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July 86h

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

When facing moments and experiences of weariness and weakness do not despair and flake out altogether. When it seems you are about to come apart because of the incessant demands from all quarters, insist on ‘coming apart for a while with your Lord.’ Insist at such a point that your spiritual batteries need re-charging, your mind to be refreshed by divine revelation, your heart be renewed by His love and faith and your will be strengthened in a greater measure so that nothing and no one deters you in your future ministry. It is the golden opportunity of discovering the glorious provision of Him who is your all-in all.

SERMON STARTERS – A NEEDFUL MINISTRY – Romans 12: 13 “Distributing to the necessity of the saints; given to hospitality”. The most caring people in the world should be the Christian community. Because of the indwelling Christ in the heart and life, His influence should be manifest in the seeking to aid fellow Christians and others in the outside world. The infant Church was blessed this mind and heart set that was demonstrated in deed – c.f. Acts 2:44, 45.

1/. The Christian is called to demonstrate the Christ-like nature received – Ephesians 2:2:10. 2/. The Christian is called to be obedient to God‘s Word in this and not follow the old natural inclinations – James 1:23-27. Opportunity to be sought to help those in great straits. The Christian has great examples to emulate – Christ himself – Acts 10:38, Barnabas, Dorcas, Lydia, Onesimus etc. They should be a good to relieving the needs of others. 4/. The Christian will be rewarded by Christ in performing this ministry – Rev.22:12; Matthew 10:42. Do not miss out on the opportunity of doing good now and the bountiful reward in heaven.

HUMOUR

A WATER FUNNY

“Sally, can you spell ‘water’ for me?” The teacher asked.

“H I J K L M N 0,” answered Sally promptly.

Her teacher look puzzled. “That doesn’t spell “water.”

“Sure it does,” said Sally. “My daddy’s a scientist and he says water is H to O.”

WISE SAYINGS

“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city” – Proverbs 16_32

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE MERCY OF GOD – Romans 9

The clear teaching of this chapter brings into focus the fact of God’s great mercy towards mankind, both Jew and Gentile. Although Israel had been highly privileged by God it was all on the basis of the mercy of God and not on their personal merit and worth. No man has any right or claim of righteousness or standing before God on his own worth because of his sinful nature and behaviour. Were it not for the compassion, pity and kindness of God man would be left to face the ultimate penalty for his condition, which means divine judgment and damnation.

Through the Gospel of Christ the mercy of God has been revealed to all men. Man is saved from his sins and consequent judgment on the merits of Christ’s death and resurrection. God can and does show His mercy in and through the Cross of Christ. Man no longer has to face the full fury of God for personal sins. Christ has bore the judgment so that man can be delivered from God’s wrath. In turning to God in reliance upon His mercy, it is possible to be saved and made a child of God. He wills not the death or destruction of any sinner but desires their blessedness.

There can be no grounds for boasting by any individual or race because of this factor. It is stated: “So it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy” – v16. Later in Ephesians 2: 4 we are informed that “God is rich in mercy” thus underlining the fact of the grounds of our renewal and salvation. All that you are and have comes to you from God because His disposition is one of love, kindness and grace. He is full of mercy to you and ever desires that you sense this within your experience. It is not your merit but His that is paramount.

 

 

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