Odds & Ends: August 2018
A sermon on legs
I’d rather see a sermon
than hear one any day:
I’d rather one would walk with me
than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil,
and more willing than the ear.
Fine council is confusing,
but example’s always clear.
—Edgar A. Guest
A safe haven
Don’t ride in automobiles; they cause 20 percent of all fatal accidents. Don’t stay at home; 17 percent of all accidents occur in the home. Don’t walk on the street or the sidewalk; 14 percent of all accidents happen to pedestrians. Don’t travel by air, rail or water; 16 percent of all accidents happen on these. However, only 0.001 percent of all deaths reported occur in worship services. Therefore, the safest place for you to be is in church. Sunday school is also relatively safe.
Prayer from the heart
John Bunyan said, “In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” A story told by a 19th-century Jewish rabbi shares the same idea:
A disheveled old man entered a synagogue for the first time. Not realizing he was holding the prayer book upside down, he tried to follow the congregation’s singing, but his words were incorrect. Finally, he simply looked toward heaven, repeating one Hebrew word over and over.
After worship, some people complained to the rabbi, “Why didn’t you ask him to leave?” He replied, “That man said more to God with his one word than some of us will ever say in our whole lives. God hears the words of the heart.”
The road of life
God of our life,
there are days when the burdens we carry
chafe our shoulders and weigh us down;
when the road seems dreary and endless,
the skies gray and threatening;
when our lives have no music in them,
and our hearts are lonely,
and our souls have lost their courage.
Flood the path with light,
turn our eyes to where
the skies are full of promise;
tune our hearts to brave music;
give us the sense of comradeship
with heroes and saints of every age;
and so quicken our spirits
that we may be able to encourage
the souls of all who journey with us
on the road of life,
to your honor and glory.
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