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February 4, 2019, 1:16 PM

Be Strong in the Grace


The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy, his son in the faith, to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus”. Paul knew that Timothy would face many challenges and much persecution in his ministry for Jesus Christ. He encouraged Timothy to “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ”, and to avoid entangling “himself with the affairs of this life”. Paul said that God had stood with him even when all men had forsaken him, and that God had delivered him from “the mouth of the lion” in his own ministry. He knew that Timothy would need God’s divine assistance to live a sanctified life and to succeed in his ministry.

The good news for us today is that we have a loving, Heavenly Father who wants to help his children. God invites us “to come boldly unto His Throne of Grace, so that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. This grace to help certainly applies to our salvation, but also applies to other needs that we encounter in this life after we are sanctified by the Holy Ghost. God instructs us to cast all of our care upon Him because he cares for us, loves us, and wants to bring his divine assistance into our everyday life situations.

Take your burdens and concerns to God’s throne today through prayer, knowing that God’s grace will be sufficient for you, and that His strength is made perfect in your weakness.

Brother Glenn Copeland




January 29, 2019, 3:00 PM

Ephesians 2: 8-9 (KJV)


Ephesians 2: 8-9 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."  

In Titus 3:3-7 we read, "For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." 

With our sins forgiven, we can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  This blessing is not attributed to any work or merit of our own, but by the grace of God. 

Bro. Steve Gray




January 22, 2019, 7:00 PM

Matthew 11:15 (KJV)


Matthew 11:15 states, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

Jesus Christ was greatest teacher this world has ever known. He imparted wisdom to His disciples and others in many ways covering all sorts of subjects. He spoke in parables and taught with authority everywhere He went. On many occasions those He attempted to teach simply did not believe. Others were too busy or were not willing to listen.

The question must be asked. Is Jesus still seeking to teach mankind even though it has been many years since He walked earth? The answer of course is Yes! Jesus Christ is ready to impart wisdom to whoever will humble themselves and be willing to simply "listen".  This week please think about where you stand with our Savior and are you ready to "hear" his voice of wisdom.

In James 1:5 we read, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

Bro. Mike Merritt




January 14, 2019, 1:38 PM

Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)


"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."  Hebrews 13:8.

This fact alone should give us all great comfort and assurance that no matter what changes may occur around us God will never change.  His love and compassion for us is always the same. It is constant.  His character cannot be shaken and His kingdom is everlasting and will endure forever.  If you haven't trusted Christ to be your Savior, there is no time like today to fully give Him your heart and life!  Put your trust in an unchanging Savior!

James 1:17 states, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

Bro. Mike Merritt




January 9, 2019, 8:05 AM

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 spiritthat quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, theyarespirit, and theyarelife.”  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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