June 25, 2018
“The church without power is a factory for hypocrites,”………..Samuel M. Shoemaker
Wow! What a powerful presence of God we experienced yesterday during the 10:35 service at Maple Spring. The consecration service for all the VBS teachers and helpers this week, the receiving & welcoming of eight new members, the water baptism service of three young adults, the special music, “The Potter’s Hand,” and certainly the Holy Spirit spoke to each of us during the preached word, “Membership Matters.”
It’s very exciting to be a part of the church of Jesus Christ.
The Word of God reads, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Christ from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
Many find it easier to go to church than to be the church. What about you? Do you know and experience the resurrection of Christ in your life? Do you know what gifts and talents God has given to you? If you do know, are you actively involved and using them in the life and ministry of your local church?
Be a part of what God is doing in the earth today. Help fulfill the Great Commission. You will be glad that you did!
June 18 , 2018
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in Heaven’……..” Jesus Christ
“It is sobering to recall that fathers bear the title that God Himself has chosen as a picture of His relationship to His people,”…………Dr. Billy Graham
Our Loving God is not, “the man upstairs,” or “the big guy in the sky,” He is our Heavenly Father.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning,” (James 1:17).
No matter what your experience or relationship has been like with your earthly father, you can rejoice in the truth today that our Heavenly Father is watching out for you. He sits real high, but He looks real low.
“His eye is on the sparrow and I know He’s watching me.”
Recently I heard a small child ask, “Who made God?” “Where did He come from?” An adult answered her, “No one made God, He always has existed.” We all know that answer is correct but it takes child like faith to believe and accept that, doesn’t it? He has originated and established wonderful blessings and gifts for you and me.
I don’t know what trial, question or fear you are facing today, but I do know that you and I can place our trust in our Heavenly Father, He will provide for you and protect you as you continue to trust in Him.
Have child like faith in Him. You will be glad that you did.
June 11, 2018
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments,” (Psalm 111:10).
I saw a bumper sticker recently that read, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
I believe most of us can relate to that comment. God’s Word states that His people perish or suffer from the lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). In that same passage God says, “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me.”
The Bible also states in Daniel 12:4 that in the last day man’s “knowledge” would increase. Just think of how much knowledge mankind has gained just over the last 50 years. But are we really coming to the knowledge of the truth? Have we really learned that God can be trusted and that He will never leave us and that He will always be faithful to His children? Are we understanding the meaning and purpose of life?
Someone once said, “There are ten things I wish I had learned before I was twenty-one.”
- That being a Christian is really important.
- That my life’s vocation would be what it is.
- That my health after 30 would depend to a great degree on what I ate before I was 21.
- That I really am a trustee of my money and possessions.
- That being neatly and sensibly dressed is an asset.
- That habits are difficult to break after you turn 21.
- That worthwhile things require time, patience and work.
- That the world gives a person just about what he deserves.
- That a thorough education brings not only better wages, but the best of everything.
- That absolute truthfulness in everything is invaluable.
- And one more extra thought: That my parents weren’t “Old Fogies” after all.
June 4, 2018
“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you,” (I Thessalonians 5:18).
As I purchased some groceries a few days ago, the cashier said to me, “That will be $37.25 please.” I replied, “You don’t hear that word (please) too often anymore.” She replied, “You’re right. And you don’t hear “thank you” too often either.”
It is God’s will or desire for you and me to be thankful to Him. Even in the midst of changing and difficult circumstances, we can find reasons to thank God. As I was waiting for my lunch recently, I noticed that three of the six people at a nearby table had some kind of physical ailment. One person was on oxygen, one had to use crutches, and another had to wear special hearing devices. I thanked God for my health as I was waiting for my order.
So many times we all go to God with a list of our needs and concerns. There’s nothing really wrong with that. We are to pray for one another (James 5:16). However, our Heavenly Father already knows about our needs. His desire is to have intimate fellowship with us through prayer.
I don’t know what problems you are facing today. We all have them. But as you deal with your problems, take some time to pause and thank God for His blessings in your life. It could very well be that as you are still before God that He will lead you to the answers to your problems today.