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- Feeding the mind, nourishing the soul

Terry Mabery

Road signs are posted along the road. What are they there for? Is the government trying to fence you in? Police can be seen monitoring traffic. What are they there for? Is their sole purpose to catch you breaking the law? We understand that the rules of the road are for our well being and protection. Police patrol for the same reason. 

God’s word was not given to fence you in. God is not watching merely to catch you in a sin. God loves you. He has given His word to provide direction. It is for your well being and spiritual guidance. 

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.  Ps 119:11 ESV

  Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.  Ps 119:24 ESV 

God knows best what is good for us. Hold fast to His word and His guidance. You will be better off.  Have a great week. Be steadfast. 

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Believe it or not, I can still remember back to my college days. I attended my first two years at a local junior college. Classes were small and intimate. The physics classes, especially, were quite small. It was great that we knew each other and helped each other. Frequently, especially before tests, several would congregate at someone’s house and study together. That help and encouragement often paid off in better grades. 

We certainly can face the problems of life better when we know we are not alone. The strength and help that we get from brothers and sisters in Christ are very important to our spiritual well being and will help us pass the test of life. 

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 

Be an encourager to your brothers and sisters, and when you need encouragement, seek help from your spiritual family. Isn’t God’s plan of a spiritual family wonderful? 

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In a leadership seminar I attended years ago, we were encouraged to keep our goals before us in every way we could. We were told to use sticky notes to post goals on the bathroom mirror and other places they could be seen as we went through our daily activities. 

Our ultimate goal, of course, is heaven above. One of our intermediate goals should be to assemble every first day of the week to worship God. 

Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!  Ps 96:7-9 ESV 

Assemble with the saints. Give glory unto His name. He is worthy of your praise and adoration.

 

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Sermon Outlines

What Must I Do...?

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The New Birth

What About the Resurrection

A Way of Life

It Is a Tight Squeeze

The Day I Die

You Can Make a Difference

Equipping the Saints to Bear One Another's Burdens

I'll Do It Myself

Why Should We Preach...

Jesus Christ: The Prince of Peace

The Good Shepherd

What Is Fellowship?

I have Found the Book

How the O.T. Helps Us Today

Motivation for Christian Living

The Faith to Endure

The Bases of Fellowship in Jesus

The God that Sees

The Humility of Jesus

Jesus: The Great I AM

Committment in Marriage

Jesus' Passion for the Lost

When Time Ends

A Seperate People

Christians Are Special

Who Is Satan Part I?

You Have no Right to Judge!

Why Be a Leader?

Developing Wise Leaders

The Mighty One of Jacob

Who Is Satan Part II?

Feelings Felt by a Suffering Servant

Why Are There So Many Churches?

Value of Fellowship with Deity

I'm too Young

Running the Race of Christian Faith

Made in the Image of God

Is the Bible You Use Reliable? Parts 1 & 2

Is the Bible You Use Reliable? Parts 3

Healing from Hurt

Inherited Sin

How They Viewed Jesus

Why Do We Believe Jesus Is the Christ?

Why We Believe in One Faith?

The Thief on the Cross