Sunday morning we encountered Jesus as he is approached by ten lepers. In His mercy he heals them of their hideous disease of leprosy. What is so amazing about this passage is that there was only one man who turned back to give glory to Jesus and to thank Him. What a challenge for us to maintain an attitude of gratitude in this ungrateful age. It is always fitting, it is always proper to give God glory. You can listen to this message by following this link or visit our sermons page.
For the past several weeks we have been “Strolling Through the Hall of Faith.” We have learned that faith is trusting what God says and acting on it, regardless of circumstances or consequences. We also learned that faith is not an attitude, it is an action. It is not passive, it is active. It takes what God has said and acts upon it. In our Stroll through the Hall of Faith we have encountered great heroes like Abel and Enoch and Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Joshua, and Rahab. Now, we are approaching the end of our journey.
Our primetimers enjoy going to museums. We have been to several museums over the past eight years. Now, you can go through a museum like some of our folks and just walk through and look at the pictures and you are done in 45 minutes to an hour. Or you can do like a couple of our members and try to read everything. Over the past several weeks we have looked in great detail at each of these individuals. We are approaching the end of our journey though. The author, appears to me, to be a tour guide that is trying to keep his group on schedule. Rather than going into great detail through the entire Old Testament, it is as if he is saying, “You’ve seen enough. We need to keep moving.”
We discovered that there were many heroes of the faith who conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, shut lions’ mouths, quenched fires, routed armies, and evn raised the dead. But we also read about those who were: tortured, mocked, jeered, flogged, imprisoned, executed, exiled, impoverished, and destitute. And the Bible concludes that they were all commended for their faith!!! You can listen to this message by following this link or visit our sermons page.
We are praying for our community. We have several families from our church that live in the areas where these tornadoes struck. A recent Wilson Christian Academy graduate had her house destroyed. She was taken to the hospital, but has since been released.
Two tornadoes, packing winds of at least 130 miles per hour, ripped across Johnston and Wilson counties early Saturday. The bodies of a 10-year-old boy and 60-year-old woman were found in their ruined homes. Read Story from WRAL.com
We returned this morning to our series “Strolling Through the Hall of Faith,” with a message entitled “Transforming Faith.” It was a message from Hebrews 11:31 on Rahab: “From Harlot to Heroine.” We saw God’s amazing grace on display to the least expected person in the city of Jericho. You can listen to this message by following this link or visit our sermons page.
I received news Saturday morning from friends in my former ministry, Grace Baptist Church in Muncie, Indiana, that the Preschool building in their Christian school had caught fire around 2:00 a.m. The preschool building was destroyed and will have to be torn down and rebuilt. There is extensive smoke damage in the Fine Arts Center and the High School Building. The church is in revival meetings with Evangelist Morris Gleiser at this time also. Heritage Hall Christian School will have to meet in the main church facilities across River Rd.
Al Mohler has a great post for today:
Americans head for the voting precincts today as the 2008 election is now at hand. Already, some 20 million citizens have voted through early voting options. Some expect a record turn-out for today’s election. In any event, millions of citizens will participate in the first duty of freedom — the freedom to vote.
There is so much at stake. We hear every election cycle that the stakes have never been higher. In one sense, this is usually also true. There is always the sense that there is more at stake this year than last, and, given the way issues unfold, that perception often seems validated by the times.
Christians face the responsibility to vote, not only as citizens, but as Christians who seek to honor and follow Christ in all things. But, beyond the vote, we also bear responsibility to pray for our nation.