In 1863 the Irish hymnwriter, Charitie Lees Bancroft wrote the hymn Before the Throne of God Above. The hymn was comprised of six verses. I want us to focus in on the fourth verse.

Because the sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

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Salvation is not the reward for a well lived Christian life.

–Bruce Case

Bruce Case is an airline pilot and also an elder in our church, First Boynton. Near the end of his sermon on Sunday, he made the statement that I have quoted above.

The statement serves as an important warning to many in our culture and probably in our churches.  These folks might not say out loud that God is rewarding them with salvation based on their actions or performance, but they often live and talk like it works that way.

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The Direction is Up

June 14, 2014

upWhile reading in Exodus this morning, the account of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea was part of the text. The euphoria of being delivered from bondage in Egypt suddenly disappeared as the former slaves noticed that Pharaoh and his army were hot on their heels. On one side they were apparently trapped by the sea and on the other side was an angry army. What to do?

The fearful mass of people began crying out to the Lord and to Moses. They assumed that the ground on which they stood would become their graves. The situation did appear daunting as viewed from ground level. Moses gives instruction that that can be summarized in these four simple statements. (I apologize in advance if these summations appear cheesy, but they hit me like this and have been easy for me to remember.)

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What a joy it is to robustly sing worship songs that are pleasing to the ear and yet rich in biblical truth. Here is a line from the song from Chris Tomlin, All To Us,

Let the glory of your name

Be the passion of the church.

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sheep birdSeries: The Empty Nest Family Shepherd: A Fatherly Pastoral Letter to Adult Children

Article #2: Greetings from Your Father

Previous Article in Series: The Empty Nest Family Shepherd - Introduction to 1 Thessalonians and Series

Now that we have dispensed with the introductory material that gives credence to the connection between this pastoral epistle and a father’s words to his adult children, let’s jump into the text.

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace.

–1 Thessalonians 1:1

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