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May 15, 2019, 10:36 AM

John 16:7 (KJV)


John 16:7 states, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you."

Luke 24:49 reads, "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."

While Christ was on earth he patiently worked with his disciples to explain to them a simple truth about his purpose. He reiterated many times that He would not always be with them in the flesh but would abide with them forever by His Spirit living in their hearts. After heeding Jesus instruction not to leave Jerusalem after His resurrection, the disciples and many others waited in an upper room and received the “Promise” of his Holy Spirit as detailed in the second chapter of the Book of Acts.

This experience of receiving the Holy Spirit can be yours today. You must first make a decision you want to serve the Lord above anything and repent. Once you have truly forsaken your sins and repented you are ready to receive his Spirit. By simply asking in faith and totally committing your life to him, He will send His Holy spirit into your heart and life to abide with you forever. Give Jesus Christ a chance and trust Him today. You will be forever changed!

Have a great week!

Bro. Mike Merritt




May 6, 2019, 10:48 AM

Luke 24: 49 (KJV)


After the crucifixion, Jesus appears to his disciples, and the last thing that He says to them is “Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49

Consider this: because Jerusalem was home to the temple, with the Holiest of Holies and the Mercy Seat, Jesus basically told them to stay as close as possible to the presence of God. They had done all they could do at the time, and all that was left for them was to wait on God to complete His work in their lives.

This is good advice for us today. No matter our current circumstances, there comes a time for us to wait on God. It is up to us as that time to do everything in our power to remain close to God, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically – a place where He can continue to work with us and for us.

“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalms 27:14

Sis. Demi Arceneaux




April 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Easter


The narrative of Easter in the Bible is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish (Luke chapters 12-19.) We see Jesus himself experience this as He does God's work through love, fear, joy, tenderness, and anger. However, He always works for the same goal: to bring salvation to us through his own death.

The people around Jesus during this time are far less consistent. There is a welcoming crowd as He enters Jerusalem, glorifying Him and hailing him as king. Somehow, by the time Pilate offers them the choice to crucify Jesus, the people become murderous and call for Jesus's blood. Naturally, even individuals who loved Jesus dearly struggled with fear, doubt, and anger during this time.

The ups and downs that emotion bring are a real part of life, but sometimes they can distract us from serving God. No one is exempt from the sea of emotion as we go through the hardships of life, but we must also look to the example Jesus set for us, and be steadfast. We can't waver from our goal of serving Christ if we want to reach our reward in Heaven, no matter the immediate circumstances around us.

Sis. Demi Arceneaux




April 9, 2019, 2:11 PM

Judges 7 (KJV)


God doesn’t always work the way we expect. In Judges chapter 7, we learn the story of Gideon’s faith in God and, as a result, his victory over the Midianites.

To prepare for battle, Gideon raised an army of 32,000 men. Through God’s specific instruction, Gideon trimmed his army down from 32,000 men to only 300.

It is easy to imagine those 300 men were doing everything they could to be ready for battle – cleaning weapons and armor, sharpening swords, checking armor straps, and carefully preparing in every way that they could. But God’s strategy didn’t require any weapons or armor. Gideon and his men followed God’s plan precisely, and the end result was a resounding victory for the Lord.

Every day we fight the devil. It can be easy to lose sight of what God does for us, but the battle is the Lord’s if we will let him fight for us. Our worldly preparations mean little unless we have also prepared our hearts and minds with faith and God’s love. How are you preparing today?

Sis. Demi Arceneaux




April 2, 2019, 10:14 AM

John 8:12 (KJV)


In many places, the Bible discusses light and darkness, but one beautiful verse is found in John 8:12: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” This isn’t the only place that the Bible compares Jesus to the light, in fact, we see similar comparisons in John 1:9, John 9:5, 2 Corinthians 4:4, and many other places.

Jesus is our light. When we allow Him in our lives, he helps us to understand his Truth, and makes our path more clear. His light brings us spiritual growth, contentment, comfort, and peace. The light drives out the darkness that would consume us if we would allow it.

And what of that darkness? The Bible uses the darkness to describe hate (1 John 2:11) and evil/sin (Luke 11:34). We also associate darkness with secrecy, confusion, and fear. Most people do not seek out a life of these things, but before Jesus comes into our lives, we don’t have any option except to live in sin.

When we follow Jesus, everything changes. When we follow Jesus, we “shall have the light of life”. Not just any light: the light of the glory of Jesus, the light of life in and with Him. This is true life. We don’t have to just “go through the motions” in life. When Jesus dwells within us, we can live joyfully and victoriously here and now, with the full assurance of eternal life and a home in Heaven.

Sis. Demi Arceneaux


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