June 13, 2021
Some will read this and think that it is an attempt to shame or rebuke those who have fallen away. It is not. Not much chance they’ll read it anyway. If these words cause us to feel anything other than humility and fear for our own souls, they have been misunderstood. Why do some who have professed faith in Christ and are able to attend public worship, end up forsaking the assembling of themselves with the church? If you ask them, it is always someone else’s fault. Truth is, if one can leave, they eventually will leave. Something will happen. Someone will offend them. One reason will be as good as another when men seek to justify themselves before men. But God knoweth the heart.( Lk. 16:15). Hungry men must have the bread of life. Thirsty men must come to the fountain for the water of life. Those in love with the Lord Jesus Christ also love His people. (I Jn. 4:21). Those who have seen the beauty of Christ want to be where He has promised to show forth more of His glory. (Matt. 18:20). They have tasted of the heavenly gift and it is impossible for them to fall away. (Heb. 6:4-5). What about those of us who remain? We are kept BY the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (I Pet. 1:5). He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. (I Cor. 1:31).” I was glad when they said unto me let us go into the house of the Lord.” Ps. 123:1. ~GE
“…. For I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” II Timothy 1:12
Paul said that he was persuaded that Christ was able to keep that which he had committed to Him against that day, the day of judgment. By that Paul meant he had no plan B. All of his bridges, he had burned. If what Christ did alone was not enough to save him completely, if his salvation was dependent upon him doing anything, he had no hope of being saved! He had committed, entrusted the salvation of his soul entirely to Christ. When Christ said, “It is finished,” Paul was resting the salvation of his soul in those words! Anything less is a failure to commit. It arises from the secret belief that it was not really finished. ~Todd Nibert
Sheep and Goats
May we read these physical differences with spiritual eyes!
Internally, sheep and goats are very different. Sheep have 54 chromosomes, while goats have 60. They are different species!
Outwardly, they can look very similar at a glace. But there are some differences.
Tails – this is the quickest way to tell them apart. A sheep’s tail hangs down, a goat’s sticks up.
Coats – sheep have wool and the coat lasts a very long time. Goats have hair and it falls off as quickly as it grows.
Maintenance – sheep need protection, care, and shearing regularly from a skilled shepherd. A goat does not require the touch or protection of a shepherd.
Horns – Goats have narrow, straight pointy horns - dangerous to those around it, even when they are not being aggressive. Sheep have horns too, but they are wider, smoother, and curved.
What they eat – Sheep need to eat short plants that are close to the ground. Tender things like grass and clover are their main diet. Goats like a wide variety of foods. They can eat the grass or the briars, it does not mater to them.
Where they eat – goats are more agile and are browsers. They like to eat things at eye level or higher, standing on their hind legs. Sheep like their heads down low and to graze only on good pasture.
Smell - a goat smells much worse than a sheep. Not to the other goats or to sheep, but to the shepherds.
Lord, tuck my tail, give me an eternal coat of righteousness, make my defenses gentle, make me feed on the simplicity of Christ, keep my head down on the pasture in which you have placed me, and make me a sweet-smelling savor to my God! Make me your sheep! ~Kevin Thacker
Nothing is sweeter or more comforting than the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, is the Lord God omnipotent who rules the universe. ~Don Fortner
The funeral service for our Brother, Wayne Neal, is scheduled for Saturday, June 12th, at 11:00 am at our church, with the viewing at 10:00 am. Graveside service is scheduled thereafter in Lake Mary.
CALL TO WORSHIP
How rich the depths of love Divine
Of bliss a boundless store
Dear Saviour, let me call Thee mine
I could not wish for more – I could not wish for more.
On Thee alone my hope relies
Beneath Thy cross I fall
My Lord, my life, my sacrifice
My Saviour and my all – My Saviour and my all.
How great Thy wisdom, power and grace
That in redemption shines
The heavenly hosts with joy confess
The work is all Divine – The work is all Divine.
Before His face they cast their crowns
Those crowns which Jesus gave
And with ten thousand, thousand tongues
Proclaim His power to save – Proclaim His power to save.
(Tune: “Majestic Sweetness” p. 52)
This Week 10:00 Radhika 10:45 Richelle
Next Week 10:00 Mary Williams 10:45 Emily Murray
Week of June 13th Michael & Diane
Jim & Kay
Norris and kids
Week of June 20th Jerry & Maryann, Rebekah, Rachel
John & Lauraine
June 14th Andrew Miller June 16th Abigail Hickman
June 16th Callie Fenby