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July 1st 2018 'Woe-I am Here"

“Woe --- I’m here”

Revelation 12:11 (NKJV) And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Isaiah 6:1-8 (NKJV) In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

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The Scripture above, Isaiah 6:1-8 is part of the reason that I am here at Lester Memorial UMC. Thirty years ago “TODAY in fact” on June 26, 1988, I said aloud to God the phrase, “Here am I! Send me.” It sealed my surrender to God’s call on my life. Lana and I both said yes to God and our pastoral journey began. I will share more in the sermon this Sunday.

Over the next several weeks “Lord willing” my plan is to share parts of my own “testimony”. The Scriptures I plan to use still have a deep impact on my own life. The same Scriptures that comfort and convict me – also comfort and convict you and others.

Grace for Today

Pastor Harvey Beck

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