EChurch@Wartburg: 05/30/2020: Wade Burleson: Out of the Shadows


This is church service and should be treated as such. Please stay on topic.
Questions, prayers, even mild disagreements regarding what is contained herein are welcome.


A prayer to start your day from the Methodist Book Concern

Almighty God, in you there is no darkness at all.
Give us your eternal light. When we cannot see the way before us,
may we continue to put our trust in you,
that under your guidance and protection we may be kept from falling this day,
and finally, by your mercy, enter into our rest;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Freely modified from Service and Prayers for Church and Home,
Ed. Wilbur Patterson Thirkield, Methodist Book Concern, 1918) link

Arise and Shine in My Heart

(Chosen in part due to the fact it was posted by the Wartburg Press.)

O Lord Jesus, Creator of all things, light of the glory of the Father in heaven.
I thank you for letting me see the light of a new day!
Bright Sun of Righteousness, arise and shine in my heart,
so that I may walk as a child of light as in the day,
and finally see you in the eternal light of joy everlasting.

(Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#12))

The Lord’s Prayer link

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

The following song was performed by Catholic artists in their homes to encourage all during the Covid crisis.

Colossians 4:7-15 NIV Bible Gateway

Tychicus will tell you all the news about me.
He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.
I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances
and that he may encourage your hearts.
He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you.
They will tell you everything that is happening here.

My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas.
(You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.)
Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings.
These are the only Jews among my co-workers for the kingdom of God,
and they have proved a comfort to me.
Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings.
He is always wrestling in prayer for you,
that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.
I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis.
Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings.
Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea,
and to Nympha and the church in her house.

I love that Wade gives us the history of the people named in this letter.



The love of the Lord Jesus
draw you to himself;
the power of the Lord Jesus
strengthen you in his service;
the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.


EChurch@Wartburg: 05/30/2020: Wade Burleson: Out of the Shadows — 4 Comments

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    Thanks again, Wade. God bless you and your family and your church family for generously sharing your Sunday worship here at WW. Ever grateful for fellowship. Because Jesus lives in our hearts. Forever.

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    Thank you, Ava. I appreciate the kind words. Have a great week!

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    God bless everyone who sees this.

    In these deeply disturbing times, more and more people are becoming suicidal. Every single person who sees this comment, I am pleading with you to PLEASE remember these dear people in your prayers. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. If someone you know is suicidal, PLEASE share this number with them and help them to reach out for the help they need. Thank you.

    Religion says look at yourself. Grace says look at the Lord Jesus Christ. Religion says look at your works. Grace says look at the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ for our sins. Religion says you must give God your life. Grace says God gave you his life, just receive. Religion says you must love God. Grace says God loves you. Religion says God comes and goes based upon your behavior. Grace says once saved I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Religion says sin can remove you from salvation. Grace says once saved you are a purchased possession sealed by the Holy Spirit of God. Religion is dead and cannot give life. Grace is the Lord Jesus Christ and all he gives is life! <3 Salvation is not an earned reward but a free gift from God <3 we do not deserve Ephesians 2:8-9 1 Corinthians 15:1-4;1:18, KJV <3 ✝<3 It's not what we do, but what Christ has done for us that saves us. If you’re trusting in anything other than the finished work of Christ then you’re trusting in yourself instead of trusting in Christ alone. Salvation is not based on what we're doing for God, but what God has done for us. Our performance doesn't merit salvation. No amount of works can contribute to salvation. Satan tricks people into thinking that they're saved based on their behavior, the problem then becomes is that people trust in their ability to save themselves or keep themselves saved. No one can keep themselves saved, only Jesus does. Many people want to play a part in their salvation by trying to do their best, when in reality, our best could never be good enough. It comes down to this, either you trust in Christ's finished work, that He died to pay for your sins by shedding His blood was buried and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures for your justification or you trust what you’re doing. What Christ did was enough. IT IS FINISHED the question is. Will you receive it? Believe the gospel ALONE. Romans 4:5King James Version (KJV) "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Titus 3:5King James Version (KJV) "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" Ephesians 2:8-9King James Version (KJV) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Galatians 2:16King James Version (KJV) "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 King James Version (KJV) 3 "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" 1 Corinthians 1:18 King James Version (KJV) "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."