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September 30, 2015, 7:55 AM

1 Corinthians 15:58

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 15:58.  As defined by Webster's 1828 dictionary, stedfast is 1. Fast fixed; firm; firmly fixed or established; as the stedfast globe of earth.  2. Constant; firm; resolute; not fickle or wavering.

Paul concludes his first epistle to the Corinthians with this powerful verse of exhortation to be stedfast.  This verse is just as applicable today as it was in Paul’s time.  He knew that our adversary, the devil, will relentlessly use circumstances and people to discourage us and potentially cause us to exit the highway of holiness.  It is our choice to remain stedfast in our devotion to God and in our resolve to retain our salvation, regardless of circumstances and the actions of those around us.

It is encouraging to realize that every one of us can freely choose to be stedfast.  Being stedfast does not require any talent, beauty, popularity, or wealth.  Once we have received salvation, it is our choice to remain faithful to God through all of the ups and downs of life.  We are not forced to be stedfast, but we have access to an anchor (Hebrews 6:19) which will help keep us on the right path.  Stay connected to the anchor.

“We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.”
We Have An Anchor
By Priscilla J. Owens (1882)

Bro. Chris Collier




September 23, 2015, 7:44 PM

Luke 18:1 (KJV)

 “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” - Luke 18:1

The lesson of this parable recorded in Luke 18:1-8 is clearly revealed in the first verse.  We ought to be steadfast in our prayer life.  We should not become discouraged or quit praying if our prayers are not immediately answered.  Unlike the unjust judge mentioned in this parable, our God is a righteous judge and is pleased with our effectual, fervent, and continual prayer.  If the unjust judge was ultimately responsive to this widow’s continual requests, how much more should we trust the righteous judge to be responsive to the continual spiritual requests of His faithful servants?

“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried : he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.” - 2 Samuel 22:31

“Pray without ceasing.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” - Philippians 4:6

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” - James 1:6

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” - Psalm 84:11

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap , if we faint not.” - Galatians 6:9

Bro. Chris Collier




September 14, 2015, 7:41 AM

Ephesians 6:13 (KJV)

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."  Ephesians 6:13 

As each year broadens our experiences in life, the more I realize that we need every piece of the armour of God.  Our adversary, the devil, will stop at nothing in his attempts to rob us of our salvation and if any part of our spiritual man becomes exposed, he will target it immediately.  Satan is not picky about what or who he uses in his attempts to discourage and defeat us.  Our diligence in maintaining the protection of our spiritual man and making sure that no part is exposed is crucial in our journey through this life toward heaven.

When is the evil day?  It is any day of temptation or severe affliction.

As you read about the various pieces of the armour of God, you will notice that they are all defensive in nature except for one.  The sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God) is the only offensive piece of the armour of God, and it is the only offensive weapon that we need.  As I encounter the expected and unexpected challenges of life, I find that the word of God has the answer for all of them.  In every condition of life, God’s word will guide, nourish, encourage, and strengthen us.  Through this one offensive piece of the armour of God we can secure victory over our adversary and live victoriously every day.  Let’s esteem the word of God more than our necessary food.

Thankfully, God has designed an armour that will protect us from dangers seen and unseen.  It is our job to put it on, keep it on, and use it (every piece).  God would not have created it if we were not going to need it.

Bro. Chris Collier




September 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)

Have you ever really thought about what "perfect peace" is? How can we be in perfect peace in a world with all the uncertainty and challenges; the politicians remind us regularly of how bad and risky things are? None of us are permanent residents, but rather travelers to eternity. That brings its own uncertainty and fear. Good things happen to "bad" people and bad things happen to "good" people; the scripture tells us the rain falls on the just and unjust.

But, based on the scripture, there is a case for perfect peace! If your sins have been forgiven and God is in your heart, it is possible to keep your heart stayed on him. We can gain the perspective that we are a servant to the best Master a servant can have. He loved us enough to offer his Son as a sacrifice for our sin. He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. He knows us better than we know ourselves (Psalms 139), He knows the future, He loves us and suffers from absolutely no earthly limits.  "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong on the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him" (2 Chr 16:9) . We're instructed to "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Malachi 3:10).

So today, I want to examine myself to make sure I've brought all the tithes of my heart to him, to make sure He is ruling the throne of my heart, and then to live in the peace that He has as He pours the blessing I can't receive.

Bro. David Cosby




August 25, 2015, 1:06 PM

Healing Power of God

Lately, the great healing power of God has been on my mind.  This subject reminds me of the sick woman who simply touched the hem of Jesus' garment and was immediately made whole:

Matthew 9:20-22 “And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.  And the woman was made whole from that hour.”

It is a simple yet difficult place to find one’s self in when we realize we need a Savior, a Healer.  Understanding that we have an underlying need of God in all our life to heal us from Sin will lead us to Jesus.  If only we could all be as bold and humble as this woman, who reached out in faith and touched Jesus, we too can be healed. 

Bro. Terry Clelland


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