From the Director
The Cross of Calvary
On Good Friday we will gratefully remember our Savior’s excruciating death on Mt. Calvary’s cross. Then, on Easter Sunday, we will joyfully celebrate our Lord’s unparalleled resurrection from the tomb. May the following statements about the cross inspire and challenge your heart as they have mine.
Our Lord Jesus said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
E. V. Hill stated: “While man displayed his worst at Calvary (crucifying the Son of God), Jesus displayed His best (laying down His life for us). Jesus came not to look good but to do good! Scriptures tell us to bear the cross and not wear the cross!”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated: “The cross is laid on every Christian. As we embark upon discipleship, we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with His death—we give over our lives to death. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”
Oh, how we humans hate to fully surrender and die to self.
Walter J. Chantry said: “As Christ struggled up Calvary’s hill and bled upon it, His aim was to eradicate self-love and implant the love of God in the hearts of men. One can only increase as the other decreases.”
Jerry Bridges wrote: “If we want proof of God’s love for us, then we must look first at the cross where God offered up His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Calvary is the one objective, absolute, irrefutable proof of God’s love for us.”
Praise His holy name for His unconditional love for each of us.
Samuel Rutherford stated: “Christ and His cross are not separable in this life; howbeit, Christ and His cross part at heaven’s door, for there is no house-room for crosses in heaven. One tear, one sigh, one sad heart, one fear, one loss, one thought of trouble cannot find lodging there” What a most interesting and profound thought for all of us.
Thomas à Kempis wrote: In the cross is salvation; in the cross is life; in the cross is protection against our enemies; in the cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness; in the cross is strength of mind; in the cross is joy of spirit; in the cross is excellence of virtue; in the cross is perfection of holiness. There is no salvation of soul, nor hope of eternal life, save in the cross.’ Truly in the cross there is hope, peace, and victory for each of us believers.
Watchman Nee stated: “Long-lasting victory can never be separate from a long-lasting stand on the foundation of the cross.”
Lastly, Todd Starnes very wisely stated: “The most pressing problem facing America can’t be solved in Washington, DC. True hope and change can’t be found at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It can only be found at the foot of the cross of Calvary.”
I’m sure that we all say, “Amen and amen!” to this great statement. Praise be to our awesome God for the cross of Calvary.
Truly the coronavirus is causing a great crisis in America. But our sin nature has caused a much greater spiritual and moral crisis in our beloved country. But, praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for our victory at the cross of Calvary and His resurrection power. Your faithful prayers and financial support are touching many hurting lives here at your GRM/WS.
Thanks indeed. Have a most blessed Easter season in service for our King!
Because of Calvary,
From The desk of The Pregnancy Center Director
Spring is officially here! As I am writing this on March 14, flowers are coming up through the ground, buds on the trees are certainly noticeable, and the birds are chirping more. The grass is turning greener as well, so get those mowers tuned. On April 12 we will celebrate Jesus as our risen Savior and praise Him for all He did for us.
One year ago, on March 18, I agreed to fill in for the retiring director of the Women’s Pregnancy Center. That means babies born in the past year are beginning to sit up, they’re crawling, trying new foods, standing to furniture, and possibly starting to take their first steps. Time really does pass quickly. I even got to see a newborn baby girl that was only five days old on March 9. She was so “Precious” and that was the name her mom and dad gave her. She was beautiful. The family stopped by the center just so we could see their new little girl. I am so thankful for her parents’ excitement and that they know Jesus as their Savior. They are thoroughly enjoying their gift from God.
The volunteers and I continue to work with our regular clients and each month we welcome more new clients. We continue to increase our volunteer staff and hope to expand our hours so we can make our center more accessible to our community and the surrounding area in the months to come. Also, we are preparing a new Bible study called Surrendering the Secret by Pat Layton. Four of us are going through the training now and we hope to get this up and running in a few months. I’ll share more about this study as the time nears. The girls and I continue to seek new ways to reach the needy women in our community.
Again, thank you prayer warriors and supporters of the Women’s Pregnancy Center. We could not serve our community without you!
Very Important Notice
Because we switched our phone service from Century Link to Comcast in 2018 in order to be better stewards of God's resources, we discovered that we are no longer listed in the 2019 Century Link phone book or the 2019-2020 Yellowbook. The Galesburg Rescue Mission & Women's Shelter, located at 435 East Third Street, Galesburg, Illinois, continues to have our (309) 343-4151 phone number! Our Women's Pregnancy Center's phone number is (309) 343-4739 and is located at 1252 East Fremont Street in Galesburg. Please add these phone numbers to your phone book or other phone lists and share our phone number with others....
Thanks for your great help in this matter.