Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,Luke 1:68
Dear Church and Friends,
This wasn’t any ordinary baby. This was the Baptist, the one who would go before the Savior and prepare his way. John’s father was struck dumb by the angel for not believing the message of his conception and birth. But when at his naming they asked him for a name, his tongue was loosed and he exploded in praise.
“And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied” (Luke 1:67). His words speak of the greatness of God, the coming Christ and John’s ministry. Zachariah mentions “a visit” twice; once in verse 68 and once in verse 78. This is God’s work on behalf of his people.
Christian, he has visited you with redemption and mercy. That’s why you can be called “his people.” But his visitation doesn’t stop there. If you are a part of the family of God then he is visiting you today. As I said in the video, Job tells us that he visits in the morning. If we go back to the garden, Adam would tell us that he visits in the cool of the day. David tells us in the Psalms that he visits us in the night watches.
Maximize your opportunities for time with him. He comes by every day, make the most of your opportunities.
Music: Jerusalem by CityALight.
Prayer Request: Please pray for the following.
- Emma Gouch, Jim and Nola’s Great Granddaughter. She will be having bone marrow transplant surgery next week.
- James Westbrook, Oakland, Calif. (James Westbrook planted Realm Church in Oakland, Calif.) Please pray for all the gospel-preaching pastors and churches in the Oakland and San Francisco, Calif., area as we lead our congregations through the corona-virus pandemic and lead them to lament. Please pray for wisdom for me, my wife and the other leaders at Realm Church as we weigh when to re-open in-person services and make other decisions. Please pray for the mayor of Oakland and the governor of California as they make decisions impacting all of us in Oakland and in California as individuals and as churches. Please pray that we as a family and Realm Church will abide in Christ (John 15) and that God would continue to guide our ministry and the decisions we make as a family and as a church. Please pray for continued provision for us and for the Nepali and Latino church plants in Oakland and California that we have adopted. Please pray our children, Amara and Justus, will continue to put their trust in Christ. Thank you.
Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [4. The First Part of God’s Honor.]
The First Part of Our Belief
Question 105: Why is it said particularly, I believe?
Answer: Because everyone should live by his own faith.
Question 106: Should everyone know what he believes?
Answer: Otherwise he does not have true faith.
Question 107: Are we bound to confess our faith openly?
Answer: Yes, no doubt, when time and place require.
All my best.
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,Luke 1:78
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