Cheerful Giver



October Newsletter


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Rev. Stephen Snodgrass


A Declaration in Disaster

A complete loss. There was nothing left. Everything was gone. These were a few words I heard from a co-worker recently as she told me that her in-laws house had burned to the ground. A lifetime of memories had melted away. Nothing was left. All was lost. After a week of investigations and appraisals, they were finally allowed to pick through the rubble in search of something...anything of worth. After a long and fruitless search, she noticed a figurine in the rubble. It was in the upright position. There was no soot on it, in fact, it sparkled in the middle of all the devastation. It was a figurine of a little white church.

As she told me of the incident, I could not help but think that God was making a declaration in the midst of disaster. We talked of the discovery of the little church, and I thought of many times, down through history, that God has shielded and protected His Church.
Instantly, my mind went to the familiar passage in Matthew 16, “...upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” I began to think about the church, No, not a building, not a denomination name. Not even a creed. The Church. The “Called-out.” That group of people who have claimed the precious Blood of Jesus has saved their souls. They have dedicated their lives to the spreading of the glorious gospel that Jesus can save to the uttermost.
The Church has suffered much at the hand of its enemy. But the Word of God has promised, “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Look just a little closer at this passage and notice one little word that stresses possession. “My church.” When He built the Church, it was His Church. It is still “His Church” today! We must be careful not to take the Church from its original and rightful owner. One commentator pointed out the fact that as John penned the book of Revelation, he addressed the angels, of the seven churches by stating “ the angel of the church in...” But His message for the church at Laodicea began, “...Unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans,” inferring that the church was no long His but theirs.
There have been many times that the enemy has tried to destroy the “Called Out,” but if you will look closely in the rubble of this world, you will see something standing-untouched and unscathed by the devastation around it. The Church of the Living God. One day soon, the fire and trials of this life will be put out and the smoke will drift away. Everything will pass away...except for HIS Church!!

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