Bulletin Message

No matter what it is, man will abuse it. Drugs, food, other people (physically, emotionally, and spiritually), worldly possessions (from automobiles to shoes), money, power and influence, the earth, the Law of God, the grace of God, spiritual gifts, the Bible, the prophets of God, the Son of God, the Holy Spirit. Whether things of the world or things of God, the result is the same...in the heart of unregenerate man (Gen 6:5, Jer 17:9, Rom 8:6-8).

Man's greatest fear is death, our enemy (1 Cor 15:26). The Word was made flesh (John 1:14) and came to deliver us from the fear of death (Heb 2:14-16). The Sin Sacrifice of God (Is 53:10-11) is offered freely to whosoever will believe in Jesus Christ, whereby our death is exchanged for His Life (John 3:16, John 5:24, Acts 2:22-24).

It has been said to me that Jesus Christ is a "kill joy" and that being a Christian must be dull and boring. Said another way, that person was having too much pleasure in his sin to stop and follow Jesus. He did not want to give up his "fun."

We, who are finite and flawed, forget. Some things we want to remember, we forget. Other things we want to forget but cannot.

God, Who is Infinite and Perfect, also forgets. He either forgets our sins against Him (Jer 31:31-34, Ps 103:8-14) or He forgets us (Jer 23:19-40). The former is an unspeakable blessing, the latter is an unspeakable horror. The choice is ours: God forgetting our sin or God forgetting us. It is a choice determined by faith (Jer 21:8, Luke 11:28).

This week my wife and I experienced a Biblical truth in a way we never had before.  Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”  On many occasions we have rejoiced with those who rejoice.  On many other occasions we have wept with those who wept.  But this week, we did both simultaneously.

Hearing is so much more than our physical sense by which sound is perceived. In matters of eternity, hearing also means to consider and consent/agree/obey.

Are you weary, tired and exhausted, of the conditions in your life and of waiting on the Lord to intervene?

Jeremiah, the weeping prophet was. He was weary of the wicked prospering, but the Lord asked him how he was going to continue if/when things got worse (Jer 12:1-5). He was weary of being mocked and hated by everyone, but he could not but speak the truth (Jer 20:7-9).

David, a man after God's own heart, was. He was tearfully weary of waiting for God's deliverance from his enemies (Ps 6:3-6, Ps 69:1-4).

There is an adage that says "Use it or lose it." It is used to express the observation that if we do not continue to practice a skill or ability, whether physical or mental, we might well lose that skill or ability.

If we do not continue with physical exercise, we will lose strength, stamina, and health. If we do not continue with mental exercise, we will lose cognitive ability in our later years. If we do not continue to practice speaking a second language, we will lose the ability to speak that language.

To "see" means to look on, to perceive, to know.
To "seek" means to go in search of, to go about inquiring of, to try to obtain.

Jesus sees all. Jesus also seeks:
Who will believe our report/testimony?
Who will enter in at the narrow gate that leads to life?
Who will lose his life for My sake and find it?
Who will humble themselves before God and follow Me?

When Lucifer was corrupted by pride, he made 5 "I will" statements: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit upon the mount of the congregation, I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High (Isaiah 14:12-14).


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