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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Why I Believe – Cortez C. Robinson

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“Why I Believe”

One day as I was preaching the word,
A question came from the pew that I heard.
I looked around to see who had a need,
A stranger again said “Why do you believe?”
By the question I was kind of taken by surprise,
Its importance I had not quite realized.
Without thought I grabbed the bible at start,
But the Holy Spirit said, “Just speak from the heart.”
So I paused to think for a moment or two,
and allowed the message of God to come through.

Then I walked over to him and began to say…

I believe because it’s all so very clear
That by grace through faith I’m standing here.
It’s written and sealed by the shedding of blood
That all who believe shall share in His love.
I believe because His handiwork is everywhere that I look.
From the largest oceans to the smallest brooks.
At the top of the very highest mountain in the land
To the bottom of the deepest canyon dug by His hand.
I believe because He’s with me in everything that I do.
He’s never let me down, and His judgment’s always true.
He wakes me in the morning and lays me down at night.
When I’ve stumbled into darkness; He’s my guiding light.
I believe in the written word inspired by God Himself.
Because in the written word I find the key to life itself.
You ask me, “Why do I believe?” It’s not just for what I see.
I believe in Jesus Christ because…He first believed in me.

By Cortez C. Robinson

God is Worth Waiting For – George K. Walker

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“God is Worth Waiting For”
By George Kevin Walker

“Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield” Psalm 33:20.

Question: If you are not waiting for the Lord, then who are you waiting for?

According to Psalm 33:9 “For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” God is the creator of all, just by speaking Life came to be. “And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven” Genesis 1:20. So who are you waiting for?

Psalm 33:11 says: “The counsel of the Lord standeth forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.” This tells us that what God says HE will do – HE will do! His word stands forever. David tells us in Psalm 27:14: “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” This is a promise from God that you can stand on and wait for because it will come to pass.

I encourage you to love the Lord with all of you, put Him first and tell somebody about Jesus today. This is waiting on the Lord. If you are not serving God, then you are not waiting for the Lord.

Testimony – George K. Walker

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“Testimony”
By George Kevin Walker

When I recommitted my life to Jesus Christ I accepted HIS forgiveness for my sins. I began attending Church, Bible Study, Victory Bible College, James Group and Celebrate Recovery. I plunged head first into everything Jesus to change my thinking. I should have given my heart so HE could transform it. HE could have shown me how to forgive myself a long time ago. What I have a problem forgiving myself for is selling drugs to a pregnant woman. This woman and I had a plan. When I was on the corner with my friends and she would come to us none of us would sell her anything. Then she and I would meet behind a vacant house and I would sell to her there. For years, I struggled with believing God’s word over my feelings of not being worthy of God’s Love. Then recently at Bible Study Brother Lippett asked the question: Do you sometimes feel unworthy of God’s Love?

There were a lot of good answers but one man said go to Hebrews 8:12 which says: “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Hearing this scripture and my brothers’ talk about their struggles with feeling unworthy strengthened me. From now on, I believe the Word over everything. Feelings are over-rated; just ask Jesus how HE felt on the cross. Even in pain HE still did the Father’s will while HE was on the cross. Father, your word says I am forgiven and I believe it and I know I am worthy of your love – Thank you!

The Wrath of God – George K. Walker

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“The Wrath of God”
By George Kevin Walker

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Thessalonians 5:9.

In First Thessalonians Paul wrote this letter to the Church at Thessalonica to encourage them in the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The scripture tells us that God hath not appointed us to wrath. We are on this earth to do the will of God. God offers salvation to everyone who will accept Jesus as their savior. God tells in Ezekiel 33:11, “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have not pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” If God – our Father – takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked and wants them to live then as His child, what does He want for us?

Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts or peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” So feeling the wrath of God is not for those who believe and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives. Our Father gives us life and life more abundantly in Him!

A Message for Our Time – Terri N. Reese-Green

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“A Message for Our Time”
By Terri N. Reese-Green

Praise the Lord. Today’s sermon is called “A Message for Our Time.” Today people are running around worrying about what others are doing like who they will marry. The book of Jesus Christ is open to all to read and understand. We need to understand that Satan has his followers and Jesus has His followers. What should we do about this? Follow Jesus if this is what he told you to do. The word of God plainly says in Revelation 22:11, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still.” Why because Jesus is coming quickly and he said his reward is with him who gives to every man according to his work. So I tell you today – get your house in order and Jesus will take care of the rest. This just may be their calling to follow Satan or to follow Jesus. What did Jesus tell you to do? They can only come to Jesus if He draws them not you?

God bless you and yours,

Terri

I Was Wrong – Hunter Tokar

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“I Was Wrong”

“I was wrong.” Those are tough words to say, but take it from me the more opportunity you get to say them the easier it gets. I recently uttered those words in reference to an area of important but non-foundational doctrine that I was sure I was 100% right on. For almost 10 years I stood solid and was able to present scripture to prove my point. And anyone who thought differently, through a different interpretation, was obviously confused and God would eventually reveal their foolishness to them. Over the last several months God has made it clear that I was wrong.

I was so concerned about my new found belief that I wasn’t looking forward to sharing it with my wife. Why? Well, a couple of reasons. #1 I didn’t want to admit I had been wrong. #2 She shared the exact same view I originally did and was as steadfast in that belief as I had been. However, on a visit God presented the opportunity and I brought it up and she just looked at me, eyes wide open. I thought, “O Boy, here we go, in her mind she just lumped me in with the crazies.” But, to my amazement she told me that recently God had been using different resources and scripture to reveal the exact same thing to her. Unbeknownst to each of us God had been doing the exact same work in both of us at the same time but separately. So when we came together at that moment and started to share what we’d been learning, it matched perfectly. Now you can try to convince me that that wasn’t all orchestrated by God, but you will not succeed. It was one of the biggest moments of my Christian life. I know that He did it that way because we both had such a STRONG belief in the area and we were in agreement.

Now I know by now your like, “What is it, what is the area?” Well, I’m not going to tell you. Why? Because that’s not the purpose of this article. After all Paul didn’t tell us what his thorn was and that’s worked out pretty well. The purpose of this article is not to convince you of what I believe, but to encourage you not to be so blinded by what you’ve always been taught that you miss what God is trying to reveal to you.

My wife and I now realize that the belief we previously shared was holding us back from enjoying and receiving all that God has to offer us.

Be ready to say, “I was wrong” and don’t get so stuck that even God can’t reveal truth to you.

He lives, I serve,
Hunter Tokar

Temptation – Lonnie Junior Jones

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“Temptation”

It is important that we are aware of the schemes of the enemy and the ways in which he operates. These are the 3 areas that he uses to entice us to sin against our Heavenly Father: 1) Lust of the flesh – The devil will use this area of temptation to cause us to do exactly what Eve did. He will tempt you to fulfill your evil sensual desires. Read and study 2 Tim. 2:22 2) Lust of the eyes – The eyes are the gates to our soul. What we see can influence our choices through covetousness just as Adam and Eve chose to do. We must avoid this as it will carry us away from the peace of God and His presence. We should choose the plan of God that is stated in Col. 3:1-10. These verses properly applied will produce godly results when applied in faith. 3) The Pride of Life – The desire to be known and to have a position of power can become the most important thing in our life. Humble servants of Christ should seek contentment and peace in their lives. Read and study Phil. 4:11-13 and 1 Tim. 6:6-8 for a better understanding. Remember these are the same temptations that the devil used in the Garden of Eden on Adam and Eve, and on Jesus in the wilderness. He still operates in the same way and will challenge us daily in these areas. Be prepared just as Jesus was by knowing scripture and behaving scripturally. May

God Bless You,
Lonnie Junior Jones

Praising While You Wait – Joey Cruz

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“Praising While You Wait”

Psalm 40:1,3 – “I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me, and heard my cry…He put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God.”

Do you often find it hard to praise God while going through a real hard time? What about those times where God came through right on time? Did you praise Him without skipping a beat? It is in those times when we find ourselves waiting for God to answer that we should be praising Him as well. God has promised to never give up on us, so why feel like giving up just because things are not going our way? Just as He’s come through many times before, why would you think He wouldn’t this time? They say patience is a virtue, and indeed it is, building godly patience will help us to endure all kinds of trial and tribulations. Staying faithful to the Lord will always keep our feet on solid ground while we wait out the storms. And because God loves us, we can rest assured that He hears our every cry. So give God praise as you wait to hear from Him, you’ll be glad you did.

Pray the Word:

Psalm 72:15 – “Lord, daily I sing praises to You because of Your goodness, Your grace, and Your mercy.”
Lamentations 3:26 – “Your Word says that it is good that I hope and wait quiet for You.”
Psalm 40:1,3 – “Many times I have cried out to You and You have heard my cry – when I needed You most, You were there and because I have been rescued from the depths, my soul does not cease to be filled with praises to You.”
Psalm 27:14 – “I am strengthened while I wait patiently on You. Thank You for giving me the courage to be able to tarry on while I wait.”

I will serve You while I’m waiting. I will worship You while I’m waiting. I will love You while I’m waiting…Amen.

Joey Cruz

An Everlasting Love – Terri N. Reese-Green

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“An Everlasting Love”
By Terri N. Reese-Green

Today’s sermon will be called “An Everlasting Love.” For many years I have ran after many people who told me that they loved me. Many different men in my life time, I ran after them hoping they would never leave me, but where are they? I was also married eight years to a man I lived with for ten years, who became my husband. But he died. And there were others also. But here I was running after these men, and Jesus was always there saying, “I will never leave nor forsake you.” And I didn’t even think to run after Him. The word of God taught me in Jeremiah 31:3 that the Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, yea, I have loved you with an everlasting love; and with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.” In other words, the more He loves me the better chance I have to be drawn to Him. The more I mess up He still loves me. He loves me so much that He died for me. I wish I could say that about all those men I ran after.

God bless you all,
Terri

Oh Lord (Part 6b) – Harold Lee Wilson II

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Oh, Lord

(Part 6b)

Hello Harold,

Another interesting letter today, I see. You sure do like to hit some pretty heavy topics, don’t you? But, then you’ve always been a curious sort of person, haven’t you?

If I was to try to answer your first question, this letter would be very long and probably rather boring. Instead, I’ll say this: there is a grave need for positive change in today’s world. While I would highly recommend you take all you see and hear on the news with a grain of salt (many of the stories have skewed views), I also have to admit it is heartbreaking some of the things they report. Satan’s grip on humanity really seems to have become much tighter, hasn’t it? Murder, rape, lies, theft…it’s almost as if these have become the new societal norms.

While you may think that you are limited in how you can affect the world, I just have to bring to memory a few people: Moses, Paul, Jesus…see my point?

Working on yourself to better yourself is definitely one way to make a change. Depression is a struggle for many people. Some people take the weight of the world on their shoulders and end up feeling down because they can’t change “enough” of the world’s woes. Others, like yourself, become easily affected by what others say and think. Still others have a very difficult time accepting and moving on from any kind of failure or defeat in their lives.

The Adversary is crafty, son. Like me, he watches constantly. But, where I see a flaw or weakness and strive to change it for the better, Satan sees the same flaw or weakness and uses it to convince you to stumble or fall. I know it’s hard to fight him. Temptation is hard to fight. As soon as you think you’ve overcome, here comes another something that can easily trigger you. The devil is not going to give up simply because you thwarted one of his plans. (This doesn’t make you weak. It makes you human!)

The good news is that you will never have to fight these battles alone. In addition to me always having a watchful eye on you, I have (and will continue to) place people in your path to help you along the way. While it may feel otherwise at times, you will never actually be alone. Just think of all the people who have already stepped up to give you a hand. It is with this unity – this extreme outpouring of love in the community – that you will learn to defeat the devil. (He hates so much that he can’t be present where there is an abundance of love!)

Everyone feels like giving up or shutting down at times. This doesn’t make you less of a person; it actually makes you a person in the first place. It is what you do when you have these feelings that determine who you are. You can’t let mean people win. Show you are stronger than they are by shaking off the negativity they throw at you. Then, go back and help them to do the same. That is true strength.

Oh, and you are exactly who you are supposed to be – a loved, cared for and watched over child of mine!

With Love and Peace,

God