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October 23, 2018, 1:22 PM

Proverbs 6:9-11 (KJV)

Proverbs 6:9-11 states, “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”  These verses offer up a great question.  With all the wonderful things that God has to offer and all the negativity and destruction the devils has for your life, how long will you put off serving the Lord?

Life is serious and we need to treat it seriously!  You cannot be lazy in finding a relationship with God or you will find yourself in spiritual poverty. 

The world today (actually the devil) would have you focus on the temporary things of this world that give you momentary satisfaction and put off the one thing that provides ultimate joy and happiness, which is a relationship with God. 

Distractions of the world will distract one from serving the Lord and ultimately never obtaining eternal life.  This simple distraction is what the enemy desires and will lead to eternal death which is what the Bible describes as Hell.  So yes, life is very serious!  Don’t delay!  It is time to come clean with God and make things right with your Creator who holds the keys to Heaven and Hell!

October 15, 2018, 3:17 PM

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)

In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we read, "“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”   The fourth verse in that chapter says “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”

As a young man growing up, I always wondered why the writer drew such stark contrasts in the comparisons in this passage of scripture. Add years of life experience and now the scripture becomes a little clearer. We all go through different seasons in our lives. We don’t all experience the same seasons together. Some go through a time to mourn or weep, while others are in their time to dance or laugh. That is life and our seasons can and will change quickly.

If you are in a season of weeping or mourning, remember soon will come seasons of laughter and dancing. Be patient, be loving and trust in God! He will give you what you need to make it through.

If you are in a season of laughing or dancing, remember how challenging it was going through the tougher seasons of your life. When you see tougher seasons occurring in other people’s lives, remember to be loving, patient, compassionate and in much prayer to God for them!

October 9, 2018, 12:59 PM

Forgiveness Among Men

As we live in the world, but are not part of the world, the scriptures warn that offenses are bound to come, but woe unto him by whom they come.  We might agree there are intentional offenses, but there are also accidental offenses and misjudgments.  The scriptures don’t really differentiate.

The place of forgiveness in a sanctified life is in several passages.  Colossians 3:13 tells us “if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye”.  Ephesians 4 tells us “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”.  Matthew 18, in Jesus’ words tell us we must forgive until seventy times seven trespasses; so it seems there is no option to withhold forgiveness in the sanctified life. 

However, in contemporary theology the forgiveness discussion often seems to demand unbounded forgiveness, without acknowledging the example of God’s forgiveness and the other biblical requirements.  1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins”.  In the example of our relationship with God, we have to confess.  Luke 17:3-4 says “Take heed to yourselves:  If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.”  Jesus in Matthew 5 said “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the alter, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the alter, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. “  Earlier in Mathew 18 it says “But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church….”  Borrowing from Paul Harvey, perhaps this tells “the rest of the story”.

Bro. David Cosby

September 25, 2018, 12:30 PM

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

When the veil of the temple was rent in twain from top to bottom, the old covenant was done away and our access to God changed. The Levitical priesthood was replaced as Jesus Christ became the mediator of the new covenant and our high priest. Our relationship is directly with Jesus.

We are instructed to study the Word, that was made flesh and dwelt among us (St. John 1: 1-14), but we also are ministers. 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 states, "Not that we are sufficient to think anything of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament."

When we read Ephesians 4:1, "I therefore the prisoner of the Lord beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you were called," it challenges me as an individual to examine myself as a minister. Not that my actions will be sufficient, but is my life and study of His Word sufficient for a minister?

Bro. David Cosby

September 5, 2018, 1:44 PM

There Is Just One Way

Society norms and expectations change with time, but God’s expectations of us are settled forever in heaven in the Word of God. Psalms 119:89 says, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven”.

It might be foolish to debate the accuracy, but widely repeated generalized generational descriptions can reasonably highlight that societal expectations evolve. You can Google generation X,Y,Z characteristics for your own investigation. I’ll lift one quote - “Gen Z grew up in an era in which societal standards began to shift dramatically. Norms were flipped upside down”.

In an era of independence, acceptance, questioning authority and finding one’s own way, the thought may seem convenient that you go your way, I’ll go mine, and we’ll all end up at the same place.  In 1920 James Rowe wrote a song:

There are many paths through this world of sin,
But there’s only one I shall travel in;
’Tis the old Cross Road, or the way called “Straight”—
There is just one way to the pearly gate. 

There is just one way to the pearly gate,
To the crown of life and the friends who wait;
’Tis the old Cross Road, or the way called “Straight”—
There is just one way to the pearly gate.

There are some who sneer at the old Cross Road,
At the pearly gate and the soul’s abode;
Yet I mind them not, but, with happy song
And assurance sweet, still I press along.

Others risk their souls on some new-made way,
Thinking they will come to the gate someday;
Oh, may they find out, ere their lives are done,
That the old Cross Road is the only one.

He called it “The Old Cross Road”, but I could humbly suggest an alternate title might be “There is Just One Way”. The scriptures support that. St. John 10:1-10 says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

There is but “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” – Eph 4:5-6.

And finally, Luke 9:23 says “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Bro. David Cosby

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