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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

March 14, 2018
There are good days and bad days for all of us. Yet, even when days are bad, being a Christian insures that you are a winner. You have the Almighty God as your Father.

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Ps 43:5 ESV

Let the light of God lift you today. Kneel down before the Creator who gave you life and praise His name. He will be with you today and everyday as you journey toward eternity with Him. The time will come when you will spend all of eternity singing praises to Him and serving Him in glory.

Have a wonderful day. Whether you do or you don’t, may the Lord be with you today.

March 7, 2018
In June 2016, Mary and I leased a “cabin” in Gatlinburg, TN. The idea was to have family and friends together because we were celebrating our fiftieth wedding anniversary. It was just a “small” cabin that slept fourteen to sixteen or so. It had a home theater, electronic games, internet access and more. It was on a mountain side with a beautiful view of the Smokey Mountains. It was very nice and our stay there was enjoyable. Yet, we were there only temporarily.

Friends, we are blessed richly on this earth by the God of all the universe. Our stay here has its ups and downs, but in general, at least for most of us, it is enjoyable. We must always remember, however, that our stay is temporary. This is not our home. One day we will have an eternal home, if we live faithfully to Him who gave us life. For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 2 Cor 5:1-3 ESV

Do not be overly concerned about the earthly dwelling. Concentrate more on the dwelling that God has prepared for His faithful.

Always keep your sights high. Let each day of life be another stepping stone to eternity.

February 28, 2018
Isn’t it amazing that something flawed can be so valuable. Every once in a while you hear of a flaw on a postage stamp. Stamp collectors flock to the stamp, wanting one of the rare, flawed stamps. Minted coins that have some flaw in them sell at extremely high prices. Why, one might ask, would one be willing to pay such high prices for something flawed? It is merely because it is rare and they can have “bragging rights.”

We, too, are flawed, but it is not rare. We are all marred by sin. Yet, Jesus paid an even greater price to redeem us. He paid the price of His life.

...knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Peter 1:18-19 ESV

Realize the value God put on your soul. Realize the price Christ paid for your soul. Be thankful today for all that God has done. Without the blood that Jesus shed for your sins, you would be eternally lost and without hope. Yet, by the grace of God, you are His child with the spiritual blessings that are in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

Tell someone else about your good fortune and how they can be bought as well.