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On this rock I will build my church
Matthew 16:18

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Terry Mabery

Today's 'Lustrative Message

January 17, 2018
I apologize. You know I like winter. However, I did not pray for all this. We had such a mild winter last year. I was actually beginning to believe in global warming (just kidding). However, so far, this has truly been a winter. Yes, I enjoy the winter but don’t blame me.

Though we haven’t had much snow, as of yet, it certainly has been a harsh winter temperature wise. Yet, there is hope. Weather forecasters are predicting near fifty degree temperatures by the weekend. Just remember. Spring will eventually get here. When that happens, trees will be budding and flowers will be blooming. Just hang on. You can make it!

All of life is full of trouble, not just winter. There are daily struggles. Sometimes we feel like we just cannot continue on. Yet, there is hope. Eternity is not far off. No matter your age, your time on this earth is but a moment in comparison to eternity. We know not when our Lord will come. We know not when we will pass from this earth. But we know when one or the other of those happens, hope has become reality. We will receive the crown of life. Just hang on. You can make it!

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 ESV

Remain faithful. Be determined to live holy before God. When you fail, turn back to Him with a penitent heart. How wonderful it is to have a loving and gracious God.

There is hope. Eternity is not far off.

January 10, 2018
One year, as I was making a trip to Jamaica, my fourteen-year-old son was among those going to work in the campaign. As we went through customs, I was surprised when I was asked to take my bags to the next area for further inspection. When I asked if there was a problem, the customs agent asked if anyone was traveling with my son and me. I responded that it was just the two of us. Then he asked me why I had women’s clothing in my suitcase. After explaining that we were part of a religious group and we were taking clothes to the church for benevolent purposes, I was allowed to proceed through customs.

The day will come when we will all be leaving this earth to a new habitation. You should make sure you have the proper clothing, or you might not pass through customs.

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Col 3:12-14 ESV

Make sure you put on the proper clothing as you begin each day. That is the only way you will be properly clothed when the Lord comes to claim you as His own. You do not want trouble with customs as you enter into eternity.

December 29, 2017
As I mentioned Sunday, one of the greatest joys at this time of the year is being with family. Another great joy I mentioned is that of giving. Though I do not necessarily enjoy shopping, there is joy in giving. Jesus even said that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). I like to try to think of just the right gift. I seem to enjoy searching for and purchasing those things that I think will be appreciated and enjoyed. I like to find something that is not expected but worthwhile. It brings joy to me when the one receiving the gift finds joy in the gift and expresses gratitude.