For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in you.
As I read these verses to the staff this morning, I was reminded of the text from yesterday’s message - Jeremiah 9:23-24. Remember drinking or digging? Thank God that through Jesus Christ, we do not have to go to any place to be near God.
“So near, so very near to God,
Nearer I could not be;
For in the person of His Son,
I am as near as He.”
Catesby Paget - 19th century
With just a thought, a prayer, a resolve of faith, a word from the Scripture, acknowledgement of our need, and we are THERE! There is no better place to be. Let’s go there today, many times a day - and everyday!
Speaking of going, I would like to invite you to our Discovery Class this Sunday. Some of you have been at GFC for a good season of time, but you have not had the advantage of this more up close look at who we are as a church. Others have been coming more recently and this is a great opportunity for you to take the next step. The gathering begins at 10:45 in room 401A and ends at 1:00. Lunch and childcare is included with a reservation. Tim Bowers, Rob Sweet, and I will be leading this time. To join us, please go to gfcnow.com/discovery to make your reservation. I am looking forward to sharing a meal together and getting better acquainted with you!
Grace and peace,
P.S. We are offering the opportunity for you to honor and remember a loved one through a Christmas Memorial. We would be honored to place a personalized ornament on one of the Christmas trees in the lobby during the month of December. You can pick up your ornament on December 23, just in time for your own tree. For more information, please stop by Information Central on Sunday.
"I Pledge Allegiance: Heart and Soul" Jeremiah 9:23-24
Many have said that this election was the most important in our lifetime. Could be, only time will tell. What we know for sure is that only we can determine the allegiance of our heart and soul. And that is the most important thing about us, regardless.
THINKING IT THROUGH
Honors, monuments, whatever the ambitious have ordered by decrees or raised in public buildings are soon destroyed; there is nothing the passage of time does not demolish and remove.
The world is poor because her fortune is buried in the sky and all her treasure maps are of the earth.
We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession; our spiritual life.
Christianity has become a religion of private comfort and blessing, that fills up whatever small holes in life pleasure, money and success have left open.
WORKING IT OUT
“Thus says the Lord.” What do you hear the Lord saying to you about your heart and soul, and how do you choose to respond?
"Holy, Holy, Holy!" Isaiah 6:1-8
Isaiah 6:1-8 paints an awe-inspiring scene of Isaiah’s encounter with God. The imagery that Isaiah uses is powerful, but what this short passage shows us about God’s nature is even more powerful. Meditate on Isaiah 6:1-8 this week. Take time to ponder the questions below and consider your own spiritual journey and the moments in which you have encountered our holy God.
LOOKING IT UP
1. When did this event happen? What can you learn about Uzziah and his death in 2 Chronicles 26:1-5, 15-21?
2. How did this event set up Isaiah’s experience?
3. What scene is described in Isaiah 6:1-4? What do these verses reveal to us about God and His nature?
4. What does Isaiah confess about himself in verse 5 in light of being in God’s holy presence? How does that correspond with our own lives in light of the presence of God?
5. What else do we learn about God’s nature in Isaiah 6:6-7?
6. After receiving God’s forgiveness, how does Isaiah respond to God’s request in Isaiah 6:8? How have you responded to God’s forgiveness in your own life?
Posted on Mon, November 12, 2012
by Tom Oyler