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We have been blessed to see another year, so let’s take full advantage of the opportunity. How do we do this? By realizing we have value in the eyes of God. Jesus came to save us because we were broken by sin. We have all fallen short of the glory of God, and needed help to change our lives. In John 8:1-11 is the the story of a woman that committed adultery and was brought to Jesus. When the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus “the law of Moses says we are to stone her, but what do you say?” At this point can you imagine how this woman is feeling? Everybody that is there with Jesus knows what this woman has done, and she feels worthless and humiliated. The men that brought her to Jesus don’t care how she feels, because she is just a pawn in the game they are playing. They want to discredit His ministry. Jesus stands up and says “let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her”. They all left because none of them were sinless. Jesus is all about preserving life. That’s why He came, because left on our own we would destroy one another.
Now Jesus begins a dialogue with the woman by first asking her “where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied “no one sir”, Jesus says “neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.” Jesus was letting her know you have value, because you are getting another chance. We can’t get it twisted, Jesus was not pleased with her actions, that’s why He said “do not sin again”. Jesus wanted her to move forward in life growing in value by not letting sin devalue her. When she was able to walk away from this situation, she realized the power of God’s love.
You have to take full advantage of the opportunity of life, because you have value. I know you are not perfect, but you have a life to live for the one that gave His all to save you. Stop allowing yesterday’s mistake dictate your today. Let me explain, it doesn’t matter what you did wrong before, live right today. Allowing God to use you in however He sees fit, because there is always a lesson to be learned. Those people around you that may know about your pass have one of their own, because all have sinned. Lift up your head and move forward, and remind yourself “I have value”. Hallelujah!]]>
BRBC will have its final round table discussion on the book “I Am A Church Member” by Thom S. Rainer on Saturday, January 20 @ 9:00 a.m. at the church.]]>
Mid day and evening Bible Study classes will resume January 17 @11:30 a.m. and @ 7:30 p.m.
We will begin in Matthew Chapter 9
Please come out and enjoy!]]>
If you were in Church and asked your neighbor “are you open?”, how do you think they would respond? Would they ask you what do you mean, or would they give a response based on what they think you are asking? In Matthew 2:9-12; the wise men that traveled from the East to find the child that was born king of the Jews. They were lead by a star to show them where to find Jesus. Once they found Him, they were filled with joy and when they entered the house they knelt down and worshiped Him. After worshipping Jesus, they opened their treasure chest and gave Him gifts. This is the key for us as Christians, we are to come open in our worship. I know there are times when we are burdened down with problems when we come to Church. These are the times we have to fight within ourselves to stay open in our worship.
Also, we are to open our treasure chest and give to the Lord. These wise men gave because they were blessed to have the opportunity to see Jesus Christ. They understood God did not have to make them aware of what was going on in Bethlehem. Therefore, they could not leave without opening their treasure chests.
In order for a Church to grow; the people of God have to be open in worship, serving, and giving. When we are open, the Lord is able to fill us. You see being open is a two way street, we give as well as receive. When the people of God are open, the Church grows in leaps and bounds.]]>
In addition to our 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. service, BRBC New Year’s Eve service will be held Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 10 p.m. Come out and enjoy!]]>
People that enjoy giving gifts will have a sufficient supply of wrapping paper and gift labels. The gift labels have two words on them and they are “to” and “from”. The “to” identifies who the gift is for and the “from” identified the giver.
In Luke 2:1-20 we have the story of the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world. After we read of His birth, we see the Lord sent an angel to the field to alert the shepherds the Messiah had come. Jesus did not have an actual gift label, but we know our gift came wrapped in bands of cloth. In Luke 2:11 the angel’s first two words to the shepherds was “to you”, they were being identified as the first ones to receive the gift. Now they would have to make a decision on whether they would go and get their gift. They would not allow this gift to get away from them, because God has given them the opportunity to be the first to receive the gift. Of all the people to choose from, why would God have these shepherds to be first? The social structure of that society had the shepherds as the lower class. They were Jews, but incapable of maintaining the cleaning rituals because they had to deal with sheep. Therefore, they were tolerated by other Jews, but they were always on the outside. However, in this situation God was not going to have them on the outside, but bring them in to be the first to be blessed. After they saw Jesus they left glorifying and praising God for giving them this opportunity.
Jesus is God’s Son that is a gift to you. Are you going to receive this gift? Oh, you think you don’t deserve this gift, you are right you don’t. God knows all about what you have done, but still He wants you to receive His Son, because He is the only one that can make your life brand new. God no longer wants you to be on the outside, it’s time for you to come inside. This is all made possible because God has a gift to give to you. Merry Christmas, be blessed and enjoy.]]>
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
Luke 2: 1-20 New International Version (NIV)]]>
On Christmas Day many people will open gifts and be excited about what they get. However, do we realize the greatest gift that was given allows us to move from darkness into the marvelous light? We did not deserve this gift nor did we ask for it. This gift came looking for us and said “follow me”, there were no stipulation. We were not told to get it together then come, nor were we questioned about our past. This is exactly what happened to Matthew, one of the original disciples of Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 9:9 we read how Jesus called him. Matthew was sitting in his tax booth and Jesus comes along and said to him “follow me”. He got up and followed Jesus for the rest of his life. Matthew was a Jew that was ostracized because he was a tax collector. Tax collectors would over charge the people, and keep the extra money for themselves. Jews would not associate with tax collectors, and they were not allowed to worship in the temple. The only time Jews would interact with Matthew is when they had to pay their taxes. Therefore, tax collectors would fellowship with one another, or with other sinners that were not accepted in the Jewish community. Now that we know all of this think about how the Jews looked at Jesus when He invited Matthew to follow Him. They could not believe that Jesus would have the audacity to consider having a tax collector as a disciple.
This says a lot about our Savior, He knew what Matthew did for a living but He still called him. Jesus is not concerned with our past, but with our present. In order for Jesus to impact Matthew’s life, He needed to get him away from where he was. That’s why Jesus said “follow me”, Matthew’s situation could not change until he was willing to follow Jesus. No stipulations were asked of Matthew other than follow. Once he began to follow Jesus, he was able to see the changes he needed to make in his life. Jesus was able to teach him through His actions, rather than telling him what he was doing wrong. Jesus showed him how to live right in the sight of God, by being an example. Matthew’s life was changed and through him following Jesus we have the Gospel of Matthew.
Jesus wants you to follow Him, and live your life in the present. Come just as you are and your life will never be the same. There is no limit to the amazing things He will use you to do. I am thankful for the present, that changed my life. Be a blessing to somebody by sharing this blog.]]>