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April 24, 2017, 11:00 PM

Matthew 22:36-38 (KJV)

As part of its definition of love, Webster’s 1828 dictionary states: “The love of God is the first duty of man, and this springs from just views of his attributes or excellencies of character, which afford the highest delight to the sanctified heart.  Esteem and reverence constitute ingredients in this affection, and a fear of offending him is its inseparable effect.”  Below are a few verses that this definition of the love of God brings to mind:

Matthew 22:36-38 states, "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?   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.   This is the first and great commandment."

Psalm 1:1-2 reads, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."

In Romans 7:22 we read, "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:"

While Ecclesiastes 12:13 states, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."

Romans 12:9 says, "Let love be without dissimulation.  Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good."

Bro. Chris Collier




April 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

The Mind of Christ

Philippians 2:5-8 states:  “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

On the surface, the concept of human beings possessing the mind of Christ may appear haughty and out of reach.  In reality, it is quite the opposite.  It is a mind of humility, obedience, and full submission to the will of God.  Not only is it within reach, it is a requirement for salvation.

The mind that Paul exhorts the congregation at Philippi to possess was demonstrated by Jesus during His prayer in the garden of Gethsemane.  Luke 22:41-42 states:  “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:  nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

Bro. Chris Collier




April 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Passover

 It is in the celebration of the century’s old, Biblically mandated Jewish tradition of the Passover meal that we find Jesus and His Disciples gather for the last time prior to His execution. How disturbing it must have been for the Disciples to realize that Jesus was indeed going to die and that one of them had already planned to identify Him to the authorities in order to facilitate His capture. Panic and fear, fueled by the loss of their great leader in whom they had left everything to follow, must have filled the room like a fog, blinding the mind to anything but personal distress. Perhaps the thought of getting out of town immediately would have filled their minds. If He was going to be captured and executed, what about their own future? So it must not have been a friendly, joyous, personally rewarding Passover meal that they were so accustom to celebrating. In all of this confusion, we find these words of Scripture just as the meal was ending and they were preparing to leave the table after eating and talking with Jesus that fateful night.

"And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives." Matthew 26:30

Ever wonder what they might have sung? History tells us that in that period of time, lyrics from the Book of Psalms were utilized. Maybe it was one of the following passages:

"Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast." Psalm 57:1

Or

"For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock." Psalm 27:5

Or

"The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him." Psalm 34:7–9

What passage from the Book of Psalms do you think they might have sung? What reading from Psalms would you choose to encourage yourself or a friend in uncertain circumstances? Open your Bible and read some of the Psalms; it will be valuable in all seasons of your life.

Bro. Steve Gray




April 3, 2017, 12:12 PM

Matthew 6:24 (KJV)

Matthew 6:24 states, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."  

In 1 John 2:15-16 we read, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."

Mammon is commonly defined as riches or wealth.  In spiritual terms, mammon is not restricted to monetary items, but also includes any type of worldly gain.  Any allurement of the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, or the pride of life, is mammon.  Have you ever wondered why I Timothy 6:10 states “For the love of money is the root of all evil”?  When I was younger, I wrestled with this verse and wondered how the love of money could possibly be the root cause of all the evil that is on the face of the earth.  If we think of the “love of money” in terms of the love of any type of worldly gain, then we can understand how it is the root of all evil.  In Matthew 6:24, Jesus did not issue a recommendation that we should not serve God and mammon, but instead stated the fact that it is impossible for us to serve God and mammon.

"But godliness with contentment is great gain."  I Timothy 6:6

Bro. Chris Collier




March 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Colossians 3:16 (KJV)

“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.” Colossians 3:16 (KJV)

“I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.” Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)

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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