Bulletin for 9-4-22
Birthdays and Anniversaries:
None this week
Chloe Birdwell, relative of the Weeks’s, bad car wreck, critical condition in a Waco hospital. Prayers needed!
Paul Tyler has a bad sort Parkinson’s. Please pray for him, his family and friends.
Tonita, Paul’s friend, mild heart attack
J R Medellin, Tiffany’s (Chance) husband, still doing well. Vanessea‘s doing well after her surgery.
Shirley Weeks, Steve’s mom, continues to have trouble.
Leslie Girvin, had a fall and sprained both wrists, 6-8 weeks recovery.
Sarah, Chris Girvin’s sister, on hospice care
Robert and Sue Waller, health issues
Darla Nitti, Wendi’s mom, not doing well.
Leta, has a recurring cancer, prayer request from her granddaughter via our website.
Tammy Jones, Weeks’ neighbor, kidney failure/dialysis
Back to school
Our Faithful God
Men sometimes disappoint because they are not faithful to their promises. God, in stark contrast, is faithful. Moses sang, “For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He” (Deuteronomy 32:3-4). Israel’s psalm writers also praised God for his faithfulness (Psalm 36:5; 119:90). Jeremiah, even in an hour of great sorrow, could write, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’” (Lamentations 3:22-23). If God promised it, you can wait knowing he will keep his word.
God always keeps his promises. Moses told the second generation of Israelites, “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9). God’s covenants most often include promises and conditions. Note Moses’ emphasis on the blessings provided to those who “love Him and keep His commandments.” Joshua closed his time as God’s appointed leader with similar words. “So the Lord gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and dwelt in it” (Joshua 21:43). He also declared, “Behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed” (Joshua 23:14). Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the temple included the fact that God kept his promise to David (1 Kings 8:23-25).
Men may fail to keep their promises because they lack the strength or cannot due to changes in health or even death. God is able to keep his promises because he is all powerful (Jeremiah 32:17, 27). He is also unchanging (Numbers 23:19). The fact that he is also all knowing means he will not promise something for future days that may prove to be outside of his reach. “For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure’” (Isaiah 43:9b-10).
Everything we have already observed should cause us to rejoice in the promises of God. Those set apart in Christ experience the blessings of the promises of the Almighty through fellowship with him and his Son. Paul proclaimed, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). We can be assured he will not allow temptation to come our way that we cannot overcome (1 Corinthians 10:13). Fellowshipping with him in the light will result in a continual cleansing through the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7). He has promised his people a place in heaven, guaranteed by the very fact that he cannot lie. We are assured a heavenly home because our Savior has blazed the trail to heaven and remains there as our eternal High Priest (Hebrews 6:16-20).
Thank God we have a faithful God who has, does and will keep his promises!
Gary Hampton, link to original article