Thursday, 5/21/20 – Discipleship – Evangelism (& COVID-19)

Evangelism (& COVID-19)

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There is a difference between what it means to “pass it on” (see yesterday’s blog) and “pay it forward” ( a phrase popularized since the 2000 romantic drama film by the same name.) To “pass it on” is to have been given something from someone else and then to give that thing to another. The item was never yours, you received it freely, and it cost you nothing to give it to someone else.

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To “pay it forward” means to have received some benefit, assimilated it fully, and then when an opportunity arises you give from your own consolidated resources a benefit of some kind to someone else. In short, someone does a gracious act to you and so you in turn do a gracious act to another. When you “pay it forward” you receive a thing or a service and make it your own, then later from your own resources sacrifice a thing or a service to someone else.

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Passing it on” honors the original giver; “paying it forward” honors yourself. “Passing it on” is sharing; “paying it forward” is transaction.

It is really only possible to give grace out of your own experience of having received grace. The “beggar” who finds bread and shares it with another can accept no praise for having created the bread. No… He knows that in his own self he is still merely a beggar. It is like this with all God’s graces.

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life…” (1 John 1:1…)

“…I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you…” (1 Cor. 11:23)

“…I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” (1 Cor. 15:3-4…)

Praise… the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God…” (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

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Have you fretted during Covid-19 and found solace in Christ? Have you rested calmly through this crisis because your confidence is in Christ? Have you been thrust into financial need and found hope, strength, resources through Christ, His people, His Church? Have you lost loved ones or suffered personally because of the virus yet found comfort and encouragement in the Lord? “Pass it On.” When it comes to grace, we can only truly give what God has given to us.

Pass it On

and…

Press on…

20190522_065320Are you interested in being discipled one-on-one in the fundamentals of new life in Christ? Or, perhaps you would you like to begin this journey by turning from your current path and committing your path to Christ? — Use the Contact page and we’ll get you started.

Wednesday, 4/29/20 – Pressing on…

What has you?

20200428_124018This past month mankind found its wisdom insufficient to prevent — at current count — the deaths of some 211,766 persons. Each of these people found their own personal physical strength insufficient to combat the invading virus. And every one of us has felt the economic impact of a world brought to a standstill. (The Dow Jones for example plummeted from above 29,000 to below 19,000 points!)

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Suddenly it doesn’t matter so much what you have…

Do you have Wisdom – it fails.
Do you have Strength – it fails.
Do you have Riches – it fails.

20200428_120636.jpgIn my office I have a beautiful hand crafted cane – a gift from our previous pastor while on a missionary trip. But I cannot use it! I had begun to, but somewhere deep below its beauty and shellac the wood must have had a rotten patch. When I reached for it at last it was in two pieces! I’ve glued together now and it remains a beautiful souvenir, but I don’t dare trust it to support me.

20200428_120654.jpgMoses used a cane, and God told him to cast it down. When he did the staff became a snake… a serpent, possibly representative of what lay beneath all the man-made props we may lean upon. “We know,” writes John, “…that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19).

Of Moses the Lord said, “He is faithful in all my house” (Num. 12:7 / Heb. 3:5). All Moses had when he met the Lord at the bush was his staff, and God told him to throw it down. A wise Wycliffe missionary once said to us, “Whatever you are leaning on, throw it down. When you pick it up again, go with the power of God in your hand.” – Marshall Holdstock, Wycliffe missionary. (Wycliffe ‘Quest,’ Trinity Western University, Langley BC, May 30/92.)

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This is exactly what God asks of us in this hour. We will take nothing with us into eternity, nothing but what our souls have become. The things we have amassed, the things we say we have: wisdom, strength, riches… things of world, flesh, devil… will all stay behind. He wants us to throw these things down NOW. Though they look shiny and polished, there is rot within them… splinters to harm us, and a very great fall indeed await.

These things are here to be used… used for God, not instead of Him. Paul writes,

“…the time is short. From now on… those who buy something [should live] as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.” (1 Cor. 7:29-31).

In the end, it matters not what you have, or what you think you have, rather what matters is Who (or what) has you.

Press on…

To view Elder Don Longworth’s Sunday message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the page from the church website.

Thursday, 4/23/20 – Discipleship – Priorities (& COVID-19)

Priorities (& COVID-19)

20200420_143646“Abide in Me,” said Jesus to His disciples then, and to all believers since (John 15:4). “We walk by faith,” wrote Paul, (2 Cor. 5:7) and to have “faith” in someone requires having known them, having seen their past faithfulness. The friendship and confidence is proven by time and consistency, intimacy and reliance.

So it is with Jesus. He has called His own His ‘friends’ and ‘siblings’…

“You are my friends if you do what I command” (John 15:14).

“Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.” (Heb. 2:11).

John The Baptist personified Christ as the Bridegroom and himself as the Bridegroom’s “friend.” (John 3:29).

Oswald Chambers writes about this friendship the believer is privileged to have with the Lord… it is a friendship which grows from the habit of abiding… of remaining in Christ as He is in the believer.

To maintain this friendship and faithfulness to the Bridegroom, we have to be more careful to have the moral and vital relationship to Him above everything else, including obedience. Sometimes there is nothing to obey and our only task is to maintain a vital connection with Jesus Christ, seeing that nothing interferes with it. Only occasionally is it a matter of obedience. At those times when a crisis arises, we have to find out what God’s will is. Yet most of our life is not spent in trying to be consciously obedient, but in maintaining this relationship— being the “friend of the bridegroom.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (March 25 entry)

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Unshakable faith, writes Yancey, “is the result of faith having been shaken.” – Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God.

Those who have walked long and abide in Christ have found Him faithful. Those who have not, but will trust Him now as their faith is shaken indeed will find Him faithful. Even to the faithless, Christ is ever faithful (2 Tim. 2 13). He cannot be otherwise.

So what is our priority amid the COVID-19 crisis? It is simply this: to remain in Him.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

Press on…

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Wednesday, 4/15/20 – Pressing on…

Who is He?

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Twice the psalmist asks in verse “Who is this King to whom we ascend to the temple to worship?” Such a King is full of splendour… glorious… a King of Glory! So he asks, “Who is this King of glory?” (Ps. 24.8), “Who is He, this King of Glory?” (v.10).

David is not asking as to this King’s Identity, but as to His Nature… His Attributes… His Fame. Much like I might ask, noting the popularity of some great person of whom I know little, “What makes that person so popular anyway?” “Who is [such and such]?” I’m not asking for the name of the person, but the reason for the person’s fame.

Comes the refrain,

“The LORD strong and mighty,
the LORD mighty in battle.”

“The LORD Almighty [of Hosts]
He is the King of glory.” (Ps. 24:8, 10)

Let’s look at these words more closely…

LORD: יהוה / Trans: yehôvâh (yeh-ho-vaw’) / Jehovah = ” the existing One” (the proper name of the one true God) unpronounced. He is Self Existent… Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God; Jehovah, the Lord.

Strong: עזּוּז / Trans: ‛izzûz (iz-zooz) / He is powerful, mighty; forcible; strong collectively and concretely as an army.

Mighty: גּבּר גּבּור / Trans: gibbôr gibbôr (ghib-bore’) / This God is strong, mighty, (as a person yet not a man), a strong one, brave one, mighty one; Intensive; powerful; by implication a warrior; champion, chief, giant, valiant.

Battle: מלחמה / Trans: milchâmâh (mil-khaw-maw’) / He is all this in battle, in war; during a battle engagement, warfare.

Hosts: צבאה צבא / Trans: tsâbâ’ tsebâ’âh (tsaw-baw’) / that which goes forth, a host, an organised advancing army; a host of angels, of sun, moon, and stars, of whole creation; a mass of persons, a campaign.

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(King of) Glory: כּבד כּבוד / Trans: kâbôd kâbôd (kaw-bode’) / He is overabundant in glory, honor; He is glorious, full of honor, splendour, dignity, reputation, reverence.

This God is our God… even now… amid Coronavirus… in and through this global pandemic.

When my mother passed away I took comfort in this later psalm, resting assured she had not died alone,

“For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide even to the end.” (Ps. 48:14).

Beginning, middle, end. “Yesterday, today, forever” (Heb. 13:8). This God is with us. This God controls COVID-19, allowing it to touch only whom He permits. He will never leave the believer’s side.

Never.

Press on…

To view Elder Don’s Easter Sunday message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the page from the church website.

Friday, 4/3/20 – Friday Tough Question

What’s possible?

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I did a word study this morning on the occurrence of “possible” / “impossible” in scripture. I was surprised to discover there were no occurrences of either word in the Old Testament and only about 25 instances in the New Testament.

Of these 8 ask IF a thing might be possible: 2 ask if the “elect” could be deceived (Matt. 2424; Mk. 13:22), 2 occur where Christ entreats whether redemption might be accomplished some other way (Matt. 26:39; Mk. 14:35-36), and the rest in the context of Paul wondering if he might make it to Jerusalem by Pentecost, might navigate the ship a certain way, or if the Galatians might have given him their eyes and finally if men might live together peaceably (Acts 20:16; 27:39; Gal. 4:15; Rom. 12:18).

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Though all things are possible with God it is impossible for God to act contrary to His attributes. Thus it is impossible for God to lie (Heb. 6:18), or for the sacrifices of sinful mortals to provide atonement (Heb 10:4). A sinless sacrifice is necessary lest God act in ways contrary to His holiness, justness or purity. Since that sacrifice had to be Christ it is impossible to be saved apart from Him (Heb. 6:4). Because Christ is Himself Eternal God it is further impossible that death could hold Him (Acts 2:24).

Throughout these passages the definition of the Greek word used of things impossible is constant. The words ἀδυνατέω [adunateō] or ἀδύνατος [adunatos] mean “not to have strength, power, or ability, to be weak, unable, to be without strength, impotent, powerless, weakly, or disabled.”

Three times the incarnate Word draws the contrast that what man cannot do, God can:

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is IMPOSSIBLE; but with God all things are POSSIBLE.” (Matt. 19:26)
“And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is IMPOSSIBLE, but not with God: for with God all things are POSSIBLE.” (Mark 10:27).
“And he said, The things which are IMPOSSIBLE with men are POSSIBLE with God.” (Luke 18:27).

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This word “possible” in the Greek, δυνατός [dunatos] carries the meaning of “able, powerful, mighty, strong, mighty in wealth and influence, strong in soul, able to bear calamities and trials with fortitude and patience, strong in Christian virtue, to be able (to do something), mighty,  excelling in something, having power for something, powerful or capable.”

This is our God.

As we rest our faith in Him He works His power and peace in and through us. (Matt. 17:20; Mark 9:23). We walk by faith not sight. Do not be moved by fears all around you. God is in control. What He allows He meets with His Grace. Grace to endure or grace to overcome. Both require faith (Heb 11:6). “For with God nothing shall be imPOSSIBLE.” (Luke 1:37).

Press on…

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Thursday, 3/26/20 – Discipleship – God’s Will (& COVID-19)

God’s Will (& COVID-19)

How does one reconcile God’s Will with the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Any scientist or logician will tell you that if you are hoping to compare two realities you must certainly understand something about the properties of each. In this matter our comprehension of both is woefully minute! Speculation using all available facts is all that is left to us.

In the case of God, the Bible gives us some sketches of Him, but all along emphasizes also this caveat: No one can grasp the Mind of God. From earliest biblical record to this current moment as you read, this has been so.

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The Almighty “does great and unsearchable things,” says Job. (Job 5:9). “Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him? Who has appointed Him His way, And who has said, ‘You have done wrong’?” (Job 36:22-23). “Do you not know?” Isaiah writes, “… His understanding is inscrutable.” (Isa. 40:28).

In fact, in his great God-given wisdom, Solomon tells us “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter…” (Prov. 25:2). The Lord Himself declares it:

“…My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8-9)

If nothing else in this hour we must recognize that God is God and we are not.

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But we do know that God is a loving Father to His children. His interests for us have an eternal focus. Good parents guide their children to eat and to sleep and to exercise, to learn and to work and to endure, so that “When they grow up”…they will be healthy, and strong, and able. No child at the time of direction cares much about outcomes decades in the future. But still, the good parent directs.

God’s good will for His own is that they grow in dependence and love and relationship with Him. (Read Eph. 1:1-23, 1 Pet. 1:3-11, 1 Tim. 4:7-16). “No one is good—except God alone.” taught Jesus (Mark 10:18). The good by which we try to compare and comprehend God is tarnished and carnal, often earthbound and temporal. But God has “something better,” (Heb. 11:40) more enduring in mind for all His children. We must trust Him.

I read something very interesting today from a book by Jan Kempe published several years ago. I was amazed at how appropriately these words are for us all today…

“The truth is that we would rather trust in a bank balance which we can see than in God whom we can’t see. The thought of having no one or nothing but God to trust is sufficient to bring on a nervous collapse…
“‘We are all of us in danger of slipping into this form of unquiet distrust in the fatherly providence of God’ (Samuel Cox).
“God’s will is that our lives should be a perpetual crisis of dependence on Him. We defeat His will in our lives when we lay up treasures on earth.” – Jan Kempe, Faithful Hearts, p. 155

Paul marvels, “How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!“ (Rom. 11:33-34) and to the Corinthians summarizes “…the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God…” (1 Cor. 2:11). “But,..” Paul adds, “we have the mind of Christ.” (v. 16).

God is for us, not against us (Rom. 8:31). Let us build ourselves up in trust toward Him. Let us so focus on the kingdom to come that it becomes a testimony to the lost and frantic. Writes Kempe,

“The life of faith speaks loudly to unbelievers and to other Christians. It testifies to all that there is a God in heaven the answers prayer. Faith is the opposite of sight; when you can see, you can’t trust.” – p. 116

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Press on…

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Friday, 3/20/20 – Where Peace? – The Great Equation…

Where Peace? – The Great Equation…

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Some of the scriptures we’ve looked at through this week have actually been promises… almost equations… the Lord gives to His children. When worries come: Think on Christ. Talk with Him. Assurance and Peace will come to you.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isa. 41:10)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7).

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David writes of his response to worry: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” (Ps. 46:4), and testifies of the Lord’s reliable reply, “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” (Ps. 94:19)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Peter urges (1 Pet. 5:7). Isaiah, David, John, Paul and Peter all agree: God’s Presence = Peace!

Perhaps Isaiah sums up this truth most succinctly,

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (Isa. 26:3)

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Look to Jesus! It’s as simple as that. If you want to see the sunrise you must look to the eastern horizon. You’ll never experience it staring southward.

“They cried out… terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’” (Mark 6:49b-50)

Press on…

Got a question? Use the Contact page and send It to me. We’ll search the Word for God’s answer.

Thursday, 3/19/20 – Faint or stand firm – Evangelism

Faint or stand firm…

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We’ve grown rather accustomed to trusting in man… trusting in science. We get sick and ask, “OK what should I take for this?” We expect medical science to have a ready-made response to any discomfort.

But ultimately all good gifts come from God (James 1:17). Trust in science or wealth alone is no more than trust in humanism and materialism. We neglect the exhortation of Deut. 8:18 to “…remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability...” Shaky business indeed.

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A few weeks ago in one of the adult Bible classes pastor Andrew said something I thought noteworthy. He saièd, “Materialism and humanism are really just extreme ungratefulness.” I like that. You see mankind is very reluctant to take honor from self and give it to God. The prophet Jeremiah warned “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.” (Jer. 17:5). Every translation I consulted uses that word “cursed.” It is a serious thing to ignore the Lord in times of need.

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Pestilences! Plagues! Diseases! All that without a cure! They are beyond man’s ability to respond with a remedy! In the same chapter where Christ tells of coming pestilence, He says “People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world,” but to His own He adds “…do not be frightened… “ (v. 7) …make up your mind not to worry beforehand…” (v. 14) “Stand firm….” (v. 19).

In Isaiah we read “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…’” (Isa. 30:15).

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Repentance, agreeing with God about your sinfulness and with His help turning from it, this is repentance. Rest, putting all your concerns upon Christ, resting in Him, taking up His yoke and walking in stride, in obedience, to Him. This is true “rest,” as Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “ (Matt. 11:29).

Sharing this singular path to peace, especially during this troubling time, is true evangelism. These COVID-19 days may indeed be one more appeal from our loving Lord to bring souls to Him. Perhaps like Esther He has an appointed role for you in this crisis to reach out with hope to those around you. “..who knows but that you have come to your [sphere of social contacts] for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).

Stand firm…

Press on…

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Perhaps the Lord us calling to you in these difficult days. Perhaps you would you like to respond by turning from your current path and committing your path to Christ? — Use the Contact page… we’ll help get you started.

Tuesday, 3/10/20 – Pressing on…

Links on your Anchor chain

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Do you trust God?

I’m not asking you a theological question here… I’m not asking “Is God trustworthy.” I’m asking you a personal question “Do you trust God?

Scripture tells us that God is bending over backwards to assure us of His reliability. — No, really… Let’s look more closely at one of the passages pastor Andrew shared with us last Sunday…

Speaking of God’s plan to bring salvation to humanity through Abraham, the Jewish peoples, and ultimately in Christ the author writes, “Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath:” (Heb. 6:17 – KJV)

That word “confirmed” in the original has the meaning of “to act as a mediator between litigating or covenanting parties” or “to accomplish something by interposing between two parties. It means to mediate, to act as a sponsor or surety. I rather like how the New English Translation puts it: “He intervened with an oath.”

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In fact, when we read a couple of verses later that “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul” (v. 19) that word “anchor” really means something “crooked” a thing that folds back toward itself. Like the crook of an arm as it extends out from the torso… you know, anchor-shaped.

God is bending back upon Himself. He is by nature immutable, unchanging, and if that is not enough He further swears by the Highest authority there is – Himself — that what He says is True and Reliable.

But now the question is to you: “Do you trust God?

20200308_204435I found it interesting to learn that what primarily holds an anchored ship in place is not only the grip or weight of the anchor but also the weight and friction of the chain length on the sea bed. (The anchor chain of the Titanic measured some 1,200 feet.)

Taken as a further analogy the links of the chain could represent the days of the believer’s life. As time goes on a Christian accumulates more and more experiences of Christ’s faithfulness, His interventions, peace and Presence, comfort and insight. Each of these adds a link to one’s personal life chain of trust experiences with God. By them God demonstrates of Himself what is also true of us that “He who is faithful in what is least” can be trusted to be “faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).

The longer your chain, the more secure is your anchor. Trust God — add a few links to your anchor chain today.

“I have never known a man who received Christ and ever regretted it.” – Billy Graham.

More tomorrow…

Note: Perhaps you have not yet made Christ your Anchor at all. Would you like to? Use the Contact page and we’ll point you to Him.

To hear Pastor Andrew’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Mar. 8 message.

Monday, 3/9/20 – Pressing on…

The saga of the fireplace trim…

Screenshot_20200308-153545For twenty-two years we enjoyed living in our little log home just outside Fredericton. We knew when we purchased it that the living room fireplace was unusable due to a prior collapse of the chimney liner. But, no worries, we would get an electric insert.

That day came and the insert was installed. Now all the fireplace needed was some mantle-matching trim around the insert. Sketches were drawn and the trim was installed, but not by the man with whom we had originally drawn up the plans. That man had got called out of town and he had sent another fellow to do the work in his place. The result was not at all what we had agreed upon.

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The first man came round, had a look, and agreed to correct the work. By now payment for the job had been made, and there was nothing further in writing about the needed corrections. Still, the man promised to honor his word. The repairs would be done.

Two years passed filled with repeated phone calls, excuses, and delays, but still the work was not done. Had to order some parts… had another rush job… got the pieces all cut out and ready for you… will be around soon… Time passed… It was not until we were ready to put the house on the market that the man finally did come round and do the needed repairs.

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Though the resulting work was lovely we did not recommend this man to any of our friends – not because of poor workmanship, but because of poor reliability. Had we had a written contract we could have forced the matter, we could have appealed to a higher authority and got the job done in shorter order. But we did not. What we had was a trust, a faith in a man whose faithfulness proved questionable.

God is not like that!

God is the Highest authority in Himself.

God has promised through Abraham to bring a great nation into this world through which He would bring humankind’s Saviour. He promised this by an oath,

“People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.” (Heb. 6:16-18).

And God has delivered.

While it is unlikely that I will ever trust this contractor again, it is assuring to know I can approach God with confidence knowing He is ever faithful.

More tomorrow…

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To hear Pastor Andrew’s Sunday message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Mar. 8 message.