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January 9, 2019, 8:05 AM

Kingdom of God


Many Bible readers interpret the Bible and its teachings from a natural or physical view point.  The tendency to interpret the Bible in this way is understandable.  As humans it is in our nature to think, make decisions, and act on what our physical senses tell us.  Even during the time of Christ, many Jews had hopes of a physical King who would come and save them from the Romans.  They desired freedom! 

Many at the time also had hopes of a physical resurrection, which is evidenced by Jesus’ conversation with Martha concerning her brother Lazarus who had recently died.  (This conversation is found in Matthew chapter 11.) 

However, Jesus’ purpose was far greater than a physical kingdom or a physical resurrection.  He explains this in John 6:63 when he states, “It is the spiritthat quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, theyarespirit, and theyarelife.”  What Jesus is saying is that his words and teachings are spiritual and not natural. 

So does this mean that his teachings concerning the Kingdom of God, the Resurrection, Christ’s Second Coming, Holy Communion, Baptism, being “Born Again”, and “the end of the world” are all spiritual?  The answer to this question is YES!  The evidence is overwhelming and can be found throughout the entire Bible.  Of course, all of this cannot be covered or explained in a few paragraphs.  One example can be found in Luke 17:20-21 which states, “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

There is no question that a Kingdom which cannot be seen and one that is located “within you” is most definitely a “Spiritual Kingdom”.  So, this week as you study your Bible, try and view God’s precepts and teaching from a spiritual viewpoint.  By doing this you will soon discover that Jesus’ words are indeed spirit and they are life!

Have a great Week!

Bro. Mike Merritt




December 10, 2018, 4:06 PM

Matthew 9:35-38 (KJV)


Matthew 9:35-38 states, "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 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. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest."

I had a few thoughts during the Thanksgiving holiday about the laborers, and why they are few. Since I began working in the commercial roofing industry, I have found it is hard to find willing laborers. The reason behind that is the work is strenuous, it typically requires doing work that no one cares to do, and it has very little pay. People often overlook this position because it’s viewed as a lower ranking job. Jesus is speaking to his disciples saying that the harvest, which is the lost souls in the world, is plenteous.  There is an abundance of people that need the gospel preached to them, but He needs workers. Jesus is calling for labourers to work for him Him. This isn’t going to be suit and tie ministry, but one that has tireless, unrecognized work, and can sometimes be rather difficult. God is looking for willing workers. He is looking for ones that will go through the tough times of the ministry to advance His Kingdom. Let us be found being laborers for Him and as we do so, let us share the love of Christ with others with whom we come in contact.

So my charge this week is for you to examine your spiritual experience with God and see if you are willing to go wherever He wants you to go. Are you truly a laborer for Him? He is looking for a solider He can trust. If you don’t have the Spirit of God in your heart, I ask you to consider your ways. God has a plan for your life and wants to use you for His purpose and glory. 

Bro. Matt Collins




December 5, 2018, 10:00 AM

Emmanuel - God with Us!


Matthew 1:23 states, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

In 1 Corinthians 3:16 we read, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

How can God be with us? What does this mean in our lives? We can each one have God with us, dwelling in us through the Holy Ghost. In abiding with us, God creates something totally different out of our lives. Where bitterness, strife, and emptiness may have once been in our heart as a result of sin, with the Glory of God abiding in our heart, we can walk with Him, keep His commandments, and have peace and contentment.

The greatest gift has already been given by God. Are you willing to open the gift, to open your heart?

Bro. Terry Clelland




November 28, 2018, 3:56 PM

Spirit of Christ at Christmas


As Christians, we have a duty to represent Christ in all aspects of our lives. What greater opportunity exists to show the world God’s love than during the celebration of Christ’s birth? God sent His only Son into the world to forgive our sins and provide to us the constant abiding Holy Spirit. Our children deserve the truth. Make believe stories are fun and a part of the childhood experience, but when they appear to be more popular than the truth, they can mislead our children. 

The Spirit of Christ supersedes the spirit of Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. 

In Matthew 1:18-21 we read, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."

Bro. Steve Gray




November 19, 2018, 5:00 PM

Preach


In Mark 16:15, Jesus told his disciples, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  What is the Gospel? The Gospel is the good news of faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ to salvation for every person in the world. The Word of God teaches that salvation is obtained by two separate and distinct works. First, we must be forgiven by God for the sins we have committed and second, we must be sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit gives us the power to live a life pleasing to God and keeps us from the sin that is in the world. 

What does it mean to preach? We sometimes equate the word “preach” with a pulpit practice, but the definition of “preach” is to proclaim. Everything we do at home, at the work place, and in our day to day lives can proclaim the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every one of us has a testimony of what God has done for us and in our lives; we only need to allow the Holy Spirit to speak through us. 

Romans 10:14 states, "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"

In Henry J. Zelley's song, Bless Me Lord And Make Me A Blessing, we read:   

“I do not ask to choose my path. 
Lord, lead me in Thy way; 
Inspire each thought, and prompt each word, 
And make me a blessing today.”

Bro. Steve Gray


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