Call This to Mind


Holy, holy, holy
Rock of Ages
One day
Our God our help in ages past
Trust and obey
Great is thy faithfulness
Take the name of Jesus with you
God be with you til we meet  again


Lamentations 3:19-26
19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
    the wormwood and the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it
    and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

Sermon Notes

Our church is closing, it is a time of lamenting.
Lamenting shows itself differently in different people

Lamenting is  other always the result of doing something wrong.

Jeremiah had many hard things happen to him, hard things not always deserved.   Jerusalem had been destroyed, all he saw was his failures.

We are the same you often only seeing our failures.  Having the shame of the past creep in on us.   These wonderings don't help us.  They only continue to bring us down.

But it doesn't end there though.

Jeremiah remembered something important.   God's faithfulness.

The bible never ends in our sin.   It ends in Christ's saving work on our behalf.
God's love for his people never ceases.  It sticks through regardless.

You are loved by God.

His mercies never come to end.   God continually shows us mercy.  His mercy continues every single day.

Since his mercies are new every day, it means that we have a future and a hope.   A future free of pain and sorrows.  The world and it's pleasures are so fleeting.   But our is imperishable and undefiled, a place of perfection that will be ours forever.

Remember God's faithfulness in those hard times.   He works it out.  All those things that happen in our lives, he works it out.  For our good when  we are called according to his purposes.  Mercies new every single morning..

Great is his faithfulness.

Who is God? Not the Prince of Tyre

 You can read Ezekiel 28-1-10 HERE.

The lament against Tyre continues.   This time specifically against the Prince of Tyre.

The Prince of Tyre is judged because 
“Because your heart is proud,
and you have said, ‘I am a god,
I sit in the seat of the gods,
in the heart of the seas,’
I have to admit, part of me is astounded that a person could think that way.   To think of themselves as a god, yet I am really not surprised.  As the lad and I go through our history books there are many nations whose leaders were actually considered to be gods, or who when individuals gained leadership they said they were a god and could do or command anything they wanted.   So this time it's the Prince of Tyre who has this false notion.

God reminds him clearly.  He is a MAN.  Not a GOD.

Hymn Study: One Day

Just as a fun preamble...I was thinking the other day about hymns I would want sung at my funeral, and this is one of them.  I LOVE this song.

But funeral arrangements aside.... here's more about the author and the songs history.  :)