Greetings, everyone! One of the great joys and responsibilities of ministry is to rejoice with those who rejoice and to weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15). It seems as though there is never a shortage of reasons to weep. The afflictions of this life, whether it be destitution, disease, or death, roll like a flood. Archibald Alexander (1772-1851) was the first professor at Princeton Seminary. He wrote the following words on suffering to young people in his Thoughts on Religious Experience:
"Remember that whatever sufferings you may be called to endure, they are always less than your sins deserve. Consider that these afflictive dispensations are fraught with rich, spiritual blessings. They are not only useful but also necessary. We should perish with a wicked world if a kind Father did not make use of the rod to reclaim us from our wanderings. Besides, there is no situation in which we can more glorify God than when in the furnace of affliction...And when schooled in adversity, you will be better qualified to sympathize with the children of sorrow and better skilled in affording them comfort." (emphasis in the original)
THE LORD’S DAY TOMORROW
If you are not yet a part of a Bible study, this will be a great time to join. Sign-ups will be available in the narthex on Sept. 6, and the entire month of September will be enrollment emphasis
Fighter Verses: John 8:31-32
Call to worship: Psalm 26:1-8
Old Testament: Jeremiah 15:15-21
New Testament: Romans 12:9-21
Assurance of God's Pardon: 1 Peter 3:18
Sermon: 1 Corinthians 5
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
In addition to our regular weekly Monday ZOOM Bible Study at 7 pm, and Midweek Service on campus and via ZOOM, Wednesday at 6:30 pm, there will be a major push to finish the flood cleanup and rebuilding in St. Joseph before Labor Day. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday of this week, 8 am - noon [lunch provided] and 1 - 4:30 pm. With DR food feeding station pulling out to head back east to help with the hurricane, meals for volunteers are also needed. If you can help provided a meal for 10 to 20 volunteers each day, please let me know or contact Bro. Roger Brumley at St. Joseph Baptist Association at 417-440-0425. Please consult the attached PDF for more information about this local mission and ministry effort. (People in these affected neighborhoods are coming to know the Lord through the evangelistic efforts of DR volunteers!)
ICYMI Last Sunday’s Message Church Discipline and Exclusion, 1 Cor. 5
Pick up your copy of Our Daily Bread devotional booklet in the narthex this Sunday for September-November. If you would rather receive Our Daily Bread in digital form, visit the Our Daily Bread website to sign up for e-mails, download the app, or read online.
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
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Pastor Greg Dixon