Expectancy

May 10, 2016


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Scripture

For we know that up to the present time all of creation groans with pain, like the pain of childbirth. But it is not just creation alone which groans; we who have the Spirit as the first of God’s gifts also groan within ourselves as we wait for God to make us his children and set our whole being free.
Romans 8:22-23, GNT

Quote

Waiting does not diminish an expectant mother.
Eugene L. Petterson
If you have been born again, you were impregnated with the imperishable seed of God which is not subject to death.{I Peter 1:23, I John 39} Paul told the Galatians, If you belong to Christ, then you are the descendants {seed} of Abraham and will receive what God has promised. {Galatians 3:29} Then in chapter four of Galatians, Paul said, My dear children! Once again, just like a mother in childbirth, I feel the same kind of pain for you until Christ’s nature is formed in you. In Romans 8:10-11 reads…But if Christ lives in you, the Spirit is life for you because you have been put right with God, even though your bodies are going to die because of sin. If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you, then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of his Spirit in you.
Just as a baby is formed in the mother’s womb, so Christ is being formed in you. You are the expectant mother and your waiting will not diminished the seed/life within you. Today mothers know what sex their child will be but they don’t know exactly what to expect appearance wise. So we too, know that Christ is being formed in us but we wait with expectancy to see the final revelation and the glory of the life within.
Have you noticed the glory of the plant is far greater than that of the seed. We talk about beautiful flowers but we do not talk about beautiful seed. Don’t lose sleep over the appearance of the seed. The Artist is still at work and you will be a masterpiece.
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  • We had 295 yesterday which is 100 lest than four years ago but I had 7 in Bessemer and some were at the beach, some at the Kentucky Derby, some at decoration and some backslidden. We had a good service and Kenny is indeed a talented man. He has the gifts we need for the Block Party so I invited him back. He will be with us August 13th for Block Party and August 14th for am worship. His last album was pure country and he is sending me a disc. My intentions are to get Carol Lynn to play some of his music between now and August 13. If I were to go to Pigeon Forge, I would take in his show but I don’t think anyone here had seen him perform. He doesn’t just perform, he preaches. If you missed him, I will tell you how good he is: my entire family liked him, all generations and this happens rarely.
  • Hope is doing well: actually, we are thrilled at her progress. When she checked in a couple of weeks back, she was not reading at all. Now, she is reading her cards and I carried her a new interactive bible last Thursday and hopefully, she is reading the devotions. The cards are playing a major roll in her recovery so keep sending cards. THE FOUNDRY, 1801 5th Ave. N., Bessemer, AL 35020.
  • I have an Aunt just North of Athens who is suffering from cancer. She has not eaten in days and she did not wake up while I was there Sunday. She is a precious woman who epitomizes all the fruits of the Spirit.
  • What about some real good news: Anthony Shaneyfelt restarted the middle Adult II Couples Class and they had 14 yesterday. Just proved what we already knew, you grow by starting classes not combining them.
  • Hannah and Sylaina have the 3 year old class and they always have a room full, always. This class is never down. There is about 17 of them and they average 14 per week. All of you who oppose the play ground, sign up in the foyer. We will put you in the 3 year old class for 2 weeks and you will change your mind about a play ground.
  • This Sunday the mission offering will go to the Graduates. We have a record 102 graduating this year. Just think how big Danville High would be if these land barons would share the land.
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Kenny Evans returns August 13-14

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