Windy, rainy and beginning to sleet this morning, but God knows what we need. It is so good to know winter episodes won’t last so long now that is is March. Thank you God for all you do even if we don’t understand. We trust you know what is best whether it is the weather or our daily lives.
Sunday school begins with the reading of Psalms 67. Wilma Hampton gave the morning prayer. The lesson is Philemon with only one chapter. Paul is writing this letter to Philemon to receive his run away slave, Onesimus back. You see, Onesimus was a slave and he stole from Philemon who was a wealthy man from Colosse. This Onesimus was converted under Paul’s ministry and became a precious servant to him as he was aged and a prisoner for the gospel of Jesus Christ. He told Philemon in his letter that he would like to keep him, but Onesimus was his servant. Paul is recommending that Onesimus be received not only as a servant, but a brother. This parallels with what Jesus did for us on the cross. He took our sins and bore them all. In the 19th verse, Paul tells he will repay all that Onesimus owes. Just as Jesus paid for our sins. Thank you so very much Jesus because if salvation wasn’t free I would be eternally lost. Our service changed with congregational singing. I sang a special. This song speaks of our lives and how the storms of sin take it’s toll. But with Jesus being our captain, thank God He’s taking us home. Praise be unto His Holy Name.
The sermon comes from Hebrews chapter 4. We can have rest in God if we have heard and received the saving grace through Jesus Christ. There are many who hear the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ but they don’t believe. This man called Jesus endured the same temptations that we do yet He was without sin. We can therefore come boldy to the throne of grace and obtain mercy. God’s word is sharper than a two edged sword. It is powerful and pierces through the heart to bring to light that our labors and works cannot buy our salvation. Only Jesus can save. He knows everything that is hidden from men. We stand before an all knowing God and the only cloak for our sin is the blood shed from Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter how many times we have prayed if we pray with unbelief that only Jesus can save and think it is of what we have done.
In closing, I want to remind everyone that Gentry Church will be having their singing Friday night, March 21 beginning at 7 p.m.
The fifth Sunday singing will be at Pleasant Ridge beginning at 6 p.m. The pastor is Carl Ray and I know they will gladly welcome you.
May God richly bless you in this week and if you don’t know Jesus I pray this will be the week that you come to know him.