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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




March 20, 2017, 12:22 PM

Matthew 9:11-13 (KJV)

Matthew 9:11-13 states, "And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

I have been thinking this week about Jesus’ ministry. Who did He surround Himself with during His ministry? And what was His purpose while He was on earth?  Jesus was a man that spent His time daily breaking down the social barriers and going against the norm of society. He was a man that spent time with the outcasts, sinners, publicans, poor and rich; each group He loved and desired to serve among them sharing the Gospel. He set a standard for us today, which was proved when he would rebuke those that were apart of religious sects that cared more for themselves then loving their fellow man.

The verses referenced above speaks of the Pharisees, a religious sect who didn’t want Jesus’ ministry to grow. They began questioning Jesus and His disciples about their reasoning to spend time with certain groups of people. This was something they believed they were superior to and didn’t understand the motive behind Jesus’ behavior. His response in verse 12 & 13 has been pressed on me this week. It really makes me think of who I should be ministering to and how important it is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost and needy, because they have a greater need of it. Even if it goes against the norms society and may not be applauded by men, it is what we are called to do as disciples of Christ.

I encourage you this week to spend time with the lost or a brother/sister that you feel lead to speak and show them the love of Christ! Let us continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

In Christ,

Bro. Matt Collins




March 7, 2017, 10:09 AM

God is our Helper

Genesis 15:1 states, "After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward."

In Psalm 56:3 we read, "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee."

Romans 8:31, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
by Martin Luther

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.


Bro. Steve Gray




February 27, 2017, 12:12 PM

Demas

"Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: ´╗┐For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica;" II Timothy 4:9-10

What a wonderful opportunity and a divine calling for Demas to have been a part of the missionary group with Apostle Paul, a man whose conversion rocked the very foundations of the Jewish religion and changed forever the world of the Gentiles.

It is reasonable to conclude that Demas deserted the Apostle for reasons related to enticements of the civilization that was around him.  At some point, he must have claimed his faith but failed to practice his faith in this present world. He apparently traded self-sacrifice, humility, enthusiasm for lost souls, and esteem of the Gospel for his love of this present world. What a sad commentary on the life of one who must have started out with great resolve and purpose only to be drawn away by his own appetite for this present world.  

Bro. Steve Gray




February 6, 2017, 10:52 AM

Come Unto Me

Even though Christ’s physical presence is no longer with us, his spirit is very much alive and active throughout the world.  His Holy Spirit continually strives with the “heart” of all that might serve him.  This great invitation can be found in Matthew 11:27-29, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."  

Today, if you find you are in need of true peace and rest, give Jesus Christ your life and put all of your hope in Him.  His arms of mercy and love are outstretched to all that will accept his great invitation!

Bro Mike Merritt


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