Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday Flashback

Rain moved in during the wee hours of the morning and stayed with us until noon, sometimes really dumping! The wind was blowing and it was foggy, too! But at least it wasn't cold. Best thing was the weather didn't keep folks from coming to worship at NHC.

We're in a series (2 Sundays left) in Isaiah 55. Today we parked at verse 7 which says: Let the wicked change their ways
and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.
Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
(vs. 7 NLT)

In that statement I found three steps to restoration with God and a promise to those who take them.
1. Run away from what is wrong.
2. The change you need begins in your mind.
3. Turn your direction toward God.
The promise: God is ready and able to forgive and forget.

It was one of those days when you knew God was working to revive souls (Is. 55:3).

Most excellent selection of songs for today's gathering, especially Casting Crowns "East to West", asking how far has God removed our sin. I love the answer: from "one scarred hand to another". Great job, MP 13 Band.

Like, I'm sure, most of the Christian world, we've been deeply touched by the devastation and depair of the Haitian people. So today and next Sunday we're receiving a special love offering that will go to Christian agencies that are on site doing whatever can be done to help.

2 comments:

Nancy said...

My second time attending and the message was GREAT. Just what I need to hear.
Thanks Pastor Rick
Nancy Wilkinson

John Turner said...

I just visited. Enjoyed your comments. Amen.