Encouraging Words From The Heart Of Our Pastor, William J. Kerr.

From The Pastor

Not Done Yet!

01/18/2014 06:00

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." - Philippians 1:6

The above verse is the memory verse for the month at Lighthouse Baptist Church. While it is very easy to just off-handily memorize, this verse bears taking a good look at, especially as a verse of comfort. First let us note that the "work" has just begun, meaning God is not done with us. Maybe the one who wrote the sign that says "Be patient with me, God is not done with me" was on to something, possibly reading this verse.

As a side note allow me the observation that, yes, Jesus does take us as we are, but He does not leave us as we are! Good examples of this are the demoniac of Gadara, The Woman at the well, and the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda. this whole verse is itself a testimony to that fact.

Next let us note that the work is within us, it is not external. I Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19 both declare that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, a fact which seems to be lost on many who name the name of Christ today. While it is necessary to admit that our physical bodies do fall apart with age; God, through the Holy Spirit continues to work in our hearts and spirits, completing the work he has begun within us. This is possibly why older, more spiritually mature Christians can look to what is happening around them as well as to them with a "peace that passeth understanding" (see Philippians 4:7).

The conclusion here is that God does NOT ever give up on us until the day He calls us home, i.e. the day we meet Jesus (absent from the body, present with the Lord II Cor. 5:8(). The apostle John records that when that day occurs "we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is." (I John 3:2)

In His Service,
Pastor Kerr

Kept In His Love

01/03/2014 07:00

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."  Philippians 1:6

For most people at some point in their life it is found necessary to deal with someone with dementia from age. It may be a loved one from the family, or some friend whose dear relative may be suffering from it, or it may just be on a professional basis as a caregiver. In any case the patient (or victim) whose mind has regressed to a point where they seem to have taken leave of their senses may cause one to doubt even their salvation.

The above verse gives comfort to those dealing with the one whose mind seems to have left them. Minds, like our bodies are a part of this world while we are still in it. Dementia is only one aspect of the aging process everybody with a few years on them experience. Since we are looking to "....be like him, for we shall see him as he is." (I John 3:2), then the above verse gives us the comfort that mental declension on this side of glory is but one aspect of aging, and yet God will take care of us, we do not lose our salvation just because we age.

In His Service,
Pastor Kerr

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From The Pastor

Not Done Yet!

01/18/2014 06:00

Kept In His Love

01/03/2014 07:00

Freedom From Religion

12/02/2013 10:00

Only A Sinner

10/03/2013 08:00

You Can't Change!

06/27/2013 03:00

Does God Hate?

06/01/2013 08:00

A Christmas Birthday

12/29/2012 07:00

Freedom From Religion

10/01/2012 04:00

Witnessing

10/01/2012 04:00

Starved?

08/03/2012 08:00

Brotherly Kindness

07/17/2012 08:00

Spiritual Soldiers

07/12/2012 09:30