We offer two ways to be encouraged by God’s Word:
→ Pastor John Blog – Pastor John shares a little devotional, insight, or testimony and invites you to respond as well.
This week – This week our students are going to camp. This will be the second camp of the summer for our church. The first camp, Children’s Camp, was absolutely wonderful. Children playing, worshiping Jesus, and growing in Him is amazing. There is something about seeing children singing and playing their hearts out that is inspiring. They go until they drop. No half measures here. Oh, how I wish I was more like that… for more, click here
→ Daily Devotionals – If you like to have a devotional thought for the day, the following links will take you to a trusted Christian Bible teacher. You will find a Scripture and a devotional thought there that we hope will encourage your heart.
Our devotional highlight for this week is from R. C. Sproul (note: all links will take you away from this site and to the Crosswalk or Bible Gateway websites)
Opening Our Ears to Hear
God said to Isaiah: “Go and tell this people: ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed” (Isa. 6:9-10, NIV).
This type of judgment is articulated by Paul in Romans 1: “Since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done” (v. 28, NIV).
The worst punishment that can befall us is to be given over or abandoned to our sin by God. This anticipates God’s verdict at the final judgment: “Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile” (Rev. 22:11, NIV).
Every time God’s Word is proclaimed it changes all of those within its hearing. No one ever remains unaffected by God’s Word. To those who hear it positively, there is growth in grace. To those who reject it or are indifferent to it, calluses are added to their souls and calcium to their hearts. The eye becomes dimmer and dimmer, the ear heavier and heavier, and the mystery of the kingdom more and more obscure. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Coram Deo: Living in the Presence of God
Ask God to open your ears to hear His voice, to clear your spiritual eyes, and to let you understand with your heart.
For Further Study
Isaiah 6:9-10: “And He said, ‘Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull,and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear withtheir ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.“
Romans 1:28: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.”