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July 17, 2018, 12:00 AM

Psalms 90:1-4 (KJV)


A teacher friend shared this testimony with me, hope it blesses you!  Have you ever been stuck, running through the rain without an umbrella? This happens to me sometimes, I’m in my classroom when a downpour occurs and it’s time to go to my car. Guess where my umbrella is? In the car. After getting my kids, my bags, everything else in, finally, I get in, drenched, shivering and miserable. Other times, I am more prepared. I pop my umbrella up and I am protected from the weather. 

Isn’t life sometimes like that? It’s like the world starts raining down its negativity, its harshness, its condemnation. The last thing we want is to be drenched in such rain. Remember that God and His love is like our umbrella, our protection, our solace in the storm. It can be raining all around us, harsh words, anger, strife, ungodly behaviors, and negativity, but under our umbrella, we are guarded safe and secure from all alarm. This umbrella of God’s love can guard our hearts, allowing the Holy Spirit to keep out what isn’t of Him and keep in what is of Him. When we pop up the umbrella of God’s love, we stand out in the crowd, and can offer and share His love with the people who are walking beside us. We can invite them to come under our umbrella of love as we share with them the love of our Savior.

Psalms 91:1-4 states, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” Don’t get drenched in negativity this week! Pop open God’s umbrella of love.

Sis. Diana Bryant




July 9, 2018, 3:06 PM

Mark 12:31 (KJV)


As our awesome Raleigh crowd is preparing for Bible School this year, my teacher heart gets so excited to have the chance to share the good news of Jesus Christ with our school-aged children! I am constantly humbled by the responsibility I have in showing holiness to our children. This is such an important work.

We must remember every child is created and cherished in the eyes of God. We all come with our own unique personalities and backgrounds and are influenced and taught by all different types of people. Sometimes the kids who need our most patient teaching are the ones who test our patience.

Mark 12:31 states, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Show them Jesus. Be the person who stays calm and smiles the next morning in greeting when something went wrong the day before. It may seem like nothing to you, but it can mean everything to them. Let’s make the five mornings of Bible School that we are with the children leave such an impression of the Father’s great love, that they remember it for the other 360 days.

Lord help us share your amazing life-changing news! Equip us with your spirit, may we step back and allow you to have full reign in the chapel next week. Unite our crowd in this common goal. May we be Jesus to every person we meet, big and small. Amen!

Sister Diana Bryant




July 3, 2018, 10:44 AM

God's Love


As we head into the celebration of our country¹s Independence. I am reminded of the freedoms for which I am most thankful.  This week, I am thinking about love.  The love that we share with our families and friends is special, but the Love of God is miraculous.  It brings life and hope!

Romans 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

On this Independence day, remember Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice to bring us true love and independence.

Bro. Scott Rogers




June 26, 2018, 7:41 AM

Isaiah 40: 17-18 (KJV)


When we think about God, words can’t describe his greatness and majesty. His power and love are indescribable and nothing or no one can be compared to him. Isaiah 40:17-18 says All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? The answer is simple, nothing or no one can be compared to Him.

One attribute of God that can’t be compared is His love towards us all. God loves us unconditionally and His compassions toward us are new every morning. Why God loves us is difficult to explain but God is love! This week as you go about your day, consider God’s goodness and love towards you.

Have a great week!

Mike




June 11, 2018, 3:58 PM

1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)


1 Samuel 16:7 states, “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

This passage from the Bible describes God’s conversation with the prophet Samuel concerning who is to be King over Israel. He is explaining to Samuel that David, who at the time is a young shepherd boy, is to replace Saul as King. From this text, we can clearly see that God is most concerned about man’s inward appearance. King Saul had been disobedient to God’s commands and has shown disrespect and arrogance by making excuses for his actions. Saul may have looked the part of King but God knew what was in his heart. He knew the real King Saul.

Human nature is no different today. Man’s outward appearance is worshipped today more than we realize and is a trap that many fall prey. On the other hand, what God really sees and respects is inner beauty. God wants to see in us a spirit of genuine honesty, integrity, humility, charity, modesty, obedience, etc. These are the qualities in people that God notices. We should strive to be more like God and notice these qualities in others and give them reverence no matter their intellect, social status, or outward appearance.

In 1 Peter 3:4, we read, “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

Have a great week!

Bro. Mike Merritt


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