Thoughts for Sunday...

We gather with freedom to worship the LORD our God tomorrow. This freedom is two-fold. 

One, it is a freedom from overt persecution or trouble from those who oppose the gospel. We do not have to gather secretly or with great concern about who might be watching us assemble on the Lord's Day to take part in a forbidden activity. This is, indeed, a tremendous blessing and privilege that is not shared by our fellow Christians throughout the world. As we make our way to the worship services tomorrow, let us remember in prayer our brothers and sisters in the LORD who are distressed and persecuted on account of their confession of Christ. 

Two, we gather in the freedom won for us by Christ! His life was shed on our account so that we might not longer die in condemnation but rather live unto eternal life in freedom! This freedom we share with our fellow Christians around the world, no matter how Satan and his hosts might try to deter or sow seeds of doubt in our hearts. We all share in this freedom from the condemnation we rightly deserved on account of our sin, original as well as actual. Praise the LORD Jesus Christ for such an incredible gift as you make your way to worship services tomorrow!

Our morning sermon will be a study of Genesis 21:22-34 and Abraham's covenant with Abimelech. Our afternoon sermon will be a study of 2 Corinthians 4:8-14 and Paul's wondrous testimony concerning our resurrection into glory through the life of Jesus manifested in our mortal flesh. 

May you be strengthened and equipped in this day which the Lord has made!