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A Love for Family

Family plays a vital role in the success or failure of children. The Word of God provides mothers and fathers clear principles to guide us and direct commands for us to obey.

My wife, Andrea, and I have been blessed with seven children; all of whom are blessings from our Heavenly Father. We are constantly reminded of the challenges, physically, emotionally and spiritually our sons face on a daily basis. As a father I have committed myself to leading my sons in the path of righteousness, and by the grace of God, I hope all of them will seek the Lord all the days of their lives.

The greatest thing we can accomplish on behalf of our children is to follow and obey God’s leading and commands, so that they see real faith which will point them to Almighty God.

 

 



The Heart of Mercy

What does it truly mean to be full of mercy? Is this only reserved for those who have the “gift of mercy” or is it to be demonstrated in the lives of all of God’s children?

 

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Micah 6:8

 

As we continue on with our series from the Sermon on the Mount, we come to the place where Jesus teaches His followers that God’s favor rests upon the child of God who demonstrates a heart full of mercy. Mercy flows from the heart of God and it can only truly be shown to others when one has received mercy from the Lord.

 



The Mystery of Meekness

 

As we continue our summer series this morning from the Sermon on the Mount, I want you to think about the true definition of the word “meekness.” While many people today think of this word in a negative way, due to the fact that its usage is in relation to being submissive or week, its true meaning is one of strength under control and submissiveness to authority.

 

But the meek shall inherit the earth;

and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Psalm 37:11

The rebellious heart of man hates the idea of meekness.  Jesus Christ promises the earth as an inheritance to those who seek to live their lives in an attitude of submission in all things to their Heavenly Father. Are you seeking to live in meekness?

 


Father’s Day

  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath:
but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4

Today, we celebrate Father’s Day. I am so thankful for my dad, Robert Small, as well as my father-in-law, David Payne. These men are godly examples to me and my seven sons. I have been blessed beyond measure by my Heavenly Father.

When I think of superheroes, I am reminded of fictitious comic book characters that have extraordinary abilities, which they use to uphold the law and protect the citizens.

Dads, you are a real hero to your kids! You work hard to provide for them and you do your best to shield them from the evil in the world, but are you a mighty man of God? God’s Word tells us how to be one. My prayer for you is that you will listen to the message this morning and let God change you into a true hero for the glory and honor of the Lord Jesus Christ.
 


Freedom’s Never Free

 

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13

Freedom is never free! The great liberties we enjoy as American citizens have come at a great price. Tomorrow, millions of patriots will honor those who have given the greatest sacrifice one can give: their very life. The Unites States of America is the land of the free because of the brave! Let me encourage you to take time to honor those who have sacrificed so much by participating in the Hudson Memorial Day Parade with your church family on Monday, May 29.

Almighty God greatly desires for His children to nurture a heart that is right and pleasing toward Him. One of the ways we can demonstrate a right heart with God is the love we have toward Him. Is your heart pleasing to your Heavenly Father?

 



A HEART for God

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14

 

Freedom is never free! The great liberties we enjoy as American citizens have come at a great price. Tomorrow, millions of patriots will honor those who have given the greatest sacrifice one can give: their very life. The Unites States of America is the land of the free because of the brave! Let me encourage you to take time to honor those who have sacrificed so much by participating in the Hudson Memorial Day Parade with your church family on Monday, May 29.

Almighty God greatly desires for His children to nurture a heart that is right and pleasing toward Him. One of the ways we can demonstrate a right heart with God is the love we have toward Him. Is your heart pleasing to your Heavenly Father?

 



Magnifying the Purpose of God

 
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Proverbs 31:27-28
 
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers. I hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoy being with your families.
I have been blessed with a wonderful mother, Beverly Small, and a kind mother-in-law, Melody Payne, as well as my lovely wife, Andrea, who is the mother of my seven sons.
As I mediate upon Biblical motherhood, I am reminded of how my loving mother taught me many things while I was growing up in her home. While many lessons were intentional, others were learned by observation in every day situations. She taught me to give my best in everything I do. She showed me the power of encouraging words, and the blessing of helping others in need. She lived out her faith at church and at home. She helped me become the man I am today, and for that I am eternally grateful to God.
 


Magnifying the Love of God

He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
I John 2:10 
 
People do some pretty amazing things in demonstration of their love for other people.  In the summer of 2012 Larry Swilling was informed that his loving wife of fifty-seven years, Jimmie Sue, needed a new kidney. For one year seventy-eight year old Larry Swilling walked around his hometown in South Carolina with a sandwich sign pleading for a kidney donor. Dozens of people offered to help, but no one was a match until September of 2013 when their prayers were finally answered after retired Navy lieutenant commander Kelly Weaverling donated one of her kidneys in a lifesaving operation. When asked about why he did what he did for his wife, Larry simply stated, “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”   There is no doubt Larry loved his wife. How do others see the love of God in your heart?

 



Magnifying the Greatness of God

   O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
Psalm 34:3

Telescopes are very amazing instruments of science, and over the years astronomers have learned through the use of telescopes that there are many more stars and planets in the universe than previously understood.

The purpose of the telescope is to aid in making something   distant able to be viewed in focus. King David calls for all believers in Almighty God to magnify the LORD. While God does not need us to make the Infinite, Creator bigger, the challenge is to lift Him up to the place where He ought to always be. I believe some of the ways this can be accomplished in our lives is when we properly and sincerely worship Him, share the gospel and serve Him by His grace. Is your life seeking to magnify God in all things?

May God bless your week and may you grow closer to the Lord Jesus Christ today.

 



A Passion for Christ

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Philippians 3:10
 

When I was a boy I really enjoyed collecting baseball cards. My brother and I would memorize all the statistics of our favorite players and we could tell anyone who wanted to know how many home runs or strikeouts they had during a certain season.

              One year my father took our family to Cooperstown, New York to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. As we walked around I noticed a special part of the museum dedicated to baseball cards. What a sight! There was every card from every player including ones that were very rare and worth a lot of money. While I knew about these players, I really did not know them; and so it is true with our fellowship with God.

How do you know God?

Is your knowledge of Him simply factual and academic or is it personal and relational?