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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|AUGUST 6, 2017
J. J. ROUTLEY
|AUGUST 13, 2017
|AUGUST 20, 2017
|AUGUST 27, 2017
|SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
TO BE ANNOUNCED
“Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?…He that sweareth to his own hurt, and
changeth not.” (Psa. 15:1, 4)
In Psalm 15, David is describing the person who is qualified to be a companion of the Great God. One of the aspects
of this man’s character is that he stands by his word, even at great personal cost to himself. If he makes a promise or
a commitment, he remains faithful to it.
Here, for example, is a Christian who is selling his house. A buyer comes along and agrees to pay the asking price.
The seller agrees to the deal. Before any papers are signed, someone else offers $5,000 more for the house. Legally,
perhaps, the seller can reject the first offer and thus make $5,000 more on the transaction. But morally he is obligated
to be true to his spoken word. His testimony as a dependable Christian is at stake.
Or here is a believer who has an infected wisdom tooth. His dentist refers him to an oral surgeon who treats the tooth
with an antibiotic, then makes an appointment for the extraction. After witnessing to the surgeon, the Christian leaves
the office. On the way home he meets a friend who tells him where he can get the extraction done for half the
amount. No doubt he could pay the surgeon for the work already done, then go to the other dentist. But should he?
Sue has just accepted a supper invitation from an older couple. Then the phone rings and she is invited to a pot-luck
supper with a group of young people her own age. She is between a rock and a hard place. She doesn’t want to
disappoint the older couple, yet she desperately wants to be with the young people.
The decision is often most difficult when large amounts of money are at stake. But no amount of money should
induce us to break a promise, to go back on a commitment, to discredit our Christian testimony and to bring dishonor
on the Name of the Lord. No matter what the cost may be, we must disprove Voltaire’s snide remark that “when it
comes to money, all men are of the same religion.”
The man of God “always does what he promises, no matter how much it may cost” (TEV); he “keeps a promise even
if it ruins him” (LB).
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
DON WALKER will be our speaker at the FAMILY
BIBLE HOUR service on August 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Don and his wife Barbara have been in fellowship at
Grace Bible Chapel since moving to the area from
Flint, Michigan several years ago. They have since
then been active in all aspects of the chapel. Don is
a US Navy veteran. Barbara's sister Ruth Kraai, along
with her husband Jay, served the Lord as
missionaries in Japan for many years.