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January 5, 2017, 3:18 PM

Are you ready for 2017?


Are you ready for 2017?  Ready or not, here it comes!  

How we thank God for His continued goodness and grace toward us! How wonderful it is that a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year. (Deuteronomy 11:12)

In 2017 our goal will be to become stronger DISCIPLES for JESUS CHRIST.                                                                     

The following are the goals one man set for himself as the New Year began:

1. I will mind my own business and not gossip, “Nor” believe anything discouraging about any person.

2. I will not wear my feelings on my sleeve nor be so sensitive as to look for personal offenses or slights.

3. I will not be headstrong and will remember that other people with ideas different from mine might be right.

4. I will play the game of life on the square, doing nothing to discourage an honest man, offend a good woman or cause a child to weep or go astray.

5. I will move out into some battle for a worthy cause. I will get under some load of human need and help life, realizing that my personality will break down and my soul will shrivel up to dryness if I do not give of myself in some unselfish service.

These are certainly excellent goals, but they are restricted to our relationship to others. We would also do well to do some serious thinking about our relationship to God and to set some goals for 2017 in this important area. Although there are many goals that could and should be set in this area, I will mention a couple-

  1. Making Jesus a priority in your Love, your life, in your family, in your finances.
  2. Be a better Disciple of the Lord by reading His Word every day.
  3. Praying for this church and pastor every day throughout the year.
  4. Witnessing to others what Jesus has done for you and what He wants to do for them.

    These goals may sound simple or easy, but the truth is, they require a lot of discipline. However demanding as they may be, they will pay enormously rich dividends. They will not only increase your closeness to God, but they will also cause your love for God and his children to grow by leaps and bounds.

In a day when so many who have professed faith in Christ seem so powerless, let's pray every day for Sullivan Southern Baptist Church and rejoice in the glorious truth that nothing is going to happen in 2017 that will surprise God or stop His ultimate plan.




November 26, 2016, 10:18 AM

Good News of Great Joy


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

 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 announcement, 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. he 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?

 




October 5, 2016, 4:40 PM

REVIVAL CAN HAPPEN


There is a great need for each of us to be personally revived. Whether or not masses of people in the church today ever experience true revival, we were strongly en­couraged to seek revival in our hearts and lives.

Along this line, I want to share with you “5 Resolves for Personal Revival." These come from a tract written by Jim Elliff. In this pamphlet he writes: "Do you wish to be an instrument in the hands of God? Do you want to see God's power at work through you? Do you long for your prayers to be an­swered? If you do, then the barrier of sin between you and God must be demolished and a lifestyle of holiness and love for God renewed.

"Personal revival begins when the believer faces his sin hon­estly. Though painful, only honesty with God and others will enable the Christian to walk in purity and power. The following resolves are not a formula, but are required of every believer. Humbly pray and search your own heart. Begin this moment to repent and return to Him. Place your full confidence in God, who alone can make you holy. Do it now...every moment is precious. Pay any price to be right with God and to be a means of spiritual renewal to others."

REPENT OF EVERY KNOWN SIN.

"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent." (Revelation 3: 19)

Resolved: I will not go to bed this evening nor live this day without fully repenting of all known sin against God. (James 4:4-10; II Corinthians 7:9-10; Revelation 2:5; Joel 2:12-13)

FORSAKE ALL QUESTIONABLE HABITS AND AC­TIVITIES.

For whatsoever is not of faith is sin." (Romans 14:23b)

Resolved: I will not go to bed this evening nor live this day without removing from my life every habit or activity I cannot be absolutely sure is approved by God. (Romans 13:14; Romans 14:14;1 Corinthians 10:31)

MAKE RIGHT ANY WRONGS BETWEEN YOUR­SELF AND OTHERS.

“Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. " (Matthew 5:23-24)

Resolved: 1 will not go to bed this evening nor live this day without doing all that is possible to correct any wrongs between myself and others. (Matthew 6:14-15; Romans 12:17-21; Colos­sians 3:12-15;)

Note: Your confession to others should be as public as your sin.

COMMUNE WITH GOD THROUGH PRAYER AND THE WORD.

Revive me, 0 Lord, according to Your word." (Psalm 119:107b)

"pray without ceasing." (I Thessalonians 5:17)

Resolved: 1 will not go to bed this evening nor live this day without spending quiet moments with God in prayer and sincerely meditating on His Word. (John 17:17; Colossians 3:15-16; I Peter 2:1-3)

TRUST GOD TO USE YOU AS AN INSTRUMENT OF REVIVAL IN OTHERS.

Brethren, if anyone among you wan­ders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins." (James 5:19-20)

Resolved: I will not go to bed this evening nor live this day without asking and expecting God to use me as an effective instrument of revival in someone's life. (John 15:16; Colossians 4:5-6;       II Timothy 2:20-21; 1 Peter 4: 11; Jude 22-23)

Review these resolves on a daily basis until your thinking conforms to holiness and your life is revived and useful. Never fail to apply them. It is often useful to write down what God shows you to do.

If you weaken in your desire and intensity for holiness, do not give up and return to a half-hearted, selfish life. Repent of your apathetic heart and lack of love for God immediately and continue to serve Him. Do not allow sin to rule. (Rom. 6:12-13)

Lets Pray together seriously for revival among yourselves and in others.

 To help us accomplish all these resolves, the Bible tells us:

“Help me, 0 Lord my God! Oh, save me according to Your mercy, that they may know that this is

Your hand-that You, Lord, have done it!" (Psalm 109:26-27)




August 18, 2016, 10:31 AM

“FOR JESUS’ SAKE”


2 Corinthians 4:5 says: For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.

“FOR JESUS’ SAKE” are truly wonder-working words. These words can work miracles in our personal relationships. Let me encourage you to work this truth out in your life, in your family and in your job. What do you think would happen to you if you made every decision based upon this truth? What would you do differently if you were to do everything “for Jesus’ sake”?

            When we seek to do everything based on the truth that we will do it all “for Jesus sake” several things will definitely happen:

  1.  We will have Jesus as KING of our lives. He will be on the throne of our hearts, not us.
  2.  We will change our motives from pleasing ourselves to pleasing Him.
  3.  We will make Him the MASTER and we will see ourselves as His servants and His stewards.
  4.  He will be the focus of all we do – not our families, jobs or hobbies – but Him alone.

Are you having problems in your life? What change would take place in you life if you did everything  “for Jesus’ sake”?

Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

See you in CHURCH!




July 27, 2016, 5:25 PM

CHANGE HAPPENS


 

CHANGE HAPPENS!   I heard a pastor say, "You cannot become what you need to be by remaining as you are." God's word puts it this way, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

 

Off with the old - on with the new! That's one of those: "Easier said than done!" - isn't it?                                     Security, safety, comfort are the footsteps of remaining the same.                                                                         Risk, discomfort and uncertainty are the tracks of change.

We'll walk where we haven't been, we'll savor what we haven't tasted before. Our eyes will behold wonders too beautiful to declare. All of these things happen when we are willing to walk on the street called "faith".

Joshua had never conquered Jericho before

- that was change!

Gideon had never defeated the Midianites with no swords before

- that was change!

David had never slain a 9'6in giant before

- that was change!

God had never become a man before

- that was change!

 

When this life is over God declares: "We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed"                

Let's face it! CHANGE HAPPENS!


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