We had 2 wonderful services today! Tonight a woman testified that last Sunday night she came to church wanting to die because of circumstances and things that happened to her. She lost hope and the will to live. But Bro. Jeff ministered the Word of God and told of a story he heard many years ago. A pastor had gone to the hospital to pray for a man. He asked the man, "Do you want to live?" He asked him 3 or 4 times before getting a response. Each time he asked that question more forcefully. The last time he asked it the man cried out, "Yes!!" Upon hearing that story, the Lord asked this woman in church, "Do you want to live?" She answered the altar call responding to the call of God and He heard her cry! Tonight she came with hope in her heart, believing God! Let me ask you, "Do you want to live?" Jesus is our life, our hope, our salvation. Call on His name today and live! May God bless you.
Song of Solomon 3:1-4 is a passage I will never forget. A few months after having my first experience with the Lord, I sat on my future mother-in-law's couch with my bride-to-be. We read this account together and it overwhelmed me to think of my search for God, meeting Carol, who testified to me that I could have an experience with "Him whom my soul loveth," and actually finding Him! One of the keys to finding Him is to actively seek Him. He said if we seek we shall find; if we ask we will receive an answer; and if we knock the door will open. It was only a little time that passed after meeting the "watchmen" that "I found Him whom my soul loveth: I held Him, and would not let Him go!" Let me encourage you as you go to the House of God today to seek Him whom your soul loveth. When you find Him, you will never want to let Him go! May God bless you.
Today my mind went back to about 30 years ago when we were at Cape Cod on vacation. I read a verse of Scripture that changed my life completely. II Timothy 3:15 says, "And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." My oldest daughter was about 5 years old at the time and I hadn't really talked to her about the Bible yet, thinking she couldn't understand it. But the Lord showed me I needed to teach her about the Scriptures so she will be wise unto salvation. Not knowing how, I began to act out the stories with her. I roared like the lions in Daniel in the lion's den; I pretended to sling a stone and fall on my face like the story of David and Goliath; I leaped and jumped and praised God like the lame man must have in the book of Acts when he was healed: I became a kid so I could show her the Scriptures. She loved it! But she fell in love with the Scriptures at the same time. Take the time to show your children the Scriptures: they will love you and the Lord for it! May God bless you.
Jeremiah the prophet said there would come a day when the Lord will raise up unto David a righteous Branch who will reign in the earth and prosper. He told us His name shall be called THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. I have heard a lot of teaching in today's churches that say we don't need to do anything because it is considered work. I know we are saved by grace through faith, which is the gift of God, "...not of works, lest any man should boast." My salvation came from Jesus Christ alone and nothing of myself. But now that I am saved He has given me some things to do! The righteousness the Bible speaks of, particularly in this passage, is our place of standing in God's sight. He is righteous, so the things I do for Him are right in His eyes. Remember, we were commissioned by the Lord Jesus, or sent, into all the world to preach the Gospel to every creature so they may be saved. If they hear our words of life and receive faith, that gift is passed to them.His righteousness makes me His partner in the Gospel. Let me encourage you to partner with God and testify to others of His great mercy and grace! May God bless you.
Hebrews 10:35 we read to not cast away our confidence because it has a great recompense of reward. Paul was reminding these believers that they had more going for them than they realized. When they first came to the faith they endured a great "fight of afflictions." But after a time, things got into their mind: maybe they just got tired of fighting for the faith. Whatever it was, Paul encouraged them to "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward." Your confidence in God's Word is worth more than a million dollars. Confidence in God causes you to be fruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, victorious even when the battle rages on, and prospers you when all reason tells you things are hopeless. Confidence in God enables us to testify of God's goodness to the lost because we know He always makes a way for His own! Let me encourage you today: "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward!" May God bless you.
All throughout the New Testament we read of the disciples reaching out to the lame man at the temple, or Jesus speaking to the woman at the well and many other times that one person being the focus of God's attention. Mass media is fine, but there's nothing more important than reaching that one person. We are called to win the lost, one soul at a time. He will send them your way if you're looking for them. They need to know what He gave you! May God bless you.
II Timothy 1:7-10 talks about God's own purpose and grace for our lives. His path may not be strewn with flowers and chocolates. Sometimes the path is a difficult one, seemingly solo, and more of an uphill climb than what we consider "glory." But what if the path the Lord chose for you is to blaze a trail for Him in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation? What if everything you do and everywhere you go you have to pray...what if prayer is not an option but a necessity? Isn't that where His grace becomes sufficient for you and His strength is made perfect in your weakness? It is possible that when you pray, "Father, be glorified in me" that you may not get any glory! When everything is said and done and you're in the presence of Almighty God because of what Jesus Christ did for you, you will be so glad you stood tall in the purpose of Him who called you into His glory by Christ Jesus! May God bless you.
One of the first Scriptures I ever heard was where David said, "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart." I used to think that was a blank check, where He promised to do anything I wanted if I delighted in Him. But as I've served Him for a little while now, my greatest desire is to please Him. He takes care of all our needs, but my greatest desire, my most earnest longing is that He would be pleased with my life. After searching for my purpose in life, I discovered the place I would rather be than any other: "...I sat down under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste." May you find that place close to the heart of God where His fruit becomes sweet to your taste. May God bless you.
Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world" People all around us walk in spiritual darkness. It doesn't mean they are bad or criminal, it just simply means they are in darkness. But the born-again Christian carries the Light, Jesus Christ, in their hearts. He is that light and we are told to bear witness of that Light. I went to Coe Park yesterday evening to pick up someone for church. They told me they would be there, but alas, I didn't see them. But a young man rode up to me on his bicycle and asked, "Are you an attorney?" I said, "No. I'm a pastor." He said, "Oh...God bless you." We got to talking and I gave him a tract and invited him to church. He said he wants to come but has to be somewhere a little later on. But he asked for prayer so I took his hand and prayed for him right there. We both felt the presence of God there in the park. This encounter took less than 5 minutes but the Lord touched both of us. Take the time to reach out others wherever you are. We are the light of the world! May God bless you.