Happy Monday, July 8, 2019 church!

July 8, 2019 | Categories: Church Blog.

Brothers and sisters,

Happy Monday to all!  We had a great day yesterday in worship.  Lydia Delikat shared with us about God’s calling her and her fiancé  Ben to go to an unreached people group.  She challenged us to have a greater vision of taking the gospel to the world.  The need in so many places is so great and the number of those taking the gospel to those places that desperately need to hear the gospel is relatively small.   Thank you, Lydia, for reminding us of God’s call for us to take the gospel to all peoples, nations and languages.  We also thought from Matthew 13 of how our spiritual vision and capacity is either improving or declining.  We learned the principle that those who respond to truth receive more truth and those who reject truth become more and more deceived.  When we believe and receive God’s truth, we are enabled and empowered to receive more truth.  When we receive and believe God’s truth, our lives have purpose and count for what is eternal.  All of us need to ask God to make us open and ready to receive whatever truth He might say to us whenever He might say it. 

We will observe the Lord’s Supper next Sunday, July 14, during worship.  We will have a Pot Luck luncheon after the morning worship on July 21.

Congratulations to Grayson and Edie Doss on the birth of their daughter on Saturday, July 6. 

Love being your pastor! 

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church

Happy Monday, July 1, 2019 church!

July 1, 2019 | Categories: Church Blog.

Sisters and brothers,

Happy Monday to all!  I want to thank all who helped while I was gone, especially David Juhlin and Hans Stennes-Spidahl for preaching for me.  It is good to know there are those who can step up to proclaim God’s truth if I have to be away.  I listened to both of their messages and both were faithful to deliver clear, Biblical messages from God’s Word. 

It was good to be back with God’s family at East Madison yesterday.   Thank you, worship team, for helping us to praise our great God. We sang one of my favorite hymns yesterday, “Before The Throne of God Above,” by Charitie Bancroft.   The second verse is my favorite. 

“When Satan tempts me to despair,

And tells me of the guilt within,

Upward I look and see Him there,

Who made an end to all my sin.

Because the sinless Savior died,

My sinful soul is counted free,

For God the just was satisfied,

To look on Him and Pardon me,

To look on Him and pardon me.

The subject we considered from Matthew 12 yesterday “The Point of No Return” was a difficult subject.  It reminded us of the dangers of persistent and stubborn unbelief.  If you continually resist the wooing of God’s Holy Spirit and deliberately refuse to receive and follow Jesus, you are in great, great eternal danger.  Today, if you hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, you need to respond and believe in Jesus.  Do not ignore that  wooing.  Do not resist that wooing.  Do not think that you can respond in your timetable.  You need to respond while God is speaking and believe in Jesus, because “today is the day of salvation.”  Please, if God is calling you to salvation today, don’t ignore His Holy Spirit.  Today, all who come to Jesus will receive forgiveness and life. If we will respond, “God the just is satisfied, to look on Jesus and pardon us.”  I am so grateful for this great salvation!

Love being your pastor! 

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church