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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Words of Encouragement July 10, 2011

I vacillated today between two messages - one from the morning sermon or one from this week's Bible readings. I decided to go with the sermon and save the other thoughts for another day.

This morning our youth Pastor delivered a message entitiled The Cross: The Center of God's Message.  Paul wrote that although the message of the cross may seem foolishness to men who are dying, to those who [believe and] are being saved, it is the power of God. 1 Cor 1:18-20. What man sees as foolish, God share's as wisdom.

Remember the story of Naaman who thought it was foolish to go wash himself seven times in the Jordan to be cured of leprosy. But his servant questioned him saying wouldn't you do what the man of God directed if he told you to do something important then why not try what he tells you to do? When Naaman did as directed, he was cured. 2 Kings 5.

People are always seeking salvation, the fountain of youth which is ultimately eternal life. Man cannot save himself by his own works; man can never be good enough. The only way to God is through the Cross, the death and resurrection of Christ. We might wonder: why do atheists argue so strongly against something they say does not exist?

As often happens,
I was looking for one song but was led to
another that fits the message for me. :-)

A Verse for Today:
1 Corinthians 2:2
New International Version (NIV)
2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 

There seems to a lot of confusion, even in religious communities, regarding the wisdom of the Bible and the gospel message. This morning we prayed for God's wisdom to reach the minds and hearts of people and leaders in our world.

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