Shay Reyner (Pastor of Discipleship Ministries)
(If you have any questions about the discipleship ministry at RBC please contact Shay Reyner at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Each week I try to share something here for your progress and joy in the faith (Philippians 1:26)
April 17, 2019
April 16, 2019
One of my favorites singing one of my favorite Easter songs…
April 9, 2019
An Easter illustration for your edification…
He Has Taken the Stinger for Us - A small frail girl sat playing in her room when she heard a noise of a thing that could bring her almost instant death. For you see, she had been stung by a bee at and early age and had almost died. Since that day she had been very sickly and the doctors said that another attack could mean her death. At the sound of the bee's buzz a wave of distress came over her and she began to sob and call out for help. Hearing the sound of his child's cry, the little girl's father came rushing into the room to discover what the matter was.
After quickly looking about the room he found the cause of her trouble and with a quick movement he snatched it out of the air and held it in his hand. A moment or two later he released the insect back into the air.
With and audible gasp his daughter looked questioningly up at her father and asked him why he would release it again since it could mean her death if it should sting her. 'don't be afraid my child.? he said while opening his hand 'see here in my hand? Here is the stinger that could harm you. I have taken the sting for you and now it cannot hurt you and the bee itself will soon die.'
We all suffer under the curse of sin like the little girl from the first sting and the next sting from death would mean our ultimate demise. But we have a savior that came to our rescue and took the sting for us and we no longer have to fear death. Though it buzz over us and land on us it can do no harm and one day death itself will die.
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?… Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:55-56)
April 3, 2019
I have been pondering my way through Romans recently and earlier this week was struck by two words from 9:22-3. The verses say this: “What if God, desiring to show His wrath and to make known His power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of His glory for vessels of mercy which He has prepared beforehand for His glory.” The two words that struck me were “What if.” As I pondered what the verses meant it got me to asking some “what if” questions of my own. 1) What if… God wants to use my uniqueness to make known the “riches of His glory.” 2) What if… God wants to use my weaknesses to “make known His power”. 3) What if… God wants to do something amazing in and through me - am I a willing vessel?
What if…? Two little words that might be worth your time to ponder as well.
March 27, 2019
My newest grandchild, #7, was born this week. Her name is Ezra - which means “helper”. I was reminded of a verse in Hebrews 13:6, “The Lord is my helper, I will not fear: what can man do to me?” May the Lord help you this week to find your joy in Him. May He help you to overcome the things of this world that weigh you down. May He help you to grasp the deep deep love of Jesus. And may He help you to find great delight in His Word and in prayer.
March 19, 2019
“The cross, then, is an expression of God's wrath toward sin as well as His love to us. It expresses His holiness in His determination to punish sin, even at the cost of His Son. And it expresses His love in sending His Son to bear the punishment we so justly deserved.
So in answer to the question, "Why the cross?" we must say God's holiness demanded it as punishment for our sins, and God's love provided it to save us from our sins. We cannot begin to understand the true significance of the cross unless we understand something of the holiness of God and the depth of our sin.” (Quoted from The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges)