In Power, In the Holy Spirit, and With Full Conviction

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.” – 1Thes. 1:5

Man’s word alone cannot do it.

Not Redeemed With

You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1 Pet. 1:18-19

Only Jesus redeems.

His Favor Is For Life

“For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.” – Psa. 30:5

Never was faith in the Divine love more beautifully expressed.

But By Grace

But by the grace of God I am what I am,” – 1 Cor. 15:10

If some of my congregation knew me better, they would love me less.  Yet my heavenly Father knows me well, favors me much, and loves me wonderfully!” – James Smith, 1857.

You Who Still the Noise

You who still the noise of the seas, The noise of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples.” -Psa. 65:7

Peace is not the absence of war, but the presence of God.

Clothed With Power

“Who established the mountains by His strength, Being clothed with power; – Psa. 65:6

The mountains did not make themselves. God, through His mighty power, established them.

You Who Are the Confidence

“By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation, You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, And of the far-off seas;” – Psa. 65:5

God is our confidence.

The Man You Choose

“Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts.” – Psa. 65:4

God causes believers to approach Him.

A People Yet To Be

This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD” – Psa. 102:18

Point our children toward faith in meaningful ways.

Raised

He who was delivered over because of our wrongdoings, and was raised because of our justification.” – Rom. 4:25

Every day is lived in the shadow of the cross and the hope of the empty tomb.