The Sufficiency of Christ

July 3, 2015

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I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.

~Jeremiah 10:23-24, NLT


“Happy are they who mourn the inadequacy of self, for they shall be comforted with the sufficiency of Christ.”

~Billy Graham

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Experience reveals that we are inadequate. History proves that we are inadequate. The word of God declares that we are inadequate to save ourselves. If we had been adequate, Christ would not have come to live a perfect life in our behalf or die an atoning death in our behalf.

Before we can be strong in Christ we must realize that we are weak in the flesh. Before we can receive power from on high, we must confess our powerlessness. We must lament our sins before we can rejoice in the sinlessness of Jesus.

Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet. He felt absolutely overwhelmed by the sin of his fellow countrymen: he knew their refusal to repent was going to bring judgment and there was nothing he could do to prevent it. He witnessed the death of a nation. The book of Lamentation is a journal chronicling his grief. It is one of the most gripping books in the bible.

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  • Franklin Graham’s FESTIVAL OF HOPE coming to Birmingham, Alabama August 14-16 but our only shot is Friday August 14th and it is a long shot. Guest include Kirk Franklin, Newsboys, Lacey, Flame, Kari Jobe, Michael W. Smith, Tasha Cobbs, Amena Brown, and DJ Opdiggy. Friday night begins at 7:00 in the Bartow Arena. No admission. Doors open 90 minutes before event.
  • We have a lot of sick folks to remember: Carman did get to come home yesterday. Robert Pope should come home today. Bufford Burgess is in ICU at DGH. Reagan Bowling [Billy Ray and Jeans granddaughter] is in HH with kidney infection. Johnny Burnett’s sister is also in HH. Kane is not having a good week. Billy said they gave him a strong doze of chemo and he is having a hard time bouncing back. He thinks they will have to stay through most of next week. I have not talked to Gary Garner but I understand he is not having a good week. Mavis Fitzgerald is also sick: they think it may be the shingles.  Keri is not any better but she’s decided to just to keep going. Take a moment to pray for these folks. There are some serious needs on this list and a couple of them are spiritual in nature.
  • God is good: He answers prayer when we don’t even have the faith to articulate them. I have a very reliable source that tells me we will have our second van by Fall and it comes as a donation. You can’t beat that! We are trying to get a fixed price on the parking lot: hopefully we will have it in a couple of weeks and we are going ahead and getting some plans drawn up for a new play ground. We will try to put two or three options in foyer and let you pick the one you like best. There is a chance, LORD willing that we will get all three projects done in 2015.
  • Gregg Stinson found Big Mama her mini-SUV and she is tickled pink. It is a Nissan Rogue and it is practically new. The Nav system interacts: you just tell it where you want to go and bingo, you have your guidance. Big Mama and I want to thank Gregg for his patience and kindness.
  • A lot of folks are headed to the lake and old Gregg Holladay is still lounging around on the beach: they can’t get him to come home. A big gang is headed to Six Flags over Hotlanta in the morning. Man, I hate to miss that trip and I sure envy old Gregg who does a pretty good job making the coffee. Where ever you are headed or if you are to tired or broke to travel, we hope you have a great weekend.

Keri and Kane


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