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July 9, 2013, 4:44 PM

Liberty

It is during the month of July in particular that we recall the word “liberty", particularly the “liberty” that was won so our country could be free from British authority.  This “Liberty” allowed a new country to be born; relieving its citizens from oppression and granting individual rights and freedoms in this great nation.

A similarity can be drawn with our spiritual man.  There is spiritual “Liberty” that is obtained through salvation by the grace of Jesus Christ!  Jesus can free the soul from the greatest bondage ever known to mankind which is the bondage of sin.

In the book to the Galatians of the new testament the Apostle Paul writes:

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.(Gal 5:1 KJV)

We must understand that while we have freedom in Christ, there is also great responsibility in doing our best to maintain this freedom.  We have the duty of honoring God with all of our “heart” as we navigate through life.  We should not act careless but always remember Jesus’ great sacrifice for us and always live for Him.  The warning here is our freedom can be lost by entangling ourselves again with the yoke of bondage.

Paul goes on to write:

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.(Gal 5:13 KJV)

Let us remember now and always the bondage we have been called from and the care and diligence required to maintain the liberty we enjoy, both in this nation and in the service to our savior.

Bro. Terry Clelland




May 21, 2013, 9:34 AM

1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)

1 Samuel 16:7 states, “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

This passage from the Bible describes God’s conversation with the prophet Samuel concerning who is to be King over Israel. He is explaining to Samuel that David, who at the time is a young shepherd boy, is to replace Saul as King. From this text, we can clearly see that God is most concerned about man’s inward appearance. King Saul had been disobedient to God’s commands and has shown disrespect and arrogance by making excuses for his actions. Saul may have looked the part of King but God knew what was in his heart. He knew the real King Saul.

Human nature is no different today. Man’s outward appearance is worshipped today more than we realize and is a trap that many fall prey. On the other hand, what God really sees and respects is inner beauty. God wants to see in us a spirit of genuine honesty, integrity, humility, charity, modesty, obedience, etc. These are the qualities in people that God notices. We should strive to be more like God and notice these qualities in others and give them reverence no matter their intellect, social status, or outward appearance.

In 1 Peter 3:4, we read, “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

Have a great week!

Bro. Mike Merritt




May 14, 2013, 8:56 AM

John 16:7 (KJV)

John 16:7 states, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you."

Luke 24:49 reads, "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."

While Christ was on earth he patiently worked with his disciples to explain to them a simple truth about his purpose. He reiterated many times that He would not always be with them in the flesh but would abide with them forever by His Spirit living in their hearts. After heeding Jesus instruction not to leave Jerusalem after His resurrection, the disciples and many others waited in an upper room and received the “Promise” of his Holy Spirit as detailed in the second chapter of the Book of Acts.

This experience of receiving the Holy Spirit can be yours today. You must first make a decision you want to serve the Lord above anything and repent. Once you have truly forsaken your sins and repented you are ready to receive his Spirit. By simply asking in faith and totally committing your life to him, He will send His Holy spirit into your heart and life to abide with you forever. Give Jesus Christ a chance and trust Him today. You will be forever changed!

Have a great week!

Bro. Mike Merritt




April 22, 2013, 1:00 PM

God's Grace

Grace is simply defined as unmerited favor. We deserve nothing from God. However, John 3:16 tells us "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God’s grace is unmerited and undeserved. It cannot be earned, bought, inherited, or obtained in any manner. We obtain his grace by falling at the feet of Jesus asking in faith to be forgiven of the sins that we have committed, and then asking for God’s Ggace to come into our hearts and remove the SIN nature that causes us to sin.

Ephesians 2:1-5 says “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”

Romans 8:11 states, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

Titus 2:11-12 tells us “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.”

God’s grace is available to “whosoever will”. It is free, it is abundant, and it will change your life. Try Jesus!

Bro. Doug Roan




April 15, 2013, 9:38 AM

The Light of the World is Jesus

Genesis 1: 2-3 (KJV) states, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

Darkness differs from the mere absence of light.

In Exodus 10: 21-23 (KJV) we read, “And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.”

In our world darkness represents SIN. SIN is born into our hearts, from the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden. SIN separates us from God. Just as God and God alone has the power to speak, and create Light, only God can remove the darkness of SIN from our souls and lives.

John 1: 1-5 (KJV) states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

St. John 8:12 (KJV) reads, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Only through Christ can we get out of the darkness of SIN and into God's marvelous light. When God’s light comes in, darkness must flee. And with God’s light comes peace, contentment and Joy.

Try Jesus. He will bring Light to your world!

Bro. Doug Roan


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