A sneak peek at today’s sermon -
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are [a]perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained. (Philippians 3:13-16)
Pastor Spencer – Every believer has a Call from God; a Call to faith and service. We have both a “vocation” – what we do; and an “avocation” – what we confess to all those around us. Paul wants believers to stay close to Christ’s Gospel, THE standard. This is a common refrain by Jesus and the Apostles; continue in what we have learned! So, be in church today!
This week in Christian History -
On April 26th, 1877, the Governor of Minnesota, John Pillsbury, declared a statewide day of prayer to God, asking Him to rescue the state from a terrible plague of grasshoppers that was devouring the spring crops across the state so that thousands of families were literally starving to death. The next two days, much to the glee of skeptics, the weather became even warmer, bringing out even more of the ravenous critters. However, on the fourth day, against all predictions, temperatures hit record lows killing off almost all the devastating insects. Crops – and lives – were saved. In commemoration of this great miracle a special chapel was built and dedicated at Cold Spring, Minnesota, where it can be seen still today.
Now – get to church!