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 Glenstone Baptist Church, October, 2017

MIRACLES TODAY

Most people profess to believe in miracles.  Few would claim to have actually experienced one, although many have prayed for one or more in their lifetime.  We may have heard someone else tell about some occurrence in their life which they, and possibly you, have considered as miraculous.  But, still we wonder why miracles are not a more common event.

That very statement may be part of the answer to our question.  If miracles were a common occurrence, we would likely not consider them to be miracles.  By definition, a miracle is understood as “the working of God in ways unseen by man to achieve a result which cannot be explained by any human rationale”.  I believe such things are happening all about us all of the time, but we do not recognize them.  For an event to be classified as a miracle, generally requires some authoritative voice to declare it one.

Part of our problem lies in that we want to define the events which are to become miracles.  In the 9th chapter of Mark, we are told of a man who brought his son to Jesus to be healed of an unclean spirit.  He pointed out that Jesus’ disciples had been unable to accomplish this, although they had apparently done such things during an earlier trip Jesus had sent them on, but Jesus healed the child.  When He had done so, His disciples questioned Him concerning their inability to do this miracle.  Jesus’ response was simple.  “This kind (of spirit) comes out only by prayer.”  (KJV translation includes the words ‘and fasting’.)

This might indicate to us that there are different conditions to be met for each situation.  The Apostle Paul suffered what he called ‘a thorn in his flesh’.  He indicates that he had asked the Lord repeatedly for relief, but had been denied.  Would not such deliverance be considered as a worthy miracle?  To our minds, the answer is certainly affirmative.

But, there are times when the Lord denies our requests.  To our minds Paul’s healing would have been both miraculous and well-justified.  However, he understood that God is saying to him that He can use Paul in his weakened condition.  Doubtless this encouraged Paul through his many other trials and sufferings.  Although he certainly believed that God could deliver him from all problems, yet he lived on in a ‘miraculous’ way.  We should be encouraged to profit from his difficulties.

In all likelihood, we are simply blind to the countless miracles which occur around us daily.  Although our prayers are for loved ones dying of cancer or some other malady, the grace God gives some people who are suffering is nothing short of miraculous.  Also, we apparently only anticipate God’s intervention in some ‘impossible’ cases.

The Bible records many incidents which are considered miraculous by us.  Realize that we are reading about them with the benefit of centuries of interpretation by God’s historians.  Let us not try to tell God what miracles we want Him to do for us, but rather let Him have His wonderful miraculous way in our daily lives as He meets our needs daily.

It took a miracle to put the stars in place;
It took a miracle to hang the world in space.
But when He saved my soul,
Cleansed and made me whole,
It took a miracle of love and grace!

GO TEAM FOR OCTOBER

Go Team will meet at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Northview 
Center located in Doling Park (301 E. Talmage, Springfield, MO 65803).
Reservations need to be made with Suzanne Williams so we can sit 
together, but we do not have to pay in advance.  Lunch will cost $3.75. 
Peggy Mahan, the Museum Curator, will give us a tour of the Doling 
Museum after lunch.
Additional information about parking:
The Northview Center is located in between the Doling Family Center 
and the Doling Museum.  About 60 people will be getting out of an 
exercise class at this center at 10:30 AM the day we are having 
lunch there, so parking will be easier if you arrive after they 
leave.  They have lots of handicapped parking--just be sure you are 
at the correct building...Northview has an awning over a circle 
drive in front of the building.  The museum is a short walk down a 
hill north of where we are eating, but members who have difficulty 
walking should drive and park closer...there is a ramp or stairs 
to get into the museum. 
The best way to get to Doling is to go to Kearney Street and turn 
north at one of these three streets:
Campbell (by Bumper to Bumper--317 W Kearney or across from Mexican 
Villa's El Taco--316 W Kearney)
Boonville (by Little Caesars Pizza--203 E Kearney or Enterprise 
Rent-a-car--207 E Kearney)
Robberson (by Mitchem Tire & Wheel--307 E Kearney) 

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Diets: Waisted efforts

Missing link: Lost sausage

Meteorologist's idea: Brainstorm

Cement salesman: Sidewalk vendor

Retired astronaut: Someone who's down to earth

Miner's agreement: Ore deal

Soup the whole family enjoys: Clan chowder

Bone specialist: Marrow-minded doctor

Power outages: Current events

Rabbit groomer: Hare stylist

High chair: Baby sitter

Jesus Loves Me This I Know....

Jonathan Hayashi

 

Jesus loves me, this I know,

Though my hair is white as snow.

Though my sight is growing dim,

Still He bids me trust in Him.

 

YES, JESUS LOVES ME

YES, JESUS LOVES ME

YES, JESUS LOVES ME

THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.

 

Though my steps are oh, so slow,

With my hand in His I'll go

On through life, let come what may,

He’ll be there to lead the way.

 

Though I am no longer young,

I have much which He's begun.

Let me serve Christ with a smile,

Go with others the extra mile.

 

When the nights are dark and long,

In my heart He puts a song.

Telling me in words so clear,

“Have no fear, for I am near.”

 

When my work on earth is done,

And life’s victories have been won.

He will take me home above,

Then I’ll understand His love.

 

I love Jesus, does He know?

Have I ever told Him so?

Jesus loves to hear me say,

That I love Him every day.

                    (Printed by permission)

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I found this timely, because today I was in a store that sells sunglasses, and only sunglasses. A young lady walks over to me and asks, “What brings you in today?“

            I looked at her and said, “I'm interested in buying a refrigerator”.  She didn't quite know how to respond.

Am I getting to be “that age”?