Have you ever wondered about what is the difference between the words “love” and “mercy” in the Bible? When I look at the word “mercy”, I think of salvation. When a person receives Christ as his salvation, he ordinarily prays, “Lord, have mercy on me as a sinner and save my soul.” You have probably never heard a sinner pray, “Lord, have love on me and save me.” Luke 18 tells us of two men who went into the temple to pray. One prayed like this, “God, I thank thee that I am not as other men are….” The other man was a publican, a sinner, and he prayed, “God, be merciful unto me, a sinner.” The Bible tells us that this man went down to his house justified. To be justified means he was saved. I’m sure that if you are saved, you prayed a similar prayer. I trusted Christ as my personal savior in April of 1950. I prayed and asked the Lord to come into my heart and save me. He did and a little later, He called me to preach the word of God. If you are not saved, why not pray the Sinner’s Prayer? Trust Christ as your savior right now. The Bible tells us in Romans 10:13 that “for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
May God bless you.
Carl G. Gibbs, Associate Pastor
Faith Baptist Church
Pastor Gibbs teaches our adult Sunday School class, and he does a wonderful job. Each week, we go verse by verse through a chapter in God's Word, and many lively discussions ensue.
Please pray for the nursing homes, jails, and prisons. We are unable to get out and encourage the people in these places right now, and we miss the good folks we have met through these ministries. We would also like to encourage our members to use your telephone, the internet, and your gospel tracts to continue the outreach of Faith Baptist Church. Souls matter.
Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of rightesouness is the tree of life, and he that winneth souls is wise.
Ezekiel 36:20 (KJV)
And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These [are] the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land.
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