Bulletin Message

There are none that are righteous, no not one, for all have fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:10, 23). Why are so few found and so many lost (Matt 7:13-14)?

One of the many worship songs we sing is "Above All" by Michael W. Smith.

Above all powers
Above all kings
Above all nature and all created things
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man
You were here before the world began

Above all kingdoms
Above all thrones
Above all wonders the world has ever known
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth
There's no way to measure what you're worth

Is our singing heartfelt or lip service?

Hope against hope,
Another very unexpected turn of events,
The best news ever,
Shackles falling off forever,
All things are become new,
The power of God,

       He is risen!

Words are very important; they communicate ideas, concepts, facts, and opinions. Words also can have different meanings in different contexts.

In a political or social context, "liberals" are progressive and reform-oriented in their thinking. They champion maximum civil liberties and individual rights to live according to one's own truth. Social liberals are tolerant of a very broad range of human behaviors.

In a Biblical context, "liberals" are generous (Deut 15:12-14, Prov 11:25, 2 Cor 9:6-15, James 1:5).

The Bible does not contain words of God, the Bible is the very Word of God. It is God-breathed. Since the Word of God is inspired, inerrant, infallible and eternal, it is our Final Authority.

That which is right in our own eyes, is not (Deut 12:8, Judges 21:25, Prov 12:15, Prov 21:2). That which is right in God's eyes is absolutely right (Deut 12:28, Deut 13:18).

Do not trust your eyes, emotions, or opinions. Put all your trust in the Word of God.

Social graces are attitudes and behaviors toward others in our interactions with them. Politeness, manners, etiquette, and civility are basic social graces. More formal ones include protocols and decorum. Whether basic or formal, all social graces must be learned.

The LORD our God is one LORD (Deut 6:4, John 10:30).

The one LORD created one man and gave him one commandment. Then from one rib of the man, God formed one woman. The man and woman became one flesh. One sin introduced death and got them exiled from the presence of God. The curse of death brought on by one sin can only be removed by one sacrifice offered once by the Holy One of Israel, making one way back home to the LORD who is one LORD.

We have one life to consider all the evidence of these things and to make one decision. There is only one correct answer.

We hear many voices speaking to us and sometimes we get confused as to who is speaking.

Are we hearing words of criticism, condemnation, deception, discouragement, despair, distraction, flattery, or bitterness? The devil is speaking; disregard him because he is a liar, a murderer, and thief.

Are we hearing words of comfort, encouragement, edification, grace, peace, hope, correction, instruction, or absolute unchanging truth? The Lord God is speaking; pay attention because He is Life, Light, and Love.

A church is a body of people that serves the Lord Jesus Christ, the Head of the Body (Col 1:18). Preaching, teaching, and discipleship (how to follow Jesus) take place among them (Matt 28:18-20). Where a church gathers is a hospital for the hurting, an embassy for the King, and a house of worship of the Living God. Individual believers are identified by who they are – “in Christ.” Fellowship with the Lord and, on that basis, with each other is an important element of a church (Acts 2:42, Heb 10:22-25).

Parents have an uneasiness about their children when they are separated from them. That uneasiness does not go away or even diminish the older the children get; it, in fact, increases because the separations are longer and potentially more consequential. There is an uneasiness about Proverbs 22:6, the "white space" (of time) between "go" and "when he is old." Job knew this uneasiness of separation concerning his grown children (Job 1:2, 4-5).


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