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November 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Ezekiel 34:11 (KJV)

Ezekiel 34:11 states, "For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out."

I had a thought this week from reading in Ezekiel when the Lord speaks as a shepherd speaking to his sheep. The analogy of the Lord being our shepherd and we are his sheep is interwoven throughout the scripture. One point I wanted to bring out is the part in the verse where it says "will both search my sheep, and seek them out.”  

The beauty of the Gospel is we are not deserving of the glorious gift of forgiveness and sanctification, and we have done nothing to merit his favor, but the Lord seeks us out and calls us by name. He cares for each and every one of his sheep. It is mentioned in the gospels where he leaves the ninety-nine to find that one. The love that he has for us is unconditional, which was demonstrated at the death on the cross. The Lord never gives up on us, but is calling and pleading that we turn to Him. He is desiring for us to have a relationship with Him. That is the love of Christ.

If you don't know the Lord take the time in prayer to call on the Lord because He is looking to answer your call. Don’t feel you are unworthy or too far out in sin for Him to sanctify you. As the scripture says in the New Testament, “The son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost". It is His will that none should perish but that all should come to repentance. 

Love and prayers, 

Matt Collins 

November 21, 2017, 10:38 AM

2 Corinthianas 4:7 (KJV)

2 Corinthians 4:7 states, "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."

The Apostle Paul speaks about “this treasure” that is in us which is the gift of sanctification (Holy Spirit).  He refers to us as earthen vessels which contain this spiritual treasure that goes with us from day to day.  He uses the reference of earthen vessels to relate it to the clay that the potter molds and makes into beautiful vessels. During that time after the clay jars were finished valuable documents were placed in the jars for safe keeping.  So, he relates that to the Spirit of God that is in these temporary vessels. 

He also talks about the power that is of God and not of us and reminds us that we must depend solely on Him.  Through full dependency on God we realize that we walk by faith and not by sight letting His Holy Spirit direct our steps.  I ask you this week consider what you treasure and know that you can have “this treasure” which is the Holy Spirit living in your heart!  Jesus said it best in Luke 12:34... For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Love & Prayers

Matt Collins

November 13, 2017, 10:30 AM

Acts 3: 6-9 (KJV)

Acts 3: 6-9 states, "Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.  And all the people saw him walking and praising God."

The Lord  directed me toward the scripture of the lame man that lay at the gate. This man had a physical disability that caused paralysis, and because of that he became a beggar and asked for alms. The sixth verse in this chapter stood out to me, when the Lord ministered to this man physically, but more importantly his spiritual state was changed. The lame man probably anticipated receiving money as Peter came by, but Peter provided the man with something more precious then silver or gold. Peter was able to offer him healing through the power of Jesus Christ and because of that the lame man’s life was drastically changed, much greater than money could ever do.

It is a great thing to minister to someone who is in need of physical help or has monetary needs, but ultimately the best thing we can do for others is to present Jesus Christ to them. This may come through the temporal needs as a start, but introducing them to Christ is the greatest gift.

I want to do my best throughout the week to present Jesus Christ and the gift of sanctification through His spirit; I hope you have the same determination as well.

Love and Prayers,

Bro. Matt Collins

November 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

1 Timothy 1:12 (KJV)

1 Timothy 1:12 states, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.”  The definition of Christian ministry is "an activity carried out by Christians to express or spread their faith, the prototype being the Great Commission."  The origin of the word “ministry” comes from the Greek word 'to serve'. 

We are blessed and privileged to be used for the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  This task can sometimes seem overwhelming, but it brings such an encouragement to know that the Creator of this universe has counted me faithful for His ministry. It inspires me to do more for the ministry and remain faithful!

I would like to encourage everyone that is on the gospel highway to remain faithful to Jesus Christ and to the ministry. If you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, I encourage you to examine yourself and seek a life of conversion and sanctification. He invites everyone to be a part of this ministry and everyone is needed.

Love & Prayers
Bro. Matt Collins

October 30, 2017, 10:49 AM

Why Do We Sing?

In Colossians 3:16 we read, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."

Hebrews 12:2 states, "I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee."

To be able to express ourselves in song in a blessing from God.  Not just beautiful melody and harmony, but a heartfelt expression lifted up to Him. The scriptures admonish us to sing “Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).  Additionally, we are admonished to “sing with the spirit…and with the understanding also” (II Corinthians 14:15). Other creatures of God’s universe have their own unique sound, but it is human beings that are able to express their deepest convictions and faith with a song.

We worship God because He has changed our lives.  We offer praise to Him for His loving kindness toward us. The Bible says to “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing” (Psalms 100:1-2).  Making a joyful noise with gladness and singing is a means to worship God.

Singing a hymn is an expression of the soul and a reflection of our convictions and, most likely, of the condition of our spiritual life.  We can praise God wherever we are because a song can always be in the spirit.   Songs can convey our sincere emotions like nothing else can. They can inspire, motivate, and encourage us. Hymns should honor the providence of God, the birth, life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ, and the power of His Holy Spirit in the world. 

Bro. Steve Gray

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