Brother Laurel Smalling gave a message from Ruth 1, emphasizing six qualities of godly fathers. Although Naomi's husband Elimelech failed to live up to these expectations, we men and fatherscan be encouraged to pursue them with all our hearts.
Luke Harriman gave this message, challenging the hearer to ask, "Whose house am I building?" By considering the example of Solomon in 1Kings and the returned exiles in Haggai 1, Brother Luke warns us that our priorities can often become skewed to the point that our lives mirror the lives of those without a relationship with the Lord Jesus.
Brother Jasper Barnett shared a message from John 4 about the Samaritan woman's encounter with the Lord Jesus. As with her, the Lord is able to take us from the depths of our shame to the "hall of fame."
Luke Harriman gave this Lord's Day teaching on the Breaking of Bread meeting as a type of Memorial Day for the believer. As we remember the One who laid down His life to obtain our freedom, we are transformed in remarkable ways.
During a recent visit to South Florida, Brother Ashton Bristol preached on the experiences of three New Testament saints—Stephen, Paul, and John—who received glimpses of Heaven, seeing and hearing things no one else did. May we strive to hear and see with eyes of faith as the Lord reveals Himself in His Word.
Brother Laurel Smalling shared this message from the book of Jeremiah on the value of walking in the "old paths."
Brother Jasper Barnett presented a picture of the Lord Jesus from the Gospel of John as One who always did the will of His Father. As we contemplate Him, we can be encouraged to live our lives with that same sense of purpose and devotion.
Brother Viv John turned our eyes to Jesus with this message of encouragement, reminding us to allow the Lord Jesus to fill our vision. When He does, we can be confident that "the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace."
During his visit to Lake Worth, Brother Viv John (aka "Grandpa," now that his granddaughter Julia Grace has been born!) shared with us three questions from the Lord to our hearts: "Do you believe I am able?" "Do you understand how much I love you?" "Do you love me more than these?"
Visiting Brothers Basem Solomon from New Zealand and Ruell Clarke from Jamaican shared the pulpit Sunday morning, encouraging us all to serve the Lord in our present experience, looking forward to meeting Him face to face one day.
We enjoyed several evenings with our brother from Egypt, Dr. Halim Hasb Allah. We give thanks for the challenging ministry and memorable anecdotes our brother shared as he encouraged us to run the race set before us. Here are the five messages he delivered, with English translation by Brother Basem Azab.
Brother Laurel Smalling took us to Genesis, Chapter 3, to consider some of the questions we find there. While the first question comes from the enemy and is meant to lead us away from God, the Lord Himself questions Adam and Eve in an attempt to reestablish a relationship with them. The same two patterns hold true for us today.
During the Lord's Day ministry meeting, Brother Collin Beckford shared an encouraging word from 1 Corinthians 15 about the Lord Jesus's work as the "last Adam" in conquering sin and ushering in our future glory with Himself.
Brother Viv John took us to the story of David and Mephibosheth in order to encourage us all to ask the Lord how we might show someone in our circle the kindness of the Lord. As we seek to become more "interested, informed, and involved," may God get the ultimate glory through our acts of kindness.
In light of the recent tragedy at a local high school, Brother Richard Ledgister shared a message on the problem of evil. As we wrestle with the difficult question of why bad things happen in our world, we must remain close to the Lord and His Word. This will enable us to live in the tension of living temporarily in the presence of evil as we wait for future glory.
Brother Richard Ledgister spoke to us from Chapter One of the book of James on this past Lord's Day, encouraging us to seek to be the type of mature believer James refers to as "the perfect man" as we pass through discouraging times and temptations.
During Sunday Morning ministry, our Egyptian brother Nabeel Ageeb took us to Hebrews 2 in a discussion of the Lord Jesus's ongoing ministry as our Great High Priest. The message was translated into English from Arabic by Brother Basem Azab.
During a visit to South Florida, Brother Nabeel Ageeb, from the assembly in Alexandria, Egypt, shared an encouraging message with us during the Thursday night meeting on prayer. Part of the message was delivered in English, and part was given in Arabic with English translation.
Brother Kazi Chhetri shared a challenging word from Ephesians 4, discussing the important work of both evangelists and pastors in the local assembly. While some have no doubt received a special giftedness in these areas, Brother Kazi reminded us that there are opportunities for all of us to both share the truth of the Gospel and care for those who wander off from the truth.
Brother Colbert Martin took us to Revelation 4 and 5 this past Lord's Day with comments on John's vision of the throne room of God. Truly, we can echo the sentiment of the four living creatures as they cry out day and night, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty!"