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November 12, 2017, 10:54 AM

Eternal Life

The Bible teaches that man has a two dimensional existence. One dimension is a natural body that is capable of carrying out an earthly existence. This natural body has a finite existence and will return to the dust of the earth.  The second and invisible dimension of man is the soul.  This soul will live forever. The eternal destination of our soul is completely determined by our faith and conduct on this earth. 

1 Corinthians 15:44 says, "It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body."

James 4:14 states, "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."

In 1 John 5:11-13 we read, "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."

Bro. Steve Gray




September 24, 2017, 9:52 AM

Getting Back to the Basics

Joshua 4:6-7 (KJV)

I have heard the phrase many times in my life “getting back to the basics”.  For me that always meant simplifying things.  It was usually given to me when my life became too complicated and I was losing focus or direction.  I needed to go back to some of the core values in my life.  I have employed that same phrase and action in my spiritual life.

Joshua Chapter 4 always comes to mind when I think of getting back to the basics.  In this chapter when the children of Israel were crossing the river Jordan, Joshua was given explicit instructions by God to gather 12 stones from the river “where the priests’ feet stood firm”.  There was a specific reason for this commandment.  God was instructing them to building a memorial for generations to speak and know about this miraculous event in history.  Something that would remind them of the great deliverance God had provided for them and bring them back to the basics of God’s goodness.

Joshua 4: 6 & 7 says, "That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?  Then you shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever."

When things get tough, complicated and you start to lose focus; get back to the basics!  I encourage you to find a physical or spiritual memorial in your life.  Something that quiets the inner storms and allows you to focus on the Spirit of God and the wonderful things he has done and the wonderful things he will do!

Bro. Scott Rogers




August 20, 2017, 9:40 AM

The Lord is still watching the Treasury

.…but this is far different than a contribution reminder.  Mark 12:41-44 says, "And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.  And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.  And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:  for all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."

This passage could have many interpretations, but perhaps everyone agrees that Jesus was looking at the completeness of the contribution or sacrifice and not the amount.  The scriptures record not the amount of the contribution of the rich, but to tell us how small this poor widow’s contribution was, so that we could focus on the 100% she contributed (all that she had).

While the example is the financial contribution to the treasury, the point is much broader.  He wants all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  Matthew 22:37 says “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

I believe this contribution/sacrifice still applies when we deny our self, when we make time to worship during church times, when a brother or sister needs encouragement or whatsoever our hands find to do.   James 4:17 is unrestricted,  “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”..…and we don’t want to hold back any part of that contribution.

In Acts 5: 1-5 we read, "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.  And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things."

With a willing, humble heart in service to the Lord, the blessing will come.  Lastly, 1Cor 3:7-14 states, "So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward."

Bro. David Cosby

 




July 2, 2017, 9:37 AM

Proverbs 22:1 (KJV)

Proverbs 22:1 states, "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold."

This scripture reminds us that the things of this life that have true value can't be held in our hands. Also remember this week to be careful and diligent as you carry the name of Christ.

Have a great week!

Bro. Mike Merritt




July 2, 2017, 9:36 AM

Romans 8:35-39 (KJV)

Romans 8: 35-39 states, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

What a promise that our God, our Savior, our Redeemer has provided for us. How he loves us!

Have a blessed week!

Bro. Terry Clelland


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