We extend our sympathy to Delphus Grubb and his family on the death of his
Everyone is invited to the wedding of Stephen Brice and Aubrey Nibert here at the church this Friday evening at 6:30. The reception will be held downtown at the Lyric Theatre.
9th – Amie Steeves 9th – Sarin Warta 12th – Rick Williams
13th – Matt Vincent 14th – Lauren Harries 15th – Silas Benton
Sunday AM - Amie, Emma, Christie
PM – Faith, Audrey Grace
Wednesday – Tracy
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” - Proverbs 27:6
UNCONSCIOUS AND CONSCIOUS
“When I said, My foot slippeth: Thy mercy O Lord held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me Thy comforts delight my soul.”
- Psalm 94:18-19
We all know what it is to brace ourselves for the crash in that segment of time between slipping and hitting the ground. We know we are going down. When David speaks of his foot slipping he is not speaking of a physical fall. He is speaking of a spiritual or moral fall. Even when I was unconscious of Your mercy and believed myself to be in a free fall, Your mercy was holding me up all along!
In the multitude of my anxious thoughts I am aware of many worries and anxieties that I have that I should not have, and the product of unbelief. Even then I am conscious of Thy comforts, the consolations of grace, and they only delight my soul. When I am conscious of it and when I am not conscious of it, the Lord’s mercy upholds my soul.
“Lord I believe, help thou mine unbelief.” - Mark 9:24
Before this man believed, he was not aware of his unbelief. It was not until he believed, that he saw the power of his unbelief. This is the continued cry of the believer, “Lord, I believe.” The new man believes. He cannot not believe and it is the new man that is painfully aware of the unbelief of the old man – “Help thou mine unbelief.” I cannot do anything about it, and I am asking you to help me! The new man always believes and the old man never does. But there will be no unbelief in heaven because the old man will not be there. He was condemned and put away on the cross, and in heaven the believer will never have to deal with him again.
A WORD TO THE TROUBLED HEART
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”
- II Corinthians 4:7-9
“We are troubled” and oppressed in every way. We are never free from one trial or another. We are in the world and expect tribulations (John 16:1-4, 33; 15:19-20), yet we are “not distressed.” We have the peace of God, the manifestations of his love and care, a freedom to the throne, and sufficient grace for every trial (II Corinthians 12:9). “We are perplexed”; the word signifies doubting and uncertainty. We are often uncertain and in doubt about what will happen to us; and sometimes we know not what to do, which way to take, nor how our needs shall be supplied; but we are “not in despair.” We do not despair of the leadership, help, presence, and support of our Lord. We are “persecuted” of men, cursed, threatened, and despised because we profess Christ and preach Christ crucified, risen, and exalted. But we are “not forsaken” of our Lord, who owns us and causes us always to triumph in Christ (II Corinthians 2:14). Neither are we forsaken by those who love Christ, for they support us in prayer and provisions. We are “cast down” like an earthen vessel is sometimes cast out or thrown to the earth, seemingly forgotten and deserted. But we are “not destroyed.” We live by the mighty power of God and are immortal until His work in us, through us, and by us is done. Whatever the condition of God’s children in this world, they have a “but not” to comfort them. Their case may be bad, but not hopeless; for HE IS THEIR HOPE! - Pastor Henry Mahan
As I read an obituary column, I never cease to be amazed at how quickly the life of a man is summed up. What seems should take volumes to recap (that is, a man’s life) is simply reduced to three words – “And he died.” Rich and poor, young and old are all brought to the same certain end. There is an appointment for every man “once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). The carnal man scrambles to attain in this life what seems, to him, will sustain now and forever. He believes that his own free will has written an obituary of peace before God and that his own arm of power has secured for himself a place in glory. A believer, on the other hand, knows that in the Day of the Lord any peace, any hope, any joy is going to be summed up in one eternal fact. That fact singularly reveals God to be well pleased with Christ and those found in Him. This obituary will forever ring in eternity to the praise of the glory of His grace – “He died for me”. – Pastor Marvin Stalnacker