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A great reminder for us all – what are we giving God?

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God’s statement through Malachi to the returned exiles is strong. He has no pleasure in them nor their offerings.

The returned exiles don’t recognize who God is — the Lord of hosts, the all sovereign God of the entire universe (Mal 1:11). Nor do they recognize the privilege position in which they sit under the love of God as His chosen covenant people — God chose Jacob over Esau because He loved Jacob and hated Esau (Mal 1:2-3). Not recognizing the magnitude and magnificence of God, they take Him for granted. They believe they can worship God any way they like and God should accept their half-hearted worship and even provide them blessings.

But should God be content with us worshipping Him in the ways in which we prescribe? Or should we seek to worship God according to His divine commands?

Consider how David would answer this question from the…

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I had the opportunity to be part of the very first virtual choir at Mile Straight Baptist, the church where I serve as Worship Pastor. It was so refreshing to hear the voices in the choir and to see their faces worshipping our God.

Even though we are not able to sing together side-by-side right now, we can still worship together and lift His name on high!

I hope you enjoy the Virtual Choir of Mile Straight singing “Worthy Of Your Name”!

Proverbs 19:20 “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.” I have one child. She is currently eight years old going on 16 and she already knows everything! I am sure that most parents have been in this situation at one time or another. I have found myself more […]

Listen To Me Please! — Proverbial Thought (& More)

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Today I read Psalm 51.

What struck me as I read was David’s prayer to the Lord. His recognition that he was not clean but sinful. Not just sinful in that he did a few bad things but that he was sinful to the core. He knew his heart (desire, will, wants) needed to change. He knew God was the only one who could bring about that change.

David’s recognition and prayer is a prayer of true repentance. He admits his own guilt, his own sin, and turns from self to God.

When we pray as David, when we come to God broken and contrite, we please the Lord.

It is not the external sacrifices of works that please God, but it is the internal sacrifice of the heart that brings God pleasure.

True worship occurs when we give our whole being to God through a relationship with Jesus. True…

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As Christians, how can we expect to fear the Lord and grow in knowledge when we want to live our lives the way we want to and aren’t willing to submit to HIS will for our lives. We are saying to Him that I just don’t want to understand Your ways and I think that I can do better. If we are living our lives this way, we are nothing but fools, but I do it all the time!

Lord, I pray that you would help me and others to live our lives in such a way that we would not be fools with our lives. I pray that we would be willing to submit ourselves to you and understand Your ways.

Proverbial Thought

Proverbs 18:2

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Time after time the book of Proverbs has given us characteristics of a fool:

  • Fools despise wisdom & instruction (Proverbs 1:7) 
  • Fools hate knowledge (Proverbs 1:22)
  • Fools slander (Proverbs 10:18)
  • Fools cause mischief (Proverbs 10:23)
  • Fools are deceitful (Proverbs 14:8)

Our verse today adds one more characteristics – a fool is someone who does not want to understand.

Bla_Bla_Bla_by_explosiv22I knew a guy in college that was never wrong, even when he was wrong. He did not want to even consider the possibility of being wrong. He knew everything and had the answer to ever question that has ever been asked.

You know the type of person that I am talking about! They have no interest in hearing the truth but are speaking to hear themselves talk and to show others just how much they…

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Jesus Loved Barabbas

Jan 17, 2020 — 2 Comments

A few weeks ago the video below was played at my church and WOW, is it powerful! We all know, even most unsaved people, that John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”.

That is an unbelievable verse that we have read, heard & quoted ourselves for years. But do we fully understand that verse? I am so thankful for His love and grateful for His mercy that He has so richly given to me. But what I have a hard time understanding is His love for someone that would not accept Him and not follow Him. In other words – Barabbas! As the video says, we have no mention of Barabbas being saved and living his life for Jesus, yet Jesus loved him.

I am a father of a 15 year old (at the time of this writing) daughter and it is hard enough for me to imagine sacrificing her for someone who would follow me but you better believe that I am not about to sacrifice her for someone I know will NEVER follow me! I am sorry but I am pretty sure I don’t have that type of love to give away.

I don’t know who will read this blog or exactly when you will read this blog post, but can I assure you that no matter who you are, what you have done – Jesus loves you! You are not too far from His love! HIS UNBELIEVABLE LOVE!

Jesus loves me! Jesus love you! And He even loved Barabbas!

Jesus is Loving Barabbas – Judah Smith Sermon Jam