SUNDAY – JUNE 13, 2021

“Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease.  Will You be angry with us forever?  Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?  Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?  Show us Your mercy, Lord, and grant us Your salvation.”  Psalm 85:4-7
 

This past week, the newest edition of Decision Magazine featured the theme of “revival” and the foundation of “repentance” that is necessary to prepare for a “move” of God’s Spirit.  In essence, the theme of the featured article proclaimed that without repentance there will be no revival.  Certainly, it is possible to read about God’s call to repentance throughout the entire Bible in relation to the Kingdom of God in this present world.  Repentance was preached by John the Baptist; it was preached by Jesus, and it was preached by the Apostles throughout the Book of Acts.  Repentance is essential and foundational to our experience of God’s forgiveness and redemptive action in our lives.

But what is repentance?  There are several words that seem to define its meaning: turn, change and stop.

We must “turn” from all false gods to the true and Living God.  Some have explained it as a 180 degree turn from one direction to the completely opposite way.  That will bring the first “change” in a person’s life; one will become a “new creation”, and old things will pass away.  The conclusion is that the one who has repented will “stop” doing anything that is contrary to the way of God.

Is repentance about “speaking” or “doing?” We know that we are saved by God’s grace through faith.  It is by “faith alone” that we become recipients of “grace alone.” The saving work is all of God and none of what we do; however, it is necessary that we repent, i.e., turn, change, and stop.  There is an important passage in Ephesians 4:17 – 5:21 that gives repeated instructions about this procedure of repentance.  Let me share just one verse that will express practically and clearly what is taught in this scripture. “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.” (Ephesians 4:28)  Wow, that should help each of us understand!  All the elements of true repentance are found in that verse.  It isn’t just about talking, what we say!  It also includes our turning to a different direction in life and stopping anything that is displeasing to our Lord.
 
The Kingdom of God is at hand!
     Pastor Doug

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

Graduation Sunday     JUNE 6, 2021

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”  II Peter 1:2-4
 
There are many people who have grown weary in their “attempts” at being good and trying to live the way that God wants us to live.  Some have become discouraged to the point of believing that it is impossible to live a Christian life.  One of two things happens as the consequence of such thinking.  Either the person just gives up and decides to do whatever he wants to do no matter what they have been trained to believe is right and wrong, or they adopt a theology that declares it doesn’t matter what you do you will always be alright with God.  Both of these ideas sadly miss the truth of what the Bible teaches about “full salvation.”
 
The Bible explains very clearly that a real or true Christian life is a miracle of God.  One is saved by the miracle-working power of the Holy Spirit, and he is “kept” by the same miracle-working.  The One who began the new life in the believer will also continue to produce that miraculous life for all his days in this world.  The Christian life is possible!  It is just as possible as being saved!  It is accomplished in the way, by God’s gracious provision.  It is all part of God’s plan of salvation through His new covenant.
 

     “God promised to make a new covenant. In it He promised to bestow complete forgiveness of sins and to take man altogether into His favor.  He further promised to communicate to him His law, not externally, as written on stone tablets, but inwardly and in his heart so that he would have the strength to fulfill its precepts.  He would give him a new heart and a new spirit – His own Holy Spirit.  God took the initiative and promised that He would enable man to keep His commandments: ‘And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws’ (Ezekiel 36:27).

     “In the new covenant Jesus is the Mediator and our Guarantor (Hebrews 12:22-24; 8:6). As Guarantor, He stands pledged to us to secure that God will fulfill all of His promises.  God fully relied on His Son to see to it that His honor was respected.  And in Jesus we too may bravely enter this covenant without fear that we will not be able to fulfill it.  We can rely upon Jesus to see to it that He will bring everything to completion.  Jesus not only discharged our old debt but also undertook the responsibility for whatever else may be required.”  (Murray, Andrew, The Lord’s Table, recorded in The Andrew Murray Daily Reader, page 158.)
 
Fully resting in His Word!
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend     SUNDAY –  MAY 30, 2021

“The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.  The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.  Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”  Psalm 33:10-12
 
The debate is just as important today as it has ever been, even though the culture has overwhelmingly taken a stand against the side that believes that the United States has been a “Christian nation.” In fact, today even Christian leaders are sounding the alarm against those who might continue in the notion that the USA is “Christian” by calling such folks “Christian Nationalists.” And, heavenly days, we certainly don’t want to be identified as a “Christian nationalist!” Allow me to just share a few quotes from  some of our “Founding Fathers.”
 
“My only hope of salvation is in the infinite, transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the cross.  Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins.  I rely exclusively upon it.  Come, Lord Jesus!  Come quickly.”  (Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence)
 
“The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”  (John Adams, Second President)
 
“It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”  (Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia.)
 
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”  (John Jay, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.)
 
It is possible to produce hundreds of similar quotes from the men and women who lived at the time of our founding as a free and independent nation.  Abraham Lincoln reminded his fellow Americans during the Civil War that “we have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven.” To be born in this land of freedom, to live in this nation founded as “One Nation Under God” by those who served the one, true God of the Bible, is both a tremendous privilege and a great responsibility.  Benjamin Franklin said, “We have given you a Constitutional Republic, if you can keep it!” Let’s do our best to keep it!
 
An incredibly grateful Christian citizen!
     Pastor Doug

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY – MAY 23, 2021

“A new commandment I (Jesus) give to you, that you love one another: as I (Jesus) have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:34-35

 

At the beginning of the first Passion week, while in Jerusalem looking at the splendor of the temple mount, the disciples asked Jesus about the future.  He had announced that the temple would be destroyed, so in their astonishment they asked Him when all of that would happen.  He began to create a word-picture of the appearance of the “last days.” He described some very disturbing events and a very challenging social climate.  In that description, Jesus declared, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:11-13)
 
Troubling times are coming to this world, according to Jesus. Perhaps many of us have been convinced by present circumstances that His prediction is most certainly true.  I want to point out just two words in the verses that come from this end-times discourse.  The first word is “lawlessness.” Just as in the days of the Judges in Israel, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes,” so it will be again in the “last days.” There will be no standardized law, no common moral standard for all to follow and obey. The philosophical interpretation is defined as “relativism.” People will assume that true and right standards will be changeable.  Individuals will justify their own behavior by their own personal interpretation of what is right or wrong.  Jesus said that this will be a time of “lawlessness.”
 
One of the interesting results will be that people will have a difficult time respecting, honoring and loving the lawless people.  Jesus said that it is because of “lawlessness” that people’s love would become “cold.” I must personally admit that experiencing genuine, passionate love for the lawless ones is becoming increasingly difficult for me.  (Yes, I recognize and remember that God has loved me through all of my lawless and sinful behavior!)  I want to be filled with God’s love so that I might love even the lawless ones out of His great depth of love!

 

The challenge that Jesus spoke was “and he who endures to the end shall be saved!” I want to not only endure in my faith in God, His Word, and the Lord Jesus Christ, but I want to endure in genuine Christian love!  Pray for me, and I will pray for you!
 
Enduring!
     Pastor Doug

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY – MAY 16, 2021

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all…”  I Timothy 2:3-6a

 

The Bible reveals several truths about death that are important for all of us to know.  The first truth is that death was not God’s intended plan for the “crowning jewel” of His creation, humankind.  God’s desire is to have eternal fellowship with all human beings, but when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden that fellowship was broken.  The result of their disobedience, as well as our own disobedience, was physical death.  Paul explained this truth, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.”  (Romans 5:12)

Another interesting statement about death is found in the book of Ezekiel.  God asks the question, “’Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked (i.e., sinner) should die?’ says the Lord God, ‘and not that he should turn from his ways and live?’” (Ezekiel 18:23)  Later God answers His own question through the same prophet, “Say to them: ‘As I live’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.  Turn, turn from your evil ways!  For why should you die, O house of Israel?’” (Ezekiel 33:11)  It is not only true that God had not originally planned for mankind to experience death, but He does not like it at all!  God does not enjoy that people sin and die in their sinful state! He wants all people to turn, repent from sin and live eternally in His presence.
 
The Scriptures teach us that Jesus Christ came into this world to “fix” this problem of sin and death for all of us by paying the penalty of our sin on the cross.  Jesus Christ declared, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (John 11:25)  Paul presented a full explanation why this is true and is recorded in the 5th chapter of his letter to the Romans.  Suffice the following verse to give us a glimpse of his explanation. “But the free gift is not like the offense (i.e., Adam’s disobedience in the Garden).  For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift of grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.” (Romans 5:15)  Paul concludes with the words “…so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:21)  This is why God also spoke of death by saying, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints!” (Psalm 116:15.)  Wow! What a difference the Cross makes!

 

Saved by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Mother’s Day  –  May 9, 2021

“I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.  I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; a perverse heart shall depart from me; whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, the one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, him I will not endure.  My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who works deceit shall not dwell in my house.” Psalm 101:2-6

 

What a blessing it is to have a home that is filled with love and peace.  Many of us have enjoyed our home-life and are saddened by the thought of its end.  We have learned how wonderful the home is to be as designed by God and really appreciate the references to our eternal home as “the Father’s house.” There are many sights and sounds that seem to carry us back to the “good old days” of “Mom and Dad,” and the extended family as well.  To preserve the home must be one of our highest priorities.
 
Amy Carmichael’s Whispers of His Power includes the following as a reading for May 4.

     “Home is one of our very dearest words, because all that we know of human love is wrapped up in it.  I have been applying this word, which comes only in the Septuagint, to our Sunday morning worship.  Hast thou not called Me as it were a home?

     “It is true that we are always there, at home with Him, but our time of worship is meant to be a specially joyful coming together – a little lovely foretaste of what will be by and by, when we see Him face to face.

     “As we return from the ‘journey’ of the week, let us believe in the welcome that awaits us, and eagerly and joyfully hasten to our home.”
 
Let’s dare to believe that coming to worship and sharing in fellowship with the Family of God can be a good and true reflection of what “home” is meant to be for all of us.
 
Always on my way home!
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY – MAY 2, 2021

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us (me), that we (I) should be called children (a child) of God…Beloved, now we (I) are (am) children (a child) of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we (I) shall be, but we (I) know that when He is revealed, we (I) shall be like Him, for we (I) shall see Him as He is.”  I John 3:1-2

 

Someone has called the Bible “God’s love letter” to us.  It is certainly filled with a message of how much God loves and cares for His creation, especially that part made in His own image, you and I.  We know that the message of Scripture reveals that God “loves the world,” meaning the people of the world.  God “desires all men to be saved,” meaning He wants every individual person to be saved.  God does have love that reaches and fills the whole earth, but it must be understood in personal terms.  It is not a general, impersonal love, but rather a love for each specific individual.  In Jesus’ description of Himself as the Good Shepherd, He stated, “I know My sheep, and am known by My own.” (John 10:14)  He also explained, “The sheep hear His voice (that is the voice of the Good Shepherd); and He called His own sheep by name and leads them out.” (John 10:3)  To call “by name” means to actually single out individuals.  God knows us individually by our name!  He loves us in the same manner!

 

Amy Carmichael has written about Psalm 3 and verse 4, “I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill.” She wrote, “Scholars tell us that the tenses of verse 4 express a habitual act and a constant result.  I criedHe heard me.  Is it not wonderful to know that it is always so?”  Then she concluded with the following sentences.

     “It is as if our Father had no one in all the world to care for but you, but me, but the one we are trying to help!  Truly His love passes knowledge!”

 

Those two little sentences reminded me of just how much the Heavenly Father actually loves me.  He loves you in exactly the same manner, personally and individually!
 
I am a child of God,
     Pastor Doug

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

SUNDAY – APRIL 25, 2021

“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’  But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive…”   John 7:37-39(a)

 

The Bible contains hundreds of expressions and examples that demonstrate how much God loves each one of us.  It consistently communicates that God wants to bless us with all spiritual blessings that are part of His kingdom, and He also wants to take care of us in this physical world.  James wrote, “Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)  The good news is that God is not “moody” nor “changeable” like the weather.  He consistently loves us and loves to bless us.  He wants us to know the “abundant life” that Jesus said He came to give to mankind.  (John 10:10)

The provision has been made for all of God’s children to live in the fullness of His life and goodness.  The key is for us to learn how we can receive His blessings and enjoy them in their abundance.  In his book The Fullness of the Spirit, Andrew Murray has given us some very important insights into the principles of God’s blessings.

 

     “God is love.  His whole being is a surrender of Himself in love to be the life of His creatures, to enable them to participate in His holiness and blessedness.  He blesses and serves all that lives.  When a believer has the fullness of the Spirit, and desires to have it increased, let it be clear that he can enjoy this blessing to the degree that he is prepared to give himself to the service of love.  The Spirit comes to expel the life of self and self-seeking. The fullness of the Spirit presupposes a willingness to consecrate ourselves to the blessing of others. The secret to having the blessing increased is to live as one who is left on earth that the love of God may work through him.

     “Let us believe that we are in Christ, that He surrounds us with His power, longing to make rivers of His Spirit flow through us to the world.  It is by the exercise of faith without ceasing that the blessing will flow without ceasing.”

 

Thank You for Your blessings on our congregation!  We want to walk and work in faith and be a channel for the Spirit to flow through us like a mighty river!
 
More like the Master is my daily plea!
     Pastor Doug

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

SUNDAY – APRIL 18, 2021

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: forgives…heals…redeems…crowns…satisfies…so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  Psalm 103:1-5

 

     One of the well-known parables of Jesus (See Luke 15:11-31) expresses the love of the Father for His children.  It expresses His desire to “give good gifts” to all of His children.  God wants you and me to know and experience the reality of His love in our lives.  He wants each of us to be confident that we can enjoy having God as our eternal and heavenly Father.  I want to live in the full assurance and full blessing of my Father’s love, and I want you to do the same!

 

     There are two realities of the Father’s love that are expressed in a statement to the elder brother. The statement is “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.” (Luke 15:31) Andrew Murray in his book, Divine Healing, explains these two statements as defining full salvation.

 

     “Full salvation includes unceasing fellowship. An earthly father loves his child and delights to make him happy. God is love, and speaking with all reverence, He can’t help but love us. We see His goodness toward the ungodly and His compassion on the erring, but His fatherly love is manifested toward all His children.

     “Full salvation includes unlimited partnership. ‘Everything I have is yours,’ the father told the elder son when he complained of His father’s gracious reception of the brother who had gone astray. All the time He is saying to you, ‘All I have is yours; I have given it to you in Christ. All the Holy Spirit’s power and wisdom, all the riches of Christ, all the love of the Father; there is nothing that I have that is not yours. I am God, and I love you.’

     “My message is that the Lord your God desires that you live continually in the light of His presence. Your business, your temper, your circumstances, all of which you may complain of as being a hinderance, are not stronger than God. If you ask God to shine in you and upon you, you will see and prove that He can do it and that you as a believer may walk all day and every day in the light of His love. That is ‘full salvation.’”
 
The “best life” is lived in a special relationship with the Heavenly Father. He is the Best Father you have!
 
I am a child of God,
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY – APRIL 11, 2021

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10
 

No matter what the devil may offer, or how good he might make his offer seem to be, always remember his true nature is to take from you!  He is a destroyer and a murderer!  Jesus is the only one that can give “real life” to anyone who will seek it from Him.  Remember that Jesus makes an offer that is always “more” than you can find in any other way or place.  Jesus gives life “more abundantly!”

How does anyone receive from the Lord the full, rich, and eternal life that He gives?  There is only one way, and that is through humility.  The beginning of the Kingdom life for God’s children is always the place of humility.  Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit (those who actually know their own spiritual poverty), for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)  Andrew Murray wrote that the Apostle Peter is a great example of entering the low door of humility in Absolute Surrender.
     “I thank God for the story of Peter.  I know of no other man in the Bible who gives greater comfort to the human frame. When we look at his character, so full of failures, and at what Christ made him by the power of the Holy Spirit, there is hope for every one of us.  But remember that before Christ could fill Peter with the Holy Spirit and make him a new creation, Peter had to humble himself and admit his sin.

     “It is the story of every servant who will be truly used by God.  Peter’s story is a prophecy of what each of us can receive from God.  We must not only pray for God’s work and speak about it among ourselves, not only pray for an outpouring of the Spirit of love, but we must humbly come to God as individuals in repentance and faith.  For it is only when individual servants are blessed of God that the work will prosper and the body of Christ will be strong and healthy.

     “The same Christ who led Peter to Pentecost is among us today and is waiting to take charge of every heart that is willing to surrender to Him.  Are you at that place?  Christ Jesus can free you; He can deliver you from the power of self.  He only asks you to humble yourself before Him.”
 
The way to “move up” in the Kingdom is down to your knees!
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

EASTER SUNDAY   —   April 4, 2021

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for He is risen as He said.  Come see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him.  Behold I have told you.” (Matthew 28:5-7)

Today is the culmination of Christ’s work of redemption and all the events that led up to the Cross and His resurrection.  There are so many significant events and words that Jesus shared in the process of His ministry that it is difficult to single out just one.  They are all important to our understanding of who Jesus is and what He has accomplished on our behalf, but it does seem as if the RESURRECTION is the “seal” on everything else Jesus did.  His victory over Satan, sin and the power of the grave is demonstrated with the exclamation point of the EMPTY TOMB!  IT IS FINISHED!  CHRIST IS VICTORIOUS!  GOD, THE FATHER HAS ACCEPTED THE SACRIFICE THAT JESUS MADE!  BECAUSE HE LIVES, WE WILL LIVE ALSO!  Hallelujah!
 
The big question for each of us today, though, is whether or not we are active participants in this work of redemption.  It is most certain that all of us have heard the message of Easter many times, and most of us would say we believe, but have we received and now live in the power of His resurrection?  Mr. Tozer expressed his great concern about “believers’” non-participation in the living reality of the life Jesus Christ offers us all.  The following is found on pages 200, 201 and 202 of He Dwelt Among Us.
 
     “What eating is to the body, believing is to the soul.  I am so afraid that we will think we are saved, and we are not.  I am so afraid that somebody got you down some place at an altar, rammed a Christian worker’s New Testament up under your nose and showed you by an underlined text that if you came, you would not be cast out and logically forced you to say you were converted. I am afraid of that kind of mechanical religion.
 
     “There is such a thing as eating the Bread of Life and knowing you are eating it.  There is such a thing as looking in faith to that Bread that cometh down from above and getting it into you and having an inward spiritual religion and knowing for yourself that which is divine has now come into you. There is such a thing as being assured in your own experience for yourself and not another…
 
     “Many people believe texts, but the text never got inside them.  Is Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, actually inside you? Have you been initiated into that other world, that spiritual world, the kingdom of God?  Are you in that kingdom?  You can be, because what eating is to the body believing is to the soul.  It will fix your gaze on Him who is the Bread of Life and keep you saying and believing, ‘Lord, I do believe; I trust Thee; I am now trusting Thee.’ That which is external will become internal.  That which is in the Bible will get into your heart.  That which is in the Bible will get into your soul.  You can get up and say, ‘I know for myself that I know.’”
 
Do not miss it!
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

PALM SUNDAY  –  March 28, 2021

“Lift up your heads, O you gates!  And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!  And the King of glory shall come in.  Who is this King of glory?  The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.”  Palm 24:7-8
 

Last Sunday morning, I commented on the physical world in which we live that is composed of molecules; which are composed of atoms; which are composed of neutrons, protons and electrons; which are all composed of “particles.” It is a very complex world that is made up of moving bodies of extremely different sizes, from “particles” to enormous planets, which are all operating with intricate precision.  I stated that I believe Colossians 1:17 reveals that it is the power of our Creator that sustains this world by “holding it together.” I am reading a Tozer work entitled And He Dwelt Among Us and just read the following on page 102 this past Tuesday afternoon.

     “What is to prevent the human race from destroying itself? Those words and thoughts are in the hearts of men, and they are wondering about the human race destroying itself.  What is to prevent some insane dictator from bringing the world down around him?

     “The A-bomb has given way to the H-bomb, and there is another bomb more terribly deadly than the H-bomb.  The Cobalt bomb is still more terribly deadly than the H-bomb. What is to prevent some mad dictator from saying, ‘I’ll rule the world, or ruin it’?  He will rule it or bring it down into ruins around his own suicidal head.

     “What is to prevent some huge accident from taking place? What is to prevent someone setting up some vast unstoppable chain reaction that will burn up the world?  I will tell you what will prevent it.  God Almighty has not given the world up.  Philosophers may have, but God has not.  God is not finished with the world.”
 
Remarkably, those words were written over 60 years ago, and they remain relevant today.  The truth remains that God is in control and is working out His plan for this world, His creation.  There are amazing things that are going to take place according to Daniel and John’s the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The critical responsibility for each of us is to trust in our God and walk by “the faith of the Son of God.”
 
Watching, praying and expecting!
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY – MARCH 21, 2021

“Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’ And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!’”  Revelation 5:11-13
 

I hope that I have not contributed to the notion that we serve a “small” God that is really just an option for people who have a spiritual interest.  Many people believe that there is a God, but He is expressed by mankind through his many different religions.  God really is not “big” enough or capable of revealing Himself to this world so that people have been forced to “create God in their own mind’s eye.” Many believe that’s the reason there are so many different religions and names for God.  God is just a mystery shrouded in misty darkness.  I don’t want you or anyone to attempt to serve a god like that.  I want all to know the One, True and Living God, Maker of heaven and earth!

Following is more from Mr. Tozer’s And He Dwelt Among Us, pages 40 and 41.

     “Some people’s idea of God is quite disturbing to me.  Somehow, they have the idea that God is like them only, of course, much better.  They take their human attributes and project it up to God.  As a result, they have a God, much like themselves, but a God I could never fall on my knees and worship… a God who does not deserve worship.

    “Consequently, when unexpected things happen to them, and they find themselves in a real tether, they assume God experiences the same thing.  I could never get on my knees and pray to a God I had to apologize for, or who desperately needed my help.  A God who needs my help does not deserve my worship.  If God needed me, I could not respect Him; and if I could not respect Him, I could not worship Him.

     “In this regard, missionary conventions are sometimes simply a session apologizing for God.  Often the missionary challenge is reduced to: ‘Let’s help God out because He needs us so bad.’

     “The truth of the matter is that God is riding above this world, and the clouds are but the dust of His feet.  If you do not follow Him, you lose, but God loses nothing.  He still will be glorified in His saints and admired in all them that fear Him.

     “In that Great Day, that consummation of all that is called matter, law, time, space, angels, spirits and mind, all will be organized into a redeemed cosmos.  Together, all that is redeemed will gather and sing and glorify God who made them and say, ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing’ (Rev. 5:12).

     “We should never come to God as a gesture of pity, thinking that God desperately needs us.  We should give ourselves to God because He is worthy!”
 
Worshiping the God Who is from everlasting to everlasting!
     Pastor Doug
 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY – MARCH 14, 2021

“I will not take a bull from your house, nor goats out of your folds.  For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills…If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness…Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.  Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”   Psalm 50:9-10, 12, 14-15

 

You and I, as well as all human beings, are created in the image of God!  We have been endowed by our Creator with amazing potential, and we have been given dominion over all the natural world.  God has instructed us to subdue the world, to produce and enjoy the results of our labors.  It is very easy for man to become “big-headed” and to begin to imagine that there is no one, nor anything, “higher” than man.  It is extremely important that we remember that we are mere creatures, and that God is the great, omnipotent Creator.  He is God alone and Lord over all!

Few writers that I have read are so capable of putting into words at least a faint understanding of the nature and person of God like Aiden Wilson Tozer.  The following was written by Mr. Tozer for a series of sermons on the Gospel of John entitled And He Dwelt Among Us, pages 31 and 32.

 

     “God has no beginning, because ‘beginning’ is a creature word and means that someone was working on something. God started to work on it; He worked awhile and finished it.  And it had a beginning and a ‘finish,’ and is a creature word.  But God is not a creature.  God is the Creator; so you never can say that God had a beginning.  God could not receive anything from anybody, because God had all there was.  Get back to it all, to where God was, and discover that God is the uncaused one.

     “As the uncaused one, God is absolutely self-sufficient in Himself and needs nothing from anyone.  From some of the appeals I have heard from pulpits across the country you would think God was in some desperate straits, needing an immediate bailout.  From some appeals people might be tempted to say, ‘Poor God’s in bad shape, and no doubt there’s a depression in heaven; but if I give faithfully, I’ll save God’s face and I’ll bail God out.’  How utterly fantastic and far from reality!  How in the world could a mere mortal rescue He who is immortal?

     “God does not need your money; and if you want to keep it and let it rust and ruin you, keep it.  But do not think that if you give it you are doing God a favor.  There is absolutely nothing anybody has that God needs.  ‘If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is Mine, and the fullness thereof’ (Ps. 50:12).”

 

As we worship our God, may we always maintain the proper perspective!  How much higher God is than we!  Let’s always remember that we need Him!
 
A desperate debtor in need of God,
     Pastor Doug
 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY – MARCH 7, 2021

“Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”  Psalm 20:6-7

 

Over 50 years ago, A. W. Tozer did a series of sermons from the Gospel of John that lasted an entire year.  He was able to demonstrate the remarkable heights of theology that are revealed in that Gospel.  One of the themes that Tozer preached was about God and how He is “high and lofty, inhabiting eternity, He whose train fills the temple and who walks on the wings of the wind and makes the clouds His chariot.”  Tozer was concerned then that the American church had too low and casual thoughts about God. He stated, “I for one am indignantly crusading against this concept of God as ‘the man upstairs.’  The nice, lovely God that you can slap on the back, laugh, and tell Him a joke; the God that will condescend to anything and pal along with anybody.  That kind of God is not the kind of God of the Bible.”  The following is from “And He Dwelt Among Us” on pages 203 and 204, and it explains how our concept of God affects our lives.

 

     “If we learn anything from history, we learn that no nation has ever risen above the height of its religion.  I do not think it would be very difficult to prove this statement.  Whether that nation is pure or impure, high or low, depends upon what kind of religion it has.

     “For a time, a nation can seem to be greater than its religion.  It can have a low religion and yet rise to high peaks.  But in the qualities that belong to our best humanity, no nation ever yet rose above its religion.  I might say that ought to be a matter of grave concern for the United States of America.  If our religion rots, our nation will rot, and there is no law that can be passed, no political party that can come to power, nothing that men can do by way of assuring the nations of the future, that can save us.  The nation will only be as great as its religion.
 
Then a paragraph later, Mr. Tozer wrote, “A second thing is that no religion ever rose any higher than its concept of God.  That is the most vital thing that can be known about any church, any man or any nation.  Every religion, whether high or low, pure or impure, noble or pagan depends altogether on what it thinks of God.”
 
It is important that we do not allow the “cancel culture” to cause us to back down from proclaiming the glory of our great God.  We must continue to “Magnify the Lord” and “exalt His name together!”
 
Serving the Creator and Lord of the universe,
     Pastor Doug

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 28, 2021

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and of good

courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

 

Do you have any reminders such as pictures, trinkets, dishes, cups around your house of important people or major events in your past?  Most of us have at least one or two such things that are significant because of a positive happening, perhaps even a “miracle!” The children of Israel had many reminders such as “standing stones” and Aaron’s “rod that budded.” A very interesting one was the sword of Goliath that David used to remove Goliath’s head.  “And the priest said, ‘The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest…it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here.’ And David said, ‘There is none like that; give it me.’” (I Samuel 21:9) Amy Carmichael compared the “sword of the Spirit” with that sword of Goliath.

     “If our Lord does not despair of us, we must not despair of ourselves.  A teacher has no chance with a despairing child, nor has a doctor with a despairing patient.  If the child says ‘I can’t’ often enough, it simply cannot, and nothing anyone can do can help.

     “So we must not say, ‘I can’t.  Others can, but they are different.  It is not in me to conquer.  I shall be defeated to the end.’

     “That is folly, and treachery too, for it is disbelieving the word of our God.  His word is always, ‘Fear not; you can.’ Have not I commanded Thee?  Be strong and of a good courage.  Is there one discouraging word in our Bible?  Not one.

     “Try using Bible words as a sword with which to fight the devil of discouragement.  There is none like that; give it me, David said about the sword of Goliath the Philistine.  How much more may we say about the strong word of our God: ‘There is none like that, O Spirit of the living God.  Give it me.’

     “Ask, and He will.”

 

Thank God that He has given us such “a sure word” to encourage us!  Thank God that His Word will build faith into our lives!  Faith and courage come from God’s Word to us!
 
The Lord is with me,
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 21, 2021

“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”  II Timothy 2:1, 3
 

As Paul wrote to Timothy, his spiritual son, he encouraged him to be committed and “work hard” at serving the Lord Jesus Christ. It is true that salvation is provided as a gift from God through His grace to every person who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is not “earned” by any human effort.  Salvation is provided by the “work” of God through the passion and death of His Son on the cross.  We can make no claims about our great effort that has effected our salvation.  It is the gift of God and not of works done by man.  Following Jesus does require our commitment to “take up our cross daily” and to “bear our own load.” (See Galatians 6:5.)  The work of advancing the Kingdom of God here in this world requires believers who are willing to expend effort and energy and, perhaps, even give up their lives in God’s service.  God is looking for many “good men!”

 

The Valentine’s Day devotional from Amy Carmichael was the following:

     “’Die hard, my men, die hard!” shouted Col. Inglis to his men as they fought one of the fearful battles of the Peninsular War.  Fifteen thousand men were wounded or killed in four hours that day, and the regiment was known as the Die-hards ever after.

     “Are we die-hards? It is extraordinarily easy to soften. Sometimes we hardly know that we are yielding till some little thing happens that we dislike, and we find ourselves unwilling or unable to go through with it.  If this be so, we are not die-hards.

     “Paul was a die-hard.  His whole life and above all his prison letters show that die-hard quality.  When he wrote to Timothy endure hardness, what he meant was ‘remain under it.’ Don’t slip from under it.  Don’t try to shuffle it off.  And hardness to him did not mean some trivial little trouble.  It meant to suffer evil.

     “How little we know of that.  But our Savior knew all that ever could be known, and He endured to the end.

     “Are we in earnest in wanting to be His die-hards?  If so, let us take with confidence His word spoken on the Monday of Passion Week (Matt. 21:22): And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

 

     “Am I a soldier of the cross, a follower of the Lamb? And shall I fear to own His cause or blush to speak His name? Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease… while others fought to win the prize, and sailed through bloody seas?  Sure I must fight if I would reign; increase my courage, Lord!  I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, supported by Thy Word.”
 
Whatever the cost, Lord!
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 14, 2021

“In a great trial of affliction, the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.”  II Corinthians 8:2, (KJV)

“They have been tested to the uttermost by affliction, yet their joy has throughout been overbrimming; in spite of their poverty – their deep poverty – it has overflowed in a very opulence of unselfishness.”  II Corinthians 8:2

(A. Way, “The Letters of St. Paul” (a translation))

 

Paul was extolling the wonderful grace of God that he had witnessed in the life of the churches throughout Macedonia. They were very generous congregations who had already blessed the missionary effort of Paul and others.  He wrote to the Corinthian church, “But as you abound in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us – see that you abound in this grace also.”  Paul was stating very clearly that the generosity expressed in actual giving was possible only through the grace of God.  It is a wonderful gift from God that enables His children to be able to be givers!
 
Amy Carmichael wrote: “There is something very large and noble about that sort of living.  It is the life that never crawls and cringes; it reigns.
     “What does that mean in our common everyday life?  For one thing it means a frankness in owning up, not covering up our faults, no excuses and self-defense, no petty meanness.  It means generous thinking about others, not attributing bad motives, not admitting belittling thoughts.  It means not only truth and kindness but an all-round ‘opulence of unselfishness,’ doing as much as we can to help others (not as little as we can get away with).  It means, in a word, a life of love. Love loves to give – not in measure, but abundantly.”
 
I praise our loving and generous Father who has blessed us abundantly.  I thank Him for the way He has given this grace to Needmore Bible Church.  God’s grace has been made obvious by your continued giving of tithes and offerings to the Lord’s work at NBC.  To Him be all the glory!
 
Praising God and thanking you!
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 7, 2021

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”  Deuteronomy 6:4-6
 

I know that just the mention of homeschooling will cause mixed emotions and reactions in the body of Christ.  I want to affirm the “right” of parents to choose the method and place for their children’s education.  I firmly believe that God has given every parent the authority over their children in order to “train up a child in the way he/she should go.” (Proverbs 22:6a)  As I have read in the Bible many times, God has entrusted the “training” of children primarily to the child’s parents.  It is not ultimately the community, state or federal government that will be held accountable for a child’s training on the day of judgment, but parents will be charged before God with their part in any child’s improper and godless training. (See Matthew 18:6-7.)  It appears that in God’s mind every parent is responsible to homeschool, school-at-home, teach the Word of God to their children in their family life.

It has been the enemy’s scheme from the beginning to disrupt this homeschooling plan that God has instituted.  The devil, Satan is on the attack against our families and our children. Andrew Murray wrote a book entitled Raising Your Child to Love God.  The following is taken from that work written over 100 years ago.
 
     “It is faith that sees but fears not the danger.  Pharaoh commanded that all the children of God’s people should be destroyed.  He knew that if the children were cut off, the people would soon die out.  The prince of this world still pursues the same agenda.  When parents take a decided stand for God, the world may despise or hate them, but it soon learns that it is of little use to attempt to conquer them. Instead, the spirit of the world claims possession of the children; if these are won, all are won.  Too often children grow up in comparative ignorance about the blessed Savior and are entrusted to the care of worldly teachers.  Then they are allowed to associate with those whose spirit and influence are altogether opposed to the ways of God.  A wise parent will take heed to these words.”
 
I am asking God to use NBC as a great instrument in the godly training of families, parents, and children.
 
With a grandfather’s heart,
     Pastor Doug

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY  –  JANUARY 31, 2021

“’You have put all things in subjection under His feet.’  For in that He put all in subjection under Him, He left nothing that is not put under Him.  But we do not yet see all things put under Him.  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.”  Hebrews 2:8-9
 

Paul wrote to the church at Corinth this amazing fact: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The promise of His grace and love for us is victory!  Have you ever felt as if you believe and are hoping for the day when victory will be experienced, but actually in the present you feel as if victory is out of your reach?  We need a faith infusion!  We need to press on in faith and prayer until we realize and definitely know we are walking in the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  A missionary to India and tireless worker rescuing souls of thousands, Amy Carmichael wrote the following from her “bed of affliction.”

     “There are times when great waves of trouble sweep over us, wave upon wave.  There are calm times when all goes peacefully, and then suddenly something distressing happens. Satan seems to be having all things his own way.  Sometimes those whom we wholly trusted disappoint us terribly, and we are tempted to say, ‘Whom can I trust?’

     “But this is fatal.  There are many on whom we can count even in the worst of times.  Let us never look only at the clouds and forget the blue in the sky.  There is far more blue than gray.

     “We are here because we are needed to fight through to victory.  We never asked for ease.  Well, this is not ease, so it is what we expected – not play, but war.  It is and always must be a fight of faith.  Hebrews 2:9 has a word for us: We see Jesus…CROWNED.  Nothing can touch that.  We follow an undefeated Lord.  Love won on Calvary.

     “But we have need of patience. Give us Thy patience, Lord.”

What is faith if it is not “waiting” on the Lord?!  We must fix our faith on what Jesus has done for us through His cross and resurrection.  He has won the victory and now offers it to everyone who believes!  Remember our victory is through and in
Him!  Keep trusting and you will win!
 
O victory in Jesus, my Savior forever!
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

SUNDAY – JANUARY 24, 2021

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

 

Are you finding joy in your walk with the Lord?  While it is wonderful to know that one day we will leave this weary world and enter into a “final” and full rest in the Lord, God wants us to actually enjoy living with Him even before we get to heaven.  The sadness is that many of God’s children are not experiencing the “abundant life” that Jesus declared He came to give. (See John 10:10)  Is it possible for you and me to “live above this world” and to “dwell on a higher plain?”  The emphatic answer is yes!

     “No doubt you have never regretted responding to His call and coming to Him.  You experienced that His word was truth; all His promises He fulfilled; He made you a partaker of the blessings and the joy of His love.  His welcome was heartfelt, His pardon full and free, His love most sweet and precious, was it not?  You more than once, at your first coming to Him, had reason to say, ‘The half was not told me.’

     “And yet you have had some disappointment.  As time went on, your expectations were not always realized.  The blessings you once enjoyed were lost; the love and joy of your first meeting with your Savior, instead of deepening, have become faint and weak. And you have often wondered why, with such a mighty and loving Savior, your experience of salvation was not a fuller one.

     “The answer is very simple. You wandered from Him.  The blessings He bestows are all connected with His ‘Come to Me,’ and are only to be enjoyed in close fellowship with Him.  You either did not fully understand, or did not rightly remember, that the call meant ‘Come to Me and remain with Me.’  This was His object and purpose when He first called you to Himself.  It was not to refresh you for a few short hours after your conversion with the joy of His love and deliverance, and then to send you forth to wander in sadness and sin.

     “No, indeed, He has prepared for you an abiding dwelling with Himself, where your whole life and every moment of it might be spent, and where the work of your daily life might be done as you enjoy unbroken communion with Him.  Who would be content, after seeking the King’s palace, to stand in the door, when he is invited in to dwell in the King’s presence and share with Him in all glory of His royal life?  Let us enter in and abide and enjoy fully all the rich supply His wondrous love has prepared for us!
 
I want you to know Him in the fullness of His rich mercy, grace, love, and real life!
 
Dwelling in Beulah Land,
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY –  JANUARY 17, 2021

“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.  Do not say,

“There are still four months and then comes the harvest.’  Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields,

for they are already white for harvest!”  John 4:34-35

 

The work of God is never finished as long as lost people are dwelling on the earth.  Jesus said that there is a “night” coming when man will work no more, but it is clear that “night” has not yet come.  There is pressing, urgent work that must be accomplished before the “night” comes!  The confusing and challenging times that we live in seem to “drain” our energy, and we feel discouraged to pursue the work as we once did in our time of youth.  We must pursue NOW with greater effort than we have in the past!  Where will our strength come from?  It will be found in the “work” itself!  Andrew Murray gave an answer in his book, The Lord’s Table.
 

     “Jesus had hidden manna that He received from the Father, and that was the secret of His power.  No one could have discovered what it was; but when He tells us, it appears so simple that many are puzzled over it.  His food was to do the will of God.

     “Food meets a felt need.  Jesus’ hunger was for one thing; to please God.  Without that He could not rest; in that one thing He had all He needed.  And when He found the will of God, He did it, and thereby fed His soul with its appropriate food and was satisfied.

     “Food involves appropriation, like the exercise of fellowship.  The weak soul who truly surrenders himself to do the will of God becomes wonderfully strengthened by it.  Obedience to God, instead of exhausting the energies, renews them. The doing of God’s will was Jesus’ food.

     “Food brings both quickening and joy.  Eating is not only necessary for strength, but it is also enjoyable.  To observe a feast in the Spirit is itself equivalent to food.  Obedience to the will of God was Jesus’ highest joy.

     “Jesus has become my food, and He dwells in me as the power of my life.  Now I know the means by which this life must be fed and strengthened within me.  The doing of God’s will is my food!”

 

We shall not lack the energy nor strength to do the work God puts before us!  Doing His will strengthens us every time we do it!
 
Strong in the Lord and the power of His might,
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

SUNDAY – JANUARY 10, 2021

“’Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered. ‘I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him… Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.’”  Mark 11:22-24
 
Remember that we must have “faith” in order to be saved!  Faith is the connection that appropriates to us the work that Jesus Christ did on the Cross, and it brings the results of His victory over death, sin, and the grave into our lives.  Faith is the basic “currency” we must use to enter into the life of salvation that Jesus offers to us.  Faith must be “living” in order for Christians to enjoy the blessings of grace on a continual basis.  Each of us should pray every day, “Lord, increase my faith!”

 

     “The most wonderful promises in all of Scripture are those regarding answers to prayer. To many such promises have raised the question, ‘How can I ever attain the faith that knows that it receives all it asks?’

     “It is this very question our Lord would answer today. When He gave the above promise to His disciples, He first pointed out where faith in the answer to prayer comes from and where it finds its strength: ‘Have faith in God.’

     “The power to believe a promise depends entirely on our faith in the one who promises. It is only when we enjoy a personal loving relationship with God Himself that our whole being is opened up to the mighty influence of His holy presence and the capacity will be developed in us for believing that He gives whatever we ask.
 
     “The connection between faith in God and faith in His promises will become clear when we think about what faith really is. It is often compared to the hand or the mouth by which we take and appropriate what is offered to us. Faith is also the ear by which we hear what is promised, the eye by which we see what is offered. I must hear the person who gives the promise- the vey tone of his voice gives me courage to believe. I must see him- in the light of his eye and his countenance, all fear passes away. The value of the promise depends on the one giving the promise; my knowledge of his character and dependability creates faith in his promise. In the case of God our Father, there can be no doubt as to His character and power to hear and answer and provide.”
 
Those are words from Andrew Murray’s Believing Prayer, and they encourage us to draw closer to our God and to “seek His face” in order to know Him more fully. Faith increases in proportion to our intimate knowledge of our Heavenly Father!
 
Drawing near to the Father,
     Pastor Doug

 

 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY –  JANUARY 3, 2021

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.  Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”  I John 5:4-5
 
Certainly, we are aware that there will be challenges we will face in the coming days, months, and years.  How shall we prepare to face and overcome those challenges?  It must be done by faith!  The Bible’s declaration is “the just shall live by faith!” Every aspect of a Christian’s life must be handled from the perspective of faith.  That’s the reason a follower of Christ is called a believer.  It is not because of a one-time decision to “accept” Jesus as Savior and Lord, but it is because a real Christian lives every day by faith.  During these days, we must grow in faith and exercise our faith daily.

 

This past year, the elders and deacons have been using Streams in the Desert as a guide for their daily devotions.  The following come from the December 29th entry.

     “Arise! Then there is something definite for us to do. Nothing is ours unless we take it. ‘The children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance’ (Josh. 16:4). ‘The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions’ (Obad. 17).  ‘The upright shall have good things in possession.’

     “We need to have appropriating faith in regard to God’s promises.  We must make God’s Word our own personal possession.  A child was once asked what appropriating faith was, and his answer was, ‘It is taking a pencil and underscoring all of the me’s and mine’s and my’s in the Bible.’

     “Take any word you please that He has spoken and say, ‘That word is my word.’ Put your finger on this promise and say, ‘It is mine.’ How much of the Word has been endorsed and receipted and said, ‘It is done.’ How many promises can you subscribe and say, ‘Fulfilled to me.’

     “’Son, thou art ever with Me, and all that I have is thine.’ Don’t let your inheritance go by default.”

     “When faith goes to market it always takes a basket.

 

Lord, increase our faith!
 
Living by faith,
     Pastor Doug