For The Year

It’s that time again.  That time when time begins again.  A fresh start, a clean slate, with fresh horizons and a gunny sack full of hopes, goals and dreams.  With all the best of intentions there will sadly be stumbles, punts, fumbles and defeats if the Lord lets us live to see the next new year on the distant part of the calendar.  So, maybe we should consider adjusting our approach For The Year.  Let’s talk about that…

The Holy Ghost led me toward a latter Psalm this morning which I have claimed as my chapter For The Year.  Chapter 144 is as well rounded a passage of scripture for anyone who has a hearts desire tuned toward a life of service unto the cause of Christ.  My intention For The Year is laid out verse by verse along this wise.

Verse 1:  There is a Fight

  • There is a Worthy Battle (I Timothy 1:18) 
  • It is a Spiritual conflict made up of Big Battles – hands to war (James 4:1, II Cor 10:3) and Close Combat – fingers to fight (Eph 6:12)
  • There are Worthless Battles to avoid (Prov 3:30, II Tim 2:25, Titus 3:9)

Verse 2: God is our Fortress

  • It is Good to be IN
  • Fortress:  The entirety of my life is encompassed within
  • High Tower:  My Point of View is elevated, Place of Worship to exalt, Planted Flag to erase any doubt who my King is
  • Deliverer: He gives warnings, strategy and rescue missions when needed

Verse 3:  God Knows Me

  • I am in His thoughts
  • My life counts to Him, I must make it count FOR Him

Verse 4 – 8, 10-11:  God has All Power

  • The terrestrial world
  • The human world
  • The spiritual world

Verse 9:  I will SING!

  • I will sing to Him when no one is listening
  • I will sing for my own soul’s solace
  • I will sing in the sanctuary
  • I will sing my way from the under circumstances

Verse 12:  Our family is our greatest ministry

  • We will pray for our future son-in-laws
  • We will prepare, prune, and polish our daughters as a palace of the Lord

Verse 13- 14:  I will Trust God for the filling of my storehouse

  • That my provision will reproduce unto abundance toward others
  • By a labor that is relentless, reliant on His strength, that redeems the time

Verse 14:  NO COMPLAINING!  NO NEGATIVITY!  NO GIVING UP!

Verse 15:  My expected end will be Joy because He is The Lord My God

Happy New Year!

BroAdamB

Joy to the World

We are here, once again standing in the threshold of a stable, peering into a manger where lies a baby, a son, a Savior which is Christ the Lord.  Out on the hillsides of Judaea an unnamed, unnumbered assembly of shepherds heard the words from the angel of the Lord, “I bring you good tidings of great JOY, which shall be to all people.” I add emphasis simply to acknowledge the key factor to the divine benefit of a soul that is saved by grace; JOY!!!  Let us look at Luke 2:10 in our King James Bible and gather up our red-backed Church Hymnal this Christmas Eve and turn to…

Page 408 “Joy to the World”

Joy is what had been missing in the world.  400 years of silence from the throne room of Heaven was broken with the sound of a child’s cries of deliverance into a cold world who would either believe or not.  The deliverance of Joy to this world was of such an importance that the angel of the Lord made the announcement Himself. [parenthetical thought:  If we study in our King James Bible, the instances that “the angel” is used versus “an angel”, we can see that “the angel” was always the person of the Son of God (Genesis 16, 22, Exodus 3, Numbers 22, Judges 6, I Kings 1, 19, Zechariah 1, Matthew 1, 2, Luke 1, 2).  So, that means that The Lord informed Mary and Joseph of His coming birth (Matthew 1, Luke 1).  That also means the first Christmas night The Lord was giving His own announcement to the shepherds while The Lord was lying in a manger.  I Love The God That Blows My Mind!]  The announcement was Joy!  The promise was Joy!  The prophetic fulfilment was Joy! The prospects  for the future were Joy! The good tidings to all people of the entire world for all generations was Joy!

Joy to the World!  The angel said it would be to all people.  It is available if accepted.  It can be the enrichment of the empty.   I believe according to the scriptures and testified within my own life, that Joy has been what I have possessed in the lowest moments when happiness was not an option.  Joy healed us through heartbreak.  Joy carried us through cancer.  Joy keeps us from cracking up.   Nehemiah told us “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (8:10).  Joy, great Joy that was birthed from a Bethlehem manger brings a smile when there is no sunshine.  To understand that I have a King when there is no honorable politician to be found gives Joy.  The whole of creation and heaven which is His throne, sings with unbridled Joy!  The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love are the fruit of this Joy amidst the sin cursed, thorn infested ground, afar as the curse is found. 

It was Joy that a virgin girl betrothed to a carpenter brought into this world.   His own joy (Hebrews 12:2) was what helped Jesus look past the curse of a cross to the moment He would sit at the right hand of the throne to ever make intercession for us.  What Joy can spring up in a heart that might be down when we take our time in His words to see how He loved us, loves us, thinks about us, cares about us, wants to talk with us and listen to our every plea.

Joy was the announcement! Joy is our abundance!  Joy can be our countenance in spite of circumstance.  Joy is our companion without comparison.  Joy can be our expression without logical explanation.  Joy should be our distinction to the difference between those who serve the Savior and the lost without hope.  Indeed, shepherds on the lonely forgotten hillsides of a back country, Joy is what He brings! Joy is who He IS!  JOY TO THE WORLD!

Merry Christmas!

BroAdamB and all the A-Team, Angel, Abigail & Adelyn

Magnificat

There are two very significant testimonies of praise in the Bible that I return to often.    One would be Hannah’s prayer of praise in I Samuel at the birth of a son given by the grace of God.  And then, there was a virgin girl from Judaea who was the personification of ancient prophecy concerning the Messiah.  The one who would be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, The Everlasting Father.  She, Mary, had the literal, physical presence of God inside her as no one ever had.  If I can write without waking the neighbors with an occasional shoutin’ spell, let’s talk about that…

Turn to the Gospel of Luke chapter 1 and begin reading at verse 46.  When Mary entered the home of her cousin Elizabeth, the forerunner inside her LEAPED for Joy at the entrance of the soon to be born Lord.  Elizabeth’s glorification of what was happening in Mary’s life led the mother of the Savior to lift her voice in testimony of praise, the Magnificat.  What does her praise teach those of us who have the presence of the Lord dwelling in us in this age?

Mary magnified the Lord and rejoiced in the Savior with High Praise.  She fully realized how the God of Heaven had regarded the “low estate” of a handmaiden.  Her Humility was the cornerstone of such a testimony.  The only reason we know her name is because the Savior was in her. Then, notice Mary had a Henceforth!  She might have been a nobody in an obscure place that no one would have ever expected, but when the Lord came into her life, none of her past mattered.  Henceforth, it was all about a blessed future.  Henceforth, All generations would call her blessed. I do not know what your past is but if the Lord is in you, then you can have a Henceforth!  Can I get an AMEN!

Mary declared all the things the Lord Hath Done.  She saw the great things.  I think it is a  great thing to be able to get out of bed, get dressed, go to work, breathe, see, hear, taste, feel, think, eat, drink, love, speak and listen.  The Mighty one (v49) had shown her mercy (v50).  The Holy one had shown strength with his arm.  He scattered the proud, and put down the mighty.  He had exalted them of low degree, filled the hungry and helped his servants.  GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE!!

What an example for all of us.  With the prospects of another common Christmas in America, I hope that we can tap into the testimony of a virgin girl who helped to change the world by simply being who the Lord needed her to be.  She was able to experience the Holy through humility.  Because of His Mercy she could Magnify the Mighty.  We only know her because of Him.  All of that is the very same for all of us.

The kids have surely forgotten all that came in wrapping paper and bows last year as they knelt around the Christmas tree, but, as we kneel beneath the tree on which He died, may we not forget the magnificent Savior that came wrapped in swaddling clothes with shepherds bowing to the new born King who changed all of our lives.

God Bless You!

BroAdamB

 

The Kings Heart

Good Sunday morning friends.  What an exciting time to be alive.  Sure, we know America has no hope of rebounding morally outside of repentance and revival, which seems unlikely.  Of course, we must keep in mind that the Bible was not written in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New York or especially Hollywood.  It was written in a Holy Land, and that Word of God points to one place in a tiny strip of land on the shores of the Mediterranean.  It is a Holy place, a Holy land, a Promised land.  This week a major leap took place leading toward fulfilling the prophecies of the last days before the Rapture, Tribulation, and return of Jesus Christ in power and glory as conquering King, the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  God used a leader this week who some can rightfully say is unrighteous and questionable in personal practice, to make the declaration that Jerusalem is the rightful capital of Israel.  How does that happen?  Let’s talk about that…

As we have shared in recent posts, my personal studies have been in Ezra lately.  There was a return to Jerusalem from the land of bondage by the Israelites.  There were a line of Kings of Syria in that process who were moved somehow to support the effort and others who hindered the work.  In chapter 7 of Ezra we read of a pagan king named Artaxerxes who made a decision which seemed like political suicide.  He allowed Ezra, and later Nehemiah, go back to their homeland to rebuild the city of David where Solomon’s temple once stood.  Why would a pagan king who was not Jewish nor converted to full faith in the God of Heaven allow such a thing that went totally against the political grain?  Verse 27 and 28 give us the explanation as Ezra prays a prayer of praise, “Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem: And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellers, and before all the king’s mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the Lord my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.”  That is how events like ones of this past week happen.  It is in God’s hand to put such things in king’s heart.

What should this awaken God’s people to?  Let us look at Ezra’s experience.  First of all, Praise the Lord that we are in living in such a time as this.  Pray that the Lord will continue to influence political figures to continue this path.  Put our hand to the plow and work to reach the lost world around us through Personal outreach, and Pocket-book offerings to Bible-believing missionaries around the globe.  Partner with others who will fulfill the Great Commission in the last days we are living in. The cooperation between Russia and Iran (Ezek 38-39, Daniel 7), the destruction that has been occurring in Damascus and all of Syria (Is 17), and so many other world powers aligning against Israel do nothing but prove the promises and prophecies of the  Word of God are true.

If God can point the heart of a world leader who lives on the fringe of belief, will you who have given your heart to the Lord allow Him to point yours in these confirmed last days?  You know what, I believe I’ll just keep believing.

God Bless You,

BroAdamB

PS:  Be sure to tune in to our preaching broadcast at noon on every Wednesday in December online at http://www.wordchristianbroadcasting.com  as we are the featured evangelist of the month.

December 2017 Newsletter

“As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”  Proverbs 25:25 KJB

Good Morning Friends.  WE HAVE GOOD NEWS!!  This morning we are releasing our first ministry newsletter.  Please click on the link below and read up on what has been going on the last several months, the plans the Lord has laid in front of us for 2018 and one very special thing that is happening this month.  Pastor Scott Thomas from Pine Ridge Baptist in Dallas, GA let us know that we will be the featured evangelist on the Word Christian Broadcasting Network.  The network is made up of three radio stations all over west Georgia and an online stream that anyone can listen to all over the world via the internet.  The 30 minute preaching programs will air each Wednesday in the month of December.  Click on the link below for details and to find out more about this valuable Christian Radio Resource.  This is a specific answer to specific prayer.  We are expecting God to be glorified and the Gospel to reach the ears and hearts of people.    http://wordchristianbroadcasting.com/

Enjoy the newsletter.  We love you and God Bless you.

EABDec17Newsletter

BroAdamB

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