Charles Spurgeon…….hummmmm

I invite you to find some of his readings – – his books.  He lived only 58 years but what a life it was!!!!  He was and is known as the Prince of Preachers.

His sermons are alive and well and as you read some of them, you would think he was preaching today.  Perhaps he is.

Two of his sayings are dynamite.

“If Christ is not all to you He is nothing to you.  He will never go into partnership as a part Savior of men.  If He be some thing He must be every thing and if He be not every thing, He is nothing to you.”

Here is another one that is few in words but heavy in depth.

“Only lovers of the Lord will hold out in the hour of trial.  The rest will either sink or sulk or slink back to the world.”

Surgeon was born 8/19/1834 and his Coronation Day was 1/31/1892.  If you want some good solid reading, choose some of his books, particularly the ones on Faith.

Well.  My favorite right now does not come from his pen but from the Bible.

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.

I like that!  Trust in….Lean not….Acknowledge Him….and….He SHALL . Do you find any questions in that verse?  Didn’t think so and they can’t be manufactured either.

I am so glad there is a Savior out there who cares about every detail of our lives and makes a difference therein.

Incidentally, you do not have to purchase any of Spurgeon’s sermons or books.  You can pull him up online and choose any thing you like to read and become alive with a man who loved His Lord and gave his all while he had time on this earth.  TREMENDOUS!!!

Excited in the Word!

Marge

I haven’t seen this in years. Love it!

early morning sunlight through the trees
Psalm 107:1-43
Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses (107:28).
Beginning The Day
       I got up early one morning
       and rushed right into the day;
       I had so much to accomplish
       that I didn’t have time to pray.
       Problems just tumbled about me
       and heavier came each task.
       “Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.
       He answered, “You didn’t ask.”
       I wanted to see joy and beauty,
       but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
       I wondered why God didn’t show me.
       He said, “But you didn’t seek.”
       I tried to come into God’s presence
       and use all my keys at the lock.
       God gently and lovingly chided me,
       “My child, you didn’t knock.”
       So I woke up early this morning,
       and paused before entering the day;
       I had so much to accomplish
       that I had to take time to pray.
   The reason we do not have help from heaven is that we do not ask for it. We do not take it to God. We do not make it a matter of prayer. We rush into the day, making decisions for ourselves and leaving God out of it; then we wonder why life can be so frustrating and disappointing. It is a marvelous thing that God can be moved to answer if we just ask Him.

I thot I had it all once~~~~

~~~~but then I was to find out that I had little or nothing.  Speaking of music now.  Being 82 does curtail some activities with the hands.  They ain’t what they used to be and they don’t do what they used to do, butttttttttttt.  With God nothing is impossible, even old hands.

I have mentioned the little church that feels like home now and I can honestly say to you, I would rather be there ( The Shepherd’s Gate Community Church SBC) than any other place.  It is home.  It is a place where family is there.  It is a place where we have the cream of the crop as the Minister of Worship. He knows what it is and he knows how to handle it.  He leads with the leadership of a leader and is a blessing to all in the congregation.

I haven’t mentioned the Pastor before. But I will now.  I like the way he teaches.  He loves the Lord and the Word and the sheep in his pasture.  He is a pastor that I can look up to. Yes!  We have fun!!!  More times than not but at the same time the level of consistency between the Pastor and the other leadership in the congregation and the Pastor and those working the morning service is at the top of the page in my estimation.

A group of us go out for lunch each Sunday noon.  We have three places we go to.  I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to be a part of this church, though it seemed at first as though it was something that just happened to come about but it was not.

I had been dealt a huge blow in the church I was attending when it came to the piano position being available. The person who had always let me know how much he appreciated my piano work was the one who some years ago promised the piano position to a person long before it became available.

I learned a huge lesson from this.  You know it well.  When God closes one door He has another ready to open and BEWARE!!  It will be bigger and better than any thing you could possibly think of, and more wonderful than what you thought you had lost!!

I lost nothing.  I gained a position that only God could have made available for me and to me.  As well I gained a wonderful pastor.  Not only do we have fun but we are also on the same wave link of doing God’s work in God’s way and His timing.  And to top it all off to have the Worship Leader that I have now is not even something that I ever dreamed of because I thought my music life was over, except for a few specials scattered here and there and a prelude every Sunday that no one listened to any way.

If you are ever found in a position of having to come to a stop in your life that you never thought would happen just remember God is not finished with you yet and what He has in mind for you might be more than you ever bargained for or dreamed you could do.

I love my church family.  I love my pastor.  I love the Minister of Music. I love being able to sit down at a wonderful piano and being at the piano for the whole service.  I love the friends that I have in this church.  We are friends…..good friends.  I am where I am supposed to be and there I will stay until God deems differently.

“My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

In His Grasp!

Marge

Favorite Psalm Day~~~~

With five Psalms a day and one Proverb a day, both books of the Bible will be read completely through each month.  Psalms tell/show us how to get along with God. Proverbs tell/show us how to get along with mankind.

I have several very favorite ones and for the next few Sundays, I will share one a Sunday.  Today let’s look at Psalm 90.

“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.  2)  Before the mountains were born, or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. 3)  You turn man back into dust and say ‘Return, O children of men,’ 4)  For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by or as a watch in the night.  5)  You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; in the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.  6)  In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew; toward evening it fades and withers away. 7)  For we have been consumed by Your anger and by Your wrath we have been dismayed.  8)  You have placed our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.  9)  For all our days have declined in Your fury;  We have finished our years like a sigh.  10) As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;  for soon it is gone and we fly away  11)  Who understands the power of Your anger and Your fury, according to the fear that is due you”  12)  So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.  13)  Do return, O Lord: how long will it be?  And be sorry for Your servants.  14)  O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.  15)  Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us, and the years we have seen evil.  16)  Let Your work appear to Your servants and Your majesty to their children.  17)  Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes confirm the work of our hands.”

So ends the reading of Psalm 90:1-17.  The Psalm reads of the eternality of God and the frailty of man.  Our God is a strong and mighty God and all things including mankind is in the palm of His hand.  God and God alone is in control and will have the final say, in His final way, and on His timetable.

In His grasp,  Marge

This is what is happening around the World today!!!

God Saved Andrew’s Grandfather in 1959. Sixty Years and Two Generations Later …
In 1959, Andrew’s grandfather heard Billy Graham preach the Gospel in Melbourne—“the greatest news I ever heard”—and God set him free from an oppressive cult. The decision he made to follow Jesus changed his life forever. The ripples of that day have spread across the years, across many generations of people, and are still being felt today.
Watch as Andrew Tells of His Grandfather’s Legacy
Because of his grandfather’s decision 60 years ago, Andrew and his family are on fire to see Melbourne and all of Australia transformed by Jesus Christ. Watch his passion as he invites others to hear Franklin Graham preach the same Gospel message that set him and his family free.
We may never know the true impact of our efforts, gifts, and prayers for the work of the Gospel, but we do know that “the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children”(Psalm 103:17, NKJV). His love is powerful to transform lives across the generations.

Will you give and pray so that many more families in Australia can hear and be changed by the Good News of Jesus Christ?

Give Now
P.S. Watch the livestream of the final Graham Tour stop in Sydney early Sunday morning—or watch a replay afterward—and please pray that the Lord will rescue many people for eternity. Feel free to share this link with friends and family who need to hear the Gospel.
        

Broken Faith…

I love studying Dr. Adrian Rogers Studies.  I have told you this before, but you can’t go wrong when the only answer you can fill in the blanks with is the Word of God.

It is not a “today’s idea” of what the answer should be or some other woman’s who has studied and is teaching.  No.  It comes right out of scripture.  I will be using a lot of the material that he laid out for us.  And you can follow if you wish.  Go online to lwf.org and then go to the Discover Jesus Tab and scroll down to Bible Studies and then scroll further down and you will find How To Repair Your Broken Faith.

Adrian’s opening introduction is interesting and I want to share it with you.

“The school of faith may be a wonderful school, but sometimes we don’t make very good students.  In the school of faith, our classroom is Life.  The Bible is our textbook.  Our faculty the prophets and apostles.  But the Dean of the school of faith would have to be Abraham.”

Abraham remember was 75 when he was told to get up and leave home.  We are told that Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. We get the two bold, typed words from Rom. 4:2-3.

Further on in verse 11, Abraham is called “the father of all them that believe.

We need to stop for a moment and think about this.  Faith is huge. Adrian writes that Faith is of monumental, inestimable importance.  And he is definitely correct.  As I think about Faith, I know I falter all the time. My faith is very weak.  Why is that?  It is because it is not exercised. When you exercise some thing over and over again, you become excited about what you are doing.

Adrian gives seven reasons why faith is so important.  Here is the first one.

Faith is the distinguishing mark of the Christian. 

The early church was called believers before they were called Christians.  “Believers” – that is the distinguishing mark of a Christian that he or she by faith believes God.

To exercise faith is our chief duty.

In John 6:29, Jesus is speaking. “The work of God in your life is to believe in Him whom God sent.

Is this the work in your life?  Do you have opportunities to “believe” God in what He has said to you or done or will do, for you?  IF…. believing God is our chief duty then…………….

Unbelief (the opposite of faith) is the supreme evil.

No greater evil than unbelief????  Are you sure!!!  We would tend to believe that things like murder would be worse but Adrian digs deep for us and this is what he finds.

1 Cor. 15:21-22.

“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”  The man by whom death came was Adam.  The man by whom salvation came was Christ.

He continues, “all the sins man has committed since that time trace their roots back to that deadliest sin of all, unbelief.”

He says that the deadly progression was begun when Eve did not believe God.  She fell into sin because of unbelief.  People today don’t go to hell because they steal, lie, or commit adultery, for those sins have been paid for with the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Most people have it exactly backward.  Ask any person on the street who is not a Christian how they are going to be admitted into Heaven.  They will answer that they think/hope their good deeds will, by the time they die, outweigh their bad deeds. Those bad deeds – if they reach some nebulous tipping point, will send them to hell.  (Not them, of course – some other poor hapless person.)  The Bible says, “No. To the contrary.”

John 3:18 reads, “He that believes on Him is not condemned, but he that does not is condemned already because he hath not believed.

We end this lesson with his final thought at this point.  “The reason men and women go to hell today is they have not believed on the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Tis next time then.

Marge

Example of why I love Dr. Rogers studies.  You will note in all of the Scriptures I have printed out above, the bold words were the empty spaces that we are to fill in and the only way to fill them in is to find the Word that is being talked about.  There is no question as to whether the answer pertains to me or to you, because it simple DOES.  Again.  You can pull up the study and follow along with me.  I would encourage you to do so.  mh

You do not know “when”

I was on FB a bit ago and a pastor that I worked with years ago had just posted.  I pass it along to you.  This is living poof of what I say so often.

Just a reminder that we do not know when we will step into eternity. This afternoon I will attend a Memorial service of a lady who was preparing to bring her husband home from the hospital under hospice care and she died unexpectedly. This morning, I wait on a call from the hospital for a friend who is still relatively young and could pass at anytime. Thankfully – I was with both these individuals when they acknowledged their faith in the saving work of Jesus. Their eternity is secure. My (our) prayer is that you have secured your place in heaven. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me!”

For me ~~ I am not hopeful, I KNOW in WHOM  I BELIEVE.

Marge