Here is love, vast as the ocean
Lovingkindness as the flood
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom
Shed for us His precious blood
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten
Throughout Heav’n's eternal days
These beautiful words were penned over a hundred years ago during the amazing Welsh revival that saw over a hundred thousand people give their hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ in one year’s time. What a tremendous move of God that must have been in a nation as small as Wales! In fact, it would be hard to believe, except that Scripture gives account of 3,000 people coming to belief in Jesus Christ during the world’s first “outdoor evangelistic meeting” led by none other than the Apostle Peter. It is always God’s fervent desire for spiritual blinders to fall away and for the lost to find a home in Him.
On the mount of crucifixion
Fountains opened deep and wide
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast a gracious tide
Grace and love, like mighty rivers
Poured incessant from above
And Heav’n's peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love
I encourage you to take a listen to this beautiful hymn. As you do, present the names of those in your life that need to know this amazing truth—the floodgates of God’s mercy are flowing just for them.
You can read the story of the Welsh revival HERE.
Did you miss yesterday’s message? Do you need to hear it one more time? You can find Pastor Mindy’s message, “God’s Covenant Love for Families” on the church web site. Click the sermon title to listen.
If Pastor Mindy’s message made you want to position your family to cooperate with what God is doing in you, you may want to get a hold of the book Relentless Generational Blessings, by Arthur Burk.
As promised in yesterday’s message, here are a few ideas for you husbands (and maybe a few wives!) who need some help knowing what to get your spouse for Valentine’s Day!
- The old stand-by (Flowers)
- Try buying a marriage resource like a book or video and promising to go through it with your honey. You can find some great ones at Focus on the Family by clicking HERE.
- Consider purchasing a photo session with a great photographer for some updated couple shots. Then, pay to have her hair and nails done before the session. She may need a new outfit, too!
- Fill up a notebook COMPLETELY with all the reasons you love her!
- If none of these sound good, and you decide to strike out on your own—just make sure you follow the romantic gift rule—don’t give her anything that has a plug!
On the Radar
“Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage” class coming to EFC Sunday, Feb. 21 and Sunday, Feb. 28, at 6 pm both evenings. Make sure all the married couples you care about know they are invited!
Revelation Bible study this Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in my office. Everyone is welcome to join in, just bring your Bible and a lunch box. Keep up with the progress at The Watchman’s Gaze.
Lifegroups continue this Wednesday, along with our mid-week age-based ministries. For more info, log on to the Emmanuel Fellowship Church website.
Our Nursery is taking applications for a consistent Sunday morning Nursery Worker. If you or anyone you know are interested in filling this position, please contact the church office at 325-236-9200.
Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website. We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery all the way up to our youth. Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring you children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table.
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “We Cry Out” Jesus Culture version
- “Your Love Is Everything” Jesus Culture version
- “Your Favorite One” by Misty Edwards
- “Here Is Love” Brian Johnson version
Next Sunday, February 14, 2010, we will continue our sermon series “Here is Love,” by taking a close look at the marriage relationship.