Aug 18 Rev. W. Thompson. Gen 13:8,9; Ps 133:1-3. God
Created Us to Live Together. David said
harmony is pleasant and precious. Though we disagree it should not lead to
division. Harmony gives us a foretaste of heaven. Harmony relieves tension. Ps
122:6-7, peace is more than the absence of conflict. To find real peace we must
find God. John 14:27, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Phil 4:6,7, peace that passes all
understanding. John 17:11. God created us to live with others. You may have to separate
but be there for each other. Intercede on behalf of your brothers. Love even if
you can’t hang together. We can have a common understanding - be witnesses, 1
Cor 1:8-11. 1 Cor 3:5. Isa 11:6. Learn to love all men. Let people see Jesus in
you. Release the hurt. God has greater for you.
Aug 11 How To Decide What’s Important – Priorities.
Matt 22:36-38. A shopping list will help keep you from spending time and money
on the wrong foods. We need to feed our
spiritual bodies with the fruit of the Spirit, Gal 5:22-23. Most do not
set priorities or do not live by the priorities they set. We can determine what is important by knowing
what is important to God. What are the priorities for life? It’s all in the
Book. Our first priority is to love God; Matt 22:36-36. We should love men even
if they don’t love us; Heb 13:1,2. Make
it a priority to follow Jesus; Matthew 16:24,25. Make it a priority to keep the
promises you have made to God. Make your priorities match God’s priorities.
Aug 3 The Eagle Stirs Her Nest. Deu 32:11-13. We
can see God in the eagle. God is swift: God had released Peter from jail while
the church was still praying. God has extraordinary sight: God can see the
frown behind the smile on your face. God is strong: thousands can lean on Him
at the same time. Sometimes God has to push us out of our comfort zone. When
God disturbs our nest, we begin to pray again. Our souls will soar when God releases us from
this mortal body.
July 28. Jesus must be the
Center of Your Life. Philippians 2:10-11. John 1:1-5. Our focus should be on Jesus.
We focus on too many things that distract us. The church focused on Jesus will
be on one accord. Put Jesus first and forward of all we do. No weapon formed
against us shall prosper. God will supply your every need when Jesus is the
center of your life. Knowing this allows us to focus on Jesus. Ask, seek, and
knock. Be good stewards of what God gives you. Focus on Jesus morning, noon,
evening and night. The devil tries to warp your mind. Keep your mind on Jesus:
love, forgive, let your light shine. Present your body as a living sacrifice.
Seek the Lord. Call on Him. We don’t know when death will come but when it does
you want Jesus as the center of your life.
Spiritually Broken. Min E Frazier. Ps 51. To be spiritually broken is to be
crushed over sin. In Christ we are new creatures. David sought the Lord in his brokenness,
but he had to suffer the consequences. 2 Cor 7:10, God wants us to be
spiritually broken. There is a lack of remorse over sin in this world. God
desires a broken and contrite heart. Benefits of being spiritually broken:
draws us closer to God; Makes us pursue God’s presence; Shows us how desperately
we need Jesus Ps 34:18. God works in your brokenness; He is preparing you for
greater. No matter how low you are, if you become spiritually broken the Lord
will pull you up and out. Draw nearer to God and He will draw nearer to you.
Then walk with Him; being spiritually broken is the beginning.
Dr. Mathis-Wisseh. Succeeding. Walk in the Light. Priscilla brought her husband
to the Lord. Lydia was a seeking woman. Deborah shows us that leadership comes
from character. Be the backbone of your husband and children. God prepares you
for what you go through. Leave an exemplary life before your children. We all
have a divine purpose. Stump Satan and lift Jesus. Phyllis Whitney, Harriet
Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune are examples for us. God has a plan for you. Move
when God tells you to love. Jer 29:11, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. June
30. Rev. E. Wade. Jud
13:1-5; 1 Sam 1:2-11. Samuel and Samson. Stay-In. Samson was to be a Nazarite, separated
unto the Lord. Samuel’s mother promised to give him back to God. One stayed in
the church and one strayed away. Parents keep your children in church. For our children
to continue to grow: teach them, pray for them, be good examples for them. Eli
was continually teaching Samuel even while his sons were going astray. Be with your
children so you know what is going on. Parents come to church and keep your
children in the house of God. Pray fervently. Make sure your children know who
He is, let them know you want them to know God. Though Samson strayed God avenged
him and he won the victory in the end. Stay in the church.
June 23. Matt 16:13-18. A Church The Devil Can’t
Handle. Jesus did not say the devil would not try to handle (control, manipulate)
but that he would not prevail. The church is a living organism, is fed by the
Word of God and is the body and bride of Christ. The devil can’t handle the
church because it can’t handle Jesus. With Jesus in us the devil can’t handle
us. To win the battle, keep your eyes on Jesus, keep God’s Word, have the
attitude of Christ and put God first. No weapon formed against us shall
prosper. Have faith in Jesus who gives us the victory.
June 16. Lk 15:11-18. Go to Your Father. Don't be too quick to leave your father.
The father no
doubt was looking everyday for his son to return. Father God is waiting on us
to come back home.
June 9. Matt 1:21. Fulfilling your Purpose.We
are here for a purpose. Daniel, Joseph, and Jesus all had a purpose. Love one
another: Jesus showed us how to love; He asked God to forgive those who crucified
Him. Love the Lord with all our heart, mind, and soul and your neighbor as
yourself. Our purpose, like Jesus, is to obey the Lord. He wanted to make His
Father well-pleased. Who are you trying to please? Jesus submitted to baptism
to set an example for the world. God announced at that time that He was well-pleased
with Jesus; Matt 3:13-17. The Devil will try to keep you from fulfilling
your purpose. Satan tempted Jesus after 40 days and nights of fasting, Matt
4:3-10. Resist the Devil with the Word of God. To fulfill our purpose, stay in
the Word. Your purpose is found in the Word. Sometimes you will need
encouragement. In Matt 17:1-5 we see Jesus receiving encouragement from Moses
and Elijah. Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
Are you fulfilling your purpose? Praise the Lord. Jesus laid down his life and
picked it up again to save us and fulfill His purpose.
June 2. Matt
7:24-27. If I Could Do It All Over Again. We have done foolish things
and wouldn’t it be good if we could do it all over again. Differences between
the wise and foolish: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, the
foolish fear nothing; the wise learn from the mistakes of others, the foolish learn
from no one’s mistakes; the wise prepare for the worse yet hope for the best,
the foolish does not prepare at all; A wise son
maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother; The
way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is
wise; The foolish find joy in doing evil, The wise follow the
commands of God and that makes them wiser than their enemies. Our scripture
tells us of the difference in being wise and foolish. Two possible foundations: the solid rock of Jesus or the
sinking sands of life without Jesus. We have a chance to start all over again
by accepting Jesus as Savior.
May 26. Rev Blake. John 1:1. Love.
May 19. Rev E. Wade. Eph 6:10-17. We have to be obedient to God to
succeed. God gives us His best; give God your best. Let those on the outside
see Jesus in us. Build one another up. Faith and God protect us when we are
tempted to doubt. But on the armor of
God. God gives us the gospel of peace. We have the helmet of God by believing
in God. The breastplate of righteousness- good, honest, standing up for the weaker
ones. Gently help people to grow with us. The belt of truth keeps us from
giving into the world. God’s word is our offensive weapon. The Holy Spirit
helps us see our wrong; correct it and turn it around. Put God first in all
things. Always strive for the best. Arm yourself with the Spirit of God.
Ps 103:22, 104:1. A Call to Gratitude.
Be grateful for all God does: the dangers you overcame, the fears that never happened,
the narrow escapes, the answered prayers. Children of all ages, be grateful for
your mother. Be grateful for a praying mother, one that sets a good example,
one that believes in you when no one else does, that disciplined you, that
taught you to obey, that taught you about God. 1 Kings 4. Be
grateful that God cares for us even better than a mother.
May 5. We Have Security
in Jesus. Ps 91. No matter what happens, God is there and we have no reason to
fear. Put your trust in God. The devil sets traps for you, but the Lord will
deliver you. Praise God for being our refuse. Live in the truth-it is our
shield. The shield of faith will block the fiery darts of the wicked. All
around the wicked fall but you stand because you praise God. Trust in the Lord
with all your heart, mine, and soul. We have security in Jesus.
Apr 28. He’s Coming Back.
Acts 1:8-11. Jesus died, rose, and ascended. We must do more than believe.
Faith without works is dead. Deny yourself. Get ready because Jesus is coming
back. Do not do anything that will keep you away from Jesus. The devil never
quits so keep holding onto Jesus. John 14. Where Jesus is, we will be. Jesus is
the way to the Father. Do what He says to do. When Jesus comes back every eye
will see Him, and every tongue will confess Him. Seek the Lord while He may be
found. Jesus is a friend. Live so people see Jesus in you. Jesus left on a
cloud and is coming back. God is unique in giving us what we need and what we
ask for. God is able and He is coming back again.
21. The Miracle on Calvary. Luke 23:33-43. Jesus worked many miracles when He
walked this earth. On Calvary He gave us all the opportunity for eternal life. God
still loves. Ask Jesus to remember you. No matter what you have done you can
call on Jesus. Jesus is ready to give you a place with Him. Thank God that He
rose. To God be the Glory.
Apr 14. The Lord Needs
You. Mark 11:1-4. God who created everything, that owns everything and everyone,
wants to use us. The Lord wants us to love and forgive one another, to be holy,
to compel men to come to Him. Do exactly what God tells you to do. The Lord can
use whoever or whatever He pleases: a fish for taxes, a rooster to condemn
Peter, a raven to feed Elijah, a spider to save David, a colt to ride triumphantly
into Jerusalem. The Lord wants to use you but don’t think He can’t get along without
you. Let Jesus ride in your life and He will take away the sinful habits. Let
God use your hands, feet, mouth, everything; surrender all to the Lord.
Apr 7. When A Man Finds God. 1 Sam 1:4-18. God knows
what is in your heart. Learn to pray for yourself. Give your children back to God.
God protected Samuel. Samuel heard the call of God. Do what God wants you to do
not what you want. The Holy Spirit will lead you. When you find God your whole
attitude changes. You are a new creature. You can forgive. You can get along
with anyone. You love. You don’t worry, because God will supply all you need.
Mar 31. Don’t Let Go. Min E. Frazier. Gen 32:22-32.
Mar 24. I've Got to Blow My Trumpet. Ezek 33:1-6. Everywhere you look in this world there is sin and sadness.
We need to call sin, sin. The world is separated, God wants to bring us
together. Through the Word, we can do what God wants us to do. The Bible is our
plumb-line not the ways of the world. God has called us to warn Christians and
non-Christians. Christians must obey the Word of God. Those who don’t know
Christ must accept Jesus as Savior. Hear the Word of God. Ezekiel preached the
Word to dry bones and they lived again. Jonah tried to run from blowing his trumpet
and ended up in the belly of a fish. When Jonah went to Nineveh and warned the
people, they repented. Train your children in the ways of God. When God tells
you to blow your trumpet, do it.
Mar 17. Man's Role in Society and Family. Rev 13:9. Dea Wade. Men must become better and stronger to continue their role as protector. Men have more opportunity today to be connected to their family. Men should be leaders. Lead in the home, 2 Tim 3:5. Follow the scriptures to improve relationships with wife and family. Be wise, use the knowledge around you, Prov 21:20. Tithe, Mal 3:10. Trust God, Eph 6:10-18. Hear. God is in charge. Ps 34:8.
Mar 10. God Will Provide. Ex 14:14. We can see how God
provided in the life of Moses and the children of Israel. God protected Moses
from death at his birth. God provided Aaron to assist when Moses said he was
unable to speak well. God provided a dry path through the Red Sea when there was
no way of escape. God changed bitter water to sweet. God provided meat and bread
for them to eat. God provided the law to direct them. God provided protection
from poisonous snakes. Those that looked up were healed. We must look up to
Jesus and be healed; and God will provide.
Mar 3. Even Now. John 11:21-22. No matter what you are
going through God can bring you out. Despite what seems like impossible odds,
even now God is able. Trust God to deliver you even now.
Feb 24. Making A Difference. 1 John 1:5-7. Many people
have made a difference throughout history. Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglas,
George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington were all born slaves and made
a difference in the lives of many. Martin Luther King, Jr, helped end segregation
and won the Nobel Peace Prize; he made a difference in the lives of many. We
can make a difference no matter where we were born or who our parents are. You
can bring light into a dark world. Walk in the light and make a difference.
Pray for others, love, let your light shine. But the greatest difference maker was Jesus
Christ. He was born in a stable and laid in a manger. He temporarily gave up
heaven to bring light into this world. He died so we could live. Jesus continues
to make a difference. Are you making a difference?
Feb 17. We Are All
one. Gen 1:26. Rev J. Blake
Feb 10. Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone. Acts 9:10-19.
Min J Frazier. God calls us out of our comfort zone because He want to stretch
our boundaries, He wants us to witness Him using us in amazing ways, and He
wants us to depend on Him.
Feb 3. The Beatitudes. Matthew 5:1-16. We are blessed
if we have a humble opinion of ourselves; mourn over our sinfulness; pull
together; strive for righteousness; are forgiving and compassionate; are
honest, true and sincere in all things; devote ourselves to making peace; do
not flee but stand for God; people speak evil of us falsely for the sake Jesus.
Christians bring out the best in this world. We are the light of the world. Let
your light shine so men everywhere can see your light. Glorify the Father in
heaven. Live by the beatitudes.
Jan 27. Sowing and Reaping; It’s Coming Up Again. Gal
6:7. The principle of sowing and reaping cannot be denied. This text applies to
everyone: individual, saint, sinner, families, churches, nations. This life is
like a field and we must be careful what we plant. Weeds grow without planting;
be sure to pull the weeds out of your life. When you sow, expect to reap.
Expect to reap the same kind of seeds you plant. You cannot avoid the harvest. Whatever
you sow, it is coming up again. Be careful what you do, what you say, what you
think. Jezebel, Ahab and Elijah in 1 Kings 21 and 22 give a dramatic example of
sowing and reaping. Sow to the Spirit and not the flesh to reap eternal life.
Jan 20. God So Loved the World. John 3:16-18.
Take time to think about how God loved us. He gave His only Son to die on the
cross so we could be saved. How great is that love. God sacrificed his only Son
and forgives us because of His great love. God’s love is seen in the woman
caught in adultery. It is seen in prayer-we can come boldly and find mercy and
grace to help in trouble. Nothing can separate us from God’s great love. Love
one another with God’s love. God’s love is so great that He loved us while we
were still sinners. Jesus died a painful death on the cross because of His love
for us. Love the Lord and you will have eternal life. Spread the love.
Jan 13. Prayer. James 5:16-18. Prayer should be a two-way
communication. Faith is the foundation of prayer. By faith we believe Jesus as
Savior, that God hears prayer, and that God is able and willing to answer
prayer. Worship reminds us that God is what matters; worship put the focus on God
and not ourselves. Confession prepares us.
The holiness of God calls for repentance of sin. Isaiah 6:5; 1 John 1:9.
Praise expresses our admiration for the one we cherish and respect, Ps 150:2,
119:164. Thanksgiving expresses appreciation for what God has already done. Thank
God for His forgiveness, for hearing our prayers, for Jesus Christ, for
Salvation, for the Holy Ghost. No matter what comes your way, start with
prayer. Prov 16:3, Psalm 127:1.
Jan 6, 2019. Get Rid of The Trash. Gal 5:14-18. Christians
are not allowed to be selective about what trash he should throw away. Just a
small amount of trash can be harmful or deadly. We sometimes put ourselves
before God; that is trash. We can have no god before God. Paul gives a partial
list of trash in Galatians: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, indecency,
idolatry, witchcraft, disharmony, jealously, wrath, strife, rebellions,
heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelings and similar acts. Evaluate your
life for the trash you need to get rid of. Fill up with the fruit of the
Spirit: love (fulfills all the law), joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faith, meekness, self-control. These will keep out the trash. Walk in
the Spirit and get rid of the trash for 2019.
Dec 30, 2018. Minister G. Jones. Deu 4:20-31. Don’t Play
With God. Time will not solve your problems if you are on the wrong side of
God. We are called to be different. We can’t act like the world and get to the
Promised Land. A 71 day journey took 40 years because of disobedience, disbelief
and dishonoring God. Choose to walk worthy so that you can receive your inheritance.
Act like you serve the God of heaven. Choose to think like God. God must be
number 1 or nothing at all. Trust – you must do it God’s way. 1 Cor 6:19, your
life is not your own. Love God. Your priorities let you know if you are playing
with God. Go into 2019 not playing with God. Seek God first and all these things
will be added to you, Rom 3:31. Life is more than what you want for you.
God is Self-Sufficient.Isaiah 6:1-3.
God is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient.
Isaiah was confronted by God. God is God all by
Himself. God will use man, but He can get along without him. We are convicted
by our own sinfulness when we see the majesty and self-sufficiency of
God. God is trying to get our attention; He wants us to examine ourselves. We
are converted when God purges us from our sins; we are changed from evil to
righteousness. Determine to follow the self-sufficient God. God is asking who
will go for Him. We are commissioned. Jesus told us to go and make disciples of
men. The self-sufficient God has work for us to do. God never wonders why, never
asks questions, never worries, and never needs help. He is self-sufficient. Praise
God that He wants to use us. Praise God for all He is and go and tell others.
Dec 9. John 17:1-17. Rev E. Wade. The Intercessory
Prayer. Jesus prayed for His disciples and us, the believers. Jesus knew all
scripture had to be fulfilled. Phil 2:5,9,11. Jesus was before the world was. The
gospel has to be preached and taught. You can live differently by listening to
the Word. Be dedicated to the cause of Christ. Jesus gave His life for us.
Glorify God. V5. Jesus prayed for us because we are in this world. V17, Jesus
prayed for the sanctification of the believers. The world is on the attack. Know
that His Word is true. We can overcome all through the sacrifice of Christ. God
will not forsake you. Trust God; give Him your heart. Don’t settle for less.
Jesus prayed for spiritual unity among His people that the world may believe, V21.
V24, we can share in the promised eternal life if we have the faith to trust
Dec 2. Jesus is Coming Back. John 14:1-3. All the
Words of Jesus came true. All the prophecies of Jesus’ first coming have been
fulfilled: Gen 3:15, Micah 5:1-2, Isa 9:1-2, Zech 9:9, Ps 34:20, Isa 53, Ps
22:16. Many of the prophecies that must precede His second coming have also
been fulfilled. Matt 24:26, Joel 2:28, Matt 24:12, 2 Tim 3:1, Ezek 38:15-16,
36:33-35. The gospel must be preached to all the world, and then shall the end
come, Matt 24:14. Rev 20, Satan will be bound for 1000 years. Do not worry
about the things of this world, Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us.
Nov 25. Give Thanks to God. 2 Kings 6:25-33; 7:3,4. Leprosy was a
dreaded disease and those with it were isolated. These lepers went to the camp
of the enemy thinking they might be able to get food before they died. When
they got to the camp, the enemy was gone, and they had more than enough food.
They thanked and praised God and shared the good news with those that had
isolated them. Praise God for a lot or a little. Luke 17:12. Jesus healed 10
lepers and only one came back to give thanks. Give God thanks, He has done so
much for us. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.
Don’t be bitter, be thankful. God wants us to give thanks in all things,1 Thes
5:18. No matter what trials you go through, they will make you better and
stronger. We like Paul should learn to be content in whatever state we are in.
Trust, obey, worship and give God thanks. Thank God for Jesus, the one that
died for us. Thank God every day.
Nov 18. Don’t Be Caught Again in Satan’s Web. Gal 5:1.
Satan seeks to weave a web to catch anyone he can, 1 Peter 5:8. We all were
caught in Satan’s web at one time; Jesus died to free us. Don’t be entangled
again. To protect yourself against the web of Satan: Be sealed with the Holy
Spirit, following His leading; Stay away from places that attract Satan (night
clubs, casinos, gossip, ungodly entertainment, ungodly relationships); Remove
emotions that are good hiding places for Satan (selfishness, fear, jealously,
pride). Jesus encountered Satan’s web after
fasting 40 days and nights. Satan tried to trap Jesus with food, power and pride.
Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, avoided Satan’s trap by using prayer and the
Word of God. Satan used men to have Jesus convicted and crucified. Jesus died
that we could be free and never be entangled again. Stand fast and do not be caught
again in Satan’s web.
Nov 11. Please Don’t Miss The Meeting. John 20:24-25. At
this time Jesus had been honored on entering Jerusalem, but then He was crucified,
and now He has already risen from the dead. Jesus rose and told His disciples
to meet Him in Galilee. Thomas was not at the meeting. Judas betrayed Jesus,
Peter denied Him, and Thomas doubted. Please don’t miss the meeting. When Jesus
called each of the disciples, they left what they were doing. Some don’t
believe Jesus is coming back, but everything Jesus said has come true. “Come
unto me all that labor and are heaven laden and I will give you rest.” At the
next meeting all 11 disciples were there when Jesus appeared. Thomas believed
because he had seen. Jesus said blessed are those that have not seen and yet
believed; that’s us. Another meeting will take place in a city not made with
hands. You must be pure and cleansed from your sins to get to that city for the
meeting. Please don’t miss the meeting in heaven with Jesus.
Nov 4. A Glimpse of Heaven. Rev 21:1-8. It is beyond
our imagination what God has prepared for those that love Him, 1 Cor 2:9. We
started in the Garden of Eden where there was peace. God made a new heaven and
earth that reminds us of the first garden: even the animals will be at peace.
God gave His Son that we would have eternal life. The love of God gives us a
common bond. Heaven is a beautiful place; no tears, no pain, no sorrow. We are
the bride of Christ and we need to keep ourselves unspotted from the world. Do
not love the world. Work while it is day, the night is coming. Psalm 139:1, God
knows all about you. But there is another option. Hell has enlarged herself for
the great number of people going there, Isaiah 5:11-16. Choose Jesus; we all
have to die. We all must face the judgement.
Oct 28. Minister J. Frazier. Controlling Your Anger.
James 1:19-20. As Christ followers there is a way to control your anger.1. Be
quick to listen to God. Pause and hear what God has to tell you. 2. Be slow to
speak. Use the time it takes to open your mouth and start your tongue to think
before you speak. Eccl 5:2. Be careful of the words you say. 3. Be slow to
become angry. Eph 4:26, be angry but do not sin. The difference in our anger
and Jesus’ anger: Jesus was angry because of God’s will, Matt 21:13, Mark 3:5.
Our anger is about us. Let go of anger: it hurts us physically, does not
promote righteousness, can lead to immorality, and keeps us from being used by
God. Let the Holy Spirit take control of your anger. Respond in a gentle way,
Gal 5:22. The fruit of the Spirit pushes out anger.
Oct 21. We Did Not Choose Jesus, He Chose Us. 1 Peter 2:9-11. God
chose us. He loved us so much that He gave his Son to die for us. While we were
still sinners, Christ died for us. God chose us to be a treasure to Him. Ex 19:5.
We are valuable to God. God Chose Us to
be a royal priesthood. Tell someone about Jesus everywhere you go. God Chose Us
to be a holy nation. We are chosen to be morally and spiritually excellent,
dedicated to God. God Chose Us to be a peculiar people. We belong to God. We
were purchased by Jesus with His own blood. God chose us to praise Him. God
enjoys the praise of His people. Ps 22:3. Praise God Because He called us out
of darkness into His marvelous light.
Oct 14. The Value of A/My Soul.
Matthew 16:24 -26.
The soul can be loss. Do not fear man, fear Him that can destroy both soul and body in hell;
Matthew 10:28. From
the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, we see the soul of the rich man in hell
while his body was in an earthly grave.
If we accept Jesus,
we will never die; John 11:25,26.
God has a new eternal home for the soul when this earthy body dies; 2
God created the soul. Man
is made of spirit, body and soul. The soul is the part of man that will be
judged. The soul is of great value because it came from God. The soul is of
great value because Jesus paid a great price for it; He paid His life. Nothing
in this world is worth losing your soul; Matthew 16:26. The rich man
in Luke 12:16-21 had so much he was planning to build bigger
barns. But God told him, this night your soul will be required. Come to Jesus
and save your soul. Tell others about the value of their soul and point them to
7. The Church, The Bride of Christ. Matthew 16:18. Animals were sacrificed on
the altar to pay for the sins of man. The tabernacle was the first worship
center. God told Moses the details of how to build it. The second worship
center was the temple. The synagogues preceded the church. God loves people to
worship Him in spirit and truth. Jesus said that on this rock I will build my church
and the gates of hell would not prevail against it. Jesus is coming back for
His bride. He is looking for a bride without spot or wrinkle. The church, the
bride should be unified. The church, the bride should love one another. Be like
the 5 wise not the 5 foolish virgins. Be ready at all times because Jesus is
23. What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do? 2 Tim 3:1-5. We are living
in perilous times. Job said, man born of a woman is of a few days and full of
trouble. Failing health, troubled children, financial trouble, indecision. In
our schools, in the white house, on our jobs, all around us we are faced with a
dilemma. We see our text all around us. In John 14:1Jesus told them, Let not
your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. When people
wondered what to do in the New Testament, they turned to Jesus. When the wine
ran out Mary said do whatever Jesus tells you. Blind Bartimaeus cried out for
Jesus to have mercy. Mary and Martha sent for Jesus when Lazarus was sick. Paul and Silas were in a
dilemma, chained and placed in the inner prison. One sang and one prayed. Things
looked bad for Jesus when He said it is finished. But early Sunday morning He
rose from the dead. When you don’t know what to do look to Jesus.
Sep 2. Don’t Be Left Out.John 6:54-58, 66-69. Don’t
start walking with Him if you are not planning to go all the way. The devil
wants you to be left out. He wants you to be left out of the peace, the
victory, and the relationship that comes from obeying, trusting and faith in
God. You are left out when you turn back. Those that turned back missed out on the
healings and teaching of Jesus. They missed out on seeing the crucifixion,
resurrection and ascension of Jesus. You are left out when you lack faith as
did the disciples when Peter walked on water. Peter began to sink when he took His eyes off
Jesus. Jesus was preparing his disciples for His death. Jesus shed his blood
and his body was broken so that we could have eternal life. Believe in Jesus as
Savior and don’t be left out.