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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
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“Christ is all.” (Col. 3:11)
There is a tendency for us Christians to spend a great deal of our time looking for
new spiritual experiences that will somehow guarantee permanent victory or freedom
from the ups and downs of daily living. We rush around to conventions, conferences,
seminars and workshops in search of the elusive magic formula that will smooth out
the rough places of life. Glossy brochures assure us that Dr. So-and-So will share a
great new breakthrough that will make us radioactive with the Spirit. Or some zealous
neighbor insists on dragging us to the Municipal Auditorium to hear about a recently
discovered shortcut to the abundant life.
The lures are legion. One preacher offers the royal road to fulfillment. Another
advertises the threefold secret of victory. Now we go to a seminar on keys to the
deeper life. The next week there is a convention on five easy steps to holiness. We
surge forward for an altar call experience by which we will receive the filling of the
Spirit. Or we become obsessed with healing of the body as if that were the most
important thing in life. One minute we are off on a Christian psychology kick, the next
on healing of the memories. We compass land and sea for some new spiritual high.
There is no doubt that many of these speakers are sincere and that there is value in
some of the things that they say. But we return to the nitty-gritty of life to find that
there is no short cut to holiness, that the problems are still there, and that we must
live day by day in dependence on the Lord.
Eventually we should learn that it is better to be occupied with the Lord Jesus than
with experiences. There is no disappointment in Him. We have all we need in Him. He
is the all-sufficient One.
A. B. Simpson spent the early part of his life in the quest for experiences, but he
found that they didn’t satisfy. Then he wrote the lovely hymn entitled “Himself,” the
first verse and chorus of which are as follows:
Once it was the blessing, now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling, now it is His Word;
Once His gifts I wanted, now the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing, now Himself alone.
All in all forever, Jesus will I sing;
Everything in Jesus, And Jesus everything.
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1917-2007
Philip Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11 A.M.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Phil
and his wife Anne are the parents of four grown
children. They have thirteen grandchildren and one
great grandson. Their son Mark and his wife Karen
served as missionaries in Vienna, Austria for many
years. Philip serves as an elder and Sunday school
teacher of one of our adult elective classes. He and
Anne have fellowshipped at Grace Bible Chapel
since the mid 1950s.