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April 23, 2019, 3:17 PM

April 24, 2019


“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3

How well are we teaching others? We often speak with others as though they know everything we are saying. Are we aware of the many times that people struggle to understand us? Do we assume people know what we are saying to them because they were brought up in church? It has become amazing to me at how little we have actually taught over the years. The message has been presented but there has been such a lack of comprehension. Often, we must teach from the perspective that people have very little understanding about what we are trying to share with them.

As Christians, we often take for granted that those who worship with us completely understand all that we do. Many of us grew up in church, accepted Christ at an early age and know Him in an ever-growing fellowship. However, there may be those who worship with us who have no idea of the true message of the cross. They hear, and even know certain terms, but really do not understand the message. Have you ever thought about our time of invitation? We know what that is yet there are some who may not really understand what we do during that time.

As we strive to reach out to others, let us be aware that they may not understand anything related to the church. We live in a culture radically different from 50-60 years ago. Then, most people, in the United States at least, had some understanding of worship. There are many in our nation today who have never been to church, never opened a Bible and never attended a worship service. We even have many who have grown up in church and do not know basic Biblical teaching. We cannot assume that people know what a worship service is all about, what we do in Sunday School or what we do in other small groups. That is a real struggle for those of us who have always been in church. As we minister to others this week, let us be mindful that they may not know anything we are talking about. Let us teach in such a way that they can truly comprehend the message.

 

                                        We love you,

                                        Brad and Virginia




April 16, 2019, 11:59 AM

April 17, 2019


“Jesus said, `Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up His clothes by casting lots.” Luke 23:34

God demonstrated His love for us at the cross. Easter is all about the completion of God’s perfect plan. It is very easy to say you love someone, but the message is really revealed when you show them that love. The passage above helps us understand the magnitude of ’s love for us. Even in the midst of crucifixion, Jesus shared the indescribable love of . Aren’t you thankful today that God, in His love and mercy, is willing to forgive us and restore us to a relationship with Him? If He was willing to forgive at the cross, what does that say to us about forgiveness? Many carry an unnecessary burden every day because of an unwillingness to forgive.

We have come to the point in our culture of taking Easter far too lightly. Do we realize the love displayed by Jesus coming to earth to be the perfect sacrifice? Do we realize the impact of what Jesus did on the cross? Though perfect, Jesus became the worst sinner of all time. He became the adulterer, the liar, the thief, the drunkard, the racist, the self-righteous, the cheater and the fraud just to name a few. The world system does everything possible to take our eyes and thoughts away from the reality of Easter. Do we understand the magnitude of the empty tomb? When Jesus arose the third day, He conquered Satan, death, sin and the grave. The good news for us is that when Jesus is our Savior, we are more than conquerors too!

Jesus is the only One who could fulfill the righteous demands of a holy God. Jesus willingly chose to go to the cross to be God’s ultimate sacrifice for mankind. Remember, Jesus chose to endure the torture, mockery, cruelty, and betrayal so that we could have the way to the Father. It was not forced upon Him. He did it all in obedience to God.

This is a wonderful time of the year. It is a great time to spend with family and friends; however, please do not let anything interfere with the reason we celebrate Easter. Jesus fulfilled all the requirements of a holy and righteous God meaning that by His blood we have been set free from God’s wrath. We must choose Him! Do you know Him? Can you say that you have been with Jesus? Have a wonderful and blessed week as you focus on the reality of Easter and give thanks to God for His indescribable gift.

                                                                                                                                      Happy Easter!

                                                                                                                                      Brad and Virginia

 




April 8, 2019, 12:15 PM

April 10, 2019


“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 for 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 the Easter season far too lightly. On the other hand, we sometimes look at Easter and Christmas as the only times we can be close to Jesus. However, do we stop to realize the enormous price paid so that we can live in daily fellowship with God? Do we realize the magnitude of what Jesus did on the cross? Do we understand the love God demonstrated for us in seeing His Son die upon the cross? Do we recognize the power of God in the resurrection? 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 cross and the empty tomb. 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 can live in daily fellowship with Him and look forward to 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 safe with Him. Have a wonderful and blessed week as we give thanks to God for His love, mercy and grace!

                                                                                                                    We love you,

                                                                                                                    Brad and Virginia




April 2, 2019, 10:43 AM

April 3, 2019


"Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:8
 
This week's devotion comes from Kim Biasotto. It is a very timely devotion in view of recent events in our church service.
 
     "Paramedics, firefighters, police officers. These are the people who run toward tragedy, while the rest of us hightail it the other way.
     They are known as "first responders" because they are the first to come when catastrophe strikes. They put their lives on the line
     in order to save, retrieve, and rescue others. They offer medication, safe transport, protection, and help to all who call.
 
     "In today's verse we are told that we do not need to be afraid, because God is with us and will rescue us. The verse does not say,
     God will prevent anything bad from happening to us. It does not say, we will never get sick, or hurt, or be in danger. It does promise,
     however, that when we need rescuing, He will be there. He is the ultimate first responder. He is ready to offer whatever is needed
     to all who call of Him: To the hurtHe offers hope; To the sickhealing; to the lonely comfort; and to the terrified peace.
 
     "When you are in need, call to the one who always hears, always cares, and always responds. He will be with you and He will
      rescue you."
 
We want to say thank-you to some other first responders too; our nurses. In the situation that occurred during worship this Sunday, our nurses quickly jumped to action. It was truly a blessing of the Lord that we had four nurses among us. They handled the situation in such a professional and calm manner. There were also many others that shared assistance as well and we are grateful to all of you. We also say thanks to the Lanett police and EMS for their prompt and much appreciated assistance. We are thankful that everything worked out so well. God truly is blessing us at Plant City, and we see it in all kinds of ways. He truly is the ultimate first responder!
 
                                                                                                                                                                         We love you,
                                                                                                                                                                         Brad and Virginia



March 26, 2019, 9:00 AM

March 27, 2019


"No one is like you, O Lord; you are great and your name is mighty in power. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you." Jeremiah 10:6-7
 
What would it be like to live in a world where everyone knew and acknowledged God? What would it be like in a place where God's authority is realized and respected? Sadly, we live where the ?wise men? of the world believe they are ultimately in control and desire to push aside all understanding of God. Yet, what a difference we experience when we accept God's invitation to share a love relationship with Him. Our life takes on a whole different meaning!
 
In order to understand that there is "no one like God", we must know Him in a personal way. It seems that, in our society, we are becoming less and less dependent on God and are "learning" to live according to our own standards. This comes at the expense of hearing from God and allowing Him to guide us. What do we understand about God's sovereignty? We are living in a time when God's name may be acknowledged among men but there is really no power associated with Him. Is there much difference among Christians today? Do we really trust God in all things or is that just another thoughtless statement? In many ways, we have become like the church at Laodicea. The Laodicean church had plenty of wealth but no real relationship with God. They did not realize how wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked they had become. They were living according to their own standards and would suffer the consequences for it.
 
We must be careful to both acknowledge God and recognize His authority. As Christians, we are the ones to be sharing the news of Jesus and showing others how to live according to God's standards. We have enjoyed our comfortable lifestyle apart from God and are now paying the price. The line has now been drawn. We must recognize God's authority and live as though there is no one like Him, or we continue a downward spiral as we trust our own ways. Scripture reminds us vividly that as Christians we have been bought by the blood of Jesus. Let us always live that way as we recognize God's sovereignty and understand that "there is no one like God". We pray you are having a very blessed week as you live knowing there is no one like Him!
                                                                                                              
                                                                                                     We love you,
                                                                                                     Brad and Virginia

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