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February 27, 2018, 10:26 AM

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Feb 27, 2018

Matthew 6:9 (KJV)
9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Jesus, after teaching what not to do, begins in vs. 9 to give a model to help us pray. What to do! While praying this prayer isn’t wrong, it is a guide more than verbal. It instructs us in how to pray.

Who are we praying to? We are led by the Spirit, through the Son, to the Father. Our Father, I have heard many names and titles used to address, but this seems to be the best. Heavenly Father, Father, Father God and even Daddy are some. The address is different according to our current need or our current relationship. Abba Father when we need the soft assurance of His presence. Most Holy God when we  need forgiveness.

Hallowed be thy name. “We give glory to God; it may be taken not as a petition, but as an adoration; as that, the Lord be magnified, or glorified, for God's holiness is the greatness and glory of all his perfections. We must begin our prayers with praising God”. (Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible.) Prayer seems to be very one sided. We ask God for stuff all the time, but do we ever just stop and give Him praise?

Sometimes it would be good to just talk. Maybe ask Him what He thinks of all the plans you have made. I am sure He could use a good laugh! God’s desire is to have a relationship with you. He sent His son to make it so and gave us His Spirit to seal it. God wants to be your Heavenly Father. We are blessed.

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February 26, 2018, 9:05 AM

Morning Coffee


Feb 26, 2018

Matthew 6:8 (KJV)
8  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

We should take comfort in knowing that God is so aware of you that he already knows what you need. God already knows your situation, so when you pray you are not informing Him of something that He is not aware.  He is waiting for you to let Him into your need.

I have come to understand that since He knows, He is waiting for us to confess our real need, and accept His will for our life. Do you really know? When God asked “..Adam where art thou?” (Genesis 3:9), God knew where Adam was but was asking Adam if knew where he was. I am convinced that until we get real with God, we will wonder in the wilderness until we take a hard look at our present direction. We need a starting point, a place where we have accepted the fact that we are not following His plan and purpose for our life. It is at that point that God maps out our life, and supplies everything we have need of to get us to His plan. Then will continue to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. (Philippians 4:19). We are blessed!

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February 23, 2018, 9:21 AM

Morning Coffee

Feb 23, 2018

Matthew 6:5-8 (KJV)
5  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

This part of the sermon on the mount is my favorite. First He assumes that we pray. “..when thou prayest (vs 5).” E.M. Bounds said , “prayer is the very breath of the Christian” as we breath, we pray. Prayer is offered to God at any time, any place day or night. He knows that some will use prayer as an opportunity to seem more “spiritual” than others. And being seen they have their reward. We should pray in secret. Secret praying is not praying in hiding, but with the understanding that we are communicating to God in humility. We come not to be seen but rather to enter in to His presence. There He rewards us.

Ravenhill said that, “ to be much for God we must be much with God”. We can enter the day on our own power or open the day with Christ. Long prayers are not the only way, sometimes the simple cry for help is the most effective prayer we can make. I was at men’s prayer meeting Saturday night before revival services started. You know the kind ten minutes of prayer and then donuts and coffee. On most of our minds was the donuts. But a new member of the church came prepared to pray. He knelt, pulled his handkerchief from his pocket and gently put it before his face on the alter. He patiently waited his turn and he began to pray, “Lord, give us souls”. He started softly but with more fire and power he prayed, “..Lord, give us souls”. He wept for souls to be saved, that fire from God might fill each man there. He would wipe tears from his eyes and sweat from his brow as he grabbed hold of heaven and brought it down to that place. I never heard such passion. The meeting changed as each man began pouring their heart out to God. One hour turned to two hours as the men of our church began to fill the power of revival. What a day!

Our prayer does not need to be eloquent, but  honest. Do not fear to ask God for your needs and even your wants. He answers prayer. We don’t always get what we want, but always what we need. And He knows, “what things ye have need of, before you ask Him (5:8). We are blessed.


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February 22, 2018, 10:47 AM

Morning Coffee

Feb 22,2018

Matthew 6:1 (KJV)
1  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Why do we do the things we do? What is our motivation? Why good works? Jesus says in Math 5:16 to let our light shine before men. So why does He now say to not do your alms before men? It goes back to motivation. Why do we do good works? In 5:16 it is to glorify our Father which is in heaven. Here it is to be seen of men. He uses the term “hypocrites”. I heard it said that a hypocrite is someone who is not himself on Sunday.

Sometimes people give to God for reasons that are less than pure, maybe to seem important in the eyes of others, maybe to gain power by giving money as leverage to control. It is a blessing to be a part with those who give abundantly, regularly and quietly.

Don’t publicly announce your gifts, no press conference. Let your children see you give, and teach them why. They may follow your habit, but not your conviction if you don’t. Parents lead the way.

You can be like a pharisee who wonders why people don’t give as much as you or a hypocrite who complains about the giving of others but doesn’t give himself. You receive no reward from God. You can be one who gives quietly and regularly, and receive blessing from your Father in heaven. God always supplies all that we need to accomplish all he has called us to do. We must listen, be obedient and trust that He knows more than we do.  We are blessed.


02-23-2018 at 7:33 AM
Pastor, we are enjoying Morning Coffee. Thank you for doing this. You’re keeping us on the straight and narrow path with the truths of the scripture. God bless you.
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February 21, 2018, 8:54 AM

Morning Coffee

Feb 21, 2018

As I sit to write this morning I am still processing the news of the death of Billy Graham. I have read almost every one of His books. I have listened on video to some of his greatest messages. I have read three biographies. He is to me one of the greatest men of faith in both the 20th and 21st century. His faithfulness to his Lord, his family, his country and to the world, have been on display. Never did he boast of his accomplishments but always gave the glory to God.

His celebrity was because of his faithfulness. He never used his world given power to open any door. But he used his God given power to combat the darkness and bring to a world dying in sin the good news of the gospel of Christ. I have always seen him as an example to pattern my ministry.  His ministry was one of honesty, integrity and humility, a bright light in a dark world.

I have heard and I believe that God will always have that voice. When one leaves us, another raises up to take the mantle. It is not one that comes by choice, but by calling. The power of God will be upon him and his voice will spread. In this world the light of the gospel is the only answer to our real need, a right heart with God that can only through Christ. He would start anywhere in scripture and head straight to the cross. Let us continue to lift high the banner of Christ and remember the faithful. We are blessed.

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