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February 7, 2016, 9:34 AM

Seeking God


Jeremiah 29:13 states, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."


In Matthew 13:45-46 we read, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it."

In today's world there are endless recommendations made by man for finding God. Over the years thousands of books, countless seminars and teachings, and a multitude ideas and approaches have been espoused. Even though man's ideas are complicated and diverse, the true approach to finding God is simple and unchanging. The bible clearly teaches that you must seek him with "all of our heart"!

Have a blessed week!

Mike Merritt




January 10, 2016, 9:55 AM

2 Corinthians 13:5 (KJV)


With the start of a brand new year, many folks are evaluating their lives and resolving to make improvements for 2016.  This evaluation is a healthy process if one is truly honest with themselves.  Whether these improvements are associated with diet, exercise, or setting a budget; this type evaluation can lead to improvements that can be life changing. 

The Bible does teach us to examine ourselves, but in a little different way than looking at things from a physical viewpoint.  According to 2 Corinthians 13:5 we are to, "Examine ourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.  Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"   This single verse challenges us all to look within ourselves and to make sure Jesus Christ is abiding in our hearts in lives.  Another verse found in 2 Peter 1:10 says, "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if you do these things, ye shall never fall."

I pray this week your New Year's resolutions start with the spiritual side of life and that you all will have a safe and Happy New Year!

Bro. Mike Merritt




November 1, 2015, 9:26 AM

1 Corinthians 15:58


"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 15:58.  As defined by Webster's 1828 dictionary, stedfast is 1. Fast fixed; firm; firmly fixed or established; as the stedfast globe of earth.  2. Constant; firm; resolute; not fickle or wavering.

Paul concludes his first epistle to the Corinthians with this powerful verse of exhortation to be stedfast.  This verse is just as applicable today as it was in Paul’s time.  He knew that our adversary, the devil, will relentlessly use circumstances and people to discourage us and potentially cause us to exit the highway of holiness.  It is our choice to remain stedfast in our devotion to God and in our resolve to retain our salvation, regardless of circumstances and the actions of those around us.

It is encouraging to realize that every one of us can freely choose to be stedfast.  Being stedfast does not require any talent, beauty, popularity, or wealth.  Once we have received salvation, it is our choice to remain faithful to God through all of the ups and downs of life.  We are not forced to be stedfast, but we have access to an anchor (Hebrews 6:19) which will help keep us on the right path.  Stay connected to the anchor.

“We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.”
We Have An Anchor
By Priscilla J. Owens (1882)

Bro. Chris Collier




October 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)


Have you ever been asked if you have it all under control?  Talk about pressure.  But when you think about it, no one has it all under control.  However, there is good news! Jesus tells us he will help us with all aspects of our life.  He has it all under control.

There are at least two passages that emphasize this point.

1 Peter 5:7 states, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."

In Matthew 10:29-31 we read, "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows."

Rest in God today and remember to thank the creator and enjoy his creation today and everyday!

Bro. Terry Clelland




October 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Philippians 4:12 (KJV)


Sometimes we all need reminding that with Christ living and abiding in our hearts we have access to great spiritual power and strength. The apostle Paul said it best in Philippians 4:12… “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

So as you go about your week, remember that Jesus Christ can give you strength to overcome any challenge or obstacle if you trust in Him.

Bro. Mike Merritt

 


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