Month: December 2016

Prepared for every good work

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This was the result of my personal reading this morning. A little different but something for you to consider.
Prepared for every good work

2 Timothy 2:21
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. –

What prepares me to be ready for every good work? The next verse tells me to flee youthful lusts and to follow after righteousness, faith, love and peace.

Looking for Christ’s second coming prepares me to be ready.

A Christ focus, dying to the flesh makes me ready.

Submitting constantly to Christ’s lordship makes me ready.

Fighting the good fight of faith, 2 Timothy 4:7 makes me ready.

The greatest challenge in this life to always being ready for every good work is the constant temptation to sins of the flesh, eyes, and mind. I really need to keep before me that God, the God of heaven and earth, the Savior of my life, the indwelling Holy Spirit, wants me to always be ready for His leading, His opportunity, His immediate placement of me into a situation of doing a good work for Him and His kingdom. If my focus is wrong, if sin has led me astray, if I am at all distracted, then I am not ready for every good work.

While being busy for God, I cannot say that I have always been ready for every good work that He has placed before me. From this point on, I want to follow this admonition of Paul to Timothy and I want to be ready for every good work that God has for me. This is not about what I might get to do so I can become someone for my pride has also caused me not to be ready at times. No, this is about being ready to quietly do what God places before me as His good work.

Thank you for your prayers for my trip. The memorial service went well and I was glad to be able to support my friend and his family. Death is always a reminder that one day all of us will succumb to it. It is a reminder that I never want to be far from as it keeps my focus where it needs to be, that is, on the eternal.

Praying for the swift spread of the gospel

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2 Thessalonians 3

1Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.

But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

 

Have you noticed how often Paul ask for and prays for the spread of the gospel? Here he prays that the word of the Lord may swiftly run to the glory of God.  I have read about times when the Word of God seemed to run through families and towns bringing conviction of sin and revival of salvations.  In my childhood, the church my dad pastored had a season of time when the good news of the gospel seemed to be running through it with people being saved every week and baptisms happening often.  What a great time that was and through it God grew a great church with fruit being brought forth even to this day.

 

Will you pray with me that in 2017 we would see the word of the Lord run swiftly in Naperville and Aurora and Warrenville and Lisle and Bolingbrook, and Downers Grove and Sugar Grove and more?  We must present ourselves as clean vessels that God can sanctify and use as channels of His gospel.  As we live lives to His glory God will use us to spread His gospel.

 

According to verse 3, we need God to establish us and to guard our hearts from the evil one.  Satan is our enemy.  Our own fleshly lusts and desires are our enemy.  The world around us is our enemy. But the Lord is faithful and will guard us from the enemies of this life.  In the meantime, I pray for those enemies of the gospel to be brought under conviction by the swiftly running gospel of Jesus Christ so that they may repent, be saved, and become my brothers and sisters forever.

 

I will be at Sunrise Assisted Living today at 10:30 for our weekly service there.  If any of you would like to come and bring your children they will be well received by the residents there.  The service last a half hour.  It is located on Chicago Ave east of Washington Street, just before the fire department on the south side of the road. 

 

I am going to Iowa tonight for a friend’s dad’s memorial service tomorrow.   Tomorrow night will be our regular Wednesday night of prayer, Bible study, youth group and kids club. 

 

Have a great day in the Lord,

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Why Jesus came

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Galatians 4

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

In the fullness of God’s time, He sent forth His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  When God began the world His clock began to tick.  Over the next four thousand years many events took place by the sovereign plan of God.  He promised a son to Eve who would crush the serpent’s head.  He promised Noah that He would dwell in the tents of Shem, He promised Abraham that through him all of the nations of the world would be blessed, and God promised David that his throne would be established forever.  In the fullness of time Jesus came and fulfilled all of the promises of God.

But why did Jesus come?  We all know this and Paul makes it clear in Galatians 4:5.  God sent His Son to redeem us from our sin, to redeem us who under the law were kept apart from God by the continual breaking of His holy law.  Jesus came to redeem us!  Before the Christmas week ends and before the decorations come down and before the Spirit of Christmas gives way to the regular actions and attitudes of life, remind all of the people you can that Jesus came to redeem us. We, unable to keep God’s law, needed to redeemed from our sin.  Jesus came to redeem us so that we could be adopted as sons into God’s eternal family.

Yesterday was a wonderful Christmas Day in every way.  Our service was filled with Scripture and song exalting the coming of Christ. The people read the Scriptures together.  Our message was a reminder of why Christ came and that He is coming again.  The world that wasn’t ready for the first coming of Christ won’t be ready for His second coming, but we who know Him are anxiously looking for the Savior’s return. 

Enjoy your week with the kids home from school.

Have a great day in the Lord,
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God in His goodness is greater

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2 Thessalonians 2

And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

 

I don’t believe in Ying-Yang.  Ying-Yang is the idea that good and evil are equal, thus the equal fields of black and white in the symbol.  I don’t believe that good and evil in an equal state balance the universe because our good God is greater than our evil enemy, Satan.  So much greater is God than Satan that God has told us how in His time Satan will be both fully exposed for who he deceptively is and he will be fully consumed by God’s breath and fully destroyed by God’s brightness.

In this life, at this time, Satan is the prince and the power of the air.  He is the spirit of wickedness who dwells in the hearts of those in his evil family.  Don’t be surprised at this, all of us were born into the evil family of Satan where he guided  us as our father of sin. Jesus told the religious Pharisees that they were of their father the devil and the lusts of their father is what they did.  All who are born in sin take their parental queues from their evil father of sin.  As the “great deceiver,” Satan makes all believe that the sin of their life is good for them at some level, thus we have the “mystery of lawlessness.”

But when King Jesus comes that mystery will be exposed in all of its deceptive evil when all of Satan’s lying darkness will be exposed by the pure light of Jesus Christ. Nothing will be hidden and all mankind will understand the full truth from the full lie.  Then, once Satan has been fully exposed he will be fully consumed and utterly destroyed.  John tells us in Revelation 19 and 20 that Satan will be bound by God for a thousand years, released for a short time, and then cast into the eternal lake of fire where God has already condemned the anti-christ and his false prophet.

I love that we can read the last chapter and know that God is not held in check by Satan’s evil but that Satan’s evil is held in check by God’s glorious power and light.  I love knowing that the evil one who regularly attacks me is a defeated enemy whose deceptions I can see now and soon all will see.  Jesus came to set the captives, us, free.  Enjoy being free from the enemy of our soul by our adoption into the Fatherhood of God.  John 1:12

Don’t you love telling people, “Merry Christmas!”  When they hold the corporate line and tell me “Happy Holidays” I shoot back with a joyous and happy “Merry Christmas to you!” Pray with me that this Christmas the lines of Christmas songs and the truths of the incarnation will be used by the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin and repentance to salvation.  Those around us are so lost and Christ is so able to save. 

All of you are welcome to join us at our home Christmas Eve for a time of singing and rejoicing in our Savior.  If you can’t sing, come and hum enjoying the voices and the instruments proclaiming the glory of God at Christmas.  We will begin around 6:00,

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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Why did God bring His Son through the line of King David?

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To the Jews at the time of Jesus, genealogy was important. In this message we find that Jesus fit both the legal line of King David through Joseph, His adopted father, and the blood line of King David through Mary, His mother. All of this matters because one day King Jesus will reign on the throne of David and will do so forever. But today, King Jesus, who is the rightful king by birth, wants to reign on the throne of our hearts.

 

Jesus came and is coming again

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2 Thessalonians 2

1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.

Before the Lord Jesus came the first time there was much written about it and so there was much anticipation at the wrong times.  When He did come the people wanted a King instead of a Savior and so rejected Christ for not being what they wanted.

When Jesus ascended into heaven the angels told the followers that Jesus would come again in like manner as they saw Him go.  He went in the clouds; He will come in the clouds.  Those who saw Jesus ascend truly thought that He would return in their lifetimes.  They anticipated His coming and they taught that He was coming.  When Jesus did not come and some of them began to die off the teaching of the second coming became distorted.  Some thought that Jesus had come and that they missed it.  As you can imagine, this was a troubling teaching.

2000 years have now passed and the Lord still has not returned.  In His longsuffering, God desires that more people receive His grace and be saved from their sin.  So God waits.  We are the ones who are to still anticipate Christ’s return for indeed, He could come back even today.  What a joy it would be that on the day we celebrate the Savior’s first coming if He were return for His second coming.  The true worshippers would be thrilled to see Him.  Those living for themselves would not even know that the Savior, as King, had come.  Let us be among those who are anticipating the return of the Lord Jesus.  Let us be among those who are inviting others to anticipate His return with us.  Let us be ready in every way so that when God’s time has fully come and Christ comes again we will be more ready than the world was at the first coming.

 

We will enjoy our regular Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study tonight.  We will have youth group and kids club.  See you then.

Saturday night, Christmas Eve, we are doing something a little bit different.  Instead of having a formal service at the church, Bobbi and I are inviting those who are free to come join us at our home for a time of singing and rejoicing in the Savior’s birth and life.  We will begin around 6:00. 

Sunday morning we will have one service at 10:30 celebrating Christmas together in Christmas Day.

I am so grieved over the people who are suffering in Syria today. To watch an entire city reduced to rubble while its innocent inhabitants are trapped and suffering drives me to prayer.  As an American, I wonder why our country has sat and watched this suffering happen without helping.  Pray with me for people there to be saved both physically and spiritually.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

 

Salvation will change us for God’s purposes and glory

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2 Thessalonians 1

11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Paul’s desires for those whom he had led to Christ were very specific.  Along with their salvation came a calling to fulfill the good pleasures of God’s goodness and God’s work of faith with power.  We have seen a cheapening of salvation leading people to get saved without any consideration of how receiving Christ changes the whole life.  In fact, I have never known a genuine Christian whose whole life did not change.  I have known many who professed Christ but never showed real life change; their lack of life change eventually was the demonstration of the lack of Christ in their lives thus the lack of genuine salvation.

When God saves people God changes them and gives them a whole new purpose for life.  Instead of living for one’s own goals and dreams that new creature because of Christ within wants to walk worthy of the God who has saved them desiring to fulfill the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with His power.  True conversion equals true change of life.

But Paul wasn’t done yet.  His thought continues into verse 12 telling us why we life differently: we live differently so that the name of our new Lord, Jesus Christ, may be glorified in us and us in Him according to the grace of God and the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.  My friends, we do not live the Christian life to gain any points with God or with man.  No, a thousand times no!  God changes us so that He and His Son, the Lord Jesus, will be glorified in us.  The Christian life is never about us, you see, it is all about God who works in us for His glory to show off His grace.  For when others see the grace of God in us they glorify God.

If your salvation has changed you, embrace the change and thank God for it.  Live the change so that others can and will see God’s glory and grace in you.  When they do, point them to the same Savior who has worked so mightily in you.

Many thanks to those who worked to present our Christmas program last Sunday morning.  It was a blessed time together on a very cold morning.  Our children were wonderful, as they always are.  We rejoiced together in the coming of Christ through Mary and His humble birth as He was laid in the manger.  Thanks to the youth who worked to prepare us two songs to exalt the Lord.  It was a great day for our church.

Sunday night, nine of us went to Sunrise Assisted Living to sing for the residents there.  What a joy it was to us to see the joy on these dear people’s faces.  We sang together, we talked about Christmas traditions, we rejoiced in our Savior’s birth and His coming as our Lord.  One woman cried as we sang, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.  All of us left quite fulfilled to have been tools of God’s grace and love. 

Have a great day in the Lord,

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Why did God create a Nation to bring His Son?

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God could have sent Jesus anytime. Why did God need a Nation? Why Israel.  This is part 2 in the series of the why and how of Christmas.  What was God’s purpose in all that He did to bring Jesus  in the fulness of time?

 

Are you growing in faith and love?

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2 Thessalonians 1

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure,

As we read the epistle to the church of the Thessalonians we learn that the people there fully received Paul’s messages as the very word of God and in doing so saw their lives changed.  They turned from worshipping idols to worshipping the true and living God and came to know the fullness of His salvation.  So blessed was Paul by their complete turning to Christ that he told them that they were his particular joy and crown of rejoicing both now and in the presence of Christ.

So when I continued on into the second epistle to this thriving church I again see Paul rejoicing in the continued work of God amongst them.  Paul rejoiced to see their faith grow exceedingly and their love toward one another abounding.  Whenever ministers of the Gospel see people saved and watch those people grow in their faith and in their love the minister rejoices.  As ministers, we labor in the Word and long to see the Word take effect in the lives of our church members.  We long to see more than attendees as we deeply desire the maturing of the Word leading to increases in faith and love.

Which leads me to ask you a question today: Are you growing in faith toward God and in love toward one another?  Do those around you see your growth?  Perhaps you could ask someone who knows you if they see growth in your faith and love.  A growing child is a healthy child and a growing Christian is a healthy Christian.  As I look at Grace for Life Bible Church I see some who cause great rejoicing to me and others whom I long to see them growing in faith and love.  I do pray for our church to be growing in the Lord Jesus.  Whenever you come to church, come with an expectation of growth.  Look for the lessons that God has for you in every lesson, every sermon, and every song.  God wants us to grow and attendance by itself is not growth.  Are you growing in faith and love?

 

Sunday morning is going to be our Christmas program.  Yes, it will be cold but we will be inside.  Those going to the Bears vs Packers game will outnumber all church attendance and are sitting outside for twice as long as church.  Don’t use the cold as an excuse to stay home.  We are going to have wonderful time in the house of the Lord Sunday morning.  Pray for some parents who though unsaved are planning to come and see their children in the program. 

I drove to the Ohio-Pennsylvania border yesterday to bring my parents’ home.  Dawn brought them across Philadelphia so we met half way.  While driving out I-80 came to a complete stop for three hours.  A serious accident blocked both lanes.  Though the accident caused thousands of us delays we all went home.  When I saw the wrecked semi I had to conclude that someone was not going to make it home that night.  We got home safely around 11:30 and slept well.  Ever be thankful for safety on the roads.  Not every one makes it home.

Have a great day in the Lord,
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Do you have tools to bring you from depression and fear back to Peace?

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2 Thessalonians  3:16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

One of the names of the Messiah was to be and is today the “Prince of peace.”  Whenever someone come to Christ the Holy Spirit of God enters them and they, from that moment on, have a Source of peace that they did not have before and will never leave.  My friends, I have enjoyed Jesus as my Prince of peace now for 43 years!  Have I had times when my heart by the circumstances of life was troubled?  Of course I have.  Have there been times when the situations of life were troubling?  This last election cycle and American politics in general are troubling.  Have we ever had health issues that were troubling?  From miscarriages to accidents to Jared’s epilepsy, to issues of raising children, to financial troubles, yes, we have.  But the Prince of peace has never left me.

The enemy of our soul wants us to forget about the peace that Jesus gives.  The enemy of our soul wants us to focus on our pain both within and without.  The enemy of our soul wants to attack us and then to make us think that God has left us alone.  The enemy of our soul does not want us to live in the peace of God.

So, what do we do?  What is the secret of living in peace in the midst of a peace-less life?  I have found that in the darkest hours I must force my mind back to these scriptures.  I must put my faith in the God who wrote these promises.  I must turn away from doubt and in full faith believe that what God has written is the best prescription for me and determine to live there.

The mind is an amazing clump of mushy tissue.  It responds to stimuli. When I cast down false imaginations and determine that they are lies against the truth, I am able to change where my mind wants to go and look to the real Way, the real Truth and the real Life.  I begin to sing a hymn of praise instead of crying tears of self-absorption.  The peace of God protects me from my own mind.  The Word of God comes alive in my soul and rebuking my mind for its wrong turn brings me back to praise and to peace.

Depression and fear are bad places to live.  I have temporarily lived in them both and through the promises of God and the power of the Prince of peace have never lived in those dark places for very long.  What do you do when your mind begins a downward trek?  Do you know enough of the Word of God that the Holy Spirit can bring it to your mind and lift you up and out?  Take these four passages, memorize them, and as Jesus did in the wilderness when tempted by the Devil, shoot these verses at the enemy of your soul and find the Prince of peace, He who overcame Satan’s attacks, at your side singing His power and grace and love back into your mind.

 

I am thankful for a warm house this morning!  Whew, it is cold outside and that is part of being in the Midwest.  But one thing is sure, come March and April it always warms up again. 

This Sunday evening we are taking all who want to come with us to Sunrise Assisted Living for a Christmas Carol sing.  They are expecting us at 6:00 so I would like to meet at the church at 5:30, go over our songs, then car-pool over to Sunrise.  We will do two 30 minute sets, one in the main section and one on the reminiscence floor.  We have caroled around the church every other year and thought that the people in Sunrise might enjoy our caroling there.  All are welcome to join us, the more the merrier.

Have a great day in the Lord,
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Correction of those in the church

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2 Thessalonians 3

But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.

13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

 

People in the church who are not following the Lord’s teachings is nothing new.  Within a few years of the start of Paul’s churches there were good people who were tolerating disobedient people.  The church today is not much better at this than the church then was. We are way too tolerant of those who walk disorderly and not according to the clear teachings of God’s word.

I had boys at Victory Homes who if we did not correct them would tell us that they assumed we were OK with what they were doing.  The funny thing about these situations was that the boys knew they were breaking the rules but were waiting to see if we would correct them.  I think church people do the same thing.  When they begin to live outside of the teachings of Christ they look to see if anyone notices.  If no one says anything they assume that what they are doing must not be that bad.  But if someone takes the time to lovingly and accurately correct them they might change their ways.

The difficulty is that we don’t like to confront one another.  Since when has being a friend involved letting one another go into painful sin?  Since all sin is painful we should be quick to help one another through loving correction.  If the correction is received we have deepened our friendship.  If the correction is rejected we may have lost a friend for a moment but we have done right before God and have protected the church.

One thing Paul says here that the church has had trouble with is not treating a straying believer as an enemy but admonishing them as a brother.  Paul did not believe in excommunication; Paul believed in correction and admonishing while still caring that the disobedient one stay under the preaching of God’s word.  We have had people living disobedient to God whom we corrected but they still came to church.  I was always glad that they still came and prayed that the Word given would speak to their hearts and they would repent of their sin.

Brothers and sisters do not grow weary of doing good.  We must diligently do what is right before God regardless of how tired we become of the response of others.

Tomorrow night is our annual adult Christmas party.  I hope you are able to come. We are doing a Yankee Swap gift exchange which is a blast with lots and lots of laughs.  Don’t miss out. 

Sunday morning I will continue the series asking the why and how questions of Christmas.  This week we will look at the question of why did God need a nation to bring His Son to earth. 

Have a great day in the Lord ,
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The Purpose and Plan of God in the Incarnation

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As we enter December looking forward to Christmas Day, Pastor Steve takes a look with us at the reasons behind God’s sending of His Son. Instead of looking at the facts of the coming of Christ we are going to be looking at the reasons God sent His Son to this earth.

Prayer for the spread of the gospel, the faithfulness of God, and His directing of hearts

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2 Thessalonians 3

1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.

But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.

Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

 

Reading this passage this morning led me to a few thoughts.  First was the realization that the Apostle Paul’s greatest prayer request was not for his health and well-being nor for the health of others.  Paul’s greatest prayer request was for the speedy spread of the Gospel.  He knew that the only way for the Gospel to take effect was for the Spirit of God to prepare hearts of men and women to receive it.  Paul never assumed that he was good at evangelism and that is why it worked; no, he knew and sought the continued power of God to take the Word of God into the hearts of those who needed to be saved.  Join me in a greater passion for the lost and a greater intensity in prayer for them to hear the Word and be saved.

Secondly, I was brought to remembrance the faithfulness of God.  When we are unfaithful He remains faithful.  He, in His faithfulness to us, establishes us in Him and guards us from the evil one, Satan, who desires our destruction.  There isn’t much in the Christian life that is up to me.  I am to rest in the faithfulness of God and be established in Him by Him so that He will be the guard of my life.  God is able and God is faithful to carry me through my life.

Then I saw in verse 5 that God is the one who directs the hearts of those I care for into the love and the patience of Christ.  As a preacher, Paul’s content was second to none.  Peter spoke of the wisdom of Paul.  But even Paul acknowledged that it wasn’t his great instruction that directed the hearts of those who heard him but it was the Lord Himself who directed their hearts into His love and patience.  I am certain that I have been guilty of trying too hard to direct your hearts into the love and patience of Christ.  I am only the messenger with no power to change a heart.  May God take my messages from His word to direct your hearts continually into the love and the patience of Jesus Christ.

Today is Wednesday and tonight is Kids4Truth, Youth group, and adult prayer and Bible study.  See you at 7:00. 

Saturday night is our adult Christmas party and this year it is at Dennis and Sandy’s home.  This is always a fun-filled party with lots of laughter, food, and fellowship.  If you haven’t yet confirmed to Sandy that you are going please do.  If you don’t have her info, send a response to me and I will forward it to her. 

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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The Prayers of Jesus for Us Answered

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John 17

24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

 

The riches of God toward us are seen in this prayer of Christ for us.  Praying for us, the Lord Jesus, eternal God who was loved by the Father before the foundation of the word, loves us.  I demonstrated in last Sunday’s message that God’s plan for our salvation began before He made the world, before the creation of man and before the sin of Adam and Eve.  God’s love for us has always been rich and desirous for our salvation.

Here Christ prayed that we would see His glory given to Him by the Father. Peter, James, and John saw the Lord in all of His glory when He was transfigured before them.  We, through the eyes of John given to us in Revelation 1, can see Jesus in His glory.  One day, every eye will see the Lord Jesus and every mouth will confess that He is Lord.  Look for the glory of our Lord every day and seek to rejoice in His glory.

I find it interesting in this prayer that Jesus prayed to the Father that those who believed in Him would be with Him, and would be in Him.  Deity in humanity, how can this be?  There is no way that we can ascend to the holy God and there is no way He in His holiness can be in us in our sinfulness.  Yet the Lord prayed for this impossible relationship to be fulfilled.  Aren’t you glad that Jesus prayed for something to happen and then went to action to make it happen?  For after this prayer ended Jesus was soon arrested, beaten, and crucified.  Bearing our sin and its eternal curse, the Lord Jesus bridged the gap between our sin and the holiness of God making us righteous by faith in His grace so that He could dwell in us.  Jesus prayed and then went to act to make sure His prayer and God’s desire would become a reality for us.  Hallelujah, what a Savior!

What a joy it was to gather together Sunday at Grace for Life Bible Church.  The presentation of the Discovery Bible was a thrill to all who came for it.  We look forward to getting this tool into our hands.  Go to www.thediscoverybible.com for the download. 

I introduced a series for December on the why and the how of Christ’s coming.  Sunday’s message was a bit longer as we looked at the fall of Adam and Eve and then realized that before their sin God already had a plan for their and our salvation.  Oh the riches of God toward His creation made in His image whom He eternally loves. 

Keep one another in prayer.  I received a call yesterday from one who used to come to our church.  Keep praying for those who used to come that God may bring them back to us.  Pray for some visits I will be making this week that Gods’ wisdom will be made manifest in them. 

Thanks to those who came to our concert on Sunday.  It is always good to look out and to see people I know.

Have a great day in the Lord,

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Jesus Prays for Us

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John 17
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Jesus prayed for us. Think about this, Jesus prayed to the Father that we who believed on Him through the words of the Apostles would become one in Him. Jesus prayed for us. Through the eye of eternity the Savior saw us in our need and prayed for us. I don’t know of any religion whose founder prayed for his future followers, but Jesus did. This is the love that Jesus had and has for us all.

We are not alone in our faith. We are not saved and forgotten expected to make it on our own. Our Savior prayed for us. Not only did Jesus pray for us but He ever lives to make intercession for us. Our Lord is deeply connected to us from eternity past, in the Garden before His crucifixion, today and throughout life. We must never doubt our position in Christ and His deep care for us.

Notice also why Jesus prayed for us. He wants us to be one with each other as much as Jesus is with God. The unity of the Trinity is the prayerful desire of Jesus for us.

For the month of the December I am going to be looking at the purpose of God in the incarnation of Christ. We will begin in Genesis 3 this week looking at the first mention of the coming of Christ. Our hearts will be stirred to see the heart of God for His creation, us.

Colorado Christian University is a great place for young people to prepare to live for God in this world. Kyle and I had a great day yesterday.

My parents are on their way to Philadelphia with my sister. Pray for a good trip and blessed time with their grandkids and their great grandkids.

Have a great day in the Lord,
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