Everyone has a story of things they have done in the past. Some may be good some may not be so good. We can be very influenced by the ones we grow up with. Sometimes they can convince you to do things that when you look back now, wasn’t such a good idea. The ones we look up to as children can influence who we become as adults. I did things when I was young that I’m not proud of, more than I care to remember. Many grow up in troubled homes and see things they should not have to see. It may affect them and cause them to act in ways that they shouldn’t. We are taught things when we are young that we may not know are wrong at the time. Things that were okay in the house you grew up in may not really be okay.

     In our search for the true meaning of this life we all will be faced with different obstacles. Maybe it is family members that aren’t very good people. Some may seem just pure evil, it is out there and dangerous. They could be abusive or just always putting you down. Or a thief or some sort of criminal.

     It could be that you just have your own sort of temptation. We could struggle with a whole assortment of things. It could be lying, or maybe a problem with cussing. Many struggle with alcoholism or with drugs. Some that came from broken homes have problems being faithful and with commitment to another.

     I have often heard it said that we become our parents. I can certainly see that true in some traits. It doesn’t have to be if you don’t let it. You can copy the good you see in people and not the bad. You can become who you want to be. We all have different temptations we must face, and face them you will. It’s how we handle them that makes the difference.

     If you had or have struggles and temptations just know you can turn to God for strength. Stay in His word and find your comfort. Let the love you find in Jesus be your guide in this life. God’s word is always a comfort to me if I am faced with temptation.

     When you make the decision to not be who you have been, some people will try to stop you. They may even be family, but don’t stop. Be the person you know you should be in this life. You can be the example to others with similar struggles, overcoming wrong with right.

Stay in the word and in prayer. Ask for help, we are all here for you. Love God for He loves you. Be the person you want to be, be God’s.

                                                                                                                             In Him, Chuck

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     We go through this life meeting people every day. Maybe at the store where you shop or at work. Maybe on the street or in passing, saying hello and never meeting again. Family members we see on holidays or just occasionally. Your doctors that you see, more often as you get older. Everyone has someone that first mentioned God to them. The one who taught them about Jesus. Do you remember the people that first spoke of Jesus to you? That invited you to church or for a Bible study? Think back, how many times have you been approached since then? Do we know how many opportunities we will get to take people up on that offer?

     What I want us all to take from this is that you may be the one. The one opportunity that someone else has to hear about God. The only one perhaps that a person may be comfortable studying with. The one they can relate to. The one that can sympathize with something in their life that holds them back. The one with some of the same experiences and that they can relate with. Think about that. Maybe you are the one. The only one to teach them the truth. Share Jesus with them.

     “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

     Don’t be afraid, be strong and brave for the Lord goes with you. Be the one.

            

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How many times have we sung this song and wondered, what it meant to our lives and how it's going to affect our lives in the future? The song was the introduction to a TV show called “In Search of the Lord’s Way.” The speaker for many years was brother Mac Lyons, and then brother Phil Sanders. Many great lessons were heard from these two men. In these troubling times, we had no idea that our worship would be challenge by our government. We were told we could not meet together, we complied but were fed by Matt’s great lessons on YouTube. After three months, we were told you can again be together but only one hundred at a time. We did cut fellowship time down, but we did worship. All this time following the rules set down by the government. Then we were told we should not sing, God said sing and that is what we did. Ephesians 5:19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.”

 

This past week we were told not to use the inside of the building, another attempt to stop worshiping God. But the Lord is much more powerful than any government, so God gave us a way. The Lord gave us a drop-off area, a natural amphitheater. What a wonderful worship we had. When we put God first, He will find a way for us to worship Him. We all need to remember the church is US and not the building. Maybe it’s a lesson God wants us to relearn.

 

The Lord will find a way for us to follow Him. The Psalm of David should give us the strength. We need to allow the Lord to show us the way.

 

Psalm 23:1 & 2

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.

The Lord will find a way

 

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How many times have we sung this song and wondered, what it meant to our lives and how it's going to affect our lives in the future? The song was the introduction to a TV show called “In Search of the Lord’s Way.” The speaker for many years was brother Mac Lyons, and then brother Phil Sanders. Many great lessons were heard from these two men. In these troubling times, we had no idea that our worship would be challenge by our government. We were told we could not meet together, we complied but were fed by Matt’s great lessons on YouTube. After three months, we were told you can again be together but only one hundred at a time. We did cut fellowship time down, but we did worship. All this time following the rules set down by the government. Then we were told we should not sing, God said sing and that is what we did. Ephesians 5:19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.”

 

This past week we were told not to use the inside of the building, another attempt to stop worshiping God. But the Lord is much more powerful than any government, so God gave us a way. The Lord gave us a drop-off area, a natural amphitheater. What a wonderful worship we had. When we put God first, He will find a way for us to worship Him. We all need to remember the church is US and not the building. Maybe it’s a lesson God wants us to relearn.

 

The Lord will find a way for us to follow Him. The Psalm of David should give us the strength. We need to allow the Lord to show us the way.

 

Psalm 23:1 & 2

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.

The Lord will find a way

 

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Sometimes we can act in a way that might make our brother or sister stumble. When Paul writes his letter to the Corinthians, he answers the question that sometimes might be hard to understand. He deals with our conscience and the people we are around. Why is one’s freedom limited by another’s conscience? The answer is love. 1 Corinthians 13:5 says this about love - “does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered.” Love does not act rude. Love is courteous and has manners. Love is not offensive to others, it is tactful and polite. These are always part of a Christian’s behavior. Love does not insist upon its rights. Love is unselfish. Love is happy in the happiness of others. Love seeks the best interests of others.

 

Why am I writing these things about love? The answers is, because we are family. We get things done when we are united as a family. We have no time to look for bad because we are the family of God. It is an amazing thing that happens when a family is united in love. Great things can happen.

 

In the period of time we are now in, dealing with corona virus issues and civil unrest issues, it is important for us to stay focused on how we act and care for people. Our priority is to serve our God. When we stay focused on being like Christ, our problems will disappear that deal with our eternity. The Bible tells us this in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all thing through Him who strengthens me.” Then we need to do it with love. I Corinthians 13:13 “But now faith, hope, love, abides these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

 

The song our kids sing - This little light of mine, let it shine should be the song we all sing and do, at all times. This should be our love song.

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