A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

Read Hebrews 1:1-3, 7:23-25.

Some people cannot comprehend how Jesus, who lived 2,000 years ago, can be relevant to their daily lives today. Perhaps that would be a valid concern if Jesus were dead and buried like all the other religious founders in history. But He’s not. Jesus is a historical figure, of course. He was born into the world and lived and was crucified in first century Palestine. But that’s not where His story ended—in fact, He has no end. 

Jesus physically rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven after appearing to hundreds of witnesses (see 1 Corinthians 15:3-7), and is now alive forever and ever, seated at the right hand of God the Father. He is actively ruling, interceding for us, preparing a place for God’s people, and waiting for the day when His enemies should be made His footstool (see Romans 8:34; Luke 22:69; Colossians 3:1; 1 Peter 3:22; John 14:1-4; Hebrews 8:1-2, 10:12-13). 

Jesus is not dead and gone. He is not finished and fossilized. He is alive and active. He calls us to follow Him and offers to dwell in us. That is the miracle that God is willing to perform in every heart that knows its need for His free gift of grace. Because He lives, Jesus is available and accessible to all people. He is not just the Lord and the Savior—He is our Lord and our Savior. He wants to be our personal Savior—He wants a relationship with each of us. He is my Jesus. Is He your Jesus?  

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for saving me—for being my Savior. I am in awe of You and Your love and humility displayed in the fact that I can know You, talk to You, and have a relationship with You for eternity. I know You live—may my life reflect this wondrous Truth. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, . . . After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven” (Hebrews 1:3).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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