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5 Good Reasons To Come Back To Church

Church online is awesome.
It works.
But so many are saying, “It’s just not the same as being there.”
And while others would say, “What do you mean come back to church? I never left; I’m online.“
Others are owning that they are beginning to drift.
Here’s our message. The doors of the church are open, and we welcome you.When you are ready.
Some have personal concerns that we will honor along with their sense of timing for when they’re ready to return to church in larger gatherings.

Church Livstreaming is here, and I’m glad about that!
However, I have also appreciated the honesty of several who have shared their church experience with me during these past few months.
While many have worshipped and have been fully engaged through the entire online service, others are also answering emails, eating pancakes, and tending to their kids who need a response.
No matter what, in every conversation, I cheer them on and let them know I’m glad they are online! However, I also want them to experience the fullest that God might have for them.
Hey, I think the Holy Spirit approves of pancakes during church online.😀 We can’t take ourselves too seriously, but we ought to take God very seriously.
My concern as a shepherd of God’s people is that church has become an option for a very busy culture.
The local church is one of only two institutions God ordained for His people. (The other is marriage.)
It is important to continue to see the true value in God’s idea of the Church.
Church attendance is not about getting a gold star, but rather doing things God’s way. There are important things God built into the bigger picture of our design that benefit us through larger gatherings specifically for worship, fellowship, and the proclamation of His Word. Here are a few verses to start out the following statements:
Hebrews 10:23-25
(23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
(24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

5 Good Reasons To Come Back To Church:


1) Drift is imminent without connection.
People are designed to be in community. Family is the core or foundation of community, but there’s greater breadth and depth when your faith community is enlarged.
As a pastor for many years now, I have seen a clear pattern and correlation between Christians who are in community and Christians who attempt to “go it on their own.”
Drift from God is often the result of some measure of spiritual isolation.
It’s true that no one is required to attend church to be a Christian, but in nearly every story, Christians with the more vibrant walk with Jesus regularly attend a church service.
The busyness and pressures of everyday life can cause your walk with God to become a part of your life rather than the center of your life.

Drift from God will happen without intentional effort, and the church is the primary leader, encourager, and teacher for the intentionality of growing your faith.
Any focused effort that helps a believer seek God helps correct drift.
Drift is imminent without connection.


2) Our worldview helps shape how we live our lives.
A worldview is the set of values and beliefs about the fundamental aspects of reality that ground and influence our perception, thoughts, knowledge, and actions.
Let me offer the obvious, whether or not a person believes in God, creation, and Jesus as the redeemer completely and absolutely changes how they see the world and live their life in comparison to someone who does not believe in or follow God.
You might challenge and say, “Well, I can read that in a book.” Yes, that’s true, but you can’t learn how to live it out in cultural context on your own. (Which takes us back to community.)
Life isn’t mechanical, it’s fluid and nuanced, and it requires intentional conversation to help us to live amidst the complexities of life in a changing culture.
For example, let’s look at the idea of forgiveness.
Forgiveness is easy to understand but extremely complicated to actually live out when someone has been deeply hurt or wronged.
The church is arguably the best place to learn life’s most complex within a Christian worldview.
This impacts the overall direction your life takes, the decisions you make, and the outcomes you experience.


3) Living a vibrant spiritual life often requires coaching, mentoring, and/or discipleship.
From my earliest days as a new Christian to now as a seasoned leader, I have always had coaches or mentors to help me understand, navigate, and live a God-honoring life.
Even with coaching, I have lived far from perfect. I just can’t imagine if I attempted to figure it all out on my own. That doesn’t mean I don’t think for myself; it means others show me the way to become and live out my life according to God’s plan.
Coaching experiences come in a wide variety of possibilities.
• It might be a volunteer leader who has a cup of coffee with you to help you think through a difficult decision.
• It might be a pastor who gives you insight into a difficult family situation.
• Or perhaps a spiritual leader who helps you develop your leadership skills.
Like a university education helps prepare a student for a meaningful career, the church helps prepare you to live your life to the fullest in Christ.
John 10:9-10
(9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
(10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Living a vibrant spiritual life often requires coaching.


4) The church is a light in your community.
God has given you gifts and opportunities to serve others.
You can do this without the church, but the majority of believers are more likely to get involved when the church leads the way and organizes the opportunities.
When the church organizes the opportunities to serve the community, it multiplies your efforts for a much greater impact.
Here’s the bottom line, the church is designed to be salt and light. The greater the number of Christ-followers who serve, the more significant its impact.


5) Healthy habits bring stability.
A healthy life consists of healthy patterns and rhythms based on biblical principles.
We all understand the impact of good and healthy habits.
If I eat healthy foods once a week but the other six days I each junk food, the results will not be good. It’s the same with exercise. I can work out once a quarter with the greatest of intentions, but you know how much good that will do.
Consistent patterns and habits bring a sense of strength and stability that create a healthy foundation to live by.
A consistent connection with a body of believers is likely the most important habit you can form for a deepening and meaningful spiritual life.
No church is perfect, but any church can help you make progress if you look for the good and determine to develop healthy spiritual habits in your life.

June 24, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, faith in God, Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Two Important Things

John 9:23-38
(23) Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
(24) Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
(25) He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
Jump down to verse:
(29) We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
(30) The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
(31) Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
(32) Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
(33) If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
(34) They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
Jump down to verse:
(37) And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
(38) And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

Just a quick note to let you know that this will be my last devotional for a while. I started these devotions back 2 months ago to be a blessing during the quarantine and it is coming to a close. If you are enjoying these devotionals, then I encourage you to go back into the archives and enjoy those. Thank you so much for reading these devos, for your kind words, and all of the times that you pushed the like button! God Bless you all. You can also visit the church website at msbc.net to watch any sermons. If you are ever in Athens, AL, please stop by and see us at the church!

Here we see Jesus healing a blind man and I would like to point out a few interesting things concerning this:

1. The man never asked Jesus to heal him. 

2. The man’s healing was used to glorify God and to show that only Jesus has the Power to heal.

3. Jesus must work the works of His Father. Jesus has a job. His job is to help us.

4. He is the light of the world to lighten every one of us to the knowledge that He is the Son of God and God.

5. The man was not healed until he obeyed Jesus.

6. The Blind man became a believer and a witness.

In conclusion of this chapter, I want to finish talking about 2 very important things that every Christian should do.

A. He told others about Jesus. Wow, what a great thing for every Christian to do! We should look for ways to tell others about Jesus! Hasn’t He been so good to us? He deserves for us to tell others about Him. Keep in mimd that some people, like the pharisees in the above verses, will be told multiple times and still not believe. That is not the blind man’s fault, that is there unbelief hindering the work of faith in their life. He also was willing to be put out of the temple, a disgraceful act, for Jesus. The pharisees wanted him to change his story (vs. 24-25), but he would not. In fact, his defense of Jesus led to a simple, yet very profound statement, “one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” The pharisees did not know what to do with that! I love it. Facts don’t care about political correctness, they just simply don’t change.

B. He turned to Jesus when the religious crowd rejected him. This is sad, but there are religious people out there that are simply fakes. They are weeds in the garden, tares amoung wheat, spies among true soldiers for Christ. Those pharisees only care about themselves and get angry when others get healing from the Lord. They only want to look like they care, rather than actually caring. I am so glad that Jesus was close by when the blind man was rejected. I am glad because he turned to Jesus!

When the world beats you up, turn to Jesus. When the religious crowd rejects you, turn to Jesus. When your friends turn on you, turn to Jesus. When your family will not support you, turn to Jesus. Guess what? Jesus can relate with all of those rejections. He felt and experienced every one. If everyone turns against you, know that Jesus is there for you! Turning to Jesus is the most important things we can do!

May 29, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, faith in God, Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church | 1 Comment

Can Your Faith Be Trusted?

John 9:7-11
(7)  And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
(8)  The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
(9)  Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
(10)  Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
(11)  He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

Here we see Jesus healing a blind man and I would like to point out a few interesting things concerning this:

1. The man never asked Jesus to heal him. 

2. The man’s healing was used to glorify God and to show that only Jesus has the Power to heal.

3. Jesus must work the works of His Father. Jesus has a job. His job is to help us.

4. He is the light of the world to lighten every one of us to the knowledge that He is the Son of God and God.

5. The man was not healed until he obeyed Jesus. Notice that his eyes did not receive sight until he did what Jesus told him to do. I always find it interesting how that Jehovah God will heal, fix, or replace something in a person’s life, but that Jesus will require them to do something in the process. I want to point out a few thoughts about this.

A. Faith always produces an action. One sure fire way to know if you are living by faith is to see if there are any actions that are happening from your faith in the Lord. Are there any actions in your life that are a result of you trusting the Lord? If you really do trust God, then what is stopping you from doing what He wants you to do?

B. God wants you to obey Him. While this might sound like the first point, it is different. The difference is that sometimes we do not want to do what God has told us to do. This pool of Siloam…what was the big deal about that pool? Asking Jehovah God “why” is a sign that you do not trust Him and that you are not living by faith. Hebrews 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Obedience is an act of trust in God.

C. God will test your faith. The man was blind. How did he get to the pool of Siloam? The Bible does not record how the blind man got there, but he got there! I have not seen in this chapter, any place where it points out that someone helped him to the pool, but we see that he went and that he can see. There might be a time where God will ask you to do something that will be very difficult for you to do on your own…when that happens, find a way and “get ‘er done”. A faith that cannot be tested, is a faith that cannot be trusted. God knows where your faith is. He does not need to see where your faith is… you do. God wants you to know where your faith is, so that you can grow from there.

Can God trust your faith?

May 28, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, faith in God, Madison Street Baptist Church | Leave a comment

Come to the Light

John 9:3-7
(3) Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
(4) I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
(5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
(6) When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
(7) And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

Here we see Jesus healing a blind man and I would like to point out a few interesting things concerning this:

1. The man never asked Jesus to heal him. 

2. The man’s healing was used to glorify God and to show that only Jesus has the Power to heal.

3. Jesus must work the works of His Father. Jesus has a job. His job is to help us.

4. He is the light of the world to lighten every one of us to the knowledge that He is the Son of God and God. We see in verse 6 that Jesus shows that He is the Son of God by doing only what God can do…healing the blind man. This man was blind from his birth. That means this man has never seen anything…ever. Think about it, never seeing a thing to seeing everything! That is what only God can do!

This was necessary for all of humanity to be able to tell the difference between Jesus Christ and others who claimed to be Christ, but were sinful men. Jesus’ work was 2 fold; to heal us and to help us recognize that He is the Son of God! How else would we be able to figure it out, other than by God doing the impossible? Guess what? He still does that today!

Jesus is still in the miracle working business of healing His people. Do you know that He still wants to prove Himself to you? Those of us who already trust and believe in Him still enjoy what He does on a regular basis for us, but if you are trying to decide or figure out who is the real God, then Jesus will prove Himself to you! All you need to do is seek Him and He will be found. Check out this verse: Acts 17:27
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

There are over 27 verses that tell us specifically to “seek the Lord.” They are incredible! Here are just 2 more of the verses:

Deuteronomy 4:29  But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
1 Chronicles 16:10  Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

Will you seek the Lord? He is waiting for you!

May 27, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church | Leave a comment

There is a Better Way to Repair It…His name is Jesus

John 9:1-7
(1) And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
(2) And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
(3) Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
(4) I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
(5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
(6) When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
(7) And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

Here we see Jesus healing a blind man and I would like to point out a few interesting things concerning this:

1. The man never asked Jesus to heal him. 2. The man’s healing was used to glorify God and to show that only Jesus has the Power to heal.

3. Jesus must work the works of His Father. I like this point a lot. Jesus has a job. His job is to help us. When problems arise, Jesus can fix them. Jesus wants to fix them. Jesus has the power to fix them….so why don’t we go to Him more often(preaching at myself here)? My default, human nature is to try to fix it all on my own and try everything first before I go to God. While that sounds good, it is backwards.

When we do not go to Jesus first for help, we are not utilizing all of our strength or resources.

It is like: using a screw driver handle as a hammer or using duct tape to hold a broken piece together or driving on the “donut” instead of using the normal wheel or using the microwave to cook a steak or putting a BMX wheel on a 10 speed mountain bike…I can go on and on. Jesus wants us to come to Him so that He can continue to work in our lives. His fix is to use the hammer instead of the screw driver or to give us a new piece to use instead of duct tape or giving us a brand new tire and rim for our car instead of the “donut” or a new mountain bike wheel instead of a BMX wheel.

What is wrong with the back tire?

The ironic thing about all of that is that He will not force us to come to Himwe must come to Him willingly. I have also learned that longer I hold out and try my solution, the longer it will be until I get the best solution…His solution. Can you relate? I do believe that the hard work ethic that was instilled in me, backfires at times because we need to depend on God first and not ourselves only. Please do not misunderstand….I am 110% for hard work and self-sufficiency. The Bible does say that if a man doesn’t work, he should not eat. I am not promoting a welfare mentality, but rather being more dependent on God for our needs and to fix the problems that rise up in our life.

Will you allow Jesus work in your life? He wants to fix and supply all of your needs. He is waiting on you to come to Him. Go ahead and ask Him now to fix or supply a need in your life…you just might be surprised at what He will do! He really wants to work the works of His Father! ….or you can just have something like this….LOL

Love that door!

May 26, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom | Leave a comment

A Teachable Moment

John 9:1-7
(1) And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
(2) And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
(3) Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
(4) I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
(5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
(6) When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
(7) And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

I will do a few devotionals on this story in John 9; and today will continue on with point #2

Here we see Jesus healing a blind man and I would like to point out a few interesting things concerning this:

1. The man never asked Jesus to heal him.

2. The man’s healing was used for 2 main reasons: A. To glorify God. It is vitally important for us to give God glory in our lives! Even though this man did not ask for healing, he still wanted it and appreciated it when he received it (I will show you later on in the chapter). The good things that happen in our lives come from Jesus! That is a statement that is based on faith in God. Just like this man received life changing healing without asking God for it, we receive good things from Jesus on a regular basis…Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. Psalms 68:19. Notice in the beginning of the verse that the writer is giving God glory for daily benefits? We need to do the same as well. Do you glorify God for the good things in your life?

B. To demonstrate that as the Son of God, only Jesus has the power heal. Jesus wanted to use this time to teach His disciples more about Himself. Jesus has all the answers to our needs. The main reason that Jesus performed miracles on the earth was to show all people, that Jesus is the Son of God! If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. (John 9:33).

I go to doctors, but my trust is not in them. I get advice from counselors, but my trust is not in their wisdom. My trust is in the Lord. He is the One that will guide me in all truth! He can guide me to the right person for advice or the right doctor for healing. Jesus can heal me all by Himself if He chooses to do so. I believe that He has answered many of my prayers in both healing and wisdom. We should go to Him first before we go to any man for help or advice.

What do you trust? Who do you trust? Those are important questions for all of us to answer. Our actions, believe it or not, will answer those questions. Do you ask God to guide you in all truth? Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13. Let me encourage you today to trust only in Jehovah God (Jesus). Go to doctors and go to counselors, but above all trust in God!

May 25, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, prayer | Leave a comment

He Didn’t Even Ask

John 9:1-7
(1)  And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
(2)  And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
(3)  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
(4)  I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
(5)  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
(6)  When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
(7)  And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

I will do a few devotionals on this story in John 9; and today will start it out.

Here we see Jesus healing a blind man and I would like to point out a few interesting things concerning this:

1. The man never asked Jesus to heal him. This is odd because we see in other parts of the Bible where 2 blind men heard that Jesus passed by their way and they called out and begged Jesus to heal them. Begging and asking are 2 things that blind people do well…especially back in the Bible days. I like how Jesus did not wait for this man to ask, He healed him even though the man did not asked.

My thought on this is that Jesus knows our needs before we ask…if we ask. God takes notice of us and is greatly concerned with our needs. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31. Here is another one: But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:7-8. We should still ask in prayer because we are commanded to ask.

My point is that God knows what you need and will supply all of your needs according to His riches. Even though the man never asked Jesus to heal him, Jesus healed him anyway! Be encouraged, God is watching over you and loves you greatly! Let’s love Him back and be very grateful for what He is doing in our lives!

May 22, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church | Leave a comment

Great Memories

I Samuel 3:9-10 (9) Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
(10) And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
(11) And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.

What a blessed memory it is for me when I first recognized God’s calling on my life! Here in this passage Samuel, as a little boy, has his first encounter with the Almighty God! Samuel was an apprentice for the high priest, Eli. He was learning all about God, but on this particular night, he had a personal session with God! Have you ever had a personal time with God where you KNEW that He was talking to you? Have you ever had a time when He called your name?

God greatly desires to use us in mighty ways. The reason why most people never hear God calling their name is because they are not listening for Him. In this story, God woke little Samuel up and got his attention. This being his first personal experience with God, Samuel thought Eli was calling him. I think it is a special thing when a young person mistakes God’s voice for someone else’s voice, someone in their life that is extremely important. I take this as a personal challenge, not to have some self-righteous feeling, but to be so close to God that anything that I would say or do would be mistaken for God doing it.

I have been told in the past that a phrase that I said, or an action I did, reminded someone of a person that they knew (maybe you have had a similar experience). I want to be so close to God to the point that God rubs off on me…and that is where I am going with this thought today.

Have you ever been so close to God that He has rubbed off on you? I have walked through the woods or even through open fields where these prickly, little “burrs” stick to my shoes. When I would get home for the day, I would have to be very careful as I pulled those “burrs” out of my shoes. I had that experience because I brought home with me a little bit of the forest that day.

I want to challenge you and to renew a challenge with me today that we would have some of God come home with us. O, I do not want it to be painful, especially like those little “burrs”, but for us to be like Eli when Samuel thought God’s voice sounded like Eli. O for the day when the world we live in and the people we interact with, mistake us for God! Would your actions today be closer to the devil or God? Would your words be closer to the devil or God’s? Would your dealings with others be more closely related to Jesus or the devil? Believe it or not, we do have control over that. Let’s strive today to be more like the Lord Jesus, than like the devil.

May 21, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom | Leave a comment

It Is Through Patience

Luke 21:16-19
(16) And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
(17) And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
(18) But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
(19) In your patience possess ye your souls.

In this passage of Scripture is instruction that Jesus is giving to His disciples. He fore-warns them of persecution that will come. Their persecution will come because of being a witness for Christ…telling others about how to get to Heaven. Isn’t it odd how horrible things will come from doing right? That is the way of following Christ. He is not offering you or me a life of ease and leisure, but rather He is offering us a life of great satisfaction and fulfillment. The road that is easiest to navigate is one that we all desire, but that road usually leads to destruction. Nothing good ever comes easy.

So often we as Americans will let the philosophy of success-ism influence how we think about and look at God. God’s view of things and our views often will conflict, but know that His will is the best! The Bible says in I Peter, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (1 Peter 4:12-14)

It may sound morbid, but the suffering that comes from serving God will be blessed by God in immense ways. God will always make it worth your while when you suffer for His sake! It may be down here, or better yet, it may be once you get to Heaven. If it will be in Heaven, know that the blessings you will receive will be eternal and not fade away like it would down here.

Verse 19 is also good advice for us as we live this life. Patience is not something that we like or enjoy doing, but it will help us keep our life. Has someone ever tried to “get your goat”? I think this verse helps us understand it a little more, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. ” (Proverbs 16:32). It will take some patient enduring, but God will not only take care of you, but He will also reward you greatly for it when it is over. I am not for sure who this is for, but I feel led of the Lord to share this here today. God Bless You!

May 20, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church | Leave a comment

A Good Question To Ask

1 Kings 11:1-8
(1)  But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;
(2)  Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
(3)  And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
(4)  For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
(5)  For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
(6)  And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
(7)  Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
(8)  And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

Back in the days of kings, there was a philosophy that was considered very wise by many nations. That philosophy was to join 2 nations together through marriage to ensure peace.  If a king attacked a nation that his child was married to their leader or king, then it would be like the king attacking his child.  No king wanted to hurt their child’s welfare or jeopardize them by battles or war. Sometimes the marriage would happen through the son or daughter of a king; sometimes a king would take on multiple wives himself to ensure peace between 2 countries. That kind of philosophy was regarded very highly because wars are not only expensive, but the high cost of losing many men proved to be too much for some nations as it weakened that country.

When God raised up Saul as king, the high priest Samuel, gave the people a warning from God found in I Samuel: Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.
(1 Samuel 12:13-15) The words in blue letters gives the warning from God about what will happen if they turn away from serving and worshiping God.

It is extremely important to God that we do things His way. God wanted the Israelites and every king to serve and worship God the way that God wanted them. When they disobeyed, God sent His judgement upon them. A good question to ask ourselves in our lives is, “Is this how God wants it done?” His instructions that are found in the Bible are always better than my opinion and your opinion. His ways are better than our ways. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Whose ways are you following? Whose thoughts are in your mind? We should do it God’s way….what am I talking about?…everything…even the things that God is putting on your heart right now. What Solomon did not realize was that his wives would turn away his heart from the Lord who gave him his kingdom and wisdom. What a sad way to end his life by serving other gods. Last question, whose way are you following?

May 19, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom | Leave a comment