Write It In the Sand

My fellow Disciples, I pray this post finds you in good health and spirits, for we are truly blessed with this day our Lord has granted us so we may worship and praise Him.

Allow me to share a story my pastor recently shared with me:

Two men who were dear friends had the misfortune of finding themselves stranded in a scorching desert. As they walked along for days, devoured by the sun and without fresh water to replenish their bodies, they began to argue, for the heat, sun, and the stress of their dire situation had taken hold of their minds. As they progressed, the argument became quite heated even to the point one of the men struck they other in the face, sending him spiraling face down into the parched sand.

Once the man who had been on the receiving end of the blow regained his composure, he righted himself and, taking a stick, wrote in the sand, “My best friend just hit me.” Turning to his dear friend who had struck him, he observed his friend staring at him and the words he had written in disbelief! “Why did you write such in the sand, have you gone mad from the heat?” his friend asked of him.

Continuing on their way, they came upon what appeared to be an oasis in the desert; a small pool of water surrounded by some trees and bushes. Seeing the apparently life-saving pool of water, the man who had been struck took off at a sprint, as fast as his tired legs could propel him, diving headlong into the water…only, it wasn’t water; it was a bog.

Flailing in the bog which was quickly pulling him under, the frantic man yelled out to his friend; the friend whom had struck him previously, “Please, please rescue me!” Never flinching, the man whom had struck his friend, grabbed the soon-to-perish man by the hand and pulled him out of the bog to safety.

Once the man whom had been pulled from the bog was able to catch his breath and realize what had occurred, he looked around and saw a large rock and a small, white stone laying nearby. The man whom had been saved from sure death, picked up the small, white stone and with it, wrote upon the large rock, “My best friend just saved me.”

Truly dumbfounded by this time, the man whom had struck his friend, then just saved his life, asked unto his friend, “What is the nature of this? You wrote in the sand when I struck you before, “My dear friend just hit me,” and now that I have saved you, you write on a rock, “My dear friend just saved me.” Smiling in friendship, his friend whom he had stuck and then saved, explained: I wrote in the sand, “My dear friend just hit me,” so as the winds could blow it away and it be forgotten forever, just as I have forgiven you. When you saved me, I wrote on the rock, “My dear friend just saved me,” so it will forever be remembered, for the kindness; the friendship you have shown unto me will forever rest in my heart for as long as my time on earth.

What greater gift can we, as Christians, give unto our fellow man than forgiveness, just as through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven of our sins:

“Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. Acts 5:31 (KJV)

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Ephesians 1:7 (KJV)

“Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.” Psalms 25:18 (KJV)

“And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:34 (KJV)

O Lord, we thank you for sending your only begotten son to die for us on the Cross, so we are completely forgiven of our sins. You are a long-suffering God, granting unto each of us ample time to see our sinful ways, to repent and ask your Son to come into our hearts so we might know the mercy and Grace you so freely offer, but O at such a cost; the life and blood of Christ. We humble ourselves before you this day and every day forward til such as our time on earth is over and we may dwell with you, God, and all the Saints eternally. We ask you be with us now; in our hearts, minds, and spirits, so we too may possess the gift of forgiveness, forgiving all those who have wronged us, for in this manner your Son forgave us through the precious gift of His life and blood, so we might too forgive. We pray this in the almighty and powerful name of Jesus. Amen.

CALL UPON JESUS AND HE WILL SAVE YOU

Fruits of the Spirit

My fellow Disciples, blessings unto you. I pray God has been good to you and strengthened your faith on this glorious day He has made!

What do we receive from God when we become saved? Unquestionably, we receive the blessed assurance whereupon the death of our earthly bodies, our spirit will abide with the Saints in Heaven eternally. The reassurance once we have confessed our sins unto Jesus Christ with our mouths:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)

We are forever saved by the Grace of God. But what of our Spirit? What are the gifts our Spirit receives?

“But for the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26 (KJV)

A line in the above scripture deserves repeating: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

What is the Apostle Paul saying? Simply put, if we believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, have confessed our sins unto Him with our mouths and thereby received the Holy Spirit in our hearts; if we be true believers, let us live our lives (let us walk) as a shining example unto others so they may behold the Glory and Power of our Creator in our hearts and lives, so they too may be so compelled to accept and pronounce Christ Jesus as the begotten Son of God, and thus know the:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Longsuffering
  5. Gentleness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faith
  8. Meekness
  9. Temperance

Our walk with Christ Jesus has brought, and will bring unto all who choose to believe in Him.

Precious Lord, thank you for the Fruits of the Spirit. We pray unto you we be granted such, for our walk in the Spirit comes with tremendous strife and tribulation. We seek your presence in all we commit ourselves unto, praying if it be your will, our efforts will be fruitful and multiply abundantly. We ask you be with us in our hearts, mending our souls as we continue to grow in our faith. Be with us now, this moment forward unto always, shielding us from evil and delivering us unto righteousness. For we pray all this, in your Heavenly name. Hallelujah and Amen.

Worshiping False Idols

It may surprise you, but this post isn’t about the worship of false idols in biblical times, though it did occur, as there are numerous accounts of it in holy scripture.  One example given is as Moses was atop Mt Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights receiving the Ten Commandments, the Israelites awaiting his return grew impatient:

“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.” Exodus 32:1

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.  They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshiped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” Exodus 32:8

The outcome of their idolatry was inevitable, for though indeed it did anger the Lord, Moses convinced God not to destroy them (Exodus 32:11-14).  However, upon seeing them as they were naked (Exodus 32:25), Moses could not retain his anger, breaking the tables on which God had written the Ten Commandments, destroying the false idol in fire, grinding it into powder, mixing it with water and making the children of Israel drink it (Exodus 32:20)  In his anger, Moses called upon the the sons of Levi (Exodus 32:26):

“And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.  And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.” Exodus 32:27-28

God had not commanded Moses to slay the false idol worshipers; this was his own doing.  However, God did not punish Moses for his actions, as the sin of his chosen was grave.

False idol worship continues unto this day and age, though not in the same pretext as referenced above.  To fully understand my statement, let’s consider the definition of “idol.”

  • An image or representation of a god used as an object of worship
  • A person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered (synonyms: hero, heroine, star, superstar, icon, celebrity, favorite, darling, beloved, pet, etc.)

It’s the second definition of which false idol worship runs rampant in modern-day society; sports figures, movie stars, singers, politicians, or, in the case I present next, inanimate objects.

In the area which I reside, there lives a young man who is a race-car enthusiast.  I don’t mean he enjoys watching motorized races on television or social media – he owns a race car, or more precisely, a highly-modified Ford Mustang in which he races other like-minded enthusiasts in “grudge” matches on public highways for money!  This young man has a good job as an aircraft mechanic, and a young wife and daughter.  His every moment when he is not at his workplace, is spent in his garage working on his race car.  From the moment he pulls into his driveway, until deep into the night, he continually works and works on his race car, scarcely taken time to spend with his family.  In essence, this young man idolizes his race car; his entire world revolves around it.  He worships it as if it were a god!  Where does our Lord fit into his life?  He doesn’t (I know the young man isn’t a Christian, as I’ve spoken with him on numerous occasions; his vocabulary is full of such vulgarity as to make a hardened sailor blush).  Is there a way to make him realize he has placed a false idol above our Lord and Savior, just as the Israelites did at the foot of Mt Sinai?  How does one convince someone what they are doing or their actions are contrary to the word of God, when that person fully believes what they are doing or their actions are just?  Don’t misunderstand me, for I am not casting judgment, as I do not purpose I am God, for it is only God who has the authority to judge; I’m simply using this young man as an illustration to clarify my point.

Millions of people today make false idols of athletes.  Colleges and professional sports teams throw millions and millions of dollars at their feet, their every move or comment is riveted into the minds of their admirers.  Physical altercations have broken out at sports venues when one team wins out over the other.  There are those who idolize sports to such a degree it is all they eat, sleep, and breath.  Every conversation they have is interlaced with sports-related jargon, statistics, which team is in the play-offs, etc.  Even Christians whisper beneath their breath they wish their Pastor would hurry up and end the drawn-out sermon so they may race home at break-neck speed and catch the start of a game!  What kind of attitude is that for one to have when they are in God’s house for the purpose of worshiping and praising the Almighty?

Movie stars are no longer just movie stars, they are political activists who believe they have the answers no one else have thought of or are capable of arriving at themselves.  No longer are they just entertainers, they’ve been allowed by millions of admirers to actually shape the ideology of our present.  No longer are they content with simply being in motion pictures and making outrageous sums of money, they speak out on every issue and their admirers hang on every word.  Here we see another example of the worship (admiration of) false idols (gods).  Not all who have been set high on a pedestal lead others astray, for their are those among them who do good and keep their hands busy at God’s work.  But, in doing so, many of those seek glory and honor for their contributions and good works.  This is vanity and boastfulness, which the Lord despises:

“The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled) Isaiah 2:12

“The Lord Almighty planned it, to bring down her pride in all her splendor and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.” Isaiah 23:

“This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches.” Jeremiah 9:23

“The LORD detests all the proud of heart.  Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5

“In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” Psalm 10:4

So, my fellow disciples, if you fall into a category as described above, I beseech you to re-evaluate your thought process and faithfulness in Jesus, read the scripture and know false idol worship does not only apply to worshiping golden calves.  Anything, whether animate or inanimate, we place on a higher priority in our lives than Christ, is in essence false idol worship.

Keep this in mind next time your sitting in a hard church pew and your pastor is going on and on and it’s getting close and closer to kick-off time for that big game.  What’s more important in your life, God, or idolizing?

Blessings unto each of you til such time as we join again in Christian fellowship and the worship of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus!

Brother Bill King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Prayer Unto You, Disciples of Christ

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in Heaven and Earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the knowledge of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

(KJV, Ephesians 3: 14-21)

Faith

What is faith and how is it defined? Regarding faith as a definition, it is: Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on apprehension rather than proof.

That sounds rather cold, doesn’t it. Why? Because it’s a secular definition, rather than a Christian one.

I once had a discussion with someone whom I had been attempting unsuccessfully to bring to Christ Jesus. I finally came out and bluntly inquired of them, “What is your reasoning for so vehemently denying the existence of God?” I was quite taken aback by their response; “I don’t believe in anything I can’t see or touch!”

I wish I could say to you that after many years of trying and countless hours of praying, I was finally successful in my goal of bringing a new Christian into the fold, but unfortunately I was not.

I’ve often thought back on this person’s response to my question, and pondered – just how many people on Earth hold the same concept? If I were to ever know the answer to my question, I believe I would be dumbfounded!

Faith is what keeps us, as believers in God Almighty, rising each day. Faith is what lifts us up off our knees when we’ve hit rock bottom and there’s nowhere else to go but upwards. Faith is what saved the life of an infant child who hadn’t breathed in over 10 minutes, but a law enforcement officer refused to stop administering CPR and praying to God, all the while the infant’s frantic parents and neighbors were circling him screaming in terror. Finally, after having already turned blue, having not breathed in a sufficient enough time to cause permanent brain damage; all because of one man’s faith in God, the infant gasped for breath and came back to life, without any side effects or brain damage at all – completely healthy!

That, my fellow disciples, is the true definition of faith; faith that can perform miracles all in the Holy Name of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Have you ever found yourself questioning your own faith? Wondering if all the unity shared in church services, all the Bible study, all the time spent on your knees humbling yourself to God in prayer was truly worth it? If you have, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, for we all as humans succumb to doubts and weaknesses. Even the Apostles doubted Jesus numerous times throughout the three years he spent in their presence. Christ often had to perform miracles before them and demonstrate the power granted to him by God the Father in order to strengthen their faith. If the Apostles, as endeared to Christ as they were and surely reserved of a special place in the Kingdom of Heaven, could doubt their faith and whether they were indeed in the presence of the only begotten Son of God, surely we, as mere human disciples, are no greater than they!

The word “faith” appears 336 times in the King James Version of the Bible, 458 times in the New International Version, 389 times in the New King James Version, 378 in the New American Standard Version, and 521 times in the Good News Bible.

If faith in itself were not so revered, wouldn’t it be less mentioned in the scriptures, writing by those Divinely inspired by God?

“Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.” (KJV, Psalms 101:6)

“Oh Lord, though art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” (KJV, Isaiah 25:1)

Though we may sometimes question our faith, we can be assured Our Heavenly Father never questions nor loses his faith in us; his beloved creation above all other creations; molded in his image and granted dominion over all other creatures on Earth.

Remain strong in your faith, never question the existence of Our Heavenly Creator merely because his presence we cannot see nor touch, for within our very souls we know He exists without question!

May God bless you and keep you until we share again in Holy scripture and bask in the love of Christian fellowship. Amen and amen

Jesus, Son of God – Great High Priest

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (KJV Hebrews 4:14-16)

Lucifer

Recently, a dear friend asked of me with a longing for understanding in his voice, “Does Satan exist?” I was somewhat startled by his question, and immediately desired to answer his question with my own: Do you not know of or see the hatred, bigotry, racism, continual military posturing of Nations towards one another threatening World War, famine in the poorest of countries, pestilence and depravity in our streets, drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual immorality, and cold-blooded murder which is instantly and constantly filtered into our living rooms on the 5 o’clock news each even, drowning us on the Internet and social media, so deeply engrained in our phsyci we accept it as common place, attempting to ignore it and getting on with our lives?

But, I held my tongue and contemplated the question, and wondered to myself: How many other people wish to know the answer to the same question?

To not believe in the existence of Satan runs parallel with not believing in the existence of God. Can there be good without evil, can there be love and compassion without hatred and unkindness?

Let’s turn to our Bible for the answer:

“And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. And prevailed not; neither was their place found anymore in Heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil, and Satan which deceiveth the whole world, he was cast out into the Earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (KJV, Revaltions 12:7-9)

In these passages of scripture, the Apostle John is envisioning the battle which ensued in Heaven when Satan, aka Lucifer, the Devil, the Serpent, the Tempter. Beelzebub, and a vast array of other names all pertaining to the same evil entity, attempted to set himself higher than God and he and his followers were ejected from God’s Heavenly realm.

Fifty-two times is the Evil One refereed to as Satan in scripture (https://blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart_80.cfm)

After Jesus’ baptism (recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke) by John the Baptist (the Messenger, as referred to in Mark 1:2) in the River Jordan, Jesus was tested in the wilderness:

“Then Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil. And when he had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, he was afterward and hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made to bread. But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (KJV, Matthew 4:1-4)

So we see, my fellow disciples, there is indeed an evil, demonic entity, Lucifer, the Great Deceiver, or whichever name you wish to call him. For to not believe in Satan, is not to believe in God, nor his son, Jesus Christ, for in these few, yet profound passages we see both God on High and Christ Jesus interacting with the Devil, and:

“Then sayeth Jesus unto him, get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thy serve.” (KJV. Matthew 4:10)

I pray when the Tempter whispers in your ear, as he does all man, your faith in Jesus Christ and the Grace of God will keep you from being led astray. For I ask this in His Heavenly Name, Hallelujah and Amen.

Fear Not, For I Am With You

My fellow Disciples, when fear and dread overcome us, do not be anxious; for it is our nature to allow such occurrence. Rather, we should trust in Our God, turn to him in prayer, with faith and understanding; He will always and forever be our shield of armor; our Divine protector: give all your worries to Christ Jesus. For consider this:

“And straightway He constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while He sent away the people. And when He had sent them away, He departed into a mountain to pray. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and He alone on the land. And He saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night He cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him and were troubled. And immediately He talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: It is I, be not afraid.” (KJV, Mark 6:45-50)

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (KJV, Philippians 4:7)

I pray you find comfort and peace through Christ Jesus, from this moment forward. May God bless you!

Parable of ‘The Prodigal Son’

My fellow disciples, who among us is not familiar with Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son? The parable appears but once in the Holy Bible; Luke 15:11-32. Let’s share in God’s word:

“And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with righteous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, He said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said unto his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew neigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out and entreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: but as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.” (KJV, Luke 15:11-32)

What is Jesus’ intended message to all listeners? I reason it as; a shepherd cares for many multitudes of sheep amongst his flock; he looks over them not only as a whole, but individually as well. When a single sheep does wander or becomes entangled in peril, the shepherd frets over the sheep immensely, even to the extent of leaving the remaining flock to attempt to locate the lost sheep, bring it back into the flock, and once again under the shepherd’s love, care, and protection.

Thus it is, when one of us; God’s children stray from faith and his Divine Grace: our Savior is troubled within and beckons us to reunite with him and walk again where within Our Father guides our footsteps.

Is there one amongst us who is as a lost sheep? Have you or a fellow disciple strayed from God’s Grace? Be gladdened in your heart, should such be the case, comforted knowing Our God never ceases to love and care for us; He beckons all strays back within his flock, where we may once more be within his endless love and protection.

Share the parable and its meaning with your fellow disciples, your friends who have yet to seek God’s righteousness, or with a perfect stranger…see the miracle of God’s power envelop them in love.

For we ask all this, and more, in the Holy Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah and Amen.

Angelic Messengers

A man was driving home from work one afternoon from a tiring day at the office. On the way, he recalled a message he’d received the day before reminding him a product he had apparently ordered online through Lifeway Book Store was on its way and should arrive by the end of the week. No matter how hard he tried recalling purchasing an item, he simply couldn’t. As it so happened, the local Lifeway Book Store was on his route home, so a few moments later found him pulling into the front of the store to see if a clerk could solve the puzzle for him. Exiting his vehicle, he noticed there were no other vehicles parked in the parking lot, which was unusual for this particular store. Entering the store, he noticed there were no customers inside. In fact, the only occupants were two clerks, busy behind the counter, and himself. Proceeding to the counter, one of the clerks asked if she could assist him, while the other clerk smiled and continued working on her task at hand. After explaining the situation to the clerk, he stood patiently at the counter awaiting the clerk’s findings into the matter. After several moments, the man felt a presence directly behind him. Turning, he saw an elegantly dressed, elderly black woman standing closely behind him with a knowing smile on her face, holding two small books she appeared to be waiting to purchase. The man apologized for holding up her purchase, and was taken aback by the stranger’s response, “How long did you serve in law enforcement?” The question shook the man to his core, as he hadn’t mentioned anything to the clerks or the woman regarding his law enforcement background. Not wishing impoliteness, the man responded he had served as a 911E Communications Dispatcher for 13 years. Once again, the woman asked him a shocking question, “Why do you suffer so from your experience?” The man began to stutter and tears began to form in his eyes. He explained to the woman he had Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome from his years of service, particularly his last call in which he listened helplessly as a small child breathed its last while cradled in the arms of his frantic mother who was screaming, “Help me, God please help me!” The elderly black woman smiled a comforting smile. The man was turning back towards the clerk who was assisting him, when he observed the other clerk, who by now had finished her tasks, approaching the smiling woman behind him and inquiring if she would like to purchase the books in her hand, to which the woman, who seemed to be gifted with the ability to read his mind, handed the books to the inquiring clerk and stated, “I have no need of them.” By this time, the man had been provided the information he sought, thanked the helpful clerk and headed for the front door, visibly shaken by his encounter with the mysterious black woman and her questioning. As he exited the front door, he felt a hand press against his shoulder. Startled, he turned and was surprised once again to see the woman who had seemingly read his mind, causing him to be anxious to leave the store and escape to the protection of his vehicle and be on his way. The ever-smiling, seemingly glowing woman, gently pulled him to the side and said, “Be troubled no more, for it was not your place to save the child, rather God’s will the child should pass to be in His Almighty presence among the Angelic hosts of His Kingdom in Heaven.” Whereupon, the woman began to speak in tongues. She told the man, “All the thousands of people you helped save was not by your own device, but by the power of Our Lord working through you, as only God the Father controls all of destiny.” Without speaking further, the woman pressed the man to her breast, kissed him gently on the cheek, whispered in his ear, “God loves you,” then turned and disappeared down the sidewalk without even so much as providing her name, nor an explanation; she seemingly vanished. The man felt a wave of comfort wash over him and the burden of years of faultless blame released.

How do I know this story in such detail? I was that man! Do I believe God sent one of his Angelic Messengers to minister unto me? With every ounce of faith this humbled sinner possesses, but for the Grace of God.

Have one of you, my fellow Disciples, experienced such a visitor, not recognizing them for what they truly were…Angelic Messengers sent by God to ease your burdened hearts and minds?

I pray here and now each of you may open your hearts to the reality such visits have and do occur. Be ever so receptive to the presence of God, whether through the reading of scripture, prayer, Christian fellowship, or…yes, Angelic Messengers.

May the Grace and protection of Our Lord and Savior be with each of you, always and forever. Hallelujah and Amen.

Continual Prayer

The Bible tells us that in all things we are to be thankful; for our families, possessions, finances, struggles and trials, wonders and enjoyment Our Heavenly Father has granted unto us…yes, even our disappointments and failures, as they have but strengthened our intestinal fortitude and character so we may arise and carry onward as God’s children, with renewed faith, wisdom, and understanding gained through our faith, granted us by Christ Jesus.

How does one be thankful and praise Our Savior for all he has provided unto us? The Apostle Paul says it best; let’s join together now, my fellow Disciples, as we go to the Word of God, as written by Paul in 1 Thessalonians:

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not propheseyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethern with a holy kiss. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” (KJV, 1 Thessalonians:16-28)

May the Grace of God be with you, now and for always. Go in peace!

Blessings to All Fellow Disciples

In this oftentimes chaotic world within which we temporarily reside; with its ever-increasing evils, sin, persecution, war and threats of war which shall be; where may we turn always for strength, ease of worries, removal of doubts for the promise of a brighter morrow? To whom holds the truth, the power, the Glory on High sufficient for us, as his most beloved treasures on Earth, to overcome? There is but one; one place, one Divine presence, one omnipresent entity…”I AM THAT I AM!

“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thy say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” (KJV, Exodus 3:14)

Prayer is the tool of communication; for taking all to the Great “I AM.” Prayer (as provided through Catholicism) traditionally is broken down into four categories:

1) Adoration: Praising God.
2) Contrition: Asking for God’s forgiveness.
3) Petition: Asking God for a favor.
4) Thanksgiving: Showing God gratitude.

King David (father of the wisest king, Solomon: “And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all of the wisdom of Egypt.” (KJV, 1 Kings 4:30)), who rose by the will of I AM from a lowly shepherd to become the second king of Israel and Judah after Saul and Ish-boseth, continually turned to I AM in all four categories of prayer:

“Praise ye the Lord, Praise the Lord, O my Soul. While I live, will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: Which execute judgment for the oppressed,: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners: The Lord openenth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous: The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.” (KJV, Psalm 146:1-10)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (KJV, Psalm 51:10)

“I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. Show thy marvelous loving-kindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me under the shadow of thy wings, from the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.” (KJV, Psalm 17:6-9)

“To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.” (KJV, Psalm 30:12)

Fellow Disciples; may these words of scripture provide you inner peace, wisdom of knowing there’s hope of a brighter morrow; a neverending wing under which we all may shelter.

I pray this in the Almighty Name of God the Father. Hallelujah and Amen.

Adultery of Divorcement

“And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this perception. But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.”
(KJV, Mark 10:2-12)

God pressed me, fellow Disciples, to share this revealing passage of Holy scripture, as in our present day society there are so many marriages crumbling on a monumental scale. Jesus Christ is the sole authority, overriding Moses, in the matter of marriage and divorce. I pray to God if your marriage, or that of a couple known to you, is experiencing turbulence, turn to the “red letters,” and seek God’s words before ‘putting away’ ones spouse.

For I ask all this in the precious name of our Lord, Christ Jesus. Hallelujah and Amen.

The Coming of the Lord

“But I would not you to be ignorant, brethern, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (KJV, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Fellow Disciples, the loss of a loved one is truly hard to bear at times. But let us be comforted in knowing we shall once more be united on that triumphant day of our Lord Jesus’ return. Blessings, peace, and comfort be unto you til such time has come. Hallelujah and Amen!

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Ministering to Those in Need

“A preacher walks into a bar…”. Sounds like the beginning of a rather interesting joke, doesn’t it? Fellow Disciples, let’s delve deeper into the opening line: Who requires the attention of a physician more than others; those who have some form of ailment, or life-threatening disease, or those who are blessed with good health only requiring periodic checkups for assurance they remain healthy? Who is more in need of immediate counsel and appropriate medical intervention; someone who is suffering with alcohol or drug addiction, hooked on watching online pornography, or perhaps afflicted with some sort of mental health issue, or those who do not suffer the same? Who is more in need of aide; a homeless person residing on our streets, longing for shelter, food, and clothing, not knowing where their salvation will derive, or those more fortunate whom are blessed by God to have all these things their unfortunate counterparts do not, yet so desperately need?

Are you being to understand where this teaching is headed, or are you saying to yourself, “Preacher, get to the point? Let’s do so now: Jesus was often ridiculed and the subject of undermining rumours by the scribes and Pharisees for sharing bread, wine and fellowship with those labeled as sinners:

“And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eatteth with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard this, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (KJV Mark 2:15-17)

“And for the Son of man to seek and save that which is lost.” (KJV Luke 19:10)

Fellow Disciples, we are all ministers of the Gospel, whether we are ordained, commissioned, licensed, accredited or not. It is our tasking unto our Savior to spread His Holy message of “fear of God,” so He may impart wisdom, knowledge, and understanding unto to all who are receptive, willing to openly confess their sins unto Christ Jesus, and accept the Great “I Am” as their Lord and Savior. Be not afraid to step outside your ‘comfort zone’ to fulfill this Heavenly assignment as ministers of the Word. Each time, prepare yourself through prayer through our Lord, so He may guide your footsteps, enlighten you as to how better approach and respond to the hard questions which most assuredly will be asked of you, for the Great Deceiver does not relinquish his hold on the unsaved without battling intensely for each soul. Take this lesson and go forth. This is our prayer this day, in the Almighty Powerful name of Christ Jesus. Hallelujah and Amen!👑💖🙏

The Trinity

Anyone who has been a Christian and involved in Religion for any length of time, is aware of the term: the Trinity. One may be surprised to discover not once in the Holy Bible is the term mentioned, neither in the Old or New testament. Where then did the term originate and what are its roots? “Trinity” is a Latin term meaning “threefold.” Generally, credit is given to an early 3rd century Carthage Christian author, Tertullian. To what does the term, Trinity, refer and what is it’s significance in Christianity? The Trinity is defined as, The Father (God, the creator of all), the Son (the only begotten son of God, born of Virgin Mary, sent to Earth in human form to be crucified so all believers should be forgiven of sin through the blood of Christ and the Grace of God), and the Holy Spirit (the Son of God lived, was crucified unto death, defeated death as he rose from the tomb on the third day, made himself known unto his disciples and others, descended unto Heaven, whereby he sits at the right hand of God on his Heavenly throne, awaiting the second coming in which the dead shall rise, believers raptured unto Heaven, and the battle between Christ Jesus and his multitude of angelic warriors, as described in the Apostle John’s Book of Revelations, will ensue on the field of Armeggedon, wherein Jesus and is Heavenly army will forever crush Satan and his demonic forces, locking them away into the fiery pit of Hell, whereupon Christ will establish a new earth and a new heaven, and reign for a 1000 years full of Peace, Love, and Tranquility). One cannot come to the Father without first coming to the Son. One cannot believe in God, without first believing in the Son. One cannot saved and washed in the blood of Christ without believing in the Holy Spirit; the three are inseparable…one in the same!

I pray this lesson has more clearly defined the significance of the Holy Trinity in Christianity, and reaffirmed the way unto the Father is through the Sacrificial Lamb of God, Christ Jesus. May the Lord keep you within his Grace and protection until next time we convene. Hallelujah and Amen.

Harden Not Your Hearts (There is Help in Time of Need)

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end. While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. (KJV Hebrews 3:12-15)

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature which is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and open unto the eyes of him whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (KJV Hebrews 4:22-26)

My fellow Disciples, may these verses from Hebrews 3 and 4 reaffirm the Christ, Son of God the Father, was tempted, even as we are, on a daily basis. However, one huge concept should jump off this page unto you: we are to exhort (or raise up) our fellow brethern most continually. For the Word is quick and comes deadly sharp as a twoedged sword. Jesus knows us, his children, inside and out, for he is one with ourself. It is at the throne of God that we find mercy and grace, to help in our times of need.

May God bless each and every one of you.

Fear The Lord

Fellow Disciples, when one considers God the Father, who is full of love and grace unto his children, it’s not an easy concept to “fear the Lord.” Rest easily, for it is as a child who does both love his earthly father, while also fearing the repercussions of disciplinary action the earthly father may administer unto the child for disobedience or straying too far out of line. The Bible tells us that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (KJV Proverbs 1:7), as insomuch as a child despises (or fears) instruction (or discipline) from his or her earthly father. Why does the Bible repeatedly state we, as Christians, must fear God? Consider our God being the Creator of all things, heavenly and earthly. He is omnipresent, unyielding insomuch as He expects (and demands; e.g., the Ten Commandments) our adherence unto his instruction and our obedience without hesitation, questioning, or delay. For what, may we reason, could be the punishment for disobeying God’s instructions and plan for our lives? All good things that are given unto us originate from God; God only gives unto us that which is of good. Being the Almighty God, whose power, glory, wisdom, and control of every aspect of our universe is incomprehensible of us, His fondest creation on Earth. Be it God’s will, with a mere thought or spoken word, in the blink of an eye all we have acquired on Earth, He could taketh from us; our health, our material possessions, our careers, our family; until such time as we repent and seek His grace once more.

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both body and soul in Hell.” (KJV Matthew 10:28)

“Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants stand in awe of him.” (KJV Psalsm 33:8)

“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord and depart from evil.” (KJV Proverbs 3:7)

Fellow Disciples, I pray you understand why it is so important to “fear the Lord,” for the fear of God is the first, most important aspect for becoming a believer, saved from the sins of man, washed in the Blood of the Sacrificial Lamb, Christ Jesus. Without first fearing God, one cannot proceed to be embraced by his protection and shielded by his grace.

Blessings unto each of you til such time as we reconvene.

Hallelujah and Amen. Glory to our Lord on High.

Be Ye Not of Troubled Heart

Fellow Disciples, once more we gather in Christian fellowship so as to lighten our hearts, ease our burdens, and rejoice in the words and teachings of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.

In my youth, I was an optimist: nothing, nor no one could rain on my parade. No situation, no negativity could rob me of my faith in believing tomorrow, with the next sunrise, a day filled with laughter, love, and just rewards would dawn.

As I grew older and life began throwing its many doubts, fears, and stumbling blocks before me, I gradually changed from an optimist to a pessimist, convinced if anything bad could happen, it would.

After rearing two children into adulthood, seeing them fly from the nest, I was faced with new challenges; primarily centered on aging, having few friends or close-by relatives for which to turn in troublesome times for aid, or encouragement. My perspective changed yet again to its present-day state of a realist; a combination of youthful optimism, life-hardened pessimism, and time-earned realism. Yes, life will have rays of sunshine filtering through darkened clouds of despair, yet the sunshine and clouds will inevitably balance themselves out…thus is the story of life!

Be ye not of troubled heart when those darkened clouds are upon you, for the peace, hope, and love provided unto us by God will sufficiently see you through:

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herds in the stalls: Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.” (KJV Habakkuh 3:17-19)

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (KJV Isaiah 41:10)

“The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord should not want any good thing. Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.” (KJV Psalsm 34:10-11)

“Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is in your strength.” (KJV Nehemiah 8:10)

Fellow Disciples, my prayer unto our Father unto your behalf is wisdom, patience, and neverending optimism. For the Lord our God has us in the palm of his outstretched hands.

Team Work

Fellow Disciples, blessings unto you this glorious day our Lord hath made, so we may join in Christian fellowship and encourage one another through scripture and prayer.

“A team is only as strong as its weakest link.” (Mark Grey, www.goodreads.com)

Those words have been expressed by many throughout the years, from football coaches, authors; such as Mark Grey, as well as countless others. Let’s apply them into our mission:

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.” (KJV Ecclesiastes 4:9)

“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” (KJV Proverbs 27:17)

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (KJV Matthew 18:20)

God intends for us, his children, to encourage one another; work in harmonious unison as a team.

Consider a mighty military power in conflict with an enemy (the Great Deceiver). Without the combined forces of all within its arsenal, defeat is imminent. We, as God’s children and disciples, are instructed through divine, holy scripture to join as one united church, as we engage in the conflict between the forces of good and evil.

Satan has a stranglehold upon our world; we experience it, whether through personal relationships, global events, news media, or on our streets. What shall we do, as our portion, in ensuring God is triumphant? This verse deserves repeating:

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

I pray our precious moments spent together this morning encourages each of us to “…take it to the Lord in prayer!”

Bible Gateway

Good morning, Fellow Disciples. Here’s a link to a great, convenient means of studying the scripture. Hope you find it useful. Blessings!

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Giving Thanks Unto God

We give thanks unto God for the many blessings He has provided unto us: food, clothing, shelter, finances, transportation, employment, friends, family, our Christian brethren, our church and community. The Bible teaches:

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (KJV Ephesians 5:20)

The key portion of this verse is, “…for all things…” What does this mean? Not only are we to be thankful and give thanks unto God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us, but take it a step further:

– Give thanks unto God for our failures, for we learn from them and grow more successful in our endeavors.
– Give thanks unto God for our weaknesses, for through Christ Jesus we grow stronger in His presence.
– Give thanks for our struggles and hardships here on Earth, for they have molded our character and shaped our moral values.
– Give thanks for the time God has allowed us on Earth, for life is but a candle flame, bright unto the world, yet so easily exhausted by a mere breath of air.

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (KJV Colossians 3:17)

My prayer unto our Lord for each of you is you will give thanks unto God for each and every aspect of your life, for each is truly a blessing unto our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.

Hallelujah and Amen.

Daddy’s Fields

“I’ve seen my Daddy in the fields, working with the sweat upon his skin. Momma washing dishes in the sink, staring out the window watching him. My world was wrapped around, that little farm and loving it did yield. Now the hands of time have passed me by, and I wonder…who plows my Daddy’s fields.” (copyright: William ‘Bill’ C. King, 1975; recorded 1991)

Fellow Disciples: the opening of a song I wrote and recorded many years ago, regarding my upbringing on a small farm; my parents homestead in Florida, in which I expressed the love and tenderness of family; I was fortunate. With little of anything except the bare essentials of life, I now, being granted me almost 59 years of life by God’s grace, look about me at the material possessions acquired and realize…I was richer with less, than now.

“There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease. If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he. For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other. Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place? All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living? Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better? For who knoweth what is good from man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?” (KJV Ecclesiastes 6:1-12)

My dearly-departed mother, Hattie Mae (Evans) King, led me to church at a tender age; herself a founding member of Rosemont Baptist Church, Niceville, Florida. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, was baptized on March 23, 1975, and Momma presented me with a white-bound copy of the King James Bible (Royal, red-letter edition), to which this day is my primary means of scripture and Bible study. Old now; the pages are turned at almost every corner; I’ve highlighted passage after passage until it is almost entirely covered, and yet I wouldn’t trade it for all the treasures on Earth!

Though Momma led me to church and, ultimately, I was saved unto Christ, it was my dearly-departed father, Ralph Laquin King, Sr., who was the cornerstone of the family. Raised during the “Great Depression,” Daddy knew what it took of a man to care for and provide for family – a task he never took lightly! He made me work alongside him in the fields; plowing, planting, watering, and cultivating the products of our shared labor. I pulled a push-plow with a tether around my shoulders, while he kept it straight in the furrow…today, that would be considered child abuse. It wasn’t such, simply a father and son working in close harmony for the sake and goodness of family (and friends).

Though a man of tremendous intestinal fortitude, Daddy wasn’t without faults, as none of God’s children. A Master Mason, he rarely attended organized church functions, rather chose to keep his religious beliefs confidential. A strong disciplinarian with a quick temper; I (and my siblings} often found myself on the back-side of his belt. If I could go back and see his loving face once more, I would welcome the discipline received: thus was {and is} the respect and love I have for him.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” wrote the Apostle Paul in Romans 3:23.

King David, Psalm 25:11, “For thy name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.”

The original sin and punishment:

“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception, in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt no eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.” (KJV Genesis 3:16-17)

“Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.” (KJV Genesis 3:23)

Therefore, Fellow Disciples, we see when one toils the soil, as in “Daddy’s Fields,” it is a direct result of Adam’s disobedience in the garden of Eden, not to be frowned upon by those who consider themselves “influential,” richer or better off than the farmers of the fields, for theirs is a punishment and time-honored tradition ordered unto them by our Lord on High!

Next time you see a farmer plowing a field, whether by hand, or driving an old John Deere tractor, say a little prayer for the farmer…he keeps the tradition, making the fruits of his labor available for any/all who wish to partake – a direct correlation to God sending his only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to live, die, and rise again so any/all who are willing to confess their sins unto the Son and accept him as the One sent from Heaven for our redemption – they shall have life eternal!

Hallelujah and Amen!

Miracle Prayer

Fellow Disciples, I apologize for the shortness of this morning’s post, but I am on a new job site and ran out of time this morning. Please read the attached “Miracle Prayer,” from your heart, if you’re in a spiritual flux, use it to strengthen your faith in our Heavenly Father, and most importantly…pass it along. For we ask all this in the name of the Morning Star, Christ Jesus. Hallelujah and Amen.

To Heal All Land

Fellow Disciples; as I am sure you are well aware, this past Friday, March 15, 2019, was a tragic day in Christchurch, New Zealand. An immigrant-hating white supremacist, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, stormed into two mosques during mid-day prayers opening fire, killing at least 50 innocent worshippers and injuring dozens more. This was pure hatred displayed for all the world to observe, as the news media instantly pounced upon it; some out of genuine care and concern for those involved, as well as their families; others for entertainment spectacularism. This travesty served as a concrete example of just how far the moral degradation of society has evolved; to the point one can no longer go to a mosque, church, or other religious center to worship without being cognizant their very lives may be in danger! This same dreadful scenario has played out in our schools, music venues, malls; almost anywhere a crazed gunman can be assured of locating a gathering of innocents. The murderers, once captured, give various reasons for their vicious behavior, from racism, to having been bullied in school, spurned in a romantic relationship, feeling victimized by the world, to outright insanity. What is the root of this evil mindset that seemingly grows stronger and more violent as each day passes? Pure evil is the answer! Satan and his Legions are alive and well amongst us, seizing every available opportunity to vividly demonstrate the battle between good and evil, demonic possession and spiritual redemption.

Though Jesus said, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Matthew 5:38-39 (KJV) Are we to understand our God as saying we are to cower in the presence of evil doers, let them freely slaughter us as if cattle in a stock pen, stand meekly still and silent while evil has its way with us? Forgive me, for I am but a speck of dust in the vastness of our Lord’s universe, but was not King David a mighty warrior who unified Israel building its army into a force to be reckoned with, conquering all enemies, and establishing an empire so strong his son, Solomon, never had to fight a war? Was not the warrior King David the most beloved king of all time, held in highest esteem by God? The Lord ordained, “David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel.” Jeremiah 33:17 (KJV) My fellow Disciples, while I’m not advocating all God’s children arm themselves and engage in battle with those with hatred, evil intentions of murdering believers in Christ Jesus in their hearts, I am advocating, if not already, we realize without divine intervention, the perils we face and our children will face into their generation will continually fester like a dark and deadly plague of inhumanity. For our Lord doth say unto us, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 (KJV)

Our Father who art in Heaven, we praise your glory and power throughout the universe, for tho art the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega; no evil can withstand your word; Satan and his demons quiver at the mere mention of thy name. We thank you for the good things on Earth created with thy own hands; we worship you and only you, for tho art the one true God. We pray for a healing across all nations, a cleansing of the vile nature of those demon-possessed souls, turn them from their wickedness, O Lord we pray. Save us from ourselves, while there remains a glimmer of love within the hearts of men. Be with the families and friends of the victims shot down in New Zealand, and open the heart of Brenton Harrison Tarrant, so that he begs forgiveness unto you, O Lord, he be washed in the Blood of the Lamb, before his soul burns eternally in the fiery pit, never to know salvation and grace, as you grant all who confess their sins unto you so they may someday be rewarded by resting in you arms for all eternity. For we ask this in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; blessed be thy name. Amen and Hallelujah!

Made Holy Through the Sacrifice of the Body of Christ

Fellow Disciples; this morning let us turn to Hebrews 10:1-10, and learn of the manner in which we have been made holy:

“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshipers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.”

This passage of scripture explains sacrifices under the old covenant were no longer sufficient to take away the sin of man, for God sent his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to be sacrificed so those who believed were saved and washed in the Blood of the Lamb, redeemed of all sins. Thus, God established the new covenant for which all of mankind.

Heavenly Father, we come to you as humble servants; disciples of your word, so thankful you established a new covenant in order for us to be made holy. Go with us now unto this day you have granted us, so we may shine as unto a beacon onto the hill for all the world to recognize their is power in the Blood of your Son, Christ Jesus. For we ask all this in your Almighty name. Amen!

Disciples of Jesus Christ, Inc.

Fellow Disciples; blessings unto you all – what a wonderful day our Heavenly Father has made. Several weeks ago, I stated Disciples of Christ was to form a “legal” non-profit organization within the State of Georgia (USA), for the purpose of soliciting donations and contributions for the creation of a “physical” church within the vicinity of Byron, GA (Warner Robins, GA). Through God’s divine intervention, all obstacles have been overcome and our ministry is now established as a domestic, non-profit corporation (church/religious organization) on March 14, 2019, through the State of Georgia, Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, Control Number 19037087 (copy of Certificate of Corporation and Articles of Incorporation on file). Charitable contributions can now be accepted. Such charitable contributions shall be maintained in a Bank of America account set up through:

https://www.Legalzoom.com

for depositing, handling, purchasing, and reporting any/all donations/contributions and activity conducted on behalf of our ministry, Disciples of Jesus Christ, Inc.

On behalf of the founding members of Disciples of Jesus Christ, Inc., Byron, Georgia (USA), we wish to express our appreciation for the outpouring of support from each of you since our inception on February 10, 2019. We pray never to stray from God’s chosen path for our ministry; to spread “the Good News” of Christ Jesus far and wide, to minister unto those who are weary and troubled, to offer prayer unto those who request our service, and, through the will of God, enlighten each persons life and spirit so they may better understand “our God is an awesome God,” who loves and cares for each of us, who wants only for us to live full and satisfying lives through our walk with the Son, Christ Jesus. May the Lord continue to bless each and every one of you in ways unimaginable. Peace be unto to all. Brother Bill King, Pastor (creator/founder), Disciples of Jesus Christ, Inc.

https://disciplesofchristlife.wordpress.com

Standing on the Rock

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”  Psalm 62:5-8 (KJV)

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False Prophets

“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Matthew 24:11 (KJV)

Blessings unto you, fellow Disciples. I pray this day brings you joy and prosperity, in the all powerful name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

The subject matter of this post is deeply meaningful in present-day society, as it was in biblical ages. Even more so now, as among those seemingly called upon by God to preach the Gospel, the desire for the “almighty dollar” perhaps drives their efforts more so than being Servants of our Lord? I tread a fine line in this post; that of not being judgmental. However, I feel compelled by God to speak towards the subject, being careful in my approach.

Yesterday, I received a brochure from a prominent evangelistic, who shall go unnamed. The brochure was soliciting a specified donation of $50 dollars to fund transportation in Columbia so Columbian nationals could attend a 3-day event featuring the unnamed evangelist, wherein he or she would preach the Gospel to the children of close to 3 million Venezuelan refugees who had fled their country into Columbia, desperately seeking food, clothing, fresh water, and shelter. The unnamed evangelist emphasized these children had never before heard of Christ Jesus, nor the manner in which a person can be freed of sin; redeemed by the precious Blood of the Lamb.

A few things regarding this I find truly disturbing:

  1. Donations, in my opinion, should not be solicited in a specific dollar amount. If a person should feel so compelled as to give to a charitable cause or nonprofit organization, they should donate according to their financial capabilities, as compelled to do so by the Spirit of our Lord within. Many donors are financially poor, not Spiritually poor. To establish a set monetary donation could quite possibly cause undue embarrassment, as well as prevent those who are struggling financially, or draw a meager income, from donating at all.
  2. How does one make such a bold statement, without personally knowing each of the refugee children, that they are not already believers in Christ, or have never been exposed to the Word of God?
  3. As stated directly in the brochure, these refugee children, as well as their families, are desperate for the bare necessities of life. Ask yourself, in such a desperate situation, which would be the first priority of a legitimate relief effort: a) Seeing to the Spiritual needs of the children, as well as their families, or b) delivering unto them the materiel support they so desperately need in order to sustain life.

One will argue this question from a theological perspective, I’m certain; for the Word of God is the Bread of Life. I couldn’t agree more. However, from a realistic perspective, what is immediately required are the basic fundamentals necessary to sustain life, then followed by tending to the Spiritual needs of the refugees, not the other way around.

To enter a dilemma, as faced by the 3 million Venezuelan refugees in Columbia, placing oneself on a stage for the purpose of ensuring their children receive their first self-proclaimed introduction into Christianity, further delaying their immediate receipt of life-sustaining materials, e.g., food, clothing, fresh water, medical attention, shelter, etc., is…as straightforward as I can put it, pure egotistical flexation on a world stage, at the peril of those so desperate for real-world aid, not Spiritual guidance at this time.

This unnamed evangelist earned an annual salary of $880,000 in 2017. Their nonprofit organization pulled in over $7 million that same year, donating roughly $5 million, leaving an excess of roughly $2 million to fill their coffers. Logically, if we may be so bold as to calculate that said nonprofit organization did exceedingly as well in 2018, we deduce they earned a cool $4 million in two years. Based on this logical conclusion, you may now begin to see why I so adamantly address this unnamed evangelist’s call for a specified $50 donation to support his or her cause.

Fellow Disciples, if you chair a legitimate nonprofit organization, and through your efforts have been fortunate enough to have amassed $4 million in two years, all tax free, then you are not in need of $50 donations from anyone! If you are truly serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and are compassionate with a servant’s heart, then take 50 or 75 percent of the $4 million and see to the needs of God’s children.

I close with this specific line of scripture, and I pray my message has not be misinterpreted, nor shall it be misconstrued:

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25 KJV)

Blessings unto all; peace, mercy, and God’s grace be with you. Amen.

“Us,” What Separates Us from the Secular World

Blessings unto you, my fellow Disciples,

Yesterday, a young man visited our ministry and left several rather disturbing comments, which were extremely disrespectful towards all of us. I apologize it took several hours for me to discover, remove, and ban this young man from our ministry.

Our ministry (this webpage) is devoted to a simple mission:

  1. Worshipping our Lord and Savior, as we as Disciples are called upon to do.
  2. Joining together in a peaceful, harmonious, and safe online environment as Christians, praising the precious name of Jesus Christ.
  3. Spreading the Gospel throughout the world, to the greatest extent possible.
  4. Offering prayer unto our fellow Disciples, family, friends, society at large, and to any and all situations where the need shall arise.
  5. Supporting one another through hard times by lending an open ear, mind, and heart so we may remove our heavy burdens, laying them all at the foot of the Cross. For when our hearts are burdened, our Lord feels our tears.

The young man in question was seemingly racist in his mindset, which goes against our principles, for we are all one in the same in the knowing eyes of God. There can be no “they,” “them,” or “those” in the hearts and minds of true believers, only “us,” for we all bleed the same red blood, we all endure hardships, pain, suffering, jubilation, hope, and regeneration of our bodies, minds, and spirits. The color of ones skin does not a Christian make, truly it is what is inside our hearts that separates “us” from the secular world.

I encourage each of you to freely speak your minds and what is in your hearts while visiting with “us.” However, each comment we share must conform to Biblical principles, sound morals, and be respectful in tone and nature. We are brothers and sisters in Christ; Disciples unto our Savior; as such, we cannot abide by posts which only serve to distract our attention from the Light and the Way.

Oh Lord, we pray unto you this day our faith be strengthened, our resolve to obey and trust in you solidified as the Rock on which we stand; one body, one family, one spirit. Be with us now and for always, steadying our gaze upon the Light which radiates from your Heavenly home, so we may see and hear clearly your voice as you speak into our hearts, granting us forgiveness, grace, peace, love, and mercy, forever and ever. Amen.

Love, Peace, and Forgiveness

Fellow Disciples; no greater gift hath our Lord  and Savior given unto us than his precious love, for without it, salvation would not be possible:

“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.” John 3:16 (King James Version)

Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God, gave us peace and commanded we love one another, as he spoke unto his twelve disciples:

“Peace I leave with you,  my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (King James Version)

“This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12 ( King James Version)

“These things command you, that ye love one another.” John 15:17 (King James Version)

We, as Christians, are to forgive one another of our trespasses and offenses toward each other, in semblance of God’s forgiveness of  all of mankind’s sin; washed in the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, in that all who shall believe and accept Jesus as the truly begotten son of God, confess their sins unto Him, asking Him to come into their hearts and lives, repentance of sins, baptism unto the Lord, in semblance of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John, the Baptist, and forevermore worshipping the only one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (mentioned 33 times in Holy scripture), shall have eternal life, their spirit to reside with the Father, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever upon the death of their Earthly bodies:

“Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.” Exodus 3:6 (King James Version)

We, as Christians, should find ourselves wrapped in the peace, love, and forgiveness of our God, for to be not so, is contrary to the words of God and His commandments.

Blessings of God’s grace unto all who read these words; may the Holy Spirit move you and strengthen your faith from this moment forward.  For we ask all this unto our Lord and Savior.  Hallelujah and amen.

Perfect

 

Fellow Disciples, blessings unto you all in the name of our Lord.

Each Sunday morning before church services at 10 a.m., I meet with a small group of wonderful elders at a local restaurant for breakfast and Christian fellowship. This past Sunday, one of my friends related to me a matter I found quite disturbing; I address it now. It seems a college basketball coach was videotaped addressing his team of young, impressionable men, in which he stated the only way one could be assured of eternity in Heaven was to be “perfect” while still on Earth. This is contrary to Holy scripture and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Only one man to ever exist was “perfect,” and that person was the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ. Sent by the Father for the sole purpose of being the sacrificed on the Cross atop Mt Calgary, so all of mankind could be washed clean of sin by the shed Blood of the Lamb. All our God requires of us to forever be assured of eternity in Heaven is the confession of our sins unto Christ Jesus, asking our Lord for forgiveness, to do so in true repentance, baptismal, and to restructure of lives, living them as close to perfection as possible for the remainder of our time on Earth. I could, at this point, quote scripture, but I see no need. What I have presented to you is the basic doctrine of Christianity. While I can appreciate the fact the college basketball coach in question was apparently a Christian and was faithful enough in his walk with Christ to feel the need to interject Christian rhetoric into his coaching practice, his understanding of being saved unto our God is definitely off kilter and in dire need of counsel so as to enlighten him, bringing him new-found wisdom and understanding of God’s word. We are all Disciples, having taken the banner of Christ to fly high above the fields as a signal for others to follow, so they too may know the comfort, peace, and love afforded us by trusting in and obeying God’s plan for our lives, and redemption for our souls. Caution must be exercised when broaching the subject of eternal salvation through Christ with those who haven’t heard the Word or accepted Christ into their hearts. If unsure of the words to speak, pray unto our Heavenly Father for guidance, asking for Him to speak through you. If unsure of a portion of Biblical scripture, seek it out in the Bible, read it over and over until the enlightenment of the message is your reward. If unsure of how to minister unto non-Christians, seek the counsel and wisdom of elders, for their knowledge of God and experience in spreading the “Good News” can be extremely valuable. One does not have to have a Master’s of Divinity degree in order to minister, but it is wise to be prepared and correct in what we say and do, if we are to successful in our God-instructed mission.

Until such time as we gather once more to love, honor, and adore the Great “I Am,” blessings unto you, now and forever.  Amen