October 2, 2022
The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
Post-Hurricane Ian Update
While the Lord’s hand of mercy and protection was upon us in the Titusville area as Hurricane Ian moved across the state, a number of businesses and residences in our area did have flooding issues. Our church building was one of those affected. Several of our folks rallied together last Friday morning to begin the process of mitigating the water damage. In the meantime, we also contacted a couple of “damage restoration” experts to see if there was any help available. At this juncture, our thought was that we would be far down on the list to try and hire someone to assist with cleanup as so many in our area were in need. However, our God is in the business of providing help when it is needed most! In the early afternoon, a crew from one of the companies stopped by to assess our damage and provide an estimate. Within a matter of minutes, they went to work, beginning the 3-4 day process of drying out and disinfecting the areas affected in our building. We praise God for the blessings He has bestowed upon us! While we will not hold our regular Sunday services in the building this week, with the Lord’s help and if He wills, we plan to return on October 9th. Thanks to the many who have prayed for us during this time as your prayers most definitely made a difference!
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
The Lord certainly has a way of dropping helpful reminders along our path from time to time. The name of the most recent hurricane, Ian, was one of those reminders that we should not soon forget. Consider the following acronym:
While believers in Jesus Christ should know better than to think they are something when they are truly nothing (see Galatians 6:3), it is good to be reminded of this fact. For the saved, it is the goodness of God that leads a man to repentance (Romans 2:4), and it is the love of God that provides salvation through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Man’s role is simply to recognize his great need as a sinner before God, and then believe on the work that Jesus Christ did on the cross on behalf of sinners. While our world often exalts men, it is God who truly deserves to be exalted. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). It is a good thing to be reminded how great God is, and how we are truly nothing without Him. May we not soon forget Hurricane I.A.N.
Church News & Notes
- Our “Sweet and Savoury Pie Fellowship” is postponed until further notice. Since we are Baptists, we will most certainly reschedule this event to enjoy some good food and fellowship with one another.
- Once we make our way back in the building, we will schedule our quarterly business meeting for the purpose of reviewing our 3rd quarter finances.
Memory Verse –
This morning – Romans 6:4
October emphasis: CHRIST’S RESURRECTION POWER IN THE BELIEVER
Next week (October 9th) – Romans 6:11
When you get saved, you get saved not because you deserve it, but because you simply let God save you and because you confess your own poor sinful state and your inability to save yourself.”
Echoes From Glory
“When you get saved, you get saved not because you deserve it, but because you simply let God save you and because you confess your own poor sinful state and your inability to save yourself.”
-John R. Rice (1895-1980), Baptist evangelist and pastor and the founding editor of The Sword of the Lord