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April 12, 2018, 11:13 AM

Acts 1: 2-5 (KJV)

    Acts 1: 2-5 states, “Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:  To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:  And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

    After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples, and others that were part of his inner circle.  I like the 3rd verse of Acts chapter 1 where it says, “he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs”.  The ones Jesus appeared to had no doubt that he was alive and well.  Their previous three days of despair and total loss was turned into joy and total victory.  Because of this, they could stand in the faith of Jesus and “wait for the promise of the Father”.  They were all still in Jerusalem, the same city that just a few days before had demanded that Jesus be crucified.  However, because of the appearing of Jesus, they were emboldened to “tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

    Has Jesus appeared to you?  Titus 2:11 states,  “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.”  If you have received Jesus into your heart and experienced the baptism of the Holy Ghost, cherish it, hold on to it, it is truly the most valuable treasure in this life.  But more importantly, share it with a lost world.  I am convinced that this world needs Jesus as much today as it did in the days of Jesus.  Share the love of God and let his light shine.

    If you have not experienced the baptism of the Holy Ghost, then pray that Jesus will appear to you in revelation.  2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  Jesus left his home in heaven, walked this earth, suffered and died, but he arose so he could restore communion between God and man.  He died for each and every one of us.  Even if you were the only person on earth, he would have done it all for you.  So, during this Easter season, experience the new life you can have in Jesus.  It will be the best experience you will ever have.  

Bro. Kenneth Hagan

March 26, 2018, 1:45 PM

Hope in Jesus Christ

As we move into the Easter season, I can't help but think about the reason we celebrate Easter and the hope that this brings us in Christ.  Without the death of Jesus Christ, we would have no hope - no hope of peace in this life, no hope of being victorious in difficult times or trials, no hope of a future beyond death in this life.  But with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can have hope in Him - hope that tomorrow may be better than today, hope that Jesus can bless our lives beyond what we could ask or think, hope that we will be rewarded with a home in Heaven when death takes our earthly body in this life.

As much as God loved us, we couldn't receive this salvation until Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected.  This hope of salvation was only available in His death and resurrection.  Let us not live with no hope when a better way is available!

I Corinthians 15:19 states, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable."  Let us not be miserable!

In I Peter 1:3-4 we read, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you."

Let us have a lively hope and an inheritance in Heaven!

Sis. Lynn Norman

March 20, 2018, 2:56 PM

Romans 12:2 (KJV)

In a quote by the late F.B. Meyer, he states, "God's impressions within and His Word without are always corroborated by His providence around, and we should quietly wait until these three focus into one point....If you do not know what you ought to do, stand still until you do.  And when the time comes for action, circumstances, like glowworms, will sparkle along your path.  You will become so sure that you are right, when God's three witnesses concur, that you could not be surer though an angel beckoned you on." 

Sometimes we understand the path God has put us on so plainly, and other times there is much need for prayer and verification.  At times it seems our path is so well lit that there is no hesitation that this is the way God is leading.  At other times, we question "Are you sure, God?", or "Is this my will, or yours, God?"  But as the quote above says, His impressions within, or unctions as we might call them, and His Word without, or our study of the Scripture, can be confirmed by circumstances aligning just so that we know this is the path God has set out for us right now.  If we don't have those three witnesses concurring, let us stand still and wait for God to make our path sure.  It does not bother God that we seek confirmation of His will in our lives.  He wants us to do His will and if that means asking for assurances, like Gideon, He can provide proof of His speaking in our lives.

Romans 12:2 states, "And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

Sis. Lynn Norman

March 12, 2018, 2:53 PM

1 John 5:4-5 (KJV)

At our Adopt-A-Block ministry event this past Saturday, someone said something to the effect of "I have overcome 100% of the trials I have been through so far."  Have you ever thought about it that way before?  Can you get better than 100%?!  EVERY trial I have gone through, I have come out of having learned something, because God has been with me.  They have not always been easy or pleasant lessons.  Sometimes they are very difficult, but I can be victorious because God is on my side.  He fights my battles for me, if I let Him!

I John 5:4-5 states, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:  and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"  How do we overcome and be victorious when we face trials in life?  By believing in God!  We can look back over the trials we have faced and see how God has carried us through each one, and has kept us this far.  What a victorious life we can have if we will only believe that He can do ALL things!

Sis. Lynn Norman

March 6, 2018, 2:09 PM

The Kingdom of God

Many Bible readers interpret the Bible and its teachings from a natural or physical view point.  The tendency to interpret the Bible in this way is understandable.  As humans it is in our nature to think, make decisions, and act on what our physical senses tell us.  Even during the time of Christ, many Jews had hopes of a physical King who would come and save them from the Romans.  They desired freedom! 

Many at the time also had hopes of a physical resurrection, which is evidenced by Jesus’ conversation with Martha concerning her brother Lazarus who had recently died.  (This conversation is found in Matthew chapter 11.) 

However, Jesus’ purpose was far greater than a physical kingdom or a physical resurrection.  He explains this in John 6:63 when he states, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”  What Jesus is saying is that his words and teachings are spiritual and not natural. 

So does this mean that his teachings concerning the Kingdom of God, the Resurrection, Christ’s Second Coming, Holy Communion, Baptism, being “Born Again”, and “the end of the world” are all spiritual?  The answer to this question is YES!  The evidence is overwhelming and can be found throughout the entire Bible.  Of course, all of this cannot be covered or explained in a few paragraphs.  One example can be found in Luke 17:20-21 which states, “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.”

There is no question that a Kingdom which cannot be seen and one that is located “within you” is most definitely a “Spiritual Kingdom”.  So, this week as you study your Bible, try and view God’s precepts and teaching from a spiritual viewpoint.  By doing this you will soon discover that Jesus’ words are indeed spirit and they are life!

Have a great Week!

Bro. Mike Merritt

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