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“I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” (Revelation 2:3–4)

by on Apr.24, 2018, under Messages

Don’t let love get lost along the way. We need to be sure that our doctrine is correct. We need to serve God in a way that pleases Him. But we can’t lose love along the way.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4)

by on Apr.21, 2018, under Messages

Life can be hard. Circumstances can be dangerous. Sickness and death will surround us, violence may cross our path, hard times may be in store for us.

But God has promised to be with us. That should be a great comfort. He never said that He would take all suffering out of our lives. But He did promise to walk beside us through the valley.

“And David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the LORD—and I will celebrate before the LORD.” (2 Samuel 6:21)

by on Apr.19, 2018, under Messages

Don’t make pleasing other people your goal when you go to worship. You present your worship to God. Don’t seek to offend people, but don’t make your worship about pleasing others.

“And the people of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the returned exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.” (Ezra 6:16)

by on Apr.17, 2018, under Messages

Sometimes I think we need a little more celebration. Celebrate what God has done. Celebrate what people have done in the name of God. Celebrate the church and its members. Celebrate God.

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalms 4:8)

by on Apr.14, 2018, under Messages

Peaceful thing is a beautiful thing. It requires a clean conscience. It requires reconciliation with others. And it requires placing our trust in the living God.

“Please, my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’” (Judges 6:13)

by on Apr.12, 2018, under Messages

What would you ask if you found yourself face to face with an angel? Many would want to know why this happened and why that didn’t. Maybe you too would say, “I’ve heard that God used to do great things, but I haven’t seen any of that for myself.”

Respectful questioning of God is accepted in the Bible. Share your doubts with Him, knowing that eventually He will take them all away.

“But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart.” (2 Kings 10:31)

by on Apr.10, 2018, under Messages

How careful are you about trying to do what God wants? Are you more likely to count on His forgiveness or more likely to do your best to please Him?

Even though we know we’ll never be perfect during this life, we must do our best to find out what God wants of us and be careful to do it.

“I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.” (Psalm 118:17)

by on Apr.07, 2018, under Messages

I am not destined for death; I am bound for life. I very well may taste death, but it will be a brief taste. The Lord has conquered death, and I share in that victory. My job now is to tell others how they can share in that victory as well. Do you know?

“…Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.” (Acts 3:20-21)

by on Apr.05, 2018, under Messages

The restoring of all things. When God will put everything back in its place, make everything to once again be the way it should be. That’s what we all long for, whether we realize it or not. We see the way the world is, and we know that something is out of place. Something isn’t right.

That’s because we, just like everything else in creation, are waiting for the time when God will restore all things, through Jesus.

So what do we do? We repent of doing wrong and choose to do right. We put our faith in Jesus and commit our lives to Him. We die with Him in baptism so that we can be reborn with a new life. We will be restored, made new. Just like everything else will be in the end.

“The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.” (1 Samuel 2:6)

by on Apr.03, 2018, under Messages

Only God can create life. Only God can overcome death. Thanks be to God for the promise of the resurrection!

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