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July 9, 2018

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Donegal Creek

"A Consideration Of God's Rescue Mission"

Message summary: Let's verbalize this wonderful truth: God has rescued me from the dominion of darkness and transferred me into the kingdom of His beloved Son in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of my sins.

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"For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:13) NASV.

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

Many of us are following the news concerning the dramatic rescue mission to save the boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. What an outstanding demonstration of human kindness and value of life is being witnessed by millions, as experts from many nations converge upon the area and cooperate to assist in the dangerous rescue.

When I was a boy I used to enjoy exploring caves with my friends as a Boy Scout at a summer camp in southern Missouri. We would probably go in the cave 50 feet or so during the dry Missouri summers. My biggest concern was getting stuck! Presently the extent of my cave exploration interests are the tourist type caves.

However reading the reports concerning this Thai cave rescue mission it is practically unimaginable what the boys, their coach and rescue workers are going through. Already one death is reported regarding retired Thai navy SEAL Kunam who lost consciousness after placing oxygen tanks in the cave complex and could not be revived.

However at the time of our writing eight boys have been rescued. To get to them the divers have a five hour journey when diving in line with the current and 6 hours against it making for an utterly exhausting 11 hour round trip. One navy SEAL likened the cave expedition to that of climbing Mt. Everest. (See linked report below for details.)

Colossians 1:13Considering this rescue mission to rescue the lives of 13 people trapped in a twisted, dark, flooded cave prompts a consideration of another successful rescue mission; when God set out to rescue the souls of the human race by sending His only begotten Son: "For He (God) rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son."

"Rescue" translates the Greek word "rhuomai" which emphasizes the deliverance from peril which is given by a mighty act of power. In the New Testament "rhuomai" is always associated with God as the Rescuer and with a person as the object of His rescue. The wages of sin made us liable to eternal death and trapped us in the kingdom of Satan making us subject to his rule and authority placing us in bondage to our old (sin) nature inherited from Adam. God marvelously rescued us from this awful, hopeless condition.

This rescue involved a spiritual relocation "from the domain of darkness" where, due to our sinful nature, we have all lived out our lives. But God gloriously "transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son" where we were rescued from the dominion of darkness which is Satan's realm and transferred into the kingdom of light which is Christ's realm, for He declared, "I am the light of the world"!

Today among all the noise and busyness and worries and strife and all the other peace robbers of life, let's verbalize this wonderful truth: God has rescued me from the dominion of darkness and transferred me into the kingdom of His beloved Son in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of my sins.

He's our rescuer, He's our rescuer
We are free from sin forever more
Oh how sweet the sound, Oh how grace abounds
We will praise the Lord, our rescuer

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, by sending Your Son, Jesus, You sought to reconcile all things to Yourself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of the cross. For we, who once were alienated and enemies of the cross, are reconciled to You because we died to sin and rose again to new life in Christ. That great deliverance took place when You rescued us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of Your beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. We want to continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, not being moved away from the hope of the gospel which we heard through Your Holy Spirit, reading of Scripture and through messengers of the Gospel. Amen.

(See Colossians 1:19-23)

Donegal Creek geese
Donegal Creek geese

Donegal Creek wild flowers
Donegal Creek rudbeckia and bees balm

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Rescuer"  Video  Rend Collective

"You Alone Can Rescue"  Video  Matt Redman

"Still"  Video   Legacy Five

"I Trust the Cross"  Video  Legacy Five

Finally today:
Fresh Lancaster County corn 7/6/18
Last Friday morning we picked out some freshly-picked Lancaster County corn from the Corn Wagon near New Danville, PA 13 ears for $3.00! If you look closely you'll see the dew droplets since the corn was picked early in the morning.

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