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  • The Eagle

    The Bible makes reference to the Eagle in thirteen books. Many of these refer to the ability of the Eagle to fly high and rule a great domain not being bound or chained by any earthly means.

    There is a story told about a mountain town where a great Eagle had been captured and put on display in a store window. It had been held in captivity for some months and had become indifferent to its condition. It had been fastened by a chain on one leg and a ring on the floor. The story goes that a mountaineer came to the town and saw the Eagle and approached the owner about buying him. They agreed on a price and the mountaineer took the great Eagle to the highest place he could find in the town. There he took the chain off and stepped back in hopes that the Eagle would fly away. Much to his surprise the great bird just sat there. He did not realize that he was free and could once again fly high into the sky as he once did. He had been bound for so long that he didn’t care about flying and doing what Eagles do.

    The crowd that had gathered and the mountaineer stood motionless and disappointed. The great Eagle made no attempt to fly away. But all of a sudden the great bird looked up into the sun and apparently realized he was free, raised his head, stretched out his wings, pushed off the perch with his strong legs and flew high into the sky. The crowd cheered as he flew higher and higher into the sun; free from the chains that had bound him.

    The mountaineer told the crowd, “I used to see that bird high up in the mountains while I tended my sheep. When I saw him chained down in that store window I just could not stand it. It belongs up in the high mountains doing what God intended for Great Eagles to do.”

    So it is with men that are held by the chains of sin and the Devil. They become cold and complacent to the condition of their lives and soon forget that they were set free to serve the Lord that had saved them. The gospel of John 8:36 tell us –

    “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed”

  • Thank you Lord for America

    It does appear that there are many today that want what America has to offer, freedom and prosperity, but without thanksgiving. The following was written by Bro. Harry Todd, the father of a dear friend of ours, Bro. Larry Todd.

    Thank you Lord for America

    And for those who fought to keep her free

    And for those who gave their life

    So we could enjoy this liberty.

    Thank you Lord for your grace

    And for your protecting hand

    To spare us the horrors of war

    That’s in our neighboring land.

    Thank you Lord for your word

    That you’ve blessed us with today

    And for those faithful pastors

    That still preach the old-time way.

    Help me never to take for granted

    The blessings that come my way

    But to thank you Lord for America

    And your blessings to me each day.

    I’m proud to be an American

    A land I love so dear

    Thank you dear heavenly Father

    For allowing me to be born here.

    Thank God for those few who still believe the Word of God and are willing to stand up and say so. We still have some religious liberties left in this country and thank God for them; but if we, God’s people, do not begin once again to love and appreciate what God has done for us in America we are going to lose our God-given rights to worship and live as free people.

    We need to remind ourselves often of the great blessings we have in being able to gather in the house of God and sit under the preaching and teaching of God’s Word and worship Him.

    God help us to ever be grateful for His rich and good blessings.

  • Five Needs in the Christian Life

    The psychologists and the teachers of the world tell us that we must have five things in order to be normal human beings. They are security, recognition, love, adventure and purpose.

    As I looked at each of these needs I thought these are all things that God provides for the Christian in salvation. I am sure the psychologists mean security in the human sense and recognition to support self esteem, love of another human, adventure to make life exciting and purpose for fulfillment of the human experiment. This is far from what God provides in the salvation of our souls.

    What God gives to us is eternal not just for the human life span.

    Security - “And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish.” John 10:28

    Recognition – “As many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.” John 1:12

    Love – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.” John 3:16

    Adventure – “He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus come forth. And he that was dead came forth.” John 11: 43-44

    Purpose – “I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3

    The great difference between what man can do and what God can do is that man’s provision is but for a season; God’s is for all eternity. What man promises can and will fail. God has not, cannot, and will not fail in the promises He has made to the believer.

    Thank God for His promise of security, recognition, love, adventure and purpose for each of us who will receive Him. I think I would rather trust God and His word and promise rather than the psychology of the world.

  • Wilt thou not revive us again

    Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Psalms 85:6

    Psalm 85 is a prayer for revival, but also a testimony of our dependence on a Holy God. If anything eternal or spiritual is ever done it is because God has done it. He may use human hands but the underlying motivation is from God. So the question is raised, “Wilt thou {God} not revive us again?” Will we, in our lifetime, see a national revival in our country? Will we see our churches turn to God and truth again? In light of the things we see happening in our churches and our nation is it possible for God to bring revival?

    There are many who say we have no hope, our nation is gone, our churches have no power and we have little to no influence with God. I must admit I agree, but I also know that this is not the first time this kind of thing has happened in our churches and our nation. The answer then is the answer now; our churches and our nation turning to God openly and collectively. That means all of us who are called Christian must admit that we need an outpouring of the Spirit of God on us and a turning to God. This is our only help and hope.

    When we have leadership in our churches preaching and teaching that we are sinners and must repent and that we as the Christian community have forsaken the true and living God for the gods of material and immorality, then we will be able to cry out “wilt thou not revive us again?

    When the churches {saved people} begin to get right with God and repent, then we will see our nation begin to get right with God. They in high government places will have no choice because there will be a great move of God that they cannot resist.

    What’s happening in America is the failure of God’s people to be obedient to God and the Bible. God has no choice but to bring judgement on us for our sin. We cannot cry out to God for revival because we have not cried out to God for repentance.

  • The God of Hope

    “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost”

    Romans 15:13

    The great hope of the believer is to be like Christ and to enjoy God in Christ forever. We, our family, sat under a pastor who instilled in all of us that we are not to endure God but enjoy Him. There are many Christians that have not learned this lesson yet and their lives in Christ are not complete. They do not understand that, “he who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” (I John 3:3)

    We strive for a clean mind and clean heart and life so that we may be drawn closer to Him and as we do, the Holy Ghost arouses our desires to be more like Him, so we grow our hope.

    The God of hope will fill you with Joy and Peace; Joy in your relationship with Him and Peace that passeth understanding. Meaning that no matter the circumstance we have put our trust and hope in Him and in so doing we are at peace.

    What a glorious thing to know that He is in control and that all of the demons of hell cannot touch you. They cannot because He brings joy, assurance, boldness, confidence, expectation, and glorying for the believer. With all of the proven promises of God given to us I find great difficulty with those who have not learned to enjoy God and His blessings in life.

    We have at our disposal the great power of prayer and the promise of action on God’s part. (Jeremiah 33:3) We have the promise of the desires of our heart if we will pray believing that our petition will bring glory to God and blessing to us. (Mark 11:24)

    He also told us that we may “abound” in hope. This means we can have an abundance of hope and joy in what God is doing in our lives. That means we can enjoy Him because He is always doing something for us and not to us.

    - Bro. Forde

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