Monday, July 30, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. Psalm 104:24
Amen and`Amen! This week our congregation is giving particular attention to our great Creator and His marvelous works. This will be our focus as we minister from our booth at the local County Farm Fair and was our focus at Sunday services. In adult Sunday school there was a video showing the sophisticated designs of many creatures who defy evolution and then in morning worship we heard a sermon by our pastor entitled "Man--the Most Incredible Creature that Defies Evolution." Not that I was wavering in any way, but I have been strengthened as a creationist.
What can invoke renewed praise and adoration for our God better than a fresh look at His handiworks? Who but God could have done what has been done with and in our universe?! But I come with a reminder that even though we, as human beings, are the most incredible of all His creatures, there is something wrong within us, as we heard once again today. We have sin there, which can only be said of us, even though we're such remarkably created beings. But, this wonderful, merciful, gracious God has come to us in the Person of His Son, shedding His blood in a one time sacrifice at Calvary for all who will come to Him by faith, and He is still calling sinners to repent and believe the gospel and be saved. Now that's something to sing about!
This week's hymn was not on my original list, but it sure is appropriate for giving honor to the One whose glory is declared by all things. The earth is full of His riches!! Allelujah!
Let's sing it together, shall we? The following is not the same video that our church saw today, but hopefully, it will serve a similar purpose. And while we join in, we'll pray for the ones who sing in it so gloriously-that they too will know Him in truth, as is my prayer for each one who visits here with me.
Friday, July 13, 2007
I am so busy today with the things of my life and then I got an email. I didn't have time for this--I had to do this; I had to that; I had to do the other thing. I wanted to click the upper right "x" button to close it down after reading it, but couldn't. So I clicked on the link and did what was asked and now I'm glad. Maybe some of you might take the time from your busyness to do it too. You don't need to get back to me about it, either you do or you don't--of course, this is between you and God.
VOM has a tool on its Prisoner alert site that makes it easy to compose a letter, in another language, to one of our brethren who is being held because of his faith in Christ. Here is a portion of the email I received from one of the people over at Persecution.com, concerning a Son Jong Nam, former North Korean Army officer turned underground evangelist. He is apparently in a North Korean death row basement jail, awaiting public execution. Clicking on the link will take you to the VOM site where a letter can be composed. Actually, it is quite easy to do--just follow the instructions and print out your letter. Here is a portion of the email:
VOM was been joined in the initiative by Brownback, a noted supporter of human rights for North Korean refugees. Brownback sent letters last week, also signed by Senators Baucus (D-Mont.), Durbin (D-Ill.), Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Vitter (R-La.) asking U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to work to secure the release of the Christian prisoner.
VOM is directing people go to its web site, www.prisoneralert.com, where they can compose a personal letter of support and encouragement to Son. The letter is to be mailed to the North Korean delegation to the United Nations, along with a cover letter asking the North Korean government to spare Son's life, release him from prison immediately, report on his current status and deliver the personal letter to Son. "We are asking for prayers for Mr. Son, but also that people around the world take action on his behalf,"
said Todd Nettleton, director of media development for VOM. "Jesus said ministering to a prisoner was like ministering to Himself.
Every letter and email can make a difference."
To learn more about this situation please click here to visit the website set up specifically for this.
Thanks for listening. I just wanted to make you aware of this. At the very least, each of us can pray for this man by name.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
The next hymn on my list ("Blessed Assurance" was taken out of order) is especially loved by many of us who are Elizabeth Prentiss fans. She wrote these words and they were an expression of her life and heart. It was a well known fact about this writer that love for Christ was at the core of her being and her life, which was not without a good deal of suffering. In fact, these lyrics came to her during a time of sorrow over the loss of two of her children.