February 21, 2021

Thought for today: James 1:1

"Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him."

All of us are tempted at some time in our Christian walk. However, the Bible states that we are tested by God but tempted by Satan.

When we are tempted, we must endure it, without rebelling against God, or turning aside from His integrity. We are blessed when we have gone through the fire and have not been consumed.

When our Lord has put us through a test and it is over, then comes His divine approval, which is "the Crown of Life". Life is the reward: not mere being, but holy, happy, true existence and the realization of the divine purpose of God concerning us.

The Lord has promised the crown of life to those who love Him. Only we who love God will hold out in the hour of trial; the rest will either sink or go back to the world.

The question before us, do we love the Lord? Truly and deeply? Then our love will be tested and tried. but rejoice because Christ has given us victory throughout the testing.

In the midst of all the storms we go through in life, He is there and He has been always there.

Wayne
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor

February 7, 2021

Thought for today: Exodus 23:25 "You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water."'

What a great privilege to have the blessing of our Lord upon us in all things, Our most common or small things become blessed when we ourselves are consecrated to our Lord.

In our Church, we observe the Lord's Supper once a month, and my thoughts reflect on the time our Lord took bread and blessed it; behold, we also eat of the bread in remembrance of His suffering and dying for our sins on the Cross.

May 10, 2020

The conclusion of the Dispensations: The 7th Dispensation is the Kingdom Dispensation.

(a) From the Second Coming of Christ (or descent) to the Great White Throne Judgment and this period will last for 1000 Years. Ps. 2 and 11

  1. Man's state at the beginning.

(a) Under the personal reign and rule of Christ. Acts 15: 14-17; Ps. 2: 6; Matt. 24: 29

(b) Man's Responsibility: obedience and submission to the King and also to worship Him. Ps: 2: 12; Isa. 65-:20; Ps. 67:4, *6:9 and Zech 14: 17.

(c) Man's failure: Feigned obedience. Man will follow Satan for a short period after the 1000 Year Reign of Christ. Ps. 66:3; Rev. 20: 7-9

(d) Consequences of man's failure: Destruction of the man being cast into the Lake of Fire with the Devil and his angels. Rev. 20:9

Wayne
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor

May 3, 2020

Continuing with the Dispensation and this week is the Dispensation of Grace the 6th Dispensation and also I will cover the 70th week of Daniel's Prophecy which is 7 years and is a part of the Law Dispensation.

The Dispensation of Grace:

(a) From the descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost, the birth of the Church) to the Descent of Christ or the Rapture of the Church, 1 Thess. 4: 13-18. The period of Grace covers the book of Acts through the Epistles.

  1. Man's state at the beginning is a lost condition. Rom 3: 9-20; Eph. 2:2. There are two classes of people in the world, the saved sinners and lost sinners.

(b) Man's responsibility.

  1. To believe in the Lord Jesus Christ: John 3:36, acts 16:31, John 1: 11-13, Rom. 4:8, 5: 1-2, Eph 2: 8-9, Gal: 5:6, Titus 3:5. Man is not saved by works but by faith alone.

(c) Man's failure:

  1. Become lovers of themselves, of money, and of pleasure more than lovers of God. 11 Tim. 3:1-7
  2. Having a form of godliness but without power.
  3. Would make God a liar through unbelief which is the most colossal failure of the dispensations. 1 John 5:10

(d) Consequences of man's failure: God will give them up to their unbelief. 1 Tim. 4: 1-3; 11 Tim. 4: 3-4

(e) Moral condition. Fallen and sinful.

(f) Divine Mercy: God has provided salvation for the whole human race

The 70th week of Daniel, 7-year tribulation, the last week of the Law Dispensation and is called the Day of Jacob's Trouble which is Judgment or Tribulation.

(a) From the Rapture of the Church to the Millennium: Rev. 6:19, Dan 12: 1; Jer. 30:7, Rev. 4 & 5

  1. State of the man at the beginning. 1 Thess. 4: 16-18

(a) The Church is taken away which means there is a race on earth that does not have in it "salt" to prevent corruption. 11 Thess. 2: 1-12

(b) The Holy Spirit's omnipresent will still be here to deal with sinners but since the church is gone He will no longer be active in connection with the Church.

(1) Man's failure. The men who are evil will not repent. Rev. 9:20-21, Rev. 18: 21-24

(2) Man's responsibility. To recognize God and to worship God. Rev. 14:6

(3) Consequences of man's failure. Utter destruction. Ps. 2: 1-6, Rev. 14:20, Zech. 14:4, Rev. 19: 17-21

(4) Moral condition: A godless group of people from whom all restraint has been taken by the removal of the Church

(5) Divine Mercy: Shown by the saved Gentiles and Sealed Israelites.

Wayne
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor