Greetings, everyone, in the matchless name of Chris! This week's Fighter Verses say it all: "Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 'For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?' 'Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?' For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen." (Romans 11:33-36)
TOMORROW is THE LORD’S DAY, and I share with you this reminder of what it means with this hymn text of Charles Wesley. It has become one of my favorite "go to" hymn texts when thinking about and preparing for the Lord's Day:
"Come let us with our Lord arise, our Lord who made both earth and skies,
who died to save the world he made, and rose triumphant from the dead;
He rose, the Prince of life and peace, and stamped the day forever his.
"This is the day the Lord hath made, that all may see his love displayed,
may feel his resurrection's pow'r, and rise again to fall no more,
in perfect righteousness renewed, and filled with all the life of God.
"Then let us render him his own, with solemn prayer approach the throne,
with meekness hear the gospel word, with thanks his dying love record,
our joyful hearts and voices raise, and fill his courts with songs of praise."
As we gather for Bible study at 9:30 am and corporate worship at 10:40 am, the Scriptures frame, inform, and fill our time together with content for reflection, meditation, and application. Take a few moments to ponder the words of Scripture from these passages which we will read together tomorrow.
Fighter Verses: Romans 11:33-36
Call to Worship: Psalm 65:5-13
Old Testament: Jonah 3:1-10
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 7:25-31
Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 65:1-3
Sermon Text: Luke 3:1-14
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
During our time in the word, we will be looking at Luke 3:1-14 "John the Baptist Prepares the Way," on the subject of repentance. We'll consider three questions:
1. What is repentance?
2. Who can repent?
3. What does repentance look like?
Last Sunday’s Message from Luke 19 (Jerry Scott) and Wednesday Evening Study from Luke 2:39-52 are both available on audio by clicking here. For video of any previous Sunday morning service, visit our Youtube channel.
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE
We are ready for Week 4; of the 5-Day Bible Reading Plan, the last week in January. This week we will complete Genesis, Mark, and most of Galatians. On this plan, you will read through the entire Bible in a year. Or if you want to just read through the New Testament, read the italicized portion. Here are the readings:
Day One: Genesis 41-42; Mark 16
Day Two: Genesis 43-44; Psalm 24; Galatians 1
Day Three: Genesis 45-46; Psalm 108; Galatians 2
Day Four: Genesis 47-48; Psalm 25; Galatians 3
Day Five: Genesis 49-50; Galatians 4
Prayer: Several of you have inquired how Betty Graham is doing following her accident on the church parking lot after midweek service Wednesday evening. She spent a couple of nights in Cameron Hospital and was dismissed Friday afternoon. She is recovering at her Cameron home with home health and therapy. She is appreciative of all your prayers.
MAN KNOWS NOT HIS TIME: Christian sympathy is extended to the family of Junior Utt who passed away Friday morning. Junior is Trina Reeder's dad. His visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 28, 6:30-8:30 pm at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home in Cameron. The funeral service will be Friday, Jan. 29, at 10:30 am also at Poland Thompson.
BONUS: We will be singing the song "He Will Hold Me Fast" in worship tomorrow. Here is a link to a video of the song, and here is a link to Matt Merker telling the "story behind the song."
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See you in church!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon