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Matthew 16:18

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- Feeding the mind, nourishing the soul

Terry Mabery

Today's 'Lustrative Message

September 20, 2017
Military personnel should have the best protection before going into battle (bullet proof vests, etc). We battle Satan each day. We need to make sure the shield of faith is strong against the fiery darts of Satan. Study God's Word daily and grow in faith.

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16 ESV

Before going into battle this week, pray for wisdom and courage to meet the adversary.

September 13, 2017

I have known of automated calling systems that will call to check on those who are aged or shut in.

A person is better than a call system. We need personal contact and a compassionate voice. It is great to hear of brothers and sisters calling and checking on one another. Remember, we are family, and it is encouraging to hear of those who are caring for others. Let’s all try to see after one another. As family we are to care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25-26).

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me...And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' Matt 25:34-37, 40 ESV

Do something for the Lord today as you serve a brother or sister.

September 6, 2017
Realtors, businesses, and others say the key is, “Location. Location. Location.” Once, while traveling, I pulled into a fast food restaurant. In front of the restaurant, there were several large pieces of road equipment and a bevy of activity. I commented about the problem and said that it had probably affected the business. The manager agreed, saying they had been down over thirty percent in their business.

Location is important for us, too. The best location for anyone is “in Christ.” Of course, to have that location, you yielded to His will as a penitent believer and were baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3-4).

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly place. Eph 1:3 ESV

Thank God today that you have the best location for eternity as you dwell in Christ. There is no other location in which you can find the blessings that are in Christ.

Share your joy with others

August 30, 2017
There are different bodies of law to which we must give attention. There are city ordinances and laws, county laws, state laws and federal laws. In addition, though they might not be called laws, there are other “guidelines” by which we must live at work, at school, and in other organizations.

As Christians, there is a law that must be considered far above all others. That is the law of Christ.

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Gal 6:2 ESV

Make it a point today or this week to fulfill Christ's law in your life. Do you know someone who is struggling with either spiritual or physical problems. Give them a call or a visit to see what you can do to help them. Then, do it.