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June 1, 2015, 10:52 AM

1 John 3: 7-11


We finished the Easter story a short while ago.  We are all moved by the sacrifice of the God and his Son, but do we understand the purpose, the reason for the sacrifice?

We know that “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son”, but the real purpose was also stated in 1 John 3: 7-11, “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”

We call it being Sanctified.

Bro. Doug Roan




May 18, 2015, 2:22 PM

Today


Matthew 6:31-34 states "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

One of the hardest things to do is live in “today”. We all have plans, worries, concerns, etc. but we are only promised NOW. Living in TODAY is hard, because it means giving up control, it means trusting that God will do what is best for us. And even though we have all these biblical promises, we somehow think if we put all our energy and all our focus into everything, it will somehow change the outcome. It may or it may not!  In the meanwhile, we have missed the pleasures of the now.

One day, I was so wrapped up in thoughts, I did not hear my granddaughter tell me she loved me. I have promised myself that will never happen again.

Bro. Doug Roan




May 11, 2015, 2:24 PM

Too Big To Fail


We hear this all the time. We put our money in banks that we think cannot fail, even though most of these banks did not exist when we were younger. We buy stocks in company’s we believe are so big that they cannot fail, companies that did not exist 20 years ago. We put our faith in people we don’t really know or know so little and we are shocked when they fail to live up to their promises.  Yet when we are asked to believe or trust God, we think that is somehow superstitious or even crazy. 

Philippians 4: 6-8 states, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

As a song we sing says:

“YOU HAVE TRIED THE PATH OF WORLDLY PLEASURE
SOUGHT FOR PEACE THE WORLD CAN NEVER GIVE
OH BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU PLACE YOUR TREASURES
YOU NEED ONE TO TEACH YOU HOW TO LIVE.”

Try Jesus, He never fails!

Bro. Doug Roan




May 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Isaiah 40: 28-31


“Hast 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. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But 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.”  Isaiah 40: 28-31

We need to be reminded daily of God’s presence, God’s power and God’s strength in our everyday walk. Lord help us to remember what our great God has done, what He has created, and what He can do if we let him direct each step of our journey!

Teach me Lord to wait!




April 28, 2015, 6:22 AM

Our Faith is in Jesus


Hebrews 11 provides a chronicle of the heroes of faith from the Old Testament.  It ends with “and these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”

Hebrews 12:11-3 says “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside very weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run the patience the race that is set before, Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endure the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lets ye be wearied and faint in your minds”.

Both the Old and New Testament point to Christ.  In 2 Peter 1:3 it tells us that he has given us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness, though the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”.    I believe these scriptures tell us he has given everything we need, but it is up to us individually to lay aside every weight.  We sometimes sing a song, “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name, On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand”.  It goes on to say “when all around my soul give way, he then is all my hope and stay”.  I’m thankful Jesus is that  rock and anchor to the soul.

Bro. David Cosby


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