Philippians 1:27, "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;"

Following JESUS! What a goal that should be for each of us as we go forward. This is National Bible Publishing Month for First Baptist Church of Milford. We will come together for our Scripture project later in the month and we will strive together to get as many Scripture assembled as possible during that week.

Romans 10:17, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

I am convinced that the Scripture produced through Bearing Precious Seed, and partnering churches across the nation and around the world, is essential for millions to come to Christ.

Philippians 1:27, "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: ..." Wow! How much more would we bring glory to Him if we practiced this! Many times we complain about everything that we cannot control or what we do not like. Bitterness often creeps in and pretty soon we are not following Jesus in our conversation. How are you seeing things?

In Ecclesiastes 2:11 Solomon stated, "Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, ..." The results were that he was actually honest with himself and took a look at what he had accomplished. Today let's take a look at what we have done for Him. It is essential that we stay focused on what we are here for. I have the privilege of seeing volunteers coming in day after day "... striving together ..." as they assemble Scripture. I believe they are focused on the eternal impact it will have. I also believe that Scripture Work Week will have an eternal impact on many around the world with a final result of others following Jesus.

Consider this: Our conversation and actions can also go against the gospel of Christ. We can be critical; we can be harsh; we can be negative. Someone is always listening and forming an opinion. In each case, may it be said "... that ye stand fast in one spirit, ..."

After Pearl Harbor was bombed, Admiral Chester Nimitz was summoned by President Roosevelt and told that he would be sent from Washington to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific fleet. He landed in Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction. Sunken battle ships and Navy vessels cluttered the harbor. The spirit was one of despair, dejection, and defeat. After touring the harbor, he was asked, "Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing of all this destruction?" He shocked everyone with his response: "The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make ... or God was taking care of America. Which do you think it was?" He continued:

"Mistake Number One: The Japanese attacked on Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk, we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800."

"Mistake Number Two: They never once bombed our dry docks across the bay. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America. I already have crews ashore anxious to man those ships."

"Mistake Number Three: Every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war is in top of the ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply."

Admiral Nimitz focused on the task at hand and saw the positives ... not the problems. How much more should we focus on the task at hand, and the positives of serving and following Jesus, rather than being negative or focusing on problems?

Written by Al Braley
Director of Operations-BPS
February 6, 2019