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What Does Your Love Say? -

Text: 1 John 5:1-5

What Does Your Love Say?

1 John 5:3 (Whole Chapter)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

   When I started courting my wife in Bible

College,  she went to our pastor and asked

him what questions she should ask me to make

sure I was a good man. He instructed her to ask

me if I tithed.  He said, "If he says he loves

the Lord and does not give to the Lord, then

likewise he will tell you he loves you and not

give to you." This is very sound wisdom and

I've have seen many a spouse say they love the

other, but their actions state the opposite.

Just like in our text, if we say we love the Lord

and we don't obey, give, and serve Him, then

something is amiss.  Love is more action than

it is feeling;  so how is our love manifested in

our lives? What do our actions say about our

real love for the Lord? 1 John 4:20 states, "If a

man say,  I love God, and hateth his brother, he

is a liar! for he that loveth not his brother whom

he hath seen, how can he love God whom he

hath not seen?"  There needs to be a consistency

between what we say and what we do.

So, as I look at my life today, is what I say illustrated by my

actions? If not then I need to confess my lack of consistency.  Then

I need to make this a part of my daily prayer life; analyzing and

asking God to speak and empower my love be genuine.

Matthew 6:24,

"'No man can serve two masters: for either he will
hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and

despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."

Pastor Jerry Beaver,
Tabernacle Baptist Church,

Roswell, NM

 Today's Through the Bible Reading

Ezekiel 17,18,19; Hebrews 13


Living A Trouble Free Life -

Living a Trouble
Free Life

John 14:1 (Whole Chapter)
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

Are you weary? No need to be. Are you heavy
''hearted? No need for that either. Do you have
troubles? Are you carrying a heavy load? if
so, there is something you can do about it. Dr.
Curtis Hutson used to say, " I am the only one
who can mess up my day." He refused to allow
health problems, finances, weather conditions,
people, or any circumstances or situations to rob
him of God's blessings. I can do that too, and
so can you. Jesus spoke of" being free indeed."
We can live above the circumstances. In this
passage, there are four reasons given to enable
me to do this.

.. First, we have peace. The Bible speaks of
(Romans 5;1),- peace with God, Romans 5:l),  peace of God
(Philippians 4 : 6,7), and peace with people and
our surroundings (John- 14:27). This peace is
(John 14:1) available outside of an intensive care room,
or by a casket at the funeral home. There is a
place. There is Heaven. We have His Word on
it. As we read about the place He has gone to prepare, we can rise
up above despair. We have an inheritance, incorruptible, undefiled,
that fadeth not away (l Peter l:3-4). Also, we have a promise: "
I will come again." The excitement of His soon coming will turn
mountains into molehills. Lastly, we have the person. Jesus is the
only Person qualified to get us into Heaven. He is the solution to
our problems. He is the answer to our questions. He is not a best
way, or one of the ways, He is the only way. "Come unto me," He
said, "and I will give you rest."

Dr. Tom Wallace, Pastor Emeritus,
Franklin Road Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN

Today's Through the Bible Reading
Ezekiel 47,48; I John 1


Never Give Up On Anyone -

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Never Give Up On Anyone
Lamentations 3:22 (Whole Chapter)
It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

For the LORD will not
forsake his people
for his great name's
sake: because it hath
pleased the LORD to
make you his people,
- 1 Samuel 12:22

I thank God that day after day, week after
I week, month after month, year after year
and decade after decade, He never gives up on
me. Lamentations 3:22-23 states, "If is of the
LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed
because his compassions fail not. They are new
every morning: great is thy faithfulness." God's
compassions toward us are new and fresh every
morning. Likewise, we should never give up
on other people.
A few weeks ago a four-year-old child in our
church got saved because her parents never
gave up on sharing the Gospel with her over
and over again. Several weeks ago a senior-aged
man accepted Christ as his personal Saviour
because his wife and others prayed for him
for over thirty-five years!  A few months ago a
middle-aged man who moved to our area from
another part of the state joined our congrega-
tion because many of our members lovingly

welcomed him in. Several months ago a young man who had been
away from  Bible reading and involvement in church for several years
came back to joyful service to Jesus Christ because fellow believ-
ers never gave up on him. Recently, a relative on my father's side
of the family finally revealed to us that she had been saved many
years ago because we never gave up on talking about our salvation
and we never gave up on taking advantage of opportunities to talk
to her about the Lord.

You may be thinking of some people in your network of relation-
ships whom you have been tempted to give up on. Remember, God
has never given up on you, nor will He ever give up on you. Never
give up on anyone!

Pastor Dale Schwarz,
Harbour Light Baptist Church, Orange, CT

Today's Through the Bible Reading
Exodus 39,40; Matthew 24:l-25


Don't Stop! - Dr. Leon Foote, Evangelist

Galatians 6:1 (Whole Chapter)
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Don't Stop! 

But they that wait upon

the LORD shall renew their

strength; they shall mount up

with wings as eagles; they shall

run, and not be weary; and they

shall walk, and not faint,

- Isaiah 40:31

The song writer said "I have decided to follow

Jesus, "no turning back." One thing that is

wrong in our churches today is that too many

that once claimed to love Jesus, His Word and

His Church have turned back. The straight and

narrow way is strewn with those who have fallen

out by the way.

Our text says we shall reap if we faint not.


Hebrews 6:1 says,

"Let us go on..." Keep on keeping on!

James 1:22 says,

Be ye doers not hears only." 2 Peter 1:5 says,

to add to our faith. Salvation is only the beginning.

And the last thing the "old fisherman" says

to us is in

 2 Peter 3:18,

 "Grow in grace..."

Not into grace but once you are in grace we are to

grow as a Christian.

One reason that some quit on God is that they

are looking at others who have already fainted

and stopped. Hebrews 11 tells us of others who

have lived and died in the faith. They are heroes,

but when we begin Chapter 12, the One who we are to look to is

Jesus. He never fails; He is to be our example, not others. Someone

said that the thief on the cross never got baptized never joined a

church, and never tithed. Why should I do these things? To keep

from fainting.

1. Take an open, unashamed stand for Jesus.

 2. Read your Bible daily.

3. Wait on the Lord (Isaiah 40:28-31).

4. Pray daily (Luke 18:1)

5. Confess and lay aside every known sin (Hebrews 12:1-3).

Put these principles to practice and don't faint,. don't stop, don't

quit, and don't fall out by the way. The trumpet will soon sound we

will. meet Jesus, and those who did not quit will be casting crowns

at His feet.

Dr. Leon Foote, Evangelist.

Canaan Baptist Church,

Covington, GA

Today's Through the Bible Reading

 Exodus 34,35,36; Matthew 23:l-20


Three Costly Mistakes - Pastor Sam Owen

Three Costly

Luke 12:20 (Whole Chapter)
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

Luke 12:15-21

It is certainly true that God's rain falls on the
 just and the unjust. In this parable, a man's
crops brought forth abundantly; so much so
that he would not have room to store them at
harvest time. He ignored the goodness of God
and gave himself all the credit while he began
to make big plans. In so doing, this man made
three costly mistakes.

1) He placed himself ahead of God. Instead of
acknowledging that God was the source of the
bumper crops and that all he had actually came
from God, the man selfishly took the credit and
began to make plans to make himself bigger.
In our verses, the personal pronouns "I" and
"my" are found throughout. Friend, you ought
to make sure that God is first in all you do and
that He gets the credit for the good in your life.
(Psalm l4:l : 53:l )
2) He took thought for his body instead of his
soul. The man chose to work to be comfortable

in this life. He worked on the physical and not the spiritual. The
wise person will seek to take care of spiritual things and work for
eternity letting God take care of the physical things for him.
3) He mistook time for eternity. He said to himself that he was set
for many years and could just eat, drink, and be merry. The truth
is that time for you or me could end in the next five minutes. This
man lost his soul because he did not prepare for eternity. Tomorrow
is not guaranteed, but eternity is sure. Do not gamble your eternity
on the altar of time spent in physical gratification.

Pastor Sam Owen,
 Eagle's Wing Baptist Church, Dupree, SD

Today's Through the Bible Reading
Zechariah l0.l I,l2;
Revelation 20

Armed and Dangerous -

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Read: 1 Peter4:1-7

Armed and Dangerous

Let this mind be in

you, which was also

in Christ Jesus.

- Philippians 2:5

Living in the Cincinnati area, one grows accustomed to

hearing about another criminal
on the run who is considered "armed and dangerous." Peter,
in addressing Christians facing a wicked world and

persecution, commands
them in verse one to "...arm yourself likewise
with the same mind:..." Peter commanded the Christians to arm themselves! That word translated as "arm" in our Bible is the word "hoplizomai," a Greek word used to command
soldiers to prepare for the coming battle by putting on their
 best and strongest armor. We, indeed, are in a battle
against the world, sin, and our own flesh, and we had better arm ourselves! Peter was not calling for a revolt and picking up of swords, but an arming of ourselves with something far greater: the mind of Christ! Oh, that each and every one of us would daily arm ourselves with the same mind of Christ!
 Paul gave a similar command: in Philippians 2:5

he said,

"Let this mind be in you,
which was also in  Christ Jesus."
Sin would be defeated, our flesh would be crucified. Love for

the brethren would be
genuine, a burden for the lost would be real, a peace in our
hearts constant, a courage to
face every battle, and a patience to endure all from the mind
of Christ! But how can we get  this mind? We
have it in the Word of God! "In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God and the Word was God"

(John 1:1). Study, memorize, love, read, hear, and obey the

Word of God,

have the mind of Christ, and go out fully armed and

dangerous towards sin and the world!

Pastor Travis Burke,

Cozaddale Baptist Temple, Goshen, OH

Today's Through the Bible

Reading  Daniel 7,8; I John 5



The King Is The Guarantee -

The King Is the

Psalm 61:1-6

Thou wilt prolong the

king's life: and his years

as many generations.

- Psalm 61:6

The man who killed bears and lions felt

 weak. The man who conquered Goliath

felt defeated. The man who led armies to great

victories felt overwhelmed, and the man who

was the king felt lonely. David's whole life

came crashing down around him. His life was

in shambles and his family was falling apart.

Does this sound like anything you might be

experiencing? Though our problems might

not be at this level, we are often drained with

the trials of life. Perhaps you are anxious with

a family crisis or you are facing some health

issues. Possibly you are frightened by the

political and financial unrest in our modem world.

David knew he needed something bigger than

himself to rescue him. He needed to stand on a

rock that was higher than he was, but he didn't

know where to turn. He couldn't save himself,

so he  prayed (Psalm 61:1-3). God heard David's

prayer (the same way He hears our prayers)

and blessed him. The trials were still present, but after casting his burdens on the Lord and contemplating God's goodness and strength, David enjoyed a sense of peace. When falling apart he found One who would listen and love. He found One to lean upon and he found One who would guarantee that everything would be alright. If you want true peace in your life, then ask yourself, "Is the King on the throne in your life?"
If we insist on living our own lives our own way we will never find the peace we long for. It is only when we lay everything aside and put Jesus on the throne in our lives, that we will be able to face life with confidence. The King is the guarantee! He is the Rock that is higher than we are.

"O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me" (Psalm 30:2).

Pastor Mark D. Hodges,
Winter Haven Baptist Church, Winter Haven, FL
Today's Through the Bible Reading
Exodus 29,30; Matthew 22:l-25