April 13, 2009

HDTV February 17, 2009 Public Service Announcement and the Elderly

Posted in welcome at 11:44 pm by Sarah Bosse

I don’t own a television. With computers I’m a whiz, but when it comes to TV’s, I’m about as lost as this woman. If you have trouble figuring out what “HDTV” stands for and what a “balin” is, you’ll appreciate this video! Enjoy! TGG

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January 2, 2009

What Out to be our Attitude Toward the Sovereignty of God? – Arthur W. Pink

Posted in welcome at 1:06 am by Sarah Bosse

WHAT OUGHT TO BE OUR ATTITUDE TOWARD THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD?

It has been well said that “true worship is based upon recognized greatness, and greatness is superlatively seen in Sovereignty, and at no other footstool will men really worship.” In the presence of the Divine King upon His throne even the seraphim ‘veil their faces.’ Divine sovereignty is not the sovereignty of a tyrannical Despot, but the exercised pleasure of One who is infinitely wise and good! Because God is infinitely wise He cannot err, and because He is infinitely righteous He will not do wrong. Here then is the preciousness of this truth. The mere fact itself that God’s will is irresistible and irreversible fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which is good. My heart is made to rejoice. Here then is the final answer to the question (concerning our attitude toward God’s sovereignty)—What ought to be our attitude toward the sovereignty of God? The becoming attitude for us to take is that of godly fear, implicit obedience, and unreserved resignation and submission. But not only so: the recognition of the sovereignty of God, and the realization that the Sovereign Himself is my Father, ought to overwhelm the heart and cause me to bow before Him in adoring worship. At all times I must say, “Even so, Father, for so it seemeth good in Thy sight.”

Arthur W. Pink

September 15, 2008

The Arms of Jesus / Rest in Christ

Posted in welcome at 2:55 am by Sarah Bosse

Excerpts from a letter of encouragement written to a friend on September 8, 2008…
Dear Friend,
I’ve been praying for you and thinking of you.  I know I’m about to write a lot and it will take time to read.  If it takes several days, so be it, but I pray that you will spend time with Father, meditating on the meaning and depths of the promises here and on the kindness, gentleness, strength, and love of God shown through His word.  As you seek Him with your whole heart, He will be Pleased to reveal Himself to you in greater fullness!
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols37-39/chs2298.pdf
I wanted to share this sermon with you (above) because I believe it’s what you need to hear from the Lord.  It’s a sermon delivered by Charles H. Spurgeon and titled “The Christ-Given Rest”.
He’s there, walking with you…and when it feels like you’re all alone and you cannot go on, it’s then that He is carrying you in His strong and sure arms.  These are the same arms that were forcefully nailed to that God-forsaken tree for you and me; the same arms that reached out to the little scruffy vagabond children who had no home; the arms that lifted up to heaven in prayer and broke the bread that fed the thousands; the hands that healed the blind man, the leaper, the lame; the hands that dipped the bread into the cup of wine at the Last Supper; the arms and hands that reached down to a drowning Peter and pulled him up from the sea; that bore the nail-holes that received doubting Thomas’s fingers with love and grace.  The arms of Jesus hold you close now.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet who have believed!
In Matthew and Mark, hear the concern Jesus has for the crowds.  Though Jesus and His disciples had no chance to eat or take leisure themselves, despite failing attempts to get away and be alone, Jesus first teaches the crowds of thousands of people for a full day (which would have required maintaining a loud speech volume such that people far away could hear – an exhausting feat for a full day in the Mediterranean sun and heat).  Jesus desires that His disciples rest – He knows that they need to rest and restore their strength, just as Jesus needs rest in His human body which requires the same sustenance our bodies need.  The disciples so needed rest that they “forgot” to eat even the bread and fish Jesus had just multiplied!  You never hear mention of the disciples or Jesus eating even after they have provided for thousands of others.  While Jesus taught of a Bread, Wine, Milk, and Water that was eternal, He provided this freely purchased bounty through His blood and at the same time showed compassion to His creation who needed both the physical and the eternal while living on this earth.  You might say that Jesus’ head was in the clouds and His feet were on earth.  Oh, see this…Jesus had compassion on the crowd because they were like sheep without a shepherd and he healed many who were sick!  What love!  What selflessness and sacrifice!
Mark 8:1 In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. 3 And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” 4 And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” 5 And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6 And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. 7 And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. 8 And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9 And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10 And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.
Matthew 14:13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Mark 6:30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii [6] worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
Again, another example of Jesus and His disciples seeking rest comes from Matthew 14.  This time, His request is granted and Jesus spends time “on the mountain by himself to pray”.  But just like life for any true Believer, the tempest of greatest magnitude often follows the most beautiful days of sunshine.  Indeed, the disciples were terrified.  But hear the comfort in our Lord’s voice!  See Him reach down to Peter in love, in concern, in strength intermingled with gentleness.  Jesus “took hold of him”.  See Jesus taking hold of you now.

Matthew 14:22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way [2] from the land, [3] beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, [4] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

See how Jesus wanted Thomas to believe, to have confident assurance in the Truth, to know Him as He ought to be known.  He invites doubting Thomas to see, to feel, to know for himself.  How pained was the Lord’s heart during those days before His dear Thomas believed.  Oh, the peace our Lord wished to impart to His precious and storm-tossed one!  I praise God because He did not leave Thomas where he was, but Came To Him and Sook him.

John 20:24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, [3] was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

I went to www.esv.com and typed “little children” into the search box to see who often it showed up in the English Standard Version of the Bible and in what context.  I encourage you to do the same.  Little children are dependent.  They need at all times.  They eat a ton and need food; they need love, affection, attention; they need safety and provision for all things.  Let us be our Father’s dependent children.  Below is a list of several mentions of “little children”.  If you’re faster clicking than flipping, you can quickly copy and past these into the search box on www.esv.com or just earch for “little children” in the same box.

Matthew 11:25
Matthew 19:14
Luke 10:21
Galatians 4:19 (Though not Jesus speaking, did Paul not have the mind of Christ and share in Christ’s desire, anguish, for Christlikeness to be formed in us?  This is the Word of the Lord.)
1 John 2:12
1 John 2:28
1 John 3:18
1 John 4:4
1 John 5:21

Dear Friend, I do hope you find encouragement in what I’ve written…though I would be much more joyed if you found encouragement in what the Lord has written to you through His Word.  Though lengthy, I send this to you in recognition that the Word of the Lord will not return void and that all that has been written in the Word is useful and profitable for edification and application.

Lord, please give my friend the rest that comes from You alone.  Please be my friend’s strength, her song, her one and only love and passion.  Let her hear Your voice calling her as You had called your disciples…to times of solitude alone with You.  May she come daily to the stream of Living Water to receive the blessings of Your great and precious promises.  Thank You, Lord, for being our All-In-All and more than everything we need.  Thank You for Your love and sacrifice that allows us now to love and serve others with the same love with which You first loved us.  In the name of Jesus, under whom all heaven and earth will bow, we pray this.  Let Your will be done.

In Love,

TGG

August 7, 2008

WELCOME

Posted in welcome at 3:12 pm by Sarah Bosse

Sarah Bosse (TGG)

Sarah Bosse (TGG)

If you’ve stumbled upon my first blog, it’s because you probably already know me.

Here are some of my plans for this Blog:

  • Post regular updates on what’s happening so that friends and family can pray more effectively.

  • Share pictures, music, and other encouraging tidbits with friends.

  • Post the poetry I’ve written – this will be much easier to update than my original website was – you will get the most recent poetry sooner!

  • Share words of prophecy and exhortation as well as devotionals soon after they have been delivered so that I can refer friends from church to my Blog instead of sending out many emails.

Enjoy your visit! And for all of the techies at church, feel free to make suggestions on how the layout, design, management, etc could be improved on this Blog. All help is appreciated!

Sincerely,

TGG