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September 23, 2014, 3:35 PM

Live in the Day


Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the Lord hath made;  we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

To me, this verse is telling us to “Live in the Day”. It is great to plan ahead, to work, and to strive for better things; however, these are goals and should not be what truly defines your day to day life.

Exodus 32:29  “For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.”

If being happy, satisfied or self-fulfilled is not something you can have today then you are not living in the day.

Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

One thing I have learned in the last six months, is that possessions do not bring happiness, peace, or joy. The spirit of Christ in your heart, the fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and the love of your family is where you will find real satisfaction and contentment. These things are available to you today. “Live in the day.”

Bro. Doug Roan




September 15, 2014, 1:25 PM

Joy


Webster's dictionary defines Joy as 1) to experience great pleasure or delight : REJOICE, 2) the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.

Joy is different from happiness. Happiness is an emotion that comes from what is going on in our life at the present moment, and that happiness changes as the conditions around us change. Happiness can go away and be replaced by grief or sorrow, but joy can be constant.  Joy is an assurance that God is in control and whatever conditions or circumstances confront us, we can have confidence that everything is going to be alright.

Nehemiah 8:10 "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."

Psalm 30:5 "For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

Isaiah 12:3 "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation."

Happiness and good times may come and go, but our joy can remain unchanged.  Joy is based on our relationship with Christ, and our belief that he is in control and always wants what is best for us.

Bro. Doug Roan




September 9, 2014, 4:06 PM

Faith


In our Sunday School class, we have been reading the “faith chapter”, Hebrew 11.  But how do we get Faith?   Belief is not the same thing as Faith. Faith is belief and trust combined, as when Peter walked on the water. Peter did not take time to examine or consider. Jesus bid him to come, and he stepped out and walked on the water. When he took the time to examine where he was or consider what he had done, then his faith went away and he begin to sink.

Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1: 12-14, “ For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.  Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.”

So Faith is believing and trusting, in spite of changing conditions or situations.  Faith cannot be based on the ups and downs of life or the changing of our conditions. It has to be based and settled on what we have decided is true, and to what we have committed ourselves.

Romans 10:17 says, “ So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

By staying in the word of God, or the Bible, we can build our belief and trust into Faith, which will carry us through those times of doubt and trials.

Bro. Doug Roan




September 3, 2014, 1:26 PM

1 Corinthians 2:2


Around 51 AD, the apostle Paul on his missionary journey, travels to Corinth, a huge city of great wealth and diversity. There he lives for 18 months, working as a tentmaker, living with Aquila and his wife Pricilla.

After leaving the City, he writes a letter of encouragement to the new Christians in Corinth which includes the following statement found in the Bible in I Corinthians 2:2: “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”

From this statement we can conclude the Apostle Paul did not care what their politics were, who was right or who was left. He did not care what their social status was, who had wealth, who did or did not have education. He determined that he would preach Christ to all who would listen, delivering the same message, ”Christ and him crucified” to everyone.

God help me to have the same standard as I go about my daily life!

Bro. Doug Roan




August 26, 2014, 3:04 PM

Hope


The enemy of your soul would have you feel there is no hope.  He would have you feel trapped in a situation or be held hostage by sin, yet there is overwhelming hope, deliverance, and freedom found in the arms of Christ. 

Hope is defined as, “Noun - 1. the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.”

In Hebrews 6: 18-20 we read, “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Christ is our “hope” and grants us “strong consolation”.  Turn to him and cry out to him.  In surrendering your life through obedience to God, you can find hope in your individual life.

Bro. Terry Clelland


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