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January 23, 2018, 11:59 AM

Romans 8:14-17 (KJV)

I sometimes wonder if my kids have any idea how much they are on my mind. When we have a new decision to make or new situation develops in our lives, my first thought always is how it will affect my children.

It makes sense that I would think that way. After all, not only do I love them dearly, but they are also my legacy, my greatest blessing, and one of my most important works in this world.

Why would we think that God feels any differently about us? He knows that we are not perfect, just as we know our earthly family isn't perfect, but that doesn't change the way God loves us! God knows how to take care of us, and in His love for us, He is always looking out for our best interests. We can depend on Him, because He never stops being our Father.

Romans 8: 14-17 reads, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." 

Sis. Demi Arceneaux

January 15, 2018, 11:14 AM

Joshua 1:9 (KJV)

Life certainly has its ups and downs. It sometimes seems that in a blink of an eye your situation can go from great to challenging, or from difficult to wonderful. The beautiful thing is that God understands us completely, and He asks that we remember Him in the good times and the bad, and that we trust Him and His goodness. 

Right after Moses died, Joshua had to have felt uncertain. The children of Israel had just wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, and the leader that they had trusted had just passed. Moses had mentored Joshua, and not only was Joshua likely dealing with personal grief for his loss, but he also now had responsibility for the entire nation of Israel. But God's message to Joshua was powerful and consistent: 

Joshua 1:9, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with the withersoever thou goest."

What an awesome message! God is with you. Don't be afraid - you can meet your challenges boldly because God will walk with you. There's nothing God can't handle, and He'll be with you every step of the way. 

Our amazing, unchanging God says the same to us today. Don't worry, don't be scared. Be strong, be bold, be courageous. God won't leave you. Trust in Him, and he will carry you through any situation. With God, there is nothing you can't handle.

Sis. Demi Arceneaux

January 2, 2018, 10:47 AM

Examine Ourselves

With the start of a brand new year this week, many folks will be evaluating their lives and possibly resolving to make improvements for 2018.  This evaluation is a healthy process if one is truly honest with themselves.  Whether these improvements are associated with diet, exercise, or setting a budget; this type evaluation can lead to improvements that can be life changing. 

The Bible does teach us to examine ourselves, but in a little different way than looking at things from a physical viewpoint.  According to 2 Corinthians 13:5 we are to, "Examine ourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.  Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"   This single verse challenges us all to look within ourselves and to make sure Jesus Christ is abiding in our hearts in lives.  Another verse found in 2 Peter 1:10 says, "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if you do these things, ye shall never fall."

I pray this week your New Year's resolutions start with the spiritual side of life and that you all will have a safe and Happy New Year!

Bro. Mike Merritt

December 25, 2017, 6:31 AM

Luke 2:11 (KJV)

Luke 2:11 states “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”  Jesus Christ will be the Saviour of every person who makes Him Lord of his or her life.  The Lord of a person’s life is the spiritual ruler (either Jesus or Satan) who possesses supreme power or authority over all that a person does.  In the life of each individual, Jesus Christ is either Lord of all or He is not Lord at all.  Matthew 7:21 states “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

Bro. Chris Collier

December 19, 2017, 10:26 AM

Malachi 4:2 (KJV)

Malachi 4:2 states “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”  Webster’s 1828 dictionary states “In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience.”  As I think about this prophecy of Jesus, found in Malachi and the definition of the fear of God, provided by Noah Webster, my mind is drawn to the words of two familiar hymns:

“Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved.” Amazing Grace by John Newton

“Lo, the great King of kings, with healing in His wings, to every captive soul a full deliverance brings.” The Comforter Has Come by Frank Bottome

Bro. Chris Collier

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