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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

August 8, 2018
There is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial which travels from place to place. Several years ago it was displayed in Troy. Mary and I went to see it. It was a very sobering thought to see all the names engraved upon that wall. We found the name of a class mate whose life was lost when his plane was shot down. Even more sobering was the thought that my name could have been on that wall. I can only assume it was by the providence of God and my flat feet that kept me from being sent to Viet Nam. Those men died in the name of freedom. They fought and died to try to set people free from oppression.

Another sobering thought is that everyone deserves death because of sin (Rom. 5:12). We have not lived perfectly before God. We not only deserve physical death due to sin, but spiritual death, also. Yet, Jesus died that we might be free from the bondage and the consequence of sin. He died for me and for you.

For freedom Christ has set us free. Gal 5:1 ESV

Humbly thank God for the freedoms you enjoy in this country. Humbly thank Him for the freedom you have in Christ. Rejoice today and help others learn of that freedom.

August 3, 2018
Man certainly is the apex of God’s creation. I realize many say man evolved from an ape-like creature. Yet, consider the morality of man that is not found anywhere else in nature. Consider man’s ability to reason. There is no other creature that is like man. There is no other explanation for a moral being with intelligence than that there is a moral, intelligent Creator that made him that way.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Ps 139:14 ESV

Praise God and give Him thanks for He has made you in His image. Come worship Him Sunday.

July 25, 2018
Communication is such an essential part in any relationship. Parents are desirous of that communication with children. It is heartbreaking to see an infant visibly suffering and unable to communicate. Parents want to know what is hurting, what the problem is. They want to help and comfort but cannot without knowing. Parents, also, take pleasure in hearing about their children’s lives. I remember that one of Mary’s first questions at the dinner table was, “What did you do in school today?” As with anyone, parents like to know they are appreciated. They love to hear that sincere, “Thank you.”

Even though God knows our hearts, He, too, want us to communicate with Him Col 4:2.

He has given the avenue of prayer as a great blessing to those in Christ. It is a means of communication. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him. Prov 15:8 ESV

We should be appreciative of the wonderful blessing of prayer. Use it daily to communicate with our God. Live today so your prayer is a delight to Him.

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We live in a very mobile society. People move for various reasons—because of job transfers, because of family, because of better employment opportunities, because of retirement, because of health or even because of weather. You can always find real estate agents willing to help you relocate. I once saw a Remax billboard advertisement that asked, “Where do you want to be?”

Abraham was a sojourner in the land of promise, but that was not where he wanted to relocate.

For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Heb 11:10 ESV

If your ultimate relocation desire is the heavenly city, live here today as if you want to live there tomorrow.