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Every Moment Counts

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June 9, 2024 8:00 pm

Every Moment Counts

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June 9, 2024 8:00 pm

When the Titanic hit an iceberg in April 1912, Pastor John Harper secured a spot for his six-year-old daughter in one of the limited number of lifeboats. He gave his life-vest to a fellow passenger and shared the gospel with anyone who would listen. As the vessel sank and hundreds of people awaited an unlikely rescue, Harper swam from one person to another and said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31 kjv).

During a meeting for survivors of the Titanic in Ontario, Canada, one man referred to himself as “the last convert of John Harper.” Having rejected Harper’s first invitation, the man received Christ when the preacher asked him again. He watched as Harper devoted the last moments of his life to sharing Jesus before succumbing to hypothermia and sinking below the surface of the icy water.

In his charge to Timothy, the apostle Paul encourages a similar urgency and dedication to selfless evangelism. Affirming God’s constant presence and the inevitable return of Jesus, Paul charges Timothy to preach with patience and precision (2 Timothy 4:1-2). The apostle reminds the young preacher to remain focused, though some people will reject Jesus (vv. 3–5).

Our days are limited, so every moment counts. Like Paul and Pastor Harper, we can be confident that our Father secured our spot in heaven as we proclaim, “Jesus saves!” (vv. 6-8).

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Hello, my name is Xochitl Dixon. In today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread, I'll be sharing Every Moment Counts. When the Titanic hit an iceberg in April of 1912, Pastor John Harper secured a spot for his six-year-old daughter in one of the limited number of lifeboats. He gave his life vest to a fellow passenger and shared the gospel with anyone who would listen. As the vessel sank and hundreds of people awaited an unlikely rescue, Harper swam from one person to another and said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. During a meeting for survivors of the Titanic in Ontario, Canada, one man referred to himself as the last convert of John Harper. Having rejected Harper's first invitation, the man received Christ when the preacher asked him again.

He watched as Harper devoted the last moments of his life to sharing Jesus before succumbing to hypothermia and sinking below the surface of the icy water. In his charge to Timothy, the Apostle Paul encourages a similar urgency and dedication to selfless evangelism. Affirming God's constant presence and the inevitable return of Jesus, Paul charges Timothy to preach with patience and precision. The Apostle reminds the young preacher to remain focused, though some people will reject Jesus.

Our days are limited, so every moment counts. We can be confident that our Father secured our spot in heaven as we proclaim, Jesus saves. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from 2 Timothy 4, verses 1 to 8. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge, preach the word.

Be prepared in season and out of season, correct, rebuke, and encourage, with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now, there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. Let's pray. Jesus, please give us opportunities and the fervent faith we need to share your truth and love with spirit-empowered courage, confidence, compassion, clarity, and consistency. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.
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