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April 17, 2019, 12:00 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 9, 2019, 2:11 PM

Judges 7 (KJV)


God doesn’t always work the way we expect. In Judges chapter 7, we learn the story of Gideon’s faith in God and, as a result, his victory over the Midianites.

To prepare for battle, Gideon raised an army of 32,000 men. Through God’s specific instruction, Gideon trimmed his army down from 32,000 men to only 300.

It is easy to imagine those 300 men were doing everything they could to be ready for battle – cleaning weapons and armor, sharpening swords, checking armor straps, and carefully preparing in every way that they could. But God’s strategy didn’t require any weapons or armor. Gideon and his men followed God’s plan precisely, and the end result was a resounding victory for the Lord.

Every day we fight the devil. It can be easy to lose sight of what God does for us, but the battle is the Lord’s if we will let him fight for us. Our worldly preparations mean little unless we have also prepared our hearts and minds with faith and God’s love. How are you preparing today?

Sis. Demi Arceneaux




April 2, 2019, 10:14 AM

John 8:12 (KJV)


In many places, the Bible discusses light and darkness, but one beautiful verse is found in John 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 1:9, John 9:5, 2 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




March 26, 2019, 1:14 PM

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (KJV)


Solomon, widely regarded as the wisest man who ever lived, shared numerous spiritual truths in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. The ultimate point of Solomon’s writings is contained in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 which states “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Note, this passage begins with the words “Let us”. Solomon exhorted himself, as well as the reader, to hear the conclusion and to be obedient to it.

Similarly, Paul speaks about how he made sure that he was living in obedience to God, while preaching the gospel to others. I Corinthians 9:26-27 states “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

Bro. Chris Collier




March 18, 2019, 10:00 AM

Matthew 24: 12-13 (KJV)


Matthew 24:12-13 states, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

God has never forced anyone to serve Him. I serve Him because I love Him. As iniquity continues to abound in the world today, my love for God continues to increase as I observe how He has kept me from falling. The more trials that I endure and the more tribulations that I overcome, the more I love God for empowering me with the strength to be victorious.

I hope your love for God is increasing. God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Let’s be faithful to Him unto the end. I want to stroll over heaven with you!

Bro. Chris Collier


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