Passage: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Acts 5:1-5)
Thoughts: Justified by our faith in God through Jesus Christ, we are able to stand. Yes? Yes in the “hope of the glory of God” which does include suffering! God does not leave us alone in the sufferings. God goes before us, Jesus walks beside us, and His Holy Spirit walks within us SO WE MAY be able to Persevere in the trials that come our way in this life. The ability to persevere in His strength and grace builds our character and this very growth increases our hope. Yes?
Prayer: “Three-person God, You are a wonder. God the Father our Creator, God the Son our Deliverer, God the Holy Spirit our Sanctifier. United and yet each unique, sole God but not solitary, three and yet One. Thank you for this mystery; that at the heart of the universe is a communion of love. Amen. (Heidelberg Catechism 24/25)
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)
Blessings Pastor Robert
Keswick Chapel for today, June 6, 2020. Pastor Robert Wallace – “An Obedient Heart.”
This message was recorded for the Keswick Chapel & is found on YouTube:
Your thoughts are welcome. Also, your praises & prayer requests.
Blessings always, Pastor Robert Wallace
This weeks’ message from Rev. Norman Shaw takes a look at “Holiness” as one of the “5 Characteristics of a Christian.” He points out that this series of messages are not a “how to” manual, rather an exploration of what characteristics should be found in us as Christians.
You will find this message to be a blessings, challenge, and an encouragement to you as you “Journey with Jesus.”
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Blessings to you,
Pastor Robert Wallace
I am the Lead Pastor for the Keswick Chapel ministry of Charlottesville First Church of the Nazarene (CFCN) in Keswick, VA. This is the announcement for the third message in a series called “5 Characteristics of a Christian,” preached by Rev. Norman Shaw for our ministry in the month of May.
His message this week is “Humility.” Rev. Shaw considers this message the cornerstone of the series. You will not want to miss this message! All of his messages for the Keswick Chapel are available on the Facebook page for CFCN at: https://www.facebook.com/cvillenaz/ or on our YouTube channel by searching for Keswick Chapel. Select “Keswick Chapel a Ministry of CFCN”
We release these messages every Saturday morning at 9 am.
Is there some problem in your life to solve,
Some passage seeming full of mystery?
God knows, who brings the hidden things to light.
He keeps the key.
Is there some door closed by the Father’s hand
Which widely opened you had hoped to see?
Trust God and wait–for when He shuts the door
He keeps the key.
Is there some earnest prayer unanswered yet,
Or answered NOT as you had thought ‘twould be?
God will make clear His purpose by-and-by.
He keeps the key.
Have patience with your God, your patient God,
All wise, all knowing, no long tarrier He,
And of the door of all thy future life
He keeps the key.
Unfailing comfort, sweet and blessed rest,
To know of EVERY door He keeps the key.
That He at last when just HE sees ’tis best,
Will give it THEE.
The poem was part of my devotion this morning and I had to share it with you. I have personally struggled for a long time with my work versus my call. To be fair, I ran away from God’s call on my life for several decades. God tarried with me for a very long time and I must now be willing to wait. During this time, I must be active in growing by His grace, learning and preparing for the day when HE opens the door.
The rub, the issue for is figuring out how to be “all in” while not being in ministry full time, i.e. earning my living from full time ministry. There is this truth; as a child of God, saved by grace through Jesus, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are ALL in ministry! We are all called to as ambassadors of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the reconciliation of man back to a right relationship with God. There is no other calling for us as we journey here on our way to our eternal home.
What we do to fund our ministry may be as a homemaker or professional or clerk or craftsman… Who we are though is not based on our vocation, we are children of the KING, the Creator of everything, and Savior of all mankind! As I type this, I’m getting excited about what we are called to do and there is the rub for me. I’m not wired to be bi-vocational and this is because God created me for full time service.
“He keeps the key”, this IS right and true. When HIS timing is right and true and we are prepared, then He will open the door and provide the key. We are all called to share God’s Gospel of Grace and we should be looking for those opportunities all the time, regardless of where we work. Our labor is for the LORD!!!
Blessings & Peace Aleays,