|Posted by Pastor on January 15, 2016 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
This morning as I was reading 2 Chronicles 33, I started considering the life of Manasseh, a king of Judah. He "did evil in the sight of the Lord" for the majority of his 55 year reign. The sad part about that was when you look at his father Hezekiah, he was a king who "did right in the sight of the Lord." How in the world could a son watch his father serve the Lord faithfully and then undo all of the great strides Hezekiah had accomplished in Judah?
The answer lies in the fact that while we can be great servants of the Lord as we live and try and point people to the Savior, each person is responsible for how he or she responds to the Lord Jesus Christ. Hezekiah couldn't force his son to love the Lord, and we can't force someone to do that either. What we can do is live a passionate life of service for Christ, who loved us all the way to the cross and the grave. His resurrection gives us hope for eternal life, and maybe someone will watch our testimony and learn about the peace and love of God, which is available to all who will call upon His name!
|Posted by Pastor on July 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
As I have been studying 2 Corinthians 5, I have been struck this week how God allows us to minister in so many different ways. God has our heavenly body (our building) prepared for us as Christians, but until that time comes, we serve Jesus in order to bring Him glory and make our earthly tent as Christ-like as we can. I have witnessed God working in a mighty way through individuals who are striving to draw closer to Him, and He in turn is opening up ministry opportunities through jobs and families. I have seen people get serious about Bible study, and I get excited about how it is changing their lives. I have watched loved ones deal with the death of a family member, and the peace of God totally take over in the situation. In all of these things, Christians are working on their building to make it a vessel that God can use for His honor and glory.
|Posted by Pastor on July 8, 2015 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
I spent some time this afternoon with the family of Lavon Wade, who is getting ready to meet the Lord. He is at Shepherd's Cove, and while talking to his wife Donna Beth and his family, I again saw how God gives His children perfect peace as one of His faithful followers gets ready to enter the glories of heaven. Psalm 116:15 says, "Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints." That verse reminds us that God is deeply concerned about each one of His children, and He will welcome them home for their heavenly rewards in His perfect timing. I praise the Lord that Lavon Wade is a faithful follower of Jesus, and he will soon be worshipping at the feet of Jesus. That thought alone has given his family peace in the midst of their grief, and it has been the same for countless families who know Christ as Savior and Lord.
|Posted by Pastor on July 6, 2015 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
As I reflect on the July 5th services at Liberty Baptist Church, I cannot help but rejoice in Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord. Any time God's people gather together to worship is a wonderful time, but there was something about our services yesterday that filled my heart with awe and wonder at the grace and love of my Heavenly Father. Hebrews 10:25 reminds us to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but instead we are to come together to worship the Lord and encourage each other. I was encouraged by the fellowship of the assembly, by the one who came to join our fellowship, and by the remembrance of Christ's sacrifice on Calvary as we observed the Lord's Supper. Worship is sweet when all hearts bond together to bring Christ honor and glory!
Psalm 117 says, "Praise the Lord, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples! For His lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord is everlasting. Praise the Lord! May your week be filled with joy and praise as you spend time in worship this week!