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April 25, 2018, 7:53 AM

The Husband We Need


Church Family,

As a young believer I struggled to read the Old Testament. I literally had to force myself to read through it the first time. What I found was that I couldn’t understand the New Testament without knowing the Old Testament. Hosea is a perfect example of seeing Jesus in the Old Testament.

Hosea 2:16 “And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me My Husband, and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’ 

Hosea 2:19-20 And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. 20I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD.

Hosea 3:5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days.

Ephesians 5:25-33 describes the Church is the Bride of Christ. This is not a new revelation as you can see. The question that I have is why? Why would God reveal Himself this way? The best answer I can give. God is not using marriage as an example. God created marriage to reveal Himself. Sadly, there is no perfect marriage outside of the one that Christ has with His Bride. His marriage to the Church includes this: Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

All those times that Satan lied and described God has hating you is not true. It’s quite the opposite. Christ loves us and is seeking daily to make us more like Him through His word. Daily Christ is removing any spot, wrinkle, unholiness, and blemishes from our lives.

Revival is breaking out in our city. As many of you have heard on April 15th Langston Baptist began a youth revival. That revival has grown from 200 or so youth to over 1800 people attending last night. There have been 631 salvations during this time. Tonight, we will be praying together as a church for this revival but let me encourage you to attend this revival if possible. Take your lost loved ones. I believe services begin at 6:30pm. If I’ve been told correctly they are praying that they can use the football stadium soon to accommodate the large crowds.

Reminders:

  1. 5th Sunday singing beginning at 6pm this Sunday.
  1. May 4th-6th Women of Joy Conference. May 6th we will have a Gideon speaker that morning and collect an offering.
  1. Graduates and those wishing to Dedicate a child need to sign-up on the Bulletin Board. We need to order certain materials for each event so please help out by signing up early.

 

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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