Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Grace and peace be to you in the Name of God our Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. What a Christian banner is raised by that greeting—an address to members of the Forever Family of God, the “Name” which represents the Character and Conduct of our God, and the greatest reminder of all, that of our blessed Savior, Who is LORD (Master), Jesus (Mediator), and Christ (Messiah).
I have rehearsed and recited His Glory several times recently, using especially the “first chapter” documents of the New Testament—Matthew 1:18-25, Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:1-4 (one of the classic introductory passages in the New Testament), John 1:1-4, 14-18 (another of the same), Acts 1:9-11, Romans 1:1-5; I Corinthians 1:26-31, II Corinthians 1:18-22, Galatians 1:3-5; Ephesians 1:1-3; Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:13-14; I Thessalonians 1:5-8, etc. Those verses alone are enough to drown your heart in the Blood-bath of Calvary and in the Ocean of God’s Love and Grace. Every time I swim in the riches of those verses, I want to emerge with a “Hallelujah” shout of praise to our great God and His Great Son.
You, like me and my house, have been surviving the relative deep-freeze of the recent blast of winter weather which has gripped our neck of the woods. I was on a trip for an intended conference in Crossville, Tennessee, Feb 20-22, but it was abbreviated by a covering of heavy snow and power outages. Due to some closed highways we scooted South nearly an hour and a half out of the way in order to make it back to Memphis. We had a blessed and anointed time in Crossville, though we only had one teaching session in the conference itself. However, the Holy Spirit did His usual wonderful work in maximizing that one service with a load of His Blessed Truth unloaded onto/into many ready and eager hearts. I have always said that the spiritual condition of the audience controls a service more than the preaching and/or ability of the speaker, and the audience in this case drew “the best out of us.” We had great team camaraderie as we drove to and from Crossville, and as we met with dear friends there, notably with the family we stayed with while there, the Bill Selecman family (the parents of my dear brother in Christ, J.B. Selecman). I cite Philippians 1:3 as my appreciation for them: “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.”
For almost the whole month of February I have been sick with head and chest congestion, sore throat, cough, sneezing, running nose, etc., etc. I think the last time I met with any of my disciples that come to the house was Feb 9. The title of the attached message for this month is “A Clean Bill of Health” so it has “special meaning” to me. Ha-Ha!
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