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February 19, 2019, 8:00 AM

Love


St. John 15: 12-14 states, "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you."

There truly is no greater love than the love that Jesus Christ showed when he gave his life on the cross of Calvary.  This sacrifice was given so that each one of us could be filled with God's love. Today, let God's love rule in your heart and mind.

Bro. Mike Merritt




February 12, 2019, 11:26 AM

Where Does God Dwell?


From the beginning of creation, God wanted fellowship and to dwell with mankind.  This is evident from the account in the book of Genesis where God had regular communication with Adam and Eve.  This fellowship soon ended because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience which began the separation between sinful man and a Holy God.  However, because of His great love and mercy, God slowly began to reach out to man through Abraham, Moses, and others.  He even began to temporarily dwell with his people by His presence in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and in Solomon’s Temple. 

God then showed his great love by coming to earth and dwelled with us as Jesus Christ.  While here, he showed us how to live and demonstrated his love and compassion.  Ultimately he gave his life as the sacrifice that allows us to be saved from Sin by his presence dwelling in our hearts.  So where does God dwell today?  He dwells with those who seek him with all of their heart!

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

Ephesians 2:21-22 - "In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit."

Bro. Mike Merritt




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


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