Christ and His Children “When Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed” (Isaiah 53:10).
Our LORD Jesus has not died in vain. His death was sacrificial: He died as our substitute, because death was the penalty of our sins. Because His substitution was accepted of God, He has saved those for whom He made His soul a sacrifice. By death He became like the corn of wheat which bringeth forth much fruit. There must be a succession of children unto Jesus; He is “the Father of the everlasting age.” He shall say, “Behold, I and the children whom Thou hast given me.”
A man is honored in his sons, and Jesus hath His quiver full of these arrows of the mighty. A man is represented in his children, and so is the Christ in Christians. In his seed a man’s life seems to be prolonged and extended; and so is the life of Jesus continued in believers.
Jesus lives, for He sees His seed. He fixes His eye on us, He delights in us, He recognizes us as the fruit of His soul travail. Let us be glad that our LORD does not fail to enjoy the result of His dread sacrifice, and that He will never cease to feast His eyes upon the harvest of His death. Those eyes which once wept for us are now viewing us with pleasure. Yes, He looks upon those who are looking unto Him. Our eyes meet! What a joy is this!
A Man Without Fear “And He said, Certainly I will be with thee” (Exodus 3:12).
Of course, if the LORD sent Moses on an errand, He would not let him go alone. The tremendous risk which it would involve and the great power it would require would render it ridiculous for God to send a poor lone Hebrew to confront the mightiest king in all the world and then leave him to himself. It could not be imagined that a wise God would match poor Moses with Pharaoh and the enormous forces of Egypt. Hence He says, “Certainly I will be with thee,” as if it were out of the question that He would send him alone.
In my case, also, the same rule will hold good. If I go upon the LORD’s errand with a simple reliance upon His power and a single eye to His glory, it is certain that He will be with me. His sending me binds Him to back me up. Is not this enough? What more can I want? If all the angels and arch- angels were with me. I might fail; but if He is with me, I must succeed. Only let me take care that I act worthily toward this promise. Let me not go timidly, halfheartedly, carelessly, presumptuously. What manner of person ought he to be who has God with him! In such company it behoveth me to play the man and, like Moses, go in unto Pharaoh without fear.
Even the Faintest Call “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shalt be delivered” (Joel 12:32).
Why do I not call on His name? Why do I run to this neighbor and that when God is so near and will hear my faintest call? Why do I sit down and devise schemes and invent plans! Why not at once roll myself and my burden upon the LORD? Straightforward is the best runner — why do I not run at once to the living God? In vain shall I look for deliverance anywhere else; but with God I shall find it; for here I have His royal “shall” to make it sure.
I need not ask whether I may call on Him or not, for that word “whosoever” is a very wide and comprehensive one. Whosoever means me, for it means anybody and everybody who calls upon God. I will therefore follow the leading of the text and at once call upon the glorious LORD who has made so large a promise.
My case is urgent, and I do not see how I am to be delivered; but this is no business of mine. He who makes the promise will find out ways and means of keeping it. It is mine to obey His commands; it is not mine to direct His counsels. I am His servant, not His solicitor. I call upon Him, and He will deliver me.
Made Rich by Faith “For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever” (Psalm 9:18).
Poverty is a hard heritage; but those who trust in the LORD are made rich by faith. They know that they are not forgotten of God, and though it may seem that they are overlooked in His providential distribution of good things, they look for a time when all this shall be righted. Lazarus will not always lie among the dogs at the rich man’s gate, but he will have his recompense in Abraham’s bosom. Even now the LORD remembers His poor but precious sons, “I am poor and needy; yet the LORD thinketh upon me,” said one of old, and it is even so. The godly poor have great expectations. They expect the LORD to provide them all things necessary for this life and godliness; they expect to see things working for their good; they expect to have all the closer fellowship with their LORD, who had not where to lay His head; they expect His second advent and to share its glory. This expectation cannot perish, for it is laid up in Christ Jesus, who liveth forever, and because He lives, it shall live also. The poor saint singeth many a song which the rich sinner cannot understand. Wherefore, let us, when we have short commons below, think of the royal table above.
On January 19, 2020 Open Bible Baptist Church will hold a special day of Celebrating Seventy-three years of serving the Lord and the Cambridge Community. The church was founded in 1947, moved into the current facilities in June 1973. Pastor Roger Seacord was the first pastor of the congregation and served until December 31, 1986. Pastor Calvin Witham became the pastor on January 4, 1987 and served the church until 2005. Pastor Nick Frauenhoffer assumed the pastorate in 2006 and served until November 2016. From November 2016 until last September, pulpit supply was provided by a rotating group of professors and students from the Northeastern Baptist College in Bennington, VT. On September 29, 2019 a three-person pastoral team assumed the pastoral responsibilities of the congregation. Dr. Mark Ballard serves as the Senior Pastor. He is assisted by two Associate Pastors: Pastor Joe Ferguson and Pastor Tyler Ballard. The Church has set aside Sunday January 19, 2020 as a special day of celebration under the theme: “Remembering our Past, Rejoicing in the Present, and Re-envisioning the Future.” The day’s celebration includes a Special Worship Service to be held at 11:00am. The service will include special music, a testimony of the blessings of God through the years, and a message by Pastor Mark. Following the morning service there will be a Celebration Dinner, which is scheduled for 12:30 and will be held in the Church Basement. Following the meal, a time will be set aside for attendees to share testimonies of God’s faithfulness through the years.
The church would like to invite all members, past members, and the entire Cambridge Community to come and help us celebrate. Everyone is welcome to join us at the Worship Service, the Celebration Dinner, and the Testimony Service following the meal.
Sharing our faith starts with prayer. Before we even speak to a friend, relative or even a stranger we pray that God will give us the words and open their hearts to receive them.
Join us as we pray everyday for 30 days for one person we know who needs Jesus Christ as their Savior. Each day a verse and sample prayer can be found on our Facebook page or download your prayer guide and much more at whosyour1.com