Month: September 2015

Creation by Faith – Part 3

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Creation by faith – part 3 from Pastor Steve Schroeder on Vimeo.

In this message, Pastor Steve looks at the element of faith in the study of origins. He asks several questions of creationists and evolutionists leading us to a theological and a scientific reason to accept God as Creator. This message is not an attack on evolution but seeks a reasoned faith for creation.

A summary of God’s creative and sustaining acts for our meditation

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Psalm 104

33   I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

34   May my meditation be sweet to Him;

I will be glad in the Lord.

This Psalm, 104, tells of God’s creative and sustaining powers.  It goes into great detail of all that God has done to bring the earth to pass, to fill it, to water it, to feed it and to give it life.  Take time to read these 32 verses telling of the might and power of God Almighty.

Because of God’s creative and sustaining power, He is worthy of something great; that is, He is worthy of our songs of praise.  We sing praises of men and women, of love and sorrow, of countries and peoples, and of life and of death.  Should we not sing greater praise to the God who is all wise, all powerful, and all caring?   If God were just a master tinker who wound up His creation and let it go, that would be amazing.  But God is so much more than that.  In this Psalm it tells that he gives life and breath and even takes it away in His time.  Our God is both creator and sustainer.

With all that this Psalm describes, we could take our entire lives to meditate on Him with sweet meditation.  When we look through the magnifying glass of the scriptures at all that is around us; we see God in everything that lives and breathes and moves.  We see Him in everything beautiful and everything that frightens us.  God has made it all.  Meditate on it all with Him in mind.  This meditation is sweet to Him!  Think about that for a moment; when we meditate on God through His creative and sustaining works, that meditation is sweet to Him.

The end of all of this is our gladness.  Human thoughts can bring confusion, not clarity.  Biblical thoughts about God bring gladness and joy and songs of praise.  I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.

The Pray Naperville movement is hosting a pastor’s prayer meeting this morning. I am looking forward to this event as an opportunity to pray with other pastors in our community for God to open hearts and lives to His saving grace. I will let you know how this goes.

Tonight is our prayer time and Bible study. We have Kids4Truth and youth group as well. Do what you can to join us at least for our prayer time.   We read last Sunday that when we pray Satan is put on notice for we are attacking his kingdom when we pray. Join us in this attack.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

Reactions to Redemption

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Psalm 100

1    Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!

2    Serve the Lord with gladness;

Come before His presence with singing.

3    Know that the Lord, He is God;

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4    Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

And into His courts with praise.

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

5    For the Lord is good;

His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.

Many of the Psalms show the action of God.  We see Him saving, empowering, protecting, enabling, choosing, defeating enemies and more.  I love to look for the actions of God the Psalms.  But this Psalm defines our actions because of God’s actions.  When we see the mighty works of God in our world and in our lives our reaction should be joyful noise, glad service, singing in His presence, thanksgiving in His courts, thankfulness to Him, and blessing to His name.

In the New Testament, we might call these actions “spiritual fruit.”  When God has saved us by taking our sin away and giving us the righteousness of Jesus, we respond with all of these reactions toward Him.  Those who have not enjoyed the actions of God in their lives do not have spiritual reactions.  Their religious actions are to gain favor not to rejoice in favor.  But for those of us who have been blessed with God’s redeeming grace these actions should flow from us.

Do have these natural reactions toward our Lord and Savior in your life?  Do you focus on the works of God and react with praise and service and thanksgiving?

The last verse tells us again just why we sing and shout and serve with abandon:  “The Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations.”  Take time today reacting to God’s work in the world and in your life.

We had a joyous time in our family the last two nights. Caleb and Lindsey spent two days with us, Steven and Rachel came in both days and Ben and Anna were here also. Last night my parents joined the circus and we had a wonderful time together.

This morning we have service at Sunrise Assisted Living at 10:30. Your prayers for that service are always needed.

Sunday’s message will be on the website soon. Parts 1 and 2 are already on the website. I do hope you will avail yourselves to these resources on the Bible’s view of creation.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

Creation from the rest of the Bible – part 2

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Worship our Creator with Abandon

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Psalm 95

1     Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!

Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

2     Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;

Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

3     For the Lord is the great God,

And the great King above all gods.

4     In His hand are the deep places of the earth;

The heights of the hills are His also.

5     The sea is His, for He made it;

And His hands formed the dry land.

6     Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

7     For He is our God,

And we are the people of His pasture,

And the sheep of His hand.

As I read this Psalm I do not think of people in church but people at a ball game. The Psalmist speaks of singing, of shouting joyfully, of thanksgiving, of more shouting joyfully, of worship and bowing down, and of kneeling. For most of us, church has become a place of closed mouths and moderate or quiet singing. (The loudness of the singing tends to diminish as one gets closer to the back of the church.) When I have been to hockey games, the crowd is shouting all the way to the back row in the top section. (That is usually where we sit.)

The point here is that we loudly shout for that which we worship. In fact, worship with abandon is normal and generally demonstrates where our heart is set at that moment. The Psalmist here says that we are to worship the Lord with abandon!

In this Psalm we are also told why we worship with abandon. God is the Rock of our salvation. God is the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth and the highest hills. The sea belongs to Him for He made it and all that is in it. His hands also formed the dry land. He is our God and we are His sheep of His pasture, which He has made.

I am loving this creation study for over and over I see that when the Bible speaks of God the creator of all it then speaks of our worship of Him or of His desire for our salvation. I can pray to God knowing that He can answer my prayer because He made everything I see. The Bible does not prove God as creator just so we can be creationists. God wants us to see Him as creator so we will be able to trust Him with all of our prayers, our eternal salvation and give Him loud worship.

It is Friday. The week has flown by. Last night I went with Dave to a meeting in Naperville of parents whose children are heroin addicts. The group splits and the parents go in one room while their children, most of them are late teens into their twenties, go in another room. Dave had amazing opportunities to present Christ to the room with those struggling with heroin addiction. I had opportunity to participate in the room with the parents. What a grieving group that is! They are looking for answers and gather to help each other the best they know how. There was a funeral last night for a girl who overdosed this week. It was a sobering time as many of the parents knew the girl. (There were over 30 parents and siblings of heroin addicts in this room.) Pray for opened doors into these hurting people’s lives.

Remember to pray for Pastor Bill and his community services today.

Pray for RU tonight that some of those Dave met last night would come and discuss their issues with Christianity with him.

Sunday I will be bringing part 3 in the series on Creation from the rest of the Bible. This Sunday we will be looking at Isaiah 45 and the need for faith. I do hope you are able to take this series home to your dinner table and talk together about creation.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

Old writings that are very relevant to us

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Psalm 94

16   Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?

Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

17   Unless the Lord had been my help,

My soul would soon have settled in silence.

18   If I say, “My foot slips,”

Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.

19   In the multitude of my anxieties within me,

Your comforts delight my soul.

In the struggles of the Psalmists we understand our lives. Often these men did not know what to do nor how to respond to their enemies. Each of us has had enemies we did not understand. What did we do to turn them against us? Why were they so hateful toward us? What could we do to protect ourselves? In this Psalm we see that in the face of our enemies, those who work iniquity against us, who attack our character and who malign our name, God is going to be our help. This first thought is the first thought we too must have. My life is under God’s protection and He is going to be my most effective help against my enemies.

When the Lord is our help we do not have to settle in the silence of defeat. No, we go forward with God on our side instead of retreating into defeated silence. Our enemies would like to run over us over and over again. Our silence encourages their aggression. When God intervenes we do not have to become their door mat but instead we stand up in God’s strength and in His love against those who attack us. We stand on God’s truth and leave the results to Him.

When our feet slip, when we are insecure in difficult situations, God’s mercy is there and holds us up. This is not an if-its-to-be-its-up-to-me attitude but an it’s-in-God’s-hands attitude. We are in God’s hand and He bears us up if we stub our foot against a stone. He has promised to carry us through for He is our Father we are His children. Just as we carried Jared through Starved Rock State Park through the rain because he needed us to do so, God carries us when we need Him to do so. It is His mercy at work.

Then, when anxiety takes over with a multitude of anxious thoughts within us, God’s comforts delight our soul and melt away the anxieties. God has every ability to protect us, to keep us from falling and to renew our minds. Turn to Him, turn away from those people and thoughts that are against you, and find His comforts delighting your soul. (Who said that this book, the Bible, is old and irrelevant? We see ourselves all the way through this 2700 year old Psalm.)

This morning was “See you at the pole.” There were 44 kids at the Waubonsie Valley High School flag pole before school singing and praying and praising the Lord. Pray for these students to band and bond together for Christ as lights in their school.

Tonight is our prayer time and Bible study. Kids4Truth and youth group also start at 7:00. Join us for this all important time of encouragement, edification, and prayer.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

Praising, Meditating and Flourishing

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Psalm 92

1     It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

2     To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,

And Your faithfulness every night,

3     On an instrument of ten strings,

On the lute,

And on the harp,

With harmonious sound.

4    For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work;

I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

5     O Lord, how great are Your works!

Your thoughts are very deep.

12   The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,

He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13   Those who are planted in the house of the Lord

Shall flourish in the courts of our God.

As we go through the Psalms we have to see that the great hymn writers of Israel knew the greatness of God. As they saw Him in His greatness they overflowed with praise of Him. Their song was in the morning and in the evening, it was with instruments, and it was with harmony. They seem to have not been able to stop praising God, Most High.

They recognized that the Lord made them glad when they observed His work. The work of His hands brought feelings of triumph. They studied God’s works and saw the depth of God’s thoughts. Do we look for God as they do? Do we see the Lord in as many places as they do? Do we see the depth of God’s thought, the brilliance of His work, the carefulness of His planning and the thoroughness of His creation? Take time to meditate upon the Most High God.

Later in the Psalm the writer looks at those who seek the Lord and who live in His righteousness. They who do so flourish. They produce fruit and they have great inner strength. The most secure people I have ever met are people who love the Lord and live their lives for Him. As they recognize who God is they find life’s strength in Him and are able to live secure in Him.

Those who plant themselves, a picture of a plant that takes root in one place, in the house of God, flourish in His courts. I know there is a difference between the Temple of Jerusalem and the local Christian church, but the principle remains the same. When we love the local church, when we plant ourselves in its purposes, when we love the people and work of the Lord, we flourish in the Lord. When people stop coming to church, they lose something. It is not healthy. When we remain planted in the house of God we understand His flourishing in our lives. Meditate on this today and seek to understand what the Psalmist is saying to us.

As I worked with a family last night, I was thankful for a church that cares for one another.  They know the church cares and can’t imagine where they would be without our church.  Never forget the importance of loving another and praying for one another.  In times of personal crisis  the care we share can carry us through.

I talked with Mark Massey yesterday.  They have some boys who began Labor Day and are beginning to struggle.  The honeymoon is over and the routine is hard for them in their unsubmissive state.  Pray for the Lord to break their hearts and do His miracle of salvation upon them.

I will be at Sunrise this morning at 10:30 and thank you for your prayers for that service.  Pastor Bill is going in for a physical this morning.  Many of you were concerned for him Sunday morning.  We will know more later.  He feels fine.  Thanks for your prayers and concern.

Did you hear Naghmeh Abedini’s testimony on Moody radio this morning?  What an amazing opportunity God has given this woman.  She is proclaiming Christ with boldness before world rulers.  She is on a 21 day fast and God is opening unique doors for her.  Pray for her and for her husband’s release.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

 

The Secret Place

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Psalm 91

1     He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High

Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2     I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;

My God, in Him I will trust.”

14   “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

15   He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and honor him.

16   With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation.”

Today I am giving you the “book-ends” of Psalm 91. In years past I read verse 1 and asked God what His secret place was. I wanted to know where and what that secret place was so that I could enjoy living in His protective shadow. As New Testament believers in Jesus Christ, we find the secret place of the Most High through the sacrifice of the Savior. With our sins eternally forgiven and with us enjoying the imputed righteousness of Jesus, we live in the secret place of the Most High. We live, as it were, in His eternal presence already.   Those who don’t know God’s forgiveness through Christ live hoping to get where we are. They strive with more religion and more good thoughts but never really attain the secret place, the glorious presence of God.

We can say with the Psalmist, “the Lord is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Him I will trust” because we are trusting in Him. We have found Him able to forgive and to restore and we live rejoicing in this glorious relationship with God, our Abba Father. In all ways, our Abba Father is worthy of our trust.

The last three verses have always been special to me because the speaker has changed. No longer is the Psalmist writing but God is speaking directly to me. (Note the quotation marks.) So in this paragraph God is responding to my actions of setting my love upon Him. Because I have set my love upon God He will deliver me; because I know His name, God has set me on high. When I call on Him He will answer me. He will be with me in trouble, He will deliver me and honor me, He will satisfy me with long life and He will show me His salvation. What a great way for God to confirm His care for me. Now these verses can become special to you.

I have greatly enjoyed the Creation study. The biblical study of Creation throughout the Bible is challenging to the cultural teachings of evolution. At some point we who call ourselves Bible believing Christians have to come to grips with God’s teaching and decide what we are going to follow.

Continue to pray one for another. We who have the Lord in us are people of His love. Whom does He want you to love for His sake this week?

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

God wants us to pay attention to how much life we have left

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Psalm 90

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
3 You turn man to destruction,
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
4 For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.
5 You carry them away like a flood;
They are like a sleep.
In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
6 In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
In the evening it is cut down and withers.
7 For we have been consumed by Your anger,
And by Your wrath we are terrified.
8 You have set our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
9 For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
We finish our years like a sigh.
10 The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

This is another Psalm worthy of our meditation. (It continues past verse 12 to 17, take time to read it all.)

As you read 1-11 you will see the greatness of God. God wants us to know that He is God. He often had His prophets (Moses wrote this Psalm) describe His wisdom and His might. The purposes of God are above our comprehension.

Here we see God even aware of our sins. How wonderful to see God’s greatness and how shameful for us to realize His total awareness even of our sin. We must be aware of this and seek, as Joseph did, to flee from our sin, to ever push away from temptation. Christ came and died because of our sin, for our reconciliation with God. Sin must never be taken lightly nor passed over but confessed and repented of.

But I want you to look at verse 12. All that comes before it seems to point to its message. God wants us to number our days so we will apply our hearts to wisdom. How many days have you lived? How many do you have left to live? If I live as long as my parents, I am 2/3 finished with my life and have 1/3 left. What am I doing to apply God’s wisdom to this 1/3 of my life? We tend to apply our hearts to worldly wisdom better than to godly wisdom.

So here is the question: what wisdom does God want you to apply to the remaining days of your life?

I am on my way back from taking my parents to Virginia. We will be back around dinner time. The trip went well and was very good for my mom.

Sunday I plan to bring part 2 of the message on Creation from the rest of the Bible. This has been a fascinating study. This is a message that our children really need to hear and to digest.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

What would You rather do?

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Psalm 84:10-11

10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

I just love the this verse puts life’s priorities in the right place. A day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a day with God and His people than a thousand days doing other things. This is the cry of every follower of Jesus Christ. The thrill of being with
God’s people together with God outshines the thrills of life.

But David goes a step further. He would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than to live in comfort with the wicked. A doorkeeper stands and greets people serving them by opening the door to let them in! We call these people “greeters” and “ushers.” David considered this a higher calling then the highest place of the godless.

He continues: The Lord is our strength and our shield, He gives us grace and glory. We cannot get these things living with the wicked, no, they only come from being with Him! No wonder being a doorkeeper is better then a tent dweller.

As a result of dwelling with God, we come to realize that He doesn’t withhold good from those who walk uprightly with Him. No wonder a day in His courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

I have posted yesterday’s sermon on the church website. http://www.graceforlifebc.com I started on a series from Isaiah 44:24 on Creation from the rest of the Bible. Some evolutionists discredit Genesis 1-3. I want you to see that we don’t need Genesis 1-3 to be Creationists. This study will confirm your confidence in the Word of God and in God as your Creator.

We had a great day in the Lord’s house yesterday with His people.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

God our Creator throughout the Bible – Isaiah 44:24

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God the Creator

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Isaiah 44

24   Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,

And He who formed you from the womb:

“I am the Lord, who makes all things,

Who stretches out the heavens all alone,

Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;

Sunday morning I will be taking this text.  Since Charles Darwin’s development of evolution of the species God has been put in the back seat.  Every zoo, every museum, and almost every biology class teaches evolution as scientific fact. The most intelligent people in the world have fully embraced evolution and have called the biblical account utter foolishness.  I have a problem with this.  Isaiah has a problem with this.  Isaiah had a message from God Himself who said that he made all things, that He stretched out the heavens all alone and that He spread abroad the earth by Himself.  Isaiah said that God was not an evolutionist.

There is a major attack against Genesis 1-3 as an unreliable portion of Scripture.  I will be showing you that the creation by the Creator is throughout the Bible.  When we establish the authority of the Bible as having come from God to man, when we establish that the writers of the Bible knew that they were getting their messages from God Himself, and when we then study the messages that God sent, we will see that God is not an evolutionist but a creationist.  In fact, God makes it very clear that He created all things and says this throughout His book.

As Bible-believing Christians we need to take back the origin of man from the secular biologist and boldly wave the flag of creation by a Creator God.  Biologist study evidences of what God did.  If we see God as the Creator of all then we must not deny the evidence but we must put the evidence in the creation bus.  When we look at scientific evidence from a Creator viewpoint we see more proof of creation not less.  But, we have to begin with knowing that God, by Himself, stretched out the heavens and spread out the earth.

The biblical evidence is compelling and powerful.  I will be standing without apology and without doubt on this evidence for the next few Sundays.  This is a very important series for if we believe in a Creator God who formed man in His image then we will believe in the Fall of man, the Flood by God, the separation of man from God and the work of Jesus Christ to reconcile fallen man to the image that he was created to bear.

It is Friday and it is a busy day for many of us. Pray for one another as we go about our work. Pastor Bill has two services today, one at Spring Meadow and one at Sunrise Assisted Living. I have one at the Devonshire, in Lisle. (I think they changed the name to Brookdale but I am not sure.) I am having lunch with an old friend, Dr. Martin. We appreciate your prayers for all of this activity.

Tonight is RU. We have had three new people promise they will come tonight. Pray that Satan would be defeated in their lives and that the Word of God will bring them hope.

There are cities in Iraq that are today falling to ISIS control. Pray for Christians in those cities who are facing death even today. We cannot imagine this pressure and persecution happening in civilized countries but it is. Hold up Iraqi brothers and sisters and their children before the Lord.

See you Sunday.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

Are you enjoying God’s abundance?

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Psalm 81:7–16

7 You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah

8 “Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you! O Israel, if you will listen to Me!

9 There shall be no foreign god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god.

10 I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 “But My people would not heed My voice, And Israel would have none of Me.

12 So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, To walk in their own counsels.

13 “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!

14 I would soon subdue their enemies, And turn My hand against their adversaries.

15 The haters of the Lord would pretend submission to Him, But their fate would endure forever.

16 He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”

Throughout time God has desired to feed and to satisfy His people. In the Garden of Eden God completely satisfied the needs of Adam and Eve.   They did not do anything to obtain God’s favor, no, it was God’s desire to care for them.

When God formed the nation of Israel, it was His desire to care for them. Over and over God met their needs and defeated their enemies even when they were not seeking Him. When chastening them, God had a plan for His people’s future and was going to keep them until His time of their return to the Land.

In this Psalm, we see God testing His people. They failed the test but God met their needs anyway. When they opened their mouths to Him, He filled their mouths and their bellies. I really like verse 16 where God tells them that He desired to feed them with the finest of wheat and with honey from the rock to their satisfaction. When I go to God, I ask Him to meet my needs to satisfaction. He is able and He even desires to do so.

Have you enjoyed God’s abundance? He is waiting to give it to you. It is not a matter of whether you deserve it, you don’t. But God, in His grace, desires to care for you. Turn to Him, open your mouth in need, and wait for Him to fill it to satisfaction.

Pray for Nancy Hall. Her eyes need healing. She is going to an ophthalmologist and hopes for some helpful treatment. Let’s take her to the Lord and ask the great Healer to raise her up.

 

Our school students are in full swing with homework, performances, parades, games and church. Pray for them to seek the Lord, be healthy, and keep up with their work.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

Seeking and enjoying the shining face of our Lord

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Psalm 80

1     Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock;

You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth!

2     Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh,

Stir up Your strength,

And come and save us!

7     Restore us, O God of hosts;

Cause Your face to shine,

And we shall be saved!

14   Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts;

Look down from heaven and see,

And visit this vine

16   It is burned with fire, it is cut down;

They perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.

19   Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;

Cause Your face to shine,

And we shall be saved!

My friends, we need the face of God shining upon our lives.  From the face of God comes the light of His countenance which leads the righteous and rebukes the unrighteous.  Moses saw the shining glory of God.  Jesus showed three disciples the shining of His glory.  John, in Revelation 1, saw the glory of Jesus. Isaiah, recorded in Isaiah 6, saw the Lord high and lifted up in His glory.  When Solomon finished the Temple, the glory of God filled it and brought great rejoicing to the people.

Oh for us to live in the conscious awareness of the face of our Lord Jesus Christ.  When we sin, we grieve His Spirit and He can hide His face from us. Psalm 27: 8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. 9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Living in the shining face of the Lord is living by faith in His grace, walking submitted to His word, and ever rejoicing in His will.  When we walk away from God we also lose the glory of His face in our lives.  If this confuses you I challenge you to ask God to make this concept clear to you.  In prayer, seek God’s face, not God’s hand.  In worship, rejoice in the shining face of God upon you that He, by His grace, Has saved you and has caused His face to shine upon you.  The shining face of God dispels darkness and fear and shows us the way to go.  What else does the shining face of God do for you?

Once again, I am thankful for our church and for our Sunday service.  What a joy to be together with you Sunday morning rejoicing in our God and exalting Him in His word.  The fact of God’s being is thrilling to us and will always lead us to greater understanding of all of life.

Our church dinner was a blessed time of fellowship as well.  I am ever thankful for our church and for the body of believers God has brought together to enjoy Him.

Yesterday was a good day for our family. Stefani marched in the Labor Day parade in Naperville and we enjoyed a shady spot along Mill Street.  Later in the day some neighborhood kids came over and enjoyed the pool, Bobbi grilled dinner for a bunch of people, and we just enjoyed our day together.  I trust yours was as blessed.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

Can God prepare a feasting table in the wilderness?

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Psalm 78:12–19

12 Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

13 He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; And He made the waters stand up like a heap.

14 In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire.

15 He split the rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink in abundance like the depths.

16 He also brought streams out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers.

17 But they sinned even more against Him By rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.

18 And they tested God in their heart By asking for the food of their fancy.

19 Yes, they spoke against God: They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

The question in verse 19 has been a recurring thought to me over the years of my faith-based ministries. “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?” they asked. They felt that He couldn’t; in fact, they thought they having been delivered from Egypt through the ten plagues and the passage through the Red Sea, were now just going to starve to death. No doubt their children were hungry, the husbands were hungry, and there was not enough food to go around and nothing pick.

But the people did not look at the power of God that had just been displayed, instead they complained over what God had not yet done. We are great complainers! It is part of our sinful nature. Just because we ate yesterday and all of the yesterdays that we can remember, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t complain today, or does it?

We know that God did come through and provide daily manna and quail preparing a table for them in the wilderness. He brought a river of fresh water out of the rock and they were then satisfied. The kids were fed and the husbands stopped complaining. What did God do? He did what no one thought possible; He prepared a table in the wilderness.

Is God still able to prepare a nourishing and refreshing table in our wilderness? I believe He is; in fact, I have witnessed His table many times. Never doubt our able Lord. He who has already demonstrated His power to save also has the power to feed and care for His own.

 

Sorry this is so late, I worked setting vending machines this morning.

 

Last night we went to the funeral of George Pradel’s wife, Pat. She was a sweet Christian lady who gave her life to care for others. Her children and husband spoke so sweetly of her life=long quest to help others ending her life with note writing.

 

Tonight we are showing a movie here at church at 7:30. It will be an outdoor event so bring a blanket or chairs. The movie is the Drop Box and tells the story of a Korean pastor who was so committed to keep people from killing their babies that he set up a box for people to put their unwanted infants in. I have not seen it yet and look forward to tonight. See you there.

 

Pray for anyone coming to RU tonight to overcome his or her fears and to walk in. Pray for us to be able to minister God’s grace and hope to those who come.

 

Pray for Sunday.   I plan to bring another message on the folly of idolatry continuing in Isaiah 44.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,

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