Imagine that you could not see these words or hear them spoken! This was the case for a young girl named Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968) who lost both her vision and hearing at the age of 18 months. At the age of 7, her parents decided to hire a teacher to try to help her to somehow overcome this seemingly impossible handicap. Her breakthrough story is one of the most incredible cases in history... Helen once asked her teacher, Anne Sullivan, what God's name was. Anne finger-spelled “G-O-D” into Helen's hand, and the young blind and deaf girl smiled. Helen finger-spelled her reply: "I ALWAYS KNEW who He was, and NOW I know HIS NAME!"

Amazing! And isn’t this truth EXACTLY what we learn from God’s Word?

“For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been CLEARLY SEEN, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20 NIV).

Even though Helen Keller could not see or hear, she KNEW of God’s existence because of “what has been made.”

"I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a GOD-MADE world, NOT a manmade world." Helen Keller. What a remarkable observation for one so severely handicapped...

For a young girl who was blind and deaf from the age of 18 months, she understood the nature of the world around her better than many. She lived in SILENCE. She lived in DARKNESS. But even in her dark and silent world, she KNEW of the existence of God! There is certainly NO excuse for YOU and ME!

For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father"? Or again, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son"?

And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him."

In speaking of the angels he says, "He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire."

But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy."

He also says, "In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.

You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end."

To which of the angels did God ever say, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet"?

Worship him. Alex

“A Faithful God” - 1 Corinthians 10:13

The incredible God we serve exhibits faith towards us even when He gets apathy or outright rejection in return. How awake are we spiritually when the wonders of the world do not force us to acknowledge and glorify the Creator? Is God not faithful even in our moments of dishonor and disappointment?

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” — 1 Corinthians 10:13 {ESV}

1) “Overtaken” - There is not one thing that the enemy can do to dominate or rule your life that he has not already tried. The enemy we are up against has no new tricks.

2) “Common” - Look around and lean on the fellow Christians who have fought the same battles you are engaged in right now.

3) “God is faithful, and…” - It would be one thing if God were simply faithful to His word and His promises, but we get the word “and” that means He goes even beyond our understanding.

4) “The way of escape…” - It does not say He will push us or forces us down this way, it just simply states that He will make the way.

5) “Endure” - This is a difficult thing to learn, but it is the understanding of who we serve that unlocks our ability to endure. (See Philippians 4:13)

In Him,

Today is not an "accomplishment" day. Today is not the beginning of "something we are going to do once a year." We are not looking for God to see that we are willing to go out "this time."

Today is a day where we realize transition. We will not go back to "once a year" ideas about evangelism, but today we will talk about what we are going to do in our community next week. We are disciples of Christ, who are willing to carry the message of sin and grace to socially "off-limit" places in our community. Today is a day where we all take some step closer toward what God wants us to do about sowing seeds, even if we do not believe, ourselves, that we can be exactly where God knows He could help us reach. Ask God to help you believe that He can help you believe!

Today we are not choosing a temporarily different path, but we are choosing to become something different. We are no longer elevating worship as the lone service that satisfies God, but we will seek, from hearts that do worship, to speak the God given gospel of our glorious Lord to those who will love the message, and those who will hate it! This transformation among this people will please our King. We are His servants.

How to Live for Christ

Do good to all people no matter what they do to you (Galatians 6:10). Christ is our example of doing good (Acts 10:38). We must follow in His steps (1 Peter 2:21).

Bless and love your enemies (Matthew 5:44). Christ was hated, mocked, spat upon, beaten...yet He prayed, "Father, forgive them" (Luke 23:34). When we do this, we have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5).

Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick (Matthew 25:34-36). Christ went about helping the downhearted (Matthew 9:35). By us doing this (especially to the brethren), it is the same as us doing it to Christ (Matthew 25:40).

Count others better than yourself (Philippians 2:3). This is truly being Christlike. When we do this, we are serving as Christ did selflessly (John 13:4-5).

Put the kingdom (church) first in all things (Matthew 6:33). Jesus died for the church (Acts 20:28); we need to live for it. Put Christ's body above all earthy things.

- Robert H. Martin