In Luke Chapter 5, Jesus is preaching to a great crowd on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. He sees two empty boats left there by the fishermen, and He gets into the one belonging to Simon. At the conclusion of his sermon, he says to Simon, "Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch" (v4). Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets" (v5). They caught so many fish that their nets began to break, and they had to signal for a second boat. Simon Peter, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, his partners "...were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken..." (v9). Jesus replied to Simon, "...Don't be afraid! From now on you will catch men" (v10). So, they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him" ( v11).
Bishop Noel Jones and the City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir has a song on their debut CD, Welcome to the City called Harvest Time. The lyrics say, "Get our your nets! Get ready for the catch! 'Cause it's your harvest time! When I heard the song a little over a year ago, I began to shout because on February 1, 2008, Jesus Saves Ministries had already gotten out The Net.
The Net Christian E-Newsletter is our one-page weekly e-newsletter. By faith, we are letting down our "nets," casting them on the deep waters of the internet, by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world from an African American perspective. We pray that Jesus Christ is gloried, and you are edified, strengthen and encouraged by the sermonnettes, devotionals, testimonies, articles, people, and the gifts given away on The Net Christian E-Newsletter.
The Jesus Saves Ministries Blog
Most of "the catch" on The Net will be posted on the Jesus Saves Ministries Blog. Here, you will find "the other boat," full-length articles, video clips, and links to other websites. You can add to "the catch," too, by posting your comments on the blog. It is our hope that as we lift up Jesus Christ on the internet many will come running asking, "What must I do to be saved!"
The Jesus Saves Newsletter
Selected "catch" from The Net will be featured in the Jesus Saves Newsletter, our bi-monthly multi-page publication. This newsletter features contributing writers, pastors and preachers, addressing important topics like the Presidential election, Hurricane Katrina, voting rights, predatory lending, health, wealth and prosperity, cults and the occult, economic empowerment and issues of importance to Black Church and African Americans.
The Jesus Saves Newsletter is distributed locally and nationally to churches, ministries, schools, organizations, businesses and civic groups.
Jesus Saves Ministries LIVE!
Jesus Saves Ministries has a radio show on blogtalkradio.com. Visit www.blogtalkradio.com/jesussavesministrieslive listen to previous shows, become a listener and call in on live shows.
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Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!