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UMBC : July 22, 2011 9:30 am : Blog

Let every thing that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise ye the Lord.  Psalm 150:6


We should praise the Lord simply because the wonderful sunshine we are enjoying is His.  He is the Creator.  There’s not a thing at our fingertips He didn’t make.  Scriptures say a day is coming when everything that has breath will praise the Lord.  So, why not go ahead and give God the praise He so deserves because He’s worthy to be praised.

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UMBC : July 14, 2011 9:16 am : Blog

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.  Psalm 30:5b


We know in this life we will encounter trials, problems, and temptations.  The wonderful thing is even though these situations may come, they don’t last always.  Scientifically, it’s a fact that the sun is going to rise at the appropriate time.  Just as we are sure of this, we know that joy comes in the morning if we hold on and hold out.  Remember that it doesn’t matter what you’re going through because joy comes in the morning.


UMBC : June 29, 2011 11:44 am : Blog

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.  Philippians 4:4

We must understand that this is a commandment to a Christian, a believer.  Rejoice in the Lord always.  That means regardless of the day, whether dark or bright, whether it is difficult or easy, whether it brings problems or temptations or clear sailing or cloud nine.  We are commanded to rejoice.  Paul repeats it in case we missed it the first time.  Rejoicing is just that important.  There is no power in your life if you have no joy.


UMBC : June 24, 2011 11:13 am : Blog

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged:  condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.  Luke 6:37


 It’s not our job or responsibility to judge others.  God is the only one who has the authority to be the judge and the jury.  Also, if you want to be forgiven, you must forgive.  I know it hurts to forgive sometimes especially when those we love have done us wrong.  But the fact is we must deal with the issue and move forward, so we won’t have to stand before God and have Him deal with us.


UMBC : June 13, 2011 6:48 am : Blog

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.  John 5:8

Jesus told the man He healed at the pool to get up, take his bed, and walk.  Somebody else at the pool would need his place because he didn’t need it any more.  No arrangements had been made for a relapse.  When Dr. Jesus fixes you up, there will be no relapse.


UMBC : June 8, 2011 10:40 am : Blog

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.  1 Peter 3:9


Are you able to turn the other cheek?  If someone says something evil or something that is not true about you, turn them over to the Lord and He will take care of them.  Remember we are representing the Lord, not the Godfather.


UMBC : May 23, 2011 11:11 am : Blog

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 13:34–35

The world is dying for just a little love. Jesus says that His disciples are to be known for their love.  That means that if we are believers, we are to be known by our love.

As believers we don’t win the lost by being Christian cannibals. “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another” (Gal. 5:15). This is the type of thing that is turning the unsaved away from the church today. This is the reason they don’t come in to hear the gospel. They hear the gossip before they can hear the gospel! Do you realize that the most important commandment for a Christian is not to witness, not to serve, but to love other believers?

It’s amazing how we proclaim our love for Jesus who we have never seen, but we can’t love one another as Jesus tells us to do.  Are you a disciple?  If you are show your love!


UMBC : May 16, 2011 9:55 am : Blog

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:14–15

This is a wonderful relationship. Jesus  knows His sheep, and His sheep know Him. Paul wrote, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection …” (Phil. 3:10). To know Him is to love Him.

Notice that this is the third time that He says His sheep know Him. To know Jesus Christ is all-important, and everything else becomes secondary. That is one reason we should give up arguing about nonessentials. Let’s stop arguing about religion and about details. The important issue is to know Jesus Christ. Do you hear His voice; do you know the Shepherd?

There is no shepherd like this One!


UMBC : May 11, 2011 12:41 pm : Blog

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. John 8:7–9

In this passage Jesus gives the requirements for being a judge, which is something for all of us to hear. We have the right to be the judge of others provided we meet the requirement. That requirement is sinlessness. May I say to you I don’t know about you, but that takes me out of the stone-throwing business.

An old Scottish commentator says that the elder ones left first because they had more sense than the younger ones. The younger ones hung around until they saw their own names come up, and then they finally caught on and left also. So there was not a person left there who could throw a stone at her except One. Only Jesus could have thrown the stone at her. All the others had tiptoed away. What hypocrites they were!  So, who are we to judge?

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UMBC : May 3, 2011 2:41 pm : Blog

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19


The Word promises believers that God will supply all our needs.  Luxury items are not included in this deal—but ALL our needs.  Out of God’s loving-kindness, sometimes He gives us the luxury items, and that’s surplus.

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