Dear Church Family,
Try and wrap your mind around the following passage:
The gift of God to our world in sending Jesus is an exhibition of His grace which God Himself cannot surpass. While we live in this world, there will be new developments and the extensive glory of the great love He had for the souls He has created even in this world. But that love will be extending and expanding before the saints in light, and in characters of new and increasing interest, seen and joyously realized throughout eternity.
But one thing is impossible with God–the power of eclipsing the greatness of His gift, in showing His love for fallen man that He has given in Jesus. In this wonderful expression of His love He has given to man fallen, and to all the unfallen worlds, and to the universe of heaven [clear evidence] that there is no love but His love. . .
Had God the Father come to our world and dwelt among us, veiling His glory and humbling Himself, that humanity might look upon Him, the history that we have of the life of Christ would not have been changed in unfolding its record of His own condescending grace. In every act of Jesus, in every lesson of His instruction, we are to see and hear and recognize God.
Manuscript Releases, vol. 21, pp. 392, 393.
“. . . Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “ – Jesus as quoted in John 14:9
WOW!! Such amazing love!
In the news:
- This Sabbath we will resume our Esther series with a look at chapter 5. The GAA Senior Choir and Bells will also be sharing during the service.
- The Myers team will host our fellowship lunch tomorrow.
- AYA will be at 7 pm tomorrow night and will take place at the Murray’s home. They will have vespers and then food and games following the Sabbath. Come out and enjoy AYA under the stars and the warm fellowship around the fire.
- There will be a gardening workshop this Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Carl Ashlock will present the benefits of Biochar and how to make it for your garden and how to make compost tea for nourishing your plants. This is intended as a community event and we ask that you invite your neighbors and friends.
- The grapevine will not be available for the next four weeks as I will be away on vacation with family up to New England.
- Some have inquired about what is the timeline for our receiving a new associate pastor. There is a possibility we might have someone as early as January. We should know more later this fall.
- Prayer Meeting will continue while I am away with Elder Carl Ashlock presenting a short four-week study on the power of prayer. Remember the two time slots are 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the youth room at the church. We will resume our study on 1st & 2nd Peter when I return.
Those who are really seeking for communion with God will be seen in the prayer meeting . . . SC 98
Blessings as you prepare for the Sabbath!
In His Service,