This morning I am filling the gap for our Tuesday writer Sir Eric. I know you look forward to hearing from him this morning but he asked me to fill in for him. My brothers and sisters in the Lord let not your hearts be worried but in everything through prayers and supplications let your requests be made known to God.
I want to thank God for the courage to God for filling the shoes of our brother Sir Eric and I pray that he will be back with us next week. Father we thank you for our many elders, ministers and loved ones. Lord we thank You for waking us up this morning and we ask that you open our understanding to receive your word. Thank you in Jesus’ Name. Amen
Holy Spirit, we ask You to fill us with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Help us to walk worthy and fully pleasing before You. As a Church Family, help us to be fruitful in every good work and to increase in Your knowledge. Teach us how to live together in unity. Walk us through the steps of rebuilding loving fellowship between us. Help us to continue to obey Your command to “love our neighbor as ourselves” so that we will not self-destruct by backbiting and devouring one another.
Give us a willing heart to allow You to guide our lives so that not do what our sinful nature craves. Show our leaders how to mend the broken relationships and restore balance to our Church Family. Please strengthen us and help us to represent Your Kingdom in the earth. Holy Spirit, synchronize the heart of every member of this Order and unify our spirits to receive and submit to the vision for our church. Please empower us to give of our talents, gifts and resources to manifest Kingdom change in our city, community, family and our lives.
Brethren, unless we are prepared for the dust and heat of the race, we had better not start upon the course. Christian men have an appointed task, and to do it will take all the effort that they can put forth, and will assuredly demand continuous concentration and the summoning of every faculty to its utmost energy.
The elders knew that Paul was no designing, self-seeking man. Those who would in any office serve the Lord acceptably, and profitably to others, must do it with humility. You must serve and not be a master over people except to minister the word to them. He was a plain preacher, one that spoke his message so as to be understood. When Paul spoke here was no confusion as to what he was saying or intended to say. He was anointed by God to preach the word and not to stutter with no knowledge.
He was a powerful preacher; he preached the gospel as a testimony to them if they received it; but as a testimony against them if they rejected it. He was a profitable preacher; one that aimed to inform their judgments, and reform their hearts and lives. He was a painful preacher, very industrious in his work. He was a faithful preacher; he did not keep back reproofs when necessary, nor keep back the preaching of the cross. He was a truly Christian, evangelical preacher; he did not preach notions or doubtful matters; nor affairs of state or the civil government; but he preached faith and repentance.
This same message stands true for us today if we will listen deep in our hearts and hear the still small voice calling you by name to “Follow me.”
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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