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The Good News

I Will Give You As A Conenant To The People

Jesus Christ is Himself the sum and substance of the covenant, and as one of its gifts he is the property of every believer. Believer, can you estimate what you have received in Christ? “In him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.” Consider the word “God” and its infinity; and then meditate upon ‘’perfect man’’ and all his beauty; for all that Christ, as God and man, ever had, or  can have, is yours—out od pure free favor, given to you to be your entailed property forever. Our Blessed Jesus, as God, is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent. Will it not console you to know that all these great and glorious attributes are altogether yours? Has he power? That power is yours to support and strengthen you, to overcome your enemies, and to preserve you even to the end. Has He love? Well, there is not a drop of lohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm1ColmI1-give in His heart that is not yours; you may dive into the immense ocean of His love, and you may say of it all, “It is mine.’ Has he justice? It may seem a stern attribute, but even that is yours, for he will by His justice see to it that all that is promised to you in the covenant of grace shall be most certainty secured to you. And all that He has as perfect man is yours. As perfect man the Father’s delight was upon him. He stood accepted by the Most High, O  believer, God’s acceptance of Christ is your acceptance; for the love that the Father set on a perfect Christ, He sets on you now. For all that Christ did is yours. That perfect righteousness which Jesus worked out, when through His stainless life He kept the law and made it honorable, is yours and is imputed to you, Christ is in the covenant.

 

My God I am Thine------what a comfort devine!

What a blessing to know the Savior is mine!

In the heavenly Lamb Thrice happy I am,

And my heart it doth dance at the sound of His name.

 

Charles H. Spurgeon / Alistair Begg

Living In The Light

It was a dark morning. Low, steel-colored clouds filled the skys, and the atmosphere was so dim that I needed to turn on the lights in order to read a book. I had just settled in when the room suddenly filled with light. I looked up and saw that the wind was pushing the clouds to the east, clearing the sky and revealing the sun.

   As I went to the window to get a better look at the drama, a thought came to mind. “The darkness is passing and the true light is already shining” (l John 2:8). The apostle John wrote these words to believers as a message of encouragement. He went on to say “Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble”(V. 10). By contrast, he equated hating people with roaming around in darkness; it takes away our sense of moral direction.

    Loving people is not always easy. Yet I was reminded as I looked out the window that frustration, forgiveness, and faithfulness are all part of maintaining a deep connection with the love and light of God. When we choose love instead of hate, we are showing our relationship with Him and reflecting  His radiance to the world around us. “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5)

 

Jennifer  Benson  Schuldt    

 

Dear God, help me to experience Your love more fully so that I can share it with others. I want to live in the light of Your grace and mercy. 

 

Choosing to love people well shows the world what God is like.

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The Good News - The Guarantee Of Our Inheritance

Ephesians 1-14

Oh, what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and Jesus alone. Yet the realization that we have of Christ’s preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at best. As the old writer says, “Tis but a taste!” We have tasted “that the Lord is good, “ but we do not yet know how good and gracious He is, although what we know of his sweetness makes us long for more. We have enjoyed the firstfruits  of the Spirit, and they have set us hungering and thirsting for the fullness of the heavenly vintage. We groan within ourselves, waiting for the  adoption. Here we are like Israel in the wilderness, who had but one cluster from the vine, there we shall be in the vineyard. Here we see the manna falling small, like coriander seed; but there shall we eat the bread of heaven and the old corn of the kingdom. We are but beginners now in spiritual education, for although we have learned the first letters of the alphabet, we cannot read words yet, much less can we put sentences together. But as one says, “He that has been in heaven but five minutes  knows more than the general assembly of divines on earth.” We have many unfulfilled desires at present, but soon every wish shall be satisfied, and all our powers shall find the sweetness employment in that eternal world of joy.  O Christian anticipate heaven for a few years. Within a very little time you will be rid of all your trials and your troubles. Your eyes now suffused with tears shall weep no longer.You will gaze in ineffable rapture upon the splendor of Him who sits upon the throne. Better still, you shall sit upon His throne. The triumph of his glory shall be shared by you; His crown. His joy, His  paradise---these will be yours, and you will be co-heir with Him who is the heir of all things.

 

Charles H. Spurgeon/Alistair Begg

The Good News - Praying For You

    When we face a perplexing situation or a tough problem, we often ask our brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for us. It’s a great encouragement to us to know that others who care are holding us up to God in prayer. But what if you don’t have close Christian friends? Perhaps you live where the gospel of Christ is opposed. Who will pray for you?

    Romans 8, one of the great, triumphant chapters of the bible, declares, “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans….The Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26 & 27). The Holy Spirit is praying for you today.

    In addition, “Christ Jesus who died---more than that, who was raised to life---is at the right handoff God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:34). The Living Lord Jesus Christ is praying for you today.

    Think of it! The Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ mention your name and your needs to God the Father, who hears and acts on your behalf.  

      No matter where you are or how confusing your situation, you do not face life alone. The Spirit and the Son are praying for you today!     David Mccasland

 

Dear God, I bow in humble thanks for the prayers spoken by the Holy Spirit and by your Son today---for me. What an amazing truth!

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND JESUS ARE ALWAYS PRAYING FOR YOU!!

Good News - Have Faith In God

Deuteronomy 33:23 and Isaiah 43:2

Faith gives feet to the soul, enabling it to march along the road of the commandments. Love can make the feet move more swiftly: but it is faith that carries the soul. Faith is the oil enabling the wheels of holy devotion and of practical holiness to move well; and  without the wheels are taken from the chariot, and we drag ourselves along. With faith we can do all things; without faith we will be missing both the inclination and the power to do anything in the service of God. If you want to find men who serve God best, you must look for men of faith. Little faith will save a man, but little faith cannot do great things for God. Poor Little-faith could not have fought “Apollyon”; it needed “Christian” to do that. Poor Little-faith could not have slain “Gaint Despair”; it required “Great-heart’s arm to knock that monster down. Little faith will go to heaven most certainly, but it often has to hide itself in a nutshell, and frequently loses all but its jewels. Little-faith says, It is a rough road, beset with sharp thorns, and full of dangers; I am afraid to go; but Great faith remembers the promise, “Your bars shall be iron and bronze, and as your days. So shall your strength be”; 1 and so boldly ventures. Little–faith stands despondently, mingling her tears with the4 flood; but Great-faith sings, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you,” 2 and she crosses the stream at once. Do you want to be comfortable and happy? To enjoy the journey do you desire cheerfulness rather than gloom? Then “have faith in God.” If you love darkness and are satisfied to dwell in gloom and misery, then be content with little faith: but if you love the sunshine and would sing songs of rejoicing, covet earnestly this best gift, great faith.

 

 

 

The Good News - Christmas Love

Mark 15:19-20
And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

Christmas. It is one of the most joyous Christian holidays, a time to remember the birth of Christ our savior. Christmas is a time to share our blessings with one another, and to be surrounded by the people we love. It is a time for giving, and a time for forgiving. Most importantly, it is a reminder of how much God loves us.

Last Sunday one of the kids in Junior Church asked, "Why did God send Jesus if He knew He was going to die?" In fact, Jesus wasn't just going to die, Jesus was going to be mocked, beaten, tortured, and then sentenced to die a slow, painful death by crucifixion. All at the hands of those He came to save.

It's funny, because as Christians we like to remember the good times in Jesus' life. We love to tell the Nativity story, but we forget that shortly after His birth Christ needed to flee from Herod's army. We tell about His wisdom, His love, and His healing, but we forget about His suffering. We forget the price He paid, for our sins. We forget the lengths that God went to show us His love (Romans 5:8).

To be honest, thinking about this leaves me dumbfounded, because God knew what would happen to His Son. God had told Isaiah along with many other prophets of the suffering the Savior would endure. God knew that the very creatures He had created, would crucify Him for trying to save us from ourselves. And yet, God lowered Himself in Christ, feeling physical pain and suffering. God lowered Himself, and let mere humans beat Him and mock Him (Philippians 2:7). The God who has all the power of the universe, humbled Himself to be lower than the angels, and to die at our sinful, hateful hands (Hebrews 2:9).

God knew this would happen ahead of time, and yet He loved us so immensely that He sent His Son, the third person of the Trinity, to suffer a painful death, so that we could spend eternity with our Heavenly Father (John 3:16). That's the story of love. That is the story of Christmas.

Today, remember the price God paid for you, because of how much He loves you. Remember what true love is, and share that love, God's love, with all.

The Good News - I Am With You Always - Matthew 28-20

I am With You Always - Matthew 28-20
Charles H. Spurgeon/Alistair Begg
It is good to know there is One who is always the same and who is always with us. It is good that there is one stable rock amidst the billows of the sea of life. Let us not set our affections upon rusting, moth-eaten, decaying treasures but set our hearts upon Him who remains faithful forever. Let us not build our house upon the moving quick sands of the deceitful world but base our hopes upon this rock that, amid descending rain and roaring floods,  shall stand immovably secure. My soul, I charge you, lay up your treasure in  the only secure  cabinet, store your jewels where you can never lose them. Put your all in Christ, set all your affections on His person, all your hope in His merit, all your trust in His efficacious blood, all your joy in his presence, and then you may laugh at loss and defy destruction. Remember that all the flowers in the world’s garden fade by turns, and the day comes when nothing will be left but the black, cold earth and death will soon put out the candle. How sweet to have the sunlight when the candle is gone! The dark flood must soon roll between you and all you have; so join your heart to him who will never leave you; trust Him who will go with you safely to the celestial shore and have you sit with him in heavenly places forever. In the sorrows of affliction, tell your secrets to the Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Trust all your concerns to him who can never be taken from you, who will never leave you and who will never let you leave Him, even “Jesus Christ (who) is the same yesterday and today and forever.” I am with you always” is enough for my soul to live upon no matter who forsakes me.
 
 

The Good News

Poem by: Jim Henley

The Best Indeed, Is Yet To Come
The lord has blessed me all my days, and kept me in his palm
Though storms of life have come my way, their fearsome winds He’s calmed
When others threw their fiery darts, to cause my feet to stray
He gently took my hand in his, and kept me in the way
Yes Life down here is sweet indeed, with blessings He’s bestowed
And should I live a hundred years, and watch new things unfold
This world with all it’s wonders, all of it’s glitter, gleam and gloss
Could never pay the price he paid upon that old rugged cross
With empty hands I came to Him, Un-worthy of his love
He wrapped me in His righteousness, and wrote my name above
And now I owe my all to Him, though little it may be
Upon that cross he gave His all, then gave it all to me
And one day when they lay me down, and I take that final flight
On wings of love He’ll take me home, where never comes a night
So lift your head dear child of God, Your life has just begun
And know for sure without a doubt, The Best Is Yet To Come!
 
By Jim Hendley
Written for Monroe Baker after a Beautiful Prayer he had given
At Bethany Baptist Church, Huntsville, Alabama

The Good News -CONTINUE STEADFASTLY IN PRAYER - Colossians 4-2

CONTINUE STEADFASTLY IN PRAYER - Colossians 4-2
by: Charles H. Spurgeon/Alistair Begg
It is interesting to consider how large a portion of the Bible is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing  promises. We scarcely open the Bible before we read, “People began to call upon the name of the Lord”, and just as we are about to close the volume, the ‘Amen” of earnest supplication meets our ear. Instances are plentiful. Here we find a wrestling of Jacob---there a Daniel who prayed three times a day---and a David who with all his heart called upon his God. On the mountain we see Elijah, in the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises. What does this teach us, but the sacred importance and necessity of prayer. We may be certain that whatever God Has made prominent in his word, He intended to be conspicuous in our lives. If he has said so much about prayer, it is because He knows we have need of it. So deep are our necessities that until we are in heaven we must not cease to pray. Do you need nothing? Then I fear you do not know your poverty. Have you no mercy to ask of God? Then may the Lord’s mercy show you your misery. A prayerless soul is a Christless soul. Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honor of a Christian. If you are a child of God, you will seek your Father’s face and live in your Father’s love. Pray that this year you may be holy, humble, zealous, and patient: have closer communion with Christ, and enter more often into the banqueting-house of His love. Pray that you may be an example and a blessing to others, and that you may live more to the glory of your Master. The motto for this year must be,  “Continue in prayer.”
 

The Good News

Sharing The Wealth

Jimmy Hill's picture  by: Jimmy Hill

Most weekday mornings require that I leave home at 4:00 am and make a 45-50 minute drive to take care of the needs of our 8 year old granddaughter so that her Dad (a single parent) can leave for work. No complaints here. Those long drives in the darkness give me plenty of time to meditate and think.

Lots of mornings, as the daily trek ends, I receive a very special gift of art from God. It is a newly painted orange eastern sky that is busy overpowering and driving away the darkness.

The soon to be sunrise is a prelude to a fresh and new view of the astounding scenery and wholesome people in the rural Tennessee village. It is a dramatic and welcomed change from living near the 4th largest research park in the world. Its a place where people often smile and wave when neighbors pass by.

There is pride in the local school's students' academic and sports abilities. But, there is compassion and encouragement for those who fall short. Most of the educators were raised in the same community. The people seen on the school bleachers are the same people that may be found at the PTA meetings. More importantly, the majority can be found seated in Church pews every Sunday. And many are regulars at midweek prayer services, too. It's as though God has a special fabric laced through the people.

On one of those early mornings, my thoughts turned to a mini series delivered by our Pastor on being rich beyond measure. We can be rich in other ways than money and substance. We can be rich in God's mercy, grace and love. Some scriptures worth reading about the subject are 1 John 4:9-10; 1 John 3:16 and John 3:16

Later that same morning, I received a text message with a video attached from a dear Brother in Christ. The video was freshly recorded in a small church house in North Huntsville. The participants in the video were predominantly Black. They were singing spirituals like most cannot sing. A few months ago, he and I sat in and observed one of those gatherings. That same fabric that is laced through the people in the Tennessee village runs through the people in that small simple North Huntsville Church house, too.

Both have a charismatic appeal to me. They beckon me to indulge in their holdings. And they are willing to share. Their wealth is woven into their fabric....mercy, grace and love.

Isn't that what we all need? That is exactly what God offers each of us. And, if we accept God's mercy, grace and love, should it not be reasonable to want to share the same with others?

Lord, I confess to you that I have fallen short many times in extending Your mercy, grace and love to others. The wealth that you have given to me is beyond measure. And, I realize that You expect me to share. Please forgive me.

In the Name of Jesus I pray.

Amen

Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:5

Jimmy Hill

Music Minister

Midway Baptist Church, Athens, Al

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