August 28, 2017

~ GIVE ME JESUS ~



…Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,.”  John 6:68

In our time on Wednesday, the Millen Baptist youth are working their way through a study on truth.  What is truth?  Who decides what is true?  Is there a standard of truth?  It is an unfortunate reality that many in this fallen world want to believe that truth is relative.  People want to do, as it says in the seventeenth chapter of Judges. “… what is right in [their] own eyes.” As we study, we have come to accept, to be convinced that truth resides in God alone!  

When I ponder on the fact that in God, in Christ one finds the “only” source of truth and life I am humbled to know Him (John 14:6). I am truly grateful to know Him and His ways.  It reminds me of a statement by Simon Peter, the brash, bold disciple.  Although Peter’s brazenness, at times, got him in trouble, his plain language in the sixth chapter of John gets to the heart of the matter.  In verse sixty-eight, Peter says, "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.”

Brothers and sisters in Christ, the reality that our God is the truth-giver should drive each of us to seek Him.  For in Him and Him alone rest the truth that can bring freedom to the captive... that can bring light to the darkness... the one place that quenches the thirst of the spiritually parched... the One and Only who brings life to the spiritually dead.  As a praise chorus says, “You can have the whole world but give me Jesus!”

August 1, 2017

THE WEAPON OF CHOICE, PRAYER!



“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”  2 Corinthians 10:3-4

It is August.  For many this means a change, for it marks the beginning of another school year.  This brings with it many challenges and adjustments for many within our church family.  Some will face the daunting task of moving from elementary to middle school or from middle to high school.  Others will being sending their baby off to school for the first time.  Those who teach will be inundated with work and others will feel the quietness of an empty home.  

As a Christians, our call during this time is use our mightiest weapon, prayer!  We must begin this school year in a war stance.  We must realize that the enemy is at work in the midst of the young among us and we must be those who intercede on the behalf of others.  Bothers and sisters in Christ, let us pray for the students and for the teachers as they begin another year.  Let us pray for a safe learning environment and an atmosphere of love and kindness to be present throughout the school.  Let us pray daily for the salvation for lost students, staff, and administration as well as protection for all against depression, suicide, immorality, and illness.  Let our prayers be focused on the needs and concerns of others so as to see Christ glorified.  Let each of us be on bended knee and wage war for the young hearts and minds!