I am sorry that this particular newsletter is 1 day late. I usually try to get this out on Saturday but due to the fact that I have started a new job, things got pushed back a little. This is definitely one of those times that I am glad that I am ahead on my work! I am hoping that this will be a great bridge job until I am able to find a better one or God assigns me to my next post.
This whole situation got me thinking about how we categorize so often those things we "would" and "would not" do for God as if when Christ said, "Take up your cross and follow Me" that it had limitations on that which found their origin points in our desires instead of Christ's. This situation I find myself in is not what I would imagine for myself. I wish the church I had been at would have been biblical and submitted to Scripture but that is where God assigned me, so that is where I went. I truly believe His purpose was accomplished because He used me to preach coming judgment on a place that had long since rejected Christ as Lord and God also built a high tolerance in me for nonsense and for things that I experienced to where I will be able to better handle it moving forward.
While I do wish I was already "back in the game" so-to-speak instead of working where I am I do not want to fall into the trap of saying, "I am willing to do _________ but I am not willing to do ____________ for Christ." We as Christians are supposed to be the examples of placing self on the altar and the examples of cross-bearers in this world for we have the ultimate example of that in our Savior. So, when we encounter those things that are either not favorable or in some cases, outright horrible, we need to be humble and submit to God's sovereignty even when our own seems threatened. This is the key to walking in and with Christ.
I pray that in your life you do not categorize and limit what you will "allow" God to do with you or in your or through you because you have already determined in your mind what your Christian life should look like. Take it from one who has had to learn the hard way that God is sovereign and we are not. Granted my lesson came many years ago but even still, in the present, I find myself learning more about waiting and trusting and cross-carrying.
Weekly Content Recap
Monday's By His Grace Program
Tuesday's Daily Bites Of God's Word
Wednesday's Gospel Of John Message By Dave Jenkins Of Servants Of Grace
Thursday's By His Grace Program - Special Edition - Theological Triage With Dave Jenkins
Friday's Theology Segment By Dave Jenkins Of Servants Of Grace
Other Items Of Interest
The Book Of Life - Sermon By Jeff Durbin Of Apologia Church
Warriors Of Grace - Dave Jenkins
Preaching Clip - Dr. R. Jay Waggoner