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.
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