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May 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

John 15: 10-11 (KJV)

John 15:10-11 states: “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” 

The promises contained in these words of our precious Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, give me great comfort and hope as I experience the expected and unexpected challenges of life.  It is important to remember who is the source of our joy.  Our joy does not come from our spouse, children, parents, grandchildren, grandparents, siblings, friends, or any other person.  Regardless of the actions, good or bad, of these people in our lives, the joy of Jesus Christ can and will remain in us and cause our joy to be full, if we keep our Lord’s commandments and abide in His love.  No one, but Jesus Christ can give us this joy and thankfully, no one can take it from us.

Bro. Chris Collier

May 3, 2016, 12:16 PM

Acts 10:34-35 (KJV)

Acts 10:34-35 states: “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:   But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”  This passage is one of my favorites because it exemplifies how much God desires for all people to obtain salvation, while at the same time specifying the need for holiness of heart and life. 

Webster’s 1828 dictionary contains the following definition of fear: “In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience.”  Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines sanctification as “the act of God's grace by which the affections of men are purified or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love to God.”

I don’t believe any of us have the ability to satisfy the requirements of Acts 10:35 on our own.  After we have confessed our sins and received God’s forgiveness, we need a second work of grace, through the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, that will purify our affections and keep them pure in order to work righteousness.  Although use of the word sanctification is not mandatory, I believe the experience that is defined by this word is mandatory.  Without this experience, we would fail to fear God and work righteousness.  Without this second work of grace, I believe people will revert back to their sinful ways and will be lost.

I’m so glad I’m sanctified.  Hallelujah to the Lamb!

Bro. Chris Collier

April 25, 2016, 1:20 PM

Isaiah 40 :25-31 (KJV)

Isaiah 40:  25-31   

25To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.  26Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.  27Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?  28Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  29He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:   31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Draw strength from God, so that you will not faint, and that your faith and courage may be renewed.  He is our power and a source of great strength.

Bro. Terry Clelland

April 11, 2016, 10:43 AM

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

I am reminded this Easter season of the cross of Jesus Christ and its spiritual meaning. The cross enlightens us today about the spiritual dying of self and sin and then the resurrecting power of Jesus Christ, which enables us to live free from sin. As Jesus Christ was crucified, we must also spiritually crucify ourselves so we too can experience the resurrection and become a new creation in Christ. I have been moved by an old hymn written by Isaac Watts in the early 1700’s entitled "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross".  The lyrics are as follows:

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Bro. Matt Collins

March 15, 2016, 10:16 AM

Is the Bible Progressive?

With the presidential debates I started wondered exactly what is progressive?  A quick web search provided:   "1) happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step, and 2) (of a group, person, or idea) favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas."  Now this isn't about politics....

One of the main attributes of a healthy business is that it constantly changes with the competition, technology, and society.  Imagine a company that manufactured 8-track tapes, and didn't change to cassettes, imagine if they didn't move from cassettes to CDs, or from CDs to MP3 players.  ....but this isn't about the health of a company or business.

It makes sense to reference the immutable Word of God.  Maybe Paul was progressive when he said "To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some".  Jesus certainly brought change in ushering out the old, corrupt, hypocritical Jewish hierarchy of the time and bringing in the new covenant. 

Its much easier to identify scripture that anchors our salvation.  So much advertising focuses on "new", but Paul wasn't speaking well of the audience on Mars Hill in Acts 17:21 when he said “For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.”

Psalms 119:89 "For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven."  Heb 13:8: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."  Malachi 3:6 "For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."  Jeremiah 6:16 "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."

We improve our technology and businesses, but the word of God and His Salvation is perfect.  Any effort to change it become a facsimile or copy.  No wonder our forefathers commonly prayed "Lord choose out our changes". 

Now on the politics, Benjamin Franklin said  "He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.”  Its a deeply meaningful statement.  Maybe he perceived some difference between primitive Christianity and progressive/modern some 200 years ago?

Bro. David Cosby

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