Would you drink from a latrine? This thought crossed my mind as I meditated on the rebuke that we find in Jeremiah 2:12: "For my people have committed two evils: They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water."
The picture is graphic. God's people have forsaken him. In him they could have had everlasting satisfaction. He was the fountain of fresh, living water, deeply satisfying and abundant. Instead of finding satisfaction in him, they sought to remedy their emptiness by self-made substitutes for God's glory. They dug cisterns, but the cisterns were broken. They were not capable of holding anything life-giving. They leaked out, leaving a filthy, muddy mess at the bottom. In time, the slimy ooze would begin to stink. It was a nasty mess, and anything but thirst-quenching, but God's people kept coming back for more.
It seems that we live in a day when "addictions" are popular. If I have an addiction or a problem, then ultimately it is something outside myself. It is
something that has gotten a hold on me, and not something that I have done myself. Essentially it is sin. Sin that we just can't get a grip on. We might call it "besetting sin".
That sin that we keep doing over and over, and we just can't seem to overcome it. We keep going back for another drink from the latrine; and we wonder why it doesn't seem to
Charlos Heights Community Church
230 Russell Dr.
Hamilton, MT 59840
Pastor Del Abbey
Phone: 406 363-2896
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God has created us to be worshipers. We believe in a glorious God who is worthy of all our praise and adoration. We see our primary function as a church to be worship. Our goal, every time we meet, is to encounter the living God through worship (which, by the way, is not just singing), praise, prayer and the ministry of the Word of God.
People need the Lord. He sent his Son to die on the cross for us because there was no other way. If it was at all possible for us to get right with God by keeping rules and doing good works, do you think that God would have sent his Son to die? Paul wrote in Galatians 2:21, "I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the works of the Law, then Christ died needlessly."* In Ephesians 2:8-9 we read, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."* We are not save by works, but by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6*) So we see our secondary reason for being here to be sharing the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A third reason that we're here is to build one another up in the faith. Our ministry is to the Lord, then to one another, then to the world. We believe that we'll never get our outreach (evangelism and service) right until we get our upreach (worship) right.
*Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Our office is located in the east end of the parsonage on the northwest side of the parking lot. Pastor Del is usually in the study between 7 a.m. and noon Tuesday through Friday and all day Saturday. Please stop by. We'd love to see you.