Dear fellow worker of the Christian Worship Hour:
God assures us that,
“When thou passest through waters, I WILL BE WITH THEE.
When thou walkest through the fire, thou shall not be burned.” Isaiah 43:2
During our life, at one time or another, we have all gone through the fire and the flood. Perhaps some of you are in it right now. But God has a reason and purpose for every one of them. Let’s look at 5 of those reasons.
HE LEADS US THROUGH THE FIRE AND THE FLOOD TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH. Faith is all important. It is the door to salvation, we are saved by faith in the Savior, nothing more, nothing less. (Rom. 4:5). Faith is so important that we cannot please God if we do not have that faith in Him. (Heb. 11:6). Thus we start our Christian life. So the floods and the fires teach us to trust, to grow in faith! Job said that, because of his trails his faith would be like pure gold! (Job 13:10; Isaiah 58:11; Hebrews 12:2).
GOD LEADS US THROUGH THE FIRE AND THE FLOOD TO TEST OUR OBEDIENCE. Look at Daniel, God commanded him to not worship an idol and his obedience to God put him in a lion’s den—–but Daniel obeyed even though it seemed he would have to die doing it. And, oh yes, the ordeal on Mt. Moriah! (Gen. 22:2). Talk about fires and floods, Abraham went through it all, but he was obedient. St. Paul stood before King Agrippa and declared, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,” even though it eventually cost him his life. (Matthew 4:19,20; Acts 26:19; Ephesians 5:8),
GOD LEADS US THROUGH THE FIRE AND FLOOD TO TEACH US PATIENCE. Are you ever impatient? Don’t ask me that question. We live in a society that is constantly on the go, and a fast ‘go’ at that. And where are we going, and what do we do when we get there? St. Paul told us to live our life with patience and not get in a dither over anything. (Rom 12:1). The Psalmist told us 3,000 years ago to “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Ps. 27:14). Maybe you are in the middle of a mess so that God can teach you patience. (II Peter 1:6; Psalm 46:10; Psalm 103:13).
GOD LEADS US THROUGH THE FIRE AND THE FLOOD TO KEEP US HUMBLE. When things fall apart, when the flood overwhelms us, we quickly learn that we are not as great and mighty as we had supposed. It is easy to become proud, so God sends the fire and the flood to bring us to our senses, settle us down, and make us humble so He can use us! (Prov. 16:18; James 4:6). Search the Bible, you will never find a single place where God used a proud person. Thank God He humbles us. (Psalm 90:12).
GOD LEADS US THROUGH THE FIRE AND THE FLOOD TO INCREASE OUR LOVE FOR HIM. Peter went through the fire and the flood, it was his own making, but it was real. Out of that bitter experience Jesus asked him three times, if he loved Him. Peter’s love was growing. Our love can become lukewarm, in a marriage or with our Lord. That was God’s complaint about the church of Laodicea. (Rev. 3:15). And don’t forget Job who not only went through the fire and flood but death and destruction and out of it all was a deepening love for God; God may let him die but Job is going to love Him. (Job 13:15; I Peter 5:7).
Friend, are you in the fire and the flood today? If so, take heart. God knows all about it and will only bring good out of it, just trust Him. Romans encourages us on this journey called life. But we need your help in continuing this ministry. We need your PRAYERS, and your GIFTS, no matter if they are large or small, and we need your GOOD WILL as you tell others about our ministry. God bless you! (II Cor. 6:1).
See you next week. Lord willing.
In Our Savior’s Love,
Harold E. Salem, pastor
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HYDE PARK, NEW YORK
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CHAMBERLAIN, SOUTH DAKOTA
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I was raised on a farm and spent many times drinking in the bars. My sins were many in my teen years. After my service in the Air Force, I moved to Kankakee, Illinois and worked in the coal mines. A man gave me a Bible that I read every day on my lunch hour. God was working on my heart. I realized that God could save even me. Ephesians 2:8-9. By grace, not of works. It was a free gift and I trusted Him for my salvation.
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SAINT LOUIS PARK, MINNESOTA
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Please send me the film about Pastor Salem “Heart of a Shepherd”. Does he ride a wild bull in his movie?
Enclosed is a gift of $45 for The Christian Worship Hour from our Hull Christian Reformed Ladies Aid. May this be a blessing to your broadcast on Sunday A.M.—When the opportunity avails itself. May God bless you all—-so appreciate the simplicity of Pastor Salem’s messages. I would appreciate 2 copies of the DVD of “Heart of a Shepherd”; if possible. Thank you, Hull Church Ladies Aid.
HAGUE, NORTH DAKOTA
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DES MOINES, IOWA
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(For the month of August 2018)
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(For the month of August 2018)
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KEN CLARK, by PATRICIA CLARK, S. Boardman, MI, $20
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In honor of my DAD, celebrating Father’s Day, by LORI ZIESER, Scottsdale, AZ, $25
In honor of my SON and ALL THE FATHER’S, by LAURA CAREY, Minatare, NE, $10
In honor of my husband, KELLY DOOLEY, celebrating his Birthday, by DEBORAH DOOLEY, Urbandale, IA, $100
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In loving honor of our dear mother, LUCILLE WOODSON, by JERRY & BETH BROWN, Warrensburg, MO, $10
In honor of my loving dad, DICK FISCHER, by JULIA FISCHER-STEELE, Friendswood, TX, $25
In honor of the KIVLEHAN FAMILY, by FELICIA HODGEON, Independence, MO, $51
In honor of my brother & sister-in-law, CHARLIE & PEGGY CRUSE, by GAIL CRUSE, Gillette, WY, $100
In honor of the glory of GOD the FATHER, JESUS HIS SON, and the HOLY SPIRIT,
by SHARON ZUK, Morrison, CO, $30
In honor of ANNE BLACKWELL, by JESSE BLACKWELL, Pensacola, FL, $50
In honor of my sister, ELAINE SPITZER, celebrating her Birthday, by ELLA SPITZER, Sioux Falls, SD, $630
In honor of ALL MILITARY, by JOANNE WHITE, Virginia, MN, $10
In honor of AMERICA’S 242ND BIRTHDAY, by BERT KELLEY, Wichita, KS, $50
In honor of my nephew, JAMIE, by PHYLLIS CRAIG, Melbourne, FL, $100
In honor of MAURICE & SHARON MCKEE, celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary, Coon Rapids, MN. $50
In honor of our CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, & GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN,
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In honor of my husband, BILL PEDERSEN, by ROSE PEDERSEN, Anchorage, AK, $20
(Any Dedications after 07/11/2018 will be listed in the September New Song)
PASTOR SALEM’S 97th BIRTHDAY DEDICATIONS
JANEEN NORLAND, Bismarck, ND, $97 MARK SCHEEHLE, Prescott Valley, AZ, $100
LINDA TAYLOR, Tulsa, OK, $100 MIKE & KATHY ESSEM, Sioux Falls, SD, $20
DOROTHY WEAGEL, Billings, MT, $97 BILL & JANE BARNETT, Seatac, WA, $97
RUTH HARRIS, Chattanooga, TN, $25 CARLTON MUMFORD, Urbandale, IA, $97
DARCY WETZEL, Eagan, MN, $97 SHIRLEY LAVELL, Cedar, MN, $25
CHESTER & CAROL HAGEL, Newport, OR, $297 LOIS & ROGER LUBIENS, Fullerton, ND, $98
PEGGY MAHONEY, Creston, IA, $20 ELLA SPITZER, Sioux Falls, SD, $970
ARRIS DIXON, Algona, IA, $35 LORI TURNBOW, Gainesville, FL, $10
CATHI MUELLER, Omaha, NE, $25 BRIAN MEIERS, Buffalo, SD, $97
LAURA CLAUSEN, Ames, IA, $50 JOSE GONZALEZ, Dania Beach, FL, $25
DORIS LARSON, St. Paul, MN, $50 ROSE SELLECK, Brookings, SD, $25
MELODY THOMAS, Chicago, IL, $10 LENORA FORD, Aberdeen, SD, $200
DONNA HOLMES, Issaquah, WA, $100 RONNIE & JUDY LAWMASTER, Ash Grove, MO, $20
GENE REEVES, LeMars, IA, $100 MERLE EHMAN, Billings, MT, $97
SCOTT PETERSON, Pine City, MN, $25 LENA SCHORNACK HOLGERSON, Aberdeen, SD, $50
MARGARET REEKERS, Sheldon, IA, $200 RON & KAREN LEMENAGER, Duluth, MN, $25
RONALD KASS, Ludington, MI, $97 PATRICIA NICKEL, Lamberton, MN, $25
RANDOLPH JAKOBE, Mt. Vernon, SD, $100 DAVID & PAMELA AMANS, Altoona, WI, $100
AL & CORINNE JOHNSON, Billings, MT, $50 IDELLA FRIED and JUANITA HOWELL, Aberdeen, SD $100
PATRICIA SCHENCK, Dilworth, MN, $97 DR. JERRY W. KINDER, Mountain Home, AR, $20
DEBPRAH WEST, Dallas, TX, $70
AUGUST 05 “ABRAHAM, A MAN WHO BELIEVED GOD” HEBREWS 11:8-19
AUGUST 12 “NOAH: LESSONS FROM HIS ARK” GENESIS 6:1-8
AUGUST 19 “JOSEPH: RICH MAN FROM ARIMATHAEA” MARK 15:42-46
AUGUST 26 “SAUL: AN AMAZING CONVERSION” ACTS 22:6-11
AUGUST 06 “ARE YOU FULLY DRESSED?” EPHESIANS 6:11
AUGUST 13 “WHO’S AFRAID OF GIANTS?” NUMBERS 14:9
AUGUST 20 “ARE YOU LISTENING?” MATTHEW 14:23
AUGUST 27 “THE TWELFTH MAN” HEBREWS 12:1
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