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!


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!!


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


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