2 Cor 9:11
You will be enriched in every way for all your generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
Dear CBC Family,
Last night I was told that my uncle is very ill and the doctors do not know if they can save him. I hadn’t seen my uncle for probably 40 years until I went to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale last summer. He and his family all live there and it was such a great blessing to see them all after so many years. I had known they lived there but never actually got around to making a visit until my own heath calamity put me on their doorstep. He seemed so vibrant and full of life. Please pray that the Lord would have mercy on him and restore him. His son just tragically died last year and the family has still not recovered.
The news of his sickness once again reminded me of the brevity of life and the great amount of uncertainty that it contains. We have such a tendency to think “some other day” we will do such and such. “Some other time” I will say what needs to be said or take my walk seriously. Let me encourage you that if you have something you wish to do then today is the day to do it. If you have something to say, then today is the day to say it. Each of us are just seconds away from seeing Jesus face to face and leaving our family and friends behind. Let us be wise and redeem the time and not assume we can get around to it “somewhere down the road.”
It’s been very busy for me this week but much of it has been very fruitful. I finished my bible interpretation class on Monday night. I am kind of sorry to see it end. Yesterday morning, I attended a women’s bible study for some Q&A with the ladies which is always a great pleasure and then had several appointments in the afternoon.
I finished off yesterday with an hour and a half gospel presentation to someone who struggled with guilt and not knowing if they had done enough to please God. They felt condemned and that God was “disappointed in them”. After hearing the concern, I said that they were not, and never could be, good enough to be acceptable. You can’t get around “there is no one good” from Romans. I addressed the depravity of man, the holiness and righteousness of God, the fact we were His enemies, the death AND life of Christ that are both required to be forgiven and righteous. I talked about the necessary understanding our spiritual bankruptcy so that the good news is really good news. I spoke of hell, and the main reason Jesus died (to vindicate the honor of God). I also cut down the error that is spread today that Calvary is about our great worth. I showed that God’s love as a Father is directly tied to being in Christ. I also mentioned that God is NEVER disappointed in His people since disappointment is something an omniscient being could never experience. I spent a lot of time on the righteousness that comes to us from the life of Christ and how a Christian does not go from forgiven to unforgiven based upon their sins. By the end they were weeping, and I mean weeping, in joy. When they said “I’m throwing myself and my entire future on the mercy of God in Jesus Christ” I knew they finally got it. The reason I’m mentioning this to you is that some of the most spiritually confused people are professed Christians who week after week are indoctrinated into false gospels. These people think they are saved but are simply religious folks who trust in themselves or their church. So again, maybe you have someone in your life like that, I encourage you to not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it is the power of God unto salvation, for the religious lost first as well as the lost lost. This poor soul attended church most of their lives and was simply taught everything except truth. The fields are white unto harvest. It’s time to reap!
This weekend we will be pressing on into chapter nine of second Corinthians with a sermon I called “The Ministry for the Saints”. The context is giving but we will discuss much more. Join us as we reason together and see, and learn, the ways of our God.