What a majestic body in the heavens the sun is. It contains about 99.87% of the entire mass in our solar system. It burns up some 4 million tons in weight every second, generating estimated temperatures deep inside it of 36 million degrees centigrade. It is the source of all the heat and light in our solar system. Deborah concludes her song with the following striking words: “But let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might.” The Christian is a person who loves the Lord, and this vivid metaphor teaches us something about the nature of that love.
Spiritual love is no weak, sentimental, vacillating thing. It has a strength about it: “As the sun when he goeth forth in his might.” Think of the fierceness of the eastern sun burning in the heavens! This is a love that is strong. True love for God will cause us to hate all that God hates and to stand against all that God is against. The apostle of love, John, was also a son of thunder. John, who so wonderfully expounds to us the love of God, exhorts us, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (I John 4:1). Love for Christ and strength of character go hand in hand. Paul’s prayer for the Philippian saints was “that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ” (Phil. 1:9,10). Let us pray for such a love.
Quote: “In the resurrection morning, this, I believe, will surprise us most: that we did not love Christ more before we died.” J. C. Ryle
Daily Devotions are from the book “Footprints of Faith”. Copyright Let the Bible Speak 1989.
Although Sunday school classes have concluded for the summer, we would like to have Children’s Church for kids 12 and under on July 9, July 30 and August 20. The children are invited to be dismissed from the morning service during the third hymn just before the pastor preaches. A rotation of Sunday school staff will share God’s Word with them downstairs until the morning service has concluded.
7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer – Mr. Alex Newell
Sunday, July 16
11:00 a.m. Morning Service – Rev. F. D’Addurno
5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer
6:30 p.m. Evening Service – Rev. F. D’Addurno
Wednesday, July 19
7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer
The Shorter Catechism
Q59: Which day of the seven hath God appointed to be the weekly Sabbath?
A: From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, God appointed the seventh day of the week to be the weekly Sabbath;1 and the first day of the week ever since, to continue to the end of the world, which is the Christian Sabbath.2
1. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. (Genesis 2:3).
2. And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them. (Acts 20:7a).
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day. (Revelation 1:10a).
Bible Questions & Answers For Children
Q5: Is anything impossible with God?
A: No, nothing is impossible with Him.
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26