Friday Morning Prayer:)… April 14, 2022

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What sacred fountain freely springs up
From the throne of God
And all new covenant blessing brings
It’s Jesus’ precious blood

What a mighty sum paid all my debt
When I a bankrupt stood
And has my life in credit set
It’s Jesus’ precious blood

O precious blood it covers me
It takes away the stain of sin
Such power there is contained within
Jesus’ precious blood

What stream is that which sweeps away
My sin just like a flood
So not a hint of it can stay
It’s Jesus’ precious blood

What voice is that which speaks for me
In heaven’s high court for good
And justifies and sets me free
It’s Jesus’ precious blood[1]

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In our Bible talk, we’ve been talking through 1 Thessalonians.  By God’s grace, and the leading of the Spirit we have been revisiting chapter 4.  Absolute recurring nourishment is found in reflecting on familiar texts.  The practical application of God’s word, those men present, hungry for depth and real supernatural change is most satisfying!  How do we live in order to please God?  The saints were asked and urged in the Lord Jesus, to live this life mindful, alert, awake, making every effort to please God, and, “…do this more and more.”[2]   So too, we in Christ, are asked and urged to pursue this life pleasing God and to do this, more and more.

In spite of strong opposition, Paul proclaimed the gospel with strong conviction.  “…we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.  We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.”[3]  Moreover, Paul, Silas, and Timothy loved the saints.  “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well because you had become so dear to us.”[4]  They set the precedence, pleasing God by encouraging, comforting, and urging the saints to live lives worthy of God, who called them, and us too, into his kingdom and glory.  

 A question was asked tonight in light of “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.”[5]  One of the brothers asked, “How do we overcome our impurity?  Oh, man!  The power of the gospel!  ‘It’s Jesus’ precious blood.  ‘O precious blood it covers me, It takes away the stain of sin, Such power there is contained within, Jesus’ precious blood.’ The sanctified life that pleases God begins with Jesus’ precious blood.  Through ‘Such power…’ you, and me too, learn to control ourselves in a way that is holy and honorable.  Yes, we pursue, in his strength and power, a holy life!  We love others, especially those in the family of God.  God teaches us to love each other.  “And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia.  Yet we urge you, brothers [sisters], to do so more and more.”[6]

What theme my soul shall best employ
Your song before Your God
And make all heaven ring for joy
It’s Jesus’ precious blood

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Friday Morning Prayer:)…   First Baptist Church 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine.

Sisters meet at 0900

Brothers meet at 0730

If your schedule allows, join us for a time of encouragement and prayer.

Easter Sunrise Service 0600 at First Baptist.  You are invited.  Breakfast at 0900. 


[1] https://digitalsongsandhymns.com/songs/9693

[2] 1 Thessalonians 4:1

[3]  Ibid.  2:4

[4] Ibid 2:8

[5] Ibid 4:7

[6] Ibid 4:10