Baptist Church.
Forgetting those things which are behind, I am looking to the future with high hopes. We ended our year financially in the green instead of the red. We are in the process of finishing up tax receipts for our supporters, writing our newsletter, changing the website to only Missions in Jamaica, new board members have been appointed with the Hour of Grace Inc., and a good trained group of employees at Noah’s Ark Children’s Home.
Wishing you a Happy New Year in 2018 and sending thanks to all those who have financially supported us, prayed for us and loved us.