Enjoying the Journey

Archive for January 2018

A Special Update and Our February Itinerary

The first month of 2018 has exceeded our prayers and plans. In the words of the Psalm 118:23, “This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.” So many of you have been praying and God is answering your prayers. Thank you for laboring with us for the gospel. I am happy to report that the Lord has blessed the new “Enjoying the Journey” podcast in a special way. In its first month the episodes have been listened to nearly 12,000 times! If you have not yet been able to listen you may catch up on the first episodes at scottpauley.org/broadcast. A new 10 minute Bible study comes out five times each week. You may subscribe at iTunes…

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What I Have Learned About Series Preaching

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Evangelists are not typically known for series preaching. For many years I thought that sermon series were basically pastoral in nature. More and more I believe that such preaching is simply Bible preaching and it can be done over a long period of time or in a short season. Preaching through a portion of Scripture follows the pattern shown in Isaiah 28:10, “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” The foundation and the building blocks all come directly from Scripture. When I go into a church I certainly want to be sensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. The Lord knows His church and…

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Meditations on Our Mission

After days of flying it takes a little time for your body (and your mind) to get back to normal! I’m not sure I am completely there but each day I am able to reflect a little more on our recent gospel work in Asia. While I am rejoicing in the work we were able to do, I am increasingly aware that He was also doing something in me. God has a way of holding class in unusual places. Here are a few of the truths He spoke to me about… The humanity of all people. She was a beautiful little girl. As she looked across the aisle of the plane at me and smiled, I saw my own girls…

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A Personal Testimony that Taught Me A Powerful Truth

Preachers do not always preach the most powerful sermons. Sometimes church members do. Not long ago I sat in an auditorium as a humble man rose from his seat to share a simple testimony. While he spoke, God spoke to me. I cannot tell you all that he said, or even all that he meant by what he said. But there was that one phrase… It was the kind of phrase that sticks like a barb in the soul – words that stay with you long after the voice that gave them has been forgotten. The soft-spoken man talked of how grateful he was for food and for clothing, for the basic needs of life. And then he said, “I…

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“Thank You For Loving Our Country With Me”

As you read this post I am ministering in another country. No matter where I travel in this world, I can boldly proclaim that God loves all people and Christ died for every man. Our heart for humanity must be bigger than one people group because God’s heart is! While it is a privilege to labor in other nations there is always something special about coming home. I love America. It is my country and it is a country that has been specially blessed by God. As we seek to reach the world with the gospel we must never neglect the mission field immediately around us… Pray for our country’s leaders (1 Timothy 2:14). Prayer is the most important work…

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Announcing New Guest Blog Posts!

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Last year we provided a free resource each month to encourage and equip believers. In 2018 I would like to make available a different type of resource. Each month a special guest will publish a blog post on Enjoying the Journey. People are the greatest blessing of all! The writers will all be different and will provide insight and help on a variety of areas. It is my hope that their posts will allow you to get acquainted with them and with other tools that may be available. We are all on a journey with Jesus. Along the way God uses fellow travelers to help us stay on the right path and keep moving forward. In John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress it was…

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A Special Prayer Request

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I do not normally publish a post on the Lord’s day, but today I have a special prayer need to share with you. In just a few hours we will leave for India. Much prayer and preparation have gone into the next few days. Our team has been praying specific Scripture and definite prayers as we have prepared. Would you join us in these prayers? Pray that we will be clean, usable vessels (2 Timothy 2:21). Pray that God would give us safety and strength (Matthew 10:16-32). Pray for good ground for the gospel (Mark 4:20). Pray that the enemy would be bound and the Holy Spirit’s power would be loosed (Mark 9:23-29). Pray for much fruit – souls to…

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The Lord’s Love for Little Ones

Recently I had the joy of spending a few minutes with a group of children who have given and prayed for our upcoming gospel work in India. What an encouragement to be with boys and girls and see the excitement about life and the Lord on their faces! As I travel the Lord has often used a child to minister to me. “Out of the mouth of babes” God often speaks encouragement. I have a file of notes and drawings made by children in so many places. They are truly the Lord’s messengers to us. And what is our message to them? In the formative years, the tender time of life, children’s hearts are so open to the truth. Hungry…

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A Devotional Truth for the Evening

Every close to the day is a reminder that God has not failed or forsaken us. Weariness should remind us that His strength was sufficient. Memories should remind us that His wisdom was perfect. Quiet hours should remind us that His presence was real in the busiest hours of the day. Evenings are a time to think. To pray. To give thanks. One of the Old Testament patriarchs had a divine appointment in the evening hours. It was then that the promise came to fruition and he met the wife God had chosen for him. I believe that it is no accident that the blessing came as he meditated alone… “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at…

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A Devotional Truth for the Morning

I am in another time zone this morning. Next week I will be in a time zone ten and a half hours different from home! It is easy for mornings and evenings to get mixed up at times. God makes a definite distinction between evening and morning in His Word. This is true from the very beginning in Genesis 1. Mornings are the first moments of a new day. When we give the first things to God He always makes the rest more blessed. Recently I was reading Charles Spurgeon’s message on “Morning and Evening Songs.” What a rich spiritual meal! Permit me to give you a little taste: Every morning is a sort of resurrection…Let us give the Lord…

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