Foundations of Truth

Matt. 7:24-27Is-Your-House-Built-on-A-Solid-Foundation
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

I venture to say that all of us want to be successful in our living for God. We want our relationship with Him to be a lasting one. We did not start to fail, but to endure to the end. In order for that to happen we must be certain that our spiritual house is built on a solid foundation. This “house” must have more than curb appeal, but built on a foundation that will stand the test of time. Storms will come. The winds will blow, but rest assured if the foundation is right your house will be secure.

We cannot build upon the sand which is merely pieces of rock. We must be built upon the whole truth. God’s Word is truth (John 17:17). It is with this thought in mind that we will continue our series entitled Foundations of Truth Tuesday evening. If you are serious about your relationship with God being properly established we invite you to join us for this informative, inspiring, and engaging study.

Other Scriptures for your consideration:
Eph. 2:20
1 Cor. 3:11
Ps. 62:6
Luke 6:47-49

Palm Sunday

 

palm sunday 2013

We would like to invite you to make plans to attend a special Palm Sunday celebration service on Sunday, April 13th. We will be having worship service at the Quality Inn conference room located at 930 E. Main St. Abingdon, VA. Service will begin at 2:00 with pre-service prayer beginning at 1:30. This is going to be a great time of worship and the Word. We hope to see you there!

Hope for a Better Day

 

Abingdon Flower in Dec Snow

An elderly man was once asked what his favorite verse in all the Bible was. He quickly replied without hesitation it would be “it came to pass.” You see he had lived long enough to understand that we will face troubles and disappointments in this life, but those things are temporary. Apostle Paul understood this well when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Our affliction is just for “a moment”? Yes, in contrast with eternity it is a brief span of time. You can handle that trial for a moment. You can cope with that sickness for a moment. One of these days our troubles will pass. We have a hope of a better day!

The Psalmist said; “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Ps. 27:13). Be encouraged today. Don’t give up. A better day is coming. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Ps. 30:5). Your mourning will be over in the morning!

I had fainted unless I had believed to see. Some have to see to believe, but my challenge to you is believe to see. Have hope that a better day is coming your way! Don’t faint. Don’t grow weary in well doing. In “due season” you will reap if you faint not (Gal. 6:9).

Certainly we can have hope for a better day when Jesus Christ comes back for His church.
Titus 2:13
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

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Church boring? Not!

 

Man Sleeping in Church

Whoever said church had to be boring? When we look into the Scriptures it is easy to see that church should be anything but boring. Yes, there may be those who will recall a young man falling asleep once in church while Paul was preaching (Acts 20), but when the service had concluded no one looked back and said that was a boring service for the young man was also resurrected.

As we consider the New Testament church in the book of Acts we see action-packed church services. They even thought they were drunk in one instance (Acts 2:15). We also see that we are not required to set stoic as if in a museum. We can participate and express ourselves in heart-felt worship. It is proper to lift our hands in worship to God (Psalm 134:2). We can also clap our hands (Psalm 47:1). We may sing together aloud (Psalm 95:1). You can read through Psalm 150 and easily see that musical intruments may even be incorporated in worship.

Church should be exciting and enjoyable. It should be something we look forward to; not a drudgery. The psalmist said “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1). That’s the way we feel and you can too.

We invite you to join us for exciting church this Friday evening in room 149 of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. You will be made to feel welcome and if you do fall asleep we will wake you when it’s time to leave.

Doctrine Does Matter

Doctrine has been defined as 1.teaching or instruction 2. a fixed body of orthodox thought.

Black Bible

Many would declare that doctrine does not matter. They would present the idea that it doesn’t matter what you believe, just as long as you believe. If that’s what the Bible says then I’m fine with that. However, we must contend for the truth of the Scriptures. The Bible is not silent regarding this subject.

We submit some Scriptures for your consideration:

2 John 1:10
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

Rom 16:17
Now I beseech you,brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Eph 4:14
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

2 Tim 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

1 Tim 1:3
teach no other doctrine,

1 Tim 4:13
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

1 Tim 4:16
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

1 Tim 5:17
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

Prov 4:2
For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

Mark 1:22
And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

Acts 5:28
Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.

Rom 6:17
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

1 Tim 1:10
For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

2 Tim 3:10
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

2 Tim 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2 Tim 4:2-3
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

Titus 2:1
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

Acts 2:42
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

The Holy Ghost Sat On Them

That’s what happened during Tuesday evening’s Bible study. That’s what happened on that notable day in Acts 2. They had gathered there in obedience and expectation. Jesus had told them to go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Holy Ghost (Luke 24:49). In fact He had foretold of this day as well as the Old Testament prophets (see references below). Now the day had come. They were united in one place with a spirit of unity. The Bible lets us to know that as they were sitting the Holy Ghost “sat” on them. That is still happening today. We have experienced it during Bible study on more than one occassion.

If you’ve never experienced the power of His Spirit or have and yet want to know more, please join us in Bible study soon. God is still pouring out His Spirit in 2014 (Joel 2:28). It matters not your race, religious background, or social status. You too can be touched with His Spirit and find a peace, a joy, and a fulfillment that nothing else could give. If you are interested in finding out more, please visit the Events page to see the meeting times and locations. We hope to see you soon!

References:
Ezekiel 36:26-27
Joel 2:28
John 3:1-8
John 7:38-39

Mark Your Calendar

FebruaryCalendar21stMark your calendar! On Friday, March 21st, at 7:30 P.M. we will be having a worship service and would love for you to attend. There will be singing, words of exhortation, and Bible preaching. Please join us in room 149 of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. The location is close to I-81; just off exit 14. The meeting room is conveniently located on the main floor. You will be made welcome and we will do everything we can to make you comfortable. Bring a friend and join us as we worship the Lord together!

Restore

There’s something about old trucks and old houses that often arrest my attention. Things that others bypass or disregard as worthless, I often find interesting. I suppose what I see could be expressed in one word; potential. I don’t just see it for what it is, but what it could be with a little t.l.c.

Old Ford pickup in field

I find that especially true with old houses. In my opinion, some of the most attractive homes are the ones reminiscent of a bygone era that I’ve only heard or read about. It amazes me at times when I drive by an old house and it is very obvious that others don’t feel the same. They have either vacated it or, instead of cleaning it up and doing the best they could with it, only pile junk around it which consequently makes it harder to appreciate. I see an old truck abandoned in a field and I wonder why someone hasn’t had it restored or another purchased it for that cause.

There are people that way too.  People whose lives are wrecked. Others have given up on them. In some cases, they have given up on themselves. You may be able to relate to that. I know that I can.

We were all pretty worthless when He found us. As I type this I hear the refrains in my head of old songs that tell the story so well:

“All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful out of my life”

I hear Murrrell Ewing singing:
Just an old rejected relic on the auction block
They decided to throw me away
The auctioneer asked, “Who’ll take him?”
The room was quiet and still.

And Jesus stepped forward, and He said, “I will”.

Chorus
If you had known me before I knew Him,
You would understand why I love Him.
If you had known me before I knew Him,
You would understand my love.

I had not much to offer, just heartache and pain,
and a life that was filled with despair.
For my rags, He gave me riches,
For my fears, He traded peace,
For my whole life, he gave me a blessed release.

I go back to my childhood and hear Bro. Don Johnson singing “His hand reached further down than I could reach up.”

I’ve taken enough of your time for today, but I plan on writing more along these lines for this is a theme we are focusing on; Restore. The Psalmist said “He restoreth my soul” (Psalm 23:3). That’s what He did for me and He will do the same for you.