Published October 1, 2013

Paul's Epistle...

Shelia and I are on our way today to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, for the combined Singing News Fan Awards presentation and the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. This is always a major event, and you'll be hearing reporting of it on our broadcast in the weeks ahead.

But because of our hectic schedule in advance of such travel, I just haven't had time to develop a full-fledged Epistle for this week.

But I was thinking... You certainly can't turn on the news these days without hearing about a "shutdown" in Washington – averted or not. We've been hearing about little else than the probability of shutting down the government due to a lack of budget agreement. I really am sick of hearing about it.

Well, aren't you glad God doesn't work that way? Aren't you glad He never shuts down His universe? Aren't you glad His funding never runs out? Aren't you glad His blessings continue unabated? Aren't you glad his personal "help lines" – prayer – are never closed?

We don't have to worry about a cutoff of benefits. God doesn't work that way. His "benefits" never dry up. They're never sequestered. In fact, Psalm 103:2 reminds us, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits..."

But Psalm 116:12 does ask this rhetorical question that should get us all thinking: "What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?"

What, indeed. Love. Praise. Service. And, of course, thankfulness – thankfulness that He owns the entire universe, His mercies are new every morning and His "blessing budget" never fails. It's as infinite as He is.

Remember: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19, KJV.)

- Paul

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