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January 22, 2019, 7:00 PM

Matthew 11:15 (KJV)


Matthew 11:15 states, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

Jesus Christ was greatest teacher this world has ever known. He imparted wisdom to His disciples and others in many ways covering all sorts of subjects. He spoke in parables and taught with authority everywhere He went. On many occasions those He attempted to teach simply did not believe. Others were too busy or were not willing to listen.

The question must be asked. Is Jesus still seeking to teach mankind even though it has been many years since He walked earth? The answer of course is Yes! Jesus Christ is ready to impart wisdom to whoever will humble themselves and be willing to simply "listen".  This week please think about where you stand with our Savior and are you ready to "hear" his voice of wisdom.

In James 1:5 we read, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

Bro. Mike Merritt




January 14, 2019, 1:38 PM

Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)


"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."  Hebrews 13:8.

This fact alone should give us all great comfort and assurance that no matter what changes may occur around us God will never change.  His love and compassion for us is always the same. It is constant.  His character cannot be shaken and His kingdom is everlasting and will endure forever.  If you haven't trusted Christ to be your Savior, there is no time like today to fully give Him your heart and life!  Put your trust in an unchanging Savior!

James 1:17 states, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

Bro. Mike Merritt




January 9, 2019, 8:05 AM

Kingdom of God


Many Bible readers interpret the Bible and its teachings from a natural or physical view point.  The tendency to interpret the Bible in this way is understandable.  As humans it is in our nature to think, make decisions, and act on what our physical senses tell us.  Even during the time of Christ, many Jews had hopes of a physical King who would come and save them from the Romans.  They desired freedom! 

Many at the time also had hopes of a physical resurrection, which is evidenced by Jesus’ conversation with Martha concerning her brother Lazarus who had recently died.  (This conversation is found in Matthew chapter 11.) 

However, Jesus’ purpose was far greater than a physical kingdom or a physical resurrection.  He explains this in John 6:63 when he states, “It is the spiritthat quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, theyarespirit, and theyarelife.”  What Jesus is saying is that his words and teachings are spiritual and not natural. 

So does this mean that his teachings concerning the Kingdom of God, the Resurrection, Christ’s Second Coming, Holy Communion, Baptism, being “Born Again”, and “the end of the world” are all spiritual?  The answer to this question is YES!  The evidence is overwhelming and can be found throughout the entire Bible.  Of course, all of this cannot be covered or explained in a few paragraphs.  One example can be found in Luke 17:20-21 which states, “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

There is no question that a Kingdom which cannot be seen and one that is located “within you” is most definitely a “Spiritual Kingdom”.  So, this week as you study your Bible, try and view God’s precepts and teaching from a spiritual viewpoint.  By doing this you will soon discover that Jesus’ words are indeed spirit and they are life!

Have a great Week!

Bro. Mike Merritt




December 10, 2018, 4:06 PM

Matthew 9:35-38 (KJV)


Matthew 9:35-38 states, "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest."

I had a few thoughts during the Thanksgiving holiday about the laborers, and why they are few. Since I began working in the commercial roofing industry, I have found it is hard to find willing laborers. The reason behind that is the work is strenuous, it typically requires doing work that no one cares to do, and it has very little pay. People often overlook this position because it’s viewed as a lower ranking job. Jesus is speaking to his disciples saying that the harvest, which is the lost souls in the world, is plenteous.  There is an abundance of people that need the gospel preached to them, but He needs workers. Jesus is calling for labourers to work for him Him. This isn’t going to be suit and tie ministry, but one that has tireless, unrecognized work, and can sometimes be rather difficult. God is looking for willing workers. He is looking for ones that will go through the tough times of the ministry to advance His Kingdom. Let us be found being laborers for Him and as we do so, let us share the love of Christ with others with whom we come in contact.

So my charge this week is for you to examine your spiritual experience with God and see if you are willing to go wherever He wants you to go. Are you truly a laborer for Him? He is looking for a solider He can trust. If you don’t have the Spirit of God in your heart, I ask you to consider your ways. God has a plan for your life and wants to use you for His purpose and glory. 

Bro. Matt Collins




December 5, 2018, 10:00 AM

Emmanuel - God with Us!


Matthew 1:23 states, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

In 1 Corinthians 3:16 we read, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

How can God be with us? What does this mean in our lives? We can each one have God with us, dwelling in us through the Holy Ghost. In abiding with us, God creates something totally different out of our lives. Where bitterness, strife, and emptiness may have once been in our heart as a result of sin, with the Glory of God abiding in our heart, we can walk with Him, keep His commandments, and have peace and contentment.

The greatest gift has already been given by God. Are you willing to open the gift, to open your heart?

Bro. Terry Clelland


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