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December 19, 2017, 10:26 AM

Malachi 4:2 (KJV)

Malachi 4:2 states “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”  Webster’s 1828 dictionary states “In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience.”  As I think about this prophecy of Jesus, found in Malachi and the definition of the fear of God, provided by Noah Webster, my mind is drawn to the words of two familiar hymns:

“Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved.” Amazing Grace by John Newton

“Lo, the great King of kings, with healing in His wings, to every captive soul a full deliverance brings.” The Comforter Has Come by Frank Bottome

Bro. Chris Collier

December 11, 2017, 4:21 PM

Luke 2:15-16 (KJV)

Luke 2:15-16 states “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.  And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”  

As I think about how quickly the shepherds responded to hearing the news of the birth of Jesus, it serves as an illustration of how quickly sinners should respond to the call of God.  Titus 2:11-12 states “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.”  Just as the shepherds came with haste to seek Jesus, following the appearance of the angels, so sinners should come with haste to seek Jesus, following the appearance of the grace of God.

“God is calling the prodigal, come without delay.”
From the hymn Calling The Prodigal by Charles H. Gabriel

Bro. Chris Collier

December 5, 2017, 11:26 AM

1 John 3:8 (KJV)

As we have entered the month of December, my mind has been drawn to the popular saying “Jesus is the reason for the season.”  Certainly, the birth of our precious Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ is what ought to be acknowledged and celebrated during this time of year.  As I think of the reason for Jesus’ birth, many scriptures come to mind, but I can think of no place that states it as clearly and succinctly as I John 3:8: “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”  As we celebrate Jesus’ birth, this Christmas and throughout the new year, let’s boldly tell others about the purpose of His birth, life, death, and resurrection.

Bro. Chris Collier

November 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Ezekiel 34:11 (KJV)

Ezekiel 34:11 states, "For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out."

I had a thought this week from reading in Ezekiel when the Lord speaks as a shepherd speaking to his sheep. The analogy of the Lord being our shepherd and we are his sheep is interwoven throughout the scripture. One point I wanted to bring out is the part in the verse where it says "will both search my sheep, and seek them out.”  

The beauty of the Gospel is we are not deserving of the glorious gift of forgiveness and sanctification, and we have done nothing to merit his favor, but the Lord seeks us out and calls us by name. He cares for each and every one of his sheep. It is mentioned in the gospels where he leaves the ninety-nine to find that one. The love that he has for us is unconditional, which was demonstrated at the death on the cross. The Lord never gives up on us, but is calling and pleading that we turn to Him. He is desiring for us to have a relationship with Him. That is the love of Christ.

If you don't know the Lord take the time in prayer to call on the Lord because He is looking to answer your call. Don’t feel you are unworthy or too far out in sin for Him to sanctify you. As the scripture says in the New Testament, “The son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost". It is His will that none should perish but that all should come to repentance. 

Love and prayers, 

Matt Collins 

November 21, 2017, 10:38 AM

2 Corinthianas 4:7 (KJV)

2 Corinthians 4:7 states, "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."

The Apostle Paul speaks about “this treasure” that is in us which is the gift of sanctification (Holy Spirit).  He refers to us as earthen vessels which contain this spiritual treasure that goes with us from day to day.  He uses the reference of earthen vessels to relate it to the clay that the potter molds and makes into beautiful vessels. During that time after the clay jars were finished valuable documents were placed in the jars for safe keeping.  So, he relates that to the Spirit of God that is in these temporary vessels. 

He also talks about the power that is of God and not of us and reminds us that we must depend solely on Him.  Through full dependency on God we realize that we walk by faith and not by sight letting His Holy Spirit direct our steps.  I ask you this week consider what you treasure and know that you can have “this treasure” which is the Holy Spirit living in your heart!  Jesus said it best in Luke 12:34... For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Love & Prayers

Matt Collins

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