Do You Know Where To Go For Sal­va­tion?

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH -

I was un­able to at­tend church last week, but I am back and happy to bless you with an­other ser­mon from Pas­tor Bob Cartwright.

There were birthdays to an­nounce this Lord’s day, Sis­ter Linda Gard­ner and Bai­ley Tay­lor cel­e­brated an­other year of bless­ings from the Lord. It is hard to un­der­stand why peo­ple say they are sorry for an­other year added to their age. It should be a time of re­joic­ing since we are granted the good for­tune of adding an­other year of learn­ing about the word of God. So we want to say to these won­der­ful sis­ters in Christ, thank God you are an­other year older, and we pray this next year will be more blessed than the last.

We were so glad to have Brother Daniel and Sis­ter Jody Cartwright back from their trip. Brother Daniel sang the old hymn, “Kneel at the Cross,” and a sweet spirit was felt by all. You know the word says be still and know that I am God. Some­times we get so caught up in our busy lives, we miss the still sweet voice of the Lord. Re­mem­ber, when times are trou­bled and we feel all alone, it’s time we hear the in­struc­tion of the Holy Spirit. Stop and think: where will I find help with my prob­lems. We know where to go, as the song said, “We must kneel at the foot of the cross and reach out to the giver of all wis­dom and peace.” Je­sus bled and died to give us hope of a re­ward in heaven where the streets are paved with gold and a man­sion awaits our ar­rival. Think of the joy that will be shared when we dwell in the pres­ence of our Lord and Sav­ior.

Con­sider the lost who are with­out hope; they know not where to go for sal­va­tion. This is why we have to be a liv­ing tes­ti­mony to all those we meet on a daily ba­sis. Life may be the only Bi­ble some will ever read. Be ready to of­fer the en­cour­age­ment of the word; be pre­pared. The only way we can be that ex­am­ple is to study the Bi­ble and live ac­cord­ing to the com­mand­ments given for the chil­dren of God. The only way to be a liv­ing ex­am­ple is to know where to go for sal­va­tion and in­struc­tion. So many are wan­der­ing aim­lessly not sure of their des­ti­na­tion.

Pas­tor gave us an ex­am­ple in the life of David. In 1 Sa­muel 30:1, David was lead­ing his army in bat­tle to pro­tect the peo­ple of his vil­lage. While he was away, the evil ones came and burned the city, took all pos­ses­sions, and the women who be­longed to the men pro­tect­ing what was theirs. When they re­turned and found the de­struc­tion, many were an­gered and turned on David. They even spoke of ston­ing David. Those who re­mained in the city wept for their loss and grieved for those who were taken.

When we tend to blame some­one for our trou­ble­some sit­u­a­tions, we should re­mem­ber that some things are just a fact of life and the way to find an an­swer is to know where to go for guid­ance. Je­sus is the me­di­a­tor be­tween us and the heav­enly Fa­ther. So cry out to God and seek the path that will take you to a place of help. When David re­al­ized that the peo­ple with whom he had lived and loved had turned on him, he had to shake him­self and re­mem­ber where he could find help. He found the courage within him­self through the words found in Psalm 103, “Bless the Lord, O my Soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.”

You see, he knew where to go. Be­ing dis­tressed, he asked the Lord his God if he should fol­low af­ter those who had wronged his peo­ple. His an­swer was to take the 600 men he had left, over­take the troops and re­cover what had been taken from them. He was as­sured that he would be able to achieve his task with­out fail. As the men be­gan the march, they lost 200 who had no strength to carry on. So, with his re­main­ing 400, he con­tin­ued the jour­ney. On the way, they came upon an Egyp­tian in a field and David ap­proached the man and asked where he came from and why he was there alone. The an­swer was that he had been three days with­out food or wa­ter and had been left by his master be­cause he had fallen ill. In con­ver­sa­tion, David found that the man could tell him where those who had burned the city were camped. So af­ter the man was nour­ished and strong enough to travel, they re­sumed the task of re­cov­er­ing their women and be­long­ings. When they ar­rived, the evil men were eat­ing, drink­ing and danc­ing. This made the in­va­sion very easy, all was re­gained and the in­vaders were dealt with.

In clos­ing, Pas­tor Bob made the point that, if David had not known where to seek in­struc­tion, his fate would have been very dif­fer­ent. Just stop and talk to our master, for he holds the key to any prob­lem you face. I was very blessed by this ser­mon and pray you too will find an­swers about where to go in time of trou­ble.

Come visit Cove Mis­sion of Hope, and you will find peo­ple who will wel­come you. While our pas­tor and Sis­ter Cartwright will al­ways de­liver the truths of the word of God.

A grand wel­come to ev­ery­one who would like to be a part of this con­gre­ga­tion and join in wor­ship ser­vices where Pas­tor Bob Cartwright min­is­ters the truth. Plan to at­tend and be blessed by Bi­ble teach­ings ev­ery Sun­day at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Bi­ble study at 6 p.m. ev­ery Wednes­day. All ser­vices are held at Cove Mis­sion of Hope Church, lo­cated at 53 MO-59, south­west of Lana­gan.

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