DECEMBER 4th; LORD'S DAY (Sunday); 2016.
THIS WEEK'S SCRIPTURE. Galatians 2.20. “Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”
THIS WEEK'S HYMN. “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” by Mrs. Jessie Pounds (1861-1921).
THIS WEEK'S THANKSGIVING. 1. Years ago, Dr. Spence privately spoke with a Lady who was then attending the Care Facility Meetings about a sin in her life. She was offended and quit the Meetings. She has now gotten these things right in her life and has joyfully returned to the Meetings. 2. Years ago, in another Care Facility, there was another Lady who told Dr. Spence that his Sermons were not good. Dr. Spence instantly gave her his Sermon notes he had just preached, invited her to carefully reread the Sermon, and show him his failures during his next visit. This lady quit attending the Meetings. But now this Lady is returning to the Meetings with pleasure.
THIS WEEK'S PRAYER REQUESTS. 1. Please pray for a younger Gentleman in the Care Facilities whose Father is in critical condition. 2. Pray for a Lady who keeps falling. 3. Pray for a Lady who cannot shake off her chest cold. 4. Pray for a Lady who is dying and for her Family who is with her during these days. 5. Pray for a Care Facility Worker's Father who had a stroke. 6. Pray for those who are declining in health.
COLPORTAGE REPORT. 2 Printed Sermons were distributed last week in a Care Facility in Pittsburgh. 30 Chaplain Calendars were distributed last week in Care Facilities located in Uniontown. 30 more Chaplain Calendars were mailed to different Contributors.
FAMILY VISIT. Dr. Spence brought his Family with him last week to Care Facilities in Claysville, Charleroi, and Dunlevy. It was a delightfully full day. In one Care Facility, they were kindly invited to stay for Lunch. In several of the Care Facilities, the Children recited from The Shorter Catechism. To all the Care Facilities, Dr. Spence's Wife brought her delicious homemade lemon bread. In the last Evening Meeting, Dr. Spence preached concerning the Puritans' voyage to America. It is our Prayer that the visits of that day will turn out to the eternal good of souls.
FURTHER REFLECTIONS ON THIS WEEK'S SCRIPTURE. This past Thursday, while I was making my rounds in the Care Facilities, I made my customary walk to a back room to see a Gentleman I regularly see. After we inquired into each other's welfare, I spoke to this Gentleman about two Scriptures that peculiarly impressed me last week. In Matthew 26.39, when JESUS was praying about Himself, He prayed: “Not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” In John 17.24, when JESUS was praying about those who trust in Him, He prayed: “Father, I will!” After I had simply reflected on these two Scriptures and offered Prayer, this Gentleman looked at me with a moved heart and said: “I really appreciate your taking an interest in me. It means much to me. Your visits have done more than you know.” Because of this Gentleman's manner, my thoughts have often since turned to him. And I say to you this week: when you think of JESUS coming into this world and living in it—when you think of the cold and cruel rejection He endured—and when you think how He died for our sins; might we not indeed be grateful that He took such an interest in us? “Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” JESUS did what no one else could have done. Because of His Work, you are able to go to Heaven. I wonder, what are you daily doing in the face of all this Grace?
IN THIS WORLD, there often arises temporary situations and unique circumstances. People necessarily leave their Homes and move into Care Facilities. Others are confined to their Homes. For more than twenty years, Dr. Spence has served as a Personal, Domestic, and Care Facility Chaplain meeting the spiritual needs of these precious people. 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 requested.
ON THIS FIRST LORD'S DAY in December 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 Fifty First Sermon, Dr. Spence considers how to live under the cloud of GOD'S denial. "Ye shall not see it." We hope this Sermon will be a great Blessing. Thank you for attending. Please come back next week.
Chaplain Paul Spence, DD
An Independent Chaplain Serving Care Facilities In Southwestern Pennsylvania For Over 20 Years
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