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February 15, 2016, 3:11 PM

Brighton the Corner Where You Are

We sometimes sing a song titled "Brighten the Corner Where You Are" written by Ina Ogdon.  The song is worth quoting almost entirely. 
“Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do, do not wait to shed your light afar; to the many duties ever near you now be true, brighten the corner where you are.  Here for all your talents you may surely find a need, here reflect the bright and morning star; even from your humble hand the bread of life may feed, brighten the corner where you are.  Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear, let not narrow self your way debar; though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer, brighten the corner where you are.”

It would be easy to wait until we can do something great, that might have a large impact on someone or that might bring us some individual satisfaction or glory....but most of the record we have of Jesus' ministry seems to be one-on-one, individual ministry.  If that was glorious enough for Jesus, how busy then we ought to be.  Col 3:23 "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men".

Bro. David Cosby

February 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

According to the scripture, David was a man after God's own heart.  In his early life we understand David killing the lion and the bear while keeping his father's sheep.  He also killed Goliath to rescue the armies of the living God.  The common knowledge of the day was Saul had killed his thousands, but David his ten thousands.  Even while spending most of his early life fleeing Saul, David showed mercy to God's anointed multiple times.  In addition, David exacted righteous judgement on those that brought tidings and claimed to participated in Saul's death.....but then the story of David moves on to the sin with Bathsheba and a fairly awful life with this children that followed.  

Is there a bigger story here?  No one else in the scripture is called a man after God's own heart, what happened?  When we bring David's entire life into focus, maybe there is an allegory between his life that is explained in other scriptures.  It seems that when the Lord provided David's glory, he prospered, but once he became king it seems the glory of man became deceitful. 

Paul made some observations in II Corianthian 12:9, he said, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."  I Peter 1:24 says "all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and flower thereof falleth away".  Luke 6:26 says "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets."  Matthew 6:33 states,  "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Bro. David Cosby

February 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Psalms 51:7 (KJV)

As we completely thaw out from our last bit of beautiful, white snow, I am reminded of the purity that comes when we turn our lives over to God.   When we ask for his divine forgiveness, God cleans out the old sins from our lives, preparing us for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Psalms 51:7 says, "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow”

I am so thankful that God can take a life full of dark, sinful impurities and make it clean and beautiful.

Bro. Scott Rogers

January 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Seeking God

Jeremiah 29:13 states, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

In Matthew 13:45-46 we read, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it."

In today's world there are endless recommendations made by man for finding God. Over the years thousands of books, countless seminars and teachings, and a multitude ideas and approaches have been espoused. Even though man's ideas are complicated and diverse, the true approach to finding God is simple and unchanging. The bible clearly teaches that you must seek him with "all of our heart"!

Have a blessed week!

Mike Merritt

January 19, 2016, 2:08 PM

Galatians 5:13-14 (KJV)

“Every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God” - Martin Luther King Jr.

True love comes as a manifestation of the Holy Spirit given by God to those who are Sanctified.  When we demonstrate that love to our neighbors, it shines a light in a very dark world.  

Galations 5:13-14 states, "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

Bro. Scott Rogers

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