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Exalting the Sovereign God

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January 27, 2021 7:00 am

Exalting the Sovereign God

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January 27, 2021 7:00 am

Pastor Mike Karns updates church information and speaks from Psalm 47.

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Good evening to you.

Welcome to our Internet lifestream service from beacon Baptist Church on open with word from Paul David Tripp, I get in my inbox, a weekly devotional comes on Wednesday. He writes my cell phone rang and woke me up. The well. My wife was on the other end get home as quick as you can.

The car journey seem to take forever. Our daughter Nicole had been walking home from work in the city when a drunk and unlicensed driver lost control of her SUV careened up on the sidewalk and crushed Nikki against a wall. Doctors told us later that if this accident had happened in the suburbs. Nicole probably wouldn't have lived long enough to get to the hospital. The center part of her skeleton had been shattered 11 breaks of her pelvis alone, plus many other devastating injuries, unthankful report that Nicole is doing very well today, but for three years of intense recovery. We simply focused on getting her through the day and hoped and prayed that tomorrow would be better. The physical pain was accompanied by emotional and spiritual travail and then he asks these questions when suffering enters your door and it will. Where do you look for hope, rest and relief. If you are near someone in pain. What comfort do you offer them.

Where do you run when people fail you and God seems impossible to understand for the trip family. The promise of heaven gave us what we needed to face each morning, not just the assurance that God has guaranteed us a future free from physical suffering, but that he has promised to protect us. In the meantime, one passage in particular gave us practical and transformative hope. First Peter one verses three through six. This is the English standard version.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to his great mercy he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable and undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time in this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials and he's focusing on those words being guarded and he has this to say about that. The enemy tried to whisper in my ear. But Paul God didn't guard you or Nicole look what happened to your family but guarded doesn't mean that God will give you a ticket out of difficulty and pain. No, this promise of protection addresses a more profound danger than the physical and circumstantial challenges we all face in this fallen world, guarded means that in your moment of suffering, God provides you with the grace to fight bitterness doubt of God and the temptation to run away from your faith. This protective grace allows us not to give way to panic and fear bombarding ourselves with questions. No human can answer and then I'll skip a couple of paragraphs and get to the the end he says every day of your life whether you have eyes to see it or not, God is guarding you his presence guarantees that when the door of heaven opens you will be there to walk through it.

Not only that, but it guarantees help along the way, the one who promised you. Forever is your guard along the way and when he said God is guarding you his presence guarantees that when the door of heaven open, you will be there to walk through it.

And speaking of walking through the door of heaven, we got this word yesterday afternoon at 230. Laverne writes the Lord took him gently and he slipped away peacefully at 831 there six hours ahead of us. We will bury him at Inc. and Yana O how deeply I will miss him, but I am rejoicing that he has no more suffering and is with the Lord and Simon supporting supporting church. The pastor wrote this to his people. My friend and fellow preacher of the glorious gospel of Christ is finished his course. The Lord is called Stewart home as Paul said as it is in my as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage. Now, as always Christ will be honored in my body whether by life or by death.

For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain. My desire is to depart and be with Christ for that is far better. He is now living before better.

Please pray for Laverne Fiona Sandy Sarah K and Steve and for the pastors that he has so loved in the site may the Lord continue to use the fruit of his ministry bringing many sons to glory in our tears. Let us rejoice because for Stewart faith has vanished into site. Those of us who live a life worthy of the Lord. Following in the footsteps of Jesus find the end of an Earth's find the end of Earth's to be the beginning of heaven's glory. Welcome my dear friend.

We will be planning, conducting a memorial service for Stewart here on a Sunday night, sometime in February. We haven't chosen particular Sunday evening to do that will be this Sunday night, and it will be the following Sunday we sometime in February we get our heads together and plan decide what exactly we want to try and do, but that we want weight and until there buried him and done with her going to do in Zimbabwe.

We prayed and weighed and thought, and consider the possibility of either Pastor Barkman or myself making the trip there, but with the further restrictions on travel, particularly in the South Africa with additional strands or strains of virus that are manifesting themselves in South Africa and you have to have a quick test and has to be 48 hours. 72 hours before you fly afraid that we would if we got to South Africa we might be quarantined may be at difficulty getting back to South Africa here so there were just too many complicating factors so we know that neither of us are going. For that reason, neither is Bob Boyd whose Eric Johnson's fellow elder and that in Providence Baptist Church in Asheboro. He is not going either for the same reasons. So, but just will will inform you will let you know when that service will be so you can plan to be with us before we Bellamy see if there's anything else I need to say here in terms of announcements. Yes, our annual Congregational meeting will be next Wednesday here in the auditorium for members only, at 715 and we will not be live streaming, that because it's a members members only meeting annual meeting. So please plan to be with us for that time conductor business in here social distancing and expediting through the agenda and the election of officers to place a plan to be with the sets next Wednesday evening here in the auditorium at 715 on Monday this coming Monday.

We will host the tri-state particular Baptist Fellowship and the three men who've been asked to speak.

Pastor Joe Seymour of Kinston, North Carolina our Pastor Bob mature, and then Pastor Bob Boyd is again one of the elders at Providence Baptist Church in Asheboro. He will bring the long message after the break. So that is this coming Monday, February 1 at beacon.

It begins at 2 o'clock and we would love to have you come and enjoy all or part of it is your schedule will allow you we are continuing to follow the same schedule that we've been doing for for five months now.

Sunday morning only present service live streaming all of our services, but live streaming only on Sunday night and on Wednesday night. First Peter three verses 10 through 12 he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.

Let him turn away from evil and do good. Let them seek peace and pursue it for the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayers but the face of the Lord is against those do evil on the request side of our sheet were asking you to remember to pray for the government official of the week who was Graham Mayor Jerry Peterman.

We have a number of people and circumstances listed under praises to rejoice in God's intervention in answer to prayer.

Gail Ellis's sister, Linda Bowker has recovered from coven Cheryl angled sister Diane Frank is now cancer free. Dawn Hammond, Eddie and Clara drivers married daughter for surgery, cancer surgery went well. Sue Elliott's aunt Mary Hicks has recovered sufficiently enough to leave rehab thankful for that.

Rose Bradshaw sister Shelley lying improving from a car accident that she was involved in several months ago maybe maybe four months ago Jean Ferris, Wendy Lynch's sister up Wendy Lynch's mother 95-year-old mother had hip surgery that went well and she is rehabbing Leanne Mike Lannon's father, Gaylord Rempel is doing well and they were able to minister to his needs and at this time though cancer treatments are planned for him. I before I go over prayer requests, let me bring a quotation to you from Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones, he says, quote trials are medicines which are gracious and wise physician prescribes because we need them, and he proportions the frequency and the weight of them knew what the case requires end of quote. It's a good reminder for calling on you to remember Marseilles councilman in your prayers.

She is scheduled for a second I surgery on Tuesday of next week. If you were here on Sunday, you heard that she has broken out with a case of shingles which is complicating that plan surgery. So pray that she will recover sufficiently enough to be able to have the surgery but cut what's complicating things is shingles broke out on the back of her head. She has a sigh surgery just to lie flat on her back for 7 to 10 days and in funny buddies at shingles you know how difficult that prescription sounds so pray for Marseilles for Drew Guthrie. Is she continues to deal with cancer. She will resume her monthly follow-up appointment with his note not taking any chemotherapy treatments so remember her as she continues to trust the Lord through this valley that she's going through Art Pope is dealing with issues of COPD, and he also has swollen glands under others. Carl Henshaw has asked us to pray for Danny Bain BAM E husband of a coworker of Carl Henshaw. He was involved in a work accident suffered a fractured skull and severely damaged his shoulder.

He is showing some improvement and only time will tell if the brain bleeds strokes of lasted have lasting effects and if so at what level were asking you to remember Gary Barker and prayer Gary was involved in a car accident and sustained some pretty serious injuries damaged. I think his left elbow.

Doctors told me is going to lose a finger and perhaps part of another. And I think some other injuries as well. So he's got quite a number of surgeries and quite a road to recovery. So pray for Gary Barker I were asking you to remember Keith Cyr mock ski. A friend of Leslie Fanon's son Joel in Canada. He's improving slowly. They discovered that he had a blood clot and they've started him on heparin to dissolve. Pray that his oxygen levels improve. His wife is a believer. He is not. They have I think three children. So pray that this will have an awakening effect upon Keith Mike Webster is just weak and fatigued gone through: cancer surgery and then five weeks of chemo and radiation. Remember Mike Webster in your prayers. When I mentioned to you that Stuart wall will be buried at Indian Yana Indian Yana is a tent camp conservatory that Terry Anders she owns husband has near wind a national Park and he runs photographic safaris. There don't think he does any hunting safaris.

There, but most of it I think if not all of it is photographic safaris, but it's a it's a very high-end camping resort type facility and their plan is to bury Stuart there at Indian Yana and Indian Yana. I believe is the Schiano word for painted dog's painted dogs in that particular area. Pretty sure that that's the explanation for Indian Yana under cancer. There's a couple of names there K was sorrow because of the Kathy Rhodes I have this update last Friday. She was told. Her cancer was only in one long and was treatable with radiation Saturday.

A different doctor told her it was in both lungs and not treatable at all and that she had two weeks or months to live. Families praying her oxygen level proved to where she can go home to be with her family. She's been in the hospital for three weeks without seeing anyone, and then Naomi Williams, Amy Freeman's mother.

She's in the hospital in Greenville due to an intestinal blockage.

She's better, but needs to go to rehab because she's very weak or having some trouble placing her in a rehab facility because she is on therapy. Pray that the details can be worked out. Amy's father David has dementia and has been moved to Sheppard's care. That's if facility there. Greenville then remembered Betty Duncan in your prayers buddies a shot in patent. Betty members of our church. She is dealing with severe back pain.

Those are our prayer requests. I have one thank you from a missionary and then one missionary update. This is from Larry and Carol Bunyan in Montana they write. Dear friends, thank you so much for your kind and generous Christmas gift.

It was one of the many blessings received from God's gracious hand during the Christmas season this July will mark 36 years of residing in Montana. Our first service was held in Harborview in September 1985 God has been faithful in opening many doors of opportunity and service along the way how blessed we are to witness his hand at work were so grateful for your investment in partnership these many years. May God bring great reward for your involvement faithful service with gratitude, Larry and Carol Bunyan than this update from Herb and Wanda Taylor reaching Hispanics our neighbors and I'll start with the Taylor's at the bottom of their prayer. She we say we need your can then you'd prayers, whether at the piano in the pulpit at our desks or in the car we so need your prayers. Recently our ministry included speaking at a supporting church when the pastoral staff were all sick up I was here visiting the Quintana's in Florida. There, in Seminole, Florida.

That's a Hispanic couple, ministering and pastoring in Alsace. More about them in a minute but visiting them in Florida to encourage and assess their needs communicating with discouraged pastors around the country participating in Spanish services reviewing the book to be considered for Spanish translation and after serving 11 years in Hispanic ministries with Baptist Church planners. Those prayers are our great treasures, so just an appeal to continue to uphold and stand with them in prayer. This is related to this couple that are serving in Seminole, Florida. During this past year our missionaries Miguel and Anna Quintana in Seminole, Florida faithfully led to Hispanic ministry, both virtually and in person. In addition to their weekly preaching and teaching sessions. They led many Bible studies, counseling, discipleship and evangelism training sessions. However, public attendance decreased considerably for fear of catching the virus and it felt like they had to start all over.

Once again, but thankfully many Columbia many in Columbia their home country and around the world connected and listened to their lifestream services. God's word multiplied just in a different way so reflecting on God's work in Seminole, we rejoice to see five train deacons a Constitution, a budget and increase of pastoral salary, a rented facility in faithful Bible teaching and training going on and then this appeal would you pray for the special requests from the Quintana's number one and needed increase of financial support. They are presently at 70% number two physical and spiritual stamina for the ministry and then her badge. They need some rest! In one final thing. This is under a heading, walking and talking. He says have you ever heard of walking tacos. These handheld tacos and small Doritos chip bags have become a favorite with the college students that we regularly invite to our backyard.

It's our way of encouraging young people to serve the Lord, and if they consider serving in Hispanic ministries than that's worth.

The walking and talking, so that's from Herb and Wanda Taylor and is just a mention to you is not any formal report, but Dr. Bill Hill with equipping nationals world wide is conducting training sessions via zoom in India this week and I think his training in teaching will and tomorrow evening so thankful for bills savvy adjustment to technology and his ability to carry on training there in India. All right, I want to read from Psalm 47 Psalm 47 to the chief musician, a Psalm of the sons of Cora O clap your hands all you peoples shout to God with the voice of trying for the Lord most high is awesome. He is a great King over the earth. He will subdue the peoples under us and the nations under our feet.

He will choose our inheritance for us the excellence of Jacob, whom he loves. Selah God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet, sing praises to God, sing praises sing praises to our King, sing praises for God is the King of all the earth, sing praises with understanding. God reigns over the nations.

God sits on his holy throne.

The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham, but the shields of the earth belong to God. He is greatly exalted, which should be obvious to you that this short Psalm is a song that exalts the sovereign God God who rules and reigns in the heavens above and on the earth beneath Spurgeon said this about the sovereignty of God. Quote the sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which the child of God rests his head at night, giving him perfect peace." Sovereignty characterizes the whole being of God. He is sovereign in all of his attributes.

According to the superscription of the song to the chief musician, a Psalm of the sons of Cora.

This Psalm is for the director of music, perhaps to be used by the choir director and Israel's worship services.

God is the unrivaled sovereign overall. He rules all nations and all peoples for his purposes, and that's the heart of this song. There are three things that I want to identify with you in the Psalm 33 parts of the Psalm. They are number one called the rejoice in God's awesomeness number two. I called the rejoice in God's ascension number three. A call to rejoice in God's authority. This look number one and a call to rejoice in God's awesomeness versus 1 to 3 and four. Again, it says O clap your hands all you peoples clap your hand. It's an expression of enthusiastic celebration and worship, clap your hands and notice it says all you peoples, not just for the redeemed, but all you peoples and it's a reminder that all men everyone owes God worship God will bring that about. By subduing our rebel hearts and bringing us into glad submission to King Jesus and will offer that worship to him freely and willingly or if we continue in our rebellion. God has promised to reward his son for his obedience in Philippians chapter 2 were told that God has exalted him and given him a name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is God, to the glory of God. So a call to rejoice in God's awesomeness clap your hands all you peoples shout to God with the voice of triumph again that words shout captures the same festive exuberance. This is a call to worship to be engaged in worship with our whole being with our voices with our redeemed hearts shout to God with the voice of triumph again were told reasons to do that. What follows here versus two, three and four is why God should be so fervently worshiped. Notice verse two for the Lord most high is awesome word.

The word awesome relates to fear or reverence live in a day that you hear that adjective being thrown around a lot of this is awesome, that's awesome. My foot, my favorite ball team is awesome. My favorite ice cream is awesome. But when we were training our children in rearing our children.

We tried to instill in them that the word awesome is to be reserved for God alone to be very careful about using that word and throwing that word around and I think that's a good reminder because the text of Scripture says, for the Lord most high is awesome. He is also entered into ascribed that to anything else or anyone else is to diminish the worship that we are rendering to God for the Lord most high is awesome. He is a great King over all the earth, all the earth, not just a part of the earth, but over all the earth.

See all earthly kings have limited authority. But God is unrivaled, absolute, universal, unhindered in his rule. He is a great King over all the earth.

What is this King do as he rules and reigns, he will subdue the peoples under us. He will subdue the peoples under us, and I believe that that is a promise that the children of Israel had that that God would go before them in battle and he would subdue the nations, and he was going to give them the promised land. That's the immediate context, but I think for us. He will subdue the peoples under us, those who are God's enemies as I've already said all knees are going to Bob. All times are going to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father. He will subdue the peoples under us and the nations under our feet. The nations under our feet. God's promised victory to his people and then it says verse four. He will choose our inheritance for us the excellence of Jacob home.

He loves in our inheritance is not in silver and gold. Our inheritance is God himself, and therefore if we have God for our inheritance. We are rich beyond imagination. My rich beyond measure and we need to remind ourselves of that.

I hear people in or down in the dumps in their moan and complain in their this there that and we so easily and so quickly lose sight of our identity. There were children of the most high God, where an error of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ and God is our inheritance.

Wonderful work were too much were too prone to diminish the blessings that we have been Christ so number one a call to rejoice in God's awesomeness in verses five, six and seven.

A call to rejoice in God's ascension, God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of the trumpet, sing praises to God, sing praises sing praises to our King, sing praises for God is the King of all the earth, sing praises with understanding the Psalm, the psalmist is declaring that God has ascended victoriously to his throne, and it's there that he rules the earth amid shouts of joy in the sounding of trumpets, and it's a that's a reference to the ram's horn that was to announce God's presence and you can turn to Exodus 19 and see a couple of references there. Exodus 19 verse 16 in verse 19, we will take the time to do that but notice with me in verse six that sing praises to God is mentioned four times in that one verse sing praises to God, sing praises to our King, sing praises. I think the psalmist wants to instill in us that where hardware are worship where our praise needs to be directed to the King, the one who's enthroned, the one whose ruling and reigning in the heavens above and on the earth beneath, and it will keep that in mind, that he is the king that he's rolling and reigning and he is doing that without any conflict without anybody challenging his rulership. It will make it easier for us to praise him. It's good to know that someone is in charge. It's good to know that when things seem to be out of our hands.

They're not out of God's hand is ruling is raining. To accomplish his sovereign purposes.

See, there's reason here for this boisterous worship is to be offered to God.

The psalmist declares for God is the King of all the earth, and because he is the only King the Saul king of all the earth. He alone is worthy of our praise. He alone is worthy of our worship because he reigns over all sing praises to God, sing praises sing praises to our King, sing praises for or we could say because God is the King of all the earth, sing praises with understanding. With understanding that is a excellent qualifier.

The better we know God better we understand him as he's revealed himself in Scripture, the better will be our ability to worship him. God wants us to sing praises with understanding.

A good reminder and then finally, the Psalm has a call to rejoice in God's authority versus 89. This is God rules over the nations.

God sits on his holy throne. The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God.

He is greatly exalted. You see, God reigns over all the nations. Verse eight God reigns over the nations, and he causes all of their efforts even their evil rebellion to carry out his eternal purposes that he predetermined and decreed before time. God is seated on his holy throne executing his sovereign will and doing as he pleases.

Psalm 115 verse three.

Our God is in the heavens and he does whatever he pleases. We see if your God. God alone. You can do whatever you please. You don't have to answer to anyone.

That's what our God does. Notice it says the princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham, both the first when we think of the people of the God of Abraham.

We think of Jude. We think of the Israelites in that's obviously in view here but Paul writing in Galatians tells us that we through faith in Jesus Christ are children of Abraham that when God made promises to Abraham. He was making promises to Abraham and to his seed and all of his descendents and we are descendents of Abraham's seed, singular King Jesus, so the princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God. He is greatly exalted so the Psalm is looking ahead, it's got a a temporal context, but it's looking ahead to the kingdom of his world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ, according to let Revelation chapter 11 in verse five.

So again, let me just go over verses eight and 94 on through God reigns over the nations. God sits on his holy throne.

The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God. He is greatly exalted.

Here is a call to rejoice in God's authority. What is the cause of our worship of him number one God rules over the nations per se number two God reigns over to redeem the first part of verse nine. God rules number three over the kings.

The second part of verse nine. The princes of the people of gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God. Here is a final call to worship, to declare God's greatness and to declare God's exaltation. He is greatly exalted and just to remind you again that these were this is the songbook of the Jews, the Psalms, this was to be sung in corporate worship, the choir director was to lead so you can see how this Psalm lends itself to worship of God.

Let me conclude before I pray with this hymn of Isaac Watts, Isaac Watts writes Jesus shall reign where'er the sun off his successive journeys run his kingdom stretch from shore to shore till moons shall wax and wane no more, to him shall endless prayer be made an endless praises crown his head. His name like sweet perfume shall rise with every morning sacrifice people and realms of every tongue dwell on his love with sweetest song and infant voices shall proclaim their early blessings on his name. Blessings abound where'er he reigns the prisoner leaps to loose lose his chains. The weary find eternal rest and all the sons of want our blessed where he displays his healing power death and the curse are known no more.

In him. The tribes of Adam boast more blessings than their father lost.

Let every creature rise and bring blessing and honor to our King Angels. This sand with songs again and earth. Repeat the loud that I do right here. Will you join me as we have a season of prayer. Father, we thank you for this appeal to worship you to rejoice in your awesomeness, your sovereign rule your holy rain. How thankful we are this evening that you are ruling and reigning in this universe you created is Dr. RC scroll once said there is not one renegade molecule in the entire cosmos of thankful we are for that that you are working all things after the counsel of your own.

When things seem to be so haphazard and so out of control and so chaotic in this world in nearly every corner we turn we see this, may we be reminded of this tremendous contrast that in spite of all that we see this is what's been revealed to us a God who is sovereignly ruling so we praise you tonight for that, we praise you that our lives are hidden with you in Christ, we thank you that you have loved us with an everlasting love that you have set your affections upon us and eternity past, you have loved us and will continue to love us and you will never cease loving us how wonderful that is. And we thank you that you are indeed the great physician that you do ordain trials for our lives to improve our relationship with you. The test our faith to improve our faith to stretch our faith and reveal more of yourself to us. We thank you for answered prayer.

We thank you for the way you have raised up so many that we have interceded for for Linda Bacher for Diana Frank for Don Hammond for Mary Hicks for Shelley lying for Gaylord Rummel or thank you thank you thank you for your kind mercy in each of their lives. We would continue to pray for Jean Ferris Wendy Lynch's mother.

We pray that she would be cognitively aware of what has happened in the need for her to cooperate with the physical therapist to improve her mobility and to facilitate her healing. It's a kind Providence are God that she lives near her loving daughter Wendy can have her in her home and help her into care for her. Thank you for this, and we pray that she will have a successful recovery. We pray for Graham Mayor Jerry Peterman. I do not know this man but would pray that he would be a God-fearing man that he would be sobered by the responsibilities that have been entrusted to him and that he would promote Lauzon legislation that would promote peace and prosperity in Graham that he would have an ear to his constituents that he would not rule with pride, but would be a humble work in his heart in life. We pray, remind him of his stewardship and of his responsibility first to you and to those who elected him and put him in office.

We pray for Marseilles councilman and asked that you would relieve the pain and the discomfort that she's experiencing from shingles and that she would be able to have the size surgery on 2 February and that that surgery would go as well as the first perhaps even better. We thank you for your grace that has sustained Andrew Guthrie through this dark valley of cancer.

We are confident you have made promises to your children to never leave us nor forsake us, and to be with us all the way to the end. Pray for our pope and ask you to help him. He deals with various and sundry physical challenges in Lord, please honor his witness in his home and save his dear wife, we would ask, pray for this, Danny Boehm, who has been seriously injured in this work accident. We pray that the doctors would have skill in monitoring his improvement that he would not have lingering effects from seizures and brain bleeds you would restore this man to health.

We pray we pray for Keith surmount ski this friend of Joel Fanon.

We thank you for preserving his life. We thank you that someone found him unconscious and got him to the hospital. We thank you for doctors who treated him and diagnosed. What's wrong we pray that he would steadily make further improvement and that he'll be able to look back, perhaps days, weeks, months from now and realize that a kind and gracious God preserve his life and that the goodness of God might indeed lead him to repentance. Pray for Gary Barker and asked that you would superintend the surgeries that he's facing and bring restoration to him. Thank you for preserving his life in a serious car accident. Pray for Mike Webster, Melanie is battling colon cancer. Pray for Paul Snyder and Trevor Johnson and their families and the needs that they have. We pray for Laverne wall the family. The children and their spouses that this would be a sweet time of rejoicing in Stewart's home-going that is suffering is over, we thank you for a life well lived in the testimony that is been left behind and we pray that it would be a wonderful encouragement to the pastors that they would keep their shoulder to the plow and continue to be faithful to your call upon their lives for the ministry. We ask you to grow this ministry and provide for this ministry and and sustain these are dear friends.

During this sorrowing time. We want to pray for Kathy Rhodes's cousin and asked that you would help her as she is got conflicting reports from the doctors.

She's battling with cancer and for Amy Freeman's mother and father Lord, give them wisdom essay seek to know how best to care for their aging parents and the needs that they have were reminded of Pat Betty Duncan tonight and we ask you to sustain and strengthen Pat as he carries the weight responsibility of being caretaker to Betty and we pray that these changes with medication would be useful in relieving the severity of her back pain.

Lord were reminded of how absolutely totally dependent we are upon you and every area of our lives. It is in you that we live and breathe and have our being. You sustain us moment by moment. Help us to live before the before your presence and to acknowledge our dependence upon you regularly increase our purposefulness increase our sense of dependence upon you.

We thank you for the way you have blessed beacon Baptist Church.

We ask that you would continue to keep your hand upon this ministry that you would cause it to be fruitful and we would abound in the things of the Lord, we thank you God for the way you have grown this ministry provided for in so many ways.

We look forward our father to the days ahead. Give us wisdom as we plan a memorial service for Stuart and gather here on a Sunday night to rejoice in this man that you saved and called and gifted and used in such a wonderful way thank you for the people of God, thank you for those who've gathered to be a part of this Internet service on Wednesday night. Bless every home. Bless every man, every woman, every boy, every girl or may we know the blessing of God upon our lives and upon our homes uses our God for your honor your glory. Help us to be salt and light in this Dark Decaying World Way, Jesus name we ask a man

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