I had the opportunity to visit the OM Ministries Ship, Logos Hope, yesterday. Their ministry uses a ship to get the Word of God and many other books to the nations. They also help people in villages and towns they visit with construction and service projects. I’ve wanted to board this ship for years but seldom been at a location where they docked.
What a joy and blessing to be onboard, see what they do and speak with their dedicated crew. A bit of time spent with Luke from North Carolina and Stephanie from Asia blessed me with the joy of Jesus.
Just as I volunteered my time in Mercy Ships, the crew is composed with volunteers dedicated to the Lord and serve Him with their talents. Truly we saw an international crew alive with the love of Jesus Christ. Onboard we wandered through their immense bookstore (mainly Christian help books, many children’s books, and of course lots of Bibles).
I encountered staff with the joy of Jesus exuding from their countenance. We recognized much of what they gave up to live onboard and at times perform mundane tasks to keep the ship and on board community thriving. . . but they did it with joy and excitement as they met people and helped them.
See this website http://www.omships.org for more information on this amazing ministry.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope (Romans 15:4 NIV).
Romans 15 NIV
Romans 15 by Frank Ball
Romans 15 In Your Bible
As Paul nears the end of his letter to the Romans, he continues to focus on relationships and living for God. Wonderful jewels remain for the believer in this chapter. He concludes it with a discussion of his travels and trials.
Unity in Christ
Christ came to the Jews first, to show them God is true to his promises. Then in God’s mercy, Christ came to the Gentiles. They received the Cornerstone the Jews had rejected and God received the glory.
Paul sets his heart to pray for unity between Jews and Gentiles. He prays not for himself, but for the Roman believers. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13 NIV).
Fellow believers I am convinced that your lives are overflowing with kindness and generosity. Filled with knowledge of God’s love, you are well able to encourage and admonish on another (Romans 15:14 by Frank Ball).
Prayer: Father, thank you for the promise of endurance to pass through my trials. I praise you for the Cornerstone – Jesus Christ.
Questions: At times when have you have felt low, did someone encourage you with the uplifting word, a song, or Scripture that met your needs? Paul affirms believers are overflowing with kindness and generosity. When is the last time you encouraged someone else?