Pastor’s Letter – June 16, 2020 – A Shaking

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

Matthew 28:2

Dear Church and Friends,

Many of the prophets tell us about a shaking that will come. Let me just tap one for comment. Brother Haggai, would you repeat what you said? “For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:6-7).

That shaking began at the cross and was repeated at the resurrection. It is still shaking nations today. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation and though nations rise and fall the kingdom of God is firmly established.

When the angel of the Lord takes his seat on the door of the tomb and the earthquakes and the men shake it is a sign of the beginning. Death has lost its sting. The conquering Savior vanquished the power of the grave and now reigns over all!

He is shaking things still today. Although it can be challenging for us during such times, we know who is victorious now and forever.

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Music: Before the Throne of God Above by Shane and Shane.

Poetry: The Reprisal by George Herbert.

I have consider'd it, and find
There is no dealing with thy mighty passion:
For though I die for thee, I am behind;
My sins deserve the condemnation.

O make me innocent, that I
May give a disentangled state and free:
And yet thy wounds still my attempts defy,
For by thy death I die for thee.

Ah! was it not enough that thou
By thy eternal glory didst outgo me?
Couldst thou not grief's sad conquests me allow,
But in all vict'ries overthrow me?

Yet by confession will I come
Into the conquest. Though I can do nought
Against thee, in thee will I overcome
The man, who once against thee fought.

During the Summer of 2020, the Pastor’s Letter will be Published on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Prayer Request: Please lift up the following.

  • Teri Monahan’s friend Jarren needs prayer for his job situation. Pray also for his Aunt who needs open heart surgery, and for his family – his sister was killed this week.

Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [The Second Part of God’s Honor.]

Question 87: Why is faith given the first place?

Answer: Because it is the mother of all the rest.

Question 88: What does faith work in us?

Answer: It moves us to put our while confidence in God.

Question 89: How may we be moved to do this?

Answer: By the knowledge of His power and goodness.

The Bible Bistro Screencast

Beginning on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, The Bible Bistro will host a new Bible study series. Set up like an online tutorial, this program will combine video, audio, and screen casting to teach through the books of the Bible one chapter at a time. Join us as we kick things off in Genesis with the creation story

“It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.”

All my best.

And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

Matthew 28:4

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Published by David B. Smith

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

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