wanted a place where Christian Knife Makers to go where they could share prayer requests
and no drama ,dramas out ,and to serve others fill God has lead me to this point in my life I was burdened there was no where that Christian knife makers to go and hang out without all the drama ,drama is out , and a place where they could place prayer request and bare each others burdens as God word tells us to in His Word ive been praying continously on this matter ,and wanted to make sure it was God leading me and not me leading me ,and a place where if there is a need in the knife community , where if a knife needed to be auctioned off to help someone, or different events that need to be advertised , I realize there will be some who oppose but that's ok His Word said it would happen ,just want to be the best I can be and follow His leadership so here we go ,who will go with me on this quest
Operating as usual
Give Me a Verse
All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
Eleven-year old Rosalind Smith went to a revival meeting where the speaker, Alfred Sandham, invited those who wanted to receive Christ to stand. Rosalind was afraid of what her family would say. She went home confused. That night in bed she prayed, “If You let me live until the meeting tomorrow night, I will confess You as Lord.” The next night she rose as soon as the invitation was given. A family member said, “Rosalind, I don’t understand why you stood up. No one can be certain God has saved him.” But Rosalind knew that Christ received her.
The next day, she asked God to show her a verse. She began reading John’s Gospel and came to John 6:37. It was the beginning of a life of evangelism. Rosalind later married Jonathan Goforth and served with him as a missionary in China.
The objective of discipleship is to become better witnesses for Christ. When you receive Christ, He will give you verses, which will naturally overflow into the lives of others.
The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.
In His Word
If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
According to Architectural Digest, the most expensive private home on earth is in Mumbai, India—a 400,000-square-foot tower owned by Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man. It requires 600 employees to maintain the residence. Every floor is the height of two floors, giving it lofty ceilings. It contains a garage for 168 cars and has 3 helipads on the roof. Super-fast elevators whisk family and friends up and down the tower.
But there’s a far better house each of us can afford. Jesus told us to abide—to live in, to dwell, to settle down and be at home—in His Word. His Word has 66 rooms, all with a clear view of eternity. Its foundation is anchored into the truth of God, and its front door is the cross of Christ.
When we receive Jesus as Savior and begin studying our Bibles each day, trusting His Word and obeying His commands, we are abiding in His Word. And as we abide in His Word, we are learning to abide in Christ. That’s the best address in the universe.
The way to get back to reading the whole Word of God, and to reading it with understanding, is to live in Bible territory—to regulate one’s life and experience in every detail by God’s revealed law.
The Joy of God’s Presence
Living Light Daily Devotional
“But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for He has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6
The Westminster Shorter Catechism says: “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Perhaps one of the greatest ways that we as Christians can love God is to enjoy Him. How does obedience glorify God if there is no joy? How does service glorify God with no joy? How does giving glorify Him without joy? Our lives ought to be a song of joyful praise to our God, for who He is and for what He has done.
In his book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote that God designed man to find his supreme happiness in Him alone. He goes on to explain how sin robbed man of the joy that only God can give. Satan convinced our ancestors in the Garden of Eden that they could invent some kind of happiness apart from God. He deceived Eve into believing that she could be “like God,” and that God was withholding something good from her. That first bite of forbidden fruit was nothing more than a hopeless attempt to find something other than God to make her happy. Out of that first choice flowed all of human history…countless attempts throughout the ages to find joy somewhere other than in God. Money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, slavery, empires – the long, dreadful story of man’s futile attempts to satisfy an unquenchable thirst for God alone.
Psalm 16:11 says, “You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” The psalmist understood what many of us do not – that it is useless to pray that God grant happiness through anything or anyone other than Himself. He cannot do it. Why? Because it is not there; such happiness does not exist. There is no real satisfaction or joy apart from Him. We were created to be in relationship with Him. Not just an intellectual belief, but also a deep, meaningful, intimate, joyful communion with our Creator. To know Him is to know joy like no other.
John Piper said it might be more accurate to say that: “The chief end of man is to glorify God byenjoying Him forever.” When we enjoy God, He is glorified through our lives. So how do we enjoy Him? There is no four-step process or spiritual formula. We enjoy Him by looking to Him to meet every need, comfort every heartache, fill every void, and guide every step. We enjoy Him by spending time with Him. The more we know God, the more we will experience true happiness.
Dear God, Your grace and mercy are all I could ever need to be truly satisfied and joyful. When I think about Your salvation, my heart overflows with gratitude and praise. Please forgive me for looking to other things for happiness. You alone are my hope and my joy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Being the Light
Living Light Daily Devotional
“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’” John 9:5
We are surrounded by desperation. All around us are spiritually blind people who are trying to navigate the minefield of sin that is life without Jesus Christ. Which is worse, physical blindness or spiritual blindness? One is temporary but the other is eternal. One affects the flesh while the other destroys the soul. When Jesus met the blind man in John 9 He saw the totality of the man’s desperation; and it was both physical and spiritual.
It is easy to focus on the miracle Jesus performed in the outer man – restoring his physical sight. We love miracles we can see. And it was a miraculous and God-glorifying moment when that poor blind man saw for the very first time. But Jesus made a peculiar statement right before He opened the man’s eyes. In John 9:5 He said, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” What did He mean by that? The significance of this statement is two-fold.
First, He is showing His disciples that He is concerned primarily with the man’s spiritual darkness. He had already told them the man was born blind “so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Jesus is the True Light that this man needed. Even more than to see physically, he needed Jesus’ light to shine into the darkness of his heart. This is what we all need, whether we can physically see or not.
Second, Jesus is telling His disciples that one day He will no longer be physically in the world. “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Why did He say “while”? He is foreshadowing the Great Commission. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had told them, “You are the light of the world.” While He was with them physically, He was the light. But a day was coming when He would go back to His throne in heaven. Would His light disappear? No. The Holy Spirit would bring His light to live in His disciples, making them the light of the world…making every follower of Christ the light of the world.
There are blind men and women all around us…people who may look fine on the outside, but whose hearts are as blind as that man’s eyes that Jesus opened all those years ago. While we are in this world, we, too, are the light of the world because of Jesus. How brightly are you shining?
Dear God, It is humbling to think that You have put Your light inside of me. Please help me not to waste the time You have given me on this earth to shine into the darkness of sin. Open my eyes today to the opportunities that are all around me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Less Is More
Living Light Daily Devotional
“Then Jesus said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’” Luke 9:23
It is impossible to draw near to Christ without denying self. More of Jesus will always mean less of me. We must say, with John, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). The choice to deny self is born out of adoration and gratitude, not obligation. It is the response of a heart that is ever-conscience of Christ’s sacrifice, and always thankful for His grace.
To deny yourself means to disregard your own interests for the sake of Christ and His glory. Following Jesus is not easy. There are times when He leads us to places that we do not want to go. He leads to places that are unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and even undesirable. I mean this both literally and figuratively. Loving our enemies is not comfortable. Forgiveness is not always easy. Putting others needs ahead of our own desires is tough. All of these are examples of how Jesus asks us to deny ourselves.
But, when we hold these acts of self-denial up to the cross…they don’t seem so hard, do they? When we choose to consider Christ’s sacrifice, we realize that He has the right to ask for whatever He desires from our lives. After all, we wouldn’t even have life if it weren’t for Him…physically or spiritually.
And as if what He has already given us isn’t enough, He continues to lavish His grace upon us. Whatever He asks us to give up He will replace with His abundant life. What we find is that the more we sacrifice, the more He gives. In God’s kingdom, death to self is the only way to truly live.
Jesus, You have shown me what self-denial really is. Thank You for dying so that I may live. Please draw me nearer to You as I choose to deny myself today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Joy Now and Forever
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Why are patients willing to endure grueling weeks of chemotherapy? Why is a young couple willing to tighten their belts and their budget for two years? Why are some members of the military willing to undertake months of taxing training? It’s because of what lies ahead: physical health, freedom from debt, and achieving a goal.
The same question could be asked of the apostle Paul: Why could he write a short letter to the Philippians and mention “joy” and “rejoice” over a dozen times while incarcerated in a Roman jail? What gave him such a perspective—that it is possible to have joy and endurance in the midst of hardship? It is because we are future-focused. Our eternal life begins when we come to know God through faith in Jesus Christ (John 17:3). We are living now in the future. The joy we will know on the new earth (Revelation 21:1-4) is the joy we can know today.
If you know Christ as Lord and Savior, you have been born from above to eternal life. Let eternal pleasure bring you fullness of joy today.
Only to sit and think of God, O what a joy it is!
Frederick W. Faber
THe Sundays We Celebrate: Resurrection and the Life Sunday
APRIL 6, 2019
When Jesus heard [about Lazarus’ illness], He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
John4: 11It’s a question we usually hear from children as they contemplate the death of a loved one: “Why did Grandpa have to die?” It’s one of those questions that is totally reasonable yet hard to answer in childlike terms.
There are biological and biblical reasons people die. But it’s a theological reason that gives us the most comfort: Death is for the glory of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. When Jesus heard that His friend Lazarus was ill, He waited several days before visiting, by which time Lazarus was dead. But it was what He said when first hearing the news of Lazarus’ illness that helps us most: “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God.” Just as Jesus displayed God’s glory by raising Lazarus from the dead, so His glory will be revealed when we are raised from the dead as well.
The promise of Scripture is that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. All who believe in Him, though they die, will live to the glory of God (John 11:25-26).
Bless God that there is in us a resurrection life, and that there awaits us a resurrection morning!
J. J. Bonar
Friday, April 5
Life to the Fullest
The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
An author wrote an op-ed in The New York Times entitled, “Would You Want to Live Forever?” She said, “Our time here is but a blip, and when we leave, the great world continues to spin. As such, the appreciation of our own lives has much to do with the ever-increasing awareness of its relative brevity. It is this—an awareness and acceptance of our own mortality—that makes us human. And it is the impetus, I’d argue, for living our lives to the fullest.”1
This is the viewpoint of secularism. We aren’t here long, and there is nothing beyond the grave. So accept it and live it up while you can.
Nothing could be further from the Gospel truth. According to Scripture, eternal life begins the moment a person enters a relationship with the everlasting God through Christ. The Bible says, “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Notice the tense of the verb—is. The Bible doesn’t say, “The gift of God will be…” but “…is eternal life.”
We live life to the fullest, not because we are dying, but because we are truly living in Jesus.
Eternal life does not begin with death; it begins with faith.
Mirror, Mirror On the Wall…
Living Light Daily Devotional
“’Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.’” Isaiah 6:5
“My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5-6
Several years ago in an orphanage in Ukraine, I discovered something shocking about the lives of the precious children living there: Most of them had no idea what they looked like. This discovery came while team members were playing with the kids, and one lady pulled a mirror from her bag. Immediately she was swarmed by dirty little hands grabbing and clawing for a turn to look. As I wondered what all the commotion was (“It’s just a mirror,” I thought) the translator explained that there were no mirrors in the orphanage. No mirrors. No reflections. No children making silly faces at themselves. For many living there, this was the first time they had gotten a realistic picture of themselves. Perhaps they thought they had brown hair and discovered it was really blonde. I watched as they discovered the color of their own eyes and the shape of their own smile. It was something I will never forget.
Mirrors do not lie, do they? At times we all wish they would; but they simply reflect what is there. One thing mirrors cannot do, however, is reflect what is below the surface. There is a saying, “Beauty is only skin deep.” From the perspective of a mirror, this is true.
Did you know there is a mirror for the soul? There is a way to get a true and accurate reflection of the heart. A clear vision of God will always result in a clear vision of self. If you search the Bible, you will find that when people came face to face with the holiness of God it resulted in humble repentance. Job and Isaiah are just two examples of this truth (there is also Jonah, David, Saul/Paul, etc.).
If we are unable or unwilling to see God clearly, we are just like those orphans with no mirrors. We are unable to see our own reflections. We remain oblivious to our sin. We live with incorrect ideas about who we are and why we are here. How foolish it is to look into mirrors that will only reflect the outside, but refuse to look into our Father who is the only one who can reveal what matters most – our hearts.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for seeing to the depths of who I am and loving me anyway. Please help me to see You in all Your glory, so that I will see my own sin and repent.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Living Light Daily Devotional
“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” Romans 8:15
The most important thing you can understand about God is that He desires to have a personal relationship with the people He has created. There are no exceptions. No one is disqualified due to race, culture, socio-economic status, lifestyle, or gender. It is always God’s desire for men to repent of their sins and come to Him through faith in His Son Jesus.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
The God who created the universe is patiently waiting…longing even…for those He created to come back to Him. What an amazing truth! And as if this were not enough, He doesn’t wait for us to return with our tails tucked between our legs, trembling in fear. He doesn’t want to make us His slaves, but rather His sons and daughters.
Romans 8:15 reminds us that the Spirit of God, whom we’ve been given, doesn’t make us slaves living in fear. Instead, this Spirit brings about our adoption as sons, so that we can call God “Father.” The word “adoption” here is made up of two different Greek words: huios which means, “a son;” and tithemi which means, “to set in place.” I am not sure how familiar you are with the adoption process, but it is not easy. Setting an orphaned child in place as your child requires great resolve and sacrifice. Parents cannot enter into such a process half-heartedly. They must resolve to make this child their own, and then get to work to make it happen.
The use of the word “adoption” in this passage serves to remind us that it is God who initiates the relationship with His children. A child cannot adopt parents; the parents must initiate that relationship. The same is true spiritually. We cannot come to God as His children; He must come and get us. We are orphaned by sin, cut off and alone, without hope or a way to belong. And yet God resolved, while we were still sinners, to make us His own. If we love Him it is because He first loved us.
You cannot truly know the depth of God’s love until you understand that He chose you. He fought for you. He sacrificed for you. And He desires to have a personal and meaningful relationship with you.
Father, Thank You for setting me in place as your child, for adopting me when I was orphaned by sin. May my life continually display the glorious truth that You desire a relationship with me and with every human being on this planet.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Student Ministry of Word Alive International Outreach
Welcome to Bridge Church Sunday Worship 10:45am; Sunday Night 5:00pm; Pastors Jimmy and DeLora Cole
Matthew 14:14, "Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed the sick." When we are filled with the love of Christ, there is a deep desire within us to move within his healing touch.
Sunday: Bible Class - 9:30 AM Worship - 10:30 AM Worship - 1:30 PM Wednesday: Bible Class - 6:00 PM Mike Benson - Minister Reagan Amos - Youth Minister
Sunday: 9:45 am Sunday School 4:00 pm choir practice 5:00 pm praise service Wednesday 5:30 pm choir practice 6:30 pm Bible study for all ages
Elder Contrell Jones, Senior Pastor Worship Service - Sunday 10:00 am Daughters of the Promise Mission - Monday 5:00 pm Bible Study - Wednesday 6:00 pm B.R.O.C.K. Men Ministry 1st and 3rd Saturday 2:00 pm
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