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  • Mother’s Day

    This day is set aside to honor the person that God chose to birth you into the world or the person that was chosen to guide you in this life. You did not choose your mother; God made that choice for you. Since God does all things well and perfectly, your mother was the right choice for you. She was or is the person God wanted or wants for your mother because she is the person that God has chosen to bring the will of God for you to pass in your life. Your mother may have been or is the best mother she could be or she may not be the best, but she is or was God’s choice for your mother.

    In Matthew 20:20-28 the mother of Zebedee’s children, James and John, came to the Lord worshipping and desiring certain things of Him. She did not ask for health or wealth for her children but that her children might be honored to sit with the Saviour. What she wanted for them was the very best that God had to offer; to be with Jesus in His kingdom in a place of service. This is not selfishness; it is heartfelt desire for her children to have the very best that God has to offer. What better could they get than to serve the Lord and experience the life of the Lord Jesus Christ in their lives?

    We often make the mistake of judging spiritual blessings by the rule stick of the world; how well off financially or how well educated or sophisticated are our children. These are not bad things but they are not the best things that God has to offer.

    When our children get the best God has to offer they get to make a sacrifice for the cause of Christ; they get to serve Him all the days of their life. They get to drink the cup that he drank. They get to enjoy the knowledge of living by faith and trusting Him for all the things they need in this life. They get the privilege of learning and earning a personal relationship with the Lord. They get past the physical and material and understand that there is a spiritual that is far more important.

    I want God’s best for my children and that is a life well lived for the cause of Christ Jesus. I want them to know God, believe God and trust God. James and John’s mother wanted the best God had to offer for her children. What do you want for yours?

    - Sister Peggy Forde

  • That I May Know Him

    That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; Philippians 3:10

    It should be the desire of every Christian to know Jesus better today than we did yesterday. It is possible for us to know Him better. It is even predestined according to Romans 8:29. It is possible for us to know the power of His resurrection, the fellowship of His suffering and to be made conformable to His death. There is nothing promised in God’s word for believers that cannot become a reality in our lives. God has given us some wonderful things that lead us to know Him.

    He has given us the Bible. He did not say “many” Bibles but “My Word.” Psalms 138:2 says, “for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” Philippians 2:9 says, “and given Him a name which is above every name.” His name is above every name and His word is above His name. God has given us His precious Word that we may know Him.

    He has given us His Church. Matthew 16:18 says, “Upon this rock I will build “MY” church. Worship is our first obligation. We forsake not the assembling together at church for the purpose of worship. What we know as church and worship today is a far cry from what God intended church and worship to be in our lives. For saved people going to the house of God for the purpose of worship should be one of the most important things that we do.

    He has given us the gospel. The gospel according to I Corinthians 15:1-4 is the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The great commission for the Christian is to spread that gospel to a lost and dying world. By receiving the gospel men received the salvation that God has provided through His Son. God has given us the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 1:21 says, “for He shall save His people from their sins.”

    Every provision has been made for us to know Him personally and in saving grace and for us to live in Him a life that would bring blessing to us and honor to Him.

  • Come Unto Me

    Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

    This is a new message from the Lord Jesus Christ. He has been rejected by the nation Israel so He turns to those who are conscious of their need.

    Our nation has been laboring and heavy laden for many years now. We have been laboring under the pretense that material and physical need being supplied will solve our spiritual problems. As a result we have become heavy laden with the idea that we do not need anything from God or His Bible.

    The problems in our nation today as well as our churches have come from our neglect of God and His Bible. The problem in our nation is not political, it is SPIRITUAL. There has been a rejection of Bible principles not only by our government but by the church as well. Jesus gave the answer to all of the problems of our nation and our churches in three words, “COME UNTO ME.” Jesus is the answer. He has always been the answer and will continue to be the answer.

    For the lost man, “come unto Jesus”; for the saved man, “come unto Jesus.” We seek rest (peace) and relief from the labor and the heavy load. It will never be found in the mind of man without Christ Jesus.

    Our nation and our churches need repentance. We need a great turning from sin and wickedness to a loving and caring God. This will not happen until we come to Jesus seeking rest from our labor of trying to solve our own problems and the heavy laden of the frustration of failure. Rest, peace and spiritual victory are found in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, nowhere else.

  • Last Days

    That there shall come in the last days scoffers

    II Peter 3:3

    There have been several news items recently about the validity of the Bible account of creation, of Jesus Himself, does God exist, is there really a supreme being? There have been some articles saying Jesus was a Marxist, the rapture will not happen, Christians are insensitive to women’s rights {abortion} and to homosexuals.

    All of these things are to be expected because they are precursors of the coming of the Lord in the rapture of the Church. Peter is telling us that these false teachers and preachers will come on the scene in the last days. This kind of thing, as well as many coming forward as announcing themselves to be Christ Jesus, is not new. However, it does seem that in the recent news there have been more of these accounts than usual.

    There is no doubt that we are living in the last days. There are those who have predicted that Jesus will come before 2016…..and this could happen, but do not lose sight of the fact that Jesus could come today.

    When these scoffers make the news there are many who comment concerning their accusations. No doubt many of these are good Christian people who just want to set the record straight. They just want them to know that they believe the Bible and know in their hearts that there is a God and His Son is Jesus Christ the Lord. This is commendable but futile. For the most part, these writers are just trying to get their names in the paper or on the news. What they say or do does not affect the coming of the Lord one bit. Peter told us these things were going to happen and he also told us how to react.

    “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” II Peter 3:17-18

    Don’t let these scoffers bother you. Look for the coming of the Lord and give more time to your Bible, learning of Him who is about to appear in the clouds.

  • My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me?

    “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” was the cry of my Saviour from Calvary.

    As He paid the debt I owed and gave His life for me, He cried, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

    The cry was to the Father because of sins that I have done and He must forsake Him, His only begotten son.

    And He cried, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”, the Son must pay the sin debt, no other could it be, so He willingly went to Calvary and gave His life, you see, that sinners like us could go free.

    The Son of God did say it and great would be the cry, because He was forsaken for you and for I.

    We have never been forsaken, we have never been pushed aside, because Jesus went to Calvary and cried, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me and left me to die on this old rugged tree.” Then the father does answer, “Tis for sinners you must bleed and be forsaken of Me.”

    It was for sinners that He died and took the spear in His side, separated from the Father and made the faithful cry, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” It was for sinners such as we. It was for sinners such as we. -Bro. Forde

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