Month: May 2015

God’s greatest desire for us

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2 Peter 3:14-15

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.

Even though we just finished 2 Peter, I wanted to come back to this section for today.

As we look forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ, we are to know that we are to live without spot and blameless before man and God.  As we live this way we will live in peace.  It amazes me how many church members don’t live in peace.  Nearly every NT epistle begins with this expression, “May grace and peace be upon you.”  Peace always follows grace so if someone is without peace it seems to me that they are also without grace.

But going forward, Peter tells us that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.  This has continually run through my mind since the devotional when we talked about it.  God’s desire for all is salvation.  The longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.  From the first recorded history between God and man God has been interested in the salvation of that man.  From that point forward the recorded history of God and man has shown God’s interest in the salvation of man.  As man became more and more sinful God was grieved and desired man’s salvation.  God placed His grace on Noah and his family and saved them.  God placed his grace on Abraham who believed in God and found His salvation.  God sent Jonah to Nineveh desiring to save them.

Do you see this?  God developed an entire nation upon which He could grant His grace.  He gave them His Law so that they could follow Him.  He taught them the atonement and prepared them for the coming of the Lamb of God who could take away the sin of the world.  Jesus came not just to teach us but to save us.  This is God’s desire, He is patient longing to bring us to salvation.

As you go through your day and your life, interpret all of scripture through this thought: “The longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.”  God in His love for us His creation desires to save us.  Because of sin we transgress God’s law and find ourselves separated from God.  Separated from Him we need a Savior as we cannot bring ourselves back to a holy God.  What a great realization, God’s greatest desire for us all is our salvation.

Hard to believe that it is Friday already.  Whew, what a fast week!  I am going to a funeral this morning.  Pray for the friends and family of Eddie Estrada.   His drug use finally caught up with him.  A very sad life that did not have to go this way.

Pray for Pastor Bill’s community services today. 

Remember to spend time in prayer laboring in prayer for RU tonight.  Last week, fourteen people came.  Tonight pray that those who need to be there will not be held back.  Pray for the opening of spiritual eyes and spiritual hearts to accept and to believe God’s word.

Sunday, I will be bringing a message from Isaiah 38 looking at a seemingly impossible situation of sickness where Hezekiah prayed to God when God said that he was going to die.  We face situations like this all the time.  Here is an example that will be good for you to become acquainted with.

Have a great day in the Lord,




Is Trust in Jehovah Folly or Wisdom – Isaiah 36-37

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Are we sponges or mirrors?

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2 Peter 3:18b

To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

As the Apostle Peter closes his letter, his salutation reminds us of the purpose of his life and the prescribed purpose of our lives.

Peter, after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, was a changed man.  Before the death and resurrection, Peter, along with the others, was pretty self-centered wanting to be an important part of the earthly kingdom of Jesus.  The disciples wanted to be on the right and left thrones, they wanted to be leaders, they wanted to be BIG in Jesus’ coming kingdom.  But after the resurrection, they realized who they were in the light of who Jesus was.

When they were big in their own eyes, the disciples fled when Jesus was arrested.  But when Jesus was big in their eyes they stood boldly for Him on the Day of Pentecost and later in front of the Sanhedrin, and for the rest of their lives.

Can we say that we want the Lord to receive all of the glory both now and forever?  Do we live to give Jesus Christ all of the glory for all that we do?  There are things that you and I are good at, do we give the Lord Jesus glory for what we are good at?  When we realize that we don’t have anything that He has not given us and that all of our gifts have come from Him, then we can give Him the glory.  When He is big in our eyes, He receives the glory for all that we do.

May we never be sponges absorbing the praise of men but may we be mirrors ever reflecting the praise of men up to God thanking Him for all that He has given us enabling to do all that we do.

To Him be the glory both now and forever.

Pray with us today.  Pray for one another today.  Pray in the Spirit today.  Ask God who needs prayer and let Him lead in your prayer.  We need the prayers of one another.   I am thankful for your prayers.  We will not know until we get to heaven just how much the prayers of one another matter. 


Pray for our kids in school.  They are in a busy time of tests and projects and concerts and graduations.  Some of them are busier than they have ever been.  Pray for their strength physically, mentally, and spiritually during the next two weeks.


Have a great day in the Lord, PS


Grow and keep growing

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2 Peter 3:18

18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

In light of all that Peter has taught us in his epistle, we are to grow in grace and in knowledge of Jesus Christ.  The word “grow” is a present, active, imperative.  As such, we are to be growing in every present moment of our lives.  Active means that we are to be acting on this.  Imperative is a command.  So the Lord wants us to continually, every day, by our actions, be growing in Him.  This is the command of God through Peter to us.

The beauty of the grace and knowledge of God is that we can spend our whole lives learning of Him and will still find aspects of Him to learn.  Doctrines we have known for years will still bring a thrill to our soul when we study them again and again.  You may exhaust the knowledge of your field of work, but you will never exhaust the knowledge of God.

I am concerned over Christians who stop growing and think they have arrived.  They think that they don’t need to grow anymore.  They don’t see the need to be in church and to learn from a message that has been studied carefully to teach them how to grow in a certain area.  I am concerned over Christians who resist discipleship and available Bible studies with no apparent interest in them.  We are to be growing!  Those who are growing are seeing greater maturity in their lives, greater victories, greater blessings and more.  Their God-awareness grows as they grow in grace.

Let us all submit to growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and forever.

Tonight is our Wednesday night Bible study, prayer time, Kids4Truth and Youth Group.  See you at 7:00. 

I had a great time at Sunrise yesterday.  Do pray for a man named Rich.  He is a young man to be in a nursing home but has severe Parkinson’s.  He is a dear brother in Christ and loves to chat about the Lord.  When I spend time with him I realize how few problems I really have.  Kim called me last night and asked for prayer.  Keep Kim and her daily needs in your prayers.  If you are ever going by Alden Nursing homes on Army Trail Road and Glen Ellyn Road, stop and see her. She would love it.


Have a great day in the Lord,




Now you are warned, be ready

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2 Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;

Someone once said, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed.” If an enemy was coming to attack our city and we had a 24 hour warning, we would prepare ourselves to meet the enemy. Peter has taken time to warn his readers of all ages of the attacks that are coming in our lifetimes. In 2 Peter We have read warnings of attacks on the Bible, attacks on salvation, false promises of liberty, and contradictory teachings of all types. If you took the time today to read back through 2 Peter you could identify several warnings.

If we were coming under attack and ignored the warning we would be totally overtaken by our enemy. Their victory would be our fault for not heeding the warning and preparing ourselves. Naperville and Aurora will probably never come under attack. But our spiritual souls come under attack regularly. Take Peter’s warning and constantly prepare yourself with both defensive and offensive spiritual weapons.

The spiritually wicked of this world are following error. Recognize this and avoid the error. Do not be deceived with their good sounding words but as a student of God’s word remain steadfast in His truth.

We surely did have a blessed day yesterday. It rained at the beginning of our picnic then cleared up and the sun came out. We ate and talked and ate and played and ate and sang and ate some more. Rob brought a reading for Memorial Day, my mom talked about her brothers in WW II, and we prayed. It was just a wonderful time together with God’s people.

Have a great day in the Lord,

Be faithful with the Scriptures

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2 Peter 3:15–16

15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

I find it interesting that the Apostle Peter told his readers that some of Paul’s writings about salvation were hard to understand.  The truth is that you cannot casually read the book of Romans.  Skimming Romans is like skimming the ocean.  You miss its’ treasures beneath the waves if you never dive in.  Peter did not say that one could not understand Paul’s writings.  Any diligent student can dive into Romans and find treasure in it.  First of all today, be a student of Paul’s writings, it is worth the effort.

Then Peter tells us that unstable people twist Paul’s writings to their own destruction.  When I read a homosexual explanation of Romans 1 I was amazed that it could be so twisted to accept their perversions.  I Corinthians 14, which so clearly defines the use of the gift of tongues in the church, has been twisted to allow all types of perversions of its teachings.  And on and on it goes.  Be certain that anyone you read or listen to interprets the scriptures in such a way that they are consistent with all of the rest of the Scriptures.

The third point that Peter makes here is that his and Paul’s writings are on the same level of authority as the rest of the Scriptures.  God has given us what He wants us to have and wants us to treat all of it with carefulness in study and application.  We are not allowed to twist any of the Scriptures to defend our disobedience to God.  Anyone who uses the Scriptures to defend their sinfulness is untaught and unstable, twisting the Word to their own destruction.  Blinding themselves to the truth about the Word they remain in their sin with self-justification.

Be a discerning listener of Christian talk radio, of Christian preachers and teachers.  When something doesn’t sound right, take it to the Scriptures.  Don’t listen to false teachers even if they are on Christian radio or published by a Christian publisher.  Don’t allow their blindness to blind you. Keep your eyes open to the Scriptures at all times and in all matters.

It is Friday.  Besides Pastor Bill’s services at Sunrise and at Spring Meadow, I will be conducting a service at the Devonshire.  Pray for these opportunities to proclaim God’s word. 

RU is tonight.  Pray for God to bring back the ones who came last week.  Pray that they come with hearts open to receive God’s word.  Pray for our workers to come with hearts longing to share hope and excited about the Savior.

Tomorrow night some of us are going out to do street witnessing in Naperville.  We will be out from about 7:00-8:30.  Anyone who wants to join us certainly can.

See you Sunday.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

Six Contrasts of life and eternity from Isaiah 33

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God’s single plan saturates all of His other plans and works

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2 Peter 3:14–15

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,

Take a moment to re-read the underlined phrase, “and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.”  Let’s ask a question: How many plans does God have for mankind?  What is God’s plan saturated with?  At the end of life, what do we really hope that God gives us?  For eternity, what are we going to be thankful to God for?

If you are an environmentalist, don’t put the earth above the Creator and His plan for us which has nothing to do with this earth.  If you are a vegan don’t put your health above God’s eternal plan for your soul.  If you are a Democrat don’t put social good above God’s plan for those you are caring for.  If you are a Republican don’t put God’s plan above a better government.  I hope you get the point here; God’s plan is salvation.  He is longsuffering toward mankind because He loves us to salvation.  When we die He wants us to know His salvation.  While we live He wants us to know His salvation.

Not only is God’s plan for us salvation but He is longsuffering towards us until we get it.  I thank God that as a teenager I recognized His longsuffering with me.  Bev’s husband, George, is glad that weeks before he died he recognized God’s longsuffering with him.  It does not matter when we recognize God’s longsuffering with us toward our salvation, what matters is that we do recognizes it and surrender to His mercy and receive His grace in this life.

God’s longsuffering toward us is salvation. Peter wrote this; Paul wrote this; we are to understand this.  Take time to meditate on this today.

Last night at prayer meeting we spent time trying to focus on the face of God.  We looked at four verses including Psalm 27:8 When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”  It was a most unusual exercise yet a wonderful exercise.  It is our goal on Wednesday nights to meet with God not just pray to God.  We desire that our asking will grow out of our seeking of God’s face, our worship of Him. 

I plan to bring a message Sunday morning from Isaiah 36-37.  If you could take time to read these chapters beforehand you will get more out of the message.  Be in prayer with us for Sunday morning.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS


Are you ready?

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2 Peter 3:13–14

13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

Jesus Christ is coming again!  You cannot write this on your calendar but He is coming again.  Though you cannot give this coming a date you can and must prepare for it.

My wife is an event planner.  When an event that she is planning is coming up she begins her lists and her planning and her shopping.  The closer the event comes the more specific her attention focuses on the event.

Peter has gone to great lengths to convince us that Christ is coming again and that He is coming to establish a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness is going to dwell or to live.

In light of this reality, he uses the word, therefore.  Therefore, as we look forward to the return of Jesus Christ, we are to live a certain way.  We are to be found in Him at peace and blameless.  This takes work so he uses the words, be diligent.  Thus we are to diligently pursue peace and blameless living.

So, when the situation around you lends itself to confusion, seek the peace of the Lord Jesus within you.  When He comes, Jesus wants to find you at peace in Him.  Therefore, diligently pursue it.  When Jesus comes, He also wants to find you blameless.  This means that there is no one around you that can blame you for godless living.  Blameless is not sinless living but it is living with less sin.  Christ, our righteousness, whose righteous robe we wear, wants to live His righteousness through us.  Thus, when Jesus returns He wants to find us at peace with God and with man and blameless before man.  How ready would you be if Jesus returned today?  How would He find you in these two regards?

When we seek God’s help over our situations, He responds.  Those in church Sunday know about the situation that arose.  Living obediently to the Word of God and following the leading of the Spirit of God, that situation was resolved yesterday and we are at peace.  Thank you for your prayers and care.

As always, I am looking forward to our time of prayer and Bible study tonight.  Be in prayer for our Kids4Truth program and the children who come each week to learn more about the Lord from His word.  Pray for our teens who gather around having fun, fellowship and the Word of God.  Pray that they will come with open hearts and minds to all that God wants them to gain.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS


The Lord’s Day is coming

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2 Peter 3:10–11

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,  12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

As Peter continues his thoughts from the Lord about the Lord’s return, scoffers, and God’s timetable, he begins this section with a statement.  “The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.”  This statement has caused much discussion and even books and movies have had part of this statement in them.  The “day of the Lord” is an Old Testament expression describing the day of the Lord’s judgment upon mankind for their sin against Him.  Peter continues this meaning but adds “like a thief in the night” to it.

Regardless of the Lord’s tarrying, He is going to come and He is going to come when people do not expect Him to come.  That is the nature of the “thief in the night” picture.  A thief does not announce his coming.  A thief is unexpected.  When the day of the Lord comes upon this earth it will come without announcement and unexpectedly.  People will be doing business and life like always.  When the judgment of God begins it will be harsh and it will be painful to mankind.

In light of all of this, how are we supposed to live?  We are to live in holy conduct and godliness while looking and hastening the day of God.  Then, when the day of the Lord ends there will be a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness dwells.  I think that the teaching here is that those who live in righteousness now will enjoy righteousness then.  When the day of the Lord comes we who are looking forward to His appearing will be glad.  Those who have rejected the Lord will be terrified, and rightfully so.

The Lord is coming back.  He will bring judgment upon the sins of the people of this earth and He will bring righteousness to those who are seeking Him.  Look then for His coming.

Ben is going to be speaking at Sunrise for us today.  Pray for his service there. 

It was nice to have nice weather yesterday, I was able to get the pool open.  Steven and Rachel brought the kids over and Elliana while kicking her feet in the water said, “This is the best day of my life!”  It was too cold to get in but they sure did kick and get wet. 

Have a great day in the Lord, PS


We must share God’s desire

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2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

While we know that the Lord choses who will be saved we also know that God does not will anyone to damnation.  God desires that all be saved.  This truth is this: the reason we talk about the Lord in the public square, in the market, in our neighborhoods, and around the world is that God desires to save sinners.  God’s desire to save the lost is the reason we send out missionaries and take missions trips.  It is the reason that we send money to missionaries, since we cannot go we support those who do.  God’s desire to save the lost is the reason for Christian radio and TV.  (At least it should be.)

We know that God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked but that the wicked should repent and turn to Him. Ezekiel 33:11  So, whom does God wish to eternally damn away from Himself?  If God in love sent His Son to show the world His love, is there anyone that God wants to miss that message?  Which of God’s creation does God not want to hear of His love and know of His grace?

As you look around yourself and see hoards of teeming people, see them from God’s view.  I live in a part of town that has a major road closed for four days.  All of the secondary roads and neighborhood roads are packed.  What are they filled with?  Cars, yes, but people going somewhere.  They are busy or they would not go out when traffic is so bad.  What do they need?  They think they need more money or more health or more friends or a better situation.  What they need first and foremost is the Savior.  Let’s ask the Lord how we can show people Jesus.  How can we show them His love and His message of justification?   If God desires them to hear and to be saved then we must shoulder the responsibility of giving them the love and the Word.

If God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance then we must share His desire.

As we seek the Lord for His leading and for His power in our church, we must expect spiritual battles to ensue.  This weekend was a weekend of spiritual battles.  I wish I could tell you that they all ended well.  Some are still in process and we are praying for the Lord to do in people’s lives what only He can do. 


We had a wonderful time at Ben and Anna’s wedding shower yesterday.  It was fun to have Steven and Caleb there running the games and having fun as brothers.  At the end of the day, Ben and Anna were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for them.  They felt quite unworthy not thinking that they had given out near as much love as they had received.  Bobbi did a great job putting it together and I thank her for all of her labor of love.  Thanks to all who came and made it a great day for Ben and Anna.  They truly do look forward to their wedding, now nineteen days away.  It is a joy to see their hearts for each other and their hearts for God.


Have a great day in the Lord, PS




Is the Creator subservient to the times He created?

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2 Peter 3:8–9

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Because the scoffers were so strong in their attacks against the coming of the Lord, because they told the Christians that since the Lord delayed in His coming that He really wasn’t coming, Peter goes on to explain God’s perspective of time.

As human beings, we are creatures of time.  We are born on a date and will die on a date.  We live in 24 hour days and 12 month years.  We set alarms to get to places on time and work until the clock strikes a certain time.  We measure our lives by years and events in time.

God is not a creature of time, no; He is the creator of time.  As the creator of time, God lives above time and is not limited by it.  So when Peter says that with the Lord a day is the same as a thousand years that is exactly what he means.  God is not concerned with our timetables.  God is concerned with His plans and His people of His creation.  He is not enslaved by time but lives above it and apart from it.  Time is for us, not for Him.

So, when people complain about the Lord delaying His coming, they don’t understand God’s perspective of time.

Secondly, Peter reminds his readers that God will never slack off on even one of His promises.  If you make a promise in time and miss the time you have slacked off on your promise.  Not so with God.  In God’s world, He is never late and He is seldom early yet He does His work at the exact time necessary to accomplish His will.  Trust God with the time of your life. He will keep all of the promises that He has made toward you.

Finally, God, in His timetable, is not willing that men should die apart from Him.  God desires that all would be saved.  Therefore, it is within God’s will that we pray for all to repent and come to the Lord to be saved.  We do not know who will and who won’t be saved but we can be assured that God desires that all be saved and can thus pray for those who need to be saved.

In that vein, pray for men and women to come to RU to be saved.  God desires to save the addicted and their greatest need is Jesus Christ.  Pray with us today that God would bring prepared hearts to RU tonight so that as they hear the wonderful liberating gospel they would be saved.

Pray for Pastor Bill’s community services today that in them those who need the Savior would be saved.  Pray for those who know the Lord to be strengthened by the Word given.


Pray for Sunday.  I will be bringing a message from Isaiah 33 on the treasure of the fear of the Lord.  Prepare your hearts for this service.  We will also be observing the Lord’s Table.


Have a great day in the Lord, PS


When God gives us what we want – Romans 1

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A universal flood? Why would that happen?

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2 Peter 3:5–7

For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

Peter is still referencing the scoffers who deny the Lord is still coming.  It is these scoffers who deny the universal flood.  They deny that God is a God of judgment who used the flood to judge the ungodly.  The world that existed before the flood, being filled with violence, Genesis 7-8, was destroyed, flooded with water.

There are countless scoffers today who deny the flood.  They don’t want a God who can bring judgment upon the world so they deny the flood itself.  They call it a “flood theory” and those who believe in a world-wide flood are known to be extremists.  Since “extremists” carries a negative connotation no one wants to be held in that category.  I know this because I was at a seminar where this was presented and that is how it was presented.  I was a creationist-extremist believing in a six day creation and a universal flood.

Let’s go back to the authority of the Bible and the authority of the writings of Peter, Paul, James and John.  If these men knew that their writings were as authoritative as the rest of the scriptures and of the prophets then either Peter was telling a lie here about the flood or God truly did inspire him to write about an event that God knows did really happen.   If God sent a world-wide flood to bring His judgment on a culture fully given to violence and perversion, and spared Noah and his family by His grace, and promises to judge the world one more time for their sin against Him, we should take notice and walk in righteousness with Him.   The point is that God judged the whole earth for the sin of the people living on it and will do so again.  Let’s not debate whether the flood happened, Peter thinks it did, but let’s dwell upon the cause of the flood and walk in a healthy fear of God today.

Our Wednesday night prayer and Bible study times are such an encouragement.  It is truly a joy to gather with God’s people and seek His face and His counsel together. 

Think through our church family and ask the Lord whom He knows needs prayer today.  When He brings people to mind, stop and pray for them throughout the day.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

Scoffers have been around and will be; have faith

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2 Peter 3:3–4

knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

As Peter begins to make his point about the faithfulness of God to His word, he quotes the scoffers of his day and of all generations backward and forward.  Scoffers to the word of God are nothing new.  2000 years ago men were scoffing the word of God.  As theological history began to be recorded, there were scoffers in the first century who tried to reason away the incarnation of Christ.  (They denied that He came in the flesh.  These were called “Gnostics.”)

Scoffers continued to denounce the word of God and Martin Luther spoke against them proclaiming justification by faith alone.  The Reformers were burned at the stake for speaking against the religious scoffers of their day.  When Christians, who were baptized as infants into the denominational church, realized that they need to be saved as adults and that New Testament baptism happened after salvation, they went to the river to be baptized.  The church they were baptized into came out and drowned many of those re-baptizers scoffing the gospel they believed.

The Scopes trials were a public scoffing of Biblical truth. No, nothing has changed.  The enemies of the word of God, who are enemies of God Himself, continue to scoff the word of God.  They ask, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”   In other words, “if God promised to come and to make a new heaven and a new earth, why hasn’t He come yet?  If God promised to return and make it all new and right, what is taking Him so long?  Maybe He isn’t coming.  So then, if God isn’t coming then what are we worried about, let’s live as we want, it isn’t going to matter anyway.”

My friends, beware of the scoffers of the word of God.  They are in error and in God’s time, not ours, their error will be made manifest.  Until then, do not lose heart nor faith.  God is God and does not share His glory with another.  God is God and all that He has said will come to pass.  He has not forgotten us in our affliction nor will He leave us alone.  He has given us His word, His Son, and His Holy Spirit.  He has built His church of which we are a part and He is coming again for His church, His chosen ones, who will be taken, raised from the dead, into eternal life with Him.  Remain faithful amidst the scoffers.

Kim Lavryk was in church Sunday and asked prayer for a few things.  She really wants to find a new place to live.  The place she is living is not working out for her.  Finding a place for Kim is a true challenge in every sense of the word.  Pray with her about this.  She asks prayer for the activity director at her facility; Natalie has had brain and leg surgery.  Kim has an unspoken request and she thanks the church for the monthly support we give to her.  Do remember our sister Kim in your prayers.  Pray for her family to come to Christ.  She is very burdened for them all.

Pray for Mark D’Agistino as he suffered a concussion Sunday night.  The family went to the Dells and he hit his head while out playing.  The doctor has ordered Mark off of work for a week.  Pray for Mark’s recovery as well as the protection of his job.  He hasn’t been working for Scotts for very long. 

I will be speaking at Sunrise at 10:30 and always need prayer when the word of God is preached.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS