April 29, 2020
-Pastor JP Moreaux
And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. – Jeremiah 29:7
For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I HAVE MUCH PEOPLE IN THIS CITY. – Acts 18:10
71,870. Does this number mean anything to you? Does it ring any bells? Does it look familiar? Let me help. You see it everyday… certainly not in full but in part. 71,870. Need another clue? It’s both black and white. Male and female. Both young and old. How about now? 71,870. Let’s take it a little deeper…. 71,870 reasons. 71,870 reasons for Jesus to become flesh, to die, and to rise out of and over death. 71,870 for Christ to build His Church. 71,870 reasons for Him to remain long suffering and to postpone His inevitable return. 71,870 reasons for you and I to equip ourselves with the weapons of God, with the Word of Truth, and with the fruit of the Spirit. 71,870 reasons. Got it yet?? The significance of that number? People. 71,870 people. 71,870 people right here in Gulfport, MS. 71,870 reasons for you and I to be woken up by God’s marvelous grace. 71,870 reasons for you and I to go forth teaching and preaching the Gospel of our Lord. 71,870 reasons for you I to deny ourselves, to love as we would love ourselves, and willingly lay down ourselves. 71,870 opportunities for you and I to partake in the one, sole primary concern of God’s own heart. People. These people. These 71,870 people. Right here. Right now. In this city. 71,870 dependents who are dependent upon the power within us. 71,870 desperates who are desperate for what you and I supposedly have and hold. The eternal clock is ticking. 71,870 expiration dates. It is high time. As for God? He’s wanting 71,870 people for Himself. 71,870 people? They’re waiting for you and me. You and me? Willing in 71,870 different kinds of ways I hope.