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September 11, 2017, 2:34 PM

9/11

This week marks the 16-year anniversary of 9/11.  I remember that day vividly and the horror and terror that was felt by the whole country as we watched the destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers.  We should always remember and pray for all the families that were impacted by this great tragedy.  That one historical event would change the course of world events for years to come.

The other memory I have of that event was the special church service that was arranged for the evening of 9/11.  I specifically recall the tone of the service and statements made by our Raleigh leadership.  Yes, this was a tragic event that caused anxiety and anger for lots of people; however, we should not forsake what we know.  We should not give into the hatred and fear.  We have hope in the Love of God!  That message still resonates today.

2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”

As we remember this day, let us remember that we should not let the devil put things in our lives that terrorize us, rather we have the all mighty God on our side.  He has given us power, love and mind that can combat the things of the devil meant to steer us off course.

Bro. Scott Rogers




September 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

1 Peter 1:3

1Peter 1:3 states, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."

With the recent weather event in Texas and the pending storm approaching Florida, this verse is a reminder of the great hope found only in Jesus Christ.  He is our hope through any storm.  Put your trust in Christ today!

Bro. Mike Merritt




August 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Total Eclipse

Have you ever seen a child want to share with you something exciting they have learned or discovered?  That is how I felt with the Eclipse last week.  I was blessed to visit an area of total eclipse, and while it wasn’t exactly like the child’s example, it felt like God gave us a special light show last week.

Some described the eclipse as a “spiritual moment” as seen in this unexpected testimony. (http://www.wral.com/-science-illuminates-god-s-work-greg-fishel-recounts-2017-eclipse/16903371/). 

It is easy for me to get wrapped in the details, but I wonder if the knowledge God has given us to understand and predict the details somehow takes away from the AWESOME reality of an eclipse. 

  • I struggle to get to church on time, but science calculates when and where the next eclipse will occur as far out as the year 3000.  The timing of this eclipse could have been predicted 1000 years ago, yet it arrived not a moment early, not a second late.
  • I occasionally find it hard to get out of my car in the garage as I’ve parked poorly.  There is significant difference in the scale of my car into the garage and this eclipse.  We estimate the sun is 93 million miles away, yet the earth we live on, the moon, and the sun were all perfectly in place for this event.
  • God took the “show on the road” as it travelled about 1400 miles an hour across North America.  It makes our best holiday fireworks seem so small, doesn’t it?

Please read Job 37 as it talks about fearing God for his great works.   And then continue reading the 38th chapter, “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth”.   Where were you and I when He planned this eclipse?  Where will we be when the next full eclipse passes across the US, 99 years from now?  Psalms 90:12 says “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”.

 

It convinces, and convicts me of at least a few things:

  • God has it ALL under control.  I’ve got to be faithful and diligent in the situations he has placed me, but He is more than able to handle the rest.  Not only is fully able, but even though my affairs are small and insignificant, He takes note of every detail.
  • Where two or three are gathered in His name, He is in the midst.  Whether in a small or large group, I want to reverently kneel or stand as we pray, and encourage everyone to do the same.  The King of kings and Lord of lords is worthy of that reverence. 
  • The eclipse reveals an element of God’s precision.  He remembers that our frame is but of dust, but still expects the best you and I have.  Jesus says in Matthew 5:26, “Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing”.

Bro. David Cosby




August 14, 2017, 9:27 AM

The Lord is still watching the Treasury

.…but this is far different than a contribution reminder.  Mark 12:41-44 says, "And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.  And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.  And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:  for all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."

This passage could have many interpretations, but perhaps everyone agrees that Jesus was looking at the completeness of the contribution or sacrifice and not the amount.  The scriptures record not the amount of the contribution of the rich, but to tell us how small this poor widow’s contribution was, so that we could focus on the 100% she contributed (all that she had).

While the example is the financial contribution to the treasury, the point is much broader.  He wants all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  Matthew 22:37 says “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

I believe this contribution/sacrifice still applies when we deny our self, when we make time to worship during church times, when a brother or sister needs encouragement or whatsoever our hands find to do.   James 4:17 is unrestricted,  “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”..…and we don’t want to hold back any part of that contribution.

In Acts 5: 1-5 we read, "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.  And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things."

With a willing, humble heart in service to the Lord, the blessing will come.  Lastly, 1Cor 3:7-14 states, "So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward."

Bro. David Cosby




August 7, 2017, 8:30 AM

The Potter's House

In Jeremiah, one of the mysteries of serving the Lord is revealed. Jeremiah 18:1-6 states, "The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,  Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel."

When we come to the Lord in need of forgiveness and sanctification, Galatians 2:20 suggests we are destroyed as this marred vessel was when it states, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

… and we made new again as was that marred vessel.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

While we are instantly perfect in the Spirit that God places in our hearts, what matters is our present situation today.  It seems to suggest that we remain on the potter’s wheel every day.   Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:31, says “I die daily” and with that comes Psalm 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits”

Bro. David Cosby


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