Do you remember the feelings that captivated our nation on Sept. 11, 2001?  It was a dreadful day that we will never forget… or will we?  It seems that in spite of regular reminders of that now historic event, the terror-stricken emotions that marked those days have subsided.  During those first weeks, nobody barked about our being “One nation under God.”  For a season, we were amazed at the mention of His name by those who had so vehemently denied Him.  Those were days when this great diverse nation seemed to move and think as one.

  Please don’t misunderstand me, I am appalled and angered at the boldness of those who by wicked hands have slain the innocent citizens of a peaceful nation.  But doesn’t the whole matter beg the question, Why?  Why were we so humbled, so unified, so willing to lay aside our personal agendas and aid or comfort our hurting neighbors?  Why the flare of patriotic zeal?  Why the sudden recognition of God?  Like it or not, the catalyst for this national change of heart was “terror.”  Thank God our nation does not live in constant terror, but isn’t it sad that we allowed the spirit of unity, brotherhood, patriotic zeal and faith in God to fade so quickly?

  Another thought…  In a little more than a hundred years, not one person on this planet today will still reside here.  Some will be with the Lord, and some will have departed to an eternity without Him.  According to the scriptures, the flames of a devil’s hell await all who refuse God’s gift of forgiveness.  My friend, does this not strike terror in your heart?  Or has that terror subsided since you first heard the biblical facts about our future?  Would to God that we who have made peace with God would tell others.  Would to God that those of you who do not yet know Him would believe that Jesus died, was buried and rose from the grave to pay the penalty for your sins.    Turn from your sins before it is too late and Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:31).

The Conclusion Of The Whole Matter

  Many years ago there lived a man who longed to fill the emptiness that life seemed to produce in his soul.  Having been raised by parents who were undeniably the upper crust of his world’s social strata, he considered himself quite fortunate, and used his advantage to accumulate great wealth.

  With a determination that money was no object, he set out to discover the secrets that would quiet his troubled soul.  He buried himself in his work in hope of great gain, in pursuit of wisdom he engaged in every academic discipline known to man, he collected everything his heart desired, indulged himself in the pleasures of wine and women, built himself houses and gardens, surrounded himself with servants, amassed flocks and herds, etc.

  This searching man was none other than wise King Solomon, who, at the end of his search had to confess,  Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 2:11). But all was not loss; his experiment had revealed this divine truth …Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

  Corinth Baptist Church would like to help you follow the sage advice of the world’s wisest man.  We invite you to participate in a self paced  Bible Study that we call the CBC Mailbox Club.    You will learn doctrines, principles and precepts that will add true meaning and understanding to your life.  It is Free and for all ages.

  Please see the insert included in today’s paper, or you can write to us at the address below.  You will need to include your name, address, age, and any  information that might help us to select a Bible Study that will meet your needs. (Your information will never be shared.) Do it NOW!

Are You Ready?

  Did you ever stop to consider what would happen if all of the information collected about you were combined?  There is cell phone data, medical and dental data, banking data, IRS data, data collected by grocery stores and online businesses, military data, Google and Facebook data, and the list goes on.  If these were all combined, someone could have access to more information about you than you are capable of remembering about yourself.

  Have you noticed what is happening in the Middle East?  Israel’s enemies are relentlessly encouraging her destruction.  The unrest in Syria has strengthened the alliance of evil allies.  The world is becoming more tolerant of Sharia law which threatens the inalienable rights of the free world.

  Have you considered the fact that our leaders have joined other leaders of the world in times of financial and political crisis to discuss solutions that involve a unified global monetary system and united military operations that put our soldiers under the direct authority of foreign commanders?

  Are you appalled at the truthless politics that plague our country, the greed of those who take advantage of the system to get gain, the general disregard for morality and decency?  Are you concerned about what will be left for our children and grandchildren?

  These and other national and global developments have raised the eyebrows of those who are familiar with Scripture prophecies that describe the end times.  Though no man knows the day and hour, certainly nothing is preventing the curtain rise on the biblically defined final act of the ages.

  Some will call me a prophet of doom, when actually, mine is a message of hope.  When Jesus Christ was here before; He died, was buried and rose again to pay for your forgiveness and restore your relationship with God.  Right now, His salvation is free to all who come to Him by faith!  …before the end, He is coming again, are you ready?

Doubting God

God’s Word is full of promises:

  • Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. (Acts 16.31).
  • But my God shall supply all your need… (Philippians 4.19).
  • I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Php. 4.13).
  • …I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13.5).

Doubting God does not negate God’s plan!  In the book of Genesis, God promised Abraham a son, but Abraham doubted God and said, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? (Gen. 17.17).  Did his doubts change God’s plan?  No, Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age… (Genesis 21:1-2).

Secondly, doubting God often delays or diverts His blessing.  In 2 Kings 7, God promised besieged, starving Samaria that in one day there would be an abundance of food, but one of the king’s servants doubted.  The following day there was indeed an abundance of food, but not for this man.  …the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died. (2Kings 7:18-20).

Thirdly, doubting God makes the wait harder.  In Luke 1 Zacharias was promised a child, but he doubted.  Luke records the Lord’s response, And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words…(Luke 1:18-20).

Finally, doubting God dilutes our joy and happiness.  Thomas, one of the twelve disciples, refused to believe when the other disciples declared that they had seen the risen Christ.  He spent a miserable eight days before the Lord appeared again and said, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed (happy) are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (John 20:29).

Dear friend, don’t doubt God.  Put your faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin, and make all of God’s promises your very own.

All Things

  What is it about the New Year that we celebrate?  Perhaps we enjoy leaving behind the frustration of failed attempts and opportunities ignored.  Perhaps  December 31 is a day of closure, a time to bury memories, to end our mourning over annual losses.  Or do you celebrate the future, rejoicing in renewed resolve and the hope of a better tomorrow?

  There seems to be some consolation, some comfort, for us earth dwellers in dividing our lives into small segments of time and viewing each of them as a piece of the puzzle that we call life.  We finish with this piece and happily move on to the next,  but I wonder––have you considered the big picture lately?

  God is eternal, not bound by time and space, and from His perspective our lives are not divided by the curvy lines of a puzzle, punched out by the passage of time.  From His vantage point each life is a work of art in the making.  The challenging times, the hardships and failures are but brush strokes utilizing the darker colors on the canvas of our lives.  He knows that these dark strokes only serve to give definition to the lighter, and that every stroke works together with all others to produce an eternal treasure for His enjoyment.  Praise God, I am important to Him!

  No, this is not the philosophical surmise of a pastor, it is the promise of our Almighty, Eternal God,  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28).”  

  Did you notice the last part of the verse?  The promise is not for everyone, but to those who love God and are the called according to His purpose.  The fact of God’s love for you has already been established.  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8).”  As to your love for Him–to know Him is to love Him.  Would you allow me to introduce you?