Monday, June 16, 2014

The Sacrifice of a Father

God said to Abraham, “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”  ~ Genesis 22:2 
Today we welcome the Fathers and give thanks for everyone of them. We wish them a Blessed Father’s Day!  I want to share in the Message today about the Fathers who have made a difference in our lives. We’ll look at Fathers of Faith, Fathers of Obedience, Fathers who have waged a good warfare, and a Father who loves us unconditionally. You may have good memories of your Father, you may not, but you have a Father who loves you despite all circumstances, His love is unfailing!  God loved the world so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son to die for us. This all began back in the Old Testament when a man heard the voice of God to Sacrifice his only son.  Because of Abraham’s Faith and Obedience to follow God even when he did not understand, we have received Redemption and Eternal Life.  We know that Redemption and Eternal Life comes through Jesus Christ, but it all started in a Father called Abraham.  God asked him to do the unthinkable! Willing and obedient he followed the Lord’s instructions.  We will always come into the Blessings of God when we follow His instructions! David a man of war, a man who desired to build a House for the Lord, and a man after God’s own heart raised up a Son Solomon to build the Tabernacle of the Lord!  The father Zacharias raised up a son who would be the Forerunner of our Saviour, he was John the Baptist. And Father God gave us Jesus who is our Saviour!  Willing Fathers have made a difference in our lives; Fathers have given their lives on the battle fields for our Freedom, and our Father God stands hears the “interceding” of His son for our generation!  Giving Thanks for our Fathers! 
As always, Loving you!  Pastor        1 John 2:15        

Seek Ye The Lord

“Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  ~ Isaiah 55:6, 9.
I have had a couple of weeks to rest, meditate, and seek the Lord for direction in these summer months. I believe He is pleased with us to have these Wednesday night services. I pray that the Commerce Family will take advantage of the services as we take time out of our busy schedules to give a moment for Worship and the Word. It is time to seek the Lord! I love the above Scripture for it is a positive note for our everyday living.  If we “Seek the Lord, He will be near.”  Sometimes we seek Him when we need Him or when we are in trouble. But to Seek Him because we desire Him and Love Him is yet another thought!  Sometimes we ask for what it is that we want or need, when if we truly sought Him we might find His way is higher than our way.  His way might be better for us! His thoughts toward us are majestic! They are so far higher than our thoughts! His plans for our lives are greater then we can dream!  We live in such a hurried time, that there seems to be little time to just sit in quiet and listen for His voice. Let the Church know that our Lord is near!! That Passage of Scripture goes on to ask us to forsake our wicked ways. May we discern any negative or wicked way that we entertain? God is merciful and abundant in forgiving us our short comings/our sin. Not a lot is talked about regarding sin. It is the little foxes that spoil our branches. Worry, distrust, negative attitudes, unfaithfulness to read God’s Word, or pray daily, those are the little foxes that spoil our branches.  Just wrong attitudes in general.  God has asked us to have a ‘Thankful Spirit’ – to enter His gates with Thanksgiving! His thoughts toward us is: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of Peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Let us seek the Lord more aggressively! Loving you, Pastor