Monthly Archives: July 2018

The Justice of God

The Justice of God 7-29-18 AM

God’s Faithfulness…

Great Is Thy Faithfulness from The Joy of Knowing God by Richard L. Strauss, Ph.D. published in 1984 by Loizeaux Brothers, Inc.

Since God’s faithfulness is part of His essence, it affects everything He says and everything He does. Several specific applications of His faithfulness are made in the New Testament. First of all, He is faithful in assuring our salvation… Secondly, He is faithful in providing for our victory. God wants us to enjoy victory over sin and triumph through trials, but He has not left us on our own to achieve it. He offers us help… In the third place, He is faithful in forgiving our sins. Unfortunately, most of us only use God’s resources for victory intermittently, and as a result we sin. But God’s faithfulness reaches us even then… Finally, God is faithful in sustaining us through suffering. One of the times we are most tempted to doubt God’s faithfulness is when suffering strikes our lives. It often makes no sense to us and we see no reason for it. We may search our lives, and although we find some sins which we have previously overlooked, we still cannot believe we deserve what God has allowed to happen to us. We begin to think that He has forgotten us or really does not care about us… God will not only be faithful in assuring our salvation, providing for our victory, forgiving our sins, and sustaining us through suffering, but He will also be faithful in keeping every promise He has ever made. That is the greatest encouragement we could possibly have. The Bible contains thousands of precious promises from God, and at least one of them will have application to every conceivable situation we can possibly encounter—financial reversal, terminal illness, the loss of a loved one, family tensions, or anything else. A faithful God can be trusted to keep every promise. The writer to the Hebrews encouraged his readers with these words: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful”

“Just a little extra!”

Some time back I read this statement, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just a little extra.” As I recall it was in a book of quotes a friend gave to me! At that time, I shared it with our volleyball team at Wilmington Christian Academy. I told the girls that the difference between a state champion and the runner-up was “just a little extra.” They gave “just a little extra” and won the state championship. Think about it. In everything we do, “just a little extra” can make a huge difference in the outcome! What about our spiritual lives? “Just a little extra” makes a difference in our Bible reading and prayer time! What about church attendance? Again, “just a little extra” may be just what you need at this time in your life! What about your family? Surely, “just a little extra” might save your marriage or give your children that “extra” attention needed right now in their lives! “Just a little extra” might be the difference between a promotion or pay raise on your job! As a servant at church, it may require “just a little extra” to get you through a challenging time! The fact is that God often reveals Himself to us when we give “just a little extra” in any area of our Christian lives! Brothers and sisters take a minute and reflect on an area or areas of your life where you can give “just a little extra.” Let Paul’s word in Philippians 4:13 stir you up for Christ!

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

This Sunday evening at 5:30 PM Delbert Garrison will be speaking in our Sunday Evening Worship Service. As you know our Summer Series for Sunday evenings is THE TWELVE! Brother Delbert will be giving a biographical sketch of Peter. Last Sunday I introduced this series. I guarantee that you will learn something new each week about THE TWELVE! Make every effort to be in this service. I am excited that Delbert and others will be sharing on Sunday evenings! Next week Andy Sugg will be our speaker. Don’t miss it… God bless you and yours!

By the way, next Wednesday evening we are hosting a POT LUCK DINNER from 5:30-6:30 PM. Plan to bring some food over and let’s eat together! Don’t forget dessert! These POT LUCK DINNERS are fun times together. Plan now and come on over. You’ll be glad you did! Come on over… planning to encourage somebody and to be encouraged! See you Sunday in Sunday School and Worship!

PRAY!

Mike and Cheryl <><

 

Pastor’s Prayer for America!

A Prayer for us all!

Our Father in heaven, holy is Your name! As Your people, we are thankful that Your hand of blessing has been upon our great nation! We rejoice in Your faithfulness and give You glory and praise. We renew our dependence upon You and humble ourselves in Your presence.

As we celebrate Your blessings this 4th of July, we cry out for a renewed love for You to sweep through our homes, our churches and our communities. We cry out for a new and fresh work of Your Spirit where we live and where we worship. We see our need for Your presence and for Your work among us! Truly, we are a broken and needy church and nation! It is obvious to us all that without You we can do nothing. Lord, revive us again!

Washington, our nation’s capital, is in desperate need at this very moment! We pray that our leaders would see their need to hear from You. Many of them work on their own agendas without regard for Your providential guidance. We pray for them! Lord, we need and want leaders that pray before making decisions. We need and want leaders that have a heart for people like Jesus did! We need and want leaders that do more than give lip service to the most needy and weak among us! We want and need leaders that are willing to give their lives to preserve life. Give us leaders that realize that You have placed them there to do good among us and not evil! Renew within Your church a commitment to pray for these same leaders as Your Word instructs us!

Lord, we bless You and ask for Your blessings! May this Independence Day be the one that turns our hearts heavenward. May this Independence Day be the one that lights the fires of revival in our hearts! May this Independence Day be the one that opens the door of heaven so that Your favor can be ours again!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Prayer for America!

Father, we come to You to pray for our nation, the United States of America.

How You have blessed us through the years, Lord! We rightly sing, “America, America, God shed His grace on thee.” Yet we see trouble in our culture today. We see the breakdown of the family, crippling addictions, and random acts of horrific violence.

Lord, we need Your help in America. In recent days, we have done our best to remove Your Word and Your counsel from our courtrooms, classrooms, and culture. It seems, as President Lincoln once said, that we have “forgotten God.” But Lord, You have not forgotten us! You can bless and help and revive our country again.

Scripture tells us that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Lord, in Your mercy, we ask that You would exalt our country again. We have had a number of great awakenings in America. We have experienced times of refreshing, and revivals that changed not only the spiritual but also the moral landscape. As the psalmist said, “Will You not revive us again, so that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6).

That is our prayer for America today, Lord. Send a mighty spiritual awakening that will turn the hearts of men and women, boys and girls, back to you. You have told us if we will humble ourselves and pray, and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, that You will forgive our sins and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Forgive us today, Lord, and heal this troubled land that we love so much.

We ask all of this in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen.”

This prayer for America was written by Pastor Greg Laurie