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Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday's Message: Some Golden Daybreak

Some Golden Daybreak 

       While preaching on the radio on the subject of the second coming of Christ, the Rev. C.A. Blackmore was outlining some of the marvelous things that would happen to Christians at the Rapture.
       A lady who had been bedridden for twenty-three years heard the message and wrote, “Will I really be well? Will all pain and sorrow actually be gone?”
       Blackmore replied: “Yes, my friend, some glorious day, when Jesus comes, you will leap from that bed with all the vigor of youth and never know pain again.”
       Blackmore’s son, Carl, was greatly impressed with the reality of this coming event. As he pondered the glorious prospects, the words and melody of a chorus took form in his mind, and he said to his father: “Dad, you should write some verses for this chorus.”
       After much prayer, early one morning, unable to sleep as he anticipated the thrill of the rapture, the elder Blackmore rose from his bed and wrote the verses of “Some Golden Daybreak.”
       As the song became know, it grew in popularity, until today it is used almost by all the leading publishers of gospel songs.

Some Golden Daybreak

(1) Some glorious morning, sorrow will cease,
Some glorious morning, all will be peace;
Heartaches all ended, Labor all done,
Heaven will open, Jesus will come.
Some golden day-break, Jesus will come;
Some golden day-break. Battles all won,
He’ll shout the vict’ry, break thro’ the blue,
Some golden day-break, for me, for you.
(2) Sad hearts will gladden, all shall be bright,
Goodbye forever to earth’s dark night;
Changed in a moment, like Him to be,
Oh, glorious day-break, Jesus I’ll see.
(3) Oh, what a meeting, there in the skies,
No tears nor crying shall dim our eyes;
Loved ones united, eternally,
Oh, what a day-break, that morn will be

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

We Pray Wednesday: Ask, Seek & Knock - Part 2

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7

In this message, I will define these terms in the following manner: “Ask” is for gifts from God. “Seek” is for opportunity by God. “Knock” is for growth in God.

The time had come to seek God’s blessing in completing the work they were commissioned by Him to do. As we continue reading there in Acts 16:16 “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer…” we find another prayer meeting. With the use of the collective pronoun “we” it is clear that the human author of Book of Acts, Luke, and the other men in the group: Timothy, Silas, and Paul all joined together in seeking God. As they were on the road to Philippi, they were preaching the Gospel when a person with an apparent connection with darkness in whom there was a spirit of divination began to follow them. She joined with their group and began making loud, obnoxious statements about their intentions. Though, her proclamations were not false, they were not helpful. She persisted in this behavior for a couple of days as these men continued to preach and to seek God’s will for the opportunity to establish a church. Finally, Paul, being filled with the Holy Ghost, was grieved in his spirit and commanded the spirit to come out of her in the name of Jesus Christ. It would seem that this woman was quite accurate in her fortune telling because there were two men that had been manipulating her to profit from her satanic torment. When they lost the benefits of their awful scheme, they became very angry and they took Paul and Silas to accuse them of several crimes. The text uses the term, “caught” (Acts 16:19); so, what does that indicate to you? I believe it means Paul and Silas could not run as fast as Timothy and Luke. Apparently, the young guys got away and Paul and Silas were caught and were taken into the town square where they were accused of breaking some local statutes. Though, the charges brought against them were based on greed and revenge, the two men convinced the “magistrates” that the preaching of Paul and Silas was not lawful for Romans to even hear, much less obey. These two furious accusers, it seems would have said anything to incriminate Paul and Silas. The magistrates ordered the clothing Paul and Silas were wearing to be ripped off of them and that they be beaten and cast into the dungeon. They also ordered the jailer to “keep them safely” (Acts 16:23) in the dungeon. To the dismay of Paul and Silas, the order was carried out by putting them into the innermost portion with their feet in the stocks. Paul and Silas were seeking! You see, when we pray, “God I'm seeking for an opportunity!” we may, never in a million years, consider the idea that part of the path on which He might place our opportunity could lead us through a dungeon. However, in Philippi, they were seeking for opportunity to establish a church. Notice, they did not forsake God in the midst of adversity! “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God. And the prisoners heard them.”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday's Message: How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art

       A young minister’s two-mile walk in the rain provided the inspiration for “How Great Thou Art.” The Reverend Carl Boberg of Monsteras, on the southeast coast of Sweden, was 25 years old when he wrote the lyrics of this song after trekking through a thunderstorm from a church meeting two miles away
       This great hymn has a history that stretches back over a hundred years. The original song was written by a young Swedish preacher, Carl Boberg, and first published in 1886, under the title O Store Gud. Boberg wrote a poem, not meaning to write a hymn, but later heard it being sung to an old Swedish tune.
       More than forty years later, an English missionary, Stuart Hine, first heard the song in Russia. He and his young wife were missionaries to the Carpathian area of Russia, then a part of Czechoslovakia. There, they heard a very meaningful hymn that was a Russian translation of Carl Boberg’s O Store Gud (O Great God).
       While ministering in the Carpathian Mountains, Hine found himself in the midst of a threatening storm. The thunder, as it rolled through the mountain range, was so awesome that it reminded Hine of the beautiful Russian hymn that had already become so dear to him. English verses began to form in his mind, verses that were suggested by portions of the Russian translation.
       How Great Thou Art is probably the all-time favorite hymn today. Although its origin had roots in Europe, it was not widely known until 1957, when the Billy Graham Crusade in New York City launched it on a never-ending spiral around the world. It was performed nearly a hundred times during those meetings and countless times ever since.
       One cannot sing this majestic hymn of praise and adoration without realizing anew the omnipotence of the Creator who did it all.


How Great Thou Art

(1) O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder

Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed:



Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!


(2) And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;

That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin:


(3) When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!

Then I shall bow in humble adoration,

And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Family Friday: Teach It and Preach It

Teach It and Preach It

          Our family serves together in our church bus ministry, along with a few other ministries.  We are faithful to all church services, gatherings, special functions, etc.  Sometimes my children joke about needing to put a bed in my husband’s office because we seem to live there.  All of the closeness and time given to church and church family can make me feel as if my children should just naturally “catch” a Christ-like spirit and a walk with God.  This is so far from the truth!
          Every right behavior must be taught and demonstrated.  Many people do learn by watching other’s examples, but they also need instruction.  My children may be surrounded by a Christian atmosphere, but that does not guarantee that they will have a relationship with God.  First of all, I must make sure of their salvation; church kids can be very good at faking Christianity!  I must take the time to teach them God’s Word and how to  study it, then check up on them to make sure they are reading and studying it.  I need to teach them how to pray, then pray with them often and point out the answered prayers.  When I notice attitude problems, I should take the time to talk about it and perhaps deal with it before it becomes a bigger problem.
          Expecting my children to learn by osmosis how to live like Christ is foolishness.  It takes a combination of teaching and demonstrating.  Rearing Godly children is a very difficult, time-consuming task God has given to us.  This task takes much prayer, consistency, and a walk with God.  Teach it, then live it.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

We Pray Wednesday: Ask, Seek & Knock - Part 1

 Written by Pastor Shannon Foote
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7

In this message, I will define these terms in the following manner: “Ask” is for gifts from God. “Seek” is for opportunity by God. “Knock” is for growth in God.

According to this verse, knocking is required to walk through the closed doors that may come in the path on which our opportunity is revealed. When we seek for that opportunity, the question we are longing to answer is: “God is this the way that you want me to go?” Funny thing, the laws of physics will not allow you to knock on doors you cannot reach. You see, you have to follow the path that God has determined for you in order to reach that door. If I enter a large room containing several exit doors, I may be able see that the doors are closed doors, but I cannot knock on them from across the room. In life, there will be times when we have several doors in front of us; there may be more than one door that would lead to the right destination. Some of those doors will open to paths with will be more difficult than necessary. This reinforces the importance of doing all three; ask, seek, and knock. Now, if I were to stand across the room, I would not be able to knock any of those doors. All too often we will convince ourselves that if we were to put forth the effort to reach the door, it would not open anyway; thereby, eliminating any opportunity for growth. God did not say look for closed doors. He said, “Knock and it shall be opened.”

In the sixteenth chapter of book of Acts we find the Apostle Paul is on his second missionary journey with a man named Silas and two younger men named Luke and Timothy. They are in the region known as Macedonia in one of its larger cities, Philippi. A new church is about to be established, but it will require Paul and his team to “Ask, seek, and knock.”

Acts 16:13-14 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

There was a gathering of people where “Prayer was wont to be made.” (Acts 16:13) Those four men on a mission to plant a church attended this prayer meeting to ask God for a specific gift: a place for lodging and supplies for sustenance nearby the city to allow them to remain in close proximity while they established a church in the city of Philippi. The meeting place of the prayer meeting being “by a riverside” does not offer much insight to establish the size of group it was simply a common place for a gathering for folks to go and to pray. The prayer was heard by God and at least one other person, Lydia. “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. It seems to me, when she heard them asking God, He worked in her heart to offer a generous gift in answer to their prayer. Lydia, a seller of purple, (probably a wealthier person) is now ministering to the Apostle Paul and his men. Our God is absolutely amazing! When asked - God didn't just give them a cave and a stone, offering basic accommodations; NO! He made reservations at the best bed and breakfast in Philippi. So, when they went where “Prayer was wont to be made” they made their request known to God, and God provided them with a wonderful gift.