“Worshipful Wednesday: Pervasive Worship” 7/01/2015 by Denise Pass

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Worshipful Wednesday: Pervasive Worship

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Psalm 71:8

“I praise you constantly and speak of your splendor all day long.”

I was blessed to attend the GMA Immerse Conference in Nashville this week with my husband. That moment when all of the Christian musicians around you are all lifting up the name of Jesus is a taste of Heaven. But what struck me this week is that we are all worship leaders.

Worship leading is not just referring to responding to God through music. It is the attitude of our heart throughout all of the capers of life – an opportunity to express worship to God through each moment. The way we react when the pressures of life surround us affects those around us and can lead them to worship God or doubt Him.

All too often we can isolate worship to a specific segment of our day or week. Being attentive to God’s activity around us and in us is worship. Reading His Word, prayer, listening or preaching a sermon is worship. Caring for our children and our spouses is worship – all that we do is worship when we do it all for God’s glory.

How we respond to life leads others around us to respond in like manner. Gratitude in the face of disappointment, thankfulness over God’s provision, joy when the circumstances around us are heavy. All of these responses are supernatural as we are enabled by the God of this universe when we come to Him.

Lord, help us to recognize that every aspect of our lives is to be poured out for You and others. What a privilege it is to worship You, LORD! Help us to lead others around us to worship You in every part of the precious life You have given!

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“Seeking Whom He May Devour.” 6/30/2015 by Wes Mason

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Seeking Whom He May Devour…

June 29, 2015 / mattj31



By Wes Mason

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…” ~ 1 Peter 5:8

This past week the terrible reality of this verse was experienced by the AME Mother Church in Charleston SC. Nine brothers and sisters in Christ were murdered by a young man consumed with hate and in a terrible state of confusion about this purpose and place in life. Without Christ in his heart he became a puppet used by Satan to strike a wound deep into the heart of a Christian fellowship making an impact for good on its community and Gods kingdom.

Yet what the enemy of our souls meant for harm, God is and will continue to use for good to bring glory to his name and win souls into his Kingdom for all eternity. I stand amazed at the reaction of so many to this horrible event. The church was packed to overflow the Sunday after the murders and a reported 10,000 people of every skin color and race filled the streets outside to support this congregation. Forgiveness flowed out of the hearts of these wounded saints and only by Christ and Christ alone could this have happened.

The historic norm for the Church and God’s people is to be subject to persecution and attack. We don’t have that history to fall back on in most of America. The African American Church in the USA is the exception has a much clearer understanding of that historic reality than their white counterparts. In today’s increasing secular and hostile to the Gospel culture, we would do well to bond with and look to them for lessons as to how to not just survive but to thrive in a culture that marginalizes and oppresses those they hate. O Lord make us one in your Spirit.

May the Lord help us to always be on guard for the evil one and to remember this verse:

So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.” ~ James 4:7 AMP

George Duffield, Jr.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss:
From vict’ry unto vict’ry, His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The trumpet call obey:
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day;
Ye that are men now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! Stand in His strength alone,
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own;
Put on the gospel armor, and watching unto prayer,
Where calls the voice of duty, be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song;
To him that overcometh a crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory shall reign eternally

May the Lord watch over and keep you in his Love and care and use us all to spread the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed to the lost in our nation.

In Jesus name, amen.


Wes Mason is a native of Richmond VA. He served in the USAF after graduating in 1974 and lived in NM, TX, MA and the UK. While in TX, he recognized God’s calling on his life and was ordained in a small Pentecostal Church in 1984. He moved to Boston to finish college, and while there, was involved in campus ministries as a student leader and a prison ministry volunteer. After college Wes moved back to Richmond in 87, very quickly was asked to be part of the Good news Jail and Prison Ministry at Henrico County Jail west. Currently Wes provides pulpit supply for 11 local Baptist churches. He’s married to my wife Cindy, a school teacher since 88, and has 2 great sons. Wes is a member of Hunton Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Va. Wes plays the 5 string banjo and guitar for a hobby. You can connect with Wes via email: wesmason56@hotmail.com

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“God’s Pleasure in Progress” 6/29/2015 by Nancy Ruegg

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God’s Pleasure in Progress

June 15, 2015 by Nancy Ruegg


My first teaching job was in a small community southwest of Lexington, Kentucky. Although the school included first through sixth grades, there were only five teachers. Second grade was divided, some students included in first, the rest with third. I was assigned the first/second split.

The first morning of school went by quickly as we read stories, played a few learning games, and completed a class chart of favorite summer activities. Soon it was time to march to the cafeteria for lunch.

The children lined up to receive their plates of food, and then were instructed to pick up napkins, utensils, cartons of milk, and straws – all without benefit of trays. Little hands struggled to hold so many items–much less carry them all without accident. (And why were the first and second graders seated farthest from the serving line? I never had the nerve to ask.)


So began my habit of standing at the end of the counter, wrapping utensils and a straw in a napkin, then perching a milk carton on an empty corner of the plate as the students passed by.

One second grader, Ricky, was much too manly to use a straw. Each day he would proclaim, “I don’t need no straw.”

Each day I would patiently correct him: “I don’t need a straw.” Ricky would repeat it again after me. It almost became a joke between us, as the exchange occurred day after day, month after month.

One noontime in March, while focused on wrapping the next set of flatware, I heard Ricky’s voice proudly proclaim, “I DON’T NEED A STRAW!”

My eyes popped, Ricky’s twinkled, and his broad smile indicated his pleasure in remembering–all by himself–how to correctly form his request.

A quick hug, a few pats on the back, and an “I-am-so-PROUD-of-you!” let him know how I felt.

It never occurred to me to say, “Well, it’s about time, Bud! You DO realize we’ve repeated this little ceremony over one hundred times, don’t you?”

No. This was a moment to celebrate! Our perseverance had paid off. And perhaps this one little grammatical victory would prompt Ricky to conquer the next. I was thrilled.

Do you suppose that’s how God feels when our “practice makes perfect?”


13131) Our quiet time with him finally becomes a near-daily habit?
2) We remember to express gratitude and praise to him throughout the day?
3) We’re able to think before we speak more consistently?
4) We forgo some purchase for pleasure in order to supply someone else with necessities?
5) We put aside our agenda to do a favor for someone else?

Yes, I believe God is thrilled with our steps of progress, just as I was with Ricky’s effort. If God withheld his pleasure until we reached perfection, we’d never experience even one good thing (Psalm 84:11). He’d always be in discipline-mode.

But Isaiah tells us: “The Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion” (30:18).

David reminds us that out of his grace and compassion he guides our steps and takes delight when we follow his way (Psalm 37:23).

Another psalmist proclaimed that the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love (147:11). No mention of delight reserved only for those who are perfect.

Ah, but what about Jesus’ statement in Matthew 5:48: “Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect?”

Yes, that is the standard, but God does not disapprove of us because we have not achieved that goal. He knows perfection this side of heaven is impossible. What he does approve of is effort—to press on like Paul to “receive the heavenly prize for which God through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:12-14).

When we stumble, we keep going. When we fall, we get up and try again.

But listen closely. You’ll hear God celebrating our progress (Zephaniah 3:17).


* * * * * * * * * *

We praise you, Heavenly Father, for being a gracious, compassionate God,

who is slow to become angry and always abounding in loving-kindness.

Even as we strive to be more like you,

we can rest in the knowledge that you will not condemn us

when we stumble and fall.

Thank you for your readiness to forgive and your everlasting love.

Thank you for continually drawing us closer to you and your perfection.

(Psalm 103:1-2, Romans 8:1; 1 John 1:9; Jeremiah 31:3).

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“Who was Dorcas (or Tabitha) in the Bible?” 6/28/2015 by Michael

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Who was Dorcas (or Tabitha) in the Bible?

June 20, 2015

Dorcas, or Tabitha, in the Bible lived in the town of Joppa, a city on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Dorcas was also called Tabitha—Dorcas is a Greek name meaning “gazelle,” and Tabitha is the Aramaic rendering of the same name. Dorcas, or Tabitha, was a charitable person who made things, especially clothing, for the needy in Joppa. The story of Dorcas in Acts 9 is notable because Peter raised her back to life after she had died.

Dorcas was known for her good works and acts of love for the poor (Acts 9:36); she was much loved in the community of Joppa. When she became ill and died, the believers who knew Dorcas heard that Peter was in the nearby town of Lydda, and they sent for him. The Bible does not specifically say that the disciples at Joppa were hoping for Peter to resurrect Dorcas, but they did call urgently for him (Acts 9:38). When Peter arrived at the home where Dorcas’ body had been laid out, he went up to see the body. There were many widows there, weeping. They all showed Peter “the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them”—tangible evidence of Dorcas’ loving service (Acts 9:39).

What happened next is proof that our God is full of glorious, unrestrained power: “Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord” (Acts 9:40–42).

Bringing Dorcas back from the dead was not done for the Dorcas’ sake—Peter knew she was in paradise, with Jesus, and that her life after death was preferable to her life on earth (see Luke 23:43). Peter’s motive, at least in part, for raising Dorcas to life may have been for the sake of the widows and others in Joppa who needed the help Dorcas could provide. The resurrection of Dorcas was also a major reason so many people in Joppa believed. This miracle performed in the name of the Lord led many to faith in Christ.

Dorcas is a fine example of how we are to meet the needs of those around us. Christians are to “continue to remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10). Part of “religion that God our Father accepts” is “to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27). This was the type of religion Dorcas practiced.

We also see in the story of Dorcas how the Body of Christ functions as a whole. We are united in Christ, and the believers in Joppa mourned the loss of Dorcas as a close family member. “There should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it” (1 Corinthians 12:25–26). Dorcas was one of their own, and her absence left a huge void in their lives.

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“Charles Spurgeon on The Sweet Sovereignty of God” 6/27/2015 by David Qaoud

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Charles Spurgeon on The Sweet Sovereignty of God

Posted on June 22, 2015 by David Qaoud @ http://www.gospelrelevance.com

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Fewer doctrines of the Christian faith are more comforting than the sovereignty of God. It humbles you in good seasons, provides hope in hard seasons, and gives joy in all seasons. The doctrine of God’s sovereignty is a constant nourishment for the soul.

But how do we define sovereignty?

A.W. Pink defines it this way: “The sovereignty of God may be defined as the exercise of his supremacy. Being infinitely elevated above the highest creature, He is the Most High, Lord of heaven and earth. Subject to none, influenced by none, absolutely independent; God does as He pleases, only as He pleases as he pleases.”

This is true. But we must not be mere academics only. We have to apply this truth not just to our minds, but also to our hearts. If we do the former without the latter, we might know that sovereignty is sweet, but we’ll never taste its sweetness.

So where do we go?


In a beautiful sermon preached on Matthew 20:15, the Prince of Preachers himself — Charles Spurgeon — had this to say about sovereignty:

There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God’s sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that Sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them. There is nothing for which the children ought more earnestly to contend than the doctrine of their Master over all creation — the Kingship of God over all the works of His own hands — the Throne of God and His right to sit upon that throne . . . It is God upon the throne that we love to preach. It is God upon the throne whom we trust.

The sovereignty of God is a sweet pillow that you can lay your head at night. It is a beautiful truth not only that God is in control over all, but is also working everything out — the good and the bad — for your good, and his glory. This sweet doctrine is medicine for the soul that you can take in any season of life.

Questions and Comments: Can you give one example of how God’s sovereignty has encouraged you in the past? Post your comments below. (found on original site above)

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“Heaven In Your Home” 6/26/2015 by Pastor Dennis Thurman

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Heaven In Your Home

June 22, 2015 / mattj31


By Dennis Thurman

His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. (Psalm 112:2)

Our home may be the closest thing on earth to heaven—or the nearest thing to hell. Choices we make—and the choices of other family members as well—establish that environment, because God has made a choice to bless the home that is blessable. How a husband and wife relate to God and to each other has a dramatic effect on the children and their choices. It does not guarantee that when they reach maturity physically that every family member will continue to walk in God’s ways, for each of us must make that decision, but it points them in the right direction and affords them with the best opportunity for experiencing the favor of God in their future family, also.

Heaven in your home requires the man of the house to be a man of God (Ps.112:1). He has a profound reverence for the Lord. His heart is in awe of the majesty of God and at the same time abased at the depravity of his own soul. This leads him to amazement of God’s grace and mercy. Such a spiritual leader in the home is known as, “a God-fearing man.” Rather than a legalistic obligation exhibited toward God’s commands, he displays delight in following God’s will. None of us would discount the significance of the mother in the home, but typically, if the father is a man of God, his wife will partner with him. Being a spiritual leader isn’t about a man exerting authority, but embracing responsibility. This is foundational to having heaven in your home.

If that is the foundation, then the framework built atop that spiritual commitment is seen in Ps.112:4-10. Godly parents build with character, “upright…and righteous” (v.4). Reputation is what we are in public and how others view us; character is what we are in private and what our family knows about us! To character, we nail down conviction (v.6-8). The parents are solid in their beliefs, not shaky about it. They not only can tell the children what they need to do, they can tell them why—based on the authority of God’s Word. Character and conviction must also be connected to compassion (v.4b-5a, 9). We can articulate the truth without being angry about it. Love marks the followers of Christ, and our children need to be taught to be compassionate and generous. They will not accept the message unless we present the model. The fourth pillar added to character, conviction, and compassion is this: correction (v.5b). Discretion is the wisdom to guide our family in God’s course, and if we see a child straying to correct them.

This godly foundation and framework brings God’s favor to our family (Ps.112:2-4a; 113:1-9). God’s favor includes a godly heritage on earth (Ps.112:2-4a; 113:7-9). God wants to grow some spiritual champions from our offspring and we can cultivate the soil, weed the ground, and water the sprout. Our children can be successful in life—and that isn’t about them claiming trophies, scoring touchdowns, passing tests, and accumulating treasure—it is about abundant life in Christ! God’s favor is ultimately about a great honor in eternity (Ps.112:6, 9b; 113:7-8). More than anything we have in this life, we want our children with us in heaven! The greatest reward for godly parents will be to see their offspring with them in heaven’s glory. Their home in heaven then begins with bringing some heaven to your home now. God help us in this great task!


Dennis Thurman has pastored churches in Western North Carolina for 36 years. Currently, he is Senior Pastor of Pole Creek Baptist Church where he has served for almost 20 years. Married to Marilyn for 40 years, they have 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

This article was originally posted on Dennis’ blog, Mountain Top Musings

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“Church Doctrine Starts and Ends with the Word” 6/25/2015 by bruce

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Church Doctrine Starts and Ends with the Word”

(Revised from 1/08/2013 by bruce

2 Timothy 3:13-14But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, (NKJV)

The opening scripture was written by the Apostle Paul, to his protégé Timothy.  Paul was urging Timothy to continue to learn and grow in his biblical knowledge and spiritual wisdom.  In the opening scripture, the Apostle Paul was writing to Timothy from a cold prison cell in Rome.  Paul was in chains, with no hope of being released (2 Timothy 4:6), because of Nero’s rise to power as a Christian persecutor. The Apostle Paul’s instructions to Timothy are every bit as important today, as they were almost 2,000 years ago.

Many people are being deceived today, because what they have learned about God, they have learned from sources that can not be trusted.  I wrote the other day, about the importance of finding the right church.  And it is the doctrine of the church that must be biblically based and preached, for the churchgoer to have the assurance that they have found a good church. Here is the link for those who want to catch up…


Before I became a member of my church, I went through a 3 week learning process, with a small group to learn about the doctrine of this church that I was thinking about joining.  The very first point in their church doctrine (which is called their “Articles of Faith”)…states that it is the Holy Scriptures – the supreme and infallible and inerrant Word of God…that is the final authority for the beliefs and the doctrine that this church is based upon.

Here is a link to the BFC “Articles of Faith”, for those interested in what I believe is a well written church doctrine.     http://www.bfc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=10&Itemid=121

The Pastor made a point at stating, that the Holy Bible (which is God breathed, as it is called), takes precedence over their “Articles of Faith”; because their church doctrine was written by man.

When a church bases its doctrine on laws, rituals, and traditions that have been formulated and written down by man…and this doctrine is not 100% based upon a Bible, like the KJV…the people of this church are being deceived, like the Apostle Paul is warning Timothy, in the opening scripture.

The Apostle Paul goes on in 2nd Timothy, to reiterate sound doctrine from God’s Word to Timothy, who was serving as the pastor of the church at Ephesus. Timothy was well versed in Paul’s theology from years of training.  But the Apostle Paul wanted to give him some final doctrine, before the Apostle Paul was reportedly martyred in AD 67.  Here is a link to more information on the Apostle Paul…     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_the_Apostle

The book of 2nd Timothy includes doctrine on salvation by God’s sovereign grace, through the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…

2 Timothy 1:8-10…  Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,  (NKJV)

2nd Timothy also includes the absolute most important scripture of the New Testament…on how and why God wrote the Bible, in…

2 Timothy 3:16-17…  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.(NKJV)

The inerrant Word of God, the Bible…should be the only source for sound church doctrine; and it must be opened, read, studied, and digested, for the Christian to be effective in their pursuit of being conformed to the image of Christ…Romans 8:29… This lifelong development of being conformed to Christ is called progressive sanctification; and is a never ending process that will only be complete on the day the Christian stands face to face with the Lord in heaven.

A Christian can only learn so much from weekly attendance in church.  Reading the Bible daily, has become a joy for me…as I open and seek to find what God wants me to learn that day from His Word.  And without being fed by God’s Word, as Jesus tells us is necessary for spiritual growth, in…Matthew 4:4…the Christian’s growth in spiritual wisdom and maturity will never flourish like God desires for all of His children.  Am I complete in Christ ??  Absolutely !!  But do I know all that God wants me to know ??  Not by a long shot !!  The more I learn, the more I realize how much I have yet to learn.

Heavenly Father, I pray that You would urge everyone, no matter where they are in life…to understand that we must all give an account of our lives to You…Romans 14:11-12… Give us the will Lord (John 6:44), to seek Christ while He may still be found…Isaiah 55:6…  And then Lord, urge Your redeemed children to grow closer to You through diligently reading Your Word (James 4:7-8)… I pray for this fullness of Christ for all of us, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

P.S.  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how Gods grace is received to become a Christian in Gods eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, after first being drawn in by God...John 6:44http://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/gods-group-thoughts-for-7112013-the-truth-about-sin/

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