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To be Blessed

by: Wesley Thomas

04/02/2020

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Verse of the Day, April 2, 2020

Matthew 5:4 CSB "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."

Biblically speaking, "Blessed" means more than experiencing extreme happiness. "Blessed," in the Bible, means to experience hope and joy independent of our circumstances (Life Application Bible). Believers are "blessed," because our relationship with Jesus reverses our status. Who we are with Christ changes how we look at our surroundings. The poor in spirit receive the right to become citizens of the kingdom of God (Mt 5:3). God, comforts those who mourn, even if their situation does not immediately improve.

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Verse of the Day, April 2, 2020

Matthew 5:4 CSB "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."

Biblically speaking, "Blessed" means more than experiencing extreme happiness. "Blessed," in the Bible, means to experience hope and joy independent of our circumstances (Life Application Bible). Believers are "blessed," because our relationship with Jesus reverses our status. Who we are with Christ changes how we look at our surroundings. The poor in spirit receive the right to become citizens of the kingdom of God (Mt 5:3). God, comforts those who mourn, even if their situation does not immediately improve.

Hope and joy spring forth from our relationship with Jesus. We realize our spiritual condition apart from God's help and mourn our helplessness. We admit we are not living God's way. We believe Jesus died for our sins. Jesus was resurrected, proving that the promise of forgiveness and new life is real. We ask Jesus to forgive us and take rule over our life. The kingdom of God becomes ours, but we still live in a broken world.

In times like we live, how can belonging to the kingdom of God bring comfort to those who mourn? We no longer have to live by the status quo. Jesus makes wrongs right, What is upside down he sets upright, As we follow Jesus, we experience a reversal of our values perspectives. We begin to view life from heaven's viewpoint.

Lord Jesus, today when I am downtrodden, put someone in my path, whom I can comfort. When I am hurt, give me someone to show mercy to, as you are merciful to me. Today, help me keep my heart pure, in all my circumstances. When I am persecuted or insulted, I will be glad and rejoice, because I know you are watching for heaven. I am comforted, thinking of you saying Father he is with me. Lord make me the salt and light you saved me to be, and I will be blessed no matter what happens today (Mt 5:1-16). In Jesus' name, amen.

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Silent and Safe

by: Wesley Thomas

04/01/2020

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Verse of the Day, April 1, 2020

Psalm 62:2 CSB "He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken."

When surrounded by trouble and threatened by danger, we usually take one of two actions. We look for an enemy to blame or an alley to help. The first choice can lead to resentment. The second choice can leave us disappointed.

King David constantly found himself in danger and feeling threatened. He offers a third option. He chooses to wait silently and safe, for God to save him. David says, "My soul waits in silence for God only;… read more

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Verse of the Day, April 1, 2020

Psalm 62:2 CSB "He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken."

When surrounded by trouble and threatened by danger, we usually take one of two actions. We look for an enemy to blame or an alley to help. The first choice can lead to resentment. The second choice can leave us disappointed.

King David constantly found himself in danger and feeling threatened. He offers a third option. He chooses to wait silently and safe, for God to save him. David says, "My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation" (Psalm 62:1). David made God the only object of his trust. Spending our time blaming others for our troubles produces resentment instead of rest (trust in God).

David expresses his emotional stress to God, then moves on to renew his trust in God. David tells God (prays) my enemies think I am weak and easy to defeat. They flattered me to my face and curse me under their breath (Psalm 62:3–4). David teaches us to name our enemies, acknowledge our fears, and express our emotions because the danger is real. David tells God his troubles and immediately refocuses his trust in God alone. He does not waste time letting blame turn into resentment.

As Christians, we all trust God. We have to trust him to be saved. The problem is, after salvation, we do not continually encourage ourselves to make God alone the object of our faith. We often say we trust God and with the same breath name people, positions, or possessions to help solve our problem. David reminds us to weigh human strength, status, and riches against God alone (Psalm 62:9–10). We must remember that nothing we compare to God's power and love will move the scales.

Does God sometimes use people, positions, and possessions to save us, from our troubles? Sure God does. For [God] recompenses a man according to his work (Psalm 62:12). So, when trouble comes, when we are faced with adversity, uncertainty, and calamity how do we trust only God to save us? Pray Psalm 62:1–12. Individually read the words of Psalm 62 to God in prayer. Then, because of social distancing, call someone and tell them how God rescued you from past troubles when you trusted him alone (Psalm 62:5–7). Pray with friends. Pray also with your family, renewing your trust in God alone.

Lord Jesus, renew my trust in you alone. Today use my renewed trust in you to renew someone else's faith and hope in you. My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.

Lord, I do not know how long the COVID 19 will attack us. I do not know when we will gather again, in your house, for worship. I do not know how long my money will last. I do not know if our leaders will be able to continue to help us. Lord, I just don't know what will happen. But I do know You are my rock and my salvation and my trust in You will not be shaken while I wait silent and safe, for you to save us.

My soul, waits in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God, my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. IN Jesus' Name, Amen.

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A Mouth of Maturity

by: Wesley Thomas

03/31/2020

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Verse of the Day, March 31, 2020

Ephesians 4:29 CSB "No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear."

Does my speech please the Holy Spirit? Paul exhorts believers to lay aside the old self and put on a new self (Ephesians 4:22–23). He also warns us not to grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom we were sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). The words from our mouth reveal our spiritual maturity.

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Verse of the Day, March 31, 2020

Ephesians 4:29 CSB "No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear."

Does my speech please the Holy Spirit? Paul exhorts believers to lay aside the old self and put on a new self (Ephesians 4:22–23). He also warns us not to grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom we were sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). The words from our mouth reveal our spiritual maturity.

Paul warns believers to let no foul language come from our mouth. He uses a Greek term that means "rotten." Paul compares "unwholesome words" to the decaying body of a dead animal. Christians should lay aside any language that destroys. Destructive words should not come from the mouth of someone who has been made alive by Christ, because they grieve the Holy Spirit.

Lord Jesus, thank you for forgiving me and renewing the spirit of my mind, with your Spirit (Ephesians 4:23). Help me think before I speak. Help me look at every situation and see the need of the hour. Help me choose my words carefully. Give we words to speak that will build up others. Lord help me replace words of bitterness, wrath, anger, and malice with kind, tender, forgiving, truthful words. Let the words I share spread God's grace to the needs of those who hear. Let my mouth prove my spiritual maturity. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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O Magnify the Lord with Me

by: Wesley Thomas

03/28/2020

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Verse of the Day, March 28, 2020

Psalm 34:1 CSB "I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips."

King David calls us to “magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (34:3). In order to continually praise God with our voice, boast in his goodness, and exalt his name, we must continue to taste and see that the Lord is good to those who trust in Him for protection (Ps 34:1-3; 8). Psalm 34 teaches us how to make praying and praising God a habit.

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Verse of the Day, March 28, 2020

Psalm 34:1 CSB "I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips."

King David calls us to “magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (34:3). In order to continually praise God with our voice, boast in his goodness, and exalt his name, we must continue to taste and see that the Lord is good to those who trust in Him for protection (Ps 34:1-3; 8). Psalm 34 teaches us how to make praying and praising God a habit.

Pray and while we wait for God to answer, praise his holy name (Ps 34:1-4). Fear the Lord and he will deliver us from all our other fears (Ps34:4). If we depend on God, we will never be ashamed that we have asked him for help (Ps 34:5). The Lord will deliver us from our troubles and his angel will protect us, while we wait (Ps 34:7). God will supply all our needs, while we wait reverently for him to answer our prayers (Ps 34:9). Teaching other people to fear (have reverence for) God, keeps praise for his goodness on our lips (Ps 34:11-14). Keeping praise for God, in the words of our mouth, keeps evil from our lips. “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears are open to their cry” (Ps 34:15). Thank God today and tell someone how Psalm 34 has proven true in your life.

Lord, we praise you for being near to the brokenhearted and saving us, when our spirit is crushed (Ps 34:18). Even now, as our afflictions seem to multiply, we know you, God, will deliver us (Ps 34:19). Lord Jesus, you are living proof that God redeems the soul of his servants and we are not condemned (Ps 34:22). Lord Jesus, we exalt your name and call on God, in Jesus’ name, to deliver us through the afflictions of this pandemic.

Lord, help us to keep your name on our lips and teach others of your goodness after you have again rescued us. Lord, may we all partner together to exalt your name after our current trouble passes. May we work that our churches be filled, our hearts be obedient, and our eyes still upon you, when life goes back to normal. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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God's Generosity Exceeds our Needs

by: Wesley Thomas

03/27/2020

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Verse of the Day, March 27, 2020

2 Corinthians 9:11-12 CSB "You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. [12] For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God."

Paul reminds us that God generously gives beyond all our needs. He illustrates God's provision, with the ratio of the seed to the harvest. The harvest exceeds the amount of seed sown (2 Corinthians 9:10). When believers trust our investments to God, we reap more than we… read more

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Verse of the Day, March 27, 2020

2 Corinthians 9:11-12 CSB "You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. [12] For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God."

Paul reminds us that God generously gives beyond all our needs. He illustrates God's provision, with the ratio of the seed to the harvest. The harvest exceeds the amount of seed sown (2 Corinthians 9:10). When believers trust our investments to God, we reap more than we sow.

Christ gracious invested in us. He set aside his glory and rights. Jesus became poor, by limiting himself to time and space (Philippians 2:3–11). Jesus gave up his rights so that we could receive the right to become like him (2 Corinthians 8:9). Christ invested in God's ministry to the lost trusting God harvest a kingdom.

When we give to God's ministry, we will reap more than we sow. Sometimes our investments grow slow, but the harvest is always abundant (2 Corinthians 8:7–15). Giving graciously to God's work transforms us into the image of Christ. We graciously give and God graciously multiplies a little to minister to the needs of many.

Paul reminds us that generosity produces a two-fold harvest. First, we satisfy the needs of others. God uses our giving to minister to others. But satisfying needs is merely the beginning of the harvest. The second fruit of giving is theological. Because God uses our giving to care for those in spiritual and physical need, an overwhelming attitude of gratitude results in many people giving thanks to God for his goodness. We give a little and see God accomplish much.

Why tithe, in tough times? First, trusting God when we have little grows our faith. Second, Giving keeps us ministering with Christ, as he ministers to others. Third, we get the opportunity to prove God keeps his promises. God promises to take care of his children. When we invest in God's plan, he continually invests in us. Fourth, God will also out give us. When we give regularly, we are more likely to pray about the uncertainty of finances; we look for God's guiding principles for stewardship and prudence, in his word; and we wait expectantly for God's grace to overwhelm us with thanksgiving. (See the Jeremiah Study Bible, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 insert).

Lord Jesus, thank you for investing in me. Help me to invest the resources you have entrusted to me. Thank you, for I know your grace, that though you were rich, yet for my sake, you become poor so that through your poverty I might become rich in salvation (2 Corinthians 8:9). Thank you, that, though I often can only give a little, I get to worship with many overflowing with thanksgiving to you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Principle of Protection

by: Wesley Thomas

03/25/2020

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Verse of the Day, March 25, 2020

Romans 15:5–6 (NASB95)

5Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul teaches us the principle of protection. If you had the power to protect your neighbor, friend, or family from the coronavirus, would you use it? Paul prays for God to give the power of protection to believers in Rome. The same principle of protecting others, from suffering… read more

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Verse of the Day, March 25, 2020

Romans 15:5–6 (NASB95)

5Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul teaches us the principle of protection. If you had the power to protect your neighbor, friend, or family from the coronavirus, would you use it? Paul prays for God to give the power of protection to believers in Rome. The same principle of protecting others, from suffering the effects of sin, applies to protect others from the coronavirus.

Protecting harmony among God's community comes with a cost. We must pray for each other to have a selfless attitude of Christ Jesus. We must imitate Christ, by placing the wellbeing of others above our own self-interests. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses. Paul reminds us that Christ set used his strengths to compensate for our weakness (Romans 15:3). Defeating Covid 19 requires we reframe from some conveniences that may not harm us, so that others are protected. When I do what is best for you and you do what is best for me, we both win. You did something for me I could not do for myself and I did something for you that you could not do on your own.

Living in one accord glorifies God. Paul reminds us that living in harmony requires we accept each other in spite of our strengths and weaknesses. “Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification” (Romans 15:1–2). The lesson we can learn from this pandemic is that we should go out of our way to use our differences to strengthen each other’s weaknesses.

Lord Jesus, we ask for the end of this pandemic. We ask for protection for those with preexisting conditions and weakened immune systems. Please heal those infected and comfort those who have lost love ones. Lord may we learn to work together for the good of others: “Now may the God of hope fill [us] with all joy and peace in believing, so that [we] will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Lord, we pray that when of churches reopen, we will enter the doors with a shared attitude of building each other up. Help us resist, at all costs, critic attitudes that destroy the harmony of your community. In your name, Lord Jesus, we ask “help us glorify you," amen.

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Celebration Follows Confession

by: Wesley Thomas

03/24/2020

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Verse of the Day, March 24, 2020

Psalm 32:8–9 (NASB95)

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise, they will not come near to you.”

Some mornings, when I stopped by my daddy’s, he would ask me to put the horses in the pasture, above his house. Some horses would voluntarily follow behind me. Some horses would have to be haltered and… read more

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Verse of the Day, March 24, 2020

Psalm 32:8–9 (NASB95)

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise, they will not come near to you.”

Some mornings, when I stopped by my daddy’s, he would ask me to put the horses in the pasture, above his house. Some horses would voluntarily follow behind me. Some horses would have to be haltered and led, or they would run off, causing the other horses to follow. God reminds us this morning, that there are two kinds of people; those who follow and those who are restrained from running away. Will you freely follow Jesus today or will you have to be haltered and kept in check?

Once the horses were in the pasture, they ran and played, in the safety of the fence. God wants us to confess (agree with him) when we rebel and refuse to follow his instructions. When we ask Jesus to forgive us, He removes the emotional, physical, and social restaints guilt has placed upon us.

In Psalm 32 King David thanks God that confession leads to a celebration (32:1-2, 11). David reminds us that sin causes emotional, physical, and social sickness (32:3-4). Do you ever wonder if the morality of society continually worsens because we do not acknowledge (confess) our sin and ask forgiveness? David said, when he acknowledged his rebellion, God removed his guilt. Confessing rebellion against God’s instruction leads to a clean heart. We all know the areas of our life where we rebel against God, disobey his word and try to hide the guilt of our sin. Conceit makes us sick; confession makes us celebrate.

Lord Jesus, let everyone who is godly pray: to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance” (Psalm 32:6–7). “I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”, And You forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5).

Lord, Thank you that I am no longer “as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise they will not come near to you.” Forgive me and instruct me and teach me in the way which you should go; please counsel me with your eye upon me. Today, I will be glad, rejoice, and shout for joy, because you have made my heart upright in your sight (32:11). In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Light Removes Fear

by: Wesley Thomas

03/21/2020

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Verse of the Day, March 21, 2020

John 12:46-47 CSB "I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me would not remain in darkness. [47] If anyone hears my words and doesn't keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world."

Jesus came into the world so that we would know God is real, and his word is real. Therefore, if Jesus is real God is real. If Jesus tells the truth, God’s word is true (John 12:44–50).

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Verse of the Day, March 21, 2020

John 12:46-47 CSB "I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me would not remain in darkness. [47] If anyone hears my words and doesn't keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world."

Jesus came into the world so that we would know God is real, and his word is real. Therefore, if Jesus is real God is real. If Jesus tells the truth, God’s word is true (John 12:44–50).

Lord Jesus, thank you for revealing the reality of God’s truthfulness to us. Thank you for teaching us that our only fear is disbelieving and disobeying God’s word. Thank you, for living, dying, and rising so that we can be forgiven for disbelief and disobedience. Thank you for renewing us to believe, and for sending your Spirit to enable us to obey. Today is a great day because you live and rule, I may obey and enjoy your light and goodness, in the midst of the darkness. In Jesus' name. amen.

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Fear God Not Your Troubles

by: Wesley Thomas

03/20/2020

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Verse of the Day, March 20, 2020

Psalm 34:17 CSB "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles."

Two types of fear exist within our hearts. Unhealthy fear produces anxiety and even panic about uncertainty. Unhealthy fear chooses us. Healthy fear is a choice to stand in awe of God's control of our situation (worship). We have to choose Healthy fear.

When faced with fear and uncertainty, King David meditated on God’s past faithfulness. God’s previous deliverances calmed David’s fear of his present troubles. David calls his companions to “Magnify the Lord with me, and let… read more

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Verse of the Day, March 20, 2020

Psalm 34:17 CSB "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles."

Two types of fear exist within our hearts. Unhealthy fear produces anxiety and even panic about uncertainty. Unhealthy fear chooses us. Healthy fear is a choice to stand in awe of God's control of our situation (worship). We have to choose Healthy fear.

When faced with fear and uncertainty, King David meditated on God’s past faithfulness. God’s previous deliverances calmed David’s fear of his present troubles. David calls his companions to “Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt HIs name together” (Ps 34:30). This morning, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath, let claim and proclaim God's faithfulness. Our Lord will calm our fears and deliver us. Let's pray in unison (Psalm 34:15, 4, 6, 7, 9, 17, 18, 19; NASB95).

Lord, we know you see our need, and we praise you for hearing our cry: “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry” (15). Lord, as I face the fears of this pandemic, I am reassured, when I remember past times of fear: “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles" (4, 6).

As uncertainty fuels my fears, I will trust you, because “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear (honor) Him, and rescues them” (7). Lord, we pray, in one voice. We are confident that you are intervening and will continue to intervene and save us: “O fear the Lord, you His saints; for to those who fear Him there is no want (9). This morning our fear is replaced with faith, because “The righteous cry and the Lord hears And delivers them out of all their troubles” (17).

Lord, we have never before faced a national enemy like COVID 19, but we know “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all” (18–19). In Jesus' name, Amen.

Psalm 34 gives us two ways to relieve our fears. (1) We should stay focused on God’s goodness. (2) We should stay busy teaching others of God's faithfulness. “O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! . . . Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Psalm 34:8, 11).

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Now, I Have My Benefits

by: Wesley Thomas

03/19/2020

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Verse of the Day, March 19, 2020

Romans 6:22 CSB "But now, since you have been set free from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification-and the outcome is eternal life!"

In Romans 6:22, the word “But” contrasts the life we lived before we repented, believed in Jesus, we're forgiven, and received help from the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:20-21). We were once controlled by sin. Our consciences told us we were doing wrong, but we still chose to disobey God’s plan for our life. The fruit or benefit of our choice resulted in shame… read more

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Verse of the Day, March 19, 2020

Romans 6:22 CSB "But now, since you have been set free from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification-and the outcome is eternal life!"

In Romans 6:22, the word “But” contrasts the life we lived before we repented, believed in Jesus, we're forgiven, and received help from the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:20-21). We were once controlled by sin. Our consciences told us we were doing wrong, but we still chose to disobey God’s plan for our life. The fruit or benefit of our choice resulted in shame and guilt. We all have done things we are ashamed of doing. When we were sinning, obviously we thought we would benefit in some good way (we thought we would have fun, gain money or power, feed our starving ego, or satisfy fleshly lust, thirst, hunger, anger, revenge, envy, covetousness, etc.). Paul asks us to think about what benefit (good) resulted in disobeying God. Choosing to do the things (sin) of which God disapproves only makes us ashamed (6:21).

The word “now” reminds us of what we have, because of our faith and a new relationship with Christ Jesus (Romans 6:22). Since we are freed from the power of sin and enslaved to God. We HAVE (derive) our fruit (benefit), which results in holiness (God’s approval), instead of shame. The goal of living a holy life on earth is that we will stand unashamed before God, living forever, with Jesus, holy and happy.

Lord Jesus, Thank you for choices. Thank you for dying and rising to forgive me and give me free Choices today. I know a slave cannot serve two masters. I was a slave of sin. Working for sin's benefit, I only gained shame. Now, that I am enslaved to God, help me choose to choose rightly every day, so I only produce the fruit of the Spirit. Tonight, when I lay down, let me examine my work and see I HAVE chosen Love above hate, joy over vengeance, peace instead of anger, patience rather than impulse, kindness above meanness, goodness before wickedness, faithfulness over unfaithfulness, gentleness instead of hostility, self-control over indiscipline. These all benefit from me being known by you and your Spirit ruling over all aspects of my life. Lord Jesus, please help me make you proud that you saved me. In your precious and powerful name, I trust you to answer this prayer, Amen.

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Love and Obey

by: Wesley Thomas

03/18/2020

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Verse of the Day, March 18, 2020

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 CSB "These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. [7] Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. [8] Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. [9] Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates."

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Verse of the Day, March 18, 2020

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 CSB "These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. [7] Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. [8] Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. [9] Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates."

This morning, I ask you to pause and think. Can you think of one time, in your life, that you have obeyed God's word and not been blessed? Now think about what you did after God blessed you, in your time of need (healed you, straightened out a mess you made, repaired a relationship, provided a need, etc.). Moses warns the Israelites how easily we can forget. Once God blesses, us we forget that obeying him was the source of our blessing.

“These words” in Deuteronomy 6:6, refers to God’s commandments (Deuteronomy 4–5). Deuteronomy 6:4–5 explains the motivation, manner, and method of obeying God: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." Knowing that the Lord is our God and no other exists as our God motivates us. How we obey God promises we prosper: we are commanded to love him will all our (intellect), our complete being (the very essence of our personhood), and with our physical activities and capabilities.

Verses 6-9 details the reason for and method to remember obeying God’s word and will results in promised blessings. Teaching the next generation God's word has a two-fold purpose. (1) We are reminded that when we love and obey God we are blessed. (2) We are teaching our children to walk in all the ways which the Lord our God has commanded his people so that our kids and grandkids may live and that life may be well with them, and so that we may prolong their days in the blessings God continually bestows on them (Deuteronomy 5:33).

The method is to always be thinking and talking about God's greatness and grace. Moses tells us that a good time to teach others about God is all the time. In everyday conversations, we are to train the next generation. Telling and teaching others continually remids us how God has kept his promises, in the past.

Deuteronomy 6:6–9 (NASB95):

6“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart (memorize).

7"You shall teach them diligently to your sons (impress God’s commands on their minds and hearts) and shall talk of them when you sit in your house (rest and recreation) and when you walk by the way (everyday activities and work) and when you lie down and when you rise up (night and day).

8"You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead (whether with our strength or with our mind we declare God as the source of our life, blessing, and prosperity).

9“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates (Whether we are coming home or going out into the community, we are testifying to ourselves, our family, and friends that “The Lord is our God, the Lord is One.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)).

Lord Jesus, my memory is often short and my pride often tempts me to take credit for the blessing you pour forth daily upon my life. No matter where I go or what am doing today help me to Love you with all my heart, soul, and strength. May I never forget, the old life you freed me from, and the new life you are leading me into. I know, for my good and your glory, you always keep your promises. Today, I shall stop and think about my blessings. I will tell others that every time I have expressed my love, by obeying you, has proved to be the best times of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Confidently Praying

by: Wesley Thomas

03/17/2020

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1 John 5:4–15

Verse of the Day, March 17, 2020

1 John 5:14-15 CSB "This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. [15] And if we know that he hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of him."

This is the first time, in my lifetime, that I have seen the whole world order interrupted. Following the tragedy of 9/11/2001, we witnessed grief associated with tragedy, limited travel, economy demise, and supply chain interruptions, but not on a global level. Before I was born, America… read more

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1 John 5:4–15

Verse of the Day, March 17, 2020

1 John 5:14-15 CSB "This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. [15] And if we know that he hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of him."

This is the first time, in my lifetime, that I have seen the whole world order interrupted. Following the tragedy of 9/11/2001, we witnessed grief associated with tragedy, limited travel, economy demise, and supply chain interruptions, but not on a global level. Before I was born, America with the world suffered tragedy and interruptions. After I gone, disruptions and tragedy again will come and go. As in the past, we will overcome. America will defeat the coronavirus and recover from its effects. This is not the first nor the last time we will witness America’s resilience and God’s faithfulness.

This is the question I am asking myself this morning: “is recovering and returning to the status quo good enough?” Jesus teaches us, in Luke 5:39 to ask ourselves: is the old good enough or do we desire to taste something new? 1 John gives us four common characteristics of a confident believer. (1) We have placed our faith in Jesus’ atonement for our sins. (2) We voluntary submit to and obey God’s word. (3) We voluntary strive to walk rightly before God. And (4) We continually ask ourselves is the status quo good enough (1 John 1:1-9, 2:1-12, 3:1-9, 5:1-12).

John provides two reasons believers can confidently pray. First, if we ask according to God’s will, we know he hears his children. Second, if we know God hears his children, we know he answers our requests (1 John5:13–15). We, as believers, must gather together and pray for the defeat of COVID 19’s attack on humanity. Churches are closed. Stores have empty shelves, while customers search the isles. Restaurants have empty tables, while serving customers at drive thru windows. Doctor’s offices have empty waiting rooms, while patients wait to be called into individual examination rooms. All of us believe, grocery stores will restock shelves, restaurants will reopen dining rooms, and waiting rooms will again be filled with impatience patients. We can confidently pray, because we know, that, for our sake, God will intervene and restore order and healing, according to his time and plan.

We must also ask ourselves two questions, as we pray to defeat and recover from COVID 19. (1) Will churches reopen? Of course, churches will reopen (Matthew 16:18). (2) Will churches recover what we lost, before the coronavirus outbreak? Now is the time to ask is the old good enough or do we desire something new? Today is the day to see the empty pews, as God sees them. Forty-five people, sitting in a 180-seat church, reveals the believer and non-believer’s contempt for God authority over their lives. John reminds us: “If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death (1 John 5:16–17).

Let us confidently pray! Lord Jesus, I know of two reasons our church pews were empty, before the coronavirus closed our doors. Sin and complacency both show our contempt for your rule over our lives. First, we pray for those committing sins not leading to death: those who commit sins “unwittingly and which do not involve rejection of God and his way of salvation. The sinner is overcome by temptation against his will; he still wants to love God and his neighbor, he still believes in Jesus Christ, he still longs to be freed from sin” (Marshal quoted in Zondervan Exegetical Commentary, 236). Lord we pray for the saved who are struggling with a sin. Whether it is their shame, guilt, or confidence in your forgiveness that prevents them from corporate worship, we pray for them to repent and return to you and our fellowship. Use me today to choose and help restore someone to you and our congregational worship (Luke 22:31-32).

Second, Lord Jesus, we pray for “The brother or sister who is sinning the sin that leads to death [the ones who have] a heart that has not been transformed by the new birth [repentance and faith in Jesus’ atonement]. Despite their self-identification as a Christian and their presence in the gatherings of the church(es), they have refused to believe in Jesus Christ, to follow God’s commands, and to love their brothers and sisters” (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary, 236).

Lord Jesus, we pray for physical and spiritual healing. Lord, heal our families, our churches, our country, restore your order throughout the world. We pray for all affected by the COVID 19. We lift up our leaders and medical professionals. We pray that we are not satisfied with the old status quo. As a nation we are reuniting, help us continue to strive together after this crisis subsides. Help us pray and go to our brothers and sisters confidently restoring their relationship with you and their fellowship with our churches.

Lord help us to reunite the members of our churches. Lord, forgive, me, my friends, and all church members for any ill will we have toward one another (1 John 1:5-10). You have granted us time to push pause and examine our commitment to your lordship over our lives and to the building of your church. Because you forgave us, we can forgive others and work together for the glory of your grace (Ephesians 1:1-14). Lord we are praying for churches to be filled with believers, who together with one voice thank you for saving us from our sins and the coronavirus. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Verse of the Day, December 2, 2019

by: Wesley Thomas

12/02/2019

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Psalm 18:34-35 CSB "He trains my hands for war; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. [35] You have given me the shield of your salvation; your right hand upholds me, and your humility exalts me."

King David was built for battle. David’s life consisted of constant opposition. Now, wars are won, King Saul is gone, David is on the throne. David reviews his life and praises God for deliverance, from all his enemies and the hand of King Saul. David constructs a battle plan for the rest of His life.

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Psalm 18:34-35 CSB "He trains my hands for war; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. [35] You have given me the shield of your salvation; your right hand upholds me, and your humility exalts me."

King David was built for battle. David’s life consisted of constant opposition. Now, wars are won, King Saul is gone, David is on the throne. David reviews his life and praises God for deliverance, from all his enemies and the hand of King Saul. David constructs a battle plan for the rest of His life.

Psalm 18 duplicates 2 Samuel 22; Psalm 18:30 is quoted in Proverbs 30:5; Ps. 18:31 echoes Moses’ song in Deuteronomy 32:4, 31; Habakkuk 3:19 quotes Ps. 18:33); the Apostle Paul quotes Ps. 18:49 and other OT verses in Romans 15:9–12. What is true for David has always been true for God’s people, is true for us this morning, and will be true, when we awake tomorrow. All David’s victories, like ours, result from his/our relationship with God, God’s faithful love, and our trust in God’s leadership.

God trained David for the battles of life. God, in His covenant love, gave David his Word, David returned God’s love, by following God’s instruction (belief and trust/obedience; Ps18:1, 18, 20). David acknowledged that God rewarded his righteousness. This does not mean we can work for God’s favor, but that God’s grace has already placed reward in the paths, which God instructs us to walk. God recompenses us according to the cleanness of our hands (18:20). We all will face battles this week. God has a battle plan for us.

Our first line of defense is prayer (18:3). Call upon the Lord for help. First make peace with God, so He can hear and answer our prayers. Ask God to forgive us for the areas we have departed from His ways, and depend on Him to lead us victoriously back onto his paths of right living (18:20–24).

Second Line of defense is to acknowledge that our past successes have been the work of the Lord, not our own self-sufficiency (18:1–3). Thank God by giving Him credit for past wins. David lists natural structures that have protected him from defeat. Manmade defenses may wins some battles, but not the war. David was a great warrior king, with a mighty army, but he knew that God was his ultimate protector, who would save him (18:32–34, Life Application Bible).

There is no one like the Lord (18:31). Forty-nine verses are too many to discuss this morning, so we will close with our third Line of Defense. Our morning vision of God and our expectations of His love determine how we head out into battle everyday.

Lord Jesus, You have defeated my worst enemy, you conquered death, and gave me new live. I know You will not fail me nor let me fail You. Lord I do not know what will happen this week and I know some of last weeks troubles have nearly defeated me, but in my distress I will pray and my cry for help will reach Your ear (18:6), and I will see you come to my rescue.

As I bend my knees and bow my head to pray, I will see You answer me, today.

No Battle is too big, no trouble is too terrible, and no destress will be my defeat. When You hear my cry for help and answer me, the earth will shake and quake; and the foundations of the mountains will tremble and be shook, because You are angry at my enemy.

Smoke will go up out of our nostrils, and fire from Your mouth set my adversaries ablaze.

You will bend the heavens toward earth, coming down with thick darkness under Your feet.

I see You riding upon a cherub and flying; speeding upon the wings of the wind to rescue me.

As I face battles today, I will hear the Lord my God thunder in the heavens, and the Most High will utter His voice, with hailstones and coals of fire.

You will send out Your arrows and scatter my troubles. Lord I see lightning flashes in abundance, and You guiding them to my defense. When the currents of troubled waters surround me, the foundations of the world are laid bare at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

Gracious God, before I prayed, You already sent Jesus from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters, and delivered me from my strong enemy. Lord Jesus, thank You for letting me see a Vision of You, coming to my rescue, in my calamity You alone are my comfort (Psalm 18:7–18). In You victorious name, I pray. I love You, Lord, You are my strength (Teach the Text, 126). Amen (Let it be true).

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Hunt Springs Fall Revival

by: Wesley Thomas

08/17/2018

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Fall Revival 9/9/18

Disciple Sunday

Marty Dupree will Lead Discipleship Revival. Four Sessions will Integrate Traditional Services, Constructive Information, and Interactive Training

1. Sunday School Hour 9:45am: Teenage and Adult taught together: "Life Style Evangelism: Being an On-Mission Christian" Matthew 28:5-20 (Personal, Seed Sowing Evangelism, Creatively Connecting People with the Gospel, Conversational Evangelism)

2. Sunday Worship 11:00am: "Conversational Evangelism: Sharing the Gospel in a Changing Culture" Acts 2 vs Acts 17 (emphasis of The Story as a tool)

3. COVERED DISH LUNCHEON 12:00 pm.

4. Sunday Afternoon Interactive Training Session: (Questions, Discussion, Processing of Morning info, Connecting the Gospel ideas, Disciple-Making ideas, illustrations on… read more

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Fall Revival 9/9/18

Disciple Sunday

Marty Dupree will Lead Discipleship Revival. Four Sessions will Integrate Traditional Services, Constructive Information, and Interactive Training

1. Sunday School Hour 9:45am: Teenage and Adult taught together: "Life Style Evangelism: Being an On-Mission Christian" Matthew 28:5-20 (Personal, Seed Sowing Evangelism, Creatively Connecting People with the Gospel, Conversational Evangelism)

2. Sunday Worship 11:00am: "Conversational Evangelism: Sharing the Gospel in a Changing Culture" Acts 2 vs Acts 17 (emphasis of The Story as a tool)

3. COVERED DISH LUNCHEON 12:00 pm.

4. Sunday Afternoon Interactive Training Session: (Questions, Discussion, Processing of Morning info, Connecting the Gospel ideas, Disciple-Making ideas, illustrations on Engaging Conversations to Share the Gospel, The STORY and 3 Circles - Life Conversation Guide phone apps). Session 4 immediately following lunch.

Fall Revival 9/10/18

Spanish Monday

Hunt Springs: Bilingual Revival Service

Worship and Music led by HSBC/Guests.

Pastor Rodolfo Zelaya will be Preaching God’s Word to His People.

Pastor Tim Burris will Translate.

Everyone is Invited to Gather for Spanish/English Revival Night, at Hunt Springs Baptist Church.

Time7 pm.

Location:

1557 Saint Andrews Church Road

Sanford, NC 27332

(919) 774–1822

www.huntsprings.com

Fall Revival 9/11/18

Cowboy Tuesday

Hunt Springs: Cowboy Church Night.

CoolWater Cowboy Church’s Worship Team will lead Worship and Music. HSBC is excited to welcome back Eddie, Debbie, Mark, and Donnie.

Pastor Jeff Smith

will be Preaching God’s Word to His people.

Calling all Cowboy Churches to Gather for Cowboy Church Revival Night, at Hunt Springs Baptist Church.

Time7 pm.

Location:

1557 Saint Andrews Church Road

Sanford, NC 27332

(919) 774–1822

www.huntsprings.com

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Christian Approaches Opiate Problem and Addiction

by: Wesley Thomas

08/17/2018

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A Christian Approach to Opioid Addiction on August 22nd: Kenneth Smith will lead a seminar, dealing with addiction, from a Christian perspective. Kenneth is a Psychotherapist/Speaker/Author, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist/Supervisor. He currently works at Behavioral Health Care of Cape Fear Valley, Private Practice (part time), Oak Ranch Inc., Sanford, NC. We will meet in the Sanctuary at 7 pm.

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A Christian Approach to Opioid Addiction on August 22nd: Kenneth Smith will lead a seminar, dealing with addiction, from a Christian perspective. Kenneth is a Psychotherapist/Speaker/Author, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist/Supervisor. He currently works at Behavioral Health Care of Cape Fear Valley, Private Practice (part time), Oak Ranch Inc., Sanford, NC. We will meet in the Sanctuary at 7 pm.

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