Friday, June 09, 2006

The Church: beaten but not destroyed

The picture to the right is that of First Presbyterian Church, Gulfport, now looking decidedly worn a year after the Katrina hurricane tore into its lower section. As I took this picture (a week ago) it served, I thought as a parable of the church as a whole. Every day, new strains of the enemy's attack seem more and more evident. Each news bulletin seems to bring with it fresh evidence of Satan's desire to destroy the purposes of God in building his church "within sight of the gates of hell" (Matthew 16:16ff). But we have a promise given to us by the King of Kings: Satan will not be victorious!

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does his successive journeys run;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
(Isaac Watts)
(Apologies for no post yesterday--I think I crashed the entire system)

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