“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
MAY 26, 2019
– Call To Worship –
“Into Your Courts”
“I Want To Be Where You Are”
Prayers of Intercession
Sermon: Don Auxier
”Resurrections: Past, Present, Future
“Open Our Eye Lord”
Anita Franz & Kathy Ennis (Laf) Back issues
Joe Wilber – (Indy) In nursing home/rehab center with broken ribs & equilibrium issues
Marsha Gribben (Indy) Health issues
Jayne Prater (Hope) Prayers for her encouragement as she deals with her mom who is having many difficulties
Mark Spangler (Laf) Has seen a new doctor, whom he likes, who will run more blood tests. Prayers that his blood levels increase so he feels better.
Maynard Rogers (Pastor David’s friend in Washington State) On May 28, he will have a procedure on his knee, possibly another knee replacement
June Perry – She is being sent home from hospital this coming Monday under hospice care. It may only be a couple more weeks. Prayers for Peggy too as she is wearing down as care giver.
Lee Steward (Indy) In hospice care at a nursing care facility in Avon.
Pee Wee– (Indy -Mel Barnett’s brother) Ongoing problems from recent strokes.
Connie Whitlock (Laf) Will be having further tests on or after June 3 to determine if cancer has returned to her shoulder.
Norm Durbin (Laf) Complete healing of broken bones in heal
Barbra Hudson Dealing with some pain from pulmonary fibrosis and a hiatal hernia.
Lois Beckem (Indy) Continued prayers for overall health.
Ena – Kidney failure
GCI INDY (from Marilyn Talison) – a permanent church home
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School – Prayers for joy, safety & blessing & provision. The school year is to begin late Sept.
Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams –Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love
Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide
Prayers for our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters.Prayers for Divine Appointments to touch others with Jesus’ life & love
Upcoming June Birthdays
Winona Scott (Indy) June 2
Connie Whitlock (Laf) June 3
Georgia Whitt (Indy) June 12
Sharon Washington (Indy) June 25
Upcoming June Anniversaries
Jim & Nancy Ray (Hope) 58 years June 4
Kathryn & Troy Blair (Hope) 16 years June 7
Greg & Katy Archer (TH) 42 years June 11
Jim & Donna Dunbar (Laf) 52 years June 17
Knowing the Father’s Presence
Should we allow doubt in?
Some mornings I wake up not feeling very close to God. It was one of those mornings earlier this week. I read some Scripture and prayed a bit before hopping in the shower. But as I said goodbye to my wife, I admitted that I didn’t feel much intimacy with Christ. There were no major problems at home or work. My ministry was going well. Jesus was Lord of my life. And yet there was this spiritual dryness that made me long for another drink of the living water of Jesus. How could I sense that closeness to Him once more?
That morning I wrote in my diary:
I long for that Father/son relationship with You, Lord, where I know You are there for me. Where I weep when reading the story of the cross, knowing that my Savior died for me. But today I feel so dry and distant from You. Please show me the way.
I read of one believer who said that when he struggles he’s learning to run to You, not away from You. I want to do the same. I’m running to You, Jesus, because I desperately need You. Please reveal Yourself to me in a powerful way and give me faith to trust You even when I don’t feel You near me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What a great reminder!
Later in the week I read these encouraging words from Michael Horton about the work of the Holy Spirit:
So much of contemporary spirituality and piety is focused on self. “How am I doing spiritually? How is my walk? Am I living in victory?” Reformation spirituality lifted people out of a purely introspective, inward-looking piety and directed them outside of themselves to Christ and the cross, from which vista they could now look out across the needy world. (“In the Face of God”, Word Publishing, 1996)
What a great reminder to continually come back to the cross and know that my salvation is not based on my feelings, how much I surrender, or how “spiritual” I may be that day. Our standing before God depends entirely upon His mercy displayed to us through the shed blood of Jesus. As we rest in that forgiveness, by faith, the Holy Spirit frees us to love God and love others with vigor and joy. As God promises us:
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NLT)
Not even a bad mood.