We as a church will follow the city council recommendations of no gathering larger than 10 people. All activities have been postponed until after the 5th of April. If you are in need of anything please call the church number 918-824-2240 or any of the elders or deacons. We will keep everyone updated. Please pray for our church family, city and nation.

May 19, 2019

A Rainy Day

By Connie Campbell Bratcher

At times when it rains outside,
We let it rain within,
Until we look above and see...
God knows just what to send.
Without rain, no gardens would grow;
There'd be no beauty of Spring;
No fruit would be in the vineyard;
No bountiful crop to bring.
Without life's difficulties and hardships,
Our hearts would never know
The nurturing tender care of the Father,
And our souls would never grow.
There'd be no fruit in our lives to share
With our sister and our brother;
No genuine empathy or compassion
Would be felt for one another.
Father, help us to always give thanks
For the trials that come our way,
Knowing You're growing spiritual fruit
When we face A Rainy Day.


"And the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house;
and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock."
(Matt. 7:25)

May 5, 2019

By Connie Campbell Bratcher

God gives revival every day as we look to Him in Prayer, wherever we may be His Holy Spirit's there -- The Great Almighty God, yet our dearest, closest Friend, as He communes with us our hearts are stirred within. No man can bring revival, nor can it be worked up; only God can touch a heart, and fill an empty cup. Whether in the deepest valley, or on the mountain high, revivial comes from God alone as souls to Him draw nigh. It may be in the morning, or in the noonday bright; it may be in a crowded place, or alone in the darkest night; it may be in a warm, loving church where spiritual blessings flow, or behind cold prison walls where no spiritual life doth show. God's hand is always extended, no matter where we are, to draw closely back to Himself souls who've wandered afar. Revival's for those alive in Christ who've gone their selfish way...Oh, how we all need revival each and every day. Father, give us contrite hearts, May we humbly bow and pray



April 7, 2019

All Within His Plan

By Connie Campbell Bratcher


Sometimes things happen we don’t understand

And we begin to question why...

Heartache, pain, disappointment and sorrow

Just do not pass us by.

Even though we’re committed to God,

And led by His own hand,

Trouble and trials still come our way,

And it’s all within His plan.

Our Saviour Himself faced hardship on earth,

As He was tempted, tested and tried.

He suffered great pain and agony,

And on the old rugged cross He died.

But He arose victorious over sin,

Death and the grave,

And He lives forever -

Our souls to save.

So, when troublesome times come

And we have burdens to bear,

Let us always remember our Lord is there,

To comfort, strengthen, and be our guide,

As we follow His word,

And in Him abide....

And where we can’t trace Him

In what comes our way,

Let us simply trust Him

As we walk each day,

Knowing He’s fully in control,

Working all things out

For the good of our soul.

Then as we’re tempted to question why...

When things happen we don’t understand,

Let us on Him completely rely,

Knowing all is within His plan.

March 31, 2019

There is hardly anything greater than to know, as true believers, that God is going to be with us and strengthen us to do the work He has called us to. We read in Philippians 1:6, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." It doesn't say that we have to perform it in our own power, but rather the one which has begun the good work will also be the same one who performs the good work. How many times have we thought that the tasks that were given us is more than we can bear. What we must understand is that the Lord himself will perform the tasks, but He will do it through us. We are the channel and He is the power. He never asks anyone to do anything in their own power but in the power of the Holy Spirit. This why Christ resides in us by the Holy Spirit. Do you might think that the Holy Spirit in us gets kind of tired by just sitting around in our life and us not taking advantage of His power to live a fuller life? He, the Holy Spirit, has been given to us to speak the word, sow the the seed, rescue the perishing, care for the dying, interceding for those who are weak in the faith, loving and caring for those who are in need, etc. God says that he will perform that work in us. Is the channel open and clear or has it been clogged with the cares of the world and of self? Clear the channel and you will be surprised how the life of Christ flows through us and the glory that will be given to Him.

March 24, 2019

In Isaiah 25:1 we read these words, "O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth." How often do we, like Isaiah, stop what we are doing and to recognize and praise God for just being who He is? Many times we drag our lists of things we want from God and not recognize the God of heaven and earth who has made all things. And we, as believers, who have been called with a holy calling, is to serve Him until life is over. Away with this part time Christianity that lets us act as if we are commander in chief until we  might need something that we can't do, then we go to the God of Heaven. In verse 4 of that chapter we see that the proof of God doing things that we cannot do. "For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow (shade) from the heat -" In recognition of the mighty God who does all things after the counsel of his own will, belongs exaltation and praise from his children. This is the key to a life of joy; taking our minds off of ourselves and our problems and turning all of our attention to the one who loved us and gave himself for us.

March 17, 2019

Last Lord's Day we looked at the scriptures concerning the coming wrath of God. In Proverbs 6:16-19, we find seven things that God hates. They are (1) a proud look, (2) a lying tongue, (3) hands that shed innocent blood, (4) a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, (5) feet that are swift in running to mischief, (6) a false witness that speaketh lies, and the seventh which God calls an abomination, (7) he that soweth discord among the brethren. Why would God look at the 7th any different from the other six? Because embodied in the seventh are all of the other six. Now we know that any sin against God is called 'missing the mark' or not hitting the target. The reason we miss the target is because we have not aimed correctly, other things caught our attention at the last minute, so we miss the mark. In the next verse the writer explains how not to miss the mark. V. 20-21, "My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck." Now, none of this is new to us, we've heard it many, many times before. But hearing is not enough. If it were, why aren't we any more spiritual than what we are? Because what we heard never got into our heart. King David prayed that he might hide the Word of God in his heart that he might not sin against God. What is hidden in our hearts?  We can know for sure what is hidden there because in Matt. 12:34, Jesus tells us "for of the abundance (the overflow) of the heart the mouth speaketh." What comes out of our mouth's is what was in our hearts.  May God give us grace to listen to our own speech.


March 10, 2019

In Job 11, Job's "friend" Zophar asks Job this question in verse 7, "Can you by searching find out God? Can you find out the Almighty unto perfection?" In verse 20 he gives his own answer according to the limited knowledge that he had: "But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up the ghost." How many times have we acted like Job's friend? We see something going on in someones life and we jump on the negative train and judge what is going on in their life without really knowing the real circumstances. Did Zophar really know or understand what God was doing in Job's life? Of course not, but he thought he did. This is why the scriptures insists that we pray for one another and help in bearing their burdens. Judging and criticism comes easy when we are not the one who is going through trials and troubles. Our job as believers is to help one another in their plight, not judge them. The scripture tells us that we will be judged by the same judgment that we have used on others. Now,that is a sobering thought. Zophar question was "can you find God by searching for him?" The answer is yes we can for we are told "to seek that Lord with all your heart, soul and mind", and he that seeks will find. I guess Zophar didn't know what he was talking about.

February 24, 2019

One of the great theologians that has blessed my heart over the years is John Gill (1697-1771). You can see he was born almost 4oo years ago. This was before the new waves of theology that inundated the world, and they believed what God said He meant to say. There was no watering down of the text to make it more palatable to men who thought that the Bible was too hard to understand. One of texts that we used last Lord's Day from Hebrews 10:25 about "not forsaking the assembling of ourselves onthe Lords day" is a needful word for this day and age. Dr. Gill's comment on this verse was a blessing to my heart. It reads, "It is the duty of the saints to assemble for public worship, on account of God who has appointed it, who approves of it and whose glory is concerned in it. And on account of the saints themselves, that they may enlightened, refreshed, comforted, instructed, edified and perfected; and on account of others, that they may be convinced and brought to the knowledge of faith in Christ. Assembling should not be forsaken, for it is the forsaking of God. And it is also the first visible sing of apostasy (falling away)

February 17, 2019

Sometimes, in my weekly contribution, many agree and some don't, and some do not read it at all. I have message today that I think everyone will enjoy. "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing! Know and understand that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves - and we are His!  We are the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and with a thank offering, and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!  For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting; His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations."  Psalm 100. May we incorporate this message into our hearts, and if we do, then we shall be blessed.

February 10, 2019

Psalm 3:11 gives a good description as to the day that we are living in, "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Our generation has seen the foundations of our society destroyed before our very eyes. The foundation of any society is the family, especially the family of faith. We have seen the home being destroyed from within, by giving  attention to the things without. The church house has become a play house, bereft of the true gospel, believing a false gospel that cannot save anyone. Psalm 82:5, says, "They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are out of course (shaken)"  This is that day we are now living in.  We know what will happen when the foundation of a house comes apart; Jesus said great will be the fall of it. The real question in this Psalm is "What will the righteous do?" Simply keep on trusting the Lord. II Timothy 2:19 gives us great faith and satisfaction,  "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity."  And James adds, "and to keep himself unspotted from the world." Let us make sure on which foundation we are putting our trust, then we shall never fall.

February 3, 2019

With all of the 'bad news' that we hear all of the time, let us listen to some good news. In I Cor. 1:9 we read that "God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord." Now we know that we cannot have fellowship with the world because their thoughts and ideas will rub off on us and then we begin to practice what they practice and act like them. So, what do you do for fellowship and where do you go for it? The scripture tells us that we are 'called' by God's grace to have fellowship (Greek meaning: partnership, communication, participation) with His Son Jesus Christ. Now, how do we know that we can do that? Because God is faithful. He leads us by His Spirit into this relationship with His Son. The reading and study of His Word is where we can get started and then in prayer closet communication. God desires for us to be blessed by this this privilege. Some might say, "I have no real desire to to have this kind of relationship with Christ. After all, I"m saved and that is all I care about and I know that I"m not going to hell; so what does it matter?" If anyone have an attitude like that, then they don't really know the Lord, no matter what is professed. Did you get married just to be able to say I'm married, or to have a partnership and communication with a lifelong spouse. Thanks be unto God for calling his people to have such a wonderful and gracious fellowship with Jesus.

January 27,2019

David wrote Psalm 18 the day the that Lord delivered him from the hand of Saul and his enemies. May it become one of our much-read Psalms when we are in the times of trials and troubles, so as to give us encouragement. "I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." You notice he says "my strength" twice. All the other weapons of warfare are useless without God's strength resting upon the bearer of those weapons. The success's in our lives lies not in our own abilities, but in the power of His might. Our failures always come when we think that we can handles life's problems with our own experience and knowledge, God never intended for us to do that, because He knew that someone or something would come along that we could not handle, as in David's case. Why do we not just go ahead and trust in His strength to start with and save ourselves a heap of trouble down the road? David battled and we battle, but all is vain until we begin to trust in His strength and power, and not our own.

January 20, 2019

Just before his martyrdom, the Apostle Peter wrote a second letter to be distributed and read to the churches. In the last verse of that letter, he gives us some very good teaching about the Christian life to be lived. "But grow in grace, and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever." (II Peter 3:18)  It is as natural for a Christian to mature as it is for a baby to grow into adulthood. The baby, who can do absolutely nothing for himself, is dependent on other sources to feed and take care of him.  If someone doesn't do that, then the child will die. Now put that in the spiritual realm.  If we do take the proper care to feed our souls, then we will not grow spiritually. There seems to be nothing sadder than to see a baby that has a condition that causes him not to grow.  He may be 5 or 6 years old and still be a baby. We see this same condition many times in the lives of professed believers. Though they professed Christ for many years, they still are in their infancy. How do we grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Only one way that we know of, and that is to stay in the Word of God consistently and pray for the knowledge and wisdom that only God can provide. God is not glorified if we are not growing as believers, because that is the goal for all true believers, to glorify God.

January 13, 2019

I have encouraged us to begin to put more of the scriptures before our eyes this new year. I read Proverbs 4:20-23 this week and felt it might be a good scripture for us to think upon. "My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."  'Life's issues' are handled much better when we have hidden God's Word within our hearts. When doubts and fears arise, we have that special something, God's word, that the Holy Spirit can bring forth in our minds which we can rest upon. Of course, if it is not hidden in our hearts, then we stay in our doubts and fears.  Now, which seems the best for us?  We know the answer to that question, so let us seek The One whose promises to his people are always kept.

December 30, 2018

One of the visions that God gave the prophet Ezekiel is recorded in that book in chapter 9, verse 16. "And he (God) brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and behold at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east." We all know that people were to go to the temple to worship God where his divines presence dwelt, and yet we see men preoccupied with worshiping something else. Their hearts were divided and had not settled on the purpose for which they went to the temple. God asks this question in the next verse; "Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here?" We can readily see the sin in what they did, but can we sometimes see ourselves in this same position? We come to "worship God" in word, but we are ever tempted to think about things that have nothing to do with worshiping God. When we leave a worship service with no difference spiritually than when we came, then our hearts are divided. No one ever was in the presence of God and walked away being the same. Do you leave a worship service with a voice of praise for what God has done or do you immediately begin to talk of other 'trivial' things? God is serious about the worship of Him in his house, am I? He calls it an abomination.

December 23, 20108

The year is almost over. Did you get finished with all of those resolutions that you made last year? There is one resolution that we need to make for the coming year, and that is faithfulness. Faithful to the Lord Jesus in our relationship with him. Faithful to His Word, keeping it and hiding it on our hearts that we might not sin against him. Faithful in gathering together with the Lord's people to worship him and receive the nourishment from the Word of God. Faithful in our giving to his dear cause, that will support ministries both here and abroad. Faithful in our dealings with one another, forgetting not to pray for one another and to help bear the burdens of others. Faithful in not forgetting who we are and how we are to live by example to others in this sin cursed world. And above all, thankfulness to our heavenly Father for bringing us out of darkness into his marvelous light. Where would we be without that? Because we are so blessed by His Providence, we must in return give him our all, unreservedly. So, in all of the resolutions that we will make this coming year, these must be at the top of the list in order to have the blessings promised us in His Word and God be glorified.

December 2, 2018

Psalm 1;1-2 tells us of an individual who is a delight unto the Lord. He doesn't live his life as the world lives theirs in ungodliness. He avoids evil influences, deeds, and attitudes in order that he will not be hypocritical, nor does he make himself a judge over others. How does he achieve this lifestyle? By what he delights in, and that is "he delights himself in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night." I have not heard of an individual who practices these concepts that was a griper or grumbler about his lot in life. Spiritual discontent has its beginnings when we become slack in looking to the Lord for our peace and contentment. The blessings come to the person who is completely satisfied with what he discovers as he puts his time in the Word of God, both day and night. Too many times we have planned to spend time in the study of God's Word, but then we get busy with other things that are far less important. Then discouragement sets in and we wonder why. Implement the plan of Psalms 1:1-2 and see if that doesn't make life better. God is delighted when we put our trust and confidence in Him and the power of his Word.

November 25, 2018

There is one thing that we notice as we grow older and that is our walking. We stumble and sometimes even fall, now we did not intend to be this way, but here we are anyway. The Bible speaks of us walking in Colossians 2:6, "As we have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him." You notice that all three aspect of our Savior is shown in this verse. First we have 'Christ', the Messiah, (the Lord's anointed one) who has come to rescue his people, then we have 'Jesus', the God Man who came to offer to God the Father himself as a sacrifice for our sins (Thou shall call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins, Matt. 1;21), then we have the name 'Lord'  (Master, absolute ownership, Lordship). This is who we received when we were brought to conviction and then conversion. Now we are admonished to walk in him. Defining the term "walk" in a scriptural sense is to live our lives daily in him.  As we walk every day, then we are to walk daily with the Lord. Someone has called this spiritual  exercise.  While walking is good for the health of the body, so walking in Christ is a necessity for spiritual growth. Many church members are like milk fed babies still learning how to crawl, squalling about things that they do not understand, whose limbs are atrophied to the point of uselessness. This is not what Christ has called us unto. We appropriate his strength, his love, his compassion, and his desire to constantly and consistently please  the Heavenly Father.  We must ask ourselves, "Am I really walking with the Lord or is it something that I know I ought to do?" The answer determines who we really are.

November 18, 2018

Psalm 95:1-3, gives us a good start for the coming holidays. "O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great king above all gods." Why shall we do this?  Verse 7 tells us: "For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand." As we start the season we must not put the busy doings of these days ahead of our devotion and praise to the God of our salvation. Thanksgiving is not just a holiday, but a continual attitude of our heart. I can thank of nothing worse than to receive what we have been given us by our Heavenly Father and then forget to have a thankful heart. We may say that we are thankful because we know that we are supposed to, but God knows our hearts. Lip service is not enough for God demands heart service. Let us put the emphasis where it really belongs, on the praise and thanksgiving to our wonderful Savior who has made all of our blessings to come to pass.

November 11, 2018

In II Chronicles 6:5-6, "Since the day that I brought my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: but I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel." Then in verse 18, David makes a tremendous statement regarding his view on the enormity and greatness of God, in this statement: "But will God indeed dwell with men on earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!" What we need today is a vision of the greatness of God that David had. We get concerned over our problems, families, elections, the latest news, etc. and forget that God who is all power and is right now working all things "according to the good pleasure of his will." We know that God came to reside on earth bodily in His Son, yet we sometimes make it 'just a story of long ago' and forget that he became one of us in order that we could become one with him. How many times, when we receive bad news, do we reach for the phone instead of falling on our knees before God and reach out to him? Do we really want only what men can do or what God provides? God is big enough to carry us through any experience that He brings to us. When we trust Him, then is He glorified? When He is glorified then are we truly blessed?

November 4, 2018

In preaching from the book of John, there is a reason for me to do so. That reason we find in John 20:31, "But these (words) are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you might have life through his name." There is no greater joy in life than telling people about the Lord Jesus Christ and what he has done for others and what he can do for you.  In my life I have come across thousands of people whose life has been changed because of the life of Christ and his promise to them of eternal life. I've also meet many who claim to know Jesus, but their life has not changed and are now disappointed and sometimes angry because life didn't turn out like they wanted.  These seemed to have "believed in Jesus" for what they could get out of him, not what they could give to him. Eternal life is not just longevity of life, but quality of life also.  I have never met anyone who have 'tasted of the heavenly gift' and then regretted it. In John's gospel we see that he is always pointing to the work that Christ has accomplished for his own, giving them encouragement, calling on them to daily trust in his Word, The Word which was from the beginning. (John 1:1)  We must remember that God's Word doesn't mean anything to us if we don't read it, and it still doesn't mean anything to us if we don't believe what we read.  God's plan for his children is blessings. Those blessings keep right on coming, blessings upon blessings, as we are obedient to the revelation of Himself to us by the Holy Spirit.  These things are written that you might believe.

October 28,2018

Jude, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote these words, "concerning certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." (Jude 4) Jude was not talking about 'un-religious' men, but those who gave a resemblance of following God, but by their own interpretation. How did they deny God and Jesus Christ? By saying what Christ did was not enough to secure man's redemption. They had to 'add to' what was already appropriated to men for redemption.  Today we call it the "Jesus plus" generation, Jesus getting us started on the road, but it is up to us to try and make up the gap that Jesus couldn't accomplish, do you know how many of the modern denominations teach this as their doctrines? Most. Trusting in what you can do to add to your salvation, is professing that the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ was not enough. There is nothing that is more ungodly than that. Ungodly men teach their doctrines as truth, and the many who follow their ways will end up in eternal judgment, separated forever from the grace of God. Are you trusting in Christ alone, or are you hoping that the things that you do will give a little more credibility in securing your salvation?

October 21, 2018

King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, "Two are better thano0ne; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if one fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he has not another to help him up." What a good example in this do we have for the church, the people of God. It is our privilege, honor and duty to help that fellow pilgrim who has fallen beneath a load, or fallen into temptation, or overcome by grief or illness, or countless other things that come our way to bring us low. Yes, first of all we are to trust in the Lord for all of our needs, but God in His wisdom, has called others to help during such times when we fall. As we, of the older generation well know, if we fall, we cannot get up on our own. When all we need is a helping hand to give a little tug and we are on our feet and ready to go fall again. Spiritually speaking, sometimes this is all someone needs now and then; just a little tug, or hug. This is not being touchy/feely, but reminding ourselves of our care for one another. Jesus said that we are to love one another, not at a distance, but up close and personal, where the fallen will find "help in the time of need." Then shall we be twice blessed, as the giver and receiver.

October 14, 2018

According to the Book of Revelation, Judgment Day is coming. God has a sealed book in Revelation 5, and within that book are the judgments of God. "But no man in heaven, nor in the earth, neither under the earth, were able to open the book, neither to look thereon." v.3. And the Apostle John said, "And I wept, because no man was found worth to open and read the book, neither to look thereon." v.5. In the midst of all this quandary of looking for someone to open the book, there stood in their midst "a Lamb as it had been slain." v.6 In v.9, they began to sing a new song, "Thou art worthy to take the book and open the seals that are upon it, for thou was slain, and has redeemed us to God by the blood out of every kindred, and language, and people and nation, and thou hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." V.9-10. What did that book contain? The stored-up wrath of God. He is ready to pour out his wrath on a world of people who have mocked and rejected the sacrifice that His Only Begotten Son endured. Men take their sins lightly, not knowing that when that book is opened, payment for their wickedness is about to paid in full. We believe that day is near. How do we know that? Jesus said in Luke 21:23, "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth near." In what direction are we looking?

October 7, 2018

Proverbs 21:1, "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will." What a good word this is to the heart of worried believers. We are living in tumultuous days and so many times we look at the situation instead of the Lord. There has not been a time since the beginning that God's people have not lived through some tough times of spiritual and political unrest. After every political election, we see about half of our citizens in a state of despair and the other half rejoicing. This is fine as long as "our half" wins, but when we don't, then we are the one's in despair. Of course, the remedy is to look at the situation from the Lord's side. Whenever we begin to think that the river is flowing the wrong way, then we must remind ourselves who it is that sets the course of the river. If this were not true, then we would not be able to fulfill the command to "rejoice always." Because we know that God is in control at all times, then we can be assured that He will "finish the course". Jesus said, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."  (Luke 12:32) What ever is going on now in the political world is temporary, but what God is doing is permanent and one day will end all of this and take us home to glory.

September 23, 2018

In Luke 12:31 we read these familiar words, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God." What are we to 'seek him first' about? We have a habit of compartmentalizing our lives, putting those things which we feel that are most important in the forefront, so that they will have the proper attention. When Jesus was speaking these words, he was compartmentalizing also: food, raiment, shelter. But before you ask for any of these things, 'seek ye first the kingdom of God.' And then he adds, "and all these things shall be added unto you." 'Things' are added after the seeking. Sometimes we fear that what our needs are, will not be supplied. So, then in verse 32 he adds another promise that makes our own little needs seem insignificant, "Fear not little flock, for it is your Fathers pleasure to give you the kingdom." Because we are heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, suddenly our little wants and needs are forgotten. If we needed money we would not seek the butcher, but the banker. When we seek God first, all of these things (whatever they are that will glorify God in the receiving of them) will be added to your account. As in all things, if we start with God, we will end with God. If we do not start with Him, then we will not end up with Him, nor where He dwells. "For where your treasure is, there will be your heart be also." v.34

September 16, 2018

In a day of instant 'everything', there is something that we have lost, and that is patience. We notice this in traffic, the check-out line, doctor's office, mailman and many other daily tasks that we do. This also bleeds off into our relationship with God, and our waiting on Him. The Apostle James saw this as an opportunity to address the matter of the heart. "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:3-4. How many times have we been guilty of not waiting on God for answers and have ended up discouraged, frustrated, confused and wondering where God went. Because of this, we have to learn that all that God does in our life is perfect, and if our desire is to be perfect as He is perfect, then we must wait on the one who has perfected all things. Many times we have had to go through the same trials, over and over, simply because we did not want to take the time to let God perfect in us that which we could have never done by ourselves. When we wait upon the Lord, the promise is that we may be complete and lacking nothing and that's what we wanted in the first place. Psalm 27:14, "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thy heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."

September 9,2018

In the last chapter of the Revelation, verse 16, Jesus said these words, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto to you these things in the churches. I am the root and offspring of David and the bright and morning star." Since these are His last words to His church, He once more gives opportunity to a lost and dying humanity, to trust in Him. V.17 offers this invitation, "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him who is athirst come. And whosoever desires, let him take the water of life freely." What a loving Savior we have to offer mercy right up to the last minute. But, lo, will it be to late? In Rev. 16, as we see the judgments of God beginning to come upon the earth, we see men who are faced with God's anger and fury, and still yet they "blasphemed the God of heaven -- and repented not of their deeds." Those who rejected the mercies of God will join the rich man, who dealt with the beggar Lazarus, in hell with an eternal thirst and an eternal desire to get another chance, but the gates of heaven were closed. We sing in the invitational hymn, "Why do we linger and heed not His Mercy, Mercy for you and for me?" Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, said it like this in Jeremiah. 8:20, "The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved." As we are living in the last of the "last days", these are words to be taken very seriously. I know of no one who ever wished that they had not believed upon the Lord Jesus.

September 2, 2018

Psalm 94:17-19 tells us of the wonderful God that we serve. "Unless the Lord had been my help, I would soon have dwelt in the land where is silence. When I said, my foot is slipping, your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up. In the multitude of my anxious thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!" This portion of Psalm 94, is a instant replay of most of our lives. We live under constant fear that bad news is just around the corner, and then what will we do?  Isn't it great to know that our Heavenly Father is never surprised or shocked at any of the happenings in our lives. Because we are His, and He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us, and that all of the situations in our lives has been approved by Him for our learning with greater dependence on His Word, then we have the comfort that delights our souls. Our God is the God of the mountain tops and the God of the valleys, The God of the strong storms and the quiet evenings on the front porch.  These particular words contained in this Psalm were written during a very hard time for the people of God. In the beginning of the Psalm there was much persecution and violence to the people, and the last verses were said in confidence that God would vindicate them for for their faithfulness in Him. So, in the midst of all their trials, they just had to stop and give praise unto God for all of His mercies. Go thou and do likewise.


August 26, 2018

The apostle Paul makes this statement to the church in Philippi in 4:11, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."  If that is a verse we can depend on (and we must), why do we make excuse for not doing the things that God has called us to?  Perhaps it's because we don't really want to do the things that he has called us to.  If that is true, then we have a problem.  Disobedience in the church, the body of Christ, has caused the churches to decline in spiritual strength and have become powerless in the world.  Then we have a verse in 4:19, that promises, "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory." The 'doing of all things' and the 'riches in glory' come from the same source, Jesus Christ.  The key word in both of these promises are 'in Jesus Christ.'  It is Christ 'that strengthens,' it is Christ who has the 'riches in glory.' We make a big mistake when we undertake the 'doing of all things' ourselves and the 'supplying of all our own need.' By trying to do this in our own strength and with limited knowledge, we find ourselves constantly disappointed and discouraged and begin to think that God doesn't keep his promises.  We do a great disservice to the Father, Son, and Spirit when we do not avail ourselves of the power and promises of His Word. These promises were provided for our benefit and his glory.  May we learn to depend upon His Word.

August 19, 2018

In Philippians 1:21, we read this oft quoted verse, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."  We, in these last few weeks, have seen the passing of two of our precious members, Charlie Pannell and Lola Flint, both in their nineties.  I didn't say that we lost them, because we know exactly where they are.  They are now experiencing 'the gain' that the written Word spoke about.  We mourn them, but "not as others who have no hope," but confident in the fact that they believed what the Bible said about the promise of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, and being welcomed into the family of God by an adopting loving Father.  But more than that, they gave a witness of God's saving grace to those around them.  In the last days and months when the ravages of age were taking place and they could not be as active in the church as they wished, they still did what was necessary as a believer, and that was to pray for others,their church, and their Pastor.  But we are only talking about a temporary separation.  One day, before long, the clouds will open up and we will see The One whose promises allowed us to "rise up and meet Him in the air," and "so shall we ever be with the Lord."  We will not be looking around to see if we can find Lola and Charlie, for the brightness of His Glory will blind us to all but Him, for He is worthy.  But with them, we will spend an eternity worshiping and praising our heavenly Father and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus the Christ.  May we bring a bit of heaven to earth today and praise and worship the Blessed Triune God in spirit and in truth.

August 12, 2018

In Titus 1:16, a reference is made to a people "who profess that they know God." Many people we know or hear about, politicians included, will say that they know God. Perhaps it is that they don't want to be identified as heathens, having no God, or they may really know him. In Titus, the people spoken of here are those who have specifically laid claim to him and that they are his children. But the scripture elaborates on what is the real proof of their claim, "but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." When we didn't know God before salvation was granted, there was no caring if we pleased God or not. Our works as were described in full and exactly in this last verse. But then something happened, and we made a claim that now are Christians and know God. To make such a claim there needs to be proof that we really are what we profess to be. That proof is in a life that is different than the one we had before. We continued not in those deeds that were against the law of God, and began to live a life "for the one who loved us and gave his life for us."  Let us make sure we are who we say we are. I Peter 1:10 says it this way, "Wherefore the rather brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall." 

August 5, 2018

Psalm 46:10a, "Be still and know that I am God."  There used to be a time when the term "meditation" was a part of the Christian vocabulary.  Now, we are so busy with the "things' of this world we have no time for such trivial matters as to stop for a few minutes and think on the things of God.  We might miss something if we did: someone might call or text or tweet, not to mention what we would miss on facebook.  We just couldn't live if we didn't know what they had for lunch or what trick  their kids or dogs did (and with pictures yet).  But in doing all of those things, where does God fit in, or does he?  No wonder folks get in a frenzy every time something disagreeable comes along.  They have not the comfort that only God can give during these times, because there has been little time spent in mediating upon God and His Word.  The key phrase here is "be still."  Turn off the machines, gadgets, whatever and be still and turn your thoughts unto the Lord.  Why would a professed believer not want to commune with the one who saved him for a better life here on earth and at the end of life, a home in glory.  One of the things that we will be thankful for when we get to heaven is the time we spent in the presence of God on earth,  everything else is just "time  wasters."  Get in The Book.  Get alone with the God of the Book and then we may really know what the Christian life is all about.

July 15, 2018

It is the time of year when we see the gardens bearing fruit. They were prepared several weeks or months ago so when this time finally arrived, there could be fruit to eat. Jesus said in Luke 6:44 that, "For every tree is known for its own fruit." So when we see a tomato plant, we are not disappointed not to find watermelon hanging from it. He goes on to say in verse 45, "That a good man out of the treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good --- for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." That is why it would be out of character to find the watermelon on the tomato vine. The words which flow forth from our mouths is actually  a perfect predictor of what resides in our hearts, If you really want to know what we are really like, listen to what we say.  We may try our best to look and act like a Christian but what comes from our mouth will be the true indicator. Jesus said that a fountain cannot bring forth bitter and sweet water at the same time, for the bitter will always overcome the sweet.  Now, all of this is showing forth our true character; that which is at the center of our being. A redeemed heart should always think in terms that Christ, by the Holy Spirit, is always there to hear, whether it be in praying or in disparaging comments. We want him to hear the prayers, but not the other things. This cannot be.  So, what has the Lord Jesus being hearing from me lately?  What kind of fruit am I producing?

July 8, 2018

Psalms 37:23 tells us that "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighteth in his way-" What a wonderful testimony to the sovereignty of our God. He ordered a life for those that are his, and more than that, he ordered each "footstep" along the way.  Now, the "good" man is not good because of his own self-righteousness, but he wholly depends on the righteousness of his Savior, Jesus Christ, to make him acceptable to the Father. The Father accepts the work that the Son has done on the behalf of the believer, and so his steps begin. They are 'baby steps' at first, but these steps are also ordered by the Lord.  Then as he grows and matures, then he begins to see more difficulty in following God's plans. There are those on the sidelines beckoning him to follow their way, after all, we're just humans and can't be expected to "live for Jesus" all the time. But God has said, "his steps are ordered" and he cannot let himself weaken to follow another.  When he gets old and life is almost over, he can say with confidence, "I have been young, and now old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed." Psalm 37;25-26.  My, my, what a life! How restful it is for the believer to know the promise of the Lord, when he said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." May we ask ourselves, "Is this the testimony of my Life?"


July 1, 2018

Two hundred and forty-two years ago, our forefathers framed a document that we call the Declaration of Independence; declaring that the United States an autonomous nation, free from all others who laid claim to her. This freed us from any foreign nation directing our plans and prospects. We were free and now it was time to celebrate, a tradition that we have held these many years.  But this only freed us physically. Our greatest bondage was still with us, and that was the bondage of sin.  Jesus said in John 8:31-32, "- If you continue in my word, then you are my disciple indeed;  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."  How many countless millions have read these words and believed them and were released from the penalty of sin, which is spiritual death.  And there are countless millions who have not heard these life giving words, or have heard and rejected them, and remain in their sins. The freedom that we possess is because of some people, way back when, realized that just personal freedom, while it was enjoyed, was nothing compared to the freedom of sin. Oh, that the people of our country would awaken to this truth. As we see our society crumbling before us, may it awaken an urgency in the people of God to pray for our country and its leadership, that we can continue on in our freedom to worship our God in Spirit and in Truth.  A freedom that is not used correctly will be a freedom that is lost.

June 24, 2018

If we as believers testify to the doctrine of Christ's sacrifice and resurrection from the dead, and have professed that we are justified completely in Him, what must people think if they see us live a life that is contradictory to our profession of faith?  Will this not be confusing to them?  Most unregenerate people have an idea of what a Christian is to be and how he should behave himself.  Now, they don't live a good life themselves, but the expect those who profess Christ to do so, and to live life with a different standard than they do.  If we don't, then they feel justified to go on living a life separated from God and look upon Christians as a 'bunch of hypocrites.'  It seems as if we are always ready to relate that "no one is perfect" in explaining away our inconsistencies. That is an excuse, not a reason. The reason is that we fail to keep a close relationship with Him who died for us. All it takes is a word, a look, or a deed from us, for all the world to see and then excuse themselves from the responsibility of obeying the gospel.  May we not be the one who offers them that excuse.  May we start our day with a word from the Lord by looking into His Word and then asking Him for guidance for the day, and then to make us sensitive to our own lives that we will give the right kind of testimony to those to whom we witness with our lives daily. A line from one of our hymns says, "Your life's a book before their eyes, they're reading it through and through, say does it point them to the skies, do others see Jesus in you?"


June 17, 2018

Isaiah 64:8, "But now O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand." As we are celebrating Father's Day today, I think it good that we look to and give honor and praise to the Father who has made us. I love the image of the potter and the clay mentioned on several occasions in the scriptures, because it always brings to mind that we are not the ones who are in charge. God the Father has fashioned each one of us after his own design. We must be satisfied with the work of the Master did in our own lives. Romans 9:20 answers many questions, "Nay but O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?" How many of us have spent serious time in trying to make our selves in our own image (usually fashioned after someone else), instead of in the image of God's Son? Do we not understand that what ever God does is always superior to what feeble man could produce? Are we such a disobedient child that we think receiving less is better? Receiving this vessel from the Master Designer, who has made all things 'new', is a privilege that most of the world will never experience. So today, we celebrate our Heavenly Father, who is the form of what we earthly father must follow.

June 10, 2018

In the first chapter of the Revelation, verse 4 thru 6, a greeting of "Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come" denoting that this is from God the Father Himself. The next verse adds, "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and forever."  My, what a glorious truth. We have the complete gospel encapsulated in these verses. Not only who He is, but also who we are, "kings and priests unto God." We didn't completely understand so great a statement when we first believed, but maturity brings responsibility and recognition of whom God says we are, "kings and priests.  A king is to rule, which means we must rule over our own lives, subdue the flesh, having Christ reign over us,  As priests, we must stand as the "go between" for others who know not the grace of our God. Ezekiel 22:30 shows God looking for a man who would "make up the wall and stand in the gap before me in the land." As kings and priests this our obligation until "he cometh with clouds." (Rev. 1:7)

June 3, 2018

Ephesians 5;1, 'Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children;"- When I read this verse, it reminds we of a Norman Rockwell painting that I once saw of a father with his children tagging along behind on their way to church to worship God. What a good image to think on when we read of our duty and privilege to follow after our God. We do this as 'dear' children, who are dear to the Father who has welcomed us into His kingdom. Not by our will or want, but by a loving Father who desired to have fellowship with His 'young'uns'. But what a great cost it was to the Father to adopt us into His family. It cost the only true son He ever had in His life. So He has the right to expect that we will be followers of Him. Not followers of the world and its systems, certainly not to follow the former lifestyle that possessed us before the Father intervened, nor following at a distance, but close to the One that we love and who loves us. As human fathers, how blessed we were when our children would crowd around us vying for attention and affection. There was a need in their heart and soul to have a closeness with their father. How much more should we approach our God with the thought that nothing else will suffice except to be close to Him, "giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:20)

May 27th, 2018

Tomorrow we will be celebrating Memorial Day. A day that when we stop and reflect on the blessing we have received over the years. We also want to pause and remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country's almost 250 years of freedom. But we know behind those sacrifices there was God, who blessed us with a sense of a blood bought freedom.  Had it not been for the grace of God behind all of this, we would not have had those freedoms. So we must not not forget all of His benefits. Psalm 103:2-5 admonishes us to "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all of our diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies. Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's." In that, do we bless and thank and love the Lord. God has extended Himself on the behalf of those who will put their trust in Him. He was not obligated to do so, but by His own grace loving nature did he provide all of these blessings. So, remember the times of blessings, and praise and thank Him for the Son He gave that we might enjoy them.

May 20,2018

If there is one verse in the Bible that ought to grasp our attention, it is this one. Hebrews 10:26, "For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, -" This verse is not talking about sins of ignorance that we commit daily, but the things that we well know are sins and with an attitude toward God that we will do as we wish, for after all, we've been told that we are going to heaven no matter what we do. The question is, "Why would I want to sin in a willful way that would bring disgrace to our Savior who loved us and bled and died and was resurrected for our sins?" In verse 29 of the same chapter, "Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall be thought worthy, who have trodden under foot the Son of Godand have counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, -" May we, in these last times, put a guard on our hearts and souls and mouths, and that we will seriously consider what we are really doing and saying. The criteria, is God honored in how we live and how we are perceived by others? If they see something amiss in us than we know that God has already been aware of it. There are thousands of examples we could site when we consider "sinning willfully", and if you are a believer then we must shy away from anything that would bring shame to our Blessed Lord.  May the Spirit of the Living God guard and protect us from ourselves, the very one who must be surrendered at all times.

May 13, 2018

Psalm 37:23-24, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he  delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:  for the Lord upholds him with his hand." We have witnessed this past week the upholding of God's hand. What a joy to receive the Word of the Lord with joy and gladness, knowing that it was the Word that showed us what we are and who He is. Living in our own strength has never been sanctioned by the Lord, because He knows our weaknesses and that we are so prone to wander.  Getting our attention is what he excels in and in many hearts, that is what He did. As shepherd, I was saddened to observe that not all of the sheep came up to fed and be nourished. It saddens me because of what is ahead for some. They will be at a disadvantage because preparation was not made in the right season.  God does promise correction to disobedient children, you know. When the church body is not all together, it cripples the church.  It would be like a man with just one leg and one arm: he can still function but he will win no races or fight a good fight. I"m praying that the God of heaven will shake those withered spiritual limbs by whatever means it takes to restore them to usefulness in His kingdoms work.  Revival is not over, it is just beginning.

April 29,2018

In I John 5:19-20, we find two things that we must know. " (1) That we are of God and (2) the whole world lies in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This the true God. and eternal life." What a joy and comfort and blessing to know that we are in Christ and He is in us by the Holy Spirit. While we are enjoying these blessings, the rest of the world lies in it's own wickedness and depravity. At some time in our former lives, we were as they are. Living and enjoying sin, not knowing God or his Son, and caring less about our condition. We were happy sinners, making our way to hell. But, by God's grace and mercy he called us, set up an appointment with him and be forced to look at our lives. We were weighed in the balances and found wanting. There, as the Spirit of God won our hearts by the love of Calvary, he called us unto himself. Confession was made and forgiven was granted. Now he is in us and we are in him for eternity. There are questions we must ask ourselves to confirm what we profess to believe. "Is my life showing forth Christ's life in me?" "Is my life now different than it was before my confession of faith?" II Peter 1:10 tells us to "give diligence to your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall."

April 22, 2018

The prophet Hosea had a sense of urgency in his message to God's people.  In Hosea 5:15, God told him, "I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offense, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me wearly." Hosea's reply to the ultimatum in 6:1-3, "Come and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." As in Hosea's time, we feel the the Lord has 'returned to his place' as we see the world grow hot with sin and the church grow cold with indifference. What choice does God have? When men turn a deaf ear to His voice through His  Word, then He will go where He is welcomed. But we see the assuring word, "he will revive us and raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.' A reviving is the answer. God told Israel that "your heart is divided." Revival will bring that division back together again. It is not like it would be nice if we could have a revival, it is a necessity; we must have revival or we perish. Repent and return to your first love the Spirit said to the church at Ephesus. We must heed the warning given God or we will be like the church at Laodicea where Jesus is standing on the outside, knocking, and asking for anyone to let him in. O' Lord God, send us revival.

April 15, 2018

If ever there was a time to pray again the prayer of the Prophet Habakkuk, it is now. Read this prayer and see if this is not so. "O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid; O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known: in wrath remember mercy." Hab. 3:1. As we see the goings on in our world, it's like a black storm gathering on the horizon, and we in tornado alley get the picture. How desperately we need to see a work of God in our midst. If we cannot see this then there must be a blindness covering our eyes. Less than a third of the people in Pryor have any constant affiliation with any church. It is hard to meet someone that you can have fellowship with around the Word of God. But, to talk of the things of this world and what this world produces, we'll be gabbing on the street corners all day long. Now, is this not so? Judgment day is coming and we see the clouds forming and what are we doing about it? Revival is the answer. And what is that? It is simply God's people once again receiving God's Word and taking the responsibility of obedience to it. Revival is God's people living the life that God has called us into. That is loving, serving, praying, obedient, faithful, trustworthy, honest, believing, hopeful, patient, etc. Does this depict your life? If it doesn't, then a reviving is the answer for you. We must not turn a cold shoulder to the one who loved us and gave himself for us. God send us revival or we perish!

April 1, 2018

Sometimes it takes awhile for truth to sink into our minds and hearts. After the resurrection we see "Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things (about the resurrection) unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not." Luke 24:10-11. How many times had Jesus told his disciples what was to occur in the last of his days on earth? Why are we so slow to believe? We have "a more sure word" than they did, and yet we hesitate in believing what the Word of God says. Take the resurrection for example. What makes us live like the sacrifice for our sin is still in question? By the resurrection, everything that Jesus taught and did was confirmed by his rising again from the dead. At times, we still carry our burdens around with us like a beggar with his worldly goods in a sack on his back. Do we not understand that our burden bearer is alive, not dead and can't hear us? Do we think that He doesn't care? How many times have we read how much he cares for us? Maybe it's because we still want to be in control of our lives, the old "pull myself up by my own bootstraps" mentality, or I don't want to appear weak before others. Wake up! We are weak, we are without strength, we have no control of our future, but we do have a loving Savior who is alive to do that which we cannot do for ourselves. Don't be like the early day apostles who "believed them not." "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In ALL thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6.

March 25, 2018

Next Lord's Day we will be observing two of the greatest events in human history. What a blessing it is to be celebrating both on the same day. One is the memorial we will observe concerning the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus, on the eve of his crucifixion and death, left something for his disciples to remember him with. It was the last supper he would have with them. We know it as the Lord's Supper. We think back to the day that Jesus gave his life for ours. He shed his blood in order that our sins would be covered, to be remembered no more. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 5:13) Jesus gifted to us all that he had: his body and his blood. The second event, after the crucifixion, came three day later. Jesus was raised from the dead to die no more. Why was the resurrection necessary? "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins. Then they also which have fallen asleep (died) in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead - " (I Cor. 15:17-20) Because He lives, we can live also. Not unto ourselves, but to Him gave us everlasting life. We are now His, because we were purchased, not with silver or gold, but with the precious blood of the Lamb. May this cause us to bow before His throne and give honor and praise to his Holy name. Let us prepare our hearts for this day.

March 18, 2018

One fellow asked another fellow if he were a Christian. The answer came back,"Yes, I am a Christian, but I didn't let it make a fool out of me." The reply came back to him, "Then what did?"  In I Cor. 4:10, the Apostle Paul readily admits "we are fools for Christ's sake." In fact, in II Cor. 11:16, Paul says that men think I am a fool. He didn't reject their opinion because he knew that he was a fool for Christ.  We are either Christ's fools or we are fools for the devil. Being a fool doesn't mean we are dumb and unlearned just because we take the Bible to be the literal, infallible Word of God. But to the world it looks so. Satan has tried to make us believe that if we live a life as a visible witness for Christ, that the world will laugh at us for being so foolish. So, many times we 'put the bushel over the candle' so we won't be ostracized and made fun of. Quite the opposite of what the Apostle says of himself in II Cor. 12:11, "I have become a fool in glorying-".  To the fool "who says there is no God" it doesn't make sense, but to the God of heaven, who relishes the fact that those who were bought with the blood of His Son, is actually living a life in accordance with his eternal plan of being fools for Christ.  May I ask, whose fool are you? 

March 11, 2018

The closing words in the book to the Hebrews 13:20-21, "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ to whom be glory for ever and ever." This was the prayer of the Apostle to those who were scattered throughout the land because of the persecution that had dispersed them. What we see in these verses is that we, as the flock of God, have a great shepherd who is continually looking out for His sheep (that's us). He came to this responsibility through the blood of the everlasting covenant, the covenant that was made with His Father before the world was made, and it lasts forever. He died for us and now He lives for us to care and love us until that day He calls us to Himself. And for what purpose? To perfect us in every good work to do His will. Doing His will is not just agreeing with what He said, but actually putting feet to His commands. Doing these things, by His power and His alone, is well pleasing in His sight. You want to please the Lord? Do those things we know will please Him. Some of those things just might be prayer for ourselves and others, read His love letter again and again (His Word), praise to His name for He is worthy, both private and public, and then practice the greatest commandment of all, love one another. These will bring glory to His Blessed Name and it is our privilege to be able to do them.

March 4, 2018

I like the ways that Jesus talks to us directly. There are no if's, maybe's, or if you want to. One of the statements I am referring to is found in Matthew. 6:24, "No man can serve to masters:  for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold (be loyal) to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (who is the god of this world). I don't know how much clearer he can make it. However, men have been trying to disprove this for ages. They think a little bit of Jesus and little bit of the world will work just fine for them. But from the One who will have the last word, didn't say "it probably can't be done," but it is an impossibility.  But we don't like to think of it in those terms. One day, the heavens will open, and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords will stand in the clouds of glory and identify every person and ask them, "What master did you serve?" And your answer will be---? Jesus was not just a man asking this question, but God Himself. He will not accept anything but the positive answer, "You are my God and I served you and no other." Then He can say,"Well done good and faithful servant, enter into my kingdom.  Jesus made another statement, "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

February 25, 2018

One of the clearest statements made by any believer that I have ever read, was made by the apostle Paul in Philippians 1:21. This should be the watch word of every person who names the name of Christ. "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." The thought here is for me to live for Christ is for Christ to live his life in me. We know that the mission that Jesus gave his people was to live only and always for him. The new birth, the new life, was given as a gift of God's grace. We didn't seek or even want the offer of God for our redemption. But God in His mercy, according to His divine eternal plan, called us to Himself and granted to us repentance and faith (Eph.2:8). Because of the great work that He has done in us in Christ, He has the right to instruct us in our living, which is "for to me to live is Christ." Sometimes we want to hold onto life so strongly that we fear death.  Paul said for "me to die is gain." What is our testimony? Not the one that we give verbally, but the one that God sees.  If we love this world and the things of this world, 'to live for Christ' is an impossibility.  If I am not living for Christ, then who am I living for?  Is my profession of faith just a profession, without a living faith that has Christ reigning on the throne of my heart? Paul's idea of this verse is this;  if and when I can no longer live a life that exemplifies Christ, then my death would be a gain for me. Then I can have the full fellowship with Jesus  without interruption. May this be the prayer of our heart.

February 18, 2018

The Psalmist in Psalm 78:41, remembered what happened many years before he penned these words. "Yea, they (Israel) turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They remembered not His hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy."  This can be said of modern Christianity, for many have turned back and have forgotten God and his delivering mercy.  We know that no mere man can limit our sovereign God by his own power or by the power of many nations.  How then was he limited?  He could not and would not expend his promises on a disobedient and unbelieving people, the ones he desired to bless.  Now, we do not really expect the world to understand what we are talking about because they never trusted the Lord in the first place. He is talking about a people who began with Him but found something more interesting along the way and pretty much have decided that they didn't really need Him after all.  Our churches sit half empty on Sunday morning, when in actuality if our complete membership showed up at the same time, we would not have enough room for all of them.  But, sadly, they turned back to what they were doing before God ever spoke to them.  Are you in the process of turning back?  Are you discouraged and not happy the way life is going?  Then go back and revisit the time when the Lord was near and dear to you.  Remember, He is not the one that departed.

February 4, 2018

Jesus' disciples seemed to be worried about what their future held for them and how they would be taken care of. After all, they had left all to follow Him; their businesses were gone and they had no visible means of taking care of the essentials of life. So, they worried about tomorrow. Sound familiar? These opportunities (testings) come to us in order that we may learn. Learn what? To do without? No, simply to trust in Jesus. Matthew 6:33-34, "-- for your heavenly Father know the things that we have need of, so, seek first the Kingdom Of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself."Someone has said that almost all of the things that we worry about never happens. Just think about the time wasted in worrying. The other side of the coin in biblical terms is trust. While worrying is fruitless; trusting God brings forth much fruit, as in peace of mind, more restful sleep, better companionship, better relationship with the Father, etc., but most of all, it glorifies  God in showing that his children really believes and practices His promises and that we really do love and trust Him.  Let us trust Him for today and when tomorrow comes, we will trust Him again.

January 28, 2018

We can manage to live with what we think is temporary. Usually our illness are temporary, we hope, and that within a week or two things will be better. There is something else, as Christians, that we live with that is temporary, and that is God's testing and trying of His children.  That is why, when we read a verse that says 'it has come to pass' we can rejoice, in that it hasn't come to stay.  We are now, temporarily, living in a sin cursed world.  The pressures and temptations to follow the 'vain things that charm us most', is a constant trial to us. But, we have a better life than what this world provides.  Also, a future life that is beyond 'anything that we could ask or think.'  Listen to the words in Daniel 7:13-14, "I saw in the night visions,and, behold, one like unto the Son of man came with clouds of heaven, and he came came to the Ancient of days, and was presented before him.  And there was given him (the Messiah) dominion, and glory, and a kingdom of all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:  His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."  Now, this is not temporary, but permanent and will last throughout all eternity. Just think, no more trials and tribulations, nor heartaches sorrow, for these have come and have passed.  May our vision not be no further than our feet, but may we look to the heavens from which comes our redemption. Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

January 21, 2018

In one of the hymns we sing occasionally, 'Let Others See Jesus In You;' the second verse says this, "Your life's a book before their eyes, they're reading it through and through; Say, does it point them to the skies, do others see Jesus in you?" Now, we know what the world looks and acts like, but what does a sold out to Jesus, praying, witnessing, praising Christian look like? I would dare to ask, does that look like me and you? When Jesus was on earth, He did everything in obedience to His Father, so that when the disciples asked Him to see the Father, He said you are looking at Him. You want to know what God looks like, look at the Son. You want to know what Christ looks like, look to His followers. Now what do you see? A bright picture of hope, mercy and grace? Or a defeated, dilapidated, discouraged people, who have no testimony, no praise, and no idea what to do when the devil gives a swift kick in the pants. If the world ever sees Jesus, it will be through the way that we live our lives before God and who we are trusting in.  Jesus did not save us and give us a hard task, but an impossible one. We cannot imitate Christ and be successful. It is when the living Christ reigns in the heart and the rest of the body follows suit. When people read 'our book', what kind of impact does it make on them?  Let others see Jesus in us.

January 14, 2018

23 years ago I received a King James Bible from a family member for my birthday. What a great gift to receive for one's birthday; having in hand to read and study and know who God is and of His redemptive work on earth. Not only that, it has been a light during many a dark time, a reason to rejoice in both good and bad times, knowing that He continually watches over us and carries our burdens. That old 'Black Book' is showing the wear and tear of the years. It has seen duct tape and glue, several times, and not in the best shape physically. But, within those tattered covers, 'it is still the message of the ages,' its promises are just as true, The Lamb still as glorious as ever, the praise just as loud and clear, knowing that the only thing that has changed is my heart, day by day, as the Word of God has plowed, planted and watered my weary soul to bring forth praise to His glory. The Psalmist David asked the Lord to, "Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23-24. The blessed Word of God does just that as it is made real to us by His Holy Spirit. Replace this old Bible with another? I don't think so. If I did, then I would lose those great verses that I can readily see because they have been underlined, the remarks along side of a special verse that has had much meaning, and the special feel of it within my hands. For many, I think that I am probably telling your story too. May the "Book of Books" be precious to you.

January 7, 2018

When the Lord Jesus served His disciples the last meal that He would eat with them on earth, and said that He would not eat with then again until that great feast of the Marriage supper of the Lamb, He said "This do in remembrance of me." It is from this setting that has provided for us an opportunity to have this blessed memorial today; remembering the Lord Jesus and the sacrifice of His body and blood. I believe the key word here is 'remembrance.' This key element should influence the way that we live our lives before Him, everyday remembering His eternal sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. The cost of this memorial was tremendous. It cost the Father His Only Begotten Son and the Son His life, yet, they are the only ones who could provide such a sacrifice. In Paul's letter to the Corinthian church, he felt so strongly about it that he said, if we take the Lord's Supper in an unworthy manner, not discerning or considering the body of Christ, then we eat judgment to ourselves and for this cause some are weak and sickly and some have died. Since this is the case, then perhaps we ought to jar our memories about what Jesus really did for us. Too many times we take this commemoration of His body and blood without considering what we are really doing.  We may eat and drink with unconfessed sin in  our hearts.  What a desecration to the Lord! It would be better for one not to partake than to risk the judgment of God. He advises us that 'if we are chastened by the Lord and then judge ourselves, we will not be judged with the world.'  Let us be sure of that we do this right and thereby honor our Savior.

December 17, 2017

In Luke 2, we find the account of a man named Simeon, who was a just and devout man, and was waiting for the Messiah to come, Israel's consolation. It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not die until he had seen the Lord's Christ. He came to the Temple when Joseph and Mary were there to present the child Jesus to the Lord God. When he entered he saw the Messiah in the form of a baby, but knew it was him, the long awaited Christ, He held the babe up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and a glory of thy people Israel." Many people will celebrate this holiday with many gifts and parties and such, but how many will be able to say as Simeon said when it is all over, "My eyes have seen thy salvation?" After all, that is what Jesus came to do, to save His people from their sins. But most people will use this holiday for an excuse to give and to get, but will walk away without getting what they really needed more than anything else; forgiveness of their sin. May this be a time when you look at God's offer seriously and realize that Christ is your only hope.

December 3, 2017

Luke, in the first sentence of of the Gospel that he penned, made a declarative statement that he was "setting forth in order those things which are most surely believed among us." He first told the history of John the Baptists' parents and then the mission God sent him to do as they were approaching a new order. He was to go before the coming Christ "in the spirit and power of Elijah "To turn in hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." Then he tells us of one of the most important events that has ever happened in the world, a first and never to be repeated event. Just three months before John the Baptist was born, another message came from heaven by the angel Gabriel to tell a betrothed young woman named Mary, "Behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus." These declarations, most assuredly, are what we have believed on and have staked our very lives on. Everything that we believe in is based on the fact that "God has sent his Son into the world to save sinners." Our hope is not in our baptism, our works, our pedigree, our fleshly knowledge, but in the sacrifice of the blessed Lord Jesus, for "he came to save his people from their sins." And He is still doing it. Praise be to his Blessed Name.

November 26, 2017

Jeremiah had a word from God. As always, that word glorifies God and shows us our dependence upon Him. Jeremiah. 9:23-24. "Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; But let him that glorieth, glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord." What a wonderful thought that the Lord knows us. And, also, we do not have to depend on our own wisdom, strength or what we have, to be able to glorify the Lord (Which is the chief aim of every believer). And because of His knowing us, He also knows our needs, and takes care of us by His loving kindness, His justice and His righteousness. Our salvation has never been a task that he has left up us to figure out, but from the beginning had us in mind to secure a people for His name. We see the great benefit of that when we read that he released from heaven His Only Begotten Son and would send him to earth have him named Jesus, Savior. God delights in the things he has done for his people and he has told them to "Delight thyself in the Lord and he shall give you the desires of thine heart." Psalm 37:4 The secret to that verse is our desires must be a delight unto the Lord. Thanks be unto God for all of his benefits in Christ Jesus.

September 3, 2017

Hebrews 2:1 admonishes us that "we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip." Why is this? Because these things (messages) were given by God to us for our benefit, and to let them slip away brings forth an appropriate penalty upon us. We are not ignorant of the devil's devices and this is one he delights in; to let the Word of God slip away from us. What could  possibly happen that we could think about letting these precious words slip out our hearts. In a word, busyness. We take time for everything that passes before our eyes, but we miss the most important one, having the God of Heaven speak to us daily from His Word.  Jesus asked his disciples, "Lovest thou me, more than these (the things of this world)? That question just might be applied to us. When we fail in that regard, the lamp that is a light unto our path grows dim and that is when we begin to stumble. So therefore, give heed to the teachings of the Word of God, for there is where find blessings.

August 13, 207

We are in an age that is entirely too busy. Our days are full of the works of our hands and minds and if there is any time left, we might consider thinking about the Lord, but probably not, because we are too tired. That is exactly why Jesus said to "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness " (Matt. 6:33) Jesus knew human nature, especially human nature that had been redeemed. He saw that in his own disciples when they slept and did not pray. How many of us have experienced something like that? We stay up late for some worldly endeavor, but have not once stayed up late because we needed to seek God and His Righteousness, or prayed for ourselves, our family or our friends. When we do it God's way, then things seem to smooth out. Our minds are in tune with the scripture and we might even find our selves singing praises unto the Lord. The psalmist David said it this way in Psalm 62;1, "O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is, " No wonder we get discouraged in this dry land of spiritual barrenness if we seek not he Lord. David's remedy is found in verse 6, "I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches." Now as Jesus said to to his hearers, "Go thou and do likewise."

August 6, 2017

Two weeks from tomorrow, August 21, there will be an event repeated that we have not seen in our lifetime, a total eclipse of the sun. However, it will not be seen by everyone except those who are in its path across the United States. It will not occur in our country for another 99 years.  I'm told it will be total darkness, the stars will shine at midday. What a phenomenon! Rhetta and I are planning to watch from Wyoming with our daughter and family. There will be another time when the sun will not shine.  In Rev.6:12, when the sixth seal of God's wrath is opened, verse 12 says "that the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood." After the stars have fallen, the mountains crumbled, islands sunk into the ocean, then everyone who is left here is trying to hide from the "wrath of the Lamb". That is the same Lamb that God speaking from heaven said that he would take away the sin of the world. We find him here taking sin away along with the life of those who have tried to hide from Him in their sojourn here on earth.  Rev. 6:17, "For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" Men may stand now and shake their fist toward heaven and curse God and His Son,  but on that day they will not be able to do so, because they are about to be hurled into a Christ-less eternity, into a place called hell. The place that was made for the devil and his angels, the one whom they served all of their life. They will finally get to meet him. We sing the hymn and say "Why do we linger and heed not His calling?" One day there will be no more calling and no more mercy. That day could be today.

July 23, 2017

In John 17:10 we read, "And all mine are thine, and thine are mine: and I am glorified in them." What a wonderful statement from the lips of our Savior on the eve before His crucifixion. He was about to be arrested, condemned, beaten and crucified, and His attention was on "His own." Praying to His Father and proclaiming that whosoever belonged to Him also belong to the Father and vice-versa. What was He talking about? Those who belonged to Him as a gift from the Father. And who were they? Those to whom God had called to salvation, and those who were going to be called in future years. It is no wonder that Jesus said in John 10:27-30, "My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck (snatch) them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck then out of my Fathers hand. I and my Father are one." What a glorious truth to know that we are a gift to Jesus by His Father and now we are one with the Father and the Son, by the sacrifice by that Son. As the called of the Father, we now hear the voice of our Great Shepherd, in His Word, and we will ( not just if we want to) follow Him. Now, the question to us is, who's voice am I following?

July 16, 2017

In Psalms 136 we read the words, "His mercy endureth for ever" in all of its twenty-six verses.  The first verse states "O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: His mercy endureth for ever."  The psalmist goes through the history of the world and sites incident after incident of the greatness of God "whose mercy endureth for ever."  There is not a moment that goes by when we do not need the mercy of God.  There was a time in our lives before mercy was extended to us, that we did not deserve mercy. Instead, we should have had justice, because we had offended God over and over again and our sins were heaped upon us with no sign of relief. Justice demanded that the sin debt be paid in full.  Thanks be unto God, because when justice called, mercy answered.  His mercy did endure because it was in God's plan to secure our salvation.  It has been over 2500 years since these sacred words were uttered, and yet they are still just as true as when the day they were spoken, His supply has not been diminished, indeed, His mercy endureth for ever.

jULY 2, 2017

Duet. 4:7-8, "For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?"  These words were spoken to Israel just before they went in to possess the land of promise.  These same words could have been spoken to our own country over 200 years ago.  Those were the days that God was near to us because our forefathers went to a new place in order to have freedom to worship God and His Son, Jesus Christ.  We developed laws to protect us from those who tried to take that freedom away. Alas, 200 years later they seem on the verge of doing just that.  God has always blessed any nation whose "God is the Lord" and who looked to Heaven for divine guidance in their earthly affairs.  It seems as if we stopped that a few years back.  Many nations has looked to God and prospered, but now, because of their falling away from God, they have become weak and powerless and a prey to their enemies  Psalm 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."  Even though nations shall fall, God's chosen people never will, because we are His own inheritance. What a reason that we have to continually praise God for His promise to us to know that, whatever nations do, itdoes not affect our relationship with Him.

May 7, 2017

God must love us to give us such a week that we've just had. Not that He doesn't love us every minute or every day of week, but this past week was so special.  Of course, I'm referring to our revival meeting.  It felt as though that we had been transported into the heavenlies.  As someone said, "If heaven is like this, I can't hardly wait to ge there."  We rejoiced in the singing of those great old hymns of the Church and then the reaching of the Word was manna from heaven, it fed our souls. I think that we had a measure of revival.  Now, we can't stop there.  It is wonderful to feel the glow, but now it is time to do the "go."  When the Spirit of God fell on those disciples on the day of Pentecost and they experienced the fullness of God in their lives, they put feet to their experience and obeyed that voice of the Lord from heaven which said, "Go ye unto all the world and preach the Gospel."  Since we have been so blessed, we now want to share those blessings with someone else in order that they may receive that same experience and the blessings that follow.  If we know anything about the scriptures, we know that our Lord's return is imminent, so time is of the utmost importance, so we must "work while it is yet day, for the night cometh when no man shall work."  As 'children of the day' let us be about our Masters business.

April 23, 2017

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ throughout all ages, world without end." (Eph. 3:20) We know all that we do, we are to do for the glory of God. Sometimes we bypass the 'all that we do' in our daily walk with Christ. All of our daily conversations are placed in the 'all' that verse. Do they glorify God? Complaining, gripping, negativism, gossip, etc., (out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh) does not fit into the 'glory of God' scheme. He has promised us in 'doing exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think', but it is according to the power that works in us. The power of God does not work when the flesh is in charge. Neither can there be known unconfessed sin in our lives. Jeremiah said to the people of God about this matter when he spoke these words, "Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain." (Jer. 3:3) Our sins that we commit so easily may not seem so bad to us, but those are the sins that put Christ on the cross. We desire to see a wonderful God glorifying revival on our church. Please ask the Lord to do a 'spiritual workup' on your heart and then abandon anything that does not glorify Him. Then it will be a time of witnessing God's amazing grace. It will be more than we could ever ask or think.

April 16, 2017

What would it have meant if Mary and the disciples went to the tomb where Jesus was buried and the stone was still in place and Jesus was still inside. It is clear that Jesus died for our sins, but 1 Cor. 15:17 tells us, "And if Christ be not raised (from the dead), your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins." verse 14 says that "If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is vain." And beside all of this, verse 18 tells us, "Then they also which are fallen asleep (have died) in Christ are perished." Which means no resurrection of the dead to join Christ in heaven, we continue to be in sorrow because we have no hope, if Christ be not resurrected. Romans 4:25 declares that Jesus Christ "was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification." All men of every time and nation will one day stand before the Eternal Judge and give an account for the deeds done in their body. There can be no self-justification, no excuses great enough to assuage the condemnation that is ahead. But here stands some, who by faith, have trusted in the One who not only died for their sins, but was raised again for their justification; and as the Judge pronounces their sentence, He finds no fault in them, someone has paid their debt of sin and now they stand justified before Holy God, guiltless. The righteous of Christ was imputed to them and now they can live for Him in the here and now and then reign with Him forever. This resurrection is what we are celebrating today.

April 2, 2017

 In two weeks we will be celebrating Resurrection Day.  As we partake of the Lord's Supper today, we are looking back to those three eventful days.  When Jesus gathered those twelve disciples together, they were there to celebrate their annual observance of Passover; remembering when God delivered His People out of the bondage of Egypt. Jesus was instructing the disciples that he was going to be crucified and would rise again in order that another group of people would be delivered from the bondage of sin; His People. As there was a blood sacrifice in the first deliverance, so there would be blood sacrifice for the second deliverance. There was a sacrificial lamb for the first and also for the second, who was the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who would take away the sins of all of those who by faith trusted and believed in Him. John the Baptist recognized Jesus as the "Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world".  The Lamb was with them, but most rejected and despised Him and would within a short period of time the Lamb of God would, by cruel hands, be sacrificed by crucifixion.  Then the third day, by His own power, was resurrected from the dead and now lives to make intercession to the Father for us.  As we partake of the Lord's Supper, let us not forget the price that was paid so that we may have this remembrance.

March 12, 2017

The Apostle John is writing his third epistle. He is old now and has seen the church of the Lord Jesus Christ through many dangers, toils and snares. As he begins to look back over his life he makes this statement in third John 1:3-4, "For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." As a minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, I know what a wonderful thing it is to see someone accept the truth of God and walk in it and the joy and blessings that come with obedience to the truth. On the other hand, what sorrow and sadness comes when we see someone who knew that truth but didn't walk in it. I think, "look out now" for things are about to change in your life, and not for the better. Many heartaches and sorrows come to us when we refuse to follow the light that God has given us in His Word. It seems that we see more of this than the other. God is in the blessing business. He delights in bestowing His spiritual riches upon His obedient children. The greatest joy, as parents, is to see our children surrendered to God's way. But our greatest heartache to see them go astray and become a friend of the world instead of a friend of God. We may know who's friend we are by who we follow. "Be not deceived, God is not mocked: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall be also reap." (Gal. 6:7)

March 5, 2017

Living in a world where we have a constant barrage of information, some of those words are bound to find a lodging place in our vocabulary. Much of which we don't know anything about and some we are not interested in. But we know that whatever words we have absorbed in our hearts will eventually come out of our mouths. Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, "...that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Because Christ has given us a new nature and a new life, we have to use caution in what we allow in. One thing we can be certain of, the more of the Word of God that we read and hear, that will take up the space of worldly information. It has always been an anomaly to me that most modern-day Christians can quote the statics on sports figures or games, but cannot quote one verse of Scripture. Our heads are so filled with useless information that there is no space for the words of wisdom that we glean for the study of God's Word. Small wonder that we see so much sin in the lives of God's people. The Psalmist said, "Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sing against thee." Ps. 119:11. We might start noticing what is coming out of mouths. Is it politics, sports, gossip, or some other bit of information that does not glorify God. The Word of God will not change. It is as fresh as the day it was spoken. May we fill our hearts with His Word in order that the right words might be spoken.

February 26, 2017

What wonderful assurances we have from the Word of God.  In Ecclesiastes 
3:14, we have these words that should give us great hope in our walk 
with Christ. "I know that whatever God does, it endures forever;  
nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it;  and God does it 
so that men will (reverently) fear Him - know that He is, revere and 
worship Him."(Amplified Bible)  We have many doubts and fears about 
life? Satan, who is the "accuser of the brethren", constantly throws our 
sins and weaknesses in our face and we begin to doubt.  But we know that 
he is a liar from the beginning, and we know that the Word of God is 
unchanging, so what do we do?  The answer is simple of course, we flee 
to God's Word and we find that His promises are still there, Christ is 
still on the throne, the goings on in this world is still under His 
control, and the promise of Christ's return is an ever present hope.  
My, what a blessed experience to know that we can open His Word and find 
ourselves in another world, a spiritual world , that will never fade 
away.  May our thoughts, actions, and motives be directed by that Word.

January 15, 2017

Psalm 149:1, "Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints." The world is full of music and most of it with words that you can't understand (thankfully) and sounds that cause a sedentary person to be apoplectic. But then we have a different kind of music that warms the hearts of saints with words of comfort and joy; words that have been lifted from the Bible and set to music by those who are gifted in making Bible verses fit the musical notes. (Think Fanny Crosby, etc.) God has promised that his people are to sing a new song; a song of redemption, a song that even the angels cannot sing. Since believers do have a new song to sing, it is a blessing to the heart to hear a congregation sing those songs of praise to our Blessed Redeemer; to put our theology to music. We know that many of the Psalms were meant to be sung, as in David playing on his harp and singing those blessed Psalms of praise. Someone has said that the only musical instrument that God ever made was the human voice and it was given to us to form words of praise and adoration to the glory of our great God. So, in our feeble way, we make those sounds of praise, but, we haven't heard anything yet. Wait until we join in that heavenly choir who will sing eternal praises to our God and King. Now that will be real music to the ears. So, to God be the glory, great things He has done.

January 8, 2017

In the Book of Mark, chapter 2 we have an incident of a man who was a paralytic and could not move about on his own. Jesus was preaching in a room that was overcrowded to the extent that not another person could enter. So, four men cut a hole in the roof and lowered the paralytic man down to Jesus. The first thing that Jesus said unto him was, "Son, thy sins be forgiven thee." Jesus took care of his worst problem first. Then the scribes that were present began to rail on Jesus, claiming that he didn't have the right to forgive sin, it was blasphemy. Jesus, in his calm manner, said to them, "But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power to forgive sin, he saith unto the palsied man, take up thy bed and walk." This is a good illustration of man's greatest need. It's not his health, wealth or the lack thereof, but his spiritual condition that's most important. Many times, we put so much more emphasis on an individual's health than we do his spiritual condition. The physical health of a person is only temporary, but his soul lives forever. Jesus said it is better for an individual to go through life in a diminished state than to end up in hell with robust health. Where is your emphasis? I wish that we would talk about the Lord as much as we do our physical ills. We might find that it will help us to feel a little bit better about ourselves and others.

January 1, 2017

As we are entering a new year, let's look at other things that are going to be new someday. In the Book of Revelation, we find several things. In 2:17, we find a new name written in stone with the name of the believer written on it; in 3:12, there will be a new Jerusalem, which cometh down from heaven: in 5:9, they will sing a new song, a song saying "Thou art worthy - because thou was slain and has redeemed us to God by thy blood:' in 21:1, :I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away, and there was no more sea": in 21:5 we see,"Behold,I make all things new." As a result of all of those things, we read that "God will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.(24:4) Now that's the day that we are looking forward to. A new life with our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, never to be out of their presence for eternity. We look at these 'new' things, and all we can say is, "even so, come quickly Lord Jesus."

August 14, 2017

Hosea 8:14, "For Israel hath forgotten her Maker." What a sad commentary for a people whom God had called, provided for, and protected. Woe be unto anyone who had forgotten their Maker. Through our education systems that have taken out any references to God have become "old hat" and are hardly worth mentioning. Christians are laughed at and mocked when they reveal that their whole lives are dependent on God. America is in the process of "forgetting her maker". Because of this there will be consequences, and we can see them already. Look at the news of TV and read the paper, and you will readily see those consequences in action. But there is still hope for some. Those who, by the Holy Spirit, recognize that God sent His Son, Jesus the Christ, to die for the sins of many. Are you one of the many who hasn't forgotten his Maker?

Sunday August 7th

God, by the Prophet Amos, said, "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst of water, but hearing the words of the Lord." (Amos 8:11) Notice that the emphasis is upon the hearing and not the speaking. The Lord Jesus spoke many words, but few heard them. Hearing is something an individual is selective about. He wants "to hear" good things, especially about himself. Many words can be spoken, while few can recall what was said. There is a plague of spiritual deafness in our world. This comes about when people refuse to listen to God and His Word. They have plenty to eat and drink but have not the heart to hear Gods words. As a result of this condition, we are given rulers to rule over us, and we accept anything and everything they have to say: we 'hear' them. But, they have not the ability nor the inclination to lead us to the blessings of God. Who do we listen to? And what are they saying? Again, politics and politicians is not the answer, but the Word of God is when we 'listen' to it. Let history be a lesson to us. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." (Psalm 33:12)