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May 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

Strength


Do you consider yourself to be a strong person? Do you think that you have control over your own life? That you are your own Master? Consider the following verses.

In Nehemiah 8:10 we read, "Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength."

Philippians 4:13 states, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

We have a song in our hymn book written by one of our former poets, Bro. Paul Merritt, Sr. The song is written in regards to where our strength lies concerning life, wherein may be some difficulties or successes: “No matter how the road, no matter how the weather, strength for the day comes from above.”

Remember to take the time to commune with the creator, the giver of life and a true source of strength.

Bro. Terry Clelland, Jr.




May 14, 2018, 6:47 PM

Colossians 3:11 (KJV)


Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Colossians 3:11

The blessing of Christ knows no boundaries.  Anywhere you could go, country or continent, Christ can meet you there.  His love, mercy and goodness transcend any thought we could have of constraining or limiting the work and love of Christ.

Anyone, anywhere has the opportunity to know the love of Christ today.

Bro. Terry Clelland, Jr.




May 7, 2018, 10:29 AM

1 Corinthians 13: 1-6 (KJV)


1 Corinthians 13: 1-6 states, "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things."

No matter what we could hope to accomplish in this life, by our own works we are quite inadequate to fully measure up to the life that Christ would have for us. We must invite the love of God, through the spirit of the Holy Ghost to dwell in our soul as supreme authority. Only then can we live in the fullness of the Spirit and understand what true charity is and the fruit it bears, as is written in Corinthians.

Invite the Spirit of God into your life today.

Bro. Terry Clelland, Jr.




April 30, 2018, 10:41 AM

II Corinthians 11: 23-27 (KJV)


II Corinthians 11:23-27 states, "...in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.  Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.  Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;  In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;  In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness."

The more I read about the life of Apostle Paul, the more remarkable his life becomes to me.  He is the classic example of God’s grace being extended to everyone.  Think about people that say they have gone too far for God to save them.  Then think about Apostle Paul, Acts 8: 3 states, "As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison."  Before his conversion, Paul was literally imprisoning Christians, even consenting to the death of some of them.  However, in Ephesians 2: 4 we read, "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;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast."  I don’t believe any of us have ever gone that far against God.  No one is beyond the grace and mercy of our God.

Another encouraging trait of Apostle Paul was he never gave up and rejoiced in his sufferings for Christ.  Colossians 1:23-24 states, "If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church."  The best research I can find indicates that Paul spent about five to six years total in prison.  He was imprisoned at Caesarea for two years, in Rome for at least two years and various other accounts found in Acts.  However, this did not stop him from continuing to witness for Christ.  He would talk to the Roman soldiers, the jail keepers, anyone that would listen.  He even wrote the books of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon while in prison in Rome. 

So, in conclusion, my thought for this week is this:  No matter where God places you, stay positive, keep trusting in him and witness to the good news found in Christ Jesus.  In Romans 8:28 we read, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Bro. Kenneth Hagan  
   




April 23, 2018, 11:53 AM

God's Spiritual Kingdom


Acts 1: 6-8 states, "When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

This is the last dialog that Jesus had with his core group before he ascended into heaven.  Once again they were still looking for him to restore the “kingdom of Israel” on earth.  On the surface, one would think that Jesus would have been weary with their misunderstanding.  On several occasions he had told them that his kingdom was not of this world.  In John 18: 36 we read, "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence."  In Luke 17:20-21, "And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."

Then in Matthew 24:34, "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."  I am convinced that everyone in that generation has passed away.  So it has to be more than a physical kingdom.  While Jesus was on earth he was able to keep the ones that were with him.  In his spiritual kingdom, he can keep everyone, by his spirit, the Holy Ghost.  It was ten days after his ascension until the day of Pentecost.  At that time they received the Holy Ghost and they did spread the gospel throughout the known world, at that time.

In John 16: 16 we read, "The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it."  Anyone can be a citizen of this spiritual kingdom by simply trusting Jesus as their savior!  Mark 1:15 states, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."

Bro. Kenneth Hagan


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