A few weeks back we started a sermon series from the book of Nehemiah called Entrusted with the Gospel. The idea behind this series is that God has entrusted Christians with the gospel and we must take hold of that responsibility and remain faithful.
…But to this one I will look, To Him who is humble, contrite in spirit, and who trembles at My word.
This past Sunday as we worked through Ecclesiastes 11, I was reminded that it is essential for the believer to walk through this live with joy. In fact, we should be the most joyful people around. The kind of joy I’m talking about is a joy that transcends our emotional state.
It is always encouraging to think about the faithfulness of God. Each year as we celebrate Thanksgiving it is helpful to reflect on God’s goodness toward His people. Certainly we have been blessed as a congregation and we have abundant reason to rejoice and express thankfulness. Over this Thanksgiving holiday, let me encourage you to read Psalm 138 and express your thankfulness to God. I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.
I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing praises to You before the gods.
I will bow down toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.
On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.
All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O Lord,
When they have heard the words of Your mouth.
And they will sing of the ways of the Lord,
For great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is exalted,
Yet He regards the lowly,
But the haughty He knows from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
New Life, we are so grateful for the generosity that you regularly show our family. We are thankful to be apart of your lives and our desire is to serve you for the sake of the gospel.
A few weeks back we had the opportunity to study Ecclesiastes 5:1 Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil
Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
This Sunday we will continue to work through the glorious truth that God changes His people through the process of sanctification. He patiently wades through our dysfunction as we are transformed into His likeness. We will dive into the New Testament book of James.
Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
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