6-Week Series: Against All Odds


Summary: Sometimes after a correction for our failures, God just wants to wrap His arms around His children and show them His love.


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Pastor James May


Camp Meeting

Jude 1:17-25, "But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen."

Tonight I have a very different sermon than that of last night. All day long I prayed and sought God for the words to say to His Children on this night, the end of our Camp Meeting. I searched the Bible from cover to cover, almost page by page and it seemed that there was no message that God was speaking to me to bring to you.

In a corner of the Bible “so to speak”, from the small Book of Jude, God began to speak to my heart to bring you this Word tonight. As I read these verses, the Spirit of God began to speak to my heart. It was as though I could feel thee very love of God as He was reaching out to His children in such compassion and with such tenderness.

God was giving His simple seal of approval, His closing remarks and His exhortation to the church body and to each of you individually. I shall endeavor to present to you, in the best manner possible, the thoughts that God has given me. This shall not be a shouting, fiery message, but one of purest love and most sincere encouragement to us all.

Remember the teachings of your Pastors, teachers and those of the Apostles throughout the New Testament concerning our Lord Jesus Christ!

Jesus is our Savior, Our Lord, Our Master, Our Elder Brother, Our Counselor, our Prince of Peace and so much more that we could never speak of all that He is.

Jesus ever has compassion and is ever reaching out in love to those who would only take His hand and receive the great gift of salvation.

He never drove away any who would come to Him in faith, in need of healing, deliverance or salvation. His hands are always extended.

2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

All too often we preachers are guilty of looking for something to beat our congregation over the head with. I think that sometimes God just wants to love His kids. He wants to draw us nearer to His bosom like a little child.

I sense in my spirit right now that God is drawing us near to Him. Just as we look into the face of our small children with such tender loving care and our desire is to do so much for them, that’s the way God is right now.

Jesus went to an old rugged cross, allowed those soldiers to nail his hands and feet to the heavy wooden beams and suffered the agonies of that long, terrible carnage for one purpose.

That purpose was not to send the rod of correction, even though the rod is sometimes needed. That single purpose was to pay the price for our sin. We could not approach Him with our black heart so He came to us and made it possible for our heart to be washed as white as snow.

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