It was wonderful being in the Lord's house Wednesday evening. Shane absolutely loves Patch Club! He attends his class while I attend our mid-week prayer service and Bible Study.
Shane is in the photo below. The *teddy bear* wearing his sailor hat on right.
When I walked into the auditorium last evening, I sensed something was wrong, just didn't feel right, something seemed to be missing. As services started, I realized it was our Pastor who was missing! He was admitted into the hospital for chest pains. They were to do stress tests and blood work on him today. He is a young man in his 30's. Please pray for him and his family. He has 4 of the most precious little children I've ever known! I will call the church office tomorrow to get an update on him.
Due to Pastor's dilemma, we had Pastor Richard Rossiter from Cornerstone Baptist Church preach for us last night. He is our former youth pastor, but God called him to be a Pastor last year. Our church had been praying for some time to start a mission church in a town a little further north. The Lord worked it out for Bro. Rossiter to pastor the new mission in Spring Hill, FL. It is doing well. Please pray for that ministry as it reaches souls for Christ and encourages the saints.
I thought I would share a few quotes from last night's sermon which was taken from Matthew 4, vs. 1 - 8, on temptations. It was a convicting sermon and one I needed to hear.
Quote 1 - "The only spiritual weapon we have against the devil is knowledge of the Word of God."
Quote 2 - "To fall into temptation of the flesh, you must assume that God's provision for you is not enough."
Quote 3 - (Speaking here about Satan tempting Jesus in the desert) "Satan's ultimate goal was to assassinate the sacrifice. He wanted Jesus to assert his will over God's."
Quote 4 - "How do I overcome temptations? All you have to do is agree with God and disagree with Satan."
Quote 5 - "When you fall, it's because you are distant from the Lord."
Example : "If my son is standing by my side and even holding my hand, how likely is he to go ahead and fall into sin? How likely is he to go right on and steal that piece of candy? Not very, for he knows I am right there close to him. But when he is out on his own, when there is distance between dad and son, the son is then more likely to fall into temptation. It's the same with us and Christ. If there is not distance, no sin between us, we are less likely to fall. If we have allowed a distance to grow between us and Christ, we are more likely to fall." Pro. 29:6
Quote 6 - "Satan changed scriptures." Compare Matt. 4:5 & 6 to Psalm 91:11 & 12
Much more was taught but I think you get the idea of the sermon. We can choose to resist temptation and obey God instead, just as Jesus did!
This down to earth sermon brought me to the realization that I have been allowing things to put a distance between my Lord and I. Therefore I have fallen into bad attitudes and bursts of anger of late. The Lord knew I needed that sermon last night. I am so so thankful for a God who orchestrates things for the good of His children; for the good of ME!
On another note: My friend Kim at Home Sweet Home has finally found time to post on her blog this week. Two times actually. It's the first time since June 8th, so can you imagine my surprise when today I thought I'd just mosey on over to her blog to see if there was something new up and sure enough! Can you imagine my surprise when I saw she has posted twice this week! I would like to encourage you to give her a visit as she could use some encouragement right now. Just click here to read about her life and family a tad. I'm sure some sweet comments would be so appreciated by Kim. Below is a photo of Kim ready to pop some of her delicious oatmeal cookies into the oven!
One more thing! Yesterday, Wednesday, was also the birthday of a sweet friend of mine. Pat,over at Moments In Time celebrated with her family. She also is going through some difficult times at present. She could use an uplifting visit from some of you fine bloggers as well. Here is Pat with her two lovely, godly daughters!