Brother Norris Clarke delivered an encouraging message from John 14, where the Lord Jesus promised, "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also" (John 14:3). Just as we can be assured that the preparation has already been made, we can be confident that He will soon come again to take us to Himself. And now, we "comfort one another with these words" (1Thess. 4:18).
Brother Collin Beckford shared a two-part message on the Lord's Day, first reminding us not to fear and then encouraging us to love others as God has loved us. Luke Harriman went on to connect the two themes by reading 1 John 4:18–21: "There is no fear in love."
Before leaving for an extended sojourn in Jamaica, Brother Jasper Barnett shared this message, encouraging us to develop a deeper and firmer attachment to the Lord Jesus, visiting several examples in Scripture of close attachment, from Ruth and Naomi to Elisha and Elijah and more.
Brother Ken Huebner brought before us the temptation of the Lord Jesus by Satan in the wilderness. As we see Him tested in body, soul, and spirit, we can be assured that He can sympathize with us as we go through similar trials. And this was no one-time thing either; these same temptations recur throughout the Lord's life here on earth. Thus, we can be assured that we may struggle with certain things for a long time. But God is always with us in the midst of these trials, and we have a great High Priest who is interceding for us!
Luke Harriman continues the series on the 15 Psalms of Ascents by considering the pattern of moving from distress, through dependence, to delight in Psalms 126, 127, and 128. Here, the source of distress in the faithful is a lack of fruit in one's life. As always, the secret to finding delight in God is depending solely on Him for help and strength: "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it" (Psalm 127:1).
In his message on Sunday, Brother Ashton Bristol brought out how the Lord felt the weight of sin. As he put it, "God desires to bring us closer into His mind and thoughts and to feel a little of what He feels."
Brother Ken Huebner shared this message of encouragement that we carefully examine some of the "wisdom" we have inherited from the world. When we consider some of the phrases that seem like common sense, we find that they run counter to the wisdom revealed in God's Word.
Luke Harriman continues a series of messages on the 15 Psalms of Ascents by considering the journey from distress, through dependence, to delight in Psalms 123, 124, and 125.
I've been away from the website for a while, but here are three messages from the past few weeks to catch you up.
Brother Richard Ledgister delivered this message from 1 Thessalonians 2 on what it should look like as we practically live out the unity of the body of Christ in our interactions with one another in the Church.
Brother Ken Huebner delivered this Sunday morning ministry, challenging all of us to be conformed more to the image of Christ, day by day. Although we won't fully reach this goal until we see Him face to face, we should press on toward it as we walk this life's pathway.
During a visit from New York, Brother Viv Smith shared a message on worship from the example of the woman who was forgiven much. This was followed by brief comments by brothers Laurel Smalling and Luke Harriman.
Prior to our Vacation Bible School, Luke Harriman shared this message on the particular teaching method of telling parables. After a brief overall discussion, he focused on Jeremiah's object lesson at the house of the potter as an example of God's parabolic teaching.
Luke Harriman began a series of messages reviewing the 15 psalms that bear the title, "A Song of Ascents." After discussing a pattern that emerges in these psalms—in which the psalmist moves from distress, through dependence, to delight—Brother Luke traces this pattern through Psalms 120, 121, and 122.
Brother Carlton Jones brought this ministry on the Lord's Day challenging us to tap into the power of the new birth. He considered passages from Scripture that show the power of reading the Word, of prayer, of praise, of the name of Jesus, and of agreement among saints.
During his week-long visit to South Florida, Brother Carlton Jones brought a stirring message at our Thursday night meeting, encouraging us to echo the words of Saul of Tarsus to the resurrected Jesus of Nazareth: "Lord, what do you want me to do?" Considering the examples of several spiritual seekers in Scripture, Brother Carlton challenges us to not merely be hearers of the Word, but doers also.
Recently returned to us from Jamaica, Brother Laurel Smalling shared this message from Psalm 103, encouraging us to bless the Lord. Truly, there are many reasons we should bless His holy name—let us not forget His benefits!
During a visit from the Brooksville Assembly, Brother Viv John shared this message about the Lord's feeding of the 5000 in the Gospel of Mark. He spoke directly to the several children sitting in during the message, encouraging them and the rest of us to offer the Lord what little we have and watch expectantly as He multiplies our offering for his glory.
Brother Collin Beckford encouraged us from the story of Joshua and Psalm 27 to realize the courage we should have in the Lord. We can truly say, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Ps 27:1). After this, Brother Luke Harriman spoke briefly from the story of Deborah about the role mothers have in literally en-couraging their children to trust in God and not be afraid.
Brother Jasper Barnett visited from Ft. Lauderdale and delivered this message on Psalm 23, bringing verses from throughout the Bible to support what is found in this well-known psalm of David.