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April 30, 2018, 10:09 AM

Coming Out of Slavery


Church Family,

Praise God for the outpouring of His Spirit yesterday during both services. The Gospel is the most powerful, life changing message in history. We are so excited about those who professed Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

When reading our bible, we should also read it through Jesus. The scriptures testify about Him, John 5:39. If you haven’t already, please go and read through the book of Hosea and see all the references to Jesus.

Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

Yes, God is speaking about Israel, but He is also referring to Jesus. If you recall just after the wisemen come God warns Joseph and they move to Egypt. Why? Egypt represents slavery, sin, and bondage. Jesus came to rescue us from slavery, sin, and bondage. Just a big side note, God never approves of slavery. He is constantly seeking to free those who are enslaved.

From Hosea 11 through Hosea 13 God describes a people that kill their children, refuse to follow leadership, reject Him as King, and commits terrible sins, but He closes it with this statement.

Hosea 13:14 I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death. O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting?
Compassion is hidden from my eyes.

Paul quotes this passage in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55.

Who did God give as a ransom? His son, Jesus of Nazareth. What price did He pay? He shed His blood on the Cross where He bared the sins of the world. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day.

Are you enslaved by sin? My friend, God does not wish to leave you in that state. Confess your sin to Him this day. Believe in the One who made a way from sin to grace, wrongdoing to forgiveness, and death to life.

Reminders:

  1. Be in prayer for the Women of Joy Conference this weekend.
  2. Gideon Sunday is this week, May 6th.
  3. Baby Dedication and Graduate Sunday Sign-Up sheets are on the bulletin board.
  4.  VBS June 17th-21st Please let Gayle know that you are ready and willing to serve in anyway that helps the gospel.
  5. Revival begins at 6:30 tonight at Langston Baptist. Nearly 1,100 people have been saved and 100’s more rededicating their lives during this time. Please take your lost friends, family, and strangers. The Gospel changes everything

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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