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Upcoming Events
JUN

19

TUE
Retired Men's Breakfast
8:30 AM
At Cracker Barrel. See Phil Rainwater if you have any question.
JUN

20

WED
Bible Study
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
JUN

24

SUN
Bible Class
9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Classes for all ages.
Worship
10:30 AM
Bible Search

            “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:5-8).

 

            Many wander through life knowing nothing about God and His word. Luke said that God will not accept ignorance as an excuse for not doing His will.  He stated, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). Some go so far as to say that man does not need to read the Bible and should allow the “clergy” to tell them what to do. Friends this is a foolish way to approach the knowledge of God. Paul told Timothy to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15 NKJV). The brethren at Berea were commended because they did not take the word of a man but listened well and then proved what was said by  the  scripture.  Luke  wrote,  “These  were  more  noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).

 

            In 1887 Eliza E. Hewitt wrote the words of a song which has been sung in many services of the church. She wrote, “More about Jesus let me learn, More of His holy will discern; Spirit of God, my teacher be, showing the things of Christ to me”. If one truly wants to know about Jesus, all he needs to do is pick up His word and search it diligently (John 5:39). The soul, of those who are sincere in their desire to know God, hungers for His word.  Peter stated, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby; If so be that ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (I Peter 2:2). The psalmist encouraged a daily meditation in God’s word. He stated, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2).

            The Bible is God’s way of communicating with mankind today. Eliza’s words in the song “More About Jesus” carry a powerful message for man.  She wrote, “More about Jesus in His Word, Holding communion with my Lord; Hearing His voice in every line, Making each faithful saying mine.” The psalmist stated, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). The psalmist also tells us that man’s hope lies in the word of God and not in anything which man might accomplish in this world (Psalm 119:113-114). In the Old Testament book of wisdom man is told that if he will allow God to lead the way he cannot fail. The writer stated, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

            The word of God has the power to transform even the vilest of men. The Hebrew letter tells us, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). When Peter preached the gospel of Christ for the first time in the city of Jerusalem the multitude listened and believed the message. We read, “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:37-38).

            If a person is to receive the power of God’s grace he will have to give his life to Jesus. In the chorus to the song “More About Jesus” Eliza wrote, “More, more about Jesus, More, more about Jesus; More of His saving fullness see, More of His love who died for me.” There is no greater joy in life than to experience the grace and forgiveness of the Lord. John wrote, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world though Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).

            Those who want to know Jesus will not only pray and study but will also have to apply the word of God to their lives. John stated, “And hereby do we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments” (I John 2:3).      

                                                                      ---PER