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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|NOVEMBER 4 2018
|NOVEMBER 11 , 2018
|NOVEMBER 18, 2018
|NOVEMBER 25, 2018
|DECEMBER 2 2018
TO BE ANNOUNCED
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 15:58)
It is not uncommon for a person to become discouraged in his service for the Lord and to quit. I suppose
that most of us have faced that temptation at one time or another. Therefore, in today’s reading I would
like to share four passages that have been a tremendous encouragement to me and that have kept me
from quitting. The first is Isaiah 49:4: “Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for
nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.” There are
moments, fortunately rare, when years of service for the Lord seem to evaporate into nothingness. All
our work seems to have been wasted effort. It appears to be another case of “love’s labor lost.” But not
so! Our verse assures us that God’s justice will insure that we are royally rewarded. Nothing that is done
for Him is ever in vain.
The second passage is Isaiah 55:10, 11: “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and
returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to
the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not
return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I
sent it.” Those engaged in distributing the living Word of God are assured of success. Results are
guaranteed. His Word is irresistible. Just as the armies of the world are powerless to prevent the rain
and snow from falling, so all the hosts of demons and of men are unable to stop the Word from going
forth and producing revolutions in human lives. We are on the winning side.
Then there is that remarkable encouragement in Matthew 10:40: “He that receiveth you receiveth me and
he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.” Have you ever been snubbed because of your
Christian testimony? Or ostracized? Or mocked? Or abused? Has someone slammed the door in your
face? Well, don’t take it too personally. In rejecting you, people are really rejecting the Savior. The way
people treat you is the way they treat the Lord. How wonderful to be so closely linked with the Son of
Then, of course, there is 1 Corinthians 15:58 (quoted above). Paul has been setting forth the truth of the
resurrection. If this life were all, then our labor would be in vain. However, beyond the grave lies the
eternal glory. Everything done in the Lord’s Name will be rewarded then. No loving service will have
been fruitless or futile.
Christian service is the most glorious of all callings. There is never a valid reason for quitting. The
encouragements of God’s Word are enough to keep us from turning back.
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
Grace Bible Chapel, 3335 Woodhaven Drive,
Springfield, IL , 62712; phone # 217-544-7419 is
having a free showing of the film “I Can Only Imagine”
on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm. The
public is welcomed to attend. The film is the true story
about Bart Millard, lead singer of Christian music
group Mercy Me. The film is rated PG and running
time is approximately 110 minutes. Refreshments
provided following the film.
Special Free Showing of Christian Film
FLOYD PIERCE will be our speaker at our 11 a.m.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, November 18, 2018.
Along with his wife Helen he served as a missionary in
Brazil for 35 years. The Helen Leticia Pierce Christian
Schools may be seen at www.escolacrista.com Floyd
serves as an elder and Sunday School teacher in the
adult class that currently studies the Gospel of John.
They have three grown children and many foster
children in Brazil. They are grandparents to nine
grandchildren and eight great grand children. They
offer free Bible correspondence courses in English
and Portuguese at this site. Click here