Join us Sunday, October 16, 2016 for our 66th Homecoming! Pastor Rev. Brian Crowe, from Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Soddy-Daisy, TN, will be bringing the Homecoming message. Lunch will be in the fellowship hall after service. The Master's Messenger's will be singing in the afternoon.
Join us this Sunday for our Homecoming! October 18, 2015
Rev. Jeff Smith, Pastor of Calvary Social Brethren in Marion, IN is our evangelist. Pray as he and his wife travel here that God will keep them safe.
Sunday School at 10am, Morning Worship at 11am, Dinner to follow in the fellowship hall.
**No Sunday Evening service.
Psalm 150 King James Version (KJV)
150 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness....
3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Fight the Good Fight!
“…Striving together for the faith of the gospel.”
With 2014 well underway we see many people settling into another year, another “chance”, to “make things better in 2014”. As a united body of Christ I would love to see us strive together in like-mind “for the faith of the gospel;”. Our one goal on this earth is to win souls for the labor of our Lord, and as we have all seen in these latter years our church, as a nation, has become what the world describe...s, as a “deteriorating traditionalist religion”. We have seen this “deterioration” in our own congregation here at 316 Baldwin Ave. , as well as many of the local churches around. People no longer have the Spirit-filled drive to serve the Lord. There are many of our friends and family who have once served the purpose of the Lord with a fire, whom no longer dwell on the things of God.
As we journey through the rest of this year let us reflect and remember just what we are “fighting” for.
1st Timothy 6:12 says, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
1st Corinthians 9:19 says, “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.”
We are called as God’s chosen to provide an example to the lost, to shine His light through our lives into the desert places where the darkness overshadows. Glorifying God with our praise and rejoicing in His purpose; to show others the special gift of His love, is our reason for being here today. Were it not for our Savior coming to Earth to redeem our lost souls, we should be condemned to a pit of eternal fire. John 3:18-“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Phillippians 1:27, “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;”
In this world there are many false prophets, teachers, and followers of God. How many people do you know who claim to be a “Christian”, yet are not actually followers of Christ?
I am truly saddened by the mass misrepresentation of God, Jesus, and Christianity as a whole. We see this to be a very prevalent issue in today’s time. On a daily basis I hear people claiming love or prayer in God’s name, but when we analyze the Spirit we find that their life is contrary to God’s wor...d. The Bible tells us in Matthew 7:20, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” When in the presence of God’s people, not only will we see the hand of God upon their life by the way they are living, but also the Spirit of the Lord, should He truly be residing within, will address the Spirit living within us. This is the way to know who is truly following God and who is “a sheep in wolves clothing”. (Matthew 7:15)
Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”, but are you aware this does not apply to everyone? I have heard so many people quote this, who, by the life they lead, are not true followers of God. Prayer is our connection to our Father above. Jesus death on the cross provided our way to commune with Him, but
God’s word tells us that the only prayer God hears from those not following Him, is the prayer of repentance. “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” John 9:31
2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Matthew 7:21 tells us, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
We must first come before the Lord with a penitent heart and then truly make a change in our lives in order to receive full access to the benefits that God has given His children.
Jesus, Himself said, in Matthew 6:24, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
I pray that we can truly be motivated from this, the Word of God, to be stronger as Christians and know for a certainty the lost souls we need to pray for daily, and witness to as the last days loom before us. May God bless each and every one!