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January 31, 2018, 9:23 AM

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Jan 31,2018

Matthew 5:19-20 (KJV)
19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whenever you see a therefore in the scripture, find out what the therefore is therefore! I can see this conclusion as referring back to two statements. 1. Let your light shine before men…that they may glorify your Father which is in heaven. 2. Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all are fulfilled.

Living for Jesus is never easy. We are constantly bombarded with stuff from religious leaders who seem to have found the new way, shortcuts to discipleship. Come to this conference or enroll in this Bible study and life will be all wonderful, shortcuts more likely than not wind up as dead ends. Whosoever breaks and teaches to do is least. Whosoever does and teaches to do is great. We must elevate our game! Never does easy and discipleship go together. Our lives are an open book. People watch us and sometimes this is the only Jesus they see. Don’t mislead someone with promises of its all cake from here. Erma Bombeck has a book entitled, “If life is a bowl of cherries, why am I always in the pits!” Wow is that ever true.

While life may be hard at times, and finding the way that is right can seem difficult, we have this blessed assurance, Matthew 28:20 (KJV) 20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. We are blessed!




January 29, 2018, 9:58 AM

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Jan 29, 2018

Matthew 5:18 (KJV)
18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Verily is reference to the authority of Christ. Verily is translated truly or certainly. He states that one jot, or one tittle will not pass until all are fulfilled. The jot and tittle are the smallest marks in the Hebrew alphabet, so even the smallest things from scripture will not be done until all is done. The Law and the Prophets as well as the Gospel will not be changed, added to or taken away from. This morning as I was talking with my dear friend, I shared that the Bible does not tell us everything there is to know about God, but it does tell us everything we need to know about God.

One thing that causes my defensive mind to go to work are these words, “that’s not what this means”!  Or “that’s not what He meant to say”. These statements seem to be almost always in dealing with hard teachings that may offend. So we take out the sting so not to offend. We change the truth of God into a lie. It seems today that when we enjoy a lifestyle that is contrary to God’s Word, we change the word and not our lives. Maybe on the other side we make great effort to obey His word with our public lives that people see, but keep secret sin without repentance.

It may seem that I am getting negative here, but just the opposite is true. I am excited about what God is doing in our church. The whole Word of God is our foundation. We are not spiritually elite but we are spiritually growing.  We will not compromise for worldly gain, but we will stand on Jesus name, knowing that without Him we can do nothing. “John 15:5 (KJV) 5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. “ So we come together to worship, broken, seeking healing from the Great Physician, seeking an encounter with Him that will leave us breathless and full.  We are blessed!

 




January 26, 2018, 9:07 AM

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Jan 26, 2018

Matthew 5:17 (KJV)
17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

 

These words help us to understand that Jesus really did know His real mission. He knew who He was and what He was to do. He was completely committed to the task. He embraced it and focused himself to the work before Him.

From the dreadful day in the garden, man’s purpose became focused on himself and what he wanted. God showed His amazing grace by sacrificing the innocent to cover the sin and nakedness of man, showing him that man could regain a relationship through that blood. Jesus came to fulfill that promise of redemption through His own blood. Now how amazing is that?!

How can I know God’s will or purpose for my life? I believe this has been the question asked  most in this ministry. The answer is really simple.  Read the Bible, if it says “do it”, then do it, if it says “don’t do it”, then don’t do it! Now isn’t that simple? Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. The devil is scared of the weakest Christian on his knees and reading their Bible. Psalm 119:11 (KJV)11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. God wants you to know His will for you and has great plans for your life. Are you ready for this awesome adventure? We are blessed.

 

 

 




January 22, 2018, 8:49 AM

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Jan 22nd, 2018

Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV)
14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We live in a very dark  world. There is no greater time than now to let our light shine. The words of Mordecai to Esther, “who  knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14), ring true as much today as they did then.

As we walk through the world, its filth and grime tend to get all over us. It covers us to the point that our light can’t be seen. Like Gideon commanded to break the pots that covered the light (Judges 7:15-23), so must we break up the filth and grime to let our light shine, A little light overcomes a lot of darkness. Hide it under a bushel? No! 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (KJV)
3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. We have a great task before us. Let’s start turning our lights on to break the darkness. This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine! We are blessed.




January 18, 2018, 10:37 AM

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Jan 18th 2018

Matthew 5:13 (KJV)                  
13  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

As most know, salt is essential for life.  It also flavors, preserves and thaws. I can see why our Lord says that we are, “the salt of the earth”. I believe that we believers should be, “seasoned with the gospel, with the salt of grace”
(Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible). That we should be salted, so we may be salty! The gospel in us and through us flavors the world with the love of Christ.

If we lose our saltiness, the world is affected. We lose our ability to minister to the lost and dying in sin. We lose our desire for them to come to Christ and we lose our chance. We become more interested in ourselves and what He can do for us instead of Him and what He can do for the lost. We lose our focus and get distracted while the wide road leads them to death. We may need to prioritize all the good things we do so we can do the best. I have heard that sometimes,” the enemy of great is good.”!

It is a great privilege to serve God. It is not always easy but it is always rewarding. Sometimes we don’t see results but we must know by faith that He is with us has called us to this ministry. He is faithful! We are blessed.

 


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