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Meditation from Psalm 37

Psalms 37:16 A little that a righteous man hath [is] better than the riches of many wicked. Psalms 37:18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. Psalms 37:21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth. Psalms 37:22 For [such as be] blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and [they that be] cursed of him shall be cut off. Psalms 37:23-25 The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth [him with] his hand. 25 I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. Psalms 37:37 Mark the perfect [man], and behold the upright: for the end of [that] man [is] peace. Psalms 37:39-40 39 But the salvation of the righteous [is] of the [...]

2020-10-15T15:53:14-04:00October 15th, 2020|Articles|

Lion-Hearted Courage

Courage is contagious; it begets courage. Cowardice is equally contagious; it begets cowardice. Caleb’s testimony in Joshua 14:8 speaks of this. Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God. The cowardly testimony of the 10 spies melted the heart of the people. Caleb however along with Joshua maintained a tenacious trust which resulted in strength of heart-courage. If we trust God and His word we will have strength of heart. If we live in unbelief and listen to the culture or the crowd our heart will melt. Hushai gave counsel to Absalom about not pursuing after King David. He spoke of men who were valiant and had hearts of lions (II Samuel 17:10). We need men who will have hearts of lions in these days. We need men who are valiant for truth (Jeremiah 9:3). We need men who will not let their heart melt at the slightest noise [...]

2020-07-31T09:54:09-04:00July 31st, 2020|Articles|

A Dozen Descriptions Every Son Wishes He Could Say About His Mother

(Thoughts from the testimony of Pastor Smith’s 89 yr. old mother)   SHE KNOWS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RELIGION & RELATIONSHIP – SHE WAS IN HER PLACE AT HOME & TO HER HUSBAND –   SHE WAS NOT CONFUSED ABOUT GENDER DISTINCTIONS –   SHE LOVED & TAUGHT THE BIBLE TO HER CHILDREN & OTHERS –   HER CHILDREN WERE HER CAREER –   SERVING CHRIST IN THE LOCAL CHURCH WAS BOTH A PRIORITY & A PASSION –   SHE WAS CONTENT WITH LITTLE BUT CREATIVE IN MAKING IT GO A LONG WAY –   SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL BUT NOT SENSOUS, ATTRACTIVE BUT NOT SUGGESTIVE –   SHE STRENGTHENED & SUPPORTED MY FATHER IN HIS CONVICTIONS & TESTIMONY –   SHE SHOWED LOVE TO GOD, FAMILY & OTHERS BY OFFERING OUR HOME AS A REFUGE OF HOPE –   ADD TO THIS THE FOUR INDISPENSIBLES THAT ONLY MOTHERS GIVE BEST --Compassion (wounds, failures), Cleanliness, (home, bed, hearts), Order/Harmony  (file and place for all), Comfort (sick, tired, [...]

2020-05-11T10:41:04-04:00May 11th, 2020|Articles|

Saviour or Self Esteem

1 Corinthians 15:9-10 9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which [was bestowed] upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. In our minds the Apostle Paul would be considered one of the greatest apostles. A man who had such a dramatic conversion to Christ, who wrote over 13 NT epistles, who served the Lord so faithfully. Yet in Paul’s mind we see his thoughts about himself. He had a proper understanding of the grace of God. He knew the grace of the Lord to be exceeding abundant. Grace: God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. Grace gives us a proper view of ourselves, our sin, others, and especially our mighty and merciful God. Paul believed [...]

2020-05-08T20:04:17-04:00May 8th, 2020|Articles|

That Rock

1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. Think upon the wonderful privileges which these Old Testament saints did partake. They ate spiritual meat and drink. Let us notice the source of that drink. They drank from the Rock. This was not a dead rock that lay in one place. This Rock was Christ. Jesus Christ is the living stone. 1 Peter 2:4 To whom coming, [as unto] a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, [and] precious, This Rock not only provided for their need but He also was present with the people. Who has heard such a thing, a rock following? This Rock, clearly identified, Jesus Christ, followed His people. That Rock provides Salvation. He is the provided, precious stone from God the Father. Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a [...]

2020-05-08T15:02:07-04:00May 8th, 2020|Articles|

CORONAVIRUS ANXIETY

CORONAVIRUS ANXIETY Pastor Jonathan Stockton Because of the Coronavirus, we've been seeing a lot of strange circumstances. We're not used to it at all. We know of many in the culture who are experiencing "anxiety". This is not surprising; lives have been turned upside down and death and loss is more on the mind than normal, in some cases in front of our eyes. But even before the virus, anxiety has been a growing problem for the culture. So, what about Christians? Is anxiety sin? Is it sin to "have anxiety?" Certainly we have times of need, times of distress, sadness, weakness, frailty, or times of fearful obstacles coming into our lives. But is it sinful? Why, the Psalms are full of professions of great anxiety! And does not the Lord say that He knows and understands our anxieties? Some are afraid because of the government overreach that is evident just under the surface. They see American rights eroding away and it causes anxiety. [...]

2020-04-02T15:38:40-04:00April 2nd, 2020|Articles|

Divine Help

Psalm 121:1 <A Song of degrees.> I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. God is the source of help for the believer. In any difficulty, trial, affliction, or trouble, God is the one to whom we must look. Psalm 121, in this beautiful song, presents this God of help. David had a proper perspective in his difficulties. He would lift up his eye, far away from his problems. He would look up to the hills and even higher to the Lord. When we are in the valley of trouble and turmoil, we must make the same choice. We must choose to lift our eyes up to the Lord. Sadly many keep their focus within the vale of their present trouble. They seek to find help from man, or to work their way out of their own difficulty. When strength fails, and the limited resources of man’s [...]

2020-03-31T16:21:04-04:00March 31st, 2020|Articles|

Let not Your Heart be Troubled

John 14:1-6 Hearts today in this world are troubled. People don’t have certainty about their future, their finances, their families, even their physical fitness. The Lord Jesus does not want our hearts to be troubled. He has just finished telling His disciples that He will be leaving them. This is cause for much uncertainty for the future. Hearts began to be troubled as thoughts passively arose and took control of the minds of these disciples. The Lord loves His disciples and does not desire that their hearts be carried about by the storm of what might be. The cure for troubled hearts is to not dwell on what might or may be but rather what is spiritual reality. The Lord Jesus gives this imperative along with some helps to troubled hearts. Rest-1: Imperative to stop letting allowing yourself and heart to be troubled. Don’t let your heart be carried off with its own thoughts. Our minds need to be reigned in to truth and [...]

2020-03-19T11:46:32-04:00March 19th, 2020|Articles|

The Key to Greatness

The Key to Greatness Matthew 18:1-4; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48 The disciples ask the Lord Jesus who will be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Man in his flesh desires to be admired and lifted up. He has a natural tendency to exalt himself and to think more highly of himself than he ought to think. The mind so quickly can be lifted up with pride. Jesus teaches His disciples that the key to greatness is humility. There must be Conversion: There must come a change. Man is naturally proud, too proud to acknowledge even his own sinfulness and unworthiness. Pride is the exception that will exclude many from entering into the Kingdom of Heaven. There must be Childlike Humility: As a child we must not assume ourselves to be worthy of anything. We must come to Christ in simplicity. Children are not too proud to ask for help. They are not worried about their self-image or how they will be perceived if [...]

2020-01-24T14:35:56-05:00January 24th, 2020|Articles|