The Next Couple of Sundays

Christmas is just two weeks off. Join us this coming Sunday for the Third Sunday of Advent and then on Christmas Eve. During the morning service on the 24th the youth will be providing the worship music, singing a few Christmas songs; and then the Pastor’s sermon will focus on the Peace God gives us in Christ. We would love for you to join us! December 24 at 11am!! Can’t wait to see you!

Then come back that evening for the Christmas Program! It begins at 7. And bring a friend.

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Why is It Easier to Doubt than Believe”

Why is it easier to doubt than it is to believe? That question was posed to Martin Luther on the 30th of November in 1532. Luther replied-

“Because we are better equipped to doubt than to hope; because hope comes from the Spirit of God but despair comes from our own spirit. Accordingly God has forbidden it [despair] under severe penalty. That we more easily believe penalty than reward is a product of the reason or spirit of man. Hoping and believing are different from thinking and speculating. Reason sees death before it, and it’s impossible for reason not to be terrified by it. Likewise we can’t be persuaded [by our reason] that God gives his Son and loves us so much, and hence we say, ‘You have not allowed your Son to be crucified for nothing!’ This is above reason. That God is so merciful, not on account of my works but on account of his Son, is incomprehensible.”

Luther was right. Doubt arises when we stare at ourselves and faith arises when we keep our eyes fixed on Christ. And for most of us, for most of the time, we’re staring at ourselves instead of staring at Christ.

Your Work is Done When Every Christian is Mature in Faith

And to some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; to knit God’s holy people together for the work of service to build up the Body of Christ, until we all reach unity in faith and knowledge of the Son of God and form the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself. Then we shall no longer be children, or tossed one way and another, and carried hither and thither by every new gust of teaching, at the mercy of all the tricks people play and their unscrupulousness in deliberate deception (Eph. 4:11-14).

Quote of the Day

Thoughtless words can wound like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Sincere lips endure for ever, the lying tongue lasts only a moment. Deceit is in the heart of the schemer, joy with those who give counsels of peace. (Prov. 12:18-20)

Give Thanks

Let them thank Yahweh for his faithful love, for his wonders for the children of Adam! Let them extol him in the assembly of the people, and praise him in the council of elders.  He has turned rivers into desert, bubbling springs into arid ground, fertile country into salt-flats, because the people living there were evil.  But he has turned desert into stretches of water, arid ground into bubbling springs,  and has given the hungry a home, where they have built themselves a city.  There they sow fields and plant vines, and reap a harvest of their produce. He blesses them and their numbers increase, he keeps their cattle at full strength. Their numbers had fallen, they had grown weak, under pressure of disaster and hardship;  he covered princes in contempt, left them to wander in trackless wastes.  But the needy he raises from their misery, makes their families as numerous as sheep.  At the sight the honest rejoice, and the wicked have nothing to say.  Who is wise? Such a one should take this to heart, and come to understand Yahweh’s faithful love (Ps. 107:31-43)

Prayer Request

Remember the family of Minnie Armes.  She passed away this morning.  The family will receive friends Friday, November 24, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Schubert Funeral Home in Wartburg with the funeral to follow at 7:00 p.m. with Bro. Darrell Daugherty officiating. Graveside will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the Flat Fork Cemetery.

Prayer Request

Brent Carroll, age 38 of Harriman,  passed away on Friday evening, November 17, 2017 from injuries sustained in an accident.  A memorial service to celebrate Brent’s life will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Coalfield Seventh-Day Adventist Church beginning at 10:30 with Pastor Lonnie Cook officiating. Everyone is invited to attend.