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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

April 18, 2018
Taxes were due yesterday. God has placed governing bodies on this earth for a purpose, to keep order. Taxes are to be paid to those governments (Romans 13:7). God is glorified when we subject ourselves to the governing bodies (1 Peter 2:13).

More important than paying taxes today is that you pay honor to God this day. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. Ps 86:12 ESV

Honor God today in your thoughts, your actions and in your prayers. Pay tribute to the Creator of the heavens and the earth.

April 11, 2018
This year’s NCAA basketball tournament was a tournament of upsets not seen in years. Only two of the top four teams made it to the final four. One was upset in the first round by the number sixteen seed, i.e., considered the worst team in their region. A second top seed was upset in the second round by a ninth seed team in their region. A number eleven seed team (meaning there were at least forty teams considered better) in one region made it all the way to the final four. Predictions can be made, but it is never known what the future holds.

The same holds true for us. We can make predictions regarding our lives, but we cannot know what the future holds for us on this earth. We can know, however, that our God is the Sovereign Ruler of the universe. All things are within His power, and He is in control. We should, therefore, put our trust in Him. His will cannot be overturned.

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit" — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." James 4:13-15 ESV

Make sure God is part of your daily plan. Life is uncertain, but God is faithful. If your focus is to accomplish His will every day, you will be blessed in the long run.

April 4, 2018
In years past Mary and I thoroughly enjoyed taking walks with dear friends. During those walks we shared our lives. We found comfort in one another. We found support from one another. We sought the advice of one another. You can imagine, we enjoyed those walks and sought those walks because we were close friends and agreed on so many things.

The Bible tells us that we are to walk in the light (1 John 1:7) and to walk in love (Ephesians 5:2). We are also to walk in truth (Psalm 86:11), God’s ways (Psalm 119:3), integrity (Proverbs 2:7), and in the way of righteousness (Proverbs 8:20). It is said of Enoch and of Noah that they walked with God. To walk with God, one must be in agreement with His word.

Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet? Amos 3:3 ESV

Agree with God and walk with Him each and every day. He is the Almighty and all wise God of all the universe.