THE GIFT OF GRACE

     
     It is by grace through faith that we are saved and not of ourselves: it is a gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8-9).
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     All that is required of the sinful addict is to believe and receive the gift of eternal salvation.  Lewis Sperry Chafer’s Systematic Theology Pg. 147, Vol. 7 says the following: “Since God is not fully discerned by the human senses it is easy for the natural man in a day of Grace to treat the person of God and all His claims as though they did not exist, or at best a mere harmless fiction.  Then even faith is declared to be the gift of God.”  Chafer goes on to say “Utter want of faith is the condition of unregenerate men (I Cor. 2:14). Until God is revealed to them by the Son through the spirit without going into a long drawn out dissertation in defense of the faith it is sufficient to say Jesus Christ came, God incarnate, born of a virgin to save sinners like you and me.  What follows are excerpts from the Grace Overcomer’s book pgs 125-126 citing the first two of seven principles Acceptance and Belief, the first five of fifteen foundational bedrocks, sound faith building Biblical doctrines.  

l. Acceptance of the condition:
     Creation revealed His:

GLORY

     And we agreed that we had fallen short of it.  Though we may have abstained from addictive substances and behaviors for a season, the struggle to maintain self-control left us empty.  At odds
with our Creator and fellows, we sought Jesus Christ for…

RECONCILIATION

    (Genesis 3: 6; Psalm 19:1; Luke 1:7l; Romans 3:23; 5:6-11; 7:19; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; James 4:4)

2.  Belief in the provision

     Our conscience bearing witness to the truth, we acted on the…

AUTHORITY

      Of the scriptures, the power vested in Jesus Christ to provide the free gift of salvation to all who come to Him by faith.  And in response to His…

CALLING

     On our lives, we believed, making His…

ELECTION

     Of us sure.

     (Genesis 22:8; John 5:27; Acts 16:31; Romans 2:15; 8:30; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Peter 1:10).

     Will you simply believe and receive the Gift at this Christmas?  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct you on the paths to your new life in Jesus Christ.  

     MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 

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FAITH IS KEY AND PARAMOUNT

        
     A vertical relationship with Jesus Christ is of the utmost importance when we are alone with our thoughts.  Are we thinking in the new creation (II Cor. 5:17) or are we given over to satanic solicitations?  Are we able to appropriate the objective truth of the Word of God?  Have we hid His Word in our heart (Ps. 119:11)?  In our times of quiet contemplation are we able to “cast down imaginations” (II Cor. 10:4-5)?  In order for us to “stand in grace” (Rom. 5:2) we must have a daily intake of the Word of God.  For we “do not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matt.4;4)”.  Jesus, when he was tempted of the devil answered with the Word of God.  “It is written” carries great power and authority over the kingdom of darkness.  Jesus Christ having emptied himself of his diety through the doctrine of kenosis, became a man (Phil 2:6-8) allowing himself to be tempted in all points like as we (Heb. 4:15)  and overcame (Rev. 3:21).  Because we are “in Christ” 86 times, it says in the book of Ephesians; we are commanded, “not to be overcome of evil, but to overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21).  “We are of God and we have overcome, the world, the flesh, and the devil! (I Jn. 4;4)”.  That is why it is key, and paramount to know who we are in Jesus Christ; to hear the word often for “faith comes by hearing” (Rom 10:17), and to mix faith with what we hear (Heb. 4:2).  

      In addition to our regular Tuesday night meeting at Discipleship Hall at 6025 Moravia Park Drive, Baltimore, MD, we recently started a new Grace Overcomers meeting Saturday morning at The Lighthouse Counseling Center on the 2cnd floor at 611 N. Montford Ave. in Baltimore City.  So far it has been fairly well attended and several have come out to Sunday church services as a result of coming to that meeting.     




LISTEN IN


Listen in Monday, September 26th to 93.3 FM WRFR at 11 a.m. to 12 noon to:THE ANCHOR HOLDS a Christian radio broadcast serving Rockland, Camden, and Midcoast Maine hosted by Pastor Peter Scheff where Pastor Dan Lightsey will be the featured guest. The program can be accessed on www.wrfr.org

The Lightseys will also be guests on Tapping Into His Treasures, a TV show produced and hosted by BJ Peres, Christian author. This show currently airs on public television in Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.  The time schedule for the TV show will be posted at a later date, but a video will be available on YouTube during the last week of September.

SIMPLE FAITH


     The second principle in the Grace Overcomer’s book is the faith principle; that of belief.  Essentially it is a simple, yet systematic application of personal faith; personal faith based on sound Bible doctrine.  Why is this important for the person struggling with an addiction, or besetting sin problem?  We are saved by grace, through faith, not of works (Eph. 2:8-9).  Many times we attempt to overcome our problems in the energy of our flesh, or by good works.  While good works always follow salvation by grace, they are brought about by the indwelling Holy Spirit who constrains us by love (2Cor. 5:14).  That love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit that brings about patience.  Faith causes us to be justified,, hope causes us to rejoice in God’s glory and be not ashamed.  God’s love causes us to have peace, an inner peace that passes understanding (Rom. 5:1-5).

     Satan panders to our fallen nature (our flesh) which lusts against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh so that we cannot do the things that we would such as stay clean and sober (Gal. 5:17).  But they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh because by grace, through faith we walk and live in the spirit (Gal. 5:22-25).  “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith (I John 5:4).  Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (I John 5:5)

SPRING STORM

     
     The rain continued to fall steadily into the early evening hours.  Kara rather enjoyed the diversion.  The tender spring foliage savored every last drop as new grass unfolded its’ greenery.  Delicate red buds dotted new intricate layers resembling a type of impressionist veil each day, soon to give birth to mature leaves blocking the view of traffic in the back yard.  She continued gazing at the lovely view through the back windows as the fire flickered, warming the last few days of cool weather.

     The not too distant drone of traffic on I-95 could be heard as she listened quietly when the rain let up and the refrigerator motor turned off.

     It had been a very challenging few days for Kara, not unlike other times when fiery darts had flown and she ducked for cover.  Only afterwards did she dare to peek her head out of the rubble and assess the damages.

     Kara knew a storm had been brewing for some time, and at last when atmospheric conditions were primed, it hit full force, showing a lack of forebearance and mercy to those in its course. The objects in the path of the storm’s wrath had their limitations, failures and shortcomings and were vulnerable, and she was one of them, but that didn’t matter. It reared its ugly head, blew full force, and left a pile of debris; damaged trust, broken relationships, wounds and scars, and loss of income.  That’s what storms do.

     Easter Season was fast approaching and she was once again assessing damages.  She still felt stunned and unable to get rid of her headache.  A devotional from the past week came to mind like an unexpected flower blooming amidst the rubble on the front lawn.  “Let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice.” Song of Solomon 2;14.  As we think of the Lord Jesus going through His last week meeting at every turn unkind faces and frowning looks and hearing hurting words, I think most of us will be reminded of His longing for something very different.  “Let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice.”  A loving worshipping countenance, a  voice that says only love-words-that refreshes his heart.

                                       Jesus Redeemer, Saviour of sinners.
                                       With love and with reverence, we worship Thee.

                                       Worshipping, praising, Lord, we adore Thee.
                                       For Thine is the kingdom for ever, Amen.*

Sandy Lightsey

*Excerpt taken from Edges of His Ways by Amy Carmichael

     
  
    

VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL



From a cell in the well,
Alone on a hot summer’s night;
An alto-saxaphone’s trill caught my ear,
Pierced the air, filled the night.
As I looked through gargantuan steel bars, thirsting,
The first evening star came into view.
I’d never seen a star so bright,
Nor heard a sound so blue.
In a solo reflection I saw
A yardbird being swallowed up by an eagle.
Defying death and gravity,
“The Bird” became an eagle, soaring,
Racing toward the Son of Mercy,
It was on that night that I drank
From the bittersweet well,
O Charlie Parker’s poetic soul
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*Poem taken from The Ballad of King George and Other Poems

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