Years ago a boat was
wrecked in a storm on Lake Michigan. Students from Northwestern
University formed rescue teams and did all they could to save people
from drowning. One student named Edward Spencer saved 17 people
before he fell exhausted to the ground.
Years later R.A. Torrey
referred to this incident while speaking in Los Angeles, CA, when
a man in the audience called out, "Edward Spencer is here!"
Torrey asked Spencer to come forward and asked him if anything in
particular stood out in his memory from that momentous occasion.
Spencer replied, "Only this sir - of the
17 people I rescued, not one of them thanked me."
Another great rescue
operation has been performed. And you may not realize it, but YOU
were involved. You, I, and every other person are drowning in a
condition called SIN. ALL have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
Because of His love for us, God sent His Son to OUR rescue. For
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting
life. For God did not send His Son in to the world to condemn the
world; but that the world through Him might be saved
[rescued]" (John 3:16-17). Edward
Spencer gave all of his energy to save 17 people from drowning,
but the Son of God gave his life to save to rescue
us from our sins (Romans 5:8-10, Matthew 1:21)
Through the cross of
Christ, God has extended His saving hand to rescue us from our sins.
HE WILL save us - IF - WE WILL reach out and grasp His hand.
BUT- just how do I
grasp Gods saving hand? What must I do to be saved -- to be
rescued from my sins? Thankfully, God has given us the answer through
We must BELIEVE in
Jesus (Acts 16:31), REPENT of our sins (2 Corinthians 7:10), CONFESS
Jesus (Romans 10:9-10), BE BAPTIZED for the forgiveness of our sins
(Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21), AND continue to cling to His hand through
our faithful obedience to His will (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Due to our sin, the
storms rage about us, but do not despair. Gratefully reach up to
the saving hand of God in trusting obedience, and He WILL rescue
you. Then, having been rescued, let us CONTINUE to express our gratitude
by honoring our Savior through the lives that we live. For the best
way to GIVE thanks is to LIVE thanks!
Have you been rescued? Is your
Thanks-giving expressed by your Thanks-living?
Almighty King! whose wondrous hand
Supports the weight of sea and land;
Whose grace is such a boundless store,
No heart shall break that sighs for more;
Thy providence supplies my food,
And tis Thy blessing makes it good;
My soul is by Thy Word,
Let soul and body praise the Lord!
My streams of outward comfort came
From Him who built this earthly frame;
Whateer I want His bounty gives,
By whom my soul for ever lives.
Either His hand preserves from pain,
Or, if I feel it, heals again;
From Satans malice shields my breast,
Or overrules it for the best.
Forgive the song that falls so low
Beneath the gratitude I owe!
It means Thy praise, however poor,
An angels song can do no more.
We will have our regular monthly fellowship meal following services
Sunday morning, December 1st.
Time: 5:00 PM
Place: the Wheelers
The food theme for this occasion
is finger foods and appetizers.
At our party we are having a Gift
Exchange, If you wish to participate please bring a wrapped present
with a maximum cost of $5.00.
R.S.V.P. by November
Sign-up Sheet in the foyer.
If directions are needed please
let us know. Hope to see you there.
may be true that there are two sides to every question,
it is also true that there are two sides to a sheet of flypaper,
a BIG DIFFERENCE
to the fly
which side he chooses."