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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Words of Encouragement May 25, 2014

This morning we celebrated the ministry of our associate, youth pastor and his family as they are leaving our church after twelve years. They have been faithful and loved as they ministered to our youth and children and as his wife ministered through music, playing piano and organ. Pastor D. recently completed his doctorate in theology. Although he does not yet have a new position, he feels that God has called him to move. He compared that to Abraham being willing to begin the journey even though he did not know God's full plans.

The parents thanked the congregation for the strong support, example and growth they have provided over the years. This Pastor D. likened to the Philippians and the joy they brought to Paul in his ministry. Even as Paul was in prison in Rome he remembered the support he received with joy. Phil 1:3-8. Pastor D. reminded us that this would be a change not only for his family but for our church family. He is confident that God has a great plan for both. As Paul said in verse 6: “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

I appreciated the prayer he shared from Paul's letter to the Philippians which I share below.

This song is taken from Philippians 1:6.

Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV)
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Thank you Lord for those who are faithful in their service to you. Please bless Pastor D and his family as they respond to your call. Please guide our congregation to abound in love and knowledge to do Your will for service to Your glory.

1 comment:


    The mantra of many believers in Christ is "Water baptism is important, however, it is not essential for any ones salvation."
    Can you envision Jesus saying that?

    What if all the creed books, all the Bible commentaries, and other books written about Bible were destroyed? What if the source for truth you had was the Bible and the Bible alone, then, what would you believe was the purpose of water baptism? Would you still believe that water baptism was not essential for salvation?


    Ephesians Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for it, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (NKJV)

    Ephesians Christ showed to the church when he died for her, 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God's word; (The Living Bible---Paraphrased)

    Ephesians 5:25-26 Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, (NASB)

    Can you imagine Jesus saying, "Water baptism is not essential to salvation?"

    Acts 22:16 'And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.' (NKJV)

    Acts 22:16 And now, why delay? Go and be baptized, and be cleansed from your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.' (The Living Bible ---Paraphrased)

    Acts 22:16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.' (NASB)

    Can you envision Jesus saying, "Saul your sins were washed away three days ago on the road to Damascus, water baptism is not essential to salvation?"

    Acts 2:38....let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins;..... (NKJV)

    Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit. (The Living Bible--- Paraphrased)

    Acts 2:38 ...each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christfor the forgiveness of your sins..... (NASB)

    Can you envision Jesus saying, "Water baptism is not essential to forgiveness of sins?"

    Mark 16:16 .....and is baptized will be saved... (NKJV)

    Mark 16:16.... and are baptized will be saved... (The Living Bible---Paraphrased)

    Mark 16:16 .....and has been baptized shall be saved... (NASB)

    Can you imagine Jesus saying, "Water baptism is important but not essential to salvation?"


    Creed books, Bible commentaries, and all other books explaining the Bible are not the infallible word of God. They are not God's inerrant message to all mankind. Why would you not simply trust the Bible and the Bible alone for God's truth given to mankind?



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