I will rejoice in doing them good. – Jeremiah 32:41

How heartwarming to the CHRSTIAN is the delight that God takes in His children. We cannot see any reason in ourselves why the Lord should take pleasure in us; sometimes, we do not even take delight in ourselves, for we often have to groan, being burdened, conscious of our sinfulness and broken over our unfaithfulness. We are fearful that our brothers and sisters in Christ are unable to take much encouragement from us, for they surely can see our weaknesses which might cause them to lament over our infirmities instead of admiring our Christian graces. But we love to dwell upon this beautiful truth, this glorious mystery: Isaiah 62:5 Then God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.

We do not read anywhere that God delights in the cloud-capped mountains or the sparkling stars, but we do read that His delights are with the sons of men. We do not even find it written that angels give His soul delight; nor does the Bible say that God delights in the Cherubim and Seraphim and 10,000 other heavenly being He created.  concerning cherubim and seraphim, But repeatedly, God does say to us – the poor – fallen creatures – debased and depraved by sin – yet saved and exalted and glorified by His Grace –Zeph. 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

 In what strong language He expresses His delight in His people! Who could have conceived of the Eternal One bursting into a song? We will discuss this concept further in this weekend’s Celebration Service – Psalm 8 as David introduces God as the Lord – Lord – saying How majestic is your name — then in v4 David turns the spotlight on man – and asks What Is Man —

As He looked upon the world He had made, He said, “It is very good”; but when He looked on those who are the purchase of Jesus’ blood, His own chosen ones, it seemed as if the great heart of the Infinite could restrain itself no longer but overflowed in divine exclamations of joy.

Should we not declare our grateful response to such a marvelous declaration of His love and sing, Hab. 3:18 “I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation?”

            Why do I give to the Lord? 

1)    I was challenged as a teenager to commit a tithe to the Lord and if I ever made a promise to God I have better never break it because God has no pleasure in fools. 

2)    Biblically, I tithe because the TITHE belongs to the Lord – the Tithe was commanded before God gave Moses the Law – as seen in Abraham giving a Tithe to Melchizedek.  Moses commanded all Israel give a 10th of their crops – lands.  The Bible in Numbers 18:29 calls this gift the sacred portion…

3)    The last thing I want to be before God is disobedient – the God who has pumped blood through my veins all these years – air in my lungs – love in my heart – and has given me a million blessings —- How can I respond to God’s faithfulness in disobedience. 

4)    I fully understand it is this gift that God’s work in financially supported.  I am my brother’s keeper…..

5)    In giving the tithe I honor Jesus’ words which say Acts 20:35 – You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

6)    Last but not least would be the JOY He gives me daily – as the old Hymn says – it is joy unspeakable and full of glory —

Sunday’s offering

            General Fund         $747.00

            Mission (homeless) $ 27.05

Last Saturday there was a Big Band contest in Edwardsville, Illinois….Battle High School participated – and Kaylee Faddis won a 2nd place medal….our congrats go out to Kaylee……………Peg Schroder was back in church Saturday night after spending some time with her family in Knoxville, Tenn.  Late August her brother passed from this life and she appreciated hearing of the prayers that went up for her in sorrow – as well as travel mercies…we love you Peg…………….Jerry and Mary are relaxing a few days in Branson – will be home Friday……………Vern Johnson blessed us richly Wednesday.  After men’s group I asked about how to program a remote garage door opener when a company who sells is says it is too old to have a smart button….Vern came over and within 30 minutes had the clicker raising and lowering my door.  My little car has never been in a garage till now…..Thank you – thank you Vern you were a major blessing to Annie and Me…………….Thanks to Karen Tompkins for working diligently in our flower beds at Discovery — looking good in our neighborhood………… Kay Baker is responsible for the fall-like decorations throughout the church.  She and her daughter Eva – went to Amish country Monday and brought back 4 large plans – 2 at the front door – 2 on the stage and some gourds which are on the front table —- how nice – now beautiful – thanks Kay – deeply appreciated…

·      Kent Faddis’ mother — for a period of time she has been confused – the C.S. blood work – chest x-ray all turned out normal….Kent is asking for prayer till they determine a cause for her confusion….

·      Blessing box – become a gateway to spiritual blessing found in our Celebration services

·      We will accept the challenge this weekend of Psalm 8 – as David begins Oh, Lord our Lord – how majestic is your name….the first LORD is Yeweh – Covenant God – the 2nd Lord is Adon (Hebrew) – Boss – Master – CEO –what difference would occur in us if we did everything JESUS in Scripture asked of us. May each of us ask – “who is on the throne of my life?” 

·      Dele Williams — Dele has had some significant reversals this year — she is over 6,400 miles from her home in Nigeria — recently her mother passed from this life – Sept 29 will be a special day in her family’s life but Dele will not be able to attend.  Please intercede for Dele during these days……

·      Those still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey –Those reeling from the earthquake in Mexico — Those now dealing with Maria – maybe all we can do is PRAY —- so let’s PRAY!!!!

All D-Groups will be studying Psalm 22 this up-coming week and it will be our Biblical topic the weekend of Sept 29-30…..

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
Our ancestors trusted in you, and you rescued them. They cried out to you and were saved. They trusted in you and were never disgraced.But I am a worm and not a man.  I am scorned and despised by all! Everyone who sees me mocks me. They sneer and shake their heads, saying, “Is this the one who relies on the Lord?  Then let the Lord save him!  If the Lord loves him so much, let the Lord rescue him!” Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast. 10 I was thrust into your arms at my birth. You have been my God from the moment I was born.