Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 28, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2). The 121st Psalm is categorized as a "song of ascent." It is one of the songs that Jewish pilgrims would sing as they ascended Mount Zion to the Holy City, Jerusalem, for the annual feasts. The Jews...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 27, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles (Psalm 34:17). The righteous are people who have been separated from the world and consecrated to the worship and service of God. They possess no righteousness of their own, but an imputed righteousness from Christ their Savior and Redeemer. By grace...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 26, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot (Psalm 16:5). Many times in life we are guilty of giving up the greater in order to gain the lesser. We often focus on the temporal, not realizing the value of the eternal. There are those who want to receive what they believe is their fair share in this life....
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 25, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). Here are a few quotes about prayer: The most important thing a born again Christian can do is pray (Chuck Smith). Seven days without prayer makes one weak (Allen Vartlett). One should never initiate anything that he cannot saturate with prayer (Unknown). A man who is intimate with God will never be...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 24, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Prov. 1:7). The book of Proverbs is one of the books of the Bible that makes up what is sometimes referred to as the Wisdom Literature. Obviously, the theme of the book of Proverbs is wisdom. Proverbs was written to help us acquire and apply wisdom...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 23, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
"that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, 'What do these stones mean to you?' (Josh. 4:6) After the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River, Joshua commands twelve men, one from each tribe to gather a stone from the river to be erected as a memorial. This stone memorial would be arranged in such a...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 22, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
And suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" (Matt 17:5) Most people would rather talk than listen. Since we sometimes think more of ourselves and less about others, we want to do all of the talking and none of the listening. But we really ought to listen twice as much as...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 21, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Then the king said to Araunah, "No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing." (2 Samuel 24:24) What is the path that God has ordained for you to take? Have you considered what it will cost you? What will it cost others? What did your salvation cost Him?...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 20, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out (Rom. 11:33). There are many things about God that we don't know or understand. Even though He has given to us His self-disclosure, the Bible, we are still limited in our understanding of Him. The cleansing power...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 19, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son (Heb. 11:17). Abraham surrendered his life to God based on a promise. After receiving from God what was promised, he gave it back to Him as a sacrifice. What does God want from us that we haven't given up? What is our...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 18, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
And he went out, not knowing where he was going (Heb. 11:8). We have an advantage over Abraham. Because of what is known we can trust God as we venture out into the unknown. God knows all things perfectly, therefore we can trust Him. We go out in some instances without a map, but trusting the signs He places along the way. If we are quick to...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 17, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets (Matt. 7:12). And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days (Dan. 6:10). On...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 16, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith (Rom. 12:3). To think that we are worthy of the most expensive and extravagant gifts is to become a victim of the subtle and...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 15, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous (Psalm 34:15). God is able to focus and give attention without the possibility of being distracted. He does it purposely but without exerting any effort. While He focuses on me and gives attention to His plan for my life, He simultaneously does the same for all of His children. As He...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 14, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord (Gen. 12:8). Abraham was known for pitching tents and building altars. He did not give much attention to the temporal, but focused on the...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 13, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). There are two things we should always be mindful of. They are the Sovereignty of God and the Providence of God. God is sovereign, which means He exercises absolute control over His entire...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 12, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day (Matt. 16:21). Throughout the Lord's ministry He spoke of His death, burial, and resurrection. This is why He really came. He did many great...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 11, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9) As we travel this Christian journey, situations and circumstances can sometimes appear to be unbearable. In these moments we acknowledge our need for divine assistance, and sanctified common sense directs us to the throne...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 10, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother (John 19:25). Mary was blessed among women when chosen to miraculously conceive and give birth to Jesus. She was a devout woman who constantly pondered the things of God in her heart. As a boy Jesus willingly subjected Himself in constant obedience to her. One of the things in Jesus'...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 9, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31-32) God holds us accountable for what we believe, as well as how we think about the truth He has revealed to us. All Scripture testifies to the fact that God...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 8, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20). All of us were given a name at birth. Shortly thereafter our name was recorded on a birth certificate. People have been recording it every since. Most of us are concerned about our names....
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 7, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name (Ps. 103:1). What does it mean to bless the Lord? It means to make Him the object of your praise. It means to speak well of Him for His abundant grace, mercy, and generosity. When the Lord blesses us, He reviews our needs and responds to them. When we bless the...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 6, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven (Eccl. 3:1). Seasons are the main periods of the year in which each have their own distinctive weather. Seasons are examples of God's perfect order in the world, and represent the balanced cycle of creation and human life which is sustained by God. There are also...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 5, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him (Matthew 9:9). Following someone makes it necessary for us to remove ourselves from our present location and begin to move in the direction in which we are being led. Following someone may also involve the changing of a present mindset and lifestyle to a way of thinking and...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 4, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:34). The average person crucifies himself between two thieves; the regrets of yesterday and the worries about tomorrow. A man began to worry one day whether he would die of cancer, because cancer was so...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 3, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy (Matthew 5:7). The merciful are those who bring together the qualities of compassion and benevolence. By way of the Holy Spirit they are impregnated with a caring attitude that gives birth to sympathy and forgiveness. The merciful take the pain of others and make it their own. They are...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 2, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth (Col. 3:2). Most of us are familiar with the slogan of the United Negro College Fund that simply says, "A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste." Have we ever considered the possibility of losing our mind; no longer having the wherewithal to reason, rationalize, and think soberly and...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on May 1, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8). What does it mean to be pure in heart? It has at least two meanings. First of all, it means, to be sincere, genuine, and unpretentious. It suggests an undivided loyalty and allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ. The problem with many people in our...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 30, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'" (Matthew 4:4) When one is born again, and becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus, the new principle in that person's heart requires food, and the only food that will sustain it is the...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 29, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10). One of the things I remember most about growing up is how people behaved during storms. These storms consisted of booming thunder, flashing lightning, and pouring rain. The elders would say to us children, "Get somewhere and be still, and be quiet; The Lord is doing His...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 28, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word (Isaiah 66:2). Since God is the Creator of all things, and the entire universe is His dwelling place, He's not overly concerned about a building of wood and stone. Nor is He that concerned about the externals of religion...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 27, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple (Luke 14:27). Jesus often warned against thoughtless discipleship, and presents to us the need to examine our resolve to follow Him. He would often preach sermons and give discourses that He knew would thin out the crowds. But unlike so many of us,...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 26, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled (Matt. 5:6). Jesus the Good Shepherd makes a promise. He says, "They shall be filled." Here, the Lord is promising spiritual saturation and satisfaction. He promises to fill us up. David said, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want...
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Note from the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 25, 2020
Note from the Pastor's Desk
The elect are those who at some point in their lives begin to crave salvation. They begin to seek God's righteousness rather than attempting to establish a righteousness of their own. They seek God even as they are being sought by Him. This craving does not end with salvation; it continues in sanctification. Sanctification is...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 24, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching (Heb. 10:24-25). The exhortation to "consider" one another requires of us that we look out...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 23, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matt. 5:8). The gospel of Jesus Christ is always concerned about the heart. The reason for this emphasis on the heart is because so many people focus on the externals of religion. Jesus places His focus on the heart and not the head, because the Christian faith is...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 22, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Enoch walked with God (Gen. 5:22, 24). Noah walked with God (Gen. 6:9). The men who walked with God were different. They had been initiated into an otherworldly fellowship, and were followers of Him who sits high and looks low. Those who walked with God found rest and comfort in knowing Him, and the fact that, as imperfect...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 21, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (Ps. 29:2). William Temple's definition of worship: To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 20, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Well into the night, He was there alone (Matt. 14:23). How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony (Ps. 133: 1). Genuine believers naturally spend time alone with God. They enjoy being alone with their God, and their thoughts...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 19, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age (Titus 2:11-12). The major concern of many churches today is popularity. In these churches there is an absence of Christ-centered, and...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 18, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3) In order for one to have proper spiritual perception concerning the kingdom of God, he must be born again. There must have been an experience of regeneration, new life in Christ, being born...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 17, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
So I said, "Woe is me, for I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." (Isaiah 6:5) Once the Lord has our attention and we attach ourselves to Him, He begins to show us who and what we really are. As we begin to...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 16, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it (Psalm 127:1a). Many people are building their lives using the wrong blueprints, materials, and tools. They begin with a faulty foundation, and continue on with flimsy framing. Throughout the building process, corners are cut, surfaces are not made level,...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 15, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort which we ourselves are comforted by God (2 Cor. 1:3-4). We sometimes forget that what we are going through is...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 14, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Christianity calls for us to drop every other religious philosophy, every...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 13, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Christianity calls for us to drop every other religious philosophy, every...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 12, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
So they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." (Acts 4:18-20) The resurrection of Jesus...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 11, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:3). Most of us are not poor as it relates to material possessions. However, we are poor when it comes to our dependence on the Lord for salvation and every other spiritual blessing. We have nothing to offer but ourselves, and even self is dependent on the...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 10, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content (Phil. 4:11). We must learn to detach ourselves from the material things of this world. This may entail going through a weaning process. Needs are necessities, things we must have. Wants are unnecessary desires that we can live without....
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 9, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Don't boast about tomorrow, for you don't know what a day might bring (Proverbs 27:1). The greatest nightmare of the control addict is uncertainty. Those who believe they can eliminate uncertainty boast about tomorrow, thinking they have planned for every contingency. But you do not know what is to come. The future is wholly in the...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 8, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
In those days Hezekiah became terminally ill. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came and said to him, "This is what the Lord says: 'Set your house in order, for you are about to die; you will not recover.' " (2 Kings 20:1) Order has been defined as things being in their rightful place or position. We have learned to accept things being...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 7, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation (Israel) is Your people (Ex. 33:13). Moses requested that God would show him His glory. He said, "If I have found grace in Your sight." He requested that God would...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 6, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Ps. 119:105 In order for us to prosper (comprehend, act wisely and intelligently and not as fools) in our doing and going, we must keep the word of God before us as our lamp and our light. Following the divinely illumined path is the only way to proceed through life. Otherwise we...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 5, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscious in the sight of God (2 Cor. 4:2). Thoughts from "The Book of Eli": The Word of God is precious and valuable, more than anything else in the...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 4, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). We are in the midst of a night season. However, the sovereignty and providence of God are the pillows we can lay our heads on at night. This is a great comfort to the Christian. It helps us to know the...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 3, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it (Matt. 7:13-14). Go back to your grass roots. Open your heart and search the Scriptures. Bear your cross, follow your Lord,...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 2, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king (1 Sam. 12:24-25). The corrosive, erosive, effects of sin when it goes unchecked is seen in the life of King Saul. Pride and self-centeredness began to...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on April 1, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
God does not honor His Word when taken out of context, and He is who He is and not whatever we want Him to be (Ex. 3:14). We would do well to familiarize ourselves with the attributes of God. In His self-disclosure, the Bible, He declares and demonstrates to us exactly who He is. One of His attributes is His immutability, which means He cannot...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on March 31, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets (Matt. 7:12). Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law (Rom. 13:10). In this season of the Covid-19 virus, loving each other requires us to be apart from each other. Most of us love being a...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on March 30, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
A. W. Tozer calls it the "great chill". It is the idea or belief that once God has been found the finder no longer has to seek Him. The constant seeking of Him is the result of having truly found Him. Complacency is the deadly foe of all spiritual growth. As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on March 29, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
He (Christ) is before all things, and by Him all things hold together (Col. 1:17). He (Christ) is upholding all things by the word of His power (Heb. 1:3). The entire universe is held together by its creator, Christ. Childlike faith sings, "He's got the whole world in His hands; He's got you and me in His hands." He (Christ) is upholding all...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on March 28, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
Our God is so awesome! He can love us, forgive us, disciple us, discipline us, and deliver us. He can break us, build us, and better us. He can challenge us, convict us, convert us, change us, and comfort us. He can search us, strengthen us, and sanctify us. He can test us, teach us, and reassure us. He can do all these things at the same...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on March 27, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
The firmness of our faith is an antidote to the instability that comes as a result of unbelief. Matthew 7:24-25 says, "Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn't collapse,...
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on March 26, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
We live in a "whatever" world. This is the response and outlook of many people who don't believe in absolutes. "Whatever" won't work with the serious issues of life and death. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7).
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on March 25, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
A thought from Psalm 23:1 which says, "The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need." We are His sheep, totally dependent on Him for provision and protection. We thrive only in His pasture. Who's leading and feeding us? Who's pasture are we grazing in? The Lord is my shepherd! Is He really? Think about it.
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From the Pastor's Desk

by Pastor Rodrick A. Smith on March 23, 2020
From the Pastor's Desk
It is by the grace of God that a congregation is permitted to gather visibly in this world to share God's Word and sacrament. Not all Christians receive this blessing (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). I remember this as I pour out my heart: how I walked with many, leading the festive procession to the house of God, with joyful and thankful shouts....
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