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Parcels from the Preacher: May 26, 2024

The Apostle James once recorded, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror” (James 1:22-23, NKJV). This mandate is reminiscent to his Brother’s teaching while He was physically on his earth. Jesus had encouraged His disciples to LIVE the Word, not simply teach them (John 13:17). Our Lord often regarded discipleship…

Parcels from the Preacher: May 19, 2024

The Apostle James once recorded, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror” (James 1:22-23, NKJV). This mandate is reminiscent to his Brother’s teaching while He was physically on his earth. Jesus had encouraged His disciples to LIVE the Word, not simply teach them (John 13:17). Our Lord often regarded discipleship…

Parcels from the Preacher: May 12, 2024

One of the more familiar refrains in temporal hymns repeats, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me” (Psalm 51:10-11, NKJV). What a wonderful cry to make unto the Lord! As I read this, I perceive a sincerity in heart to be one with God. I see one who has harmed self, others, and their Creator…

Parcels from the Preacher: May 5, 2024

The Apostle Paul once stated, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24, NKJV). The Holy Spirit reminds all NT Christians to labor for righteousness’ sake. This is often difficult due to the lived experiences based on reward/punishment system seen all over the world. For example, many of us grow up in…

Parcels from the Preacher: April 28, 2024

“I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’m free. His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches me (He watches me). His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches. I know He watches. I know He watches me” Just a thought, is God really omniscient? Job thirty-seven records God being perfect in knowledge. The third of First John accounts God recognizes the very aim of our hearts. The Palmist records God determining the…

Parcels from the Preacher: April 21, 2024

“I believe for every drop of rain that falls, A flower grows. I believe that somewhere in the darkest nights, A candle glows. I believe for everyone who goes astray, Someone will go to show the way. I believe, Oh, I believe. I believe above the storm, The smallest breath will still be heard. I believe that someone in the great somewhere, Is everywhere. Every time I hear a newborn baby cry, Or touch a leaf, Or see the sky,…

Parcels from the Preacher: April 14, 2024

“A charge to keep I have, A God to glorify, A never dying soul to save, And fit it for the sky. To serve the present age, My calling to fulfill: O may it all my powers engage, To do my Master’s will! Arm me with jealous care, As in Thy sight to live; And O Thy servant, Lord, prepare, A strict account to give! Help me to watch and pray, And on Thyself rely, Assured if I my trust…

Parcels from the Preacher: April 7, 2024

I have noticed over the years quite a few religious arguments which appear to be amazingly simple to assuage. One such question, “Does a baby need to be baptized?” is one which easily comes to mind. Some religious groups argue the necessity of baptism for infants and children whereas others negate the same idea. Just a thought, how and why one answers this question is eternally essential. The answer lies in what is sin, purpose of baptism, and who holds…

Parcels from the Preacher: March 31, 2024

In the sixth of Deuteronomy we read, “So it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build,” Just a thought, if the Lord rewarded Israel with beautiful cities and other immeasurable splendor, why is it today do we think our efforts make all the difference? God states the entirety of all things…

Parcels from the Preacher: March 24, 2024

“Send some message from thy word, That may joy and peace afford. Comfort those who weep and mourn; Let the time of love return”. Just a thought, some are still waiting for “signs”. Many have been taught God is still in the miracle business and producing supernatural cues meant to lead some to a higher truth. This can be quite confusing with what is already recorded. For example, Paul taught Timothy a man could be “complete, thoroughly equipped for every…

Parcels from the Preacher: March 17, 2024

“Send some message from thy word, That may joy and peace afford. Comfort those who weep and mourn; Let the time of love return”. Just a thought, some are still waiting for “signs”. Many have been taught God is still in the miracle business and producing supernatural cues meant to lead some to a higher truth. This can be quite confusing with what is already recorded. For example, Paul taught Timothy a man could be “complete, thoroughly equipped for every…

Parcels from the Preacher: March 10, 2024

In the fifteenth of Acts we read, “And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Just a thought, how often do you come across some religious doctrine which should not be taught, nor followed? It is apparent to many, there is no such thing as false teaching. This is really intriguing because the Apostle Paul stated these ministers of division would arise from…