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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|JUNE 5, 2016
|JUNE 12, 2016
|JUNE 19, 2016
|JUNE 26, 2016
|JULY 3, 2016
TO BE ANNOUNCED
“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place…they departed into a desert
place…the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and
outwent them…Jesus…was moved with compassion.” (Mark 6:31-34)
It is easy for us to be annoyed by interruptions. I blush to think how often I have chafed at unexpected
demands that prevented me from accomplishing some self-appointed task. Perhaps I was writing, and
the words were flowing easily. Then the phone rang or someone was at the door in need of counsel. It
was an unwelcome intrusion.
The Lord Jesus was never upset by interruptions. He accepted them all as part of His Father’s plan for
that day. This gave tremendous poise and serenity to His life.
Actually, the extent to which we are interrupted is often an index of our usefulness. A writer in the
Anglican Digest said, “When you are exasperated by interruptions, try to remember that their very
frequency may indicate the valuableness of your life. Only the people who are full of help and strength
are burdened by other people’s need. The interruptions which we chafe at are the credentials of our
indispensability. The greatest condemnation that anyone could incur—and it is a danger to guard
against—is to be too independent, so unhelpful, that nobody ever interrupts us and we are left
We all smile nervously when we read the experience of a busy housewife. One day when she had
planned an unusually full schedule, she looked up from her work to see her husband come home earlier
than usual. “What are you doing here?” she asked with thinly-veiled annoyance. “I live here,” he replied
with a pained smile. She wrote later, “Since that day I’ve made it a point to lay aside my work when my
husband comes home. I give him a loving welcome and let him know he’s really tops.”
Every morning we should turn the day over to the Lord, asking Him to arrange every detail. Then if
someone interrupts us, it is because He has sent that person. We should find out the reason and
minister to it. That could be the most important thing we do all day, even if it came disguised as an
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1927-2007
RICHARD COOLEY will be our speaker on June 26,
2016 for the Family Bible Hour service at 11:00 a.m.
Richard and his wife Nancy have fellowshipped at
Grace Bible Chapel from childhood. They have two
adult children and two grandchildren. Richard is a
graduate of Bob Jones University and a retired art
teacher. He is also a teacher in our adult Bible class
currently studying in Genesis. He and his twin
brother David take part in our singing groups.
Richard is also an avid golfer.