8.21.2012

The Word

The Lord was kind to give us another wonderful evening together Sunday night! We were reminded of the great grace available to us in the Word of God. Highlights included hearing sweet testimonies from Martha, Sabrina and Kathryn, along with hearing a precious song by Beth. It is always a blessing to meet as beloved children of God, as Ephesians calls us, and sisters in Christ. How blessed we are!

For those who missed the meeting, here is a quick rundown on what is available this Fall:

-Nancy Guthrie (you won't want to miss Nancy's time with us!)
-Pep Talks (you won't want to miss time with other women!)
-The study of Ephesians (you won't want to miss time studying the Word!)

You can look at the column on the left for details on all of the above.

Thanks for reading!

Spurgeon on the Word of God:

First, my friends, stand over this volume, and admire its authority. This is no common book. It is not the sayings of the sages of Greece; here are not the utterances of philosophers of past ages. If these words were written by a man, we might reject them; but O let me think the solemn thought, that this book is God's handwriting—that these words are God's! Let me look at its date; it is dated from the hills of heaven. Let me look at its letters; they flash glory on my eye. Let me read the chapters; they are big with meaning and mysteries unknown. Let me turn over the prophecies; they are pregnant with unthought-of wonders. Oh, book of books! And wast thou written by my God? Then will I bow before thee. Thou book of vast authority! thou art a proclamation from the Emperor of Heaven; far be it from me to exercise my reason in contradicting thee. Reason, thy place is to stand and find out what this volume means, not to tell what this book ought to say. Come thou, my reason, my intellect, sit thou down and listen, for these words are the words of God. I do not know how to enlarge on this thought. Oh! if you could ever remember that this Bible was actually and really written by God. Oh! if ye had been let into the secret chambers of heaven, if ye had beheld God grasping his pen and writing down these letters—then surely ye would respect them; but they are just as much God's handwriting as if you had seen God write them. This Bible is a book of authority; it is an authorized book, for God has written it. Oh! tremble, lest any of you despise it; mark its authority, for it is the Word of God.

8.17.2012

God Loves to Show Mercy

Now think about it for a moment. Don't run your eyes over the promises of God like the wrong pages in a phone book. God Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, said, "I will not turn away from doing good to them....I rejoice in doing them good...with all my heart and with all my soul." Let all three promises sink in.

God will not turn away from doing you good. He will keep on doing good. He doesn't do good to his children sometimes and bad to them other times. He keeps on doing good and he never will stop doing good for ten thousand ages of ages. When things are going "bad" that does not mean God has stopped doing good. It means he is shifting things around to get them in place for more good: "he works all things together for good for those who love him" (Romans 8:28).

"I will rejoice in doing them good."

He does not bless us begrudgingly. There is a kind of eagerness about the beneficence of God. He does not wait for us to come to him. He seeks us out, because it is his pleasure to do us good. "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show his might in behalf of those whose heart is whole toward him" (2 Chronicles 16:9). God is not waiting for us, he is pursuing us.

God loves to show mercy. Let me say it again. God loves to show mercy. He is not hesitant or indecisive or tentative in his desires to do good to his people. -John Piper

7.31.2012

The Cheering Declaration

"My grace is sufficient for you" is the cheering declaration with which Jesus meets every turn in your path, every crook in your lot, every need in your journey. Distrust then your own wisdom, look from your own self and lean your entire weight upon the infinite fullness that is in Christ.
-Octavius Winslow

7.22.2012

Link Thyself With His Precious Blood

Brother, when prevailing sin oppresses the conscience, it is a thousand mercies to know that we have even now a prevailing Savior. Years ago some of us came to Christ and we found pardon; but our faith occasionally faints, and our doubts grow strong. Come, let us go afresh to the fountain, let us look anew to the cross, for the blood speaks still. Still in effect our Lord Jesus bleeds today as much as he did eighteen hundred years ago, for the blood is just as certain in its power with God at the present moment as when the thief said, "Lord, remember me." Let us think of this and rejoice in this. My soul, when thou canst plead with God, when thou darest not, when thy tongue is silent, and despair gags thy mouth, even then Jesus pleads. Now lay thou hold upon the intercession; come and cast thyself upon him; rest wholly in him, he must prevail though thou canst not, he must succeed though thou hast no power whatsoever. Come then, and link thyself with the infallible prevalent plea of the precious blood, and it is all well with thee, all safe with thee, and safe for ever. God grant us grace to do this, each one of us, and his be the praise. -C.H. Spurgeon

7.13.2012

O Tell, Tell!

O tell, tell to each other what great things the Lord has done for your souls; declare unto one another how you were delivered from the hands of your common enemy, Satan, and how the Lord has brought your feet from the clay and has set them upon the rock of ages, the Lord Jesus Christ; there, my brethren, is no slipping. Other conversation, by often repeating, you become fully acquainted with, but of Christ there is always something new to raise your thoughts; you can never want when the love of the Lord Jesus Christ is the subject. So let Jesus be the subject, my brethren, of all your conversation.
-George Whitefield

7.03.2012

Despair of This!

Start with despair. Despair of finding any answer in yourself. I pray that you will cease from all efforts to look inside yourself for the rescue you need. I pray that you will do what only desperate people can do, namely, cast yourself on Christ. May you say to him, "You are my only hope...have mercy upon me. I trust you." He has promised not to turn you away. "Whoever comes to me I will never cast out."
-John Piper

6.27.2012

Can God Be Any Less Good to Me?

Can God be any less good to me on the average Wednesday morning than he was on that monumental Friday afternoon when he hung on a cross in my place? The answer is a resounding NO. God will not be less good to me tomorrow either, because God cannot be less good to me. His goodness is not the effect of his disposition but the essence of his person -- not an attitude but an attribute. -Paige Benton Brown

6.15.2012

Hope in My Love

As a sinner with no righteousness of your own, standing before a self-sufficient and holy God, what command would you rather hear than this: "Hope in my love!" If we only knew it, every one of us is stranded on an ice face in Greenland, and the wind is blowing fiercely. Our position is so precarious that if we even inhale too deeply, our weight will shift and we will plunge to our death. God comes to us and says in that moment, "I will save you, and protect you in the storm. But there is a condition." Your heart sinks. Your face is flat against the ice. Your fingernails are dug in. You can feel yourself giving way. You know that if you even move your lips, you're going to fall. You know that there is nothing you can do for God. Then he speaks the gospel command: my requirement is that you hope in me. Is this not good news...? What could be easier than to hope in God when all else is giving way? And that is all he requires. That's the gospel. -John Piper

5.31.2012

Never Cease to Sing the Gospel to the Deaf

Let us rehearse the mercies of Jesus often in the presence of discouraged people. Let us point them again and again to the blood of Jesus. Don't make your mercy to the downcast contingent on quick results. Keep soaking him in the "benevolence, mercy, goodness, and sympathy" of Jesus and "the sufficiency of the atonement" and "the fullness and completeness of Christ's justification." Yes, he may say that these are all wonderful in themselves, but that they do not belong to him. To this you say, "Doubt your despairing thoughts...yours is to listen to Jesus." Then go on telling him the glories of Christ and his all-sufficient sacrifice for sin. Pray that in God's time these truths may yet be given the power to awaken hope and beget a spirit of adoption. -John Piper

5.25.2012

Nothing Little in God

"The mercy of God."
Psalm 52:8

Meditate a little on this mercy of the Lord. It is tender mercy. With gentle, loving touch, He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He is as gracious in the manner of His mercy as in the matter of it. It is great mercy. There is nothing little in God; His mercy is like Himself -- it is infinite. You cannot measure it. His mercy is so great that it forgives great sins to great sinners, after great lengths of time, and then gives great favours and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great heaven of the great God. -Charles Spurgeon

5.14.2012

Summer Book Clubs

Sign ups have now begun for Summer Book Clubs! You will find all pertinent information, including sign ups, to the left under the heading: Just So You Know. This year's book club list includes 17 studies which are rich with truths to refresh and encourage. We hope you'll be able to participate!

4.30.2012

Spiritual Gifts

For those able to attend our Sweet Mercies meeting last night, thanks for coming! For those who were unable to attend, we missed you and hope to see you next time. Last night's message covered the church and spiritual gifts. Due to time constraints we were not able to cover the section on gifts adequately enough. But you'll find those message notes available to the left, under the heading, Just So You Know. Look for the page entitled, Spiritual Gifts Notes.

Thank you for your participation in Sweet Mercies! We are so grateful for you!

4.29.2012

The Next Round of Encouragment

In seeking to encourage the women of our church, Sweet Mercies has planned four main women's events over the course of the year. These events are held on Sunday evenings and have been dubbed, "Sweet Sundays." Last evening was our second Sweet Mercies event following last January's kickoff. We announced upcoming opportunities for the women of SGC and sought to encourage each other through fellowship. For those who are new to Sweet Mercies, you will find the next quarter's ministry opportunities on the left under the heading, Just So You Know. Listed there is information on all our upcoming events including book clubs, Pep Talks and bible studies. We hope you are able to participate in at least one of these opportunities. Thanks for stopping by!!

4.18.2012

Flowers Out of His Garden

God hath strewed all the way from the gate of hell, where thou wast, to the gate of heaven, whither thou art going, with flowers out of his own garden. Behold how the promises, invitations, calls, and encouragements, like lilies, lie round about thee! Take heed that thou dost not tread them under thy foot. -John Bunyan

4.07.2012

God Was Up All Night For You

Do you need help? I do. Where do you look for help? Psalm 121:2-3 says it plainly: “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved, he who keeps you will not slumber.” The one who helps you never sleeps. He stays up all night, every night.
God is a tireless Worker. Think of God as a Worker in your life. Yes, it is amazing. We are prone to think of ourselves as workers in God’s life. But the Bible wants us first to be amazed that God is a Worker in our lives: “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides thee, who works for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4).
God is working for us around the clock. He does not take days off and he does not sleep. In fact he is so eager to work for us that he goes around looking for more work to do for people who will trust him: “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show his might in behalf of those whose heart is whole toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
The eagerness of God to work for us is amazing. His eyes are running to and fro, looking for opportunities to work for people who trust him. And he is “pursuing us with goodness and mercy all our days” (Psalm 23:6). He is not just waiting for us to get his help, he is seeking ways to give us help. And he is doing this with overflowing eagerness. “I will not turn away from doing good to them; and I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good … with all my heart and all my soul” (Jeremiah 32:40-41).
No wonder he stays up all night. With all his heart and all his soul he works for those who wait for him and trust him. This is what we must believe—really believe—in order to “rejoice always” (Philippians 4:4) and “give thanks in everything” (Ephesians 5:20) and have the “peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7), and “be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6) and “hate our lives in this world” (John 12:25) and “love our neighbor as we love ourselves” (Matthew 22:39).
What a truth! What a reality! God is up all night and all day to work for those who wait for him.
-John Piper

3.31.2012

On the Contrary

To our shame we have sometimes thought of God as a hard man. Is He hard? On the contrary. He has poured His love into your heart. Put everything else into it's proper perspective in the context of this amazing outpouring on Calvary. He's given you everything He has. He's given you His Son on Calvary, and He's given you His Spirit with His love. And yet we can easily be taken up with that notion that He doesn't really love us. But you need to understand that the gospel is not, "God loves you because Christ died for you." That's not the gospel. That's actually almost a contradiction of the gospel. The gospel is, "God loves you, therefore Christ died for you." Jesus Christ did not, on the cross, twist the hand of an unloving Father to love the unlovely. God sent His Son into the world that through Him we might have everlasting life. He SO loved the world that He gave His only Son. -Sinclair Ferguson

3.18.2012

His Love, Not Mine

"Abiding, not striving nor struggling; looking off unto Him; trusting Him for present power; resting in the love of an Almighty Savior, in the joy of a complete salvation, 'from all sin' - this is not new, and yet 'tis new to me. It was the exchanged life that had come to me -- the life that is indeed 'No longer I.' But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One.' As I read, I saw it all! 'If we believe not, he abideth faithful.' I looked to Jesus and saw (and when I saw, oh, how joy flowed!) that He had said, 'I will never leave thee.' Ah, there is rest! I have striven in vain to rest in Him. I'll strive no more. For has not He promised to abide with me -- never to leave me, never to fail me? I change, He changes not; The Christ can never die: His truth, not mine, the resting place; His love, not mine, the tie." -Hudson Taylor

3.14.2012

Of What Size!

See what kind of love the Father has given to us,
that we should be called children of God;
and so we are.
I John 3:1

"See what kind of love"- "of what size."

John is talking about a love that belongs to another country, or world altogether!

It's almost incredible that God should make 
us his children!

Despite assumptions to the contrary- the reality of the love of God for us is often the last thing in the world to dawn upon us. As we fix our eyes upon ourselves, our past failures, our present guilt, it seems impossible to us that the Father could love us.

Many Christians go through much of their life with the prodigal's suspicion. Their concentration is upon their sin and failure; all their thoughts are introspective. Behold! - look and see - the love the Father has lavished upon us!

This reproves men's squint looking. They do not look at God's love, but at themselves and at their own corruptions and afflictions. It is a wonder that God's children should pore only upon their corruptions, and not consider what love it is for God to discover them and pardon them.

Our status is not a matter of our worthiness, but of his love!


-Sinclair Ferguson

2.24.2012

The Lengths to Which God's Love Goes

When we think of Christ dying on the cross we are shown the lengths to which God’s love goes in order to win us back to himself. We would almost think that God loved us more than he loves his Son! We cannot measure such love by any other standard. He is saying to us: I love you this much. The cross is the heart of the gospel. It makes the gospel good news: Christ died for us. He has stood in our place before God’s judgment seat. He has borne our sins. God has done something on the cross we could never do for ourselves. But God does something to us as well as for us through the cross. He persuades us that he loves us. -Sinclair Ferguson

2.22.2012

Grace Available

Opportunities to meet with women in our church through Pep Talk are still available. The last Pep Talk meeting is scheduled for mid-March and there are plenty of women available to meet up until then. Much grace is available in being within earshot of women who know and love the Lord. Pep Talk provides that context. So if you haven't already signed up, please give it another consideration. We trust you won't be disappointed. Sign ups are found on the left of this page under "Pep Talk."

2.07.2012

What's in a Name?

Without trying to master the obvious, the name of this blog and ministry comes from the verse you see at the top. What a common and familiar verse; I bet most of you could easily recite it off the top of your head. Yet if you stopped to really consider it, reciting or reading it slowly for effect, the truths it holds are incredible: The steadfast love of the Lord NEVER ceases; His mercies NEVER come to an end. Wow! Sweet indeed!

Thank you for joining us in our excitement over Sweet Mercies! It is a small beginning and how grateful we are that you've received it warmly. Over 40 women will be participating in studies beginning on the 16th, and over 50 women are participating in Pep Talk. The Lord has been kind to bring us together.

Sign ups for the studies end this Sunday, February 12th. You still have time to consider if you have grace to participate this time around. Pep Talk does not have a sign up deadline. There are still women available who are eager to encourage you.

And speaking of encouragement, might you be blessed by this J.C. Ryle quote:

Stick to that word "never." It is worth its weight in gold. Cling to it as a drowning man clings to a rope. Grasp it firmly, as a soldier attacked on all sides grasps his sword. God has said, and will stand to it, "I will never leave you!"

"Never!" Though your heart often faints, and you are sick of self, and your many failures and infirmities; even then the promise will not fail.

"Never!" Though the devil whispers, 'I shall have you at last! In little while, your faith will fail, and you will be mine!' Even then, God will keep his Word.

"Never!" Though waves of trouble go over your head, and all hope seems taken away. Even then the Word of God will stand.

"Never!" When the cold chill of death is creeping over you, and friends can do no more, and you are starting on that journey from which there is no return. Even then—Christ will not forsake you.

"Never!" When the Day of Judgment comes, and the books are opened, and the dead are rising from their graves, and eternity is beginning. Even then the promise will bear all your weight. Christ will not leave his hold on your soul.

1.29.2012

Something New!

Welcome to SGC's women's ministry blog! We are eager to keep you informed on opportunities for women at Sovereign Grace, and to encourage you along the way. Our desire is to foster Gospel hope and joy in all we do.

To help you get around:

You'll find a current list of ministry opportunities to the left under the heading, "Just So You Know." Clicking on any of the listed items will give you information on that opportunity. You can learn what book and Bible studies are being offered by clicking on the appropriate heading. Sign up information is available by following each link. Don't forget to check out "Sweet Sundays" and "Save the Date!" to see what's ahead.

In addition to providing you with pertinent information concerning SGC women's ministry, you will also find encouraging quotes posted here. To be kept up-to-date, you can subscribe to this blog through email. Just fill in your email address in the "Follow By Email" box found on the bottom left.

Thank you for stopping by! Might Christ become sweeter to each of us as we walk side by side.