A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

You may remember the song in the movie Fiddler on the Roof, “Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match!”


The book of Ruth is about another matchmaker. In the midst of trouble and pain after the death of her husband and sons, Naomi set out to return to her homeland. When she began her journey, Ruth, her daughter-in-law, insisted on going with her. All the while, God was working to match His plan with their lives. God’s grace sustained them through their difficulties and gave them hope and provision beyond their need and expectation.


What need do you have? Are you overwhelmed with your circumstances? Remember, God is your heavenly matchmaker. He knows you and what is best for you. When you place your trust in Jesus Christ, He will match you with His divine intention and strategy.


God provided a kinsman redeemer for Ruth through the love and commitment of Boaz. What appeared to be an impossible situation was really an opportunity for God to fulfill His promise of salvation to each one of us. Take a moment to look over the genealogy of Jesus Christ and you will find the names of Ruth and Boaz.


You do not have to worry about how you will face tomorrow. God has provided a Kinsman Redeemer for you through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son. God’s forgiveness, mercy, and grace are the very elements that lead to your redemption.


He has promised to provide for every need you have. At each turn in life, He is the one who holds you securely in the hollow of His omnipotent hand. How comforting it is to know that your heavenly matchmaker knows what is best for you.


Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that You are sovereign over all things and that You are my heavenly matchmaker who provides me with not only everything I need, but with the best and purest desires of my heart in Your perfect timing. Thank You for Your amazing love and promises. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


“My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

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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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