Calvary Baptist

TIME FOR CHURCH!  

GET UP, GET READY, and GO TO CHURCH!

We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company. Psalm 55:14

Online sermons, TV evangelists, apathy, and many more distractions have crept into the church house! Instead of getting fed from the local body of believers, we get online or turn the TV channel to our favorite preacher. We forsake what God has called good. We take for granted what God gave Himself for! Complacency sets in when we do not hear the importance of sharing the Gospel. Apathy sets in when we do not get involved in the church.

Are you well on your way to getting to church on time? Will you make an extra effort to get to Sunday School? What are you willing to sacrifice if not? Your personal walk with Jesus? Your children’s salvation? A friend’s salvation? Who or what are you willing to sacrifice so you can sleep in, go finishing, mow the yard, or just veg out?

DON’T SPEAK LIES ABOUT OTHERS!  

Never throw mud. You may miss your mark, but you will have dirty hands. -Parker

He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. Proverbs 10:18

Several years ago we were going through a rough time in the ministry. Lies about me and my family came out but very few people came to me to find out if the information that was said was true. I found it amazing that folks you ministered with for years were quick to believe a lie told by someone they hardly knew. I often wonder why professing Christians don’t follow God’s Word when they have a dispute (ought) with someone else in their church family.

Christian friend, if you find yourself with some bitterness brewing because you feel someone has done you wrong in the ministry or you have heard something about them, go to them. Talk it out! If you don’t, you give place for the devil to work and he would love nothing more than to destroy the relationship you have with your church family!

WHO ARE YOU SERVING?

There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things. –Moody

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:8

I’m sure all of us have had folks cross into our life with the only intent was to see how much they could get out of our pocket. Some slip into the church with the same thoughts in mind. This is not why the church is here. The church is here to evangelize the lost and edify the believer. It’s not here to equip the moocher! Even though we the church are to serve we are also suppose to be wise with the finances God has given us!

When the opportunity arises, are you willing to serve where God opens the door? If not, why not? What’s hindering you from serving? Why ever it is, get it out of your life and be in preparation to serve where God plants you! Who are you serving?

WHO ARE YOU LEANING ON  

Real true faith is man's weakness leaning on God's strength. -D.L. Moody

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7

Your actions will reveal who you are leaning on. When things go wrong do you call your parents to dig you out? When you need a helping hand do you reach out to that friend you shouldn’t be around to start off with! The Lord tells us in these scriptures we need to “walk in him.” We need to have a mindset of He is the go to guy!

PEACE IS SPELLED JESUS

There is no peace where God is not at!

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

So many people are searching for Nirvana, an awakening, tranquility, or some other type of inner peace that only a relationship with Jesus brings. Sure people may travel to distant lands and find a sense of happiness. They may buy large homes that will bring contentment until they have to clean it. They may even have a job that pays large amounts of money and it will buy happiness until the money runs out. But true peace only comes when Jesus is on the throne of your heart!

When Jesus came to Earth as a babe, the Word of God says, peace was on Earth! If you want true, everlasting peace— repent of your sin and trust Jesus as your Saviour! Let Him in your life! Let Him have His way! If He isn’t in your life—you do not have true peace!

LOVE IS SPELLED OBEY

Wicked men obey from fear, good men, from love. –Aristotle

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

Our obedience in serving the Lord comes from the love He has shown to us. In love He sent His Son to the Cross. In love He sent His Word to man. In love He sent His Spirit to be our comforter. In love He will save you and me from our sin. In love He’s coming back to get His people. In love He will not let sin enter Heaven’s gate. In love He will separate the saved from the lost. In love He will keep His Word.

What an example for you and I in the way we ought to obey and serve Him. It all should be done out of love! Love of the Lord!

BE ASSURED  

"The Lord is my Shepherd," not was, not maybe, not will be.  "The Lord is my Shepherd"-is on Sunday, is on Monday, and is through every day of the week; is in January, is in December, and every month of the year; is at home, and is in China; is in peace, and is in war; in abundance and in poverty. -Taylor

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 1 John 3:19-20

Who is Jesus to you? If He is anything less than Lord and Saviour, you’ve missed who He is! You’ve missed the reason He came to the Earth. You’ve missed the peace He gives to all who repents and trust Him as Saviour! You’ve missed the fullness of the joy salvation brings!

Have you missed who Jesus is? GET UP, GET READY, and GO TO CHURCH this morning with this prayer on your mind, “Lord Jesus, show me who you are today!” If you go seeking Him, He will show you who He is, but you must respond!

BE DEVOTED  

The mark of a saint is not perfection, but consecration.  A saint is not a man without faults, but a man who has given himself without reserve to God.

Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God. Joshua 14:8

We are all devoted to something; our family, our pets, our job, our leisure time, we spend time on so much but how much do we invest in? There is a difference between spending time and investing time. Spending time is when we give of our time in things that have no lasting goals. However, investing time is when we give of our time in things that will have eternal purposes. We invest time with the kids going to church. We spend time with the kids on the ball field. Sure you can take that time on the field and turn it into things that are eternal but for most it’s just time on the field!

Do we, like Joshua, have a devoted heart that we would say, “I wholly followed the Lord my God.”? If we do, we will be investing time with our loved ones, a lost, dying, and hurting world, and most importantly we will be investing time with our Saviour!

BE WORKING

To have the blessings of God’s hands, one must be moving their hands, lips, feet, or some other part of their body for Him.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Created unto GOOD works; not that we should just be working but we should be working the works that are GOOD in the sight of God. Providing for your family, taking care of the things God has given you, teaching your kids about the Lord, sharing the Gospel with a lost and dying generation, giving hope to the hopeless, giving help to the helpless, as Galatians 6:10 says, “…do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

What will you be working toward today, anything less than doing His will, will not be GOOD WORKS!

BE SERVING  

The measure of a man is not the number of his servants, but the number of people he serves. –Moody

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10

How many opportunities have we missed this week to serve the Lord? How about while in the line at Walmart, did you hand out a Gospel track? How about at church, did you hold a door open for someone? How about at work, did you have an opportunity to share the Gospel?

How many opportunities will we let go by today? In order to limit the number of missed opportunities you had yesterday, you better have a plan before you step foot outside to serve Him today!

BE VICTORIOUS

Be ashamed to die until you have won a soul for the Lord Jesus.

Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. James 5:20

The only thing we do in someone’s salvation is sowing the seed and applying a little water. That’s really all any gardener or farmer does. They prepare the field by tilling the soil. They make rows to receive the seeds. They add fertilizer, seed, and water or they let the natural water from the Lord. They sit and wait until God creates one of this world’s greatest miracles; life! I am reminded this morning that our responsibility in being victorious in seeing the lost, dying, and hurting come to know the Lord is sowing the seed of the Gospel and applying the water of the Word. Without those two things we are living in a hopeless world! It is neither you nor I that does the saving, it’s the Lord Himself! So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:7

BE FIGHTING  

Whatever God gives you to do, do it as well as you can.  This is the best possible preparation for what he may want you to do next.- Macdonald

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12

Our Heavenly Father has left us down here on Earth not just to go to work each day, go on vacations every once in a while, or invest in the stock market. There is nothing wrong with any of those things but He has left us here to be about His business. What is His business? His business is winning souls for His honor and glory. His business is winning souls for man’s eternal good. His business is seeing homes restored, the hopeless given hope, those wounded by life healed, and the one that is in the grips of death redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb! His business ought to be our business! Get on your knees this morning and begin to fight the spiritual fight before you step out in the world today!

When we come to our home going, we can say like Paul did, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8

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!

BE FAITHFUL  

There is a huge need for routine faithfulness in our life!

For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses. 2 Kings 18:6

It says in verse six of 2 Kings 18, Hezekiah clave to the Lord. That word clave means to hold fast to, to cling hold of, and I like this definition; to be in hot pursuit. While this world has its definition of “Christianity”, the Bible describes it totally different. The world says, you take your religion too far. You wear your Christianity on your shoulders. You are a religious fanatic. No! No! No! I don’t have a religion, I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and Saviour! He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. His not just a crutch, He’s the legs that I walk on! In reality, He’s my everything! Without Him, I would be nothing, going nowhere, without purpose in this life! But oh with Him friend, we are saved to the uttermost! We can face the highest mountain and our Saviour can remove it out of our way. We just have to remain faithful!

I believe I’ll GET UP, GET READY, and GO TO CHURCH showing my love for the Lord this morning to a lost, dying, and hurting world. Who will go with me?

BE MULTIPLYING  

IT’S ALL GOOD!

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matthew 28:19

In building a business, one of the greatest things to do is get your name out to the community. Name recognition is vital for sustained growth in the early ages of the business and after the business has been well founded. Little jingles, a catchy tag lines, and mascots have been the identifier of businesses down through the ages. Who do you think of when you hear, “Have it your way”, “Can you hear me now”, or “Melts in your mouth not in your hands”. We have heard these slogans so often and for such a long time we know exactly who they identify.

In your Christian walk, what is your slogan? What do people know you by? Several years ago while going through a valley the Lord gave me, “It’s All Good”. People began to identify me with that phrase. What does it mean? Look at Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” It means that no matter what, God knows what is best for me and my life. It means for us to trust Him on the mountain tops and in the valleys.

Why is this important? It identifies who we yield our lives to. It identifies who we hold important in our lives. It will point friends, family, co-workers, and anyone our lives may come in contact with to the Lord Jesus. It will give an opened door to share our faith. It gives opportunity to give out the Gospel to a lost, dying, and hurting world!

What’s your slogan? Are you using your life to make disciples? If not, why? If not now, when? GO YE TODAY!

BE PREACHING  

Preach not because you have to say something, but because you have something to say.- Richard Whately

For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. Acts 4:20

How can someone that has never been touched by God’s Amazing grace speak of something they know not of? They can’t! You can’t be a witness of something you haven’t seen, tasted, heard, or felt! When the good Grace of God reaches down and pulls us out of the miry clay, saving our wretched soul from hell, we have something to speak of! We then have something to say! If we don’t speak of what He has done… maybe we haven’t been touched after all! If we don’t proclaim and praise God, Jesus said, “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” So be preaching of what Jesus has done for you!

BE PATIENT  

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. -Rousseau

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10

God works slowly and patiently to get what He wants done. He is not in a rush. He is not in a panic. He set David in the wilderness for 40 years before leading the Children out of Egypt. He let Jesus grow for 33-1/2 years before He got on the Cross. What God could have done with just a few Words, He took His time.

What does this say to me? Don’t rush God... He is working in His own time! Some of God’s most valued parts of creation have been around a long time! A diamond, a Red Wood Tree, an Olive Tree, the Grand Canyon... Are you trying to rush something God is attempting to do in and through your life? Be still! Acknowledge He is God! Let Him have His way with your life!

BE RESTORED  

Those that make God their Joy may rejoice in hope for he is faithful that has promised. -Henry

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Psalm 51:12

Have you been missing the joy of your salvation? Let me share with you one great truth, The Joy Giver hasn’t went anywhere. If you are missing the joy of your salvation it’s because sin is in your life. It needs to be dealt with. It needs to be confessed and forsaken. You need to repent of those sins that are keeping God’s joy from flooding your soul!

What sin is keeping you from rejoicing in the joy of your salvation? What sin will keep you from enjoying God’s wonderful salvation? Is it the sin of worry? Is it the sin of unbelief? Is it the sin of jealousy, bitterness, unforgiveness, or hatred? Don’t let something rob you of the joy you have in salvation! Be restored unto the joy of thy salvation by repenting of the sin you are holding on to!

BE WISE  

To be wise one must not only acknowledge Jesus as Lord of lords, King of kings, but they must repent and trust Him as Saviour of their life!

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15

Wisdom has been defined as the application of knowledge. Well in acknowledging Jesus as Saviour you have taken the knowledge of the Word revealed by the Spirit of God and applied it to your life. Not many people will do this. Many will acknowledge God but they will not bow their knee to His will. This leaves that person lost in their sin and trespasses.

Are you wise? If so, you have repented and trusted Jesus as your Saviour. If not, scripture says, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Psalm 14:1

BE RIGHTEOUS  

The things that are wrong with the country today are the sum total of all the things that are wrong with us as individuals. --Charles W. Tobey

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34

We enjoyed having Missionary Aaron Cruise and his wife Alicia with us yesterday evening. Alicia sang a couple of wonderful songs and Aaron shared their burden for America and Preached. During the message I was reminded of the above verse. I was reminded that before our country turns back to God there will be men and women in churches across our country that has already repented turning their hearts back to the God of the Bible. There will be many that have already trusted Jesus as Saviour.

What are we waiting for in America? What will it take before America totally turns back to God? Have you tasted the Good Grace of God? Have you forgotten what it’s like being in God’s will? Do you remember when God touched your heart causing you to rest in Him? Have you drifted so far away from God you think you can’t get back? I am thankful He gives second chances! Stop letting the Devil tell you a lie! God will forgive if you just ask! You can be righteous in Him!