Greetings, everyone! This is coming to you a little late in the day as I spent a few days helping my aging parents with some things at their place and just returned this morning. Thank you for bearing with me!
THE LORD’S DAY is TOMORROW!
We gather each Lord's Day to remember the resurrection of our Lord Jesus .
Another way to remember the resurrection is through the words of the recently deceased evangelical theologian/pastor, J.I. Packer: "The victim of Calvary is now ... loose and at large."
Yes, He is no longer a victim, but still bears in His body the
"five bleeding wounds ... received on Calvary; they pour effectual prayers, they strongly plead for me. 'Forgive him, O forgive' they cry, 'Forgive him, O forgive,' they cry, 'nor let that ransomed sinner die!'" ("Arise, My Soul, Arise!" by Charles Wesley).
The risen and ascended Christ not only died, rose, and ascended for our justification, but is also actively working in us to bring about our practical holiness. This same Christ will one day glorify us as objects of His grace. All of this is not just good news, it is exceptional news! And for that, we offer God our hearty praise, thanksgiving, and wholehearted commitment.
Please take time to prepare your hearts for Lord's Day services by reading, meditating on, and praying through the Scriptures being used in tomorrow's worship service.
Fighter Verses: Psalm 73:25-26
Call to Worship: Psalm 145:1-8
Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16
Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 32:5
Sermon Text: Ruth 2
Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY TOMORROW: Sunday, 1-5 pm, report to Journey Baptist, 5708 King Hill Ave., St. Joe
Rebuild efforts are wrapping up from the July 21 flood in St. Joe. There is a big push for volunteers to put drywall on walls and plywood on floors. The effort is for churches to send 5+ people to help. The need is to work on 9 homes (as of today; the number may be fewer now). You don’t have to be an expert or even knowledgeable about construction. The need is laborers, there will be someone at each project to lead the way. Information on Rebuild is found on Journey Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/journeystjoe/
THIS WEEK finishes up our Week of Prayer for Missouri Missions. I encourage you to ask the Lord how He would have you to give, then set aside that portion for the MMO (Rheubin L. South Missouri Missions Offering) which goes to support a whole host of mission efforts across our state. I sent out daily prayer reminders this week for these mission and ministry efforts, and I hope you were able to use them.
ICYMI Last Sunday’s Message "Ruth: God's Faithfulness in Conversion" (Ruth 1)
QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
I recently found a thumb drive that had been missing for four (!) years. On it was a file of quotes I had compiled over a period of several years. Here is one that I found quite pertinent for our times:
"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." -- Corrie Ten Boom
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
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Pastor Greg Dixon