Expiration Dates

1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Have you ever gone to the medicine cabinet, looking for some thing to relieve the symptoms of a cold or other illness, only to find the product is beyond it’s expiration date? Oh, to hold in your hand the relief, or cure if you will, to what ails you and yet it is no longer viable or beneficial. How disappointing that is!

The Bible holds the cure to the very worst of all diseases: sin. In the pages of Scripture we find the ultimate answer to how we can be healed of the worst of deadly disease: Jesus Christ. It also holds the promises of God to His people, answering their every need, and giving guidance how we should live to be found pleasing in His sight. Aren’t you glad that this Medicine has no expiration date? Glad that the Word is as good today as it was yesterday and forever more? I know I am!

Ministering

We had a great Easter service yesterday morning; every part of the service and each one in attendance seemed so very Spirit filled. It was such a blessing to be able to be a part of it.

Our pastor made mention during his message of something that has me thinking: How we should minister one to another. As he put it, there are so many ways to so this and sometimes it is just the smallest thing that can make the biggest difference. Let me give you an example.

Not too long ago I made someone a gift; most of you know I do leather work as a hobby. Well, I was down in my back when it was time to deliver this gift so my wife did the delivery for me.

A few hours, perhaps less, after getting the gift I got a phone call thanking me for it. Then I was asked a few questions about the process of making it, etc. This person showed genuine interest and gratitude to me and I so appreciated it. It lifted my spirit more than I can tell you. Later I realized how much that few minutes on the phone ministered to me, whether the caller realized it or not it was a very big deal to me, and made me feel so much better.

The smallest things are often the ones that folks need most and remember the longest. So the next time you have an opportunity to lift someone up by even the smallest means jump at it. You don’t know how much it might mean to them.

1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Blessings

God gives us many blessings in a multitude of ways. He gives more than we deserve in all areas of our lives I believe. But I would like to focus for a moment on spiritual blessings.

I don’t have to be in God’s House to be blessed; I imagine you agree with that. Today, though, I felt His presence so very strongly during both morning and evening services it was awesome. Often when I feel His Spirit so strongly I have to say or do something to praise Him. But tonight I was so overwhelmed with His love, hearing the praise music, the beautiful words spoken by His children, and the good biblical preaching of His Word I was rendered speechless. How great it is to feel the presence of the Living God!

1 Peter 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.