This week I speak from a passage and especially a verse that we can all probably quote. I bet most of us have also had it quoted at us, and may have had less than righteous thoughts toward the person quoting it. It’s one of the favorites of the suffering and of those who hope to offer some comfort to them. It tells us that ” God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Now if we quote that whole thing, we might get a sense of what it is really saying, but how often have we heard just “all things work together for good”? That turns the truth into a dangerous lie. To provide context for this verse, we really need several chapters, but in the interest of time we’ll just read Romans 8:28-39. “All things” is a recurring concept in these verses. Let’s look at what that means. Listen and be encourage, and don’t let anyone discourage you from hanging onto the truth in that first verse. I recall it frequently when I need help..
Priscilla gives us pointers to help fight feelings of hopelessness.
Rejoice with us and pray with us.
Ruth is thankful to be here and for her family. Cathy is also thankful for family that came to visit last week. Kim is thankful for a reconciliation with a friend. Brenda is thankful for the church.
Cathy’s mother-in-law is now in hospice care. John is still confined to his bed. Edith was not feeling well today. Didi is also out sick. Keep praying for Kim’s recovery and the financial details to work out. Barbara and Richard want to find a house. Remember the family that Brenda asked us to pray for last week. Pray for Phylis suffering from ALS. Pray for Ruth’s continued recovery. Pam wants us to pray for Chris and his mom. Pray also for Pam’s mom and that relationship.
Thank the Lord for answered prayer and be an answer to prayer this week. Ask Him and He will guide you.
Extracted from her text:
“Shopping for houses with Barbara and Richard we met a family whose brother died last night. One sister has ALS. She seemed to get around ok but had to write notes because she could not speak. I told her we would add them to our prayer list..her name is Phyllis. Further visiting with them another sister attends 1st Baptist Dallas. We were looking in Kemp Texas, just about an hour away.. That brothers name was Mark..and he was only 57..”
I talk this week about when we fear God we are actually set free from our fears. I am going to be in Psalms 25 and I am going to read all 22 verses. This is a prayer from the writer for deliverance and forgiveness and it is as relevant today as it was back then, and it talks about having the fear of God. I hope we can see when we have this necessary fear of the God how he sets us free of all unnecessary fear that keeps us afraid to live.
(Excerpted from the pastors introduction)
Priscilla offers 6 tings we can do if we want to please God.
This week I talk about a story that is found in all four of the gospels. I am going to be in Matthew the 14Th chapter vs 13-21. This is the amazing story of Jesus feeding over 5000 people with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. To get the real meaning of this lesson you have to look beyond the physical need to be fed and see what the real lesson is for us. The disciples wanted to send the people away because they were tired and hungry themselves and they could not see any way to feed these people. How often do we just want to give up because we are tired or frustrated with people and we just don’t see a way to help them? There is a lesson to be learned here. Bring all you have and Jesus will make it more than enough!
(Excerpted from the pastor’s introduction)
Priscilla teaches what it means to be in God’s favor.