11-17-13. Sounds of gun shots have been ringing out. Hopefully some of our deer population will be thinned out and car damage will decrease. Good luck to all you hunters and just be safe. May God watch over you and bless you with the reading of Psalms 126 and opening prayer given by Wilma Hampton.
Our lesson was from II Thess. 1st and 2nd chapters. Paul is comforting those that are troubled. Apparently some of the church was under attack for their faith from those who were not of the fold. Paul is not giving them the praises rather he thanks God for their continuance in spite of those who attempted to discourage them. He tells them to keep on for when the Lord shall be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels, vengeance will cme to them that do not know Jesus and did not obey His gospel. Punishment and seperation from God and Jesus will be everlasting. No longerwill they be visited by His power. Once they’ve continued to refuse Jesus, they have elected eternal punishment. Paul closes this chapter with “praying always for them that God would count them worthy of His calling, fulfilling all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power that the name of Jesus our Lord be glorified by them and He within them according to God’s grace and the grace of Lord Jesus. The second chapter, Paul is telling them that all things have not occurred yet for the second coming of Christ to be presented. “Don’t be deceived,” he tells them in the 3rd verse. “A great falling away of the church will come first and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition before the day of His coming arrives.” The church at Thesalonica as well as us today are instructed to stand fast and to pray without ceasing because the calling of Christ is not by word of man, but the word of truth by God. His power works in us if we receive and believe Him. Our hope, our joy and our rejoicing comes only from our Lord Jesus.
Our worship service followed answering the questions given last week. I learn so much and searching for the answers gives way to more study and learning. Brother “Cub” (Joe) brought the sermon from St. Matthew, chapter seven. A chapter we all need to read and re-read. It talks of not judging others. It is easy to see another’s faults, but we fall into a dangerous situation with judging them or we too will be judged. We all stand guilty of sin and failure. The only covering is by the blood of Jesus. If we have accepted Christ as our Savior we have the hope and assurance of His saving mercy. We have no right to judge others, but rather pray that they too will not be deceived and ask Jesus for their saving grace. In verse seven, He tells us to “ask and it will be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.” Few will do this according to the Bible and many will follow on to destruction because they refuse to believe in God’s son and His saving grace and power. We are to beware of the false prophets that are wolves in sheep’s clothing. A believer will know them by their fruits and their tree brings forth corrupt fruit. This tree is going to be chopped down and cast into the fire. “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” it says in verse eighteen. Not everyone that says Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in thy name? In thy name have we cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? How have you called for Jesus and why did you call upon Him? Did you use Him for a spare tire in time of trouble? Did you think just by being a member of a church or giving to charity was enough to save you? Jesus likens His children to the wise man that built his house on the rock. The rain descended and floods came. The wind blew and beat on the house, but the house stood because it was built on the rock. Jesus Christ to those who have heard these teachings of Jesus Christ and don’t do them, their house is built on sand. When the rainy storms and blowing winds come their house fell great. The word of God is truth. Watch for false teachings that appear to be truth to the mortal mind, but if you can’t find it in scripture be aware. If you follow their direction your house is going to fall greatly because it was not built on Jesus Christ, the rock.
Remember to pray for the sick. Glen Swearengin remains on our prayer list and I know there are many others that could use our prayers. Remember those that have had to let go of a loved one. My God send His sweet comfort to you. Especially we pray for those who are lost that God will show you the way to Him. May God bless you all this week.