Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless His Holy Name. I was thinking today about the mercy of God and how mercy given from one person requires honesty from the other. If a person is dishonest, cheating, and lying the one with the ability to show mercy won't or shouldn't. Jesus told the story of a man who was deep in debt to another man and was shown a lot of mercy. Then the man that was forgiven much when out and showed no mercy towards another person that owed him only a little money. Jesus said this servant was wicket for not showing mercy so the mercy that he received was lifted and full judgement was enforced. Honesty is the best policy and should be our policy when we are dealing with all the issues in life. Lamentations 3:22-23 "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." No matter what we did yesterday, today is a new day and with every new day God reveals that His mercies are new so we can be honest and move forward today. With the same mercy you received from the Lord, be willing to express His mercy to others.
This Sunday morning I'll be sharing on, 'Desire Increases Confidence.' The things that you desire the most, you are willing to advance towards even when you are not fully confident that you will find success. Sunday evening, 'The Laying On Of Hands.' The Bible is clear that we can transfer the things of God that we have in us by laying our hands on those in need. Come expecting a miracle.
Christmas shoe boxes are out there and being filled and are to be returned to our church. Bob and Lin are ready to receive them.
Next Sunday Nov 16th in the evening service we will have with us Major Kent from the Salvation Army here in Sydney. His personal story in one of being a total introvert where he wouldn't leave his house to finding the Lord Jesus and being called into the ministry. His story is a modern day miracle of how far you can be mentally and emotionally trapped by the enemy to finding total freedom in Christ.
Saturday Nov. 22nd there is a Men's Breakfast 8:30 am at the Sydney Pentecostal Church in Sydney. Bishop Don Carpenter will be the guest speaker for the breakfast and then on Sunday Nov. 23rd Bishop Don will be ministering in both of our services.
Christmas banquet is coming up on Saturday Dec. 6th 6 pm. Tickets are $15.00 and we have limited space so sign up early. Glen Tedford who was with us last year is our speaker for the banquet and he will also be speaking in the following Sunday morning service.
For Christmas many of our CBU foreign students stay at the college and miss out on sharing a Christmas meal. The last few years there have been around 10 or 12 students and this year we are hoping that 5 or 6 families from our church would be willing to invite 2 students into their home to share with them their Christmas meal. If your family would like to be a part of this ministry you can sign up with Pastor Bruce and we will pair you up with 2 students as we get closer to Christmas.
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, lots of love Pastor Kevin and Alice