Archive for November, 2009



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in The Church's One Foundation

Every church has to battle many things set up against it as Satan acts out His jealousy. Keeping the saints united is hard work amid this spiritual war. But the real Christians look forward to the day when He’ll call us home and the labor will be over. Then the work will cease and eternal rest begins. Verse 4 of The Church’s One Foundation:

‘Mid toil and tribulation, And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation Of peace forevermore;
Till with the vision glorious Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious Shall be the Church at rest.

What spiritual battles are you struggling with today? Hang on…just a little longer.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in The Church's One Foundation

Another verse of this old hymn is rarely included in hymnals, but continues the theme of  The Church’s One Foundation. Through the centuries there have been multiple attempts to silence the church and its message. Obviously, none have succeeded. The greatest danger to the demise of the church comes from within. Samuel John Stone expresses that in this rarely published verse:

The Church shall never perish! Her dear Lord to defend,
To guide, sustain, and cherish, Is with her to the end:
Though there be those who hate her, And false sons in her pale,
Against both foe or traitor She ever shall prevail.

Jesus said, “On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18).

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in The Church's One Foundation

Have you ever wondered what God thinks of His church so divided into various denominations and differing in so many varying odd belief systems? Do you think He might be a little miffed at His children having such little respect for the ministry gifts (ministers) He has called to lead His church? That’s not new. Samuel Stone wrote this verse to The Church’s One Foundation in 1866:

Though with a scornful wonder Men see her sore oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed:
Yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up, “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

Satan’s number one target is the church, because it is the organized body of believers. So, it is no wonder there is so much division and false teaching that has arisen. Yet the faith of the believers continues to wait upon the Lord and we long for the day when he shall return.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in The Church's One Foundation

We’re looking at the old hymn, The Church’s One Foundation. Music written Samuel Sebastian Wesley in 1864, it typifies music styles of that era, written for a piano and organ. Samuel Wesley played organ at a large church in Hereford, England, until he eloped with the Dean’s daughter. Thus ended a promising career there. Verse 2:

Elect from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation, one Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.

The church is indeed universal, of all nations, and its charter demands unity of faith in Jesus the Christ and His virgin birth. All believers become one in Christ, and symbolize that union by taking communion together. Together we share one blessed hope: the second coming of Christ, and share every grace He so richly gives to us.

As the worship style fades, let’s keep the message fresh in our hearts.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in The Church's One Foundation

It is true that the newer songs tend to be more relational and the ancient hymns were more doctrinal in nature. But I want to draw our attention this week to the content of one of my favorite hymns, The Church’s One Foundation. Listen to verse 1:

The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation, by water and the word;
From heav’n He came and sought her to be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died.

This old hymn, written by Samuel J. Stone and Samuel S. Wesley, speaks volumes to a lost world. The church of Jesus Christ is built upon Him as its very foundation. The church is His new creation. Christ came from heaven to seek her out as His holy bride. When He found her, He bought with His own shed blood. So that we sinners could live, He died. What an eternal message.



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

In our early years of marriage, Anita and I lived in an old farmhouse with an old wood burning, gravity feed, furnace. I remember it took an incredible amount of wood to heat that old place.  I also remember trying to keep that furnace going all night long on those cold nights. When the fire burned up the wood, it went out. No fuel, no fire.

Similarly, when gossip reaches the ear of someone who will not repeat it, it dies. We like to hear gossip and share it will others because it “Tastes good” (Prov. 26:22). Gossip is rooted in our need to feel good about ourselves. As we bring others down, we gain the illusion that we are moving upward.

Proverb 26:20 says, “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.”

What gossip will you stop today?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Back in 1992 I attended a Men’s Retreat that had Ben Kinchlow, former co-host of the 700 Club, as the speaker. I remember one great story that he told regarding planning for the future:

A man confessed to his friend, “I’m not happy; I’d like to be a doctor.”

“Well, go ahead,” replied the friend.

“No, that will take ten years and I’ll be 50 by then.”

“How old will you be if you don’t become a doctor?” was the astute reply.

Kinchlow concluded, we’ve got to plan for success, because it doesn’t just happen.

What is your dream? What has God prepared you to become and do? What does age have to do with that higher purpose? Go for it even if it takes ten years.

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