Month: November 2008

Sounding Out the Word (7)

1.  After the opening announcements the week before last Sunday, our Patch the Pirate Club began our morning worship with the song, “Humble Yourself Before the Lord.” 

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Patch the Pirate Club

 

Listening to these little ones, I thought of Matthew 18:1-4: 

At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

2.  It was a peculiar setup on this Sunday morning.  It is not normally this way.  We retained the setup from the Friday/Saturday ladies’ conference; a hundred ladies had gathered to hear Faye teach them from the book of Jonah.

 

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The tables were the perfect objects in the auditorium for assisting us in thinking about the thirteen gathered around a table the last night of Jesus’ life on this earth.  One of them was the betrayer whom Jesus sovereignly dismissed.

 

John 13:18-30 reveals the humanity of Jesus.  This Man knew perfectly the utter depths of emotion, being “troubled in spirit”.  For the third time now, we see this in John’s Gospel.

 

And secondly, John 13:18-30 declares Jesus as the all-knowing Prophet.  He is the heart-knower of all.  And he knows whether you are real or whether you just wear the religious mask.

 

Ten Things that I am thankful for in America

Going Back . . .

I am thankful for much of the ministry of John Calvin.

I am thankful for the courage of William Tyndale who gave his life.

I am thankful for the translation of the Geneva Bible, forged out of persecution.

 

1. I am thankful for the separatist Puritans who brought to the shores of America our beloved Geneva Bible.

 

2. I am thankful for the U.S. Congress who recommended the King James Bible to the people of America.

 

3. I am thankful to President John Adams who warned:  “Let not Geneva be forgotten or despised.”

 

4. I am thankful for religious liberty that came at great cost.

 

5. I am thankful for the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and our Bill of Rights.

 

6. I am thankful for all our American soldiers who have died in battle and their families who have greatly sacrificed for what I enjoy.

 

7. I am thankful for the Boy Scouts of America, teaching genuine patriotism and leadership.

 

8. I am thankful that I can vote and speak with conviction.

 

9. I am thankful for our beautiful land that God Almighty has granted to us.

 

10. I am thankful for each time in my Pledge of Allegiance that I can say, “One nation under God”.  Our very existence as a country is owed to God.