He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
•Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him
See that you build upon nothing below Christ! See that you have a real interest in Christ; see that you die daily to sin, to the world, and to your own righteousness. See that conscience is always waking, speaking, and tender. See that Christ be your Lord and Master. See that all reckonings stand right between the Lord and your souls. See that you are fruitful, faithful, and watchful.
A Believer’s Last Day, His Best Day by Thomas Brooks
“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to conversion.”
Jesus answering the scribes and the Pharisees in Luke 5:32
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!
Seek the LORD and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
•God Calls Us to Grace
Isn’t that a scary thought that Jesus didn’t come for the righteous, the good people, the self assured? Have you ever thought, “I’m better than they are. Those people are a hopeless mess. Why can’t they act right? What’s their problem?” In every one of those statements, you’ve placed yourself above someone else. You’ve diminished your own sin.
Have we forgotten that we are sinners too? Have we forgotten our need of a Savior to save us from our sins? Have we forgotten about the sin and darkness that rests in our own hearts? We are sinners, and we are sick. We need a doctor. We need a Savior.
If we see our need for God’s grace, why can’t we see other people’s need for God’s grace? Maybe that’s the problem. We don’t see our need for grace because we don’t look at God’s holiness enough. We don’t look at our own sin enough and beg Him for forgiveness. Why are we so prone to judge instead of to help, to judge instead of having mercy on people? May we all see the grace that Jesus gives us.
morning sermon, September 4, 2022, Rev. Tim Rackley
•God Calls Us to His Presence
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary, and worn, and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
And He has made me glad.
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Reading, hearing, and studying the Bible is literally sitting at the feet of Jesus. Even the bits that don’t interest us so much set our feet on a path that leads to a place we would never go on our own.
a thought that came out of our devotional discussion a few weeks ago – Martha