Monday, 6/26/2017

Dear Believer in Christ,

Do you like to play dominoes? I have not played them for a long time…the game, that is. There is another “game” of dominoes and we play it every day. If one thing is done, then we can do another thing in the scheme of the day, week, month, or year. But, if the one thing is not done, it stalemates the rest of the sequence of events of our future.

I just received an email from a couple of special Christian friends and co-laborers in Christ that come to our church. They were disappointed to have missed Sunday’s service. They had a visit of a friend from a nearby city. During her visit on Friday, it led to the next domino…she broke her wrist, she went to the urgent care and it was hours and hours of time, the doctor said to her, “you need surgery, but I cannot do it.”,…too late to go to Madison…a night’s rest...but she could not drive the next day so they drove her to Madison…she lives in the country…they settled her in and did some things to help her to get by for the next few days…it was late Saturday when the young couple got home & in bed (they are a little older than me)…they were just plain tuckered out from the last 40 hours of unexpected events. PLEASE PRAY FOR JOAN (BROKEN WRIST)…JERRY & JUDY, THE GOOD SAMARITANS! Thank you! That is the game of dominoes (smile). The four of us are young…since we all have eternal life, we are at the beginning of that looooong period without end (smile).

We have our game of dominoes coming up for us. Some painting needs to be done…a steel door installed…the cabinet counter tops are supposed to be installed on Thursday…the back splash installed…the flooring on July 5…then we need to have doors put on in our home (12 of them)…stained trim work…put up all the trim work…electrical man complete his work…new appliances delivered & installed…plumbing work done…three different inspections. (Whew! That is the game of dominoes. PRAY FOR US DURING THIS TIME!  THANK YOU!!!

1 Corinthians 5:3-5 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.4 When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

Subject: Assessing Sinful Situations

As a leader or as a group of leaders in a church, it is not easy nor is it enjoyable to deal with sin or with the people who are committing the sin. Sometimes the person does not even see the sin in his or her life. At other times, it is blatant and obvious to both the accused and the accuser(s). One of the matters that the Bible is filled with in the Scriptures is sin beginning with Adam & Eve in Genesis 3.  Even before Genesis 3, God had to deal with the sin of the chief of angels and one-third of the angel in heaven. God does not enjoy dealing with sin, but He is always fair and just when He does finally deal with it.

The apostle Paul truly loved the people in Corinth. They had become very special to him as he saw one after another come to trust Christ as Savior. However, they did not move forward with great strides to maturity. In fact, they were still immature in their faith and were worldly in their life-style. This is not a good combination for a local church body, but it was reality.

It is because of the status of this church that Paul had to step in and take charge of the situation. The leadership was weak and did not have the courage or even the courage to judge this sinful circumstance. Since Paul was not in Corinth, yet he was with them in spirit, he had already considered the matter and concluded what should be done. The facts were undeniable. It appears the man was coming to the church and probably not the woman.

Paul told the leadership to call a church meeting and decide what to do about this man. They were to consider Paul’s judgment on the matter as they met. We shall talk about it tomorrow!

May we handle each person who has great value in God’s sight and desire the very best for each one of them. If you were in this man’s shoes, how would you want them to treat you and your sin? May you have compassion on those that sin after the flesh and make poor decisions. Pray for them, love them, accept them, and yet do not approve of what they are doing.

Living for HIM,

Pastor Les

Scripture is from the ESV® Bible ?(The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.? Used by permission.? All rights reserved.