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

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- Feeding the mind, nourishing the soul

Terry Mabery

Today's 'Lustrative Message

June 20, 2018
Occasionally news reports will be given about valuable treasures that have been brought up from wrecked sea vessels. Think about it. The oceans cover a major part of the earth. Yet, companies motivated for profit have scoured the seas for these wreckages and found great treasures.

The world’s population is more than seven billion. We should be motivated to scour the earth, even our own communities, to find treasures, those hearts of fertile soil that will turn to the Lord (Matthew 16:26). Do what you can this week to find a costly pearl.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matt 13:45-46 ESV

Invite an oyster to worship Sunday. There could be a pearl inside.

June 12, 2018
We had a potluck dinner Sunday. Fellowship dinners are very hard on me. So many choices of desserts, most of which are not good for me. Too much sugar, too many carbs. Sometimes temptation is hard to overcome.

Daily living is quite hard for all of us. There are too many choices that are not good for us. Temptation is hard to overcome.

Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on. Prov 4:14-15 ESV

Make the right choices today and tomorrow will be easier. Ask God's help.

June 11, 2018
Communication is so important to any relationship. Many marriages fail because husband and wife cannot or will not communicate. In the old testament, God is pictured as the husband of Israel. The church is described as the bride of Christ. In our relationship to God, He wants to have proper communication. He talks to us through His word, but it is up to us to open it and listen. He listens for our prayers, but it is up to us to approach His throne.

I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. Ps 119:15 ESV

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Col 4:2 ESV

Take time for communication today. Listen to your God. Talk to Him about your day.

May 29, 2018
Sink holes have been a problem in many places, but Florida has had its share of these over the past few years. Some have pretty well swallowed up entire houses. Such sink holes are usually caused by some underground stream of water that gradually washes away the earth. The earth is eroded until finally the void is large enough that the ground above sinks in, causing the vast hole.

Sin can cause erosion of our spiritual lives. The little sins of life seem to lead to bigger and greater sin. Before one realizes, one can be swept away by a life of sin. We need to protect ourselves and not allow sin to erode our spiritual lives. Protect yourself from the erosion of sin.

I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity did I not hide: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto Jehovah; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. (Selah) Ps 32:5 ASV

We serve a merciful and gracious God. Sin should not be swept under the carpet. Acknowledge your sin to God and ask forgiveness. Thank God that we can stop the erosion of our spiritual lives by turning to Him with a penitent heart (1 John 1:9). If one is not a Christian, he must repent and be baptized so that sin can be forgiven (Acts 2:38).