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March 2, 2015, 4:00 AM

2 Timothy 3: 14-15 (KJV)

"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."  2 Timothy 3:14-15

February 23, 2015, 2:00 PM


In the English language, use of the word “if” indicates that something must happen before something else can happen. The word “if” is used to talk about the result of something that may happen to be true. The word if is used in the Bible over 1,500 times.  A few of the more well-known passages of Scripture are:

"If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."  2 Chronicles 7:13

"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:."  Psalm 66:18

"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small."  Proverbs 24:10

"If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:"   Isaiah 1:19

"If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?"  Luke 12:28

"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:36

"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." Romans 12:18

"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."  Galatians 5:25

Bro. Steve Gray

February 9, 2015, 2:58 PM

The Cross

The icon of a cross adorns the steeple of churches worldwide; it is portrayed in works of art, worn on ecclesiastical clothing, stamped on Bibles and hymnals, and is the most recognized symbol of Christianity. Being nailed to a wooden cross was used to execute a criminal in a slow, degrading, and painful death.  Why then do we hold up the cross as a sacred emblem of our faith?   Because if you KNOW Christ, it is personal!

In the old rugged cross
Stained with blood so divine
A wondrous beauty I see
For twas on that old cross
Jesus suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me

Hebrews 9: 13-14, "For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"

Bro. Steve Gray

February 2, 2015, 1:11 PM

Isaiah 55: 10-11 (KJV)

The prophet Isaiah declares a promise to us in the scriptures that the word of the Lord shall not return void.  Isaiah 55: 10-11 states, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”  In the New Testament, the apostle Paul references this in similar fashion about sowing the seed and letting God give the increase.

The Lord has reassured me with this scripture this week that calls for us to be a mouth piece for him and to let the Lord do the rest. I sometimes find myself sometime worrying about the results of my efforts, when all I should be asking myself is the message going out.  You may never see the results of your efforts for the Lord, but the scripture says it will not return void.  I know God has a purpose for everything we do and say for Him. My prayer this week is that I continue to be a willing vessel for him and continue to seek out his purpose and plan he has for me.

Bro. Matt Collins

January 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

Ephesians 4:1-3 (KJV)

In today’s society, a prison, or the thought of being a prisoner, is not something for which we strive.  Being imprisoned means having your freedoms stripped away from you and your life minimized to strict guidelines and duties. In secular terms, a prisoner is confined, limited, and deprived of freedom against their will. In the Bible, Apostle Paul proclaims to the people at Ephesus that he is prisoner of the Lord and to walk worth of the vocation from which he is called. Apostle Paul speaks to them as a spiritual imprisonment to the Lord. Though far from being stripped of his freedom, Paul completely surrenders to the Lord and focuses strictly on the Lord’s direction.

Like Apostle Paul, when we get sanctified we become prisoners to Jesus Christ and servants to righteousness. He equips us with His spirit, if we yield to His direction for our lives. Only when we willingly yield our lives to the Lord, we are no longer slaves to Satan, and can gain all the Lord has to offer. I ask you this week, are you a prisoner to Jesus Christ? Have you made a full consecration to Him? Have you died to self and does His spirit rein in your life? I pray you do.

Ephesians 4:1-3 states, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Bro. Matt Collins

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