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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?




November 14, 2017, 11:44 AM

THANKSGIVING

"Giving THANKS always for all things unto God the Father in the name of our Lord      Jesus Christ."  (Ephesians 5:20)

A great deal has been written about the virtue of forgetting old grudges, prejudices, unpleasant experiences and heartaches. We also need to be reminded of some of the blessings of remembering. Remember­ing can be good spiritual exercise.                                     

At Thanksgiving we need to:

Remember OUR SINS that we might con­fess them to God.

Remember OUR WEAKNESSES that we may receive strength.

Remember OUR HUMANITY that we might stop trying to be God.

Remember GOD'S MERCIES that we might be merciful to others.

Remember OUR JOYS that we might be joyful.

Remember GOD'S GREATNESS that we might be humble

Remember OUR POVERTY that we might share our prosperity.

Remember GOD'S FORGIVENESS that we might forgive others.

Remember OUR NEEDS that we might serve the needs of others.

Remember JESUS CHRIST that we might grow to be more like Him.

¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3)
 




September 18, 2017, 5:11 PM

If You LOVE Me

         ¶ "If you love Me, keep My commandments. - John 14:15

A pilot was experiencing difficulty in landing his plane because of fog; And the airport decided to bring him in by radar. As the pilot began to receive directions from the ground he sud­denly remembered a tall pole in the flight path and appealed in panic to the control tower about it. The reply came bluntly, "You obey instructions."

The question is, will we follow and obey the commands of God's Word? Will our hearts burn with a great love for Christ and for each other as brothers and sisters in Christ! Will we love the truth of God's Word so much we will read it, study it, memorize it and tell others about it so that they can also know and enjoy it? Will this church come together around the things that really matter (like God's Word, reaching the lost. seeing people saved, building a loving! caring family of believers) and forget about those things that don't really matter (getting our way! petty disagreements, criticizing each other")?

I remember a statement once made that said, "We have no right to ask God to save and bring lots of people in our church if we won't or don't get along with each other and love each other!" The truth of this statement leads me to wonder if the people of Sullivan will see such a love and peace among the members of Sullivan Southern Baptist Church that it will be a CONTAGIOUS kind of place where people will come to get away from the trouble in their lives even if just for a while. How I pray they will and that we will be that kind of a church!

 




June 23, 2017, 4:08 PM

THIS JULY 4TH

As we look forward to celebrating our nation's birthday on July 4th, I sincerely hope that each of us will pause and give thanks to Almighty God for the freedom we enjoy in this country.

 

As Peter Marshall once prayed,

"God of our fathers, whose almighty hand has made and preserved our nation, grant that our people may understand what it is they celebrate today. May they remember how bitterly our freedom was won, the down payment that was made for it, the installments that have been made since the Republic was born, and the price that must yet be paid for our liberty. May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to please to do what is right. May it ever be understood that our liberty is under God and can be found nowhere else. May our faith be something that is not merely stamped upon our coins, buth expressed in our lives. To the extent that America honors The, wilt Thou bless America. Keep her true as Thou has kept her free, and make her good as Thou hast made her rich.

 

As we celebrate, let's join together and pray for America to come to Christ.                                                                                                

How desperately our country needs JESUS!


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