Acquainted With Grief

June 26, 2014

celebrate Jesus


He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

~Isaiah 53:3, NLT


Sin has made the foundation of thinking unpredictable, uncontrollable and irrational.

~Oswald Chambers

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We have to recognize that indwelling sin is a fact of life. We can call it a fault or a default but it is blatant rebellion against God. It was sin in us that crucified Christ. If sin killed Christ in this world, will it not kill Him in your life; at least in terms of your testimony? If sin rules you then Christ will cease to be a force in you. If Christ rules you, sin will lose its power in you. This is what Paul is taking about in Colossians when he says “So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.”  The first step to victory is to agree with God that you have sinful things lurking in you. Second: understand sin has destructive consequences. If you fail to recognize sin in you and refuse to deal with it–certain misery awaits you. If I know anything; I know that I know that I know, sin is destructive.

If you want to hate sin the way Jesus hated sin, you must become acquainted with grief. You will never find yourself, the real life that is hidden in Christ, through success because in success you will lose your head which will lead to pride and pride will lead to an eventual fall. On the other hand, grief will bring you to the end of yourself and will produce a spirit of humility. Then and only then, will we begin to see what sin has done to yourself and what it is doing to others.


  • Good group last night at the GATHERING but I forgot to count. We could do better and I believe we will.
  • The Austin Cook service is Friday at 11:00 at Pecks. We are going to get to help with the meal after the service. I need a person to receive it at the church and to deliver it in the church van. I have the address. If you can drive the van or you can use your car and you are available Friday morning, get in touch with me. I want to attend the service but if push comes to serve, I will deliver the food. I’m going to get chicken fingers and ham and you can bring whatever. It needs to be at the church no later than 11:30 on Friday. Landon was right, Austin did attend VBS at DBC several times.
  • We have a lot of people traveling. Naola and Sheila are on their way home while J.D. and gang are on their way to Rita’s at Coco Beach. I think Adam and Jamie come in this weekend but I could be wrong. David and Rebecca will also be traveling this week. Seth should be coming in from Wisconsin some time this weekend and the girls will be going to Douglas. Lot of folks on the road or in the air: pray for traveling mercies.
  • We will have a deacons meeting this Sunday and then we will take off July 6th.
  • Teko Vargas will be with us Sunday night July 13 at 6:00 pm.
  • SUMMER SHUT-DOWN begins Sunday night after worship: all the machines will be cut back or off for a sabbatical. 
Jonathan Seth Bailey Fagan: US Marine

Jonathan Seth Bailey Fagan: US Marine

Birthday girls--June 29,30

Birthday girls–June 29,30

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