I urge you to pray for and be a part of the revival and outreach efforts this week. Revival begins in the heart and extends with concern for others. Rom. 10:1. Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. May God give us a real burden for souls.
The deeper Christian life will result in a personal concern for lost people.
Amy Carmichael said,
“Oh, for a passionate passion for souls,
Oh, for a pity that yearns!
Oh, for a love that loves unto death,
Oh, for a fire that burns.”
When the criminal Charles Peace went to the scaffolds for execution, the chaplain spoke to him of Christ's power to save. The criminal replied, “If I believed that, I would willingly crawl across England on broken glass to tell men it was true.” It is true! Because of that, let's reach out this week and invite someone to be present with us this Sunday!
Please pray and get involved with our Spring Evangelistic Emphasis. We will hear two outstanding evangelists during the week. However, the main thrust will be our involvement in reaching out to the community for Christ.
There is a place for you to participate in this total church evangelism effort.
D. L. Moody said, “I believe that if an angel were to wing his way from earth up to Heaven, and were to say that there was one poor, ragged boy, without father or mother, with no one to care for him and teach him the way of life; and if God were to ask who among them were willing to come down to this earth and live for fifty years and lead that one to Jesus Christ, every angel in heaven would volunteer to go. Even Gabriel, who stands in the presence of the Almighty, would say, ‘Let me leave my high and lofty position, and let me have the luxury of leading one soul to Jesus Christ.’ There is no greater honor than to be the instrument in God’s hands of leading one person out of the kingdom of Satan into the glorious light of Heaven.”
In the Sunday evening study on spiritual gifts, we have learned that God by grace bestowed a spiritual gift on each believer. In a properly functioning body, each gift will be utilized to glorify Christ and build His Church.
How can you know your spiritual gift? Kenneth Gangel asked four questions:
Harry Moorhouse said of D. L. Moody, “He uses his ten talents, I use my one and we both together praise the Lord for using us at all.”
It is not the spectacular ability that God can use, it is just availability to be put into action.
"He has no hands but our hands
To do his work today;
He has no feet but our feet
To lead men in his way;
He has no voice but our voice
To tell men how he died;
He has no help but our help
To lead them to his side."
Jn. 9:4 [NKJV]. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
Beneath the name on most cemetery monuments, the engraver inscribes the date of that one’s birth and the date of the death. A simple dash separates those two dates and represents that person’s time on earth. What will you do with your dash?
In a lifetime the average American will spend six months sitting at stop-lights, eight months opening junk mail, one year looking for misplaced objects, two years unsuccessfully returning phone calls, four years doing housework, five years waiting in line, and six years eating.
Jesus stepped into time and space during the days of His flesh. Jesus walked carefully to fulfill the hour for which God sent Him.
Lk. 2:19. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
The spirit of Christmas should not be confined to a single calendar day. The Bible did not attach any significance to a single day but rather to the life-changing and day-by-day difference Jesus made to those who come to Him.
Walter A. Maier described the desire to hold on to Christmas when he wrote, “A few moments more to linger in the colorful radiance of the Christmas-tree, a few moments more to blend our hearts and voices in the cheerful Christmas melodies, a few moments more to enjoy the happiness that comes to our reunited family circles on Christmas, and this day of days from which we unwillingly release our grasp is gone and has given way to the tomorrow, in which, as men resume their wonted activities, the spell of Christmas is often broken, its luster dimmed, its message forgotten. But Christmas is too wonderfully magnificent to be confined to one solitary, fleeting day. There is rather a deathless significance in this Child of Christmas, a permanent and divinely bestowed gift of God, which brings perpetual happiness, immeasurable and unspeakable, both here and hereafter.”
Are you willing...
to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children;
to remember the weakness and loneliness of people growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough;
to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts; to try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you;
to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you;
to make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open—
Are you willing to do these things, even for a day?
Then you can keep Christmas.
Are you willing...
to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world— stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death— and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love?
Then you can keep Christmas. And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?
But you can never keep it alone.
(Keeping Christmas, Henry Van Dyke)
October 31st is Reformation Day. On the thirty-first day of October, 1517, at twelve o’clock Martin Luther nailed to the doors of the castle-church at Wittenberg, ninety-five Latin Theses. The Theses of Luther reverberated the themes of the Reformation.
Martin Luther had experienced salvation by faith not works.
Luther received the answer to life’s most important question. How can a man be just with God? Years earlier, when Luther went to Rome, he ascended on bended knees the twenty-eight steps of the famous Scala Santa (said to have been transported from the Judgment Hall of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem), thinking he might secure the indulgence attached to this religious performance, but at every step the word of the Scripture sounded in his ear: “The just shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:17).
Luther said, “But when, by the Spirit of God, I understood these words – The just shall live by faith; The just shall live by faith! – then I felt born again like a new man; I entered through the open doors into the very Paradise of God!”
Dear Church Family,
With great expectation, I want to urge your attendance on Sunday, October 2 at 10:15 A.M. for the observance of the . I trust that everyone will come and remember the precious blood of the Lord Jesus through this ordinance. Our supreme aim is to honor Jesus Christ.
I pray that the observance of the Lord’s Table will be a highlight of our Christian experience this year. Please come early and be on time from 10:00 – 10:15 A.M. for a time of prayer and reflection. The service will be observed with some special additions that you will not want to miss. All the children who have received Christ and been baptized will want to be in this service in the Sanctuary with family members.
Now, please spiritually prepare your heart. Spend much time in prayer. The preparation materials available next Sunday contain some helpful Bible verses to assist you as well as a section to teach the children. Bring the whole family to church on that Sunday.
Consider these Scriptures:
Lk. 22:15 [MSG]. And said, "You've no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering.
1 Cor. 11:28 [NIV]. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.
May God bless you as you prepare to come to the Lord’s Table.
Paul T. Murphy, Pastor
P.S. In accordance with an ancient tradition, when we depart the service an offering for the poor and needy will be received. This will go to our World Hunger Fund.