Pastor Cosand: July 2018
THE GOD-CENTEREDNESS OF GOD
God does everything He does, ultimately, for His glory
When we consider the glory of God, one thing that comes to mind is that we should live for His glory. The Westminster Catechism reminds us that "The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever." But the Bible makes it clear that "The chief end of God is to glorify God." We know from the Scriptures that we should be God-centered, but what we also see in the Scriptures is that God Himself is God-centered. God does everything He does for His glory. The following verses are meant to display the God-centeredness of God, with the hope that we might see the folly and arrogant rebellion of putting anything in the place of God in our affections. We might say that to be self-centered is to be at odds with the universe.
God forgives Israel's sins (and ours) for His glory
I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. (Isa 43:25)
For my name's sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another. (Isa 48:8-11)
God created us for His glory
I will say to the north, "Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made." (Isa 43:6-7)
Missions Update: July 2018
David & Susan Michels
913 High Street
Marquette, MI 49855
Susan: slmichels @yahoo.com
The 2017 – 2018 school year has come to an end. We have seen God do some great work in molding hearts and helping students walk with Him.
E2Forum = Executive & Entrepreneurial Forum (EII Forum)
In February we hosted an EII Forum in Houghton for Michigan Tech and Finlandia students. Three business professionals shared how character in faith makes a difference in their interactions in their business. There were 53 in attendance. They were from groups like the Iranian community, women’s club volleyball, professional clubs, and RA’s. The students heard how they could know God personally and five students indicated that they put their trust in Jesus Christ. We are praising God for what He did that evening.
Our Summer Ministry Assignment
This summer we are doing something pretty different from what we have done in past summers. We are helping to staff the Detroit Summer Mission. The goals of the summer mission are to see students grow in their love for Jesus and in their love for the people of Detroit. We will be serving at Wayne State University part of the week, having spiritual conversations with students. We will also be partnering with urban ministries helping people in Detroit that have physical and spiritual needs. We will also be living in the dorms at WSU. We expect a great experience seeing students grow and seeing God use this summer mission to touch many lives for God’s glory. Please pray for us and the Detroit Summer Mission.
Joe Teisan: July 2018
WHO WILL FREELY GIVE MEANING, AIM, DIRECTION, EXAMPLE, PURPOSE, POWER, AND JOY TO MY LIFE?
Believe in Christ, and take Him for your Savior! You will enjoy spiritual transformation into His beautiful image, His character, and likeness. Walk, talk, think and act like Jesus Christ, “who is the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15). Rejoice in the completeness and fullness of His exciting personality in you. This is the new birth! You are born again, a Christ-like believer in Jesus, the only Savior.
Odds & Ends: July 2018
If we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 1 Timothy 6:8
Let us be content with the portion God has given us of earthly things. God stands upon his sovereignty, and we must be content with God’s allowance, though he gives others more. The good man pleaded: ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? . . . Do you begrudge my generosity?’ (Matt. 20:13-15)
If others have a better income and are more amply provided for, God is sovereign, and will give according to his pleasure. Nothing is deserved and therefore everything should be kindly taken with contentment. If a man is provided for by another’s expense, we take it very ill if he murmurs and dislikes his diet. Certainly we are all maintained at free cost and should be content with what is put in our hands. God in wisdom knows what proportion is best for us. The shepherd and not the sheep chooses the pasture. Leave it to God to give what is suitable to your condition of life. God gives a portion as you are able to bear. Contentment itself is a gift of God and a great blessing. When our minds are suited to our condition, our earthly blessings are sweeter and more comfortable. Our happiness does not lie in abundance, but in contentment. (Luke 12:15)
All spiritual miseries may be attributed to either a war between a man and his conscience, or a war between his affections and his condition. There may be just as much love in a lesser portion as in a greater. There is the same affection to a younger child, though he does not have as large an allowance as his elder brother. The father loves him just as well. So a child of God may say, ‘God loves me, though he has given another more than me.’ Be content with what falls to your share in the gracious providence of God.
From Voices from the Past, page 158, Thomas Manton, Works, 1:164-165
Pastor Cosand: June 2018
THE WONDERFUL HOLY SPIRIT
reflections on Romans 8:11
Perhaps the only other passage in the Bible that highlights the Holy Spirit more repeatedly than Romans 8 is Jesus' Upper Room Discourse in John 14-16. The subject of Romans 6-8 is sanctification, which is the process of the Christian's growth in Christlikeness. There is a very interesting and instructive dynamic revealed in the wording of Romans 8. The Holy Spirit is referred to 17 times in this chapter. He is referred to only 4 times in chapters 1-7 and only 6 times in chapters 9-16. Romans 8 has more references to the Holy Spirit than all other chapters of Romans, combined. This teaches us that the means and power of sanctification is the Holy Spirit. The key to growing in Christlikeness is the omnipotent Spirit of God.
It is probably true that the Holy Spirit is the most neglected of the three persons of the Godhead. It is understandable that we might have the tendency to overlook God's Spirit because He is not mentioned as often as God the Father and God the Son. Further, the work of the Spirit is to bring glory to the Son and the Father. Of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, "He will glorify me; for He will take what is mine, and declare it to you" (Jn 16:14). But the Holy Spirit is God the Holy Spirit and, as God, He is worthy of infinite honor and possesses infinite attributes. He is, in essence, completely equal to the Father and the Son.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Rom 8:11