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February 6, 2018, 9:48 AM

The Good Shepherd


The Bible refers to Jesus many times as our Father, and our shepherd. In fact, St. John 10:14 says, "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine."  Matthew 6:31-32 says "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things."

The main similarity in the role of shepherd and the role of Father is that they take care of those who depend on them. And that certainly describes our Jesus.  He knows what we need, better than we do ourselves. He knows what we want - in fact, He know what we think we want, and what we actually want.

Not only does he understand us completely, but he loves us, with a love so deep and rich that we can barely comprehend it. He wants us to allow Him into our lives. He wants to take care of us. He hears every word we say, and He knows our voice, whether it is the voice of our heart, or we are speaking out loud. 

Do you know his voice?  Don't you want to know Him? 

Sis. Demi Arceneaux




January 30, 2018, 12:34 PM

Ephesians 2: 8-13 (KJV)


Ephesians 2: 8-13 states, "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.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."

One of the most important things we can come to recognize in our lives is that we are what we are only by the blood of Christ.  In recognizing this, as the passage says we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.  Will we fill up all of our disposable time with things that serve ourselves or will we submit our time and life to Jesus to be used for his work.  Every day we have opportunity to live intentionally to seek opportunity to demonstrate Christ to those we come in contact with, if only we are living our life looking for those opportunities rather than being so caught up in the things we need to get accomplished that day.  We were all once Gentiles and aliens to Christ, so we need to find ourselves intentionally seeking to introduce others to the grace whereby they may be saved through faith.

Bro. Chip Bishop




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


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