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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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Our Master Builder

September 26th, 2013

-bulletin note from Sunday, September 22, 2013

The first person who circumnavigated the globe sailing alone was Captain Joshua Slocum. He did it from 1895 to 1898, sailing a total distance of over 46,000 miles.  His boat was a sloop called the Spray.  After retiring from a career at sea, Slocum got word from an old seafaring friend that he had a boat he’d give him if he’d come claim it.  His friend explained it needed a little work to get it seaworthy again.  When Slocum arrived in Fairhaven, Mass., he discovered that the Spray had for many years been stored out in a farmer’s field, covered with decaying tarps.  It was so old, the locals joked that it had been built in year 1.  It inspired Slocum’s industry and he set about the task of rebuilding and refitting it.  It took him countless hours through 13 months to complete the task.  He began by replacing the keel, then ribs and main beams, but as the work progressed he ended up replacing nearly all the wood and iron parts of the ship.  The one original piece was the old iron anchor and anchor chain.  He said that a new Spray had been resurrected on the spot when the old derelict Spray had once rested.
The Master Builder has commenced such a work in each believer.  He started with a new heart.  The rebuilding and refitting process now ongoing is what the Bible calls sanctification.  It won’t be entirely complete until that day when Jesus returns and we believers receive our glorified bodies.  The old Spray would not have gone very long on the ocean as it was to fit to sail.  The sea outside would soon be inside.  We hear often that we Christians are in the world, but we don’t want the world to pour into us. Romans 12:21 “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”  It’s the work of our Master Builder to bring us to the place that we can go along our course without being overcome by the world’s waves.  One day, perhaps soon, he will complete his refitting work in us, and we’ll set sail for the skies! 1 Cor. 15:51-53 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

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