1. God Is Infinite – He is Self-Existing, Without Origin
“And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:17
“Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure” – Psalm 147:5
- God Is Immutable – He Never Changes
“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” Malachi 3:6
God does not change. Who he is never changes. His attributes are the same from before the beginning of time into eternity. His character never changes – he never gets “better” or “worse.” His plans do not change. His promises do not change.
- God Is Self-Sufficient – He Has No Needs
“For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.” – John 5:26
As limited humans, we have incredible needs, which left unfulfilled, resulting in death. God, however, has never once been in need of anything. As Tim Temple writes, “God is perfectly complete within his own being.”
- God is Omnipotent – He Is All Powerful
“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” – Psalm 33:6
Omnipotent — means to have unlimited power (omni = all; potent = powerful). God is able and powerful to do anything he wills without any effort on his part.
In his devotional, Forward, Ron Moore puts it like this: “God’s attribute of omnipotence means that God is able to do all that He desires to do. When He plans something, it will come to be. If He purposes something, it will happen. Nothing can prevent His plan. When His hand is stretched out to do something, no one can turn it back.
- God Is Omniscient – He Is All-Knowing
“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please” – Isaiah 46:9-10
- God Is Omnipresent – He Is Always Everywhere
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.” Psalm 139:7-10
“‘Am I a God at hand,’ declares the Lord, ‘and not a God afar off? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord” – Jeremiah 23:23-24
- God Is Wise – He Is Full of Perfect, Unchanging Wisdom
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” – Romans 11:33
- God Is Faithful – He Is Infinitely, Unchangingly True
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” – Deut 7:9
- God Is Good – He Is Infinitely, Unchangingly Kind and Full of Good Will
“O, taste and see that the Lord is good” – Psalm 34:8
- God Is Just – He Is Infinitely, Unchangeably Right and Perfect in All He Does
“The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.” – Duet 32:4
- God Is Merciful – He is Infinitely, Unchangeably Compassionate and Kind
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.” – Romans 9:15-16
- God Is Gracious – God Is Infinitely Inclined to Spare the Guilty
“The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.” – Psalm 145:8
- God Is Loving – God Infinitely, Unchangingly Loves Us
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:7-8
- God Is Holy – He is Infinitely, Unchangingly Perfect
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord Almighty” – Revelation 4:8
The word holy means sacred, set apart, revered, or divine. And yet none of those words is adequate to describe the awesome holiness of our God. John MacArthur writes this about God’s holiness: “Of all the attributes of God, holiness is the one that most uniquely describes Him and in reality is a summation of all His other attributes. The word holiness refers to His separateness, His otherness, the fact that He is unlike any other being. It indicates His complete and infinite perfection. Holiness is the attribute of God that binds all the others together.”
That God is holy means he is endlessly, always perfect. And his standard for us is perfection as well. “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect,”
- God Is Glorious – He is Infinitely Beautiful and Great
“His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, And there is the hiding of His power.” – Habakkuk 3:4
John Piper defines God’s glory like this: “The glory of God is the infinite beauty and greatness of God’s manifold perfections. The infinite beauty—and I am focusing on the manifestation of his character and his worth and his attributes — all of his perfections and greatness are beautiful as they are seen, and there are many of them. That is why I use the word manifold.”
Ligonier.org writes this about the glory of God: “When we think of the glory of the Lord, the image of brilliant light often comes to our minds. That is certainly appropriate, as Scripture often describes the glory of God in terms of a light that shines brighter than anything that we experience on earth.
TENTATIVE REOPENING OF THE CHURCH!!!!!
The elders’ decision to choose a date was made with much prayer and concern of the needs of our congregation. Thought was given about those who have contracted Covid and any natural immunity they may have. Thoughts were expressed concerning the vaccines which are beginning to be available for many of our congregation. Also we considered the typical timeline of both shots required and a waiting time. The Elders thought that mid March date would allow ample time for those who are seeking to get vaccinated or already are partly through the process, to open up the church for the public.
Masks, temperature checks and distancing will still be required for the time being. Certainly your prayers and cooperation are appreciated. We also will limit those who lead the worship to just the bare minimum for now. Preacher, song leader, pianist and an elder to share our offerings and communion thoughts and prayers. No special music for now, unless our song leader or pianist provides.
Decisions on our tech team will depend upon those involved and their health concerns. Having a screen with words and sermon notes will be attempted, if we can. Pray for the team to continue to get healthy! Thoughts on creating a safe environment in our tech booth must be considered.
Church Work Day soon
A church work day will be announced very soon to get ready for our reopening in Mid-March. There are several projects to complete, both inside our building and the grounds outside. A detailed list, a time and date will be announced very soon. Ron Dearth is planning on as many who can and are able to participate. There will be a job for everyone and hopefully there will be someone for every job!
Food Pantry Needs
Our Food Pantry at church is low on items. If you are willing, we could use donations at this time. If you have access to building, you could drop off at any time. Or perhaps you could bring a donation on our first Sunday back for family worship on March 14.
I hope you were able to watch our streaming church service via Boxcast this past Sunday. And it also was on Facebook as well. Thanks to Alan Bailey who is back in the tech booth directing our streaming.
We still have a ways to progress till we have words and sermon notes displayed on the screen, but soon our tech team will be back and ready to serve in this most important ministry.
Sunday, March 7 at 4:00 pm
Our elders will meet on Sunday, March 7 , at 4:00 pm. Please keep them in your prayers and especially during this meeting time. They are guiding this congregation through tough times and through difficult decisions, so prayer is appreciated very much.
Sunday Meditation for February 28
George McDonald will have our meditations this week.
Volunteers Needed for Meditations in worship
We are seeking volunteers who would like to share a meditation thought on Sundays for our offering and communion moments in the worship. If you are interested, contact Paul Stebelton and let him know and you can be placed on our schedule.
Our elders have stepped up to fill out our schedule for a few weeks. But we have other talented men who have shared a meditation in the past and we would like you to continue to be a part of the schedule.
Choose a Sunday in May, June or July and let Paul know and you can be put on the schedule. We want to let you know too, that Carl Clark is still the leader of this ministry. However, Carl’s plate is very busy now with heart heavy concerns. So, let’s rally and keep his schedule filled for the next few months! Thanks to all.
March 7- Gary Grim
March 14- Charlie Brothers
March 21- George McDonald
March 28- Mike Caton
April 4- Paul Stebelton
April 11- Gary Grim
April 18- Charlie Brothers
April 25- Mike Caton
May 2- Your name…..can be here.
Sundays in May, June and July! Join with our elders to fill this valuable need.
Please refer to the list of attributes of God, earlier in this newsletter. No greater Final Thoughts could surpass our God, who is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Your faithful scribe