St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church

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"In for Preparation...Out for Demonstration." Louis Berry Sr. ~Senior Pastor

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10/14/2021

A humble servant of the Lord, no matter the task...
When I was in high school, I tried out for a school play. It was the first play I had ever tried out for or been in, so I was quite nervous. The play was "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat." Naturally, I wanted to be Joseph, but I didn't end up getting the part. Other students had more experience and were flat out better than I was. I was given another part (narrator) but was immature and refused to take part at all. I attended a performance of the play with my family, and to this day I can remember how great it was. It was a shame that I could not see the bigger picture and be a part of the show.
King David was a loyal servant of God for his entire life. No character more adamantly sings the praises of God than his obedient servant, David, so it is a surprise here in 1 Chronicles to see the Lord choose another king of Israel to build the temple for Him. God tells David via the prophet Nathan that David's son is the one that God has chosen. Although David was prepared to build the temple, Solomon ended up building it as we still know today.
How did David react? The same way he does in nearly every instance that the Lord speaks to him: he praises God, obediently going along with God's plan. If only I had learned my lesson from these verses! Life doesn't always give you exactly what you want, but to be part of something incredible and view being chosen to be a part of something special is a gift in and of itself. David realized this; I did not. Remember these verses the next time you are in a similar situation: we are God's servants and it is a blessing to be one at all.

A humble servant of the Lord, no matter the task...
When I was in high school, I tried out for a school play. It was the first play I had ever tried out for or been in, so I was quite nervous. The play was "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat." Naturally, I wanted to be Joseph, but I didn't end up getting the part. Other students had more experience and were flat out better than I was. I was given another part (narrator) but was immature and refused to take part at all. I attended a performance of the play with my family, and to this day I can remember how great it was. It was a shame that I could not see the bigger picture and be a part of the show.
King David was a loyal servant of God for his entire life. No character more adamantly sings the praises of God than his obedient servant, David, so it is a surprise here in 1 Chronicles to see the Lord choose another king of Israel to build the temple for Him. God tells David via the prophet Nathan that David's son is the one that God has chosen. Although David was prepared to build the temple, Solomon ended up building it as we still know today.
How did David react? The same way he does in nearly every instance that the Lord speaks to him: he praises God, obediently going along with God's plan. If only I had learned my lesson from these verses! Life doesn't always give you exactly what you want, but to be part of something incredible and view being chosen to be a part of something special is a gift in and of itself. David realized this; I did not. Remember these verses the next time you are in a similar situation: we are God's servants and it is a blessing to be one at all.

10/14/2021

Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Inspiration
What does Paul mean to mind not high things? It cannot mean to avoid the high, deep doctrines of God which Paul himself often teaches. He says that we should condescend to men of low estate. He seems to mean that we should not talk over people's heads, be focused always on things that only the "affluent" could relate to or appreciate, or separate ourselves from other brothers/sisters in Christ based on wealth and class.

Prayer
O Savior, you chose the lowly things of this world, the poor, the downtrodden, the uneducated, the weak, far more than the affluent and wealthy. You did this for your glory to discourage boasting. Let us all, as Christians, partake of a single Christian "culture" and not divide into our separate groups and neglect to relate to those outside of that group. We are one in you, let us act like it.

Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Inspiration
What does Paul mean to mind not high things? It cannot mean to avoid the high, deep doctrines of God which Paul himself often teaches. He says that we should condescend to men of low estate. He seems to mean that we should not talk over people's heads, be focused always on things that only the "affluent" could relate to or appreciate, or separate ourselves from other brothers/sisters in Christ based on wealth and class.

Prayer
O Savior, you chose the lowly things of this world, the poor, the downtrodden, the uneducated, the weak, far more than the affluent and wealthy. You did this for your glory to discourage boasting. Let us all, as Christians, partake of a single Christian "culture" and not divide into our separate groups and neglect to relate to those outside of that group. We are one in you, let us act like it.

10/12/2021

Remember the marvelous works that He has done....
I am fairly patriotic towards America (most of the time). There is a famous song called "This Land is your Land" by Woody Guthrie. Most Americans probably know some of the words of this song. It mentions some of the important landmarks and aspects of America: California to New York, the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters. At the end of most verses, he sings, "this land was made for you and me." The end of the song, however, takes a darker turn. Guthrie mentions "No Trespassing" signs; he mentions the relief office; he mentions hungry people; then he asks, "Is this land made for you and me?" Few Americans know the end of this song, and what most consider as a patriotic and welcoming tune has some dark questions at the end.
The poem that David commands his associates to use to praise God is more welcoming.

Remember the marvelous works that He has done....
I am fairly patriotic towards America (most of the time). There is a famous song called "This Land is your Land" by Woody Guthrie. Most Americans probably know some of the words of this song. It mentions some of the important landmarks and aspects of America: California to New York, the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters. At the end of most verses, he sings, "this land was made for you and me." The end of the song, however, takes a darker turn. Guthrie mentions "No Trespassing" signs; he mentions the relief office; he mentions hungry people; then he asks, "Is this land made for you and me?" Few Americans know the end of this song, and what most consider as a patriotic and welcoming tune has some dark questions at the end.
The poem that David commands his associates to use to praise God is more welcoming.

10/12/2021

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

Inspiration
Jesus sought and did the Father's will. He did not seek His own will. He listened to the Father's instruction always because He was sent by the Father. Just as Jesus followed the Father's will, so we should seek to do the Father's will. Just as Jesus was selfless, so we should pray we become more like Him. Praying that our will conforms to the Father's will.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I want Your will for my life, not my own will. Guide me and direct my steps. Do not let me stray from Your ways. Give me direction and let me always follow You. Thank You for sending Your Son, and for Jesus doing Your will perfectly. In Jesus' name. Amen.

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

Inspiration
Jesus sought and did the Father's will. He did not seek His own will. He listened to the Father's instruction always because He was sent by the Father. Just as Jesus followed the Father's will, so we should seek to do the Father's will. Just as Jesus was selfless, so we should pray we become more like Him. Praying that our will conforms to the Father's will.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I want Your will for my life, not my own will. Guide me and direct my steps. Do not let me stray from Your ways. Give me direction and let me always follow You. Thank You for sending Your Son, and for Jesus doing Your will perfectly. In Jesus' name. Amen.

10/10/2021

If you can't beat them, join them...
When I was in middle school, there was a boy that was much bigger than everyone else, and wow, he was a bully! He would really pick on other students and even hurt them, but he was so big nobody dared to stand up to him. He was equally as terrible to teachers, but I remember after school one day I noticed him red in the face, wiping tears from his eyes. Although he was so big, when he broke down he was like anyone else. That student was awful in my teacher's class, but my teacher put his arm around him, comforted him, and took him into his office so that other people could not see. After that, the student behaved quite well in that class, although I wish I could say the same about other classes!
My teacher's compassion to a person that had constantly troubled him humbled the terrible student. The student was used to being met by scorn, at school and most likely at home, and that was why he acted the way that he did. In these verses, Elisha shows compassion to the soldiers that have been sent to find him and most likely to kill him and the king of Israel. His compassion turns a foe into a friend, an enemy into an ally. Just like the student and the teacher, a show of compassion and love can turn hate into love. Christ teaches us to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39), and that is what Elisha does in these verses. How often do we actually do it?

If you can't beat them, join them...
When I was in middle school, there was a boy that was much bigger than everyone else, and wow, he was a bully! He would really pick on other students and even hurt them, but he was so big nobody dared to stand up to him. He was equally as terrible to teachers, but I remember after school one day I noticed him red in the face, wiping tears from his eyes. Although he was so big, when he broke down he was like anyone else. That student was awful in my teacher's class, but my teacher put his arm around him, comforted him, and took him into his office so that other people could not see. After that, the student behaved quite well in that class, although I wish I could say the same about other classes!
My teacher's compassion to a person that had constantly troubled him humbled the terrible student. The student was used to being met by scorn, at school and most likely at home, and that was why he acted the way that he did. In these verses, Elisha shows compassion to the soldiers that have been sent to find him and most likely to kill him and the king of Israel. His compassion turns a foe into a friend, an enemy into an ally. Just like the student and the teacher, a show of compassion and love can turn hate into love. Christ teaches us to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39), and that is what Elisha does in these verses. How often do we actually do it?

10/10/2021

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Inspiration
Jesus was teaching, and some of His followers had a hard time with what He said, so they turned away. Read John 6 to see what Jesus said, you might struggle to accept it too. After they turned away, Jesus asked if His disciples wanted to leave Him too, but they said they had nowhere else to go because they knew Jesus was the Holy One of God. Do you believe Jesus is the Holy One sent by God? Is He worth being followed?

Prayer
LORD, You know my heart better than any other. You know what I believe and what I don't believe. You know my character, my strengths, my weaknesses, and everything about me – even every thought. Help me to know myself. Help me to firmly know what I believe about You. Never let me turn my back on You. Help me to see You are the truth. In Jesus' name. Amen.

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Inspiration
Jesus was teaching, and some of His followers had a hard time with what He said, so they turned away. Read John 6 to see what Jesus said, you might struggle to accept it too. After they turned away, Jesus asked if His disciples wanted to leave Him too, but they said they had nowhere else to go because they knew Jesus was the Holy One of God. Do you believe Jesus is the Holy One sent by God? Is He worth being followed?

Prayer
LORD, You know my heart better than any other. You know what I believe and what I don't believe. You know my character, my strengths, my weaknesses, and everything about me – even every thought. Help me to know myself. Help me to firmly know what I believe about You. Never let me turn my back on You. Help me to see You are the truth. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Photos from St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church's post 10/10/2021

St. Mark youth Annual day.
Youth pastor Rickey Loftis.

10/08/2021

A debt we can never fully repay...
I am not too fond of the feeling of owing people anything, be it money or even a favor. I always do my best to pay people back right away, because I feel guilty of taking something from someone and not being able to pay them back. I do not particularly appreciate owing people so much that I will not ask when I need help, even though my friends and family would certainly help me with no hesitation. Worst of all, I sometimes do not ask God for help, because I feel that I owe Him most of all.
Taking on debt and feeling indebted makes me feel helpless. "Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8) In these verses, a widow comes to Elisha with creditors coming and no money to pay them. The widow asks Elisha for assistance, and Elisha asks God. All that she had was a jar of oil, and Elisha tells her to ask her neighbors for jars as well. She did, and the jars became filled by God, and she could feed her family and pay her debt.
Sometimes asking for help is the hardest part. We may feel unworthy; we may be embarrassed; we may feel ashamed at being unable not to know what to do. Everybody needs help sometimes, and our friends, family, neighbors, and God are all willing and able to help. "Ask, and it shall be given unto you." It is easier said than done, but once done, it seems so easy.

A debt we can never fully repay...
I am not too fond of the feeling of owing people anything, be it money or even a favor. I always do my best to pay people back right away, because I feel guilty of taking something from someone and not being able to pay them back. I do not particularly appreciate owing people so much that I will not ask when I need help, even though my friends and family would certainly help me with no hesitation. Worst of all, I sometimes do not ask God for help, because I feel that I owe Him most of all.
Taking on debt and feeling indebted makes me feel helpless. "Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8) In these verses, a widow comes to Elisha with creditors coming and no money to pay them. The widow asks Elisha for assistance, and Elisha asks God. All that she had was a jar of oil, and Elisha tells her to ask her neighbors for jars as well. She did, and the jars became filled by God, and she could feed her family and pay her debt.
Sometimes asking for help is the hardest part. We may feel unworthy; we may be embarrassed; we may feel ashamed at being unable not to know what to do. Everybody needs help sometimes, and our friends, family, neighbors, and God are all willing and able to help. "Ask, and it shall be given unto you." It is easier said than done, but once done, it seems so easy.

10/08/2021

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

Inspiration
Even Jesus rested, and He encouraged His apostles to rest. He wanted them to take breaks and rest. To take the time to go away and eat. There is nothing wrong with needing rest. God meant for us to take a Sabbath just as He did. He created the world in six days, and He rested on the seventh. You are not greater than God; take a rest.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I will find my rest in You. You are my peace. You are where I find rest. Let me lie peacefully in sleep and work hard when I'm working. Remind me to take rests. Help me to glorify You in my work and my rest. You are the great example, and even You chose to rest. Let me model my life after You. In Jesus' name. Amen.

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

Inspiration
Even Jesus rested, and He encouraged His apostles to rest. He wanted them to take breaks and rest. To take the time to go away and eat. There is nothing wrong with needing rest. God meant for us to take a Sabbath just as He did. He created the world in six days, and He rested on the seventh. You are not greater than God; take a rest.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I will find my rest in You. You are my peace. You are where I find rest. Let me lie peacefully in sleep and work hard when I'm working. Remind me to take rests. Help me to glorify You in my work and my rest. You are the great example, and even You chose to rest. Let me model my life after You. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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