Sunday, November 13, 2016

The First-Class Carriage

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
He called to mind his truth and grace
in promise made to Isr'el's race;
and unto earth's remotest bound,
glad tidings of salvation sound.
 —Psalm 98:3
Suggested tune: Winchester New (LM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
—Luke 21:33
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Are you very sick and weak, or are you getting very poor? Well, your health and your property, too, will pass away, but Christ's words will never pass away. Are you dying? Christ's words will never die or pass away—die with them in your heart!

When I went last week to see one of the members of this church who is very ill, I had a little of my own teaching given back to me. This dear brother said to me, "Do you remember saying to us, years ago, 'When I am afraid, I will trust in God,' is a third-class carriage. But it is in the Gospel train, and it will take you to Heaven"? And you added, "Why do you not go in the first-class carriage—'I will trust, and not be afraid'?"

I commend that first-class carriage to all of you! "I will trust, and not be afraid." Let faith expel fear and so travel to Heaven first-class! You well may do so, for there is no cause to be afraid.

If any of the Words of Christ could pass away with this wind, and that wind, and the other wind, oh, dear, what a card-house we would live in! But if they all stand firmly forever—as they do—then why and, therefore, should we indulge the slightest fear?
 —Charles Spurgeon
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Surely it is you who'll save me, O God; so I will trust in you and not be afraid...
 —Isa. 12:2a (alt.)
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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