7-14-13. Another beautiful Lord’s day. This morning is a cool morning and as much as I would like to see the coolness remain, I have my doubts that it will. Let us all pray for a good rain for our farmers and reduce our risk of fire.
Sunday school opened with the reading of Psalms 120 by Brother Joe (Cub) Lafferty. Our lesson came from Galatians, chapter 5 after Sister Clara Lafferty gave the opening prayer. This chapter teaches about the freedom of Christ. It tells of those who live by the law and circumsision, are a debtor to the whole law. Whether circumcised or uncircumcised is not where the help comes, but only through Christ. If you try to live by the law there is no justification and in the 4th verse it says “ye are fallen from grace.” You can try to live the law and you cannot do it. You may not commit murder or adultery, but have your thoughts always been pure and clean? If you break one part of the law, you broke the whole thing. In verse 7 and 8 it says, “ye did run well, who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” This persuasion comethe not of him that calleth you.” The Galatians started out as realizing Jesus Christ was their only salvation, but at some point Paul acknowledges they were deceived to place their faith again in the law. Now on along in this chapter if your read verse 13 Paul is telling them they have been called into liberty only you are not to use this liberty to give into the temptation of the flesh. If we live in the spirit we must also walk in the spirit because there are eyes watching that may not have Jesus as your Savior. Most of all there is an unseen eye that is watching and we must be ever repentful of our deeds. There is no righteous man or woman, but we must strive to walk the walk and talk the talk and be ever prayerful that we are the light houses God would have us be. Also be in constant prayer for those lost in darkness to be brought to the light.
We entered into our time of praise and worship with congregational singing and an instrumental number by David Williams and Susie Sisco with piano and organ. Brother Ronnie Thomas did a recitation while his wife, Sue, accompanied on the piano. I wished every Christian could hear it and be revived and realize we are failing to pray for our nation. God help us to humble and repent to God that He may heal our land.
Brother “Cub” (Joe) Lafferty brought the sermon from Romans chapter 10 beginning in verse 9 “that if thou shalt confess with thy month the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” We may have hope of eternity with God by the blood of Jesus and His saving grace. It’s there for the asking. Just ask Him into your heart to save you from your sins. You don’t have to be a Jew or wealthy. Salvation can’t be bought. It’s a free gift of God our Heavenly Father. There is no work you can do to obtain it. If He is knocking at your heart, let Him in. When you are being drawn by the Holy Spirit ask for salvation then. You don’t have a promise that He may come again. Please don’t put off salvation too long. Many don’t believe in Heaven or Hell and that life ends at the grave. I’m afraid they will find out the hard way while they lift up their eyes in hell just as the parable of the rich man describes. Please don’t you be one of those. The human body dies but our spirit goes on. Those who have Jesus in their hearts will get a new body that knows no pain or sorrow. Endless torment will be to those who have refused Jesus to be their Savior. I pray that any of the lost will come to Jesus while He can be found. God help the unbeliever to accept your truth and your gift of salvation by our son Jesus. Amen. God bless you all and have a great week.