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September 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

2 Corinthians 2:1-5 (KJV)

"And I brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. and my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." 2 Corinthians 2:1-5 

With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our forefathers established a worship service that is unique from most today. They acknowledged that we are all ministers of the new covenant. They chose to forgo naming a paid minister and established minimal planning of our meetings. A sanctified member is asked to anchor our meeting with their lesson (calling them the preacher), relying on the Spirit of God to lead our meetings and to make full utilization of all our sanctified congregation of ministers.

Come worship with us today.

Bro. David Cosby

September 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

A Testimony for God

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony." Revelation 12:11 (KJV) 

When we are Sanctified, or have the Spirit of the Lord in our hearts, we have a testimony of what God has done and is doing for us in our lives. What does it mean to have a testimony for God, whether it is a one on one conversation or in a public setting like a church service?

Many of us are shy or slow to reveal something as personal as the details of our relationship with God, but perhaps there is a responsibility to share our testimony of what God had done for us. Jesus said in Matthew 10: 19-20, to "take no thought on how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you". With the Holy Spirit, we are not alone in sharing our experience.

Bro. David Cosby

September 10, 2019, 5:50 AM

Our Adversary and Our Defense

This week marks 18 years since the 9/11 attacks.  While each personal reaction was probably somewhat unique, chances are that most of us of age at the time remember where we were when it happened and maybe a special prayer service.  Shocked by the brutality and evil on what seemed like a very normal, quiet morning, the victims were unsuspecting, blind to the risks, unprepared and virtually powerless.  Realizing that such a brutal, remorseless enemy had been among us seemed sobering and made everyone draw a little closer to encourage, support, and unite.

Leaving the physical and geo-political world aside, in a spiritual sense, we don’t have to be surprised or taken by the enemy of our soul; we are both warned of the adversary and enemy (the devil) and have a Heavenly Father that will faithfully guide us to home in heaven, if we’ll be faithful.

1st Peter 5:6-9 identifies both our friend and our foe when it states, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith.”  This spiritual (not physical) enemy is formidable and able to take every one of us, except we also have a strong defense when the Holy Spirit rules our hearts and lives. 

As an Old Testament allegory, Jehoshaphat was once defenseless.  From II Chronicles 20, “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.  And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. Then upon Jahaziel …. came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation.  And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.  ….. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.”

James 4:7-10 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

Isaiah 59:9 states, “when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”  In Romans 8:32 we read, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

2nd Peter 1:4-10 reminds us, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.”

We can have a “Victory in Jesus”!!

Bro. David Cosby

September 3, 2019, 2:35 PM

Hebrews 10: 23-25 (KJV)

How much spare time do you have in your life?  Do you find that you need more spare time?  What do you do in your spare time?  Are the things you do in your spare time edifying to the physical man or the spiritual man?  The Bible tells us that we should hold onto our faith, encourage each other and to continue to do things together.

In Hebrews 10:23-25 we read, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without waivering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching."

Let us all remember, as we move through different stages of our lives, we should surround ourselves and our families with the positive influences of the love of God and God’s people.

Bro. Scott Rogers

August 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

Psalms 18: 1-2 (KJV)

Where do you turn to in times of trouble or distress in your life? Is it your spouse, or maybe a fiancée or even a close friend? Is it your parents or grandparents? All are capable of giving you good advice on how to handle or deal with your particular situation. They may have experienced something similar and can share how the Lord led them through. Even with this good advice, it may not be the direction that the Lord would have you go in. We should always look to God for the different seasons in our lives! Read our Bibles, have an active prayer life and go to church. It is in these actions that God reveals his direction for our lives.

Psalms 18:1-2 states, "
I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."

Bro. Scott Rogers

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