EMBRACE PERSECUTION!

Matthew 5:11-12

“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

I think it would be safe to say that most of us are whiners rather than winners. We cry like babies when someone steps on our spiritual toes. The words Jesus speaks in the Beatitudes stand as a sharp contrast to that way of thinking.

To be honest, none of us enjoy painful experiences. We do everything we can to negate the pangs of pain, but let’s face it — there are times when pain is unavoidable and we have to deal with it. That is when spiritual living becomes real.

Jesus says that we are to consider times of reviling, persecution, and false accusations for standing strong for His sake as blessings. Wow! What a revolutionary thought! It is a clarion call to true discipleship. Amazingly,  Jesus tells us to REJOICE!

The spiritual justification Jesus gives for this revolutionary reaction is that our reward is not necessarily on this earth, but awaits us in heaven. Secondly, it helps us to identify with the prophets of old who endured with courage and determination. It says to me that we are to EMBRACE PERSECUTION when it comes our way!

Blessings dear hearts.  May God richly bless you as you bless others by your words and actions!

– – – Pastor Cecil

LOVING THE UNLOVABLE!

Matthew 5:11-12

“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

One Sunday, following our evening service, a man in the congregation asked if he might come to the parsonage and talk with me. I was delighted to meet with him. When he arrived for our appointment we shared a light lunch before going into my office. Suddenly, out of the clear blue, came these words: “I hate your guts!”

Wow! You could have knocked me over with a feather. Prior to this there did not seem to be any indication of a conflict between us, so his blunt statement was a blow. With my mind reeling, I prayed silently for God’s wisdom and strength. With as much sincerity as possible I answered, “I am so glad that you feel free to share your feelings with me.”

From that incident I would like to suggest a few ways to respond to and love the unlovable:

  1. Rely on God’s wisdom in dealing with the person.
  2. Realize that these unlovable people need love—perhaps more than others.
  3. Remember how unlovable our sins are in God’s sight.
  4. Rejoice that we are counted worthy to encounter persecution.
  5. Respond with love rather than retaliate with resentment.

What transpired on that Sunday evening so long ago? The two of us spent time together as he poured out his heart. As he was leaving he looked me directly in the eye and said, “Pastor, I love you so much!” Wow! What a dramatic change from the comments he had made earlier. God is so good!

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

Gone Fishing!

DEAR FAITHFUL SUBSCRIBERS,

FOR OVER 17 YEARS I HAVE POURED OUT MY HEART THROUGH THIS MINISTRY. DURING THIS TIME I HAVE NOT TAKEN VACATION (OTHER THAN HOSPITAL STAY…AND YOU KNOW THAT IS NO VACATION).

I AM NOT QUITTING, BUT LET’S JUST SAY THAT I AM POSTING A SIGN ON THE DOOR THAT SAYS…

GONE FISHING!

I PLAN TO RETURN ON JUNE 5TH

DURING MY VACATION YOU CAN ACCESS PREVIOUS   RENDERINGS THROUGH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

TO HEAR PASTOR CECIL READ THE DAILY E-VOTIONAL, CLICK ON THIS LINK:

https://pastorcecilathompsondailye-votional.blogspot.com

TO HEAR PASTOR CECIL READ THROUGH THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR, CLICK ON THIS LINK:

https://pastorcecilthebibleinoneyear.blogspot.com

PASTOR CECIL A. THOMPSON TUMWATER CHAPEL MESSAGE OF THE WEEK.

Please click on the following link to listen to the message:

https://tumwaterchapelofgrace.blogspot.com/

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

PURPOSE!

Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Our thought life is often far different than what people see. We can say one thing and be thinking an entirely different thing. There is so much ugliness in the world and it is safe to say that the majority of these ugly acts were birthed in the thought processes of the individual who committed them.

My Scripture for this year is Psalm 19:14; “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” It is amazing to see the similarity between this passage of Scripture and today’s Scripture from Philippians 4:8.

What things should be going through our mind? Paul gives a list here in Philippians chapter 4. He lists the following things to fill our mind with; true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and good report.

What occupies your mind? Do you meditate on the Word of God as frequently as possible? Do make an effort to memorize Scripture so you discover the mind of God? I pray that your thoughts may be PURE THOUGHTS.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

When we graduated from high school in 1952 our class voted this hymn to be our class hymn to take with us. My dear wife Joyce always would brighten up when she heard the hymn and remind me it was our class hymn.

I confess I did not know the story behind the hymn until I did a little investigation for this week’s hymn. The words were composed by Civilia Martin and the music by her husband W. Stillman Martin. One Sunday afternoon Civilia was ill and her husband was on a preaching assignment. She composed the words and when her husband returned he immediately sat at his organ and wrote the music.

This song is credited for transforming the life of James Cash Penney, founder of the American department store chain J. C. Penney. He heard it one morning in the chapel of the Kellogg Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he had been hospitalized with a severe case of shingles, as well as exhaustion and depression.

“GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!”

  1. Be not dismayed whate’er betide, God will take care of you;
    Beneath His wings of love abide, God will take care of you.

Refrain: God will take care of you,
Through every day, over all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

  1. Through days of toil when heart doth fail, God will take care of you;
    When dangers fierce your path assail, God will take care of you.

Refrain: God will take care of you,
Through every day, over all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

  1. All you may need He will provide, God will take care of you;
    Nothing you ask will be denied, God will take care of you.

Refrain: God will take care of you,
Through every day, over all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

  1. No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;
    Lean, weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you.

Refrain: God will take care of you,
Through every day, over all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

There is no video for this week. For other videos, please go to: http://www.gloryscapes.com/

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

ABOVE THE CIRCUMSTANCES!

Romans 8:36-37

As it is written: ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

You have no doubt heard the story of a man asking his friend, “How are you doing?” His friend responds, “Pretty good, under the circumstances.” The first man then asks, “What are you doing under there?”

It is safe to say that we are all going to be faced with the circumstances of life. It may be financial, social, physical, or any other type of circumstance. You may have already encountered adverse circumstances in the past, or they may be waiting for you in the future.

Please do not feel depressed or hopeless. We serve a God who not only knows our every pain, but He has suffered infinitely more than we will ever have to endure.  Our hope is expressed in the last sentence of today’s Scripture: Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Look up, dear hearts … our redemption draws near! Trust in Him with all your heart and keep on praising Him for our eternal reward that awaits us in eternity!

May God richly bless you as you bless others by your words and actions!

– – – Pastor Cecil