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May 12, 2019, 10:23 AM

Luke 24: 49 (KJV)


 

After the crucifixion, Jesus appears to his disciples, and the last thing that He says to them is “Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49

Consider this: because Jerusalem was home to the temple, with the Holiest of Holies and the Mercy Seat, Jesus basically told them to stay as close as possible to the presence of God. They had done all they could do at the time, and all that was left for them was to wait on God to complete His work in their lives.

This is good advice for us today. No matter our current circumstances, there comes a time for us to wait on God. It is up to us as that time to do everything in our power to remain close to God, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically – a place where He can continue to work with us and for us.

“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalms 27:14

Sis. Demi Arceneaux




April 28, 2019, 10:25 AM

Easter


The narrative of Easter in the Bible is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish (Luke chapters 12-19.) We see Jesus himself experience this as He does God's work through love, fear, joy, tenderness, and anger. However, He always works for the same goal: to bring salvation to us through his own death.

The people around Jesus during this time are far less consistent. There is a welcoming crowd as He enters Jerusalem, glorifying Him and hailing him as king. Somehow, by the time Pilate offers them the choice to crucify Jesus, the people become murderous and call for Jesus's blood. Naturally, even individuals who loved Jesus dearly struggled with fear, doubt, and anger during this time.

The ups and downs that emotion bring are a real part of life, but sometimes they can distract us from serving God. No one is exempt from the sea of emotion as we go through the hardships of life, but we must also look to the example Jesus set for us, and be steadfast. We can't waver from our goal of serving Christ if we want to reach our reward in Heaven, no matter the immediate circumstances around us.

Sis. Demi Arceneaux




April 28, 2019, 10:23 AM

John 8:12 (KJV)


In many places, the Bible discusses light and darkness, but one beautiful verse is found inJohn 8:12: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” This isn’t the only place that the Bible compares Jesus to the light, in fact, we see similar comparisons in John 1:9John 9:52 Corinthians 4:4, and many other places.

Jesus is our light. When we allow Him in our lives, he helps us to understand his Truth, and makes our path more clear. His light brings us spiritual growth, contentment, comfort, and peace. The light drives out the darkness that would consume us if we would allow it.

And what of that darkness? The Bible uses the darkness to describe hate (1 John 2:11) and evil/sin (Luke 11:34). We also associate darkness with secrecy, confusion, and fear. Most people do not seek out a life of these things, but before Jesus comes into our lives, we don’t have any option except to live in sin.

When we follow Jesus, everything changes. When we follow Jesus, we “shall have the light of life”. Not just any light: the light of the glory of Jesus, the light of life in and with Him. This is true life. We don’t have to just “go through the motions” in life. When Jesus dwells within us, we can live joyfully and victoriously here and now, with the full assurance of eternal life and a home in Heaven.

Sis. Demi Arceneaux

 

 




August 5, 2018, 10:45 AM

Acts 2: 46-47 (KJV)


 

Acts 1:14 states, "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren."

In Acts 2:1 we read, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place."

Acts 2: 46-47 states, "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."

Camp Meeting 2018, what a wonderful week we had last week worshipping the Lord with many brothers and sisters, seeing lost souls find new life in Christ Jesus.  Oh how beautiful to see the transformation in a life that is only available through the Spirit of God.  I have been thinking about what causes so many souls to look to camp meeting as a place for a new start.  While I realize there are many things that play a part in this, this year I couldn’t help being challenged by the fact that one major reason is that we bathe this week in prayer well before we get there.  Not only that, we all approach that week in one accord, expecting blessings to flow, and expecting souls to seek to be saved.  So the challenge I left Camp Meeting with this year….We only have 51 weeks remaining until Camp Meeting 2019, what will we do with those 51 weeks? 

Bro. Chip Bishop




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


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