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March 20, 2018, 9:41 AM

March 21, 2018

“When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished”.  With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”  John 19:30

            It is finished!  Those three words really say it all.  Have you ever been involved in a project and finally got to the place of being finished?  God’s plan was being carried out from the time of Adam and Eve through the time of Jesus and beyond.  When Jesus uttered the words “it is finished”, He was saying that God’s redemptive work in the lives of mankind was accomplished.  God’s plan had been carried out exactly as He desired.  Jesus had fully and completely accomplished the work of atonement for the sin of man.  Now, by the sacrifice of Jesus, man could once again have the opportunity for a relationship with God.

            We have come to the point in our culture of taking Easter far too lightly.  Do we realize the magnitude of what Jesus did on the cross?  Do we realize the love God demonstrated for us in seeing His Son die upon the cross?  The world system does everything possible to take our eyes and thoughts away from the reality of Easter.  It’s easy to be drawn away by the Easter bunny and egg hunts when our focus should be on the power of the cross.  As Jesus arose the third day He conquered Satan, sin, death and the grave.  The good news is:  When Jesus is our Savior, we are conquerors too!  Paul says, “we are more than conquers through Him who loved us”.

            This is an absolutely wonderful time of the year.  Enjoy the season but be reminded often of God’s love for us and the price that was paid so that we could have eternal life.  “It is finished” means that Jesus fulfilled all the requirements of a holy and righteous God.  It is only in Jesus that we have relationship with the Father and that means we are totally and forever secure in His arms!  Have a wonderful and blessed week as we give thanks to God for His indescribable gift!

                                                                                                                                           We love you,

                                                                                                                                           Brad and Virginia




March 6, 2018, 10:07 AM

March 7, 2018

“Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”  2 Corinthians 4:16

     Do you desire times of refreshing?  We all need to be refreshed from time to time.  The warm days of the past few weeks remind us of the refreshing days of spring after the cold and dreary days of winter.  Most of us enjoy the transition from winter to spring because it brings us a sense of refreshing and renewal. We hear of people who enjoy doing spring cleaning.  Are you involved in some things now that you would call times of refreshing?  During this time of year, many of us are involved with different projects around the house which leads to a real feeling of refreshing. 

     What about our spiritual lives?  Are you being renewed and refreshed every day?  Renewal comes in a variety of ways and sometimes it may not be exactly what we would desire.  Look carefully again at the passage above.  The verse which immediately follows that one tells us that our troubles are bringing renewal and eternal glory to our lives.  How can that be?  It is in those troublesome times that we are learning to lean more and more upon our Heavenly Father.  We are renewed and refreshed daily as we spend time in God’s Word and personal time alone with Him.  What is the result of our daily renewal?  We fix our eyes on what is unseen rather than the things we can see.  Therefore, whatever situation we face, God can use as a time of renewal and refreshing.

     What things in life really get you excited?  Spiritual renewal gets us excited about the things that really matter.  We are in the midst of difficult days that are only going to get worse.  We need daily renewal to help us in this time.  We will not find renewal and refreshing in the things of this world.  Only in Jesus do we really experience renewal and refreshing that lasts.  Our prayer is that you will be renewed daily as you seek to know and serve Him more each day.  May you be blessed abundantly as you seek His renewal and serve Him daily with all your heart.

                                                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                                                Brad and Virginia




February 27, 2018, 10:58 AM

February 28, 2018

“Yet at the same time many, even among the leaders, believed in Him.  But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.”  John 12:43

 

     Think for a moment how strong the pull of the flesh can be.  During the last week of Jesus’ physical time on earth, many people believed the things He said.  However, they would not confess Him before others because they were afraid of the Pharisees.  The Bible clearly says that “they loved praise from men more than praise from God”.  There are many today who struggle with the same mindset.  They desire the approval of men to such an extent that they jeopardize a relationship with God.  You may know several people who live that way.

     It is very easy to talk about “them”.  What about us?  Are we willing to be singled out and counted among the followers of Christ?  Are we concerned about pleasing God or do we have a tendency to please those around us? We see violence toward Christians escalating every day.  Do we stand for the Scripture and risk persecution or be enticed by fleshly world arguments to accept the praise of men?  The ways of darkness are rampant in our society and we are all feeling the pressure grow stronger each day.  It seems as though we are being surrounded by the deeds of evil and darkness.  Yet, although we know the days are evil, God’s Word reminds us to “look up, be watchful, for our redemption is drawing near”!  (Luke 21:28)  Hallelujah!  Come quickly Lord Jesus!

     We would like to take time this week to say “thank-you” for your presence at Robbie’s ordination service.  We had a very good crowd to support Robbie, Whitney and their families.  It is so wonderful to see a young couple surrender to God’s calling and desire to take God’s message to the world.  Please continue to pray for them as they faithfully serve Wayside Baptist Church in Alexander City.   Let us also pray for each other as we make every effort to share Jesus with others this week.  May you be filled with a joy unspeakable as you faithfully serve our Heavenly Father! 

 

                                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                                Brad and Virginia




February 20, 2018, 9:01 AM

February 21, 2018

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?”  Matthew 6:26

     Have you listened to the birds lately?  Earlier today, I had the opportunity to have lunch on our porch and listen to a variety of birds.  They seemed to be so excited!  We so often fail to slow down enough to hear God’s voice and feel His presence in the nature He created.  The birds have been singing all through the winter, but it seems like the last couple of weeks there has been such an abundance of them.  They are enjoying the onset of springtime and the bounty that will follow.  They continue to accomplish the purpose for which God created them.  Can the same be said about us?

     The scripture passage above helps us better understand our value to God.  You see, God created the birds and He takes care of them.  The Bible tells us that He even knows when a sparrow falls to the ground.  The birds do not sow, reap or store away in barns yet God meets their needs on a daily and consistent basis.  What does God expect us to learn from nature?  Jesus gives us a very real picture of our value to God.   Jesus did not come to die for the birds but for mankind.  Now, if Jesus came to die for us, how valuable must we be to God?  If God provides for the birds, how much more does He desire to provide for His children?  After all, we are so special to God that He knows the number of hairs on our head.  Please understand that we are not to just sit and wait for His provisions.  God expects us to do what He has given us the ability to do.  He has given us the ability and strength to work.

     It is very easy for us to get off track by thinking that we can provide for ourselves.  We do work and earn an income, but it is God who ultimately provides for our every need.  We must understand that God created us, loves us, and provides for us every day.   Remember, it is much more than physical food and clothing that He provides.  It is eternal life through Jesus Christ His Son.  As you hear the birds singing, be reminded of the passage above and give thanks to God for His daily provisions.

                                                                                                                                                      We love you,

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February 13, 2018, 12:59 PM

February 14, 2018

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for You, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.  I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory.  Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”  Psalm 63:3

     Everyone wants to be loved …right?  Well, you can be assured that God loves you regardless of what you’ve done or where you’ve been.  How do we know?  Because His Word reflects that truth over and over again.  Will you receive the love that God has for you?  If there has ever been a person to readily experience God’s love, it was King David.  Please read Psalm 63 this week.  The passage describes David’s understanding and acceptance of God’s love and his diligence in seeking God and His ways.  He even describes God’s love as being “better than life”.  Can we say that about our own relationship with God?  David grasped the understanding that he must accept God’s love.  There are millions of people today who have heard of God yet have never accepted His love for them.  The question for us as Christians is: Will we be instrumental in helping them understand His love?

     One of the most important obligations we have as Christians is to share God’s love with others.  How will they experience God’s love apart from Christians being the reflectors of who He is?  God demonstrated His love for us in His Son Jesus and we must demonstrate His love in us by being His representatives in a lost and struggling world.  Do we live each day as though God’s love is “better than life”?  David faced many trials, pursuit from enemies, and family turmoil yet he was able to say, “I will praise you as long as I live”.  Do we still praise God during times of turmoil?  Do we desire to praise God regardless of the circumstances we face?

     How wonderful it is to be a child of God!  Sometimes it’s hard for us to understand that the Creator of the universe loves us and desires a personal relationship with us.  King David reminds us that his thoughts were constantly focused on God even while in bed at night.  His utmost desire was to cling to God.  That sounds as if he were tightly holding to God every step of every day!  Do you ever pause to think how much the One who is love cares for you?   In Psalm 63:1 David says, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you and my soul thirsts for you”.  What a wonderful example to us of the way to truly experience God’s love.  Earnestly seek Him and know His love.  May you each have a very blessed week as you earnestly seek Him and experience the love He has for you.

                                                                                        We love you,                                                                                                                                                             Brad and Virginia


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