Showers of Blessings

Image of tree with fruit on the ground underneath.
Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah (Psalm 3:8, ESV).

A question to begin: Where are we now?

We are two years plus into the covid pandemic. Ukrainians are two months plus into the hellish atrocities of war. Deaths, poverty, homelessness, mass shootings, fires, spiraling inflation, stocks plummeting, and more invade our minds and hearts through instant media cycles blasting 24/7 around the world.

It seems like many struggle just to muddle through life, seeking safe harbor and a place for a brief respite of hope.

Yes, this is all going on around us.

But God, in His mercy, brings to us great hope and blessings through His promises, His Word, and His Holy Spirit!

Karen, a Jewish inquirer in Wisconsin, met with Nancy, and now she is a baptized child of God receiving her blessings.

Jessica came to our Passover seder in our home and saw how her Jewish roots could indeed be expressed while being a follower of Jesus. She took my latest book, Jewish By Discovery, and is eager to know more.

Jordan Peiser will graduate from seminary this May and begin his career as a minister of the Gospel. More on Jordan later.

Patricia L. has a passion to see the Gospel go out to the lost sheep of Israel and reached out to us. She sacrificially joined many like you who care, pray and give over and above their church giving to make this ministry possible.

Now in our 26th year, we are blessed so greatly by faithful friends and ministry partners like you who believe the Bible wholeheartedly and sustain our mission to: Boldly declare Jesus as Messiah and urgently equip the church to do the same!

It is indeed time to count our blessings and see what God has done and is doing in our midst even today!

Count Your Blessings

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold.
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your Lord on high.

So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Author: Johnson Oatman (1897) Tune: Edwin O. Excell

Steve Cohen is the founder of Apple of His Eye

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