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Thursday, October 12 2023

Good Morning Fruitful Harvesters! Yes we are all part of God's Good News Delivery Co. St. Matts. Division! God is using us as we all step deeper into our assigned, custom made purposes for spreading the Good News and bringing the harvest. Some plant and sow in prayer, funding and action. Some fertilize with words and deeds. Some prune or allow God to prune them for even better fruit. Some reap as God brings in the harvest. Let us celebrate all God is doing and continue to grow into our parts and do them well! We can rejoice and celebrate all God did yesterday with the donuts and conversations at the Bread Ministry. We can thank God for using, teaching and growing us as 30 gathered last night for dinner, Family Ministries and Chosen huddles! God is on the move and using us! PTL! Rejoice and ask Him to continue to grow you and use you well.

Pray for Patrick who God is really doing a work on to step into new life in Christ and for us to continue to seed, fertilize and water. He's real close and God is pursuing him. Pray for an open heart and mind. Pray for the five or six new connections we made yesterday and for open hearts and no hindrances for them coming to taste and see how good God is. Thank God for the woman from bread min. (I didn't catch her name) that joined us last night and connect to some other woman and maybe even God as we watched and discussed the Chosen. Pray for many more connection points for us as we learn to connect others to God's love and help and learn to make disciples. I think there were around 30 gathered last night for a great night of food, fellowship, learning and fun! There's always plenty of food and room for more. Join us next week and bring someone along! God is on the move through us and as we gather to serve and fellowship. PTL! What's God saying to you and confirming as your role in His Good News Delivery Co. PTL for that and ask for Him to continue to refine and grow you as you go live and love like Jesus.

Pray for Sarah as she takes a long overdue Sunday off as she celebrates her birthday. Pray for Mike Laise as he brings God's Word alive for us Sunday. Pray for Karen as she teaches Childrens Church and for kids yo hear and grow in Christ. Thank God for all our servants! Ask God to bring to mind someone to invite to join us. Our goal is to bring one new person a month into our fellowship as our members invite and bring along someone new. Pray for God's favor and to see who and courage to invite. Pray that He would us us all well and grow the numbers being saved.

Check out ODB below. May we grow in knowing God and loving others well. The UR reminds us that God will never forget us, His very loved creations and children! Check out CS devo and keep plowing the soil in prayer and pray that your soil would be prepared and ready to produce some great fruit! Keep praying for Israel and for God to show His faithfulness to all His people and deliver them from evil. His heart breaks but He knows, is at work and is working all things together for the good of those who believe. We believe! May many more see God and be drawn. Amen! may God bring you His shalom today and prepare you for what He has instore today! Love you all and so does God! Rejoice! he is upholding you in His strong right hand!

Our Daily Bread

Knowing and Loving

I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. 2 Samuel 9:7

READ 2 Samuel 9:1–10


In the powerful article “Does My Son Know You?” sportswriter Jonathan Tjarks wrote of his battle with terminal cancer and his desire for others to care well for his wife and young son. The thirty-four-year-old wrote the piece just six months prior to his death. Tjarks, a believer in Jesus whose father had died when he was a young adult, shared Scriptures that speak of care for widows and orphans (Exodus 22:22; Isaiah 1:17; James 1:27). And in words directed to his friends, he wrote, “When I see you in heaven, there’s only one thing I’m going to ask—Were you good to my son and my wife? . . . Does my son know you?”

King David wondered if there was “anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom [he could] show kindness for [his dear friend] Jonathan’s sake” (2 Samuel 9:1). A son of Jonathan, Mephibosheth, who was “lame in both feet” (v. 3) due to an accident (see 4:4), was brought to the king. David said to him, “I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table” (9:7). David showed loving care for Mephibosheth, and it’s likely that in time the king truly got to know him (see 19:24–30).

Jesus has called us to love others just as He loves us (John 13:34). As He works in and through us, let’s truly get to know and love them well.

By Tom Felten


How can you know others more deeply? What will it look like for you to love them the way God loves you?

Heavenly Father, help me to honor You by striving to truly know and love others.


David and Jonathan offer a glimpse of what a true friendship looks like. Though Jonathan was King Saul’s son, he sought to protect David from the king’s irrational anger and bitter hatred. Upon hearing news of Jonathan’s death, David wrote of the pain, loss, and despair over the death of a dear friend. Yet, even during his grief for Jonathan, he also grieved over Saul (2 Samuel 1:24). Saul had pursued David like a common criminal, but David still grieved the king’s death.

Bill Crowder


The Lord says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, fail to pity the child of her womb? Even these may forget, but I won’t forget you. Look, on my palms I’ve inscribed you.” - Isaiah 49:15-16 (CEB)

I am a bit worried about my memory. Yesterday I left my credit card at a store. Then I tried to replace an incorrectly sized item that I had purchased a couple of days before, only to realize when I got home that I repurchased the exact same thing. Then today, I left my cell phone in the lobby while picking up the mail. Thankfully someone returned it!

My forgetfulness reminds me how wonderful it is to know that God doesn’t forget us. God doesn’t misplace us or leave us unattended. God knows exactly where we are and what we need.

God also tells us not to fear. Fear can be crippling, but we are reminded that if we have received the gift of salvation, we are redeemed. God knows us and our circumstances, so we do not need to fear. We can have faith that God will give us what we need. When we are focused on ourselves and our current situation, it’s easy to forget past blessings and to fear the future. But God reminds us to keep our faith focused on the One who will not forget us.


Dear God, thank you for never forgetting who we are and what we need. Help us not to live in fear but in faith. Amen.Charles Stanley

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St. Matthew's EC Church

5th & Ridge Streets
P.O. Box 433
Emmaus, PA 18049
Telephone 610.965.5570


We are learning to live and love like Jesus. 

We are working on becoming who we were created to be and doing our custom made purposes well. 

We are part of the Evangelical Congregational Church

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