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  • Mark Shelton

    09/29/2023 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
    “Mark was named "Best International Christian Male Artist." Also described as "One of the strongest voices we've ever heard with powerful lyrics and dynamic presentations." A Love offering will be received.

Scripture of the Week

1 Corinthians 15-57-58 KJV

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The victory is overcoming and triumphing over the sting of death and the Curse of the Law. The Law worked a curse in that no one could be saved under it. (Galatians 3:13).

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Church History of Corinth says it was a city noted for everything depraved, dissolute, and filled with debauchery.

Steadfast-having a firm loyalty or constant and unswerving dedication to something or someone. It is fixed or unchanging and solidly established so steadfastness is immovable, irrefutable, unchangeable, unalterable, and is completely and utterly dependable.

Not moved off our faith because of adverse circumstances we may find ourselves in.

 The "work of the Lord" can be interpreted in two ways.

According to another source, "the work of the Lord" refers to what believers do to advance the gospel among unbelievers and to establish believers in the gospel.

 Abounding-very plentiful, exceed the ordinary, more than enough, over the top, running over, successful, fruitful.

 Our labor, whatever it might be, is not meaningless or worthless because God gives it meaning and worth1. At the Judgment Seat of Christ, no believer's labor will be in vain, for all of our labor for Him will be richly rewarded. 2 Corinthians 5:10.

Bulletin Notes

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.”
Isaiah 43:2(NASB)

The Lord has promised never to leave us nor forsake us, no matter what life may throw at us. We are redeemed by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have been bought with a price, we belong to the Father, and His favor is upon all His children. He has promised to cover us with His gentle calm and protect us by His perfect peace, when our hearts rest in Him.

We have an assurance that the promises of God's protection and His help are available for all who trust in His name. The children of Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry land and yet the same waters submerged the enemies of the Lord. The flames that were heated seven times hotter did not singe a single thread on the garments of Daniel's three companions - and yet they consumed those that would throw them into the flames.

The children of Israel faced a physical enemy, and God protected them. We face a spiritual enemy, but His protection and help is equally sure and steadfast for all who are called by His name. Let us trust God at His Word. Let us believe what God has said and rest in the knowledge that it is the God of the universe Who says to each one of us: "When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you. When rivers of difficulty swirl around, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up and the fiery flames will not consume you." 

The truth of God's Word has been tried and tested by a myriad of saints down through the centuries, who not only trusted Him for their salvation but continued to trust Him through all the circumstances of life, for He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Let us trust in the God of our salvation in all things too.

My Prayer

Loving Lord, as I face the storms and flames of life that appear to be so overwhelming, may I remember Your Word of truth. Help me to recall Who You are and what You have promised to all Your children. Help me to secure my hope in You. Thank You that You have promised to be with me in all the scenes and circumstances of life, for You are the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-gracious God Who loves me with an everlasting love. Praise Your holy name. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.