Month: June 2017
7 How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”
8 Your watchmen shall lift up their voices,
With their voices they shall sing together;
For they shall see eye to eye
When the Lord brings back Zion.
9 Break forth into joy, sing together,
You waste places of Jerusalem!
For the Lord has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
Paul referred to the beautiful feet of those who spread the gospel and used the feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace in the passage on the armor of the Lord. What we see in this illustration is that the gospel has to be taken places; it does not go by itself. These beautiful feet might take the form of a radio program, a gospel tract, a text message or more. But someone had to prepare the message to be sent and to then send it out. Tracts that stay in the rack at church are not being used.
I used to have to remind Bobbi that my feet were beautiful. She didn’t think so. But I had God’s word on it so I was pretty convinced. What are your feet like? Have they been made beautiful through the distribution of God’s tidings of peace? Do people look forward to your coming because you bring God’s peace with you?
Israel was in a mess of a time. They had rejected God’s prophets and were living in rebellion. But God continued to send His messengers with His messages of peace. Whenever God’s message was received joy and singing of praise to Him resulted. We are no different. We are born in sin ready to fight against God and His love. But when He sends His messengers to us they carry God’s peace and love and truth and we, convinced of His offer of grace, receive it by faith and rejoice with the new family of God. We then thank the one who with their beautiful feet brought us God’s redeeming message.
Our Riverwalk outreach tonight is in flux. If you are planning on coming please call or text me after 4:00 and I will know by then if we are going to be able to make it work.
I am looking forward to Sunday. Our teens will be giving testimony to their time at the Lead the Cause camp and I will be bringing a message on prayer to prepare our hearts for God to work through us.
Be in prayer for Nancy’s funeral tomorrow that as the gospel is given hearts will surrender to it.
Have a great day in the Lord,
10 Are You not the One who dried up the sea, The waters of the great deep; That made the depths of the sea a road For the redeemed to cross over?
11 So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
So much of God’s work with Israel’s deliverance from Egypt has parallels far beyond Israel and Egypt and the Promised Land. Israel was often called upon to remember the great works of God when He brought them from slavery to freedom. (Psalm 78 is a complete recount of this wonderful and amazing time.)
Verse 10 takes us back to the Lord drying up the Red Sea, not a shallow swamp but a sea of great depths. This is an important distinction to those who think that Israel crossed somewhere else apart from the hand of God. Indeed, God did dry up the depths of the sea to make a road for His redeemed to cross over. I really like the use of the term “redeemed” here. For Israel had just offered their first offering, the first Passover, and had been redeemed by God when the death angel came. They were God’s redeemed ones! They were redeemed from slavery, delivered from bondage, and crossed the Red Sea by the hand of God.
Verse 11 takes the picture of the redemption from Israel and compares it to the ransomed of the Lord returning to the place of God’s promise, Zion, and coming with singing. We cannot imagine the joy of entering the Promised Land after 40 years of living in the wilderness. God uses that image of everlasting joy and the obtaining of joy and gladness as the promise of our entering into our eternal home. Sorrow and sighing will flee away. What a blessed place this eternal Promised Land will be.
Tomorrow night from 7:00-9:00 we will be at the Riverwalk with Dave and his sketchboard guitars and song. We need people to be there as a crowd with us. This is always a really blest time for all who come. If you can come a few minutes early for set up or stay for tear down that helps us too. We are praying for Divine appointments with lost men and women who needing hope will come and engage with us.
Have a great day in the Lord,
God is the ultimate Father to His children. In this message, Pastor Steve looks at six qualities of fatherhood that we see in God’s fathering of His own.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, And look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, The earth will grow old like a garment, And those who dwell in it will die in like manner; But My salvation will be forever, And My righteousness will not be abolished.
7 “Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, Nor be afraid of their insults.
8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment, And the worm will eat them like wool; But My righteousness will be forever, And My salvation from generation to generation.”
In the Bible God teaches us about Himself. He reveals details of who He is and then wants us to rest in Him. We are able to rest in God by putting our faith in all that He reveals to us about Himself. In this passage God tells us that His salvation will be forever and His righteousness will not be abolished. He then says that His righteousness will be forever and that His salvation will be from generation to generation.
In the years of my lifetime I have watched many religions claim that they have the keys to salvation and those who would follow their faith system (which was always a system of faith in human efforts) would find salvation. In Revelation 1 John sees the risen Jesus who calls Himself the Alpha and the Omega, which means that Jesus is the beginning and the end of all salvation.
If we ever think that salvation from our sin is discoverable form any source other than the God of heaven, we will be mistaken. Only in God and through His plan, which begins and ends with faith in the completed work of Jesus Christ, is eternal salvation found.
We also learn that God’s righteousness is will not be abolished. God is the One who established righteousness, which gives us the standard of what is right and what is wrong. Whenever God says something is right then it is right. Conversely, whenever God says something is wrong then it is wrong. Again, in my lifetime I have witnessed the puny efforts of men and women to redefine God’s definitions of righteousness to fit their lifestyles. In an effort to justify their sinful desires mankind has sought to re-write what God says is right and what God says is wrong.
One of God’s primary attributes is His holiness. Since God has defined holiness we cannot redefine it. No, we are called to be holy as He is holy. At salvation, God imputes us with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We then get an inner definition of right and wrong from God. His salvation and His righteousness then define us.
Here are the details of Nancy Schmidt’s funeral. Saturday morning, at 10:00, the church will be open until 11:30 for the wake and time with the family. At 11:30 the funeral service will start. The burial will be Monday morning. Church ladies, we have offered to provide snack trays for the family during the wake. If you can help with this please bring the trays before 10:00 as the family wake begins at 9:00.
Sunday after church is our church dinner. Just a reminder that this is the first Sunday of the month.
Men, I will be meeting with you for our prayer breakfast at Denny’s at 7:30 Saturday morning.
Have a great day in the Lord,
I gave My back to those who struck Me,
And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard;
I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.
Throughout the Old Testament we find verses like this one that point directly to the birth, the life, the suffering, the death, and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. On the day that Christ was beaten, had his beard pulled out, was mocked and spit on, Isaiah 50:6 was fulfilled.
Let me ask you, does this fulfilled prophesy increase your faith in the God of the Bible? When we need the Bible to be true in our lives we should look to passages like this one and know that God is God, that God has spoken to us in His word, and that all that He says in every part of His word is true. Oh my friends, we need the Bible to be written by God and we need it to be true. God knew this and gave us hundreds of fulfilled prophesies to show us His power, His foreknowledge, and His ability to fulfill everything He has said.
Last night, around 9:45, our sister Nancy went to be with the Lord. I was with the family when she breathed her last breath. They took her home on Sunday and she died on Monday. As we stood around her struggling body I read from 1 Thessalonians 4 and 1 Corinthians 15. I read that we sorrow not as those who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead than we also believe that God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. Then I read about how we die in corruption, in dishonor, and in weakness, but we are raised with incorruption, with glory and with power. How can I read these verses at such a time? I read them because they are the true words of God written to give us hope in life’s darkest hour.
I am so thankful that we have God’s words on life and death, the hereafter and the resurrection. Nancy fell asleep in Jesus, the Bible says. Her shell remains but she is gone. One day, we too will fall asleep in this world and wake up in God’s eternal home. Jesus was beaten, abused, and shamed the day of His crucifixion to show us the truth of God’s word in all other places. Rest in the absolute truth of God’s word today.
The family is talking about a Saturday funeral. As more details come available I will pass them on to you.
Thank you for your prayers for our teens at the Lead the Cause camp last week. We descended upon the city of Chicago determined to have gospel conversations to tell people about Jesus Christ. All in all, a total of 1412 gospel conversations were had and at least 22 people came to Christ during those conversation! What a thrill to be a part of such a great campaign. On Friday night the five teens that we took all dedicated their lives to follow and serve the Savior. On Sunday afternoon, Jake, one of our teens, was able to lead one of his friends to Christ using the tools he was given at camp. God is continuing to work in their lives.
Have a great day in the Lord,
2 Corinthians 7 teaches us what Repentance and reconciliation are. In this message, Pastor Steve walks through Paul’s teaching to show what repentance is and what it is not.