Today Rev. Hughlen Murphree preached at the 11:00 worship service. He read the scripture from Luke 24:13-32 and shared the story of Jesus appearing to two followers as they walked along the road to the village of Emmaus. This took place after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. These two were discussing all the events of the past week, but they did not understand everything that was happening. When Jesus first struck up a conversation with them they did not recognize Him either. But eventually they came to realize that this was their Savior and they were overjoyed that He really was alive!
Now, what does this story have to do with us today? We, like these two Christians, are sometimes confused, overwhelmed and plainly do not understand everything we see happening. But just as Jesus was with them, He is always with us too. Even when they did not recognize the Savior, it was still Jesus with them. He patiently explained the scriptures to them and then when the time was right He revealed His identity to them.
The good news is that as Christians we can be assured that Jesus is always with us, to help and guide us. Even if we don’t see His hand in the situation right away, we can be sure that He will never leave us alone and He is always with us.
God is good! With so much bad news in the world today, it is great news to know that God does not and will not change! He still loves us and His salvation is still available through Jesus Christ.
We can always depend on God’s love to be there for us. There is nothing that can separate us from it (Romans 8:37). No matter how bad our life has been God can make it all new again when we repent and accept His saving grace. 2 Corinthians 5:17 assures us “that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
What great, good news! God is so good!
The good news today is found in Matthew 28:6, “He is not here; He is risen, just as he said.” Jesus is alive and well! He lives in every Christian heart and His light shines in all His children.
Jesus loves each of us as if we were the only person on earth. He showed His love by dying on the cross for all our sins. But Christ did not stay dead, He arose from the grave and He lives forever! He gives us salvation, eternal life and a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Thanks be to God for His wonderful gift!
Do you ever feel lonely, left out or forgotten? Do you think that no one cares about you or is interested in anything you do or say? Do you sometimes feel that you have no friends? If so, I have some great news for you!! God loves you and cares about you! He is interested in what you are doing and wants you to talk to Him and spend time with Him. He wants to be your best friend!
You may say, “That can’t be, I am not important in the world, I am not special.” But you are wrong! In God’s eyes you are very special. He created you, He loves you, and He will forgive you.
God desires that we “seek His face”, (2 Chronicles 8:14) that is try to live as though He is our constant companion. Proverbs 18:24b describes the Lord as a friend that is closer than a brother. God even sent Jesus to die for the sins of all humanity so that everyone could have a relationship with Him. (John 3:16)
What more could God do to prove His love for you? God does care deeply for you and He greatly desires to be your friend. It’s all up to you, just accept His love and salvation and you’ll never be alone again.
Rev. Phil Nickles asked the question today, “Are you walking like a forgiven child of God?” As Christians we often forget that when God forgives us He completely forgets our sins. We allow Satan to keep reminding us of our past and the wrongs there. But God’s word says, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”(Hebrews 8:12)
When we accept God’s salvation through Christ, God forgets our past and gives us a new future. A future filled with joy, peace and contentment. Life on this earth will never be perfect, but with God, we can live triumphantly everyday!
Now that is great news!
The good news today is that God loves you and you can receive salvation from Him. Each of you are special in the eyes of the Lord. In fact, you are so special to Him that He sent Jesus to die for your sins and for the sins of the world, and therefore to give people redemption.
In this world there is so much evil and it seems that Satan is everywhere, but it is great to know that God has the antidote for Satan’s evil. That antidote is the love of Jesus. This free gift of salvation is for everyone and is easily accessed. You only have to ask Jesus into your heart, repent, be sorry for your sins and salvation can be yours.
It may not always be easy to stay obedient to God, but He will never leave you and will always help you grow in your walk with Him. God’s love is good news that is available to everyone!
The good news today comes from John 15:4-6. In these verses Jesus tells us to stay grounded in Him and we can be sure He will be with us. He encourages us by promising that with Him working in us we can “bear fruit” for the heavenly Father.
All of us were once unforgiven sinners. But whatever our life has been, Jesus can forgive us, cleanse us and use us to witness to others and share this good news with them.
This is a great encouragement to Christians! Remain grounded and focused on the Lord and let the Holy Spirit work through you to spread God’s love and message of forgiveness wherever you may be.
Do the things of this world bring you down? The daily news can be very depressing and down right scary sometimes. Shootings, debates about gun control, political conflicts, suicides, homocides, abuse of all kinds, …these are just a few of the things we deal with on a daily basis. Satan is alive and well on this earth.
But God has given us hope! Jesus said in John 16:33b, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Through faith in Jesus we can overcome all the trials of this life. Through the power of Jesus name we can rebuke evil and cause Satan to flee! Through trust in Jesus we can be strengthened to deal with the trials that come our way and through belief in Jesus salvation can be ours. He gives us hope of a future full of joy and peace and through prayer He gives us an avenue to bring our burdens and requests before the Father who listens and acts in love toward us.
Yes, Jesus has overcome this world and He will help us be overcomers too! Now that is great news!
2.Survey of needs
3.Have a vision
4.Go to work
These are the 4 steps we can learn from the story of Nehemiah as he lead the people in rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. This was a daunting task but Nehemiah was faithful to God and determined to see this wall rebuilt. You can read Nehemiah’s story in the book named for him in the Old Testament.
It sounds simple, but with this guideline Nehemiah and his workers accomplished rebuilding the wall around the city of Jerusalem. It was hard work, there were few workers, and there was opposition; but they didn’t give up. Staying faithful and focused they got the job done.
We as modern-day Christians have work to accomplish too. We, like Nehemiah, should always pray first for God’s guidance and help and be faithful to the task that He has given us. We should consider all the needs that should be met. This will give us a vision for the work to be done. Then we should get to work doing what God has lead us to do. With faith and determination we too can accomplish great tasks for God.
Have you ever thought about the power words? Words can built up or words can tear down. Words can help or hinder and words can heal or hurt. The power of the spoken word is mighty and lasting. We as human beings have quite a responsibility in the way we use our words.
In the New Testament, James 3 talks about “taming the tongue” and discusses the difficulty in doing so. Most people would probably agree that saying the right thing all the time is just about impossible. But with the Lord’s help we can improve our efforts to use our words to build up, to help and to heal those that have been hurt.
It is encouraging to know that God can use our words to help others.
Rev. Nickles talked today about another kind of word — the Bible, God’s Holy Word. God’s Word is mighty and powerful! At the mention of Jesus name, Satan flees. God’s Word can bring peace where there has been conflict, hope where there has been disappointment, joy where there has been sadness and courage where there has been fear. God’s Word is the strongest weapon that Christians have to stand against evil. It gives us authority and power over the devil. Ephesians 6:10-20 tells us to put on the whole armor of God. This includes being grounded in His Word.
It is not only encouraging to know God’s word, but it is the best news to know that we can boldly proclaim it in the name of Jesus!