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In society today, many of the Christian people have been labeled as intolerant and bigoted. When we stand for the principles that God has laid out for us, we are told we are the problem. This should be no surprise. Scripture tells us that this would occur. Evil is now called good and praised and good is now called evil. Child of God, stand for what your Heavenly Father has set before you. Do not compromise! For we shall have a reward for faithfulness in glory one day soon!

 



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It has been a tremendous week at Calvary Baptist Church! The vacation Bible school was a great time of teaching children about the book of Proverbs and what it teaches about how we use our ears, hearts, tongues, hands and feet for Jesus! These are not only great lessons to teach, but the Bible is speaking to the adults as well! God’s Word is wonderful! It is for more than children! Read it daily!
 
 
 


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The goodness and mercy of God are so amazing to me.  The Psalms repeat over and over that “His mercy and goodness endureth forever”.  I am so glad that I can always rely on the mercy and goodness of God.  First when I was saved by the blood of His precious Son.  And now each day as I live, I experience the mercy and goodness of God each day!  Rejoice, for He is good!


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Scripture teaches us that every good gift comes from above!  God has been gracious to give many gifts to His people.  The gift we celebrate today is the gift of the loving, caring, kind and compassionate mother!  To each lady that has nurtured a child and shown them the love of Christ, we say thank you and may you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day!



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The momentum on the train of time is picking up.  Today marks the last day of four months of the year 2017.  Time moves forward whether you are ready or not.  So today, let us take an inventory of what we have done for God.  Are we soul winning?  Are we working and looking for the kingdom of God?  Time is short and not slowing down, let’s work for God!


Faithful Friday

 
It has been said that we must look to God because all men will fail us at some time.  While it is a wonderful privilege to have a godly example on earth, we must remember that all men are robed in flesh.  The flesh will attack and no man has the power to overcome the flesh in his own power.  We must depend on God to sustain our faithfulness.  Psalms 12:1 says, “for the faithful fall from among the children of men.”  But the first two words of the verse is key, “Help, Lord”.  If we try to live the faithful life within our own power, we will fail!  Our faithfulness is dependent upon each day asking for the Lord to help.  He is our strength and our rock on which we stand!  He is also the One that grants us faith to remain in the fight!  Is your faithfulness weak?  Ask, “Help, Lord”.  


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The Bible is full of illustrations.  In the book of Proverbs, the ant used to show the need for us to be working during this time of harvest.  The days are swiftly passing and the Lord is coming therefore, we must be working.  Our work is to tell a lost world that Jesus saves and He is the only way!  What are you working for?  Are you telling the world about Jesus!  Go and tell!



Faithful Friday

 
God reveals Himself to man that man can know the lost condition that he is in and then have the knowledge to the way of salvation.  After salvation, the Christian has much more to accomplish.  We are not to receive salvation and the proceed back to our own way of life.  We are to live completely for Him because we have become a child of God, property of God! First Corinthians shows us that we are not our own, we are bought with the price of the blood of Jesus Christ!  We and all that we possess are His!  This includes our earthly possessions.  We merely are stewards of what He has blessed us with.  A steward is merely a manager of his Masters possessions and we are to manage those things wisely.  Our materials blessings are only for us to manage in such a way as to bring glory and honor to the heavenly Father.  There is a requirement for being God’s steward, we are to be faithful to Him.  We are to faithful to Him and His desires.  The more faithful we are, the more responsibility He gives.  If you find yourself having little manage for God then we must examine ourselves and ask s it because of our lack of faithfulness to God?  How much or how little we manage is related to our faithfulness to God!  Stay faithful to the Master!


Monday Minute

 
I recently was walking in the hallway of a hotel and saw a sign that read:
If it is
Important to you,
You will
Find a way.
If not, you will find
An Excuse
 
That sign so struck me!  How many times have we claimed that we do not have time for a certain task?  Am I really just saying that the certain task is not important to me?  When we begin to look through the lens of importance, where does that place the things of God?  Importance = time.  The popular saying is “Time = money”.  It is true that if you look at your calendar and your bank register, you will find the things held dearest to your heart!  Allow me then to ask a few questions. 
Do you have time to pray?
Do you have time to read God’s Word?
Do you have time to attend church?
 
Allow me to phrase the same question from a different perspective:
Is prayer important to you?
Is God’s Word important to you?
 Is attending church important to you?
 
Let’s ask God to help us place our time and importance on what really matters.  It will only take a minute!
 
 


Pastor’s Pen

The people of God are asked to give on many occasions.  The country we live in is a generous nation, to which I credit the people of God.  There is a much more valuable commodity we can give than the monetary gift.  This is prayer.  Preachers, missionaries & ministry leaders all ask of a simple gift that costs you nothing.  Give the gift of prayer for those in need.  A preacher recently said to me, “Prayer is worth more than money.” What could God do with praying people? Let us band together and see what great and might things God has in store for His people!


Faithful Friday

Our society teaches polar opposite principles to biblical truth.  Questions are asked such as: “How big is your house?’ or “How big is your bank account?”  The questions always begins, “How BIG?”  The church is at times guilty of misapplying principles to intangible goods of this world.  These individuals will ask, “How big is your Sunday School, choir or Sunday attendance?”  When the reply is less than impressive, the world would ask why we waste our time on something so small.  The answer is simply being faithful to what God has given us.  Jesus never ask how big the congregation was or how big the offering is at the ministry before ministering to the people on earth.  When our days are accomplished on earth and we stand before the Lord, He will not ask how BIG, but how faithful?  I do not minimize numbers because numbers represent souls to be ministered to, but the question is not how big the ministry as it is how faithful to your ministry for God you are.  According to Luke 19:17, there is a reward for faithfulness.  Stay faithful in your ministry for the Lord, for He sees your faithfulness!


Monday Minute

 
There seems to be a rush to obtain.  Many will rush to obtain the things of this world, the accolades, fame, fortune, and even health.  Hours each week are devoted to the pursuit of impressing others, working to be known, the endless pursuit of promotion and climbing of the corporate ladder.  Hours are also given to a gym to obtain the ideal body.  These are the top of the priority lists for millions on the earth.  As Christians, we must set our affections on the eternal and not the temporal.  I dare not say that working and earning a living and taking care of our body is unimportant, but these things must not supersede our pursuit of God.  We should have a hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matt. 5:6).  Take a minute today and ask if you truly long for the things of God.  Are you storing your treasures on earth where they will pass away, or are you laying up treasures in heaven where nothing of this world can touch them?  As A.W. Tozar wrote, :  “I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God”.


Pastor’s Pen

 
Today in 1743, the very first Christian publication in America was made available.  “The Christian History” stated it’s objective on the top of the page.  “We heartily rejoice to see and hear of the revival both in Great Britain and America.  May revival fires once again sweep across our land!  “Wilt Thou not revive us again”.  Psalm 85:6.


Faithful Friday

 
An icon was born on July 6, 1916.  The portrait of Uncle Sam was created for the issue of “Leslie’s Weekly”.  The portrait simply stated three words under Uncle Sam, “I Want You”.  This American symbol was looking for faithful men to serve in the armed forces of America.  This was a call to stop talking and start working!  In Proverbs 20:16, the question is posed, “a faithful man who can find?”  God has been asking and searching down through the ages for the faithful few.  Can God place you on that list of faithful servants?  Are you faithful to Him in all things?  Are you faithful in your time with Him and prayer to Him?  God is standing with open arms today saying, ,”I want you”.  All of you.  Be faithful to God, for He will be faithful to you!


Pastor’s Pen

Trials and tribulations are part of this life we live but don’t you get tired of dwelling on the negative?  As a born again Christian that has placed my trust in Jesus Christ, I have much more to look forward to than to dwell on down here!  I have salvation that neither man, nor power can take from me!  I have a home promised to me as a child of God!  A home that cannot be reached by fire, flood, rust or moth to corrupt it!  I have a Savior that has promised that He would never leave nor forsake me while walking thru this life!  So, Praise God, child of God!  We’ve got so much more to look forward to!