Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Church of God, Beloved and Chosen

While studying John 7 I came across this old hymn and have really enjoyed it.



Church of God, beloved and chosen,
  Church of Christ for whom He died,
Claim thy gifts and praise the Giver,
  Ye are washed and sanctified.
Sanctified by God the Father,
  And by Jesus Christ His Son,
And by God the Holy Spirit,
  Holy, Holy, Three in One.


By His will He sanctifieth,
  By the Spirit’s power within;
By the loving hand that chasteneth
  Fruits of righteousness to win;
By His truth and by His promise,
  By the Word, His gift unpriced,
By His own blood, and by union
  With the risen life of Christ.


Holiness by faith in Jesus,
  Not by effort of thine own,
Sin’s dominion crushed and broken
  By the power of grace alone,
Christ, the holiness within thee,
  His own beauty on thy brow:
This shall be thy pilgrim brightness,
  This thy blessed portion now.


He will sanctify thee wholly;
  Body, spirit, soul shall be
Blameless till thy Savior’s coming
  In His glorious majesty!
He hath perfected forever
  Those whom He hath sanctified;
Spotless, glorious, and holy,
  Is the Church, His chosen Bride.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ministry Update

In the last few weeks we have been marveling at what God is doing. I’m not sure what is happening but it is clear that God is on the move. I am reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:24 where it said,

“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

God is beginning to do some amazing things that I want to share.

A Full House For Three Weeks

In the last few weeks we have seen a sudden growth in attendance that is unexplainable apart from God’s drawing. We have not had any special promotions or programs. A few weeks ago I mentioned how we had five first time visitors attend our services. That was followed by another week with a full crowd and more visitors. Then last week we had about twenty five adults and about thirty including children. It is not uncommon to have this size of crowd around Christmas or Easter, but God seems to be doing something. Several of the visitors have made plans to continuing coming and we are rejoicing in God’s work.

I have a hunch that God is beginning to bestow His blessings as a result of someone’s prayer. I don’t take lightly those who are praying for our ministry and it seems that God is beginning to break through. But don’t stop praying! Pray that those who are coming will respond in faith to Biblical truth. It would be counterproductive if people hear truth without responding.

A Full Size Van

With the amount of people that have been coming we asked Douglas Baptist Church if they had any more of the chairs that they had given us years ago, before my wife and I came. They were more than happy to give us some more but it wasn’t but a week after we asked that Pastor Phillips called me to inform me that their church wanted to give us a church van. We are very excited about using this in the ministry here.

Free Audio Book Worth Downloading

This month www.ChristianAudio.com has released A. W. Tozer’s book Attributes Of God Vol.1 for free.

A.W. Tozer is a giant among Christian authors. His books speak to the majesty and sovereignty of God in the most beautiful and reverent tones. That is why we are so pleased to offer The Attributes of God, Volume 1 as the free audiobook of the month for November. One of Tozer’s most famous quotes is “Whatever comes into our mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” We agree with him and hope that this audiobook helps us think rightly about who God is.



These titles are under $5

The Knowledge of the HolyThe Attributes of God Volume 2The Pursuit of GodGod's Pursuit of ManA Passion For God