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BE STRONG  

The source of our strength is in the Word of God.

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Psalm 19:7-10

There is no other place for a Christian to go than the Word of God to obtain strength. Every time the binder of a Bible is bent, on the pages before the one reading it is power like none other. There is power to restore marriages, to heal the broken hearts, and to save souls from hell. The catch is we have to open the Bible, read the powerful Words written on the pages, and then apply them to our life!

Will you invest time in the Word today? If you do, you will become strong for the Lord!

A FEW ANSWERS FOR PROFESSING CHRISTIANS SUPPORTING THE PRO-CHOICE MOVEMENT  

            The Bible has the answers.

Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3

            Many professing Christians think abortion is okay. Their reasoning is based in the fallacy that it’s the woman’s body and she should be able to do with it what she wants. But what they don’t understand is our bodies are not ours. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 clears it up, What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

             They also don’t understand that the “unwanted” pregnancy could have been prevented if they would have followed God’s Word in the first place—abstain from sexual sin. Abstaining from all sexual sin, including premarital sex is God’s way of preventing “unwanted” babies. (By the way, there has never been a baby conceived in the womb that God didn’t want to be born.)

            Lastly, the question arises, “What do we do with all of the children in the world that’s already here?” Maybe, follow scripture on that one too? James 1:27 says, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” The Christian way to support children is to give them a hand up, not a hand out. It is not to give them a fish so they can eat for a day but it is to teach them to fish so they can eat for a lifetime!

            One last thought; Why not find answers in God’s Word? For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: Proverbs 6:23 Unless, that’s the real issue of the problem; you don’t want to follow what His Word says to start off with?

BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY- BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH- NOTHING MORE- NOTHING LESS!  

The egg's no chick by falling from the hen, Nor man a Christian till he's born again. –Bunyan

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Ephesians 2:1-3

Has what you claim to be salvation changed you? Did your prayer on the altar give you the new nature proclaimed in the Word of God? What difference has Jesus made in your life? Yes, He came to save you from Hell but He also came to save you from yourself! He came to set you free from sin and self! Have you been born again? Have you trusted Jesus as your Saviour? If you were to die today—where would you spend eternity and how do you know?

Don’t know where you would spend eternity? Send me a message and I would love to show you how you can!

SHEW THYSELF A MAN

I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel. 1 Kings 2:2-4

            At David’s passing he gave his son Solomon a charge to show himself a man. He in no uncertain terms told him how to do this, He said, “…keep the charge of the LORD of the God, to walk in His ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies.”

            Do you want to be the man God wants you to be? Keep His Word, remain faithful to what He has called you to do, and you will shew thyself a man!  

LET THE WATER IN!

The Water of the Word is what it takes to wash us from the inside out!

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:26-27

We are dealing with a lot of water here in Eastern North Carolina. To start off with it was the rain saturating the ground. Then with all of the rain accumulating so fast it has caused flash flooding. The wet ground has been washed away by the rapid water flowing. Over the next few days the water from counties west of us will be rushing into town. The river and streams will begin to over flow their banks causing major flooding in several neighborhoods. The flood damage will be astronomical because it came into town!

Much like when flood waters come into town changing homes, streets, and subdivisions, when the Water of the Word comes flooding into a lost person’s soul, it will change entire generations for good! Saturating the mind with God’s Word, letting it soak in over a lifetime, will transform that person’s life and those they raise for generations to come! We just need to let it in so it can do it’s work!

WHY SHOULD I READ THE BIBLE?

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Timothy 3:16                  

      According to Barna Research group, only 56% of Practicing Christians read scripture regularly. Wow, 56%! Now, think about that for a moment… a little more than half of the people reading this post will make an effort to pick up their Bibles and read it today. I wonder if we took a pole who would make up that 44%? Would it be a Sunday School teacher? Would it be a Junior Church worker? Would it be a Pastor, preacher, evangelist, or missionary?

Reading the Bible is essential for our edification!

Once again, my list isn’t exhaustive…

A.         It powers our Faith-

“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” John 20:31

B.         It direct our Footsteps-

”Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105

C.         It delivers us from Failing in our temptations- ”There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

       How faithful are you to your Bible reading? I recently heard this quote, “Those who spend more time reading books about the Bible than they do reading the Bible are likely to be influenced more by what men said about the Bible than by what God said in the Bible.” R. B. Ouellette.

DUST ON YOUR BIBLE?

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Psalm 12:6

If you have dust on your Bible you probably have a clouded mind unable to discern right from wrong. So instead of walking around in this life without help, pick up that dusty Bible, wipe it off, and get to digging into the treasures found within. Victory is around the corner when you have a well used Bible!

GET A LITTLE CLOSER

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. James 4:8

It is never my intention to push anyone away from the Gospel message. What we try to do is point them to Jesus. But what many do is run from Him. They attempt to hide. They do not want to hear the truth. Sure, everyone wants to go to Heaven but many are not willing to do what it takes and all they have to do is take God at His Word; “…”except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

How’s your walk with the Lord this morning? Do you need to repent? Do you need to get a little closer? Open the Word of God and get a little closer with Him. 

IT IS ENOUGH

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

A young Christian packing his bag for a journey said to a friend, "I have nearly finished packing. All I have to put in are a guidebook, a lamp, a mirror, a microscope, a telescope, a volume of fine poetry, a few biographies, a package of old letters, a book of songs, a sword, a hammer, and a set of tools." "But you cannot put all that into your bag," objected the friend. "Oh, yes," said the Christian. "Here it is." And he placed his Bible in the corner of the suitcase and closed the lid. –Anonymous

God’s Word is enough to save. (Jesus, through the preaching of His Word, convicts hearts and saves the sinner from hell.) 1 Corinthians 1:21

God’s Word is enough to sanctify. (Jesus, through the preaching and teaching of His Word, cleans us up and makes us fit for His use.) John 17:19

God’s Word is enough to provoke us to serve. (Jesus, through the preaching of His Word, provokes us unto good works. Not to be saved but to show that we are saved.) James 2:20

God’s Word is enough to secure. (Jesus, through the preaching of His Word, gives us the sweet assurance of security in Him.) Hebrews 10:22

God’s Word is enough to supply. (Jesus, through the preaching of His Word, meets every need we have.) 2 Corinthians 3:5

GET UP, GET READY, and GO TO CHURCH!

Before someone else has to take you!

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. Psalm 42:1-4

What keeps you from going to church? Is it some uppity people looking down upon you? Is it the senior citizen that gives candy to the kids? Is it all of the hypocrites? Do you feel as if it’s all a joke, some manmade fairy tale just to get into people’s pockets? Do you think it’s a systematic lie to have a group of subservient people bowing down to the pastor?

Sure there are those type of organizations out there but just because they have the title church on them doesn’t mean that’s what they are. What they are is a cult. A group that has taken just enough of the truth and twisted it into what they believe will serve their purpose. Preacher, how do I know the difference? Friend, read the Bible! Read the King James Bible! Compare what the Man of God is saying to scripture and see if what He is saying is truth. Don’t blindly follow someone just because they say they had a dream, saw a vision, or had a revelation from God. No, stick to the Book! Stick to God’s Word by Getting Up, Getting, Ready, and Going to a Bible Believing Church this morning! Don’t wait until you die for someone to haul your dead carcass there—for it will not do you any good!

WHO’S YOUR KING?

Death may be the King of terrors... but Jesus is the King of kings! - D.L. Moody

            Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

            In 2002, my Dad found out he had cancer. He graduated to Heaven in 2003. As I often reflect back on the days following his death I remember many friends sending prayers, food for the family, or even some money to help with expenses occurred. I can’t tell you who all was there but I remember one friend who shared these scriptures. And out of all of the food shared, prayers offered, this is what has sustained the test of time—scripture! I am thankful we have The King of kings! Rejoice with me this morning for The Saviour Reigns over death, hell, and the grave!

GET UP, GET READY, and GO TO CHURCH!

Go to church this morning in order to praise the Lord!

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. Psalm 111:1

            The Psalmist says he will praise the Lord with his whole heart. He has come to the place of no distractions and no interruptions. How can he do that being in the mist of the assembly? I mean how can you have church without a cell phone going off, a baby crying in a corner, or a Grandmother unwrapping a peppermint for her grandbaby that’s fifteen years old?

            How does one get past the distractions of the congregation? I believe you go back to the first four Words of the Psalmist when says, “Praise ye the Lord”. He has recognized The One who should get all of our attention in the congregation. He has not drifted off into some distant location of distraction. He has centered his attention on the Lord and anchored it right there!

Don’t just lay in bed this morning; GET UP, GET READY, and GO TO CHURCH being ready to praise Him for the gift of salvation to everyone that believeth!

Read, Grow, Share

One taper lights a thousand, yet shines as it has shone; and the humblest light may kindle one brighter than its own.—Butterworth

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16

Let me challenge you with three basic things you will be doing if you are a Christian:

1. You will read your Bible.

            A constant reading of the Word of God will help you grow in the things of God. It will give you the Biblical foundation needed to survive in a sin stained world. It will help you discern right from wrong. And give you direction in your life. Psalm 119:105

2. You will be growing in Grace.

            Your growth will depend directly on your attendance to Sunday School and your attendance to the preaching. Forsaking these two will be a sure fired way to insure you will not produce any fruit. 1 Peter 2:2

3. You will want to share the Gospel with a lost and dying world.

            If you are saved then you will want others to know the truth as well. You will want them to know the peace that passes all understanding, the joy of having their sins washed away, and the joy of knowing hell will not be in their future but Heaven will be! 1 Peter 3:15

Joy comes with Assurance!

Full assurance is not essential to salvation, but it is essential to satisfaction.  May you get it-may you get it at once.  May you never be satisfied to live without it. –Spurgeon

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 1 John 1:4

A full assurance of your salvation brings about a full life of joy! That’s the problem with some Christians though, they don’t spend time in the Word getting the assurance they need to have joy in their soul! I’ve got joy like a river flowing in my soul—How about you?