Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
THE SAINTS AMONG US
Pastor Jerry began his message with a story, as I took notes
on his sermon.
A man visited his old home church in the South, and noticed
the new stain glassed windows with names of donors attached.He didn’t know any of the names and asked the
Pastor if there had been a lot of new folks recently.He was told, “Those folks weren’t members
here for we purchased at a bargain price, the windows from a church in St Louis; when their new windows did not
fit.The man asked, “Don’t you want to
remove those donor names?”The Pastor replied,
“No, we are a small church, so each Sunday it is nice to be surrounded by so
many other Saints.”
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also,
since we are surrounded by so great a cloudofwitnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto
Jesus, the author and finisher ofour faith - -
If you are from a Catholic or Episcopal or other church
background, you may know that today is “All Saints Sunday.”
We look back through the Old Testament and are reminded of
the many Godly Saints; some were killed because they were faithful to proclaim
what God told them to say.
Testament reveals a score of other Saints, as does History as we think of
the Christian Martyrs, Missionaries, Doctors, Nurses and helpers who went forth
to bring the Gospel of Christ to others.
We are also reminded of those Saints in our church who this
past year have passed on to glory ahead of us.
In the book of Hebrews it is written, we are surrounded by
so great a cloud of witnesses. Saints surround us and their memory encourages us not to quit.Remembrance fills us with faith and boldness.
Each one of us is in some form of crisis or emergency.In our town there are many in dire predicaments not of their choosing.
We can’t go alone and we need the Lord and we need each
other.God promised Joshua that he would
be with him as He had been with Moses, and today we have that same promise that He will never leave or forsake us.
Traditions of the past give us options and enrich our
vision, but we cannot live in the past.We must realize we can build upon what is past, but we must look ahead
and not keep looking back into our rear view mirror.
Pastor told another story: A male child, Francis was born 1811 into a prosperous and
good family.Francis lived the high-spirited life typical of a
wealthy young man, even fighting as a soldier for Assisi.While going off to war in 1204, Francis had a vision that directed him
back to Assisi,
where he lost his taste for his worldly life.He began preaching on the streets and helping the poor, and soon gathered many
followers.Today we know him as Saint
Francis of Assisi.
We must love one another, help one another and always bring
to others the Good News of Christ Jesus.
Yes, we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, and we are
not alone.The Saints of old are
cheering us on toward the goal of heaven.
1 Peter 2:9But you are a chosen generation, a
royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim
the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;