March 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (Our Great God)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • His Great Holiness (Mike Vestal)
  • Our Great God (Cody Westbrook)
  • His Great Love (Dave Rogers)
  • His Great Power (John W. Moore)
  • His Great Mercy (Jason Rollo)
  • His Great Justice (Stephen Wiggins)
  • His Great Blessings (Kris Groda)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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Mercy for Mercy’s sake

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving-kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.” (Psalm 51:1)

Caught in the middle of his own sinful net, snare and pit, David made an emotion filled plea to God for mercy.

And upon what basis does he ask for such mercy? His past achievements? He had them! The number of hours that had been spent in prayer? He spent them! The former animal sacrifices that had been made? He offered them!

But none of these would avail or else the pleading would have never happened.

So what was the basis of David’s request? It was God’s loving-kindness and his multiplied tender mercies.

Mercy for mercy’s sake is a powerful proposition! Yet people still refuse it. And mercy forsaken is a sad condition! Yet people are amused by it. How quickly Luke 6:25 becomes personified when the principle of Psalm 51:1 is disregarded.

For one, anyone, who may be caught in the middle of sin’s net, snare and pit there is hope – a hope that comes from mercy for mercy’s sake.

And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”” (Luke 18:38-39)

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Psalm 136 Why Worship God? “For His Mercy Endures Forever”

This is almost a repetition of Psalm 135, but with the phrase “For His mercy endures forever” added to each verse (26 times). That phrase was ordered at the dedication of the tabernacle by David (1 Chronicles 16:41), at the dedication of Solomon’s Temple (2 Chronicles 7:1-6), and before battle by Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:20-22). It means without God’s guiding “mercy,” they would not be a nation. “Mercy” (willingness to relieve the price of sins) is mentioned in 129 verses in the Book of Psalms. The “mercy of God” kept Israelites together until Jesus Christ came, and now God’s “mercy” is for both Jews and Gentiles through Jesus Christ (Romans 11:30-32; Galatians 3:22-29). To illustrate God’s “mercy,” evidence is drawn from the written history of God’s Word. AND for those mid-guided commentators who think the Old Testament God is hateful and violent, His motive for providing and protecting Israel as a nation was so that He could provide mercy for all who will obey Jesus Christ today (Ephesians 2:1-7)!

Verses 1-3: “Give thanks to the LORD” for: “He is good;” He is above all “gods;” He is “the Lord of lords!”

Verses 4-9: True science is the uncovering of the “wisdom” God used in the Creation. His orderliness precisely designed the “heavens.” And, He has done these “great wonders” “alone!” This is detailed in Genesis 1-2.

Verses 10-15: God broke Egypt as a dominating power when He “brought out Israel from among them” in establishing them as His Nation. This is detailed in Exodus 1-14.

Verses 16-22: God destroyed all nations in Canaan that Israel might be given the land He had promised Abraham. This is detailed in the Book of Joshua.

Verses 23-24: In the Promised Land, when Israelites repented of their sins, God continued to lead them to victories over their enemies by raising up a “judge.” This is detailed in the Book of Judges.

Verse 25: All food is produced because God’s mercy gives orderly seasons (Genesis 8:22; Acts 14:15-17). Solomon will acknowledge: “Moreover the profit of the land is for all; even the king is served from the field” (Ecclesiastes 5:9). It is pathetic poverty of spirit when people are taught to forget this fact!

Verse 26: We must never cease thanking “the God of heaven” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Our God Is Rich in Mercy (Eph. 2:4)

 The Apostle Paul, writing in Ephesians 2:4 wrote “but God being rich in mercy….”.  In the first few verses of Eph. 2 Paul contrasts the two “life’s” of man. One is his lost state out­side of Christ and the other, his life in Christ.

     As is evident in many Scriptures, Paul contrasts what we common only call “both sides of the coin.” He shows us that we are influenced by both good and bad throughout our lives.  He contrasts a life that is controlled by Satan and one who is controlled by the Holy Spirit. 

     Paul tells us that we all are  following a course in life.  Here in Eph. 2 we have the negative viewpoint, a life that is directed by Satan. It is a life that centers on the things of the flesh. It is a life that stresses living in the flesh and satisfying carnal desires. It is a life that is alienated to God.  It is a life that has no room for the Lord Jesus Christ and one that will lead to Hell.

     But, praise God that He exhibited His mercy.  Romans 5:8 says that “God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.”  He is not a God who is stingy with His mercy; rather He is, like the title of our article, rich in mercy.

     He has lavished His love and mercy upon us. Jesus said that He came that we might live an abundant life spiritually (John 10:10). We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the Heavenly place in Christ (Eph. 1:3).

     As a result of God being rich in mercy, Jesus came and died for us that we might have life in Him.  Eph. 2:8-10 tell us of that great news of salvation. Paul tells us of grace and faith and their part in salvation. He tells us that there is absolutely nothing we can do to earn that salva­tion. He tells us that we have be saved in order that we might work for the Lord. Not working to be saved, but working because we are saved.  Christians should be  the best workers the Lord has. 

     Because He is  rich in mercy and has delivered us out of the darkness of this world (Col. 1:14ff), we have the privilege to tell others of that mercy and  help them find the marvelous light of the Gospel.

     Let’s always be a thankful people, living the Christian life to the fullest and always be striv­ing to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)  By do­ing this we will “let our light shine for Him.” (Matthew 5:16)

-Larry Miles, April 17, 2012


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