Weekend Gospel message to follow for All Hands(28-30MAY21)
Heads-Up --- Please find enclosed encouragement inSO GREAT SALVATIONby the perfect and finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ in saving poor, needy and wretched sinners by His sovereign free grace -God's unmerited favor- from our sins and from Hell:
DELIVERANCE FROM ETERNAL RUIN
"The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: the grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass." -Isaiah 40:6-7 [KJV]
Unless the Lord is pleased to teach us and reveal to us what we are by nature (Ephesians 2:1-3), we will never see our need for Christ and the gospel of His free grace (Romans 3:24). We will never understand our need of Jesus Christ and His great salvation, unless the Holy Spirit is pleased to move upon our heart (John 6:44-45).
Only when He reveals unto us our sinful condition, will we seek His salvation in Christ Jesus the Lord (1 Timothy 1:12). Only when He speaks to us about our righteousness as being filthy rags, will we seek His righteousness that is performed and provided freely by His grace (1 Corinthians 1:30). Only when God reveals to us our total ruin, will we seek redemption through the spotless blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:7).
Only when God is pleased to show us how unworthy we are, will we seek Him who is Worthy (Revelation 5:12). Lord, make us to know and see what our need is, so by Thy Spirit and grace we can seek Thy mercy where it can be found (Philippians 3:9; 4:19).
The Lesser Magistrate Doctrine teaches that when the superior or higher ranking civil authority makes unjust/immoral law, policy, or court opinion – the lower or lesser ranking civil authority has both the God-given right and duty to refuse obedience to that superior authority; and if necessary, actively resist the superior authority. The doctrine was first formalized by Christian men in Magdeburg, Germany in 1550. The lesser magistrate doctrine is rooted in the historic Christian doctrine of interposition. Interposition is where one steps into the gap – placing themselves in between the oppressor and his intended victim. Interposition can take place verbally or physically. The law of God is the objective standard to which all men and all governments of men are accountable. If civil authorities make law, policy, or court opinion that is contrary to His law – the lesser magistrates are to interpose and stop the evil . America’s founders established this nation as a true federa
We are about to reach the end of our nation’s quadrennial frenzy over who shall occupy the positions of power in our government. We have been bombarded with campaign ads decrying the opposition candidate as evil incarnate with the one making the ad claiming to be the only hope we have of holding back the wave of destruction the opposition will most certainly bring. But the child of God does not have to participate in that frenzy. We do not have to act as though the things we hold most dear are put at risk by the possibility that this or that candidate will win. In fact, if we are in great distress over the possibility that what we hold most dear will be lost, it is likely that we are holding the wrong things most dear! There are genuine believers on both sides of the political aisle of our nation (yes, there really are), and seeing that they are not only believers but humans as well, they can get caught up in the stress of a national election. I know I can. What can we do to settle