Daily Topic for April 03, 2011
God’s child, meditating on God’s Word, yields fruit according to His timing. “Whatever he does prospers.” Jesus told His disciples in the intimacy of the upper room, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit —fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name” (John 15:16). “Fruit” refers both to inner character and holiness—the fruit of the Spirit—and to the life that reproduces itself in others. Jesus calls us to bear fruit in a hurting world.
Pray that the Lord will work out the fruit of His Spirit in our lives, and use us to bring many others to the obedience of faith.
Cut down Thor’s tree in Geismar? What kind of missionary would do something so outrageous? Thinking back to Elijah and the false prophets of Baal, Boniface realized that in-your-face tactics were nothing new to God’s people. He took a sharp ax to Thor’s mighty oak tree while a crowd quickly gathered. Boniface dared Thor, the Hessian thunder-god, to strike him with lightning bolts as he went about his work. No thunderbolts came, the tree was cut down, and the Hessians began to see that Boniface’s God was all-powerful. The number of believers increased in Hessia, including some from the nobility, giving the faith credence.
During his third visit to Rome, Boniface was given jurisdiction over more regions of Germany. The rest of his life was devoted to confirming what he had achieved. He did this mainly by holding synods and by teaching the Scriptures, especially in German monasteries.
When Boniface was satisfied that things were in order, he went back to his work of converting the Frisians. He planned to meet new converts at the Borne River for baptism. A group of people who were loyal to the old religion fell upon Boniface and killed him along with all his companions. By this time, the church was firmly established in Germany.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for missionaries today to follow up with their work until the job is done.