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May 25, 2016, 7:14 AM

Matthew 9:36 (KJV)

Matthew 9:36 states: “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”

The scene that is portrayed by this verse is really quite similar to what we observe now as we go about our daily lives.  If we look at our schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods, we are likely to see multitudes of people who are overwhelmed and going through life without any sustained spiritual direction or purpose.  When Jesus encountered this scene, he was moved with compassion for the people that He saw.  Although we understand the concept of compassion, are we truly moved to act on it?

Jude 1:22 states: “And of some have compassion, making a difference:”

Most people want to make a difference in the lives of the people around them.  I can think of no greater way to do so, than to compassionately share the message of salvation to those around us.  We have found the pearl of great price.  As sanctified children of God, we experience the greatest blessings and joy known to mankind during this life and have an assurance of eternal life.  Let’s not wait for the day that our classmates, coworkers, or neighbors accept our invitation to walk through the doors of our church in order for them to hear the message of salvation.  That day may never happen.  Instead, let’s compassionately take the message of salvation to the people in our schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods and one day we can rejoice with them as they walk through the gates of heaven!

“When we all get to Heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!”
When We All Get To Heaven
By Eliza E. Hewitt (1898)

Bro. Chris Collier

May 18, 2016, 10:15 AM

James 3: 2-6 (KJV)

In James 3: 2-6 we read, "For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.   Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.   Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.   Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell."

In James 1: 19-20 we read, "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:   20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God."

Psalm 19: 14 states, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."

We need God’s guidance in everything that we say.  This statement is true in every stage of life.  As a parent, I would not say anything to my children that I thought may be hurtful, discouraging, or damaging to them.  This care and concern should not be limited to our communication with our children.  If we exercise this same discretion in all types of communication (voice, text, e-mail, or social media), then I believe we will avoid the majority of unnecessary conflict and strife.  We live in an age of fast and instant communication.  It pays to be slow to speak in order to allow God to direct the words of our mouth.

Bro. Chris Collier

May 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

John 15: 10-11 (KJV)

John 15:10-11 states: “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” 

The promises contained in these words of our precious Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, give me great comfort and hope as I experience the expected and unexpected challenges of life.  It is important to remember who is the source of our joy.  Our joy does not come from our spouse, children, parents, grandchildren, grandparents, siblings, friends, or any other person.  Regardless of the actions, good or bad, of these people in our lives, the joy of Jesus Christ can and will remain in us and cause our joy to be full, if we keep our Lord’s commandments and abide in His love.  No one, but Jesus Christ can give us this joy and thankfully, no one can take it from us.

Bro. Chris Collier

May 3, 2016, 12:16 PM

Acts 10:34-35 (KJV)

Acts 10:34-35 states: “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:   But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”  This passage is one of my favorites because it exemplifies how much God desires for all people to obtain salvation, while at the same time specifying the need for holiness of heart and life. 

Webster’s 1828 dictionary contains the following definition of fear: “In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience.”  Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines sanctification as “the act of God's grace by which the affections of men are purified or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love to God.”

I don’t believe any of us have the ability to satisfy the requirements of Acts 10:35 on our own.  After we have confessed our sins and received God’s forgiveness, we need a second work of grace, through the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, that will purify our affections and keep them pure in order to work righteousness.  Although use of the word sanctification is not mandatory, I believe the experience that is defined by this word is mandatory.  Without this experience, we would fail to fear God and work righteousness.  Without this second work of grace, I believe people will revert back to their sinful ways and will be lost.

I’m so glad I’m sanctified.  Hallelujah to the Lamb!

Bro. Chris Collier

April 25, 2016, 1:20 PM

Isaiah 40 :25-31 (KJV)

Isaiah 40:  25-31   

25To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.  26Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.  27Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?  28Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  29He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:   31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Draw strength from God, so that you will not faint, and that your faith and courage may be renewed.  He is our power and a source of great strength.

Bro. Terry Clelland

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