On the Road!

– Pastor Whited, Blackey Baptist Church

Now when I go on vacation this is my time to grow closer to God! so I let Marsha drive this gets My

prayer life where it needs to be! just kidding!

On the road of ministry!

BEFORE WE GET INTO THE SERMON LET’S GET A LITTLE BACK GROUND, JESUS JUST GOT BAPTIZED, NOW

HE IS BEING TEMPTED WHILE HE IS FASTING FOR 40 DAYS. JESUS WAS SEEKING THE WILL OF GOD!

Jeremiah 29:11-14

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm

you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me,

and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I

will be found by you,” declares the LORD,  

WHEN YOU SEEK GOD OUT IN YOUR LIFE ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE YOU WILL

FIND HIM.

NOW WHEN YOU ARE FASTING GOD DOES A FEW THINGS, HE TEACHES US HOW

TO OVERCOME SATAN AND HIS SCHEMES. HE GROWS US CLOSER BECAUSE WE

ARE CALLING ON HIM, EVERY TIME WE HAVE A HUNGER PAIN IT IS OUR

REMINDER TO START THE CONVERSATION WITH GOD! IF YOU HAVE BEEN

FASTING FOR 40 DAYS YOU ARE HAVING SOME HUNGER PAINS AND SOME

INTENSE CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD! AMEN!

NOW YOUR WALK GETS EVEN CLOSER WITH GOD,EVERY TIME YOU OVERCOME,

YOUR FAITH IS INCREASED AND YOU WALK THE ROAD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS A

LITTLE STRONGER!

NOW JESUS’S MINISTRY STARTS! AS SOON AS YOU ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR LORD

AND SAVIOR YOU SHOULD FOLLOW UP WITH BAPTISM. AT THAT POINT YOUR

MINISTRY BEGINS!

HOW WAS JESUS OVERCOMING THE TEMPTATIONS, STRUGGLES,DESIRE OF SO

MANY INTERNAL FLESHLY THOUGHTS?

LUKE 4:14-20

IT IS BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD!LOOK AT IT, THE “POWER” OF THE SPIRIT!

THE POWER AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD! THIS SAME SPIRIT HAD THE POWER TO

RAISE JESUS FROM THE DEAD.

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Obeying His Voice

by Toni Babcock

Jesus Christ conveyed the idea of uncompromising obedience when he said to His disciples “Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you,” (John 15:14).

For the Christian, obedience is doing what we believe Christ has called us to do, knowing God will do for us what He has promised to do in order to achieve it. In this faith, we live out our obedience as believers and experience the life of Christ that makes it truly possible. His promise assures us, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing,” (John 15:4-5 KJV).

If we would give all the glory to Jesus Christ our King, let us believe what he said, and do what he asks. Let us surrender all of our own power and acknowledge He is the source of all our strength. Let us accept the fact that without Christ we can do nothing.

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Tithing in Tough Times

– by Lillian Rhoades

Bring all the tithes…and try Me in this…, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing…Malachi, 3:6 (NKJ)

We all know what it’s like to have our finances on life support. Whenever we face that financial crisis, we’re tempted to keep God’s portion of our income to pay the bills. I’ve faced that temptation many times. There were moments when I thought; Why not forego paying tithes this month and double up next time?

But each time God reminded me that I would ultimately have more for less when I stopped focusing on my purse strings and considered His divine resources.

We will not always have sufficient cash on hand, but when we refuse to put off giving what belongs to God, He will keep His promise to supply all our needs.

Many years ago, Ralph Montanus, the well-known blind evangelist and founder of The Gospel Association for the Blind, told the story of how God asked him to place all of the money he had in the offering plate during a Sunday evening service. God simultaneously spoke to his wife, Bea, and she agreed. As they walked home that night, Bea spotted what looked like a dollar bill lying under a street light. It was a twenty dollar bill, the exact amount they had obediently given earlier.

Montanus gave from the bottom of the barrel, and he discovered that God is no man’s debtor. We may have limited resources, but there’s no less in His storehouse. When we are faithful in giving to Him during economic hard times, He will give back with interest.

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What’s Your Attitude?

– by Florence Simmons

“They are not of the world, even as I am not of it” (John 17:17).

How can we live in the world and not partake of its warped values and destructive paths? To reject these corruptions, we must establish a mindset that chooses all that God has for us. This mentality means we fully accept God’s guidelines and willingly obey His principles.

That determination matches these words: I have decided to follow Jesus; I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back.

Notice the words “I have decided.” Down deep within us, we determine to make an unbendable rule to follow Jesus. The distractions of this world are many, but we daily focus on serving Him and walk in His truths. Someone once said, You don’t honor God’s Word until you live it.

We who are born of the Spirit are not of this world. We have been forgiven and set free. We look toward His heavenly kingdom. With this conviction, we can ask God to guard our hearts against the evil enticements of Satan. We are not left powerless. He effectively works in and through believers. So call on that powerful name–Jesus.

Shortly before His death, Jesus prayed to His Father about those who believe: “They are not of this world any more than I am. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world” (John 17:16, NIV).

So then, what’s your attitude?

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“The Power of Forgiveness”

Written by Thousands, Inspired by Rev 7:9-12.

by Anna Darlene Free Edmondson

Luke 23:34, NKJV: Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

God loved the whole world so much He sent His only Son to die on a cruel cross for our sins.

‘Amazing Grace’ was the song I got saved on. The words and melody of that powerful hymn pierced my soul. I needed forgiveness. I was lost and needed a Savior. I accepted Christ into my heart Easter Sunday in 1960.

The power of forgiveness can change one’s destiny. It heals the broken-hearted and sets the captive free from self-made chains.

The early lives of Jacob and his twin brother Esau began with great dissension. After many years had passed, God worked mightily in each of their lives. “Esau ran to meet him [Jacob], and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him: and they wept.” (Gen 33:4 KJV).

We read a similar scene in the New Testament of Luke’s gospel. “But, when he [prodigal son] was a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”(Luke 15:20 KJV).

As Jesus cried, ‘Father, forgive them ‘ from the cross, He was purchasing our eternal life with His precious blood. (Matt 26:28 KJV). To be a true follower of the Messiah, we must understand that our lives are not our own, but have been bought with the most expensive price.

Oh! Blessed truth. We can be forgiven by accepting Christ into our hearts.

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God Knew My Heart

By: Ken Ebright

“God can see what is in people’s hearts. And he knows what is in the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit speaks to God for his people in the way God wants.” (Romans 8:27 NCV)

I had come home from a very painful meeting with my parents. They were about to get a divorce. My dad would eventually leave town. A short time after I arrived home, a friend from church called about some sound system related issues. He supported me during a time when I really needed it.

A few years later, I received a call I never expected. My good friend, who was a missionary in Albania, had been given a clean bill of health a few weeks before he returned to the mission field. I was shocked when his grandma phoned me with the news of his death. A short time later, a family member called, and I was able to pour out my heart about the loss of my friend.

Both times the Lord knew that I was hurting; He knew that I needed to talk to someone. It’s amazing how the Lord can bring someone across your path at the right time when you need a lift.

He knows what I need and when I need it. He can do the same for you.

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Do not fear

By jacqui julyan

Do not fear
What others fear
Do not do
What others do
Do not fret
What others fret

There is much wisdom
In waiting
For me
For small is the gate
Narrow the path
To life
In me

So
Do not fear
What others fear
Do not do
What others do
Do not fret
What others fret

There is much wisdom
In listening
For my voice
For small is the gate
Narrow the path
To life
In me

There is much wisdom
In leaning
Upon me
For I am gentle and humble
You will find rest for your souls
I am the LORD

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Do not dwell on the past

Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 by Maria Egilsson

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isa 43:18-19)

The fire burns low in the hearth, flames flicker with hope and life.  But when the fire is spent, nothing remains but ash.  What once burned hot is now cold.

There are times you may feel cold as you sit among the ashes that no longer glow with life. Everyone faces situations of trial, suffering and grief. But God promises that even in seasons like this, He is at work. When you are at your lowest ebb, He is there. It is His loving kindness and compassion that lifts the sense of hopelessness and the weight of despair. Every morning He gives fresh mercies that sustain and encourage the weary one just like He did for the Israelites in the desert. Our manna is the bread of His word. God is making the way for something new.

Sometimes we have to let go of situations – wanting what isn’t anymore. Letting go of “old dreams”, previous “fires” allows closure to come and a chance for something new. Sometimes what seems to be an end is the start of a new beginning. Even Jesus, while on the cross, stated: “It is finished”. Redemption could only come when the work of the old was done. Take hope. The hearth will not remain cold and full of gritty ash. He will rekindle the flame once again.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Blessing

by Alan Allegra 

 Have you ever wondered if there is a Fourth of July in other countries? Before you run to Google or Ask.com, think about it. Every country that has a calendar has a July 4! It just doesn’t have the same meaning as in the United States. This day commemorates the signing of the birth certificate of the USA: the Declaration of Independence.

Because the kingdom of the British monarch, George III, denied the states their “unalienable rights” of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” said states chose to “dissolve the political bands which have connected them.”

There is a striking parallel to our nation’s history in the spiritual world. There are two spiritual kingdoms: the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) and the kingdom of Satan (Matthew 12:26).

In America, every child born in this country is an American citizen. The genealogy and ethnicity of the parents is irrelevant. Similarly, every person born into this world born in the flesh is a citizen of the ruler the prince of this world, the devil (John 12:31). All are born automatic citizens of this world.

Jesus Christ offers the chance to dissolve the bonds that connect us to this world with its despotic ruler, and enter his kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy (Romans 14:17). To enter the better kingdom, one must be born again (John 3).

Satan’s kingdom promises freedom (Genesis 3) but delivers only bondage and slavery (2 Timothy 2:26). Allegiance to his false teaching leads to corruption (2 Peter 2:19).

Not dissimilar to King George, the ruler of this world’s stock in trade is lies (John 8:44), murder (John 8:44), and deception (Revelation 20:3). He may look good on the outside, even appearing as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) or even God (2 Thessalonians 2:4) but the beauty is only skin deep. His agents are even able to perform signs and miracles (2 Thessalonians 2:9).

We don’t like boundaries. From touching items marked, “Do Not Touch!” to blowing off speed limits, like babies in playpens, we try to escape societal boundaries, not realizing they are for our safety. Trains that derail produce death and destruction.

Jesus offers everyone true freedom and liberty when we, paradoxically, offer to be his slaves (John 8:32, Romans 6:17-18). His salvation frees us from religious ritual (Galatians 5), fear of death (Hebrews 2:15), and the power of temptation (2 Corinthians 10:13).

In return, Christ offers life (John 14:6), liberty (Galatians 5:1), and the pursuit of true happiness, which the bible calls “blessedness” (Matthew 5-7, the Bill of Rights of the Kingdom).

The Liberty Bell is inscribed with these words: “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof,” (Leviticus 25:10). No man-made religion or government, despite all the rules and laws, can liberate the soul from the tyranny of Satan or the treachery of sin. The apostle Paul talks about the grace of God in Christ Jesus “who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:8).

Christians are not free from all laws, but free to follow the laws of Christ. “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).

Someday, the true King will appear and usher in the greater kingdom. “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself” (Philippians 3:20-21).

The gospel is the spiritual Declaration of Independence, freeing you to “[turn] to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10). Every day can be the Fourth of July!

Alan Allegra is a freelance Christian writer in Pennsylvania. Contact me at alan.allegra@gmail.com. More articles at Lifestyles Over 50: http://www.lifestylesover50.com/ and the Morning Call: www.mcall.com. Available for writing. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/alanallegra/

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Author of Life

 – by C D Swanson

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey (Hebrews 5:9 KJV)

I am alive because He died. I am alive because He loved enough to give His life for me. I am alive because of His amazing sacrifice.

In all things pertaining to life I think of our Savior. We are alive only because of Him. God gave His Son to save us from eternal damnation. He wanted us to live with Him forever and so He sent His Son for that purpose.

My mother passed away this past May-and although I ache from missing her so much it’s beyond painful- but knowing she is alive in Heaven brings enormous comfort to my soul. I know that I’ll see her again, and that is one of the best things about faith… we’ll live forever as long as we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

How glorious! How joyful! How marvelous!

We live because of Him . We are who we are because of who He is and what He’s done. The magnificence of who He is and what He’s done is overwhelming. He is our Author of Salvation. He is our Rock. He is our Savior and King of kings.

“Father, thank You for sending Jesus to save us, thank You for Your sacrifice, and thank You for Your mercy and enduring love. May those who are in the dark seek and find the light, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

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