First Church of God

Worship Service Times

Sunday School -
 10:15 AM

Sunday Morning Worship - 10:45 AM

Sunday Evening Worship - 6:00 PM

Mid-Week Prayer -
 7:00 PM

200 Fisher Street, Athens, TN
Mark 8: 1-13

Did you notice the contrast between the two events recorded in our Scripture passage for today? The multitude came to Christ hungry and empty, and they went away FULL; but the Pharisees came asking, and he sent them away EMPTY!

These events illustrate the principle stated in Luke 1:53: "He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent away empty." Had the Parisees humbled themselves and admitted their poverty, Christ would have helped them. But they were too proud to bend, too proud to admit a need; and they went away paupers.

God is partial to paupers. Not the lazy and the slothful, of course, but those who know their spiritual needs and admit them.

Matt. 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Hannah signs in I Samuel 2:8, "He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill."

Christ would have blessed that church in Laodicea, but the members did not know they had a need. Rev. 3:17 "Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind and naked."

Never be ashamed to confess your need to God. He already knows about it any way! If you come empty, you are sure to go away full if you will allow Him to have His way with you.


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