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November 28, 2018, 10:44 AM

EVERY CHURCH - EVERY NATION


As Christmas gets closer and closer, we hear more and more about giving and receiving gifts. The media constantly clamors for our attention as to the latest trends in buying gifts, proclaim­ing a particular object as "this season's hottest gift." It has even reached out to our children repeatedly telling them which toy is the one they absolutely must have or else their holiday will be ruined. I wonder if people ever think about how God looks at all of this so-called "celebration of Christmas." At least in our land, it seems that the marketing and advertising forces have domi­nated the perspectives of so many that little if any thought is given at all to the real reason we celebrate Christmas-the birth of the Christ-child, the Messiah, Jesus.

I really don't expect a lost and sinful world to share our understanding of the real meaning of Christmas. However, I certainly do expect those in the family of God to not only understand, but to also rejoice in why Christmas is such a special time of year. Since we have been so richly blessed with the gift of “a Savior, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11), it is only natural that we would want to share that blessing with as many other people as possible.

One of the best ways to do this is to give generously to the Lottie Moon Offering for foreign missions. The national goal for this offering is $160 million. Our church's goal is $1,000. This offering goes to support the work of IMB foreign missionaries serving in over 130 countries around the world. Even if we are not personally called by the Lord to serve on the mission field, this opportunity to give to support those who have been called is a wonderful way for us to show that we really care about people all over the world. It is a way for us to show that we care about them so much we want to share the "good news" (really the best news) of Jesus Christ with them.

In addition to giving financially, we also have the opportu­nity to support our missionaries prayerfully during the Week of Prayer for Foreign Missions, December 2-9. The theme for this year's emphasis is "EVERY CHURCH, EVERY NATION." How can we, who have been loved and blessed so much, not give, support and pray for those who have sacrificed so much to tell others about Jesus?




May 19, 2018, 11:32 AM

HUNGRY or HARDENED ?


GOSPEL - HUNGRY or GOSPEL HARDENED?                                                                                       

I am convinced that the Lord will continue to bless this church if we remain HUNGRY to hear and obey His Word, the Bible. "Are we as Southern Baptists gospel ­hungry or gospel - harden­ed?" Missionaries have describe how in other countries of the world there are standing ­room only crowds in their churches (even on weeknight services!) while here in the United States, so many churches are closing their doors. Many others fail to see as much as one new convert a year. I wondered if America (or even the church, or the individual Christian) has lost their desire for the truth of the gospel and if the people of our land have had so much exposure to Christianity through our media and other sources that most Americans take the Bible for granted.

Although the signs of disinterest and disobed­ience are everywhere (even among Christians), in our culture today, it is good to know that where people truly seek and hunger after the word of God, the power and grace of God are in abundant supply to satisfy that hunger and meet their deepest need – the need for a Savior, Jesus Christ. No matter if the world turns their back on Him and refuses to look His way, if we, the church -- His bride -- continue to seek Him, love Him and serve Him, He will take care of us and protect us just like He said He would. Then we will see souls saved and lives changed like only God can do.  AMEN




March 1, 2018, 11:00 AM

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES!


Maybe you have heard the expression, "What a difference a day makes!" It is often used to describe a radical change in events or circumstances. Truly, what a difference a day (or two) makes in our lives as a Christian!

As we enter the Easter season, it is easy for Christians to remember two particular days that made an enormous difference. Those days are the day Jesus was crucified and the day Jesus rose from the grave.

On the day Jesus was crucified, He actually experienced God forsaking Him on the cross. Thankfully, those who know Christ as Lord and Savior never have to worry about being forsaken by God.

On the day Jesus rose from the grave, however, we see God's glory coming out of deep darkness and gloom. John 20:1 tells us "when it was still dark" Mary made her way to Jesus' tomb. Matthew 28:1 tells us "it began to dawn" as she and "the other Mary" made their way to the tomb. These phrases describe the physical and natural facts of that particular morning, but they also give us a happy summary of what happened to the emotions of the disciples on that day-it was dark, but it began to dawn.

We often hear about people being "blue", but what the disciples felt was much more than a case of the "blues." They were in a deep, dark, black gloom. Theirs was a gloom of frustration because all their hopes for Jesus being their Messiah had been smashed and shattered. Instead of kicking the Romans out of Israel, He died in weakness and shame on a Roman cross, like a common criminal.

These disciples also knew the gloom of fear. In that same chapter of John's gospel, he tells us they were gathered together with "the doors shut" because of "fear of the Jews"    (v. 19). These men figured their own necks were next on the chopping block. Those who had so cruelly arranged the death of Jesus wouldn't hesitate at all to wipe out His disciples. Frustrated and fearful! Their own lives seeming to pass before their eyes! The disciples didn't stay in such a terrible state, though. Thank God, those precious words from Matthew's gospel came true for those poor men.

The gloom of frustration melted away and was replaced by a strong and vigorous faith. When the disciples discovered that Jesus was alive, their doubts began to die. There was no doubt He was alive. Indisputable evidence removed every shadow of doubt. From the women who saw the massive stone rolled away from the tomb to the grave clothes that laid in the now empty tomb, truly "it began to dawn "!

The gloom of fear exploded and was replaced by excitement and gladness (John 20:20). All of this is a simple sketch of the main events of that day. Yes, it happened a long time ago, but the Jesus who arose over two thousand years ago still lives today.

Because He lives, we don't have to live in the gloom of frustration and fear. We can know the glory of faith and joy even as those early disciples did. In a day when so many are stumbling along in the dark gloom of sin, there is no better time than today to receive the new life only Christ can give. When Christ comes into a person's life, a new day begins to dawn. He is forgiven of his sins and given a new home in heaven.

EASTER is really THE DAY that makes such a difference!




January 2, 2018, 3:24 PM

New Year 2018


As a New Year begins, many people set new goals or resolutions for themselves.

Sadly, most of those goals usually concern their physical being and very little, if any, attention is directed toward goals of a spiritual nature. This should make it clear to us that Christians need to share the word of God with people now more than ever. To do that, Christians need to KNOW the word of God, the Bible. A great way to do that is to read through the Bible in one year.

It is amazing how many Christians have never even attempted this. I realize it takes a lot of discip­line, but it pays incredibly rich dividends. It will not only in­crease your knowledge, but it will also cause your faith to grow by leaps and bounds. Nothing helps us to see more clearly the power, the wisdom and the sovereignty of our God than reading through the Bible. As I read its pages I find no matter how dark was the hour, no matter how weak were the people of God and no matter how strong sin was, God ful­filled His promises and achieved His purposes. We desperately need to see the truth of God's sovereignty because we are also facing a dark hour. Sin seems to be running wild everywhere we look. The people of God seem so weak and insignificant.

Instead of throwing our hands up in despair, let's read our Bibles and come to rejoice in the glorious truth that nothing is going to hap­pen in 2018 that will surprise GOD or will stop His ultimate plan.

Have a Great New Year

Praise the Lord..




November 21, 2017, 5:07 PM

A SAVIOR IS BORN



"For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.      (Luke 2:11)

 

Over two thousand years ago angels delivered God's messages to humans. Gabriel told Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God. An Angel told Joseph to stay with Mary throughout her remarkable pregnancy. Angels announced the birth of Christ to a frightened group of shepherds.

This kind of angelic "air Mail'.' did not happen often -- and so it was very important -- as the angels came with words, warnings and wonderful news from God to all mankind.

               The messages were almost identical. They both said "FEAR NOT" to hearts and minds that were frightened. They both mention the name of David, which was the key word of all the Messianic hopes. Both speak of the child as a SAVIOR. Both speak of Him as the MESSIAH. The same “Anointed One” who as Gabriel had said "should reign over the house of Jacob forever." In the last title given by the angel, LORD, we recognize that He is in a unique sense, "the Son of the Most High."

This is the triple- crown the angel now bears to the cradle of the Holy Child. What He will be is still a prophecy: but as He is now brought into the world. God commands all the angels to worship Him. With united voice they salute the Child of Bethlehem as Savior, Messiah and Lord."

When Simeon heard tidings of the Savior's responded, For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel." (Luke 2:30-32)

 

-Savior. Messiah. Lord. What gladder tidings could we take to our world than the triumphant announcement of Luke 2:11?


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