Hickory Grove

 Baptist Church

 

 

 

 




And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, " Here am I! Send me."                        Isaiah 6:8

 

Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, even so I am sending you."      John 20:21

                                    

 

8065 Yager Drive

Moscow, TN 38057

 

Rev. Bobby Williams

Pastor

 


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O LORD,
You are
my God;
I will
exalt you;
I will
praise
Your name,
for you
have done wonderful
things,
plans
formed of
old,
faithful
and sure.




Isaiah 25:1  ESV

This week at Hickory Grove Baptist Church…

Sunday Morning…

9:30 AM Men’s Prayer Meeting 
9:55 AM Special Prayer. We invite anyone who has a special need and would like for us to pray for them to join us at this time.

10:00 AM Sunday School for all ages!

11:00 AM Morning Worship 

5:30 PM Evening Worship this Sunday

Looking ahead…

Wednesday Night


Mission Kids and Soul Fire Youth Group at 7:00 PM

Adult Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 7:00 PM


January 27th Monthly Potluck Fellowship Meal Immediately following Morning Worship.

February 3rd 5:30 PM 2nd Annual SPUD Bowl!!

Have a great day. I hope to see you all this Sunday.


I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death, still to be a soul winner, still to be a true herald of the cross, and testify the name of Jesus to the last hour… .” Charles Spurgeon


On Fire but still in His Hands...

Ezekiel 22:21 I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in the midst of it. 22 As silver is melted in a furnace, so you shall be melted in the midst of it, and you shall know that I am the Lord; I have poured out my wrath upon you.”

Good morning,

I stumbled across a commentary on these verses by a Jewish rabbi...
Here's what he wrote...

[These verses tell] about a time and place where the people behaved in the exact opposite manner that God had commanded. So God sent the prophet Ezekiel to point out the many flaws of the Israelites living in Jerusalem. The people were guilty of immorality and acting unethically. They had sinned greatly before God. [What were the...] consequences of such derelict behavior [?]. God told them, “As silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her, and you will know that I the LORD have poured out my wrath on you.”

That wasn’t such a rosy picture for the future of Israel — at least, on the surface. However, digging a little beneath the surface revealed a much brighter outlook for Israel’s destiny, one that shone brightly like, well silver — polished, beautiful, gleaming, sterling silver.
The Jewish sages have a term that they use in describing the experience of the Israelites when they were enslaved in Egypt. They call it the kur habarzel, the iron crucible. This is a reference to the tool a silversmith uses to refine silver. Just as a crucible purifies silver, the suffering in Egypt served to purify the children of Israel.

This metaphor relates to all kinds of suffering, one that is used elsewhere in Scriptures. We read in Malachi 3:3, “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.” God Himself is the silversmith, and though we may be “on the fire,” we are still in His hands.

A woman who was studying this verse wanted to understand it better, and so she went to see a silversmith in action. The silversmith explained that he had to put the silver in the hottest part of the flame in order to burn away the impurities. The woman asked if it was necessary for the silversmith to be present at all times. “Absolutely,” he answered. “If the silver remains on the fire for a moment too long, it could be destroyed.” The woman asked, “How do you know when the silver is refined?” The silversmith answered, “That’s easy. When I can see my image in it.”

Listen...
Let's remember this when life gets tough.
Although it may feel at times that we are called to walk through fire, remember that God is our purifier.
He never leaves our side for even a moment...
And when He is done, we will reflect His image.
We will shine brightly and reflect the glory of God.
I don't know if this rabbi is a Christian or not but he sure seems to understand what Job said in chapter 23:10-11...
Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have followed in His tracks; I have kept His way without turning aside.…
As well as the blessing James pronounced over the person who endures trials in this life...
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
So whatever you facing today remember this...
Though you "may be on fire, you are still in His hands."

Till He Comes, Bro. Bobby
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