Homecoming is such an interesting idea. It is a big deal in West Texas. We schedule our school homecoming events in the early fall, and they serve as sort of a seed for all our fall/winter holidays season. Most of our fall/winter holidays also tend to serve as a homecoming for family members who have been or moved away. Long before our communities had any notion of a homecoming, our Lord used a parable to teach people about a spiritual homecoming (Luke 15:11–31).
God Loves You
These three little words are true. The message they carry is the gospel message in a nutshell. These three little words are more powerful than sin, Satan, and even death (Rom 1:16; 6:23; Col 1:22; 2 Tim 1:10).
Are you outside of Christ? These words will draw you to Christ, if you let them (Jn 3:16; 6:44-45; Rom 2:4). Are you a member of Christ’s body, abiding in Him, the True Vine (Jn 15:1)? Then remain in His love and rely on the love He has for you (Jn 15:9; 1 Jn 4:16). If we will abide and remain in Him and His love we will bear much fruit (Jn 15:5, 9).
Never, Never, Never Give Up
Psalm 107 inspires us to never give up, because God’s unfailing love rescues, delivers, feeds, satisfies, sets free, and sustains the people who cry out to Him. Regardless, how bad it is, or what they have done and failed at — God listens for their humble cry! His love is faithful, just as He is faithful; His love endures forever!
Shepherd and Ruhtt Mbumwae visit Merkel to give an account of God’s work in Zambia.
God has from the beginning given man an opportunity to know Him, enjoy His favor, and serve Him, but what has always been the basis of God’s favor toward man is only one thing, the blood shed on the cross, and only one man, Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Mark 9:2-10).
“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:13-20 (NASB)
Jay Don Poindexter
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12 (NIV)
Sunday morning sermon by Greg Chaney
Kyle Owens delivers his first Sunday evening sermon