Good morning and rainy day to all. We have had some weather haven’t we? I am no gardener, but I hear the nitrogen in the soil makes for better gardening this spring. God knows what we need as He is the creator and maker of everything. If anything goes wrong or breaks, He can fix it. This includes bringing us through and mending a broken heart. Praise His Holy Name! And this week we celebrate the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. No greater gift could we have, but one that loves us so much He gave us His only Son that we may be bridged back to Him to live forever more. Thank you my God and Heavenly Father.
Our Sunday school lesson opened with reading Psalms 90 and prayer offered by Sister Clara Lafferty. Our lesson comes from I Timothy, chapter one and two. Timothy was converted under Paul’s ministry and so he referred to Timothy as his “own son” in the faith. The books of Timothy are instructions for Christian leaders. In chapter one Paul gives a greeting to Timothy and then begins his instructions. Don’t follow false teachers and their fables, but do the things that edify God. Honor and glorify God. Paul was a blasphemer and a persecutor but he obtained mercy, because he did these things ignorantly in unbelief. He brings hope to Timothy because if Jesus would open his eyes, he could open the eys of any unbeliever. Paul counted himself the chief of sinners. Hold to faith and keep a good conscience. He also talked about how to worship and pray. Pray for those who are in authority and boy do we need this done today. There is just one God and one mediator, the blessed Jesus Christ. He gave Himself a ransom for all. Paul instructs for men to pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting. He then talks to us women that we adorn ourselves in modest apparel, with shame facedness and sobriety, not with broided hair or gold, or pearls or costly array. How often do women and men for that matter, go into debt to dress and appear to be richer than we are. Todays’s society needs to pay close attention to this verse. Paul also states which becometh women professing godliness with good works. It does not matter what you have on the outside of our bodies for God looks at the heart. He further tells the women to learn in silence with all subjection. A woman is not to have authority over a man. Some women don’t want to hear that, but is God’s truth. I am a woman and we tend to be more soft hearted in everything we do. Men tend to be more assertive and doesn’t have the gentle maternal instincts that God has given us. If men and women’s roles switch this leads to confusion and God is no author of confusion.
Our worship service began with congregational and special singing. David Williams did a piano instrumental with Susie Sisco playing keyboard with blend of organ and strings. Some don’t like the sound of an organ, but I find it is beautiful when blended with other instruments. Brother “Cub” (Joe) brought the message from St. Matthew 20:20-28. The mother of Zebedee’s sons desired that Jesus would grant one son to sit on the right hand and the other to sit on the left in His kingdom. Jesus asked them if they wer able to drink of His cup and be baptized with the baptism He is baptized with. They tell Jesus yes, they were able. Jesus responded back that indeed they would do these things, but to grant their mother’s request was not His to give, but rather be given to those our Heavenly Father made preparations for. Jesus came into this world of his own will, telling our Father “I will go.” We will celebrate His birthday on Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Whether He was actually born on this day is not what is important. It is to recognize and give glory and give thankfulness for His gift to us. In verse 28 it reads, “Even as the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many.” No greater love or gift can be given above Jesus carrying out God’s will that we may have a way back to Him. By one man’s sin, sinners we all became. By one man’s love and salvation we have a mediator to defend us before an Almighty God. I pray to all readers that your heart has accepted this gift and we will meet in Heaven at the precious, eternal throne of God with Jesus by our side.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and pray the new year brings joy and prosperity to you. Please remember the families that will celebrate the holidays with sadness in their heart because a loved one was called from this life. I speak with experience telling you that at the same time there is joy, there is this sadness with having that empty spot around the feasting table. Remember those far from home serviing in the military and their families.
If weather permits, the Fifth Sunday Singing, December 29 will be at Breedon Church. Bring some food and be ready to fellowship and praise our Lord in song. God bless you all and may His peace and love surround you.