Grateful that God’s Sovereign Will Conquers All
To say that we live in a messed-up world is to state the obvious. We are constantly confronted with new moralities, which, in fact, are nothing other than old immoralities now deemed legitimate by our elites. Indeed, most of higher education in America seems bent on changing what we consider good and evil. Racism is justified for certain groups, violence against those promoting traditional morality is tolerated, and good people are denigrated as evil.
And yet there is nothing new under the sun. Eight centuries before Christ the people of God heard the voice of the prophet of God: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right! Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom go up like dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 5:20–24).
Such is our fallen world, and we long for a land where truth matters, where righteousness reigns, where good prevails and evil no longer exists. We need to recognize a great truth, however: Were it not for God’s sovereign grace over us, we would find ourselves not only aligned with those opposed to God’s standards but even leading the charge against him.
In The Valley of Vision we find a wonderful prayer entitled “God the All.” It opens with these lines:
There is no comfort in anything apart
from enjoying thee
and being engaged in thy service;
Thou art All in all, and all enjoyments
are what to me thou makes them, and
This anonymous Christian finds in God his greatest joy. He recognizes that all enjoyable things are enjoyable only as they are enjoyed in God. For such blessings, he longs to make some payment.
What shall I give thee for all thy benefits?
I am in a strait betwixt two,
knowing not what to do.
He recognizes that there is little he can offer:
I can of myself do nothing to glorify
thy blessed name,
but I can through grace cheerfully
surrender soul and body to thee,
I know that thou art the author and
finisher of faith,
that the whole work of redemption is
that every good work or thought found
in me is the effect of thy power
that thy sole motive in working in me
to will and to do is for they good
The prayer then closes with this startling acknowledgement:
O God, it is amazing that men can talk
so much about man’s creaturely
power and goodness,
when, if thou didst not hold us back every
moment, we should be devils incarnate.
This, by bitter experience, thou hast
taught me concerning myself.
Extended Sunday Session – July 2
After the morning service we will enjoy a meal together. Bring a simple dish to share for this time of fellowship.
If you are unable to stay for lunch but wish to return for the afternoon service, it will begin at 1:15 p. m.
The afternoon session will consist of singing and viewing Marks of a Healthy Church: Discipleship and Growth.
The afternoon will conclude no later than 2:15 p.m. No evening service.
United Ministries continues to distribute food to needy families in our community. Cornerstone is asked to provide flour, sugar and peanut butter. Remember to pick-up one or more of these items the next time you are in the grocery store.
Don’t forget to save empty inkjet printer cartridges, old cell phones, Campbell Soup and Tyson Chicken labels, and Box Tops for Education found on General Mills products for Laurens Academy.
The Laurens Baptist Association helps families in need and in crisis situations. We can help by donating the requested items each month. Crisis Center needs for June are Ramen noodles, Spaghettios, and boxed dinners. Baskets are outside the church office for collection of monthly project items.
13 Kecia Faulkner
18 Selah Moore
19 Bernice Snyder
20 Shirley Davis
22 Sam Freeman
22 Whitey Murphy
23 Sam Rodekohr
29 Sheila Dailey
30 Bill Moore
Updates from missionary friends:
• John Mark and Sara Sheppard in Liberia jmandsarainliberia.blogspot.com
• Peter and Sharon McMillan in Madrid, Spain psmcmillan.blogspot.com
•Craig and Ava Cook in Spain: email the Cooks at email@example.com and ask to be included on their email newsletter list.
The monthly financial reports will be on the table in the narthex on Wednesdays after
the first of each month. The reports are also available in the church office at any time.