Black Jack Church

I trust all our mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day today.  The Lord provided a nice morning around here although other parts of our nation suffered from severe weather conditions.

We opened our services with prayer, and then sung congregational songs until Sunday School time.  The adults studied Job 10 today.  Job’s pain and the agony he felt from being separated from the fellowship he had had with the Lord continues in this chapter.  His introspection of his heart does not reveal a hidden sin.  In chapter 9 he desired a mediator to communicate to God on his behalf that he might learn the cause of his sufferings.  In our chapter today, he reiterates that it would have been better if he had not been born, something he said in chapter 3.   Now,  he wonders why God created him.  He knows that he came from clay and that God has the right to destroy His creation, that God is a preserver; and yet he is lost, being without  his fellowship time with God, feeling abandoned.   The class discussed that this all has been identified in other ways in previous chapters.  However, we also noted that going over these revelations over and over again helps build strength and a well-founded understanding that can only benefit us, like exercising a muscle. Job did not know how much confidence God had in him to remain faithful to Him.  We should know that God does not put anything more on us that what we can handle for His grace is sufficient to see us through tests and trials.  He is expecting us to remain faithful to Him, to trust Him all the more, so that He might obtain glory.  We  are victorious through the power and grace of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Our walk is also being witnessed by all; God is trusting that we continue to walk uprightly at all times, fair weather or foul, that He might be glorified and our walk a testimony unto His love and goodness.

Pastor Vic Murdy’s sermon was entitled “Count the Cost” and was based on Mark 10: 28-31 and 8: 34-38.  Jesus said, “…there is not man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake and the gospel’s, but he shall receive a hundred fold now in this time houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands with persecutions and in the world to come eternal life.  But may that who are first shall be last and the last first.”  We lose nothing when we give God first place in our lives.  He restores all to us in this time.  In chapter 8:34 He says “whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake ad the gospel’s, the same shall save it.  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”  What is our cross to bear?  Jesus bore all sin on the cross because Luke 19:10  reads that “The son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  We being his disciples, Christ being in us, carry the burden of sharing the gospel to all that none be lost, God’s desire for all.  But we must count the cost of this commitment.   Luke 14:27-8 states that we must make sure that this is a sacrifice you are willing to make and to keep.  Ecclesiastes tells us that if we make a vow to pay it quickly or not make one at all.  We are also not to put our hand to the plow and then turn/look back; it is better not to have started at all.  Pastor Murdy also reminds us that God has given a gift or talent to all and that that is to be invested for the Lord, not buried or hidden.  Jesus calls that being a wicked and slothful service in Matthew 25:26.  These gifts may lead us down a new path;  but we should not try in fear.  We may not be as great at what God wants us to be as we would like; God  will not be surprised at how well we do.

He is pleased with obedience. Man’s critique of our “performance” is not a part of God’s evaluation. Psalms 37:23-4 tells us that ” the steps of a good man are ordered by the  Lord and He delighteth in  his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand.”  If you put your hand to the plow, plow! Though we may give up our family for Christ, we gain a much larger family in Christ.  He is a restorer.  Look unto Him and pray one for another.  Pastor Murdy was grateful for all the mothers in church; they know how to pray.  They pray for their children and family.  Therein is great power.

A hanging basket of geraniums  were given to mothers in honor of Mother’s Day.  The congregation blessed me with a beautiful floral arrangement they had pulled together for me in honor of my birthday this month.  What a beautiful and thoughtful surprise!  I am grateful indeed and blessed.

Again, we invite you to join us at Black Jack Church located off highways 14 east and AC.  Turn left onto the first road east, Farm Road 350.  Services begin at l0:00 a.m.   Remember, with God all things are possible.