With more and more announcements of major corporations having massive breaches of data, many of us have great cause for concern. Most recently, Anthem Health’s massive data breach announcement sent shock waves through the healthcare information technology sector. As many as 80 million people may have had personal data compromised, placing them at risk of identity fraud. When people start losing Social Security numbers, health data, previous employer data, and previous address data, significant problems arise.
In many ways, this issue brings to light our fascination with predictions, prophecies, and promises. For example, the last time someone asked you for your credit card number or your social security number, they were making an implied promise: You can trust us with the information. We promise we’ll keep it secure and it won’t be shared with anyone else. Many people are victims of identity theft and they would say in retrospect, I believed a company’s promise and they let me down.
Every time you get out on the road, there’s an implied promise by the other drivers that they will pay attention, they know and will follow the law. You are putting your trust and your family’s safety into the hands of other people, humanly speaking.
There are larger issues as well. Whose promises are you going to believe regarding the most important questions of life? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? Are we going to believe the evolutionists or do we believe that an all-powerful God made us in His image? Possible answers to those questions are everywhere.
We see in the context of the Bible that God made many promises. He is a promise making and promise keeping God. He often delights in making promises to ordinary people. There is something about His very character that delights in telling us what is going to happen in the future. He’s certainly not obligated to do that. He chooses to do that. He delights in it. And God can make promises to whomever He wants, but frequently in Scripture they are made to a person who are attempting to head in the right direction—people who are trying to please Him. In many cases, He also makes promises to people who are hurting. Isn’t that how the Lord often works throughout Scripture and even in our own lives?
God told Paul repeatedly that His grace was sufficient and that His strength would be made perfect in weakness. It was in the midst of the pain of Paul’s thorn in the flesh. When was it that Hannah received the promise concerning her son Samuel? It was when she was pouring out her heart to God. The Psalmist said, “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His ears” (Psalm 18:6 [show] In my distress I called upon the LORD;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
God has promises for you, too. Perhaps you are hurting in some way. Are you relying on the promises that God has made? When it comes to finding direction, do you find it in Him, or do you find it from other sources? “This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life” (1 John 2:25 [show] And this is the promise that he made to us--eternal life. (ESV)
). “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 [show] The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (ESV)
). Find your strength in His precious promise today.
Adult Bible Fellowship—Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the fellowship hall.
So What’s Wrong with Gambling? It used to be mostly available in casinos, but now, it’s as close as your computer or local convenience store. Clearly, gambling is here to stay. Thankfully, Scripture isn’t silent on this issue. Come join us to hear what it says. Pastor Mark: 419-485-8229, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies Day—The Cambria Baptist Church in Hillsdale, MI is hosting A Ladies Day Away on Saturday, February 28th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Special guests include Linda Carmoney (from Joy in the Journey Ministries), Karen Masters (teacher and women’s speaker) and the Solid Rock CC Band. Tickets are $15.00. This includes lunch from Johnny T’s Bistro. If you would like to carpool please sign up at the Welcome Center.
Upcoming Events and Notes of Interest:
Soup Sunday—March 15th will be our next Soup Sunday. Start saving your gallon size ice cream containers for our March project. We are also looking for soup bowls: Lots and lots of soup bowls. If you have extra’s you could bring in we would love to serve our guests with non-Styrofoam bowls. If you would like to help with one of our 3rd Sunday meals, please contact Kylie Towers. Kylie: 419-553-6857 email@example.com
Cancellation Policy—In the event of inclement weather on Sunday mornings, we will leave a message on the church answering machine, have it posted on our webpage and it will also be announced on WBCL, 89.5 FM. All church related activities on Wednesday evenings would be cancelled if North Central is closed due to snow or ice. Again, a message will be left on the church answering machine in both cases.
* You many also find additional BCC events under the “2013 Sermons” tab, under “Special Events.”