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February 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

According to the scripture, David was a man after God's own heart.  In his early life we understand David killing the lion and the bear while keeping his father's sheep.  He also killed Goliath to rescue the armies of the living God.  The common knowledge of the day was Saul had killed his thousands, but David his ten thousands.  Even while spending most of his early life fleeing Saul, David showed mercy to God's anointed multiple times.  In addition, David exacted righteous judgement on those that brought tidings and claimed to participated in Saul's death.....but then the story of David moves on to the sin with Bathsheba and a fairly awful life with this children that followed.  

Is there a bigger story here?  No one else in the scripture is called a man after God's own heart, what happened?  When we bring David's entire life into focus, maybe there is an allegory between his life that is explained in other scriptures.  It seems that when the Lord provided David's glory, he prospered, but once he became king it seems the glory of man became deceitful. 

Paul made some observations in II Corianthian 12:9, he said, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."  I Peter 1:24 says "all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and flower thereof falleth away".  Luke 6:26 says "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets."  Matthew 6:33 states,  "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Bro. David Cosby

February 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Psalms 51:7 (KJV)

As we completely thaw out from our last bit of beautiful, white snow, I am reminded of the purity that comes when we turn our lives over to God.   When we ask for his divine forgiveness, God cleans out the old sins from our lives, preparing us for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Psalms 51:7 says, "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow”

I am so thankful that God can take a life full of dark, sinful impurities and make it clean and beautiful.

Bro. Scott Rogers

January 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Seeking God

Jeremiah 29:13 states, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

In Matthew 13:45-46 we read, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it."

In today's world there are endless recommendations made by man for finding God. Over the years thousands of books, countless seminars and teachings, and a multitude ideas and approaches have been espoused. Even though man's ideas are complicated and diverse, the true approach to finding God is simple and unchanging. The bible clearly teaches that you must seek him with "all of our heart"!

Have a blessed week!

Mike Merritt

January 19, 2016, 2:08 PM

Galatians 5:13-14 (KJV)

“Every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God” - Martin Luther King Jr.

True love comes as a manifestation of the Holy Spirit given by God to those who are Sanctified.  When we demonstrate that love to our neighbors, it shines a light in a very dark world.  

Galations 5:13-14 states, "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

Bro. Scott Rogers

January 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

Luke 6:47-49 (KJV)

Without a solid foundation it is impossible to weather the storms of life.  We have to dig deep when establishing our relationship with Christ the solid rock.  We do this by listening to God and doing what he asks.

Luke 6:47-49 says, "Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:  He is like a man which built an house , and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehmently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great."

Bro. Scott Rogers

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