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January 28, 2020, 12:44 PM

Genesis 45:4-5 (KJV)


The call of God is very personal and quite the blessing.  Words can’t describe it, and the idea that God, the creator of all, would invite us to a relationship with him is simply amazing!  He is an amazing God!  One common reaction when God calls us is a feeling of guilt and remorse for the sin in our lives.  This feeling naturally brings sorrow and to some much grief to the point where they feel God will not forgive or that they are not worthy of his forgiveness and salvation.  Some may even be angry with themselves or have trouble letting go of the past feeling like they must suffer for past sins.

Yes, the call of God truly brings condemnation for past sins.  However, when we realize who God really is, our sorrow turns into joy and peace when we soon realize God is love, forgiveness, mercy, and compassion.  This theme is woven throughout the bible.  The events of Joseph’s life recorded in Genius completely captures this theme and describes the heart of God. 

Joseph was betrayed by his brothers in the worst way possible when they sold him into slavery in a foreign country.  Many years later upon seeing his brothers again, Joseph’s attitude towards them was complete love and compassion.  Not only did he forgive his brothers, he also took them in, gave them food and all they would ever need.  Not only did Joseph show love and compassion, he also did not want them to feel remorse for selling him into slavery.

Genius 45:4-5 states, "And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.  Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life."

If you are experiencing the call of God don’t be afraid.  Realize he loves you and wants to give you his love, compassion and mercy.  Yes, you may grieve and be angry with yourself over the past, but will soon realize, he holds nothing against you. Trust in him today!

Many Prayers,

Mike




January 20, 2020, 12:00 PM

Isaiah 55:10-11 (KJV)


The prophet Isaiah declares a promise to us in the scriptures that the word of the Lord shall not return void.  Isaiah 55: 10-11 states, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”  In the New Testament, the apostle Paul references this in similar fashion about sowing the seed and letting God give the increase.

The Lord calls for us to be a mouth piece for him and He will do the rest. I sometimes find myself worrying about the results of my efforts, when all I should be asking myself is the message going out.  You may never see the results of your efforts for the Lord, but the scripture says it will not return void. 

I know God has a purpose for everything we do and say for Him. May we continue to be willing vessels for him and that we continue to seek out his purpose and the plan he has for us.

Bro. Matt Collins




January 8, 2020, 2:24 PM

Luke 6:47-49 (KJV)


Without a solid foundation it is impossible to weather the storms of life.  We have to dig deep when establishing our relationship with Christ the solid rock.  We do this by listening to God and doing what he asks.

Luke 6:47-49 says, "Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:  He is like a man which built an house , and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehmently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great."

Bro. Scott Rogers




December 31, 2019, 1:22 PM

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 2020.  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 of 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




December 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)


Isaiah 7:14 states, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, And shall call his name Immanuel.”  People seem to have more trouble believing in the virgin birth than any other part of the Christmas story, but it is an essential part of God’s perfect plan of redemption for all mankind. 

The sin nature has been passed down to all people from generation to generation because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the garden when God told them not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil or they would spiritually die.  Romans 5:12 states, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” 

Scripture teaches that Jesus was fully human, with a physical body like ours, which he received from Mary. At the same time, Jesus was fully God, with an eternal, sinless nature.  We read in John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” 

Jesus was not born as a normal man with the “Sin Nature” already in his heart and soul.  Hebrews 7:26  states, “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.”  The Virgin Birth circumvented the transmission of the sin nature and allowed the eternal God to become a perfect man.  As stated in Romans 5:17, “ For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” and Romans 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

When God comes into our hearts, and we are sanctified, his spirit allows us to take on the sinless nature of God.  We become the true children of God.  In Romans 8:17 it states, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;”  This was the Purpose of Jesus Christ and why the Virgin birth was so important.

Bro. Doug Roan


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