We are all pearls in need of a string

My dear friend Melinda sent a text that she was listening to S.M. Lockridge’s full sermon from the post I shared the other day that included the portion “That’s My King” by Lockridge. The message starts off slower than most sermons today, but the beauty in the message is found in his relaxed but authoritative presentation of God’s Word.  There are many pearl’s of wisdom found in the sermon.  I like to turn sermons on while I’m working around the house!  Enjoy!

He reminds us that if you love the Lord, you ought to say so!  “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!  He also reminds us how we need each other in the fellowship and work of the Body of Christ.

A few takeaways from his sermon: (And, WOW! He also spoke of Ezra!)

Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. Psalm 107:2

We are all pearls in the Kingdom of God, but in order to become the Body of Christ we need a string to tie us together in ministry.  Together we become a beautiful pearl necklace!

Amen and Amen!

I woke up thinking about all the different ministries and agencies in my work as a school social worker– Grace Home Ministries, Chesterfield Food Bank, Mercy Mall, CCHASM, Middle District Baptist Association, etc. (just to name a few) who make a “pearl necklace” of beauty and service to those in need.  They truly are linked together in my community to support families!

Lastly, I would like to leave you with the written portion of “That’s My King” to read aloud in prayer:

My King

The Bible says my King is the King of the Jews. He’s the King of Israel. He’s the King of Righteousness. He’s the King of the Ages. He’s the King of Heaven. He’s the King of Glory. He’s the King of kings, and He’s the Lord of lords. That’s my King.

I wonder, do you know Him?

My King is a sovereign King. No means of measure can define His limitless love. He’s enduringly strong. He’s entirely sincere. He’s eternally steadfast. He’s immortally graceful. He’s imperially powerful. He’s impartially merciful.

Do you know Him?

He’s the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world. He’s God’s Son. He’s the sinner’s Savior. He’s the centerpiece of civilization. He’s unparalleled. He’s unprecedented. He is the loftiest idea in literature. He’s the highest personality in philosophy. He’s the fundamental doctrine of true theology. He’s the only one qualified to be an all sufficient Savior.

I wonder if you know Him today?

He supplies strength for the weak. He’s available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and He saves. He strengthens and sustains. He guards and He guides. He heals the sick. He cleansed the lepers. He forgives sinners. He discharges debtors. He delivers the captive. He defends the feeble. He blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged. He rewards the diligent. And He beautifies the meek.

I wonder if you know Him?

He’s the key to knowledge. He’s the wellspring of wisdom. He’s the doorway of deliverance. He’s the pathway of peace. He’s the roadway of righteousness. He’s the highway of holiness. He’s the gateway of glory.

Do you know Him? Well…

His life is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes. His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous. And His yoke is easy. And His burden is light.

I wish I could describe Him to you. Yes…

He’s indescribable! He’s incomprehensible. He’s invincible. He’s irresistible. You can’t get Him out of your mind. You can’t get Him off of your hand. You can’t outlive Him, and you can’t live without Him. Well, the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him. Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him. Herod couldn’t kill Him. Death couldn’t handle Him, and the grave couldn’t hold Him.

Yeah! That’s my King, that’s my King.


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