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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
|SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
|SEPTEMBER 17, 2017
|SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
|OCTOBER 1, 2017
TO BE ANNOUNCED
“I have learned by experience.” (Gen. 30:27)
Laban had learned by experience that the Lord had blessed him for Jacob’s sake. It was a good lesson to learn.
Experience is a great teacher.
I am impressed by the way that experience often helps us to understand verses in the Bible. We may be acquainted
with the verses intellectually, but when we pass through some new experience, the verses come alive. They seem to
stand out in neon lights. We have a new appreciation of them.
Martin Luther’s wife said that she would never have known what certain verses in the Psalms meant if God had not
brought her under certain afflictions.
When Daniel Smith and his wife were missionaries in China, a robber band cut a wide hole through the side of their
house one night. While the Smith’s slept, the robbers cleaned out the drawers and cupboards. If the missionaries had
not slept soundly, they might have been killed. Later, in describing the incident, Mr. Smith said, “I never understood
Habakkuk 3:17, 18 until that morning. ‘Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the
labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be
no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.’” What it means, of course, is
that you can’t fully enter into Habakkuk’s joy in calamity until you have experienced the kind of loss that he described.
When Corrie Ten Boom was in a concentration camp, she had to appear before the judge. “The judge…still had his
job to do, and there came a day when he showed me papers that could mean not only my death sentence but also the
death sentence of family and friends.
“‘Can you explain these papers?’ he asked. ‘No, I can’t,’ I admitted. Suddenly he took all the papers and threw them in
the stove! When I saw the flames destroy those condemning papers I knew I had been guarded by divine power, and
understood as never before Colossians 2:14: ‘Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which
was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.’”
The new insights we gain in the sacred Scriptures through the experiences of life make those experiences
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
Phil Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11 A.M.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, September 24, 2017.
Phil and his wife Anne are the parents of four
grown children. Their son Mark and his wife Karen
served as missionaries in Vienna, Austria for many
years. Phil serves as an elder and Sunday school
teacher of our adult class, currently studying the
book of Exodus. He and Anne have fellowshipped
at Grace Bible Chapel since the mid 1950s.