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June 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

Luke 9: 57-60 (KJV)


"And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God."  Luke 9: 57-60

Luke does not identify the men who passionately wanted to follow Jesus.  Were they impressed with Jesus’ teachings and miracles, the fellowship among the Disciples, or maybe they thought this was the latest craze and wanted to join in?  Whatever the reason, these men got a reality check. Jesus did not ask them to follow Him in the literal sense, but to “go and preach the Gospel” and to not return to their former way of life.  To be a disciple of Jesus, it is not about following, but all about doing, without looking back.

Bro. Steve Gray




May 21, 2019, 11:11 AM

Your Testimony


Mark 5:19 states "...Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee."

These are final words from Jesus to a man whom he had recently healed. Jesus simply commanded the man to tell others about what the Lord had done for him. People today will dispute Theology and Doctrines, but can’t in any way discredit your personal testimony. So the challenge for all of us is to tell someone about the compassions of Christ and the great things he has done for you!

Your testimony could make all the difference in someone’s life!

Bro. Mike Merritt




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


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