Last Night of Missions Conference – 2017

It has been a blessing to be challenged through the Word of God concerning “Grace Giving.”  I pray that if you were not able to make it to any of the services you get an audio cd of the service you missed.  You won’t want to miss out on what God has for you this year in Missions.

It’s so important to understand that what we have been learning from II Corinthians 8 applies to so many more areas of our Christian life than Missions.  I pray that you would take the challenges presented during the Missions Conference and apply them to you life – not just with Missions – but in every area of life.

John 15:7-8 Thought

Good thought:
 
John 15:7-8 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (8) Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
 
“Abiding in Jesus and continuing in the Word is not a condition of discipleship, but is rather the evidence of it.” – Oliver B. Greene
 
The world tells us that the Bible does not need to be applied or followed. The world tells us those who preach obedience to God’s Word out of a sincere heart are foolish. Despite what people may want you to think, Jesus tells us here that our abiding in Him and His Word will produce such fruit in our life that will glorify God. Which is the evidence of our life that we are a disciple(follower) of Jesus Christ.
 
We can conclude this:
1. There is the potential of living a life that glorifies God by the fruit it bears. – This type of life is evidence of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
2. There is the potential of living a life that dishonors God by bearing worldly fruit. – This type of life is evidence of not being a disciple of Jesus Christ
 
Mat_7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
What is known of your life because of the fruit it is bearing? Are you a Christian who brings Glory to God? Are you easily identified as a disciple of Jesus Christ?

Bombshell!

Great thought:

“The resurrection of the Lord Jesus was and is the greatest bombshell ever to explode in the face of an unbelieving world.” (emphasis mine)
(By Oliver B. Greene)

Never alone!

Never Alone.

Thought from John 16:32 – Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

There are times when we too feel as though every man/friend is scattered to their own and we are alone. In these times may we remember the lesson and life of the Savior. We are never alone as one of God’s children for the Father is with us.

Just a reminder!

Just a reminder!

I wanted to take a moment to remind our church family to be memorizing John 15:1-3! Tomorrow night for Wednesday evening services we will quote these three verses together from memory.

Psa_119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

I look forward to serving the Lord with His people tomorrow night at Lighthouse Baptist Church! See you then at 7:00 p.m.

Interesting Thought

I was reading from a book that contains select messages from Charles Spurgeon last night called The Spurgeon Anthology. As I read I came across this thought on Christians reading their Bibles.

“Ah, you know more about your ledgers than your Bible; you know more about your day-books than what God has written! Many of you will read a novel from beginning to end, and what have you got? – a mouthful of froth when you have done. But you cannot read the Bible – that solid, lasting, substantial, and satisfying food goes uneaten, locked up in the cupboard of neglect; while anything that man writes, a catch of the day, is greedily devoured. … I charge you with this: you do not read your Bibles. Some of you never have read it through. I know I speak what your heart must say, is honest truth. You are not Bible readers. You say you have the Bible in your houses; do I think you are such heathens as not to have a Bible? But when did you read it last?”

Very convicting thought!
Psa 119:9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Psa 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
Psa 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

Encouragement to be in Church!

Tomorrow at 11:00 we will be looking at this thought from Mark 10 – “What would keep you from Jesus Christ?” We will also look at this thought as well – “What IS keeping you from Jesus Christ?” We look forward to being with you in the Lord’s House tomorrow morning!

Don’t forget we have something for every age! At 10:00 we have Sunday school for all ages, adult through nursery. Then there is Junior Church at 11:00 for ages 4 through 6th grade! Don’t let anything keep you from Jesus Christ and His House tomorrow.

Thought for the Day

This morning my wife and I were reading from the book “Morning and Evening” by Charles Spurgeon. Today the thought for the morning was “Ye are Christ’s” taken from I Corinthians 3:23. Spurgeon began to illustrate the several ways in which we are Christ’s: “You are his by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; his by his bloody purchase, for he counted down the price for your redemption; his by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to him; his by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of his brethren and joint-heirs.” (emphasis mine)

For my wife and I it was a blessing to think that God would so desire us to be His. What a wonderful God we serve! We know that the only way we can truly be His is by our acceptance of the free gift of salvation provided by His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

As I think upon it even now I am humbled at the opportunity to be Christ’s. I am not just His as a servant or a possession (although I am a willing servant), but as a child of His! No matter how unworthy a child I am because of my sin, because of the free gift of salvation, when God looks at me He no longer sees me, He see’s me through His Son’s blood as a joint-heir (Romans 8:17). I am His because He paid the price for my sin with His blood (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14). I am His because knowing what He did for me I willing dedicate myself to Him each day (Galatians 2:20).

May we take comfort and joy in knowing we are Christ’s today. If you read this post and you are not sure if you “are Christ’s”, then may I say to you, you can know! If you have questions about how to find out for sure, please call us at the number of the church. We would love to share with you how you can know your sins can be forgiven, and know Heaven is your home!

From Prayer to Action

Mat 26:44-45  And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.  (45)  Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
 
As I read the above portion of Scripture today I could not help but think these thoughts:
 
1. There is a time for prayer over the issues of life we face.
 
2. It is not wrong to ask God the Father to work miracles on our behalf, or to do the impossible.
 
3. It is good to have people you can rely on to pray with you and for you.
 
4. As we pray we must be willing to accept God’s will.  Even if it is not exactly what we would have hoped it would be.
 
5. There is a time when prayer over a topic, or situation, or circumstance is done.  God has revealed and made plain His will, and it is now time to act on what we know to be God’s will.
 
As I thought of these last two points specifically I could not help but think, “How many requests do we bring to God in prayer which we agonize over, and He has already made the answer clear?” 
 
I say this not trying to diminish the importance and the necessity of prayer.  Far from it!  I say this by the example given to us by our Savior in the most trying time of His ministry.  There was a time after Jesus spent time in prayer that God’s perfect will was known.  There was no more need to ask what should be done.  It was time now to act upon God’s perfect will.
 
Perhaps we are struggling over a matter in prayer. Perhaps we are agonizing over it. I ask these questions (not knowing who may read this post, or what is going on in your life), “Has God already made His will known? Are you asking and agonizing over an issue because, perhaps, you don’t like the answer? Are you hesitating to act on what God has already made clear out of fear?”
 
I would like to encourage you to step out by faith and trust in God the Father, as our Savior did.  Pray, plead, and ask for wisdom and strength.  Ask for Him to do the impossible.  Yet determine, no matter what His decision is; no matter what His perfect will is, you will trust Him and obey.

Great Verse for the end of the day.

Great verse to consider as we get ready to close out today:

Jam 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

The Lord brought about some questions for me today with this verse. 1. How did you do today in being considerate and compassionate towards the needs of others? Our Savior was always so aware of the needs of others around Him. When He saw people, He did not just see them and brush them aside mentally. Instead, He saw people and their needs, and had compassion on them (Matthew 9:36; Matthew 14:14).

2. How did you do today in keeping yourself unspotted from the world? Living a separated life, shining the Light of the Gospel, showing people that God really does/did make a difference in your life. The word “unspotted” is formed by two words; one of those being the Greek word “spiloo” which means ‘to stain or soil’. So the question rephrased could be: How did you do today in keeping yourself from being stained, or soiled from the world?

Perhaps these would be questions for us all to consider as we close today in preparation for tomorrow’s battle. I pray that God would help me to be more considerate and compassionate. I also pray that He would give me the strength to refrain from being stained, or soiled by the world in it’s philosophy, thinking, mannerisms, appearance, and attitude. I pray that you would make those same decisions today.