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Thursday, May 24, 2018
View of Susquehanna River from the Pinnacle Overlook
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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"The Divine Search and Rescue"
Message summary: Do you want to be rescued?
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You, oh Lord, have made a way
The great divide You heal
For when our hearts were far away
Your love went further still
Yes, your love goes further still
the last several weeks a double drowning in the Susquehanna River has
been followed in our local news. A boat went over a dam near Harrisburg where a
mother and her three-year old daughter lost their lives. An extensive
search and rescue went on before both bodies were discovered. It is a
tragedy on several fronts and has gripped our region.
Today let us consider a successful search and rescue mission. Our first daily text points out to the very heart of the mission that Jesus "came to seek and to save the lost.” He accomplished that mission. Now all who call upon the Lord in earnest faith will be saved.
He "gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age" (Galatians 1:4). In virtually all search and rescue operations the one(s) being sought after are desperately wanting to be rescued. But in the divine search and rescue mission many choose to remain in their sins and lost condition. They essentially reject the outstretched Hand of rescue.
Do you want to be rescued?
You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise
Daily prayer: Loving Father, You rescued us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of Your Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Where would we be today without the redemptive work of Jesus who bore the pain and disgrace of our sins that we might be forgiven and receive eternal life. We give You praise now and forevermore through Christ Jesus our Lord in whose name we pray. Amen.
After writing yesterday's message on "The Peril Of Itching Ears" I read an article last night by Rev. Pierre Bynum who bluntly observes:
"We live in an America rife with hedonism, big government (not God and honest work) as provider, and efforts to make sexual perversion of every kind the law -- and now, to punish people who hold fast to biblical morals and values. Forty-five years of "legal" taxpayer-funded abortion has been planting the seeds for a harvest of violence in America. The school shootings should be no surprise to those who understand the Word of God. Prayer, the Bible, the Ten Commandments, godly discipline, and common sense have been removed from our schools. We now find explicit, pornographic and perverted "sex education" in schools, now to include instruction tailored to confuse children about their gender identity."
"Anyone who cannot see the existential threat of this convergence of the effects of a reckless culture and government-sanctioned pursuit of sin is spiritually blind. Who can save our people and cleanse America? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! We may be near the end of the Republic if the misguided policies born of these pathologies are not reversed. Many pastors and Christians were asleep at the wheel when this erosion began. Some were paralyzed by an unbiblical belief that Christians ought not be involved in politics for fear of the Johnson Amendment. We must wake up, now, and we must do our part."
"The shepherds God has raised up to lead must lead us. And we must cry out to God for them and on their behalf. Needed is a revival among the clergy -- a revival of courage, of focus, a breaking out from isolation, a uniting with others for prayer and co-laboring in Christ's mission, and a wholesale biblical awakening across America."
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"You Alone Can Rescue" Video Matt Redman
"Rescue The Perishing" Video Marshall Hall and Homecoming Singers Traditional with background story
"Rescue The Perishing" Video Billy and Cindy Foote A slight, but well-done, update of the classic hymn
"Rescuer" Video Rend Collective Ester and Brooksyne enjoyed hearing this song at a Rend Collective concert several weeks ago
"Rescue" Video Jared Anderson
"Forever Grateful" Video Hosanna! Music Praise & Worship series
And I'm forever grateful to You"Saved, Saved!" Video Greene Mountain Men's Choir This old song came to mind in the course of preparing today's message. There are a few old-timers who will also recall singing it!
I'm forever grateful for the cross
I'm forever grateful to You
That You came, to seek and save the lost.
News article about the drownings on the Susquehanna River
In other local news we have a successful rescue: Boy, 3, rescued from manure pit in Honey Brook
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