Pastor’s Letter – May 2, 2020 – As the Eagle

Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.

Obadiah 4

Dear Church and Friends,

When we read the prophets there is always a danger that we see them only through a historical perspective. Today, we look to Obadiah and listen as he pronounces a judgment against Edom and Judah. But, it that all? It is just a long ago prophecy for a long ago people?

The word of God is living and active so what does the Spirit of God have for us as we read his prophet’s words. Could any of this be for our country or for us individually? Anytime we approach the prophets we must ask the question, “what about me?” and be ready with repentance and contrition to respond.

America is not so big and important that the Lord cannot judge her. Surely all the nations of the past thought the same thing. Where are they now? His curious work of judging nations is a unique property of the Lord’s work in the world. The church must ask the question and speak prophetically to this generation.

Poetry: A Kindness by Edmond.

Music: Gloryland by Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Prayer Request: Please prayer for the following requests.

  • Please lift up Kraig Hamblin who is grieving the recent loss of his girlfriend.
  • The Sorani Kurds of Central Asia (sor-AH-nee) – For many believers whose families do not believe, being at home can be very difficult. They are constantly peppered with questions about where they have been and who they have been with, why they do not pray or go to the mosque, and how could they bring such shame on their families. Most are belittled, and some are even beaten. Needless to say, being in lock down due the spread of the corona-virus has been hard for them, and the time of the Islamic month of Ramadan brings its own set of challenges, as they are being constantly ridiculed for not fasting. Please pray for endurance and courage for persecuted believers. May they faithfully live out their faith and share the good news in the face of difficulty.

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion.

Question 108: After the course of this life in ended what shall be the state of man in the world to come?

Answer: Every one is to be judged, and rewarded according to the life which he has led.

Question 109: How many kinds of judgment are there?

Answer: Two. One is particular and the other general.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

All my best.

But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

Obadiah 17

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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