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Charles Hummel: Waiting on God

By |March 18th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

“When we fail to wait prayerfully for God’s guidance and strength, we are saying, with our actions if not our lips, that we do not need Him….Prayerful waiting on God is indispensable to effective service. Like the time-out in a football game, it enables us to catch our breath and fix new strategy….The need is not the call. The call must come from the Lord, Who knows our limitations.”

Adrian Rogers: Difficulties and Grace

By |March 16th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

We’ve been blessed with difficulties. Yes, you read right—blessed! The worst thing that could happen to us would be not to have any difficulties. If that were the case, we’d never know our need of the Lord. So God in essence says, “I’m going to give you sufficient difficulty for the day.”  God gives you enough difficulty to draw you close to Him, but then God gives you enough grace to meet those difficulties every day. – LWF

John MacArthur: The Seriousness of Sin

By |March 15th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

In sending darkness over the whole earth for three hours, God presents us with an object lesson concerning His attitude on the day Jesus died. The darkness was God’s sign of judgment against mankind for the gross sin of rejecting and murdering His beloved Son. It is also a sign of God’s reaction to sin as a whole. Darkness is a graphic portrayal of the cross as the focal point of God’s wrath, a place of His immense judgment, where sin was poured out on His Son Jesus, our Savior. This twofold object lesson ought to be a constant,fresh reminder to us of how seriously God views sin and how vital it was that the Lord Jesus die on our behalf.

Adrian Rogers: Joy Stealers

By |March 15th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

There are two days that can steal the joy from today. One is yesterday and the other is tomorrow…

Charles Spurgeon: Grace in Communion with Our Lord

By |March 15th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

This is true communion when the sap of grace flows from the stem to the branch, and when it is perceived that the stem itself is sustained by the very nourishment which feeds the branch. As we day by day receive grace from Jesus, and more constantly recognize it as coming from him, we shall behold him in communion with us, and enjoy the felicity of communion with him. Let us make daily use of our riches, and ever repair to him as to our own Lord in covenant, taking from him the supply of all we need with as much boldness as men take money from their own purse.

You Can Be Truly Happy, Part 2

By |March 15th, 2014|From the Pastor's Desk|0 Comments

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”1

You can be truly happy. True happiness is found in humility. First, this humility is found by possessing a spirit of dependence, being “poor in spirit.”2.

Second, humility possesses a spirit of repentance. Someone has written: A real indication of true humility, is the willingness to repent when having done wrong.

This repentance is evidenced in those who mourn. That is, those who experience sadness, grief, sorrow or weeping.

How often do we really weep and grieve over our sin? Do we really know how much our sin hurts our Lord? If you and I did, we would repent in tears and true sorrow.

Now note the result the result of repentance: they shall be comforted. The word comfort means to be brought along side or to be encouraged. Like the Psalmist in Ps 32,

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.3

Let me ask you, don’t you want the blessing, the happiness of forgiven sin? You can have it. Just go to the Lord in repentance and confession, asking or forgiveness, and he will forgive you…and in that spirit of humility you will find the happiness you have been seeking all along.

 

 

  1. Matt 5.4 []
  2. Matt 5.3 []
  3. Ps 32:1-2 []

Henry M. Morris III: The Promise of Victory

By |March 15th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

And were it not for the promises of deliverance from our enemies that are so replete throughout the Scriptures, were it not for the hope that we would see deliverance “in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13), and were it not for the confident knowledge that “evildoers shall be cut off” (Psalm 37:9), we would be in constant fear and torment. God promises to bring us victory! We are told that He will fight for us, and that we are not left to our own devices! Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. . . . and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:18-20).  – ICR

You Can Be Truly Happy, Part 1

By |March 14th, 2014|From the Pastor's Desk|0 Comments

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”1
You can be truly happy. In the Sermon on the Mount there is an utterly new approach to living, one that results in joy instead of despair, in peace instead of conflict—a peace that the world does not understand and cannot have.
In the Sermon on the Mount, the emphasis is upon the internal, not the external. Jesus starts with what you are, not with what you necessarily know or do. So with respect to happiness is not put on a happy face, but put in a happy heart.
First of all, true happiness is found in humility. This is found by possessing a spirit of dependence, being “poor in spirit.”
Poor speaks of one who crouches and cowers, hence beggarly. He is someone who is dependent on others for support. In Matt 5.3, “The poor in spirit are those who consciously depend on God, not on themselves.” They are “poor” inwardly, having no ability in themselves to please God:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.2

Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.3

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.4

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.5

When your heart is humble, God gives you his all (His kingdom). I am talking about being humble enough to receive Christ, humble enough to depend upon Christ, humble enough to admit you are wrong and humble enough to admit you are needy.
It is in humility of heart that you find true happiness.

  1. Matt. 5:3 []
  2. 2 Chronicles 7:14 []
  3. 2 Chronicles 34:27 []
  4. Psalm 34:18 []
  5. Isaiah 57:15 []

Hungering for God

By |March 14th, 2014|From the Pastor's Desk|0 Comments

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. ”1

“John G. Paton was a pioneer missionary in the New Hebrides. He went to the mission field as a young man with a young bride. When their first child was born, the child died and the wife died. He buried them with his own hands. Because he was among cannibals, he sat over the grave for many days and nights to prevent them from digging up the bodies and eating them. His testimony was that if the Lord Jesus Christ had not made Himself real to him during that time, he would have gone mad.”2
Do you know what real hunger is? Has there been a time in your life went you were forced to go days without food and/or water? How did you feel? What was your mind upon? What did you want more that anything else? Your God wants you to have a real hunger for Him.
The psalmist had a real hunger to dwell in God’s presence, “That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.” Dwell means to abide, usually for an extended amount of time. He wanted to plant himself in the house of the Lord. This was where the people of God worshipped the Lord. This was where the Shekinah Glory was (a visible expression of God’s presence.) How long did he want to stay in the presence of God? All the days of his life. For the rest of his life. Is this your hunger? If not, what have you substituted for it?

  1. Psalm 27:4–5 []
  2. J. Vernon McGee, Galatians, p. 7475. []

Are My Motives Right?

By |March 14th, 2014|From the Pastor's Desk|0 Comments

“But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”1

Motives: why you do what you do. Even what is done for God. Even what is done in the church. Even what is done as a servant of God. Ananias and his wife gave the church a gift. Nothing wrong with that (the church can always use more funds). They also kept back part of their profits from the sale. Nothing wrong with that. So why did Peter condemn them and God kill them?
The answer is simple: their motive was wrong. They wanted to show how spiritual they were by their sacrificial giving to the church, by implying they gave all when in truth they only gave some.
Notice verse three. “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”2 Did they lie to the believers in the local church? Yes. But Peter says this deception before the church was actually a sin against the Holy Spirit. Also, he said what they did was influenced by the Devil. So they died.
I don’t know the motivation for what people do what they do in the church and in their daily lives (I only know my own motives and sometimes I wonder about that). But God does know. Suppose God started doing to us what happened to Ananias and Sapphira, how many of us would be alive? But God is God of grace and compassion. So if we do what we do from wrong motives, He gives us this challenge and a subsequent promise:
“If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”3 and “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”4

 

  1. Acts 5:1–2 []
  2. Acts 5:3 []
  3. 1 John 5:16 []
  4. 1 John 1:9 []

Adrian Rogers: God’s Optimum

By |March 13th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

Many a Christian feels he is out in the wilderness — that all he is doing is being led about in circles. Maybe God is grooming you. He is not ready to thrust you into heavy responsibilities as yet. He has you in a holding pattern for His holy purpose. Life is a journey that does not end. God is preparing something wonderful for you. He doesn’t want you to settle for less than His optimum for your life and your work. – LWF

Charles Spurgeon: This Upside Down World

By |March 13th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

The world is upside down, and therefore, the first are last and the last first. See how the servile sons of Satan lord it in the earth! What a high horse they ride! How they lift up their horn on high! Haman is in the court, while Mordecai sits in the gate; David wanders on the mountains, while Saul reigns in state; Elijah is complaining in the cave while Jezebel is boasting in the palace; yet who would wish to take the places of the proud rebels? and who, on the other hand, might not envy the despised saints? When the wheel turns, those who are lowest rise, and the highest sink. Patience, then, believer, eternity will right the wrongs of time.