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Friday, January 8, 2021
Where do you suppose we ate breakfast yesterday? (see below)
"I Needed Rescued!"
Message summary: If you come upon a person drowning you don't toss them a pamphlet titled "How To Swim". When someone is drowning they need rescued!
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"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen" (Galatians 1:3-5). "For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:13,14).
This billboard along Rt 30 caught my attention yesterday, which it was designed to do, and thus was successful. I took this photo but it may be hard to read the message, "It's Good To be Wicked" which advertised a beer brand. (For locals it's near Costco.) I suppose you have to be more worldy-wise than me to know what it means, but it does seem to be life's outlook for many people in a literal sense. That's why those of us who have been rescued need to let our light shine to show that what's really good is to be righteous through the work of Jesus Christ.
Here's an idea for a simple way of sharing our faith that we all can use, our email sig line. Ron is a local friend who uses this verse, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear" (Psalm 46:1-2). That's always such a comforting reminder but is extra special and pertinent these days.
Yesterday we received an email from Laifong, a longtime friend from Massachusetts, with this simple witness on her sig line, "Rescued and saved by Jesus" along with the first daily verse.
We heard a pastor preach from this passage, "The Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age". He asserted that, "If you come upon a person drowning you don't toss them a pamphlet titled 'How To Swim'. When someone is drowning they need rescued!"
We all need rescued. Thank God that He did not just send a "How To" pamphlet but rather He sent His only begotten Son, as a Savior who gave Himself for our sins and rescued us from our penalty of sin which is separation from God for all eternity. And He, through the Holy Spirit, commissioned patriarchs, prophets, and disciples to record biblical truth and instruction to show us the way of salvation that leads to righteous living.
J. B. Lightfoot writes that "the rescue strikes the keynote of Galatians. The Gospel is a rescue, an emancipation from a state of bondage to sin."
Have you taken hold of the redeeming hand of Jesus who desires to rescue you from drowning in your sins? If not, we appeal for you to do so today.
I needed rescue
My sin was heavy
But chains break at the weight of Your glory
I needed shelter
I was an orphan
But You call me a citizen of heaven
When I was broken
You were my healing
Your love is the air that I'm breathing
I have a future
My eyes are open!
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Merciful Father, our dwelling place is not found in the kingdom of this world but in Your spiritual kingdom where our life- saving rescue took place as Jesus died on the cross on our behalf. You delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of Your beloved Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. There is no greater or more lasting rescue that changes the direction of our lives here on earth and also the direction of our eternal destiny in the life hereafter. We will thank and praise You for our life transforming rescue for all of eternity. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Glorious Day" Video Passion This is the song that has the portion we quoted from at the end of the message beginning with "I needed rescue". We have enjoyed singing this in our church and we are sure many of you have sung it as well. It has is n e chorus:
You called my name
And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day
"Rescuer" Video Rend Collective
"You Alone Can Rescue" Video Matt Redman
"Rescue Story" Video Zach Williams
"I've Been Rescued" Video Kingdom Heirs
"Glorious Freedom" Video Gaither Vocal Band
"No Longer Slaves" Video Voices of Lee
Yesterday we had breakfast at Cracker Barrel (lead photo) which is now reopened for indoor dining again here in Lancaster County. We sure enjoyed sitting close to the crackling fire as we ate breakfast and had some fellowship with our Christian waitress, Luz. The earlier you arrive chances are your waitress might have some extra time to chat. Luz' father recently died so we sought to encourage her and have been praying for her and her 10 siblings and her mom.
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