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Men Prepare Sermons; God Prepares Men

2nd Timothy 2:15

"The proper place for a ship to be is in the water, but if the water gets into the ship, the ship will sink. The proper place for the church is in the world,

BUT IF THE 'WORLD' GETS INTO THE CHURCH,

THE CHURCH WILL GO DOWN IN DISGRACE!"

Thank you for taking the time to view our blog;we look forward to reading your comments. DVDs of our services are available upon request. We covet your prayers and friendship. In His Service and For His Glory, Pastor Bill & Kathy ...
"Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness...But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."-Joshua 24:14-15

Sunday, April 29, 2012

April 29

Faithful Men and Women

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We are so blessed to have such loyal God honoring people attending our Sunday morning services.  You can’t see Diane, but she’s here, sitting behind Steve, but we are so thankful that we have the privilege to minister to you wonderful people who come out Sunday after Sunday.  May you forever be blessed.

We Are to Be Prepared For Rough Assignments

Two hundred years ago, Cambridge students were required to attend church and, periodically, receive the Lord's Supper. Charles Simeon, a 1779 Cambridge freshman, was not a Christian but somehow understood the importance of communion.

One day he fell to his knees crying out for God's mercy. It was a true conversion from which Simeon would never recover.

Upon graduation, Simeon, with an assist from his influential father, was ordained and appointed Pastor of Holy Trinity Church at Cambridge.  It was Simeon's dream job... but not for long.
Alone with his newfound faith, he wrote: "I longed to know some spiritual person who had the same views and feelings”. True believers were hard to find. 

To make matters worse: * The congregation of Holy Trinity didn't want him as their pastor. * Church members boycotted his services and pew-holders locked their pews. * To provide seating, Simeon placed benches in the aisles but the wardens threw them out. * At times the church leaders locked the doors, preventing him from the services. * Rowdy university students protested Simeon's preaching with obscenities and riots, and Simeon was pelted with rotten eggs as he left church. * The faculty treated him with contempt. They slandered and ostracized him.

Why all this abuse? Because Simeon faithfully and consistently taught the truth of man's sinfulness and the bountiful forgiveness available in Christ. But how much can one man take? Even godly pastors have a breaking point!

One day Simeon took a long walk into the woods to offer God his resignation: "I can't take it any more, Lord! I just can't!" Finding a stump to sit on, he randomly opened his Bible, hoping for divine confirmation. Instead, his Bible fell open to one, lone verse: "They found a man of Cyrene, Simeon by name, and forced him to carry Christ's cross."  Charles Simeon, an exhausted and defeated pastor, finally saw his situation through different eyes. "Lord, lay it on me; lay it on me! I will gladly carry the cross for Your sake."

For 54 years he remained pastor of Holy Trinity Church. Finally, at age 77, Simeon was called into God's presence. He had become so loved that when he died all shops in Cambridge closed, university lectures were suspended, and mourners lined 4-deep all around the college, waiting to pay their final tribute to their faithful pastor.

Some pastorates are more difficult than others. I am no exception when it comes to relating to Pastor Simeon, yet, even in rough times, we must be willing to carry the cross of Christ into, and through enemy territory, for Christ's sake.

BIBLE STUDY

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                 A few attended our Bible Study- It was a wonderful time of learning and fellowship.
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ARIZONA 

Arizona- From the White Mountains and the Salt River Canyon Basin, to Agricultural Valley and out into the beauty of the Desert  with the colorful  Cactus blossoms- with wide open eyes we see God’s handi-work is readily before us.
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Continue to pray for us as we seek to serve the Lord here in the desert.
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4 comments:

  1. Super good word Pastor Bill,

    thank you

    pj

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  2. I thank God every day for his blessings.

    I try to keep a grateful heart;
    God constantly puts objects/people in my path that shows me how grateful I should be and how blessed we are.

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  3. I hope you have a great week. I love the pictures you posted on your blog this week.

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  4. Thankds for the story of Pastor Simeon and I know there are many Pastors who have the same feelings as him but still continue to do God's will.

    Know that you both are in my prayer weekly.

    Your pictures help keep us in touch with our home in AZ. Thank you so much.

    We had a good trip home mostly. Rain and wind last two days and of course the temps kept getting lower and lower and have leveled out to the 40 and 50s F. But that is Spring here in Saskatchewan.
    Till next time Etta-Marie

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