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September 17, 2019, 2:57 PM

September 18,02019


“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”  

                                                                                                                                                    1 John 5:5

Do you believe? Do you believe that God is real and that He created the world? Do you believe that His plans never fail? Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Do you believe that He gave His life on the cross to save you from the consequences of your sin? Do you believe that Jesus is the only way to have a relationship with God the Father? These are questions every Christian should be able to answer. Do you believe in the soon return of Jesus? Are you expectantly awaiting His return and are you diligently telling others? So many today (even many Christians) are in skeptical mode. They believe Jesus may come but probably not in their lifetime.

There are many today who say that Christians have always said that Jesus is coming soon. Then, with much doubt, say it hasn’t happened yet. People are so caught up in worldly stuff that there is very little time to really study and take a close look at current events. There are those who get excited over so many new innovations and the appearance of tremendous progress. However, the truth is that things are moving ever so surely toward the time of the end. There is great deception underway to get the focus away from the truth by having people become inundated with good sounding lies. We know who is ultimately the chief among deceivers and things are progressing as planned.

The world will continue to say that things are just as they have always been. There are extraordinary events going on now and will continue in the future. Jesus talked about having “ears to hear and eyes to see”. It is only through the Holy Spirit that we can truly hear and see. As we progress in these end days, we will hear more and more skeptics react to the warnings all around us. We are in an age of deception and we will find it harder to help others understand the truth. Our enemy knows, as do we, that his time is very limited and that he must use his greatest weapon while he still has time. As for Christians, we know the truth and are looking with great expectation as we near the day of His appearing. As Luke 21:28 says, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption is drawing nigh”.

 

                                                                                                                                        We love you,

                                                                                                                                        Brad and Virginia




September 10, 2019, 12:32 PM

September 11, 2019


“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7

 

Can you remember a time when someone you really trusted let you down? They may have told something to others that you shared with them in confidence. Maybe they said some things to others about you and you never knew they felt that way. We’ve all faced those times and it is a very hurtful experience. Have you ever been the one who let someone else down? We’ve probably all been guilty of that at some point as well. We usually find out very early in life that people will often let us down. Hopefully, we have also learned to completely trust God because He will never let us down.

David learned very early in his life the meaning of trusting God. He knew that God was always there for him and that God would never leave him alone. Have we learned that lesson? It is often easy for us to trust someone or something other than God. It may be our job, money in the bank, or good friends we think would never let us down. However, we have all seen those fail us at one time or another. Do we ask God to guide us in making daily decisions? Do we ask God to show us His perspective in the circumstances we face? Do we believe that God cares about us to such an extent that He wants to be completely involved in our lives? For some reason, Christians in America have drifted away from total and complete dependence on God. We have the mistaken idea that we are just better able to handle some situations on our own. Sadly, the explanation is probably that we have not been persecuted to the point of understanding total and complete surrender.

Most of us are guilty of waiting until the circumstances are critical before turning to God. What would our life look like if we totally trusted God daily? In Psalm 16:8 David says, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Have we tried to compartmentalize our life in Christ? Are there some things we desire to handle and control while others we commit to God? We must trust God completely in all areas of our life. “For in Him, we live and move and have our being”. God desires the absolute best for each of us and that is only experienced when we trust Him with everything. We pray that you are having a very blessed week as you totally surrender every area of your life to Christ!

 

                                                                                                       We love you,

                                                                                                       Brad and Virginia




September 3, 2019, 2:26 PM

September 4, 2019


“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” Matthew 24:37-39

 

We live in times when wickedness has once again filled the Earth. Scripture tells us that in Noah’s day the thoughts of people were evil all the time. We see times much like that in our day. We live in days of terrorism, mass shootings, human trafficking and perverted lifestyles. Why? The thoughts of people have turned away from God to the wickedness of the enemy. Has any of this taken God by surprise? Of course not! God has seen these times before and destroyed the world with a flood saving only Noah and his family.

Many would say that because of the flood, God must not be very compassionate. Some believe God to be watching us with the purpose of constantly looking for some reason to punish us for every wrong deed. The truth is; God is so loving and compassionate toward us that if there were a thousand steps between us He would take all but the last one. He still requires us to make the last step toward His freedom in Christ. Listen to how Jeff Kinley, author of As It Was in the Days of Noah, describes God so eloquently. “His is a heart more tender than mortal words can describe. More affectionate than human thought can imagine. Remarkably, He is simultaneously compassionate and holy, gracious and righteous, merciful and just, forgiving and wrathful. His infinite qualities harmoniously complement one another in a manner and at a level far above our human understanding. He is God –transcendent, yet personal. Invisible, yet intimate. Everlasting, yet ever present with us. The God who floods also forgives.”

Wow! What a Father we have and serve! Many in our day believe that the Great Flood is only a myth. However, Jesus made reference to Noah’s day when talking about the coming of the Son of Man. The writer of Hebrews talks of Noah’s faith in building the ark and Peter mentions Noah at least twice in his writings. The events of Noah’s day are true. During that time, evil was rampant upon the Earth. Look at the verses above again very carefully. Jesus is coming soon! Will you experience God’s compassion or His wrath? Today, you can have a relationship with Almighty God. You can be spared from the wrath of God but it is only possible in His Son, Jesus.

 

                                                                                                                                               We love you,

                                                                                                                                               Brad and Virginia




August 27, 2019, 11:01 AM

August 28, 2019


“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

Why do people find it difficult to listen when we share the most important message in all the world? We talk with people and even plead with them at times, but they struggle to accept our message. We talked Sunday about the antichristian spirit and how that spirit is rampant in our culture. We can feel and experience the darkness and wickedness against the ways of anything Christian. Movie critics frequently downplay the appeal and message of Christian films hoping that people will not watch them. However, even amid the critics, God’s message continues to shine forth. John gives us encouragement, as he did with early believers, that we are God’s children and have overcome the false spirit of the world.

John shares the real reason we have the power to overcome. He reminds us that the Spirit living inside of us is far greater than the antichristian spirit permeating this world. When we surrender our life to Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell with us. It is not like the Old Testament when the Holy Spirit would occasionally visit certain people to carry out God’s task. Now He dwells with us to encourage, convict and guide us in the ways of God. We should be so grateful for God’s anointing which sets us apart from the world to accomplish His purposes. Jesus told us that when the Spirit of truth came, He would guide us into all the truth. The truth is Jesus and we get into trouble when we try to define truth by our own ideas and experiences. The spirit of falsehood so rampant in John’s day is the same spirit of falsehood we experience today. False teachers and false prophets are of this world. When they speak, people are gullible and listen very intently to them. It is obvious that the world does not understand the things of God.

We should be so thankful that we are God’s children and belong to Him. The ways and ideas of this world seem odd and strange to us because we do not belong here. We are only here for a short time to carry out the purpose of God for which we were created. We know that this world is filled with falsehood and will not listen to the truth. Yet, that does not mean that we just give up and stop sharing the truth to others. No, it should challenge us to present the message even more because we are filled with compassion for those who are so blinded by the world’s viewpoint.

By the way, Overcomer is a great movie and well worth your time to watch. It does portray the truth even though the critics blast it as much as they can. Isn’t that what the enemy has been doing all along? Hope you have a great week as you continually stand for and proclaim the truth even in this dark world.

                                                                                                                                              We love you,

                                                                                                                                               Brad and Virginia




August 20, 2019, 1:11 PM

August 21, 2019


"And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it'  Luke 14: 27-28
 
     Do people really count the cost of becoming a follower of Christ? It is expensive because it will cost us some things that are important to us. The passage above reminds us that Jesus warned people to count the cost of following Him before making a commitment. Following Jesus is a life-long commitment that doesn't necessarily mean long life, health or wealth. What would happen if it became illegal to live the Christian life in this country? What if we were told that professing a Christian lifestyle would lead to a prison term or worse? What if we were told that we could no longer meet together as a family of believers? Would we desire even more to be known as God's children or would we shrink back so that others may not find out? Hebrews 10:39 says, "But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved".
     One of the key elements missing among Christians today is commitment. We should be in for the long-term regardless of the circumstances. Sometimes we have the inclination to quickly give up before a task is completed. We have the tendency to quit when we become bored, frustrated or hurt. We often quit just on the brink of something spectacular that God is about to do. However, we live in times when we cannot afford to quit if the task is still before us. There should be a sense of urgency among us. The devil will use anything and everything to get us to quit and become unproductive Christians. We know that the cost of Christianity is extremely high, but we also know that we have been given the responsibility to share the message of Jesus with the world even in difficult circumstances.
     One of the commitments we made as a church family a few years ago was to support AWANA in every way possible. Sometimes it is tempting to give up because it may become frustrating or difficult. Please be in prayer about this extremely important ministry and how you can become involved. Even if we become bored, frustrated or hurt, we must persevere because it is such a critical time. Our children need us! We are looking forward with such anticipation to what God is about to do in this new year. We encourage you to get involved as we all commit to seeing our children come to know Christ personally and become His life-long disciple-makers. Please spend time encouraging them to follow through as they see us willing to totally commit ourselves to the full life of Christianity. May you each have a blessed and prosperous week as you live a life of commitment.
                                                                                                                        We love you,
                                                                                                                        Brad and Virginia

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