Daily Update from Pastor David Booker April 14, 2020
Update & Prayer Notes
April 14, 2020
The Book of Acts highlights the spread of the good news of Jesus Christ. Once it starts, it can’t stop.
Does it ever surprise you who comes to faith? Perhaps an outspoken agnostic Uncle softens and finds faith. Perhaps an aged grandmother who showed little interest most of her life, or a rebellious teen. Maybe it’s someone you haven’t met but their conversion takes you by surprise.
On this day in 1950 Mitsuo Fuchida put his faith in Christ. Who is he? In December 1941 Mitsuo Fuchida led the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. When he sent up a green flare, the bombers accompanying him knew it was the moment to attack. When his plane radioed “Tora, Tora, Tora,” the Japanese knew the air attack had achieved complete surprise. He was forever a war hero in Japan.
When the war finally ended, he learned that a war buddy had been kindly treated in American captivity. How could that be? Enemies were not supposed to be kind to each other! During the war trials following the allied victory, an American offered Fuchida a religious pamphlet in a Tokyo train station.
Despite his Buddhist background, he took it because its title intrigued him: I Was a Prisoner of Japan. It was the story of Jake DeShazer whom the Japanese had cruelly mistreated as a prisoner of war. DeShazer had been filled with hatred for his captors; but by reading the Bible he had learned to love the Japanese and after the war had become an evangelist to them. His story moved Fuchida, who purchased a Bible so he could find out for himself why DeShazer was so changed.
Reading Luke’s account of the Crucifixion, Fuchida was impressed when Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” He would write later, “That date, April 14, 1950, became the second ‘day to remember’ of my life. On that day, I became a new person. My complete view on life was changed by the intervention of the Christ I had always hated and ignored before.”
I’m praying out time in Acts to result in a new passion and new ways of reaching more and more people with the gospel.
- Pastor David Booker
Daily Reading Sunday Messages
Monday: Acts 1:1-11 Sunday, April 19 — Acts 1:1-11
Tuesday: Acts 1:12-26 Sunday, April 26 — Acts 1:12 – 2:47
Wednesday: Acts 2:1-13 Sunday, May 3 — Acts 3:1 – 6:7
Thursday: Acts 2:14-36 Sunday, May 10 — Acts 6:8 – 9:31
Friday: Acts 2:37-47 Sunday, May 17 — Acts 9:32 – 12:24
Weekend: Acts 1:1-11 Sunday, May 24 — Acts 13:1 – 16:5
Sunday, May 31 — Acts 16:6 – 19:20
Sunday, June 7 — Acts 19:21 – 28:31