Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church

4040 W. Ledbetter, Dallas 972-291-3565 Pastors: Eugene & Mariah Pierson

Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church

Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor Eugene/ Mariah Pierson

[04/19/20]   Psalm 23 (continued)
Note: In describing the Lord as a shepherd, David wrote out of his own experience because he had spent his early years caring for sheep (I Samuel 16:10-11). Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provisions, guidance and protection. As the Lord is the good Shepherd, so we are his sheep, not frighten passive animals, but obedient followers, wise enough to follow one who will lead us in the right places and in the right ways. This psalm does not focus on the animal like qualities of sheep, but on the discipleship qualities of those who follow. When you recognize the good Shepherd, follow Him.
PASSIVE: accepting without objection or resistance. Submissive
*"I shall not want" To not want means both that i will not lack anything necessary for God's will to be done or accomplished in my life. But we must understand that although we trust God to satisfy our needs materially, we must recognize the Bible's teaching that (a) we may sometimes experience need in order to be encouraged to trust Him more and to develop our faith, spiritual endurance and ministry, we may undergo severe distress because of persecution and oppression from evildoers in the world. We may experience poverty due to national and natural circumstances such as war, famine, drought or poor economic or social conditions.
*God's presence, help and blessings in our physical lives are related to the prosperity of our spiritual lives. We must seek God's will, obey the Holy Spirit, remain separated from the spirit of this evil age, love God's Word, seek His help in prayer, work hard, trust Him to supply our needs and live by the principle of seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
*Although our souls may be getting along well, this will not automatically exempt us from difficulties in the area of our lives that must be faced by prayer and trust in God.
*I shall not want" we must be content in the Good Shepherd's provision and care of our lives, even in times of personal hardship, because we should trust in His love and His commitment to us. In Philippians 4:11, the Apostle Paul made this statement. "Not that I speak in respect of want: for i have learned in whatever state i am, therewith to be content." {content means not desiring more than what one has; satisfied}
*The key to contentment is realizing that God has given you in your present circumstances everything you need to remain victorious in Christ. The ability to live triumphantly above changing circumstances comes from Christ's power flowing in and through you. This ability does not come naturally, however, it must be learned through dependence on Christ.
(to be continued)

[04/04/20]   Psalm 23: Verse 1 "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."
shepherd: one who herds, guard, and cares for sheep. One who cares for a group of people, as a minister or teacher.
*herd: to tend
*guard: to protect from harm, watch over, defend
The Lord is my Shepherd: Jesus stated in the Gospel according to John, chapter 10:11; "I am the good Shepherd; the good shepherd give the His life for the sheep."
Jesus declared Himself to be the promised good Shepherd.
*This metaphor(comparison) illustrates Jesus' tender and devoted care for His people. It is as if He is saying, I am toward all who believe in me as a good a Shepherd is toward his sheep, caring, watchful and loving.
*The distinguishing mark of Christ as the good Shepherd is His willingness to die for His sheep(Matthew 20:18). Christ is called the "good Shepherd" in this verse, "the great Shepherd" in Hebrews 13:20 and the "chief Shepherd" in I Peter 5:4.
*Be sure to notice that the minister who serves merely to earn a living or to gain honor is the hireling(hired hand). True Pastors care for their sheep, while some pastors think first of themselves and their position.
*God compares Himself to a shepherd in order to illustrate His great love for His people. The Lord Jesus Himself adopted the same comparison to express His relationship to His people. (John 10:11-16; Hebrews 13:20; I Peter 5:4; Revelation 7:17).
*Two truths are emphasized.
(1). God, through Christ and by the Holy Spirit is co concerned about each of His children that He desires to love, care for, protect, guide and be near that child, just as a good shepherd does for his own sheep.
(2). Believers are the Lord's sheep. We belong to Him and are the special object of His affection and attention. Though, "all we like sheep have gone astray." Isaiah 53:6. The Lord has redeemed us with His shed blood(I Peter 1:18-19) and we now belong to Him. As His sheep we can claim the promises of this Psalm when we respond to His voice and follow Him.
Simply stating that we as believers, children of God need not worry when troubles arise, because we have a Shepherd who watches over us and keeps us from harm.

(To be continued)

[03/29/20]   People will wait patiently, excited in line for the release of a long awaited product when it hits the stores or a movie when it arrives at the box office. How much more should we have that attitude today as we await the Lord's promised intervention in our lives. Wait on the Lord and be of good courage.

[03/27/20]   Due to Covid19 and Sheltering in Place, all worship services are cancelled until further notice. God bless you all. Stay in prayer 🙏🙏🙏.

[03/27/20]   Prayer: When God says to pray, he really means it. To pray is the most commonly mentioned command in Scripture. It is mentioned more than "love your neighbor" more than "go to church" and more than "evangelize" More than anything else. God calls us to pray.

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Have a Blessed day everyone

FEAR: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or threat. The purpose of fear is to promote survival.
In this time the uncertainties of life can be frightening. All around us things are happening that is hard to understand, things we never would have imagined are happening, but still our eyes have not seen nor our ears heard nor have it entered into our minds what God has in store. And its a natural reaction to have fear, our fear promotes our faith in God. But when we allow our fear to rule us, we make fear more powerful than God. We must remember that He is greater than all our fears.
The promise of God's protection can keep us from fear. When we fear what lies ahead, remember, God will stay with us through difficult times. In Joshua 1:9; He told Joshua to be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt." For remember the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
To overcome fear, we must think more about God's love. John 4:18 says, "Perfect love drives out fear." God is love and we are to possess that love, a perfect love.
I read something once a long time ago when I was struggling with severe anxiety that said. "If you never travel to the future but stay in the present, you have nothing to fear. Thinking about the what ifs and the what may happen causes us to fear. So be careful not to leave God out of your thinking.
We face challenges everyday, some more challenging than others, and without God they can be frightening. But by trusting God and knowing that He is in control, it can be an adventure, one that strengthens and encourages us, a testimony to be told.
Just as God was with men like Abraham, Moses, Joshua and countless others, He is with us as we face the challenges of this world. We may not conquer every challenge or fear, but God promised never to leave us nor forsake us. He will not leave us alone in a challenge and He will not fail us.By asking God to direct us and then following His directions, by trusting that he knows what he is doing we can come out victorious.
Yes we are facing an invisible enemy, one we do not know how to fight, but God tells us to put on the whole armour of God, so we are able to fight those things we cannot see.
Stay in prayer, trust God and follow directions. God Bless one and all
Co. Pastor Mariah Piesron

[03/22/20]   FEAR: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or threat. The purpose of fear is to promote survival.
In this time the uncertainties of life can be frightening. All around us things are happening that is hard to understand, things we never would have imagined are happening, but still our eyes have not seen nor our ears heard nor have it entered into our minds what God has in store. And its a natural reaction to have fear, our fear promotes our faith in God. But when we allow our fear to rule us, we make fear more powerful than God. We must remember that He is greater than all our fears.
The promise of God's protection can keep us from fear. When we fear what lies ahead, remember, God will stay with us through difficult times. In Joshua 1:9; He told Joshua to be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt." For remember the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
To overcome fear, we must think more about God's love. John 4:18 says, "Perfect love drives out fear." God is love and we are to possess that love, a perfect love.
I read something once a long time ago when I was struggling with severe anxiety that said. "If you never travel to the future but stay in the present, you have nothing to fear. Thinking about the what ifs and the what may happen causes us to fear. So be careful not to leave God out of your thinking.
We face challenges everyday, some more challenging than others, and without God they can be frightening. But by trusting God and knowing that He is in control, it can be an adventure, one that strengthens and encourages us, a testimony to be told.
Just as God was with men like Abraham, Moses, Joshua and countless others, He is with us as we face the challenges of this world. We may not conquer every challenge or fear, but God promised never to leave us nor forsake us. He will not leave us alone in a challenge and He will not fail us.By asking God to direct us and then following His directions, by trusting that he knows what he is doing we can come out victorious.
Yes we are facing an invisible enemy, one we do not know how to fight, but God tells us to put on the whole armour of God, so we are able to fight those things we cannot see.
Stay in prayer, trust God and follow directions. God Bless one and all
Co. Pastor Mariah Piesron

[03/18/20]   ACCEPTANCE: The act or process of accepting; ACCEPT: to receive something willingly. Ephesians 14:5; "Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure."
You are accepted by God because He made you and created you in his image. Nothing you can do will cause God to love you more, because he loves you completely.. And nothing you do can cause God to love you less. In fact, God accepts you and loves you so much that he sent his own Son to die for you, to take on himself the punishment for sin you deserve. He died in your place so you can be accepted into eternity with Him.
We are accepted by God because of our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.(John 1:12 "But to all who accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.")
When Jesus came into the world, those closest to him had the most difficulty accepting him. He came unto his own and his own received him not. He was not accepted in his hometown by his own people. Many people will have the same attitude about you. Don't be surprised when your Christian life and faith are not easily understood or accepted by those who know you well.
Accepting each other is very important. The Apostle Paul states in Romans 15:7; "Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God." Accepting others grows out of obedience to God. When we don't accept others we miss out on their contribution to our lives.
It's strange how we as a people will accept everything that comes our way whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will accept people into our lives that means us no good but harm. But when it comes down to accepting what God allows, we complain and grumble. God allows things to happen for a reason, we must accept what is allowed, pray and trust that God knows what is happening.
The one time that our acceptance becomes dangerous is when we condone sinful behavior. As Christians we can not condone/accept sinful behaviors. Our Lord expect us to be lights shining in a dark world, showing the world who he is and what he stands for. We cannot be a part of the world and be a part of Christ. He said in his word, no man can serve two masters.
As Christians we are to love one another enough to speak the truth to anyone who are exhibiting sinful behavior. No judging, but showing love and acceptance of the person but not the sin. For we all have sinned and come short.

[02/29/20]   STANDING IN THE STORM:
Stand means to remain where situated , placed or built. Syn. for Storm: trouble, disturbance, upheaval.
There are three distinct group of people. 1. Those who are just getting out of a storm. 2.Those who are in the midst of a storm. 3. those who are getting ready to go into a storm. Everyone faces storms. When the storms come you will either stand or fall. The difference in your standing or falling is the foundation that you build. Be sure that you build on Jesus the solid and sure foundation.
Sometimes the storms of life comes with no letup, they seem endless, successively crashing against us until we feel as though we can't take anymore. in those times of desperation, Psalm 62 offers three valuable lessons: 1. We must wait. 2. We must wait in silence. 3. We must keep in mind the motivation for the waiting. When the storms of life batter you, make sure that your feet are planted on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. Do not lose hope, asking what am i going to do, rather ask what is God going to do. Oftentimes God will place us in a storm. And in our weaken state we ask, what am I going to do.
Storms comes in many forms. They may come in the form of diseases or Cancer and take your health. They may come in the form of death and take a loved one, or in the form of natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, flood and fires and take your home, cars and valuables. they may comes in the form of temptation, false teachings or persecution. We have to remain situated in Jesus, on the solid foundation of our faith, knowing that when the storms of life are raging, He will stand by us, holding our hand in the storm

[12/14/19]   The Lord is our Light and our Salvation. The Lord is the strength of our life. He is our refuge.

[11/09/19]   Psalm 104:24; "O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches."
There is a gospel song titled "Count Your Blessings" the chorus says, "Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God has done." Have you ever tried to actually count your blessings? It we truly tried to, we would find that they are too numerous to count. The psalmist said, "O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches." God's works and deeds are too much to count. If we be able to count them in our own lives, It would be impossible to count them for the whole earth. Be thankful for the blessings that our God has given. Every waking hour is such a sweet blessing. Make the most of every moment, enjoy life and all that it brings, the good and the bad.

[05/12/19]   Our Father God called one of His children home today. Rev. Ricky Williams, Tree of Life Church family will not be the same without you. You gave your all, though fighting dialysis, three times a week you never missed a service. You fought hard and loved even harder. A friend to all, encouraging other by your faith in God. Your last message "Are you Worthy" yes you were. Worthy to be called a man of God, worthy to called a friend in deed, worthy to walk and stand tall in the face of adversity, worthy to stand every storm, but now the storms are over, you have gained your wings and now you join the great cloud of witnesses. Rest on Reverend Ricky we will miss you.

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"Love came down at Christmas." For everyone who has ever wondered how God sees him or her. For everyone who has ever doubted God's love when a prayer has gone unanswered or a life has been broken; for everyone who has cried out to God, "Are you there?" "Do you care?" Jesus has this answer, "I have come down from heaven not to do my will, but to do the will of Him who sent me." (Matthew 10:34). Yes, He is with us everyday and in every situation, He hears and He cares. He came into this world as a divine act of love.
"Then the angel said to them, do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you; you will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." Luke 2:10-12.
He is the Reason for the Season.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with Blessings.
Pastor/Co.Pastor; Eugene/Mariah Pierson
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