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January 16, 2017, 2:44 PM

Romans 8:26 (KJV)

Romans 8:26 states, "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

There are things in this life that will try our mental, physical and spiritual health.  When we experience these bumps in the road, it is sometimes hard to articulate what we need during our prayer time.  Sometimes, we are not even sure what to pray for.  This scripture in Romans encourages me that during those times the Holy Spirit, in our hearts, helps to bring all our needs before an Almighty God.  It reminds me of a song:

Now Let us have a little talk with Jesus,
Let us tell him all about our troubles,
He will hear our faintest cry
And He will answer by and by.
Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turning
And you know a little fire is burning
You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right.

Let us always remember to let the Spirit lead us in our prayer times.

Bro. Scott Rogers




January 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Psalms 27: 4 (KJV)

Psalms 27:4 says “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple”.  There is a lot of great scenery outside with the snow; which to me demonstrates just a portion of the Lord’s beauty that he allows us to catch a glimpse of.

However, I pray that today and everyday we all desire the true beauty of the Lord, which is to have a relationship with God through his Holy Spirit.

I hope everyone has a safe and warm day.  May God bless us and our fellowship in 2017!!

Bro. Scott Rogers




January 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

A New Year's Resolution

As we trade in the old year for the new, it’s a time for reflection.   We often consider the last year and what we might hope for in the new year.  Unless our resolutions are grounded in a humble request for the Lord’s help, they are likely to quickly be broken or fall by the way.  So what Godly New Year’s resolutions should we make?

There is some cause for caution; the scripture tells us “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed” (Ecc 5:4). 

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Cor 5:17).  So the first priority in setting a resolution is to understand if we are a new creature.  Have we been forgiven and asked His Spirit to come into our heard and sanctify our heart and life?  Unless we are a new creature, then we need to seek to be forgiven and sanctified.

The obvious thing that passes away during sanctification is Sin (that inbreed desire to seek our own in spite of Godly counsel), but the things we love also changes.  The scripture tell us to “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” (1 John 2:15).  So it seems the love of the world, and the love of the Father are opposites.

Maybe this verse helps define the love of the world:  “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” (1 John 2:16) .  Perhaps this give insight on the love of the Father: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Gal 5:22-25).

With sanctification comes the love of some things.  We love to study the Bible to show ourselves approved to God, love to fellowship with our brothers and sisters, encourage one another, and be in church, especially on Sunday morning and evening.  Sunday is still a special day, according to the scripture:  “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth”  (Is 58:13-14).

Can we resolutely renew the consecration necessary to have the Spirit in our hearts and lives.  “For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor” (Gal 2:18).

Bro. David Cosby

 




December 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords Born in a Manger?

All of Israel seemed to look forward to the birth of the Messiah as a deliverer, but they missed it; His birth seemed to happen in spite of and them right in their face.  It seems one of the only celebrative notice we have record of from the so called religious of that day was of Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:25-38).  Simeon’s prayer was a blessing in itself; “Lord, now lettest thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:  For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”

It wasn’t done in a corner or in secret, it had been prophesied almost from the foundation of the world in Gen 3:15 where the seed of the woman was prophesied to bruise the serpent’s head.   A heavenly host had filled the sky saying “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward man”.

It seems difficult to find a wink or a nod to the religious hierarchy of the day.  The scripture doesn’t seem to share anything of Mary’s qualification beyond the humble, submissive answer she gave the angel “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according to they word” (Luke 1:38)  Mary did give us some insight when we read, "And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.  He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.  He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever." (Luke 1:50-54)

He was God in the flesh, but he was born in a manger, likely in a barn with animals, because there was no room in the inn.  There was no room for the creator of the ends of the earth?   Surely his advance team had overlooked something; but the advance team was God himself.  The humbleness is 100% pervasive; we’re meant to “get it”.  The humbleness carried through his life:  “And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”  (Luke 9:58) 

The announcement of his birth was not to the ‘in’ crowd, or the king, but to lowly shepherds in the field.  The birth illustrates there is absolutely no respect of persons with God, and certainly not according to man’s hierarchy.  “For there is no respect of persons with God” (Rom 2:11).  …and we can’t have respect of persons either: “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” (James 2:9)

Every part of Jesus’ birth and life seems to confirm James 4:5 and 1 Peter 5:5: “Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”    “…but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.  (Luke 16:15)

He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:11-12)  

We want to live in a way to receive Him daily in our heart and life.

Bro. David Cosby




December 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tell Me The Story Of Jesus

1 John 4: 9-11 states, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”  

The love of this story isn’t a feel-good, surface or skin deep love, but a deep, righteous, self-sacrificial love.  He could not doubt have said, “let there be salvation” and just as the worlds were formed at His word, I believe we could have had salvation.  In the plan He set up, the righteous God of Heaven couldn’t forgive / excuse sin and provide his Holy, Righteous Spirit in our hearts without a blood sacrifice to redeem us from Sin.   And so Jesus left the splendor of heaven to be born among sinful men, to be our high priest.  “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin”  Hebrews 4:15

To feel the love and peace we feel at Christmas seems much more natural than in the shadows of the anguish and evil around the cross, but He was born to be a sacrifice for our Sin.

We sometimes sing a song,
"Tell Me the Story of Jesus" by Frances J. Crosby

Tell me the story of Jesus,
Write on my heart every word;
Tell me the story most precious,
Sweetest that ever was heard.
Tell how the angels in chorus,
Sang as they welcomed His birth,
“Glory to God in the highest!
Peace and good tidings to earth.”

Tell of the cross where they nailed Him,

Writhing in anguish and pain;
Tell of the grave where they laid Him,
Tell how He liveth again.
Love in that story so tender,
Clearer than ever I see;
Stay, let me weep while you whisper,
“Love paid the ransom for me.”

The birth (and death) of Jesus brings a deeper meaning to that final verse of the first reference:  “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”  (1 John 4:11).  It is so much deeper than the awe inspired by today’s praise worship, but extends to real self sacrificial love.  “And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

Bro. David Cosby


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