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Friday, May 19, 2006

"Ever Enduring Mercy"

"O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for His mercy endures for ever" (Psalm 136:3).  "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3). "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

photo of Hope Winchoba and EsterJohn and Hope Winchoba are an older couple who attended the church I pastored in New England.  They are among the real blessings of ministry and were a tremendous source of encouragement during our years of ministry in that congregation.  Once during a visit with John, he shared a story about a visit he and Hope made to England. 

photo of House of LordsThey were touring the "The House of Lords" in the Parliament Building and as a tourist he was quite weary so he took a seat.  A security guard approached him and inquired, "Excuse me, are you a lord?" John replied "No", and was told "Only lords can sit here."  Now John may not be a "lord" but he truly serves the "Lord of lords"! He passed away seven years ago and is now serving in our Lord's presence. Hope continues to serve the Lord on this side as she awaits her call home.

What a joy today to serve the one and only true Lord and the One whom the Bible calls "the Lord of lords."  The Psalmist calls us to give thanks to the Lord and gives a reason that recurs over and over in this Psalm.  "His mercy endures forever." 

Although 3,000 years have passed since the Psalmist declared this truth His mercy is still enduring. What amazing love and endless mercy God continues to pour out on the fallen human race.  All who turn to Him in faith are recipients of His great mercy in providing salvation. "In His great mercy He has given us new birth." His mercy endures even in the hardest, darkest places and during the most baffling of times. We continue to "receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." 

Are you serving the "Lord of lords"?  Renew that commitment as you give Him thanks for His mercy that truly endures today and will endure forevermore!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen C. Weber

Brooksyne's prayer: Jesus, Your infinite mercy is the greatest gift You impart upon Your creation alongside the marvelous truth that Your compassion knows no bounds.  Your power and authority far exceed any human role or title established on this earth, yet You love us personally with an inexhaustible and enduring devotion.  You invite us to Your throne where You reign, not in cringing fear but with confidence, because You want to meet with us there where Your mercy can be poured out upon us.  There is no difficulty that we present that is too complex or too small that You turn us away. Thank You for helping us in our time of need.

Here's a song now being sung in many churches around the world with this theme titled "Forever!"  Audio   Video

The first photo above shows our friend Hope, along with Ester. I took it when we visited her this last summer. She lives on an island in the Atlantic Ocean and I always enjoyed their shed with the buoys on it. I looked for a photo of John but was unable to find one.

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