Welcome, friends, to Temple Baptist Church!
Pastor Bud Owen
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 8:8)
Leah must have laid awake all night thinking of the moment when her new husband would awaken. She knew that it was not her face he expected to see, but Rachel's. Jacob had been a victim of deception, and when he realized that a “bait and switch” had occurred, he quickly made a new deal with Laban to claim the woman he had been promised (Genesis 29:25-27).
Have you ever felt insignificant or second-best? Leah felt that way. It's seen in the names she chose for her first three sons (verses 31 - 35). Reuben means “See, a son”; Simeon means “Heard”, and Levi means “Attached”. Their names were all plays on words that indicated a lack of love she felt from Jacob. With each son's birth, she hoped she would gain Jacob's affection. But slowly Leah's attitude changed and she named her fourth son Judah, which means “Praise” (verse 35). Though she felt unloved by her husband, perhaps she now realized she was greatly loved by God.
We can never “earn” God's love, because it's not dependent on what we do. In truth, the Bible tells us that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). In God's eyes, we were worth the best that heaven could offer — the gift of His precious Son.
(The preceding article was written by Cindy Hess Kasper and published in the “Our Daily Bread” devotional booklet, January—February—March 2013).
“Love sent the Savior to die in my stead.
Why should he love me so?
Meekly to Calvary's cross He was led.
Why should He love me so?” —Sper
Nothing speaks more clearly of God's love than the cross.
May God's richest blessings be yours! Do plan to visit with us soon at Temple Baptist Church!
Pastor Bud Owen
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- To Exalt the Savior!
- To Evanglize the Sinner!
- To Edify and Educate the Saint!
This is done through...
- Biblical Preaching and Teaching
- Christ-Centered and Christ-Honoring Music
- Love For and Fellowship with One Another
- Faithful Support of Missions
- Biblical Counseling
How do I become a Christian?
- Realize that you are lost and need a Savior and Jesus Christ is the Savior. (Romans 3:23 and 6:23)
- Recognize what God had done to remedy you lost condition. (Romans 5:8 and John 3:16)
- Repent; a willingness to turn from sin to the Savior. (Luke 13:3 and Acts 20:21)
- Receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your own Personal Savior. (John 1:12)
God has provided in Christ Jesus the ONLY way of salvation...you must make the choice to receive God's salvation. Will you, right now, invite Jesus Christ to be your Savior?