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The Christian's Aim: The Glory Of God

September 14, 2016

Matthew 6:9.11

Aim: The
Glory Of

 The Lord taught us to pray with this "model
prayer." In it, we are taught to give praise
and honor unto our Heavenly Father before we
ask for anything we need. Then,after giving
praise to our Father, we are to pray for His
will to be done, and then we can ask for our
needs. ("After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be
thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven.") But, before the
prayer is ended, we are to return to the refrain
about the will of God and the glory of God,
for we close the prayer by ascribing unto God,
"the kingdom, and the power, and"the glory."

Far too often I go to God in prayer with my list
made out of things I want God to do for me. 
If I am not careful, I enter into prayer like I'm going
through.the drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant-I'm placing my
order! That is NOT the way Christ taught us to pray. Read Christ's
prayer In Matthew 26:39 and 42,Mark 14:3S-36, ind,even in John
12.:27-28, and you will see that His prayer was that the will of God
might be done and that God's name would be glorified. If this is
the prayer of Christ--it should be the prayer of the Christian. Can
we pray like Thomas Watson, the famed theologian of the seventeenth
century England, when he said, "We aim at God's glory when we
are content that God's will should take place, thou[h it may cross
ours. Lord, I am content to be a loser, if Thou be a gainer; to have
less_health, if I have more grace, and Thou more glory. Let it be
food or bitter [medicine], if Thou givest it [to] me. Lord,I desire
that which may be most for Thy glory."

Dr. Farrell Shepherd, Island Ford Baptist Church, Madisonville, Ky
Today's Through the Bible Reading Proverbs 25,26,27, 2 Corinthians 6


A Man Of The Book

 A Man of the Book

The Book that I'm talking about
is not The book of the week, the
book of the month, the book of
the year, the book of the decade,
the book of the century or the
book of the millennium; it is the
Book of the Ages.

This Book is not in the experimental
it has been tried and
proven. I challenge every Preacher
to rise above the Plane of mediocrity
 in his ministry.
 Heed the words of the apostle
Paul when he wrote to Young
Timothy: "Make full proof of thy
ministry" (2Timothy 4:5).

Every preacher needs to be a
man of character, not caprice,
a man of courage, not
cowardice; a man of conviction,
not compulsion; a man of com-
passion, not callousness. I encourage-
every man of God to rethink
where he is,  where he would like
to be and where he ought to be
in his ministry.

Quote By:  
Dr. Raymond Barber

I know that this was written for preachers.
But every believer is encouraged
to do the same.  Though preachers have
a greater responsibility,  every Christian
should apply these principles to their lives
as well.  


Excuses Answered

Excuses Answered:
"I Intend to Be a
Isaiah 1:18

1.But I am too great a sinner
( Isaiah 1:18)
2.But I do not know how
A. Admit sin
(Luke 18:13)
B. Believe
(John 3:16; Acts 16:31)
C. Receive
(John 1:12)
D. Taste and trust
(Psalms 34:8)
3.But I must prepare myself
A. Salvation is a gift
(Ephesians 2:8)
B. The dying thief
(Luke 23:41,42)
4.But I want to have a good
A. Rich fool
(Luke 12:15-21)
B. We reap what we sow
(Galatians 6:7,8)
 5.But I have not enough feeling
A. Faith, not feeling,
(John 3:36)
B. Look and live
(John 3:14,15)
6.But I lead a moral life
A. None righteous
(Romans 3:10)
B. Guilt in thought of sin
(Matthew 5:28)
C. Not by works
(Titus 3:5)
7.But not tonight
A. Seek Now (Isaiah 55:6)
B. Now is the time
(2 Corinthians 6:2)
8.But there are so many
A. What is that to thee?
(John 21:22)
B. Look unto Me
(Isaiah 45:22)

_Hyman Appelman