Chaplain Paul Spence, DD
An Independent Chaplain Serving Care Facilities In Southwestern Pennsylvania
IN THIS WORLD, sometimes, there are temporary situations and unique circumstances. People necessarily leave their Homes and move into Care Facilities. Children at Home need further Bible and Catechetical Instruction. The sick and elderly are confined to their Homes. Some do not have good Bible Churches near them. Chaplain Spence has spent many years of his life ministering to people in these temporary situations and unique circumstances. Luke 14.23 says: "Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in." James 1.27 says: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." If you have questions or comments or if you are interested in Dr. Spence's services, please contact us using the form provided. Dr. Spence seeks to answer calls here in Southwestern Pennsylvania. However, he tries to go wherever he is called.
AUGUST 21st; LORD'S DAY (Sunday); 2016.
THIS WEEK'S SCRIPTURE. Daniel 12.13. “Go thou thy way till the end.”
THIS WEEK'S HYMN. “At The Cross” by the great Independent Minister, Rev. Dr. Isaac Watts (1674-1748).
THIS WEEK'S THANKSGIVING. 1. Several instances last week people confessed they were brought into GOD'S Presence during the Meetings. 2. Immediately after one of the Meetings last week, Dr. Spence had a choice conversation with eight people who lingered. 3. Two extra Donations were given to the Mission last week.
THIS WEEK'S PRAYER REQUESTS. 1. Please pray for a dying Lady with whom Dr. Spence has lately been having some good talks. 2. Pray for another Lady who is suffering these days. Last week, Dr. Spence had a good conversation with her about coming to JESUS. 3. Pray for a Lady who has been sick for many months. She has missed the Meetings. 4. Pray for a Lady who has five requests she specifically listed to Dr. Spence. 5. Pray for a Lady who desires to attend the Meetings but now cannot because of her dialysis schedule. Pray that something will be worked out.
COLPORTAGE REPORT. 4 Printed Sermons were distributed last week to visitors at the Mission.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. As our regular Friends know well, we do not usually name names. We prefer to respect the privacy of those to whom we minister. But this week it seems only fitting to mention that Hixenbaugh's Convalescent Home in Claysville will be closing its doors in September. Mrs. Hixenbaugh made the formal announcement to her Residents last week. For the last 19 years, Dr. Spence has had the pleasure of visiting Hixenbaugh's every Wednesday morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. Mrs. Hixenbaugh has worked hard in operating her Home for approximately 42 years. What memorable hours Dr. Spence has had in this place! How many dear Church Services! Many people have been warm and receptive to the preaching of the Word. One Gentleman even lately has accepted JESUS as SAVIOUR and is walking in His Ways. Let's pray for the concluding days of this dear Home. After September, Wednesday mornings for Dr. Spence will not be the same. Dr. Spence is grateful for the blessed opportunity he had to minister at Hixenbaugh's. It was a precious season.
FURTHER REFLECTIONS ON THIS WEEK'S SCRIPTURE. 1. These Words were from GOD. The Speaker of these Words appears in Daniel 12.6. The Puritan, Dr. Poole, says this Speaker is JESUS. Another Puritan, Dr. Trapp, says this was an Angel. In any case, through either JESUS Himself or one of the Angels, these were GOD'S Words. In these Words, the Will of GOD is expressed. 2. These Words were spoken to the Prophet Daniel. “But go thy way, Daniel.” It is interesting that in this Context, these are the first Words spoken to Daniel (see Daniel 12.9) and the last Words (which is reflected in This Week's Scripture). 3. The beauty of the Words. “But go thou thy way till the end.” The heart of the Words is lodged in the phrase “go thou thy way.” The Prophet Daniel is here told by GOD to “go his way.” This cannot mean that the Prophet was to go through life merely doing what he wanted to do. This directly contradicts Matthew 16.24. In this instance, it ought to be remembered that the continual command of Scripture appears in such Scriptures as Ecclesiastes 12.13. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” When these things are kept in mind, the beauty of This Week's Scripture shines on our faces. “But go thou thy way till the end.” The plain implication is the Prophet had so closely followed GOD as that obedience was now his way. Obedience was his way of life. I wonder, if GOD spoke to you in the exact manner as he did the Prophet, could He tell you to “go thou thy way?” Or is your way worldly, corrupt, and disobedient? Let honesty only answer. For one day you will stand before GOD on the Judgment Day.
ON THIS THIRD LORD'S DAY of August here at our Online Chapel, Dr. Spence continues a Series of Sermons from Luke 17.22. "And He said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it." In this Thirty-Sixth Sermon, Dr. Spence tarries in the question what does it mean for Disciples to desire "one of the days of the Son of man?" We hope this Sermon will be a great Blessing. Thank you for attending. Please come back next week.
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