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Today’s Worship Wednesday song comes from Matt Papa and is entitled “His Mercy Is More”.

I love the words to this song. Here is the first verse:

What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, he counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, his mercy is more

This song reminds me of the beautiful words found in Lamentations 3:22-23 which says,

The steadfast of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

We can also look in the New Testament at Hebrews 8:12 where Paul reminds us of how merciful our God is towards us. it says,

For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.

Let’s worship God today for his mercy toward us all!

Points To Ponder

If someone were to pole 10 people on defining the term discipleship you will be hard-pressed to get the same definition. In fact, you might leave more confused. I have noticed, over the years, the same thing with the term faith. A word often spoken about in Christian circles everywhere. Faith, however, is a word that can be one of the most difficult to define for many Believers. Greg Gilbert affirms this when he says, “Faith is one of those words that’s been misused for so long that most people have no idea what it really means. Ask someone on the street to describe faith, and while you might get some respectful-sounding words, the heart of the matter will most likely be that faith is belief in the ridiculous against all evidence.” To be fair to those who are outside of the faith they shouldn’t have to provide an exact definition of faith (much less a Biblical one). We as Believers know far too well that our faith isn’t belief in the ridiculous, yet why do we struggle so much to define what is such a cornerstone to our faith?

So, for the record, “What is Faith?” And/or, “How would we/you define it?”

If you consider yourself a Bible-believing Christian, a follower of Jesus whose chief aim is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, there are important questions I hope you will consider before picking up your flag and cheering on the sexual revolution. These questions aren’t meant to be snarky or merely rhetorical. They are sincere, if pointed, questions that I hope will cause my brothers and sisters with the new rainbow themed avatars to slow down and think about the flag you’re flying.

Your church is broken because it’s made up of broken people, including yourself. Abandoning the local church is only acceptable under a few extreme circumstances. Other than in certain circumstances, the people of God have the responsibility to sacrificially love their local churches as Jesus has.

If anyone has the right to abandon the adulterous, idolatrous bride called “Church,” it’s God, and he hasn’t, so we need to be careful how quick we are to bail when the going gets tough.

Here are three bad reasons to leave the local church:

Writing to Timothy, his son in the ministry, Paul balanced warning and instruction. Paul reminded his protégé to continue engaging God’s Word like he had done since childhood. Paul emphasized that the Bible was inspired by God to equip Christ’s followers for their work.

We have all heard the phrase, “There are only two things in life that are certain – death and taxes”. I would like to add a third one to that list – a pinky promise from God!

For those of you who don’t know what a “Pinky Promise” is, it is a promise that just can not, no matter what, with-out-a-doubt, be broken! If you say you are going to do something – then you better do it! At the Sneed house, we have pinky promises! It can be from anything as little as Jenna paying close attention in school (she takes after her father!), to “Daddy, you pinky promise that we will be ok in this storm”?

Yesterday in our worship service, I was reminded of a pinky promise from God. God is promising us new mercies every morning and HE is faithful to deliver these mercies to our heart’s door every day. I read from Lamentations 3:22-23, then we sang Great Is Thy Faithfulness.

(22) The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;

(23)  they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
  Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

Lord, thank you for your “faithfulness unto me”, even though I fail you. Help me to live my life striving to be holy!