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Matthew 16:18

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- Feeding the mind, nourishing the soul

Terry Mabery

Today's 'Lustrative Message

November 15, 2017
Sometimes children think they know best. However, they just know what they want. We do the same thing spiritually at times. We think we know best, but the truth is we merely know what we want. God truly knows what is best for us and has given us the instructions by which to live (Titus 2:11-12).

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17 ESV

Strive to be holy today as God is holy. Live by the instructions of His will. Apply them to your life today and everyday.

November 8, 2017
An advertisement on the back of a truck encouraged people to eat whole grain bread of a certain brand. The slogan was, “Eat whole grain bread for good health.” Everyone seems to be more health conscious today. Whole grains are supposed to be better for us in bread and in other products.

We should be concerned with more than our physical health. Our spiritual health is more important that our physical health. If our spiritual health is what it should be, there will be less worry about physical health. Of what should one eat for better spiritual health? Partake of the Bread of life for a healthy spiritual life.

For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. They said to him, Sir, give us this bread always. Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:32-36 ESV

Too many are starving themselves to death spiritually. Take of the Bread of life freely. Study God's word today. Read from the gospels. Read of salvation in Christ. Read of the peace that comes of knowing Him.

November 1, 2017
The catch phrase from an old commercial continues to live. It became and is still popular in jokes and in other ways. How many times have you heard, “I've fallen and I can't get up.” Everyone can relate to the fact that sometimes you need help. Maybe it is a matter of moving something heavy. Possibly you have needed a bit of advice and sought it out. Maybe you couldn't reach something on the top shelf at a store.

Even as Christians we need help at times. Unlike many in the world, we have a network of people upon whom we can depend.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him — a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Eccl 4:9-12 ESV

Make one of your goals the rest of this week to be there for a brother or sister in need. It will do you good and it will please the Lord our God.

If you don't know of a need, then make your own opportunity. Look for someone in need. There are always those who are widowed, those in care centers, those who are divorced, or one of our senior couples who could use a lift.

October 23, 2017
The economy seems to be chugging right along. However, people remain concerned about the economy and their investments, especially those who are closer to retirement. I hear advertisements frequently by financial companies asking to evaluate your retirement investments. Investment for retirement is important, but there is a more important investment. I read the following satement somewhere, “When you spend time with God, you invest in eternity.” Retirement may sound great, but there is no greater investment than in eternity.