I Kings 22:8 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so. The wicked king hated Micaiah because he always said bad things about him. He never told the king what he wanted to hear. The king had paid preachers who gave him precisely what he wanted. God was always on his side. His prayers were always pleasing etc. Now here comes the man of God that honestly speaks for God. He is negative. The king hates him. Do you hate the truth because you know it is right and you are wrong? Do you hate those that teach and preach the truth because they disturb the way you are living, thinking, and acting? Shouldn't you want to hear the truth no matter how much it rocks your world? Look to the Word of God. Get truth not what you want to hear. Photo by Caleb Minear on Unsplash
We had a great Sunday here at Vision. On Sunday morning, we had a time of prayer over all of our students and teachers who have returned to school.¬ Bro. John Pearson brought us the offering devotion from Hebrews 10.¬ We had special music performed by Stephen Cofield, Luke Littlefield, David Gardner, Tracy Paver, Lydia Littlefield with Kristen Mize on piano and Ben Mize on guitar.¬ ¬ Then, Bro. Austin Gardner preached from Mark 14:27-72 on Steps to Spiritual Victory. ¬ ¬ On Sunday evening, Jens Looney led us in the Lord’s Supper, and Trent Cornwell preached a short devotional from Psalm 8. We had special music performed by Savannah Morgan, Austin Cook, Adam Ragsdale, Tyler Ellis, Lindsay Wimberely, and Courtney Mathos with Kristen Mize on piano and Ben Mize on guitar.¬ Then, Bro. Gardner preached from Isaiah 2 on He Will Rule and Reign. ¬ If¬ you would like to view this service, please check out our live stream on Facebook.
I Kings 15:26 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin. This man did evil in the sight of the Lord. He was following his dad's example. That is a horrible testimony for a father. To think that your children would do wrong because they had watched you and were following your example. It is time for dad to consider his testimony. You should be thinking about what you are doing because little eyes and little ears are seeing and hearing all that you say and do. The biggest sin here is that not only did he sin but he used his influence to get others to sin. He made his friends, his people to sin. How many are you influencing to do wrong? How many walk away from God because of what you are saying or doing? Let's remember that we have much more influence than we think. Others are watching. We are influencing their lives and future more than we would ever like to think. Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash
I Kings 11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. Solomon didn't follow after God like David, his father. He complied but half-heartedly. He did evil in the sight of the Lord. Sin, wrong, and evil are not determined by society or even you but by God. He is the source of truth. He defines what is right and wrong. Solomon didn't live a life that pleased God. Are you considering what God is thinking about what you are doing? Do you realize that as a dad or mom you can give the best instruction and the best example, but your children will still decide what they do with that instruction? You are responsible for living out the truth. You should model the truth. You should pray your children will follow the truth, but it will ultimately be them that decide if they so choose to follow and honor God or not! Photo by Vignesh Moorthy on Unsplash
I Kings 8:58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers. God, please incline our hearts towards you. Direct our hearts and thoughts to you so that we will think on you and concentrate on you. We want to keep your commandments and do what pleases you. We want to honor you by obeying you. We ask you to help us do what you want and what you have put in our hearts to want. This verse is a good prayer for all of us. We love Him. We want to serve Him. We hunger to be like Him because He is our Father. It is good to pray and ask Him to work in our lives drawing us to Him. The old hymn said, ‚ÄúDraw me nearer, nearer!‚ÄĚ and that is our prayer today. Photo by 35mm on Unsplash
We are so excited to announce that Vision Baptist Missions Board has accepted two new missionary families this week. Tim and Destiny Kelly will be heading to South Africa. Robert and Emma Becker will be heading to Argentina.¬ Please be praying for these families as they begin deputation to get back to their countries.
II Samuel 23:39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all. Uriah is in the list of David's mighty men. Uriah wasn't just a man who had a beautiful wife. He was one of David's elite. He was a confident of David. He was a mighty leader. He had proven himself loyal to David. David kills Uriah simply because his lust caused him to steal Uriah's wife Bathsheba. This isnt just murder of a stranger that David commits but the murder of his friend. What a terrible thing for David to do. Now think and see how loyal you are to your friends? Do you take from your friends? Are you a taker? Are you a giver? Are you loyal? What attitude do you have towards your friends? Are you a true friend? Photo by Kiwihug on Unsplash
II Samuel 22:50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, And I will sing praises unto thy name. We are to give thanks to the Lord. He is our Lord and Savior. He is everything to us. We should praise His name. I think we all realize that and believe it. The part of the verse that I want to call your attention to is the world evangelism note. It says, ‚Äúamong the heathen!‚ÄĚ We are to praise God among unbelievers. We often go mute there. We do not talk about Jesus around those who do not believe. We keep our worship private. If He is all that we claim that He is, then we need to be unashamed in front of those that do not believe. Talk about Jesus. Share Jesus. Sing His praises. Do not be afraid of their looks, their words or what they think. Jesus is worthy. Photo by Ben White on Unsplash
Judges 3:7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves. God had wanted His people to get rid of all other gods. They were to worship God and God alone. Instead they moved into the land and married with people who loved and served the false gods. They didn't get rid of the gods but rather accepted them. They were more than tolerant they accepting. They served them and built places of worship for them. There is a lesson here. You and I are to worship God. We are to separate ourselves from false gods, false doctrines, false idols and seek God alone. If you allow lies to live in your heart you will eventually be friendly to the lie. Then you will love the lie and forget God. That is what happened before and we are now warned in this verse. Photo by Peter Pryharski on Unsplash
We had a great Sunday here at Vision. On Sunday morning, we had a short update from missionaries Mark and Nastasha Tolson.¬ Bro. Sean Chappell brought us the offering devotion from Deuteronomy 8.¬ We had special music performed by David Burkhart and Jessyca McKinnon with Angel Rowe on piano.¬ ¬ Then, Bro. Austin Gardner preached from Mark 14:12-26 on Christ is our Passover. ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ On Sunday evening, Tim Kelly gave a short report of his recent internship to South Africa. Jeff Bush preached a short devotional from Psalm 6, and Zach Elrod gave a report on the country of Libya.¬ We had special music performed by Lydia Littlefield, Johanna Bush, Charlotte Penrod, Mindy Bush, Lydia Bush, and Hannah Ewing with Kristen Mize on piano and Ben Mize on guitar.¬ Then, Bro. Gardner preached from 2 Chronicles 36 on no remedy for such rebellion. ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ If¬ you would like to view this service, please check out our live stream on Facebook.
II Samuel 18:33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! David, the king, had failed in raising Absalom. He didn't take care of discipline in the home when he needed to do so. He had allowed his children to fight and sin and get away with it. Now after years of ignoring and provoking his son to wrath Absalom is dead. He cries for his son. He misses his son. He would have done anything to keep his son, but it is too late. He had the opportunity to spend time with his son. He could have spoken into his life. He could have helped him, but his pride, his anger, and bitterness kept them apart all the latter years of Absalom’s life. Now it is too late, and dad's heart is broken. Too often this is how we live and act. We say we want the relationship but fail to work on it. We say we love and would do […]
II Samuel 12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. When David sinned with Bathsheba one of the greatest sins or faults was how he gave the enemies of God the opportunity to mock God. God's man would do something so wicked that those that hated God would make light of God. They would say that God wasn't real or relevant. David's actions reflected on God and His character. Do you ever think that when you are doing wrong, your sin affects how people feel about your God? Do you ever consider that it is about more than just you? Be careful because people are watching. No, it doesn’t matter what they think of you, but it does matter what they believe about God. Photo by Amruth Pillai on Unsplash
II Samuel 6:9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me? Sometimes we get used to God. We think we know Him. We believe we understand Him. We begin to take Him for granted. We see intimacy that takes us beyond reality. As they brought the ark in, it shook, a man touched it and died. David had gotten to a place of thinking he was in charge. He expected God to act in specific ways that God wasn't prepared to respond. He may have felt like God was controllable but He is not. Now someone has died. The unexpected has happened. David is in shock. He never expected that. He is afraid. I need to remain in awe of God. I need never to forget how great He is. I need to know that He is all powerful and I am super weak and small. I am not in charge. I am always at His mercy. I am dependent. I am not in control. I am His to do with as He sees fit. Photo by Connor McSheffrey on Unsplash
I Samuel 30:23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand. David's men feel like they deserve extra bounty, money, from their fight against those that had stolen from them. Some of the men, one third, had stayed home. They were too tired to continue in the fight. The others had now won and were returning home. They wanted to extra rewards. David sees things differently. He doesn’t see what they accomplished but rather that God has done it. It was God that preserved them. It was God that gave them the victory. Instead of thinking of his accomplishments he saw God. How often do you think that you are the successful one? How often do you feel like you deserve extra for all of your effort? It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we are self-made people. It is easy to feel that we accomplished what God is doing in our lives. Photo by Avi Richards on Unsplash
I Samuel 23:16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. David was under attack. His friend Jonathan cared about him. Jonathan sought out Saul even though it wasn't safe. He wanted to be there for his friend. He encouraged David. He strengthened David in the Lord. He shared the truth with David so that David would stay the course and do what God wanted him to do. Jonathan's friendship was stronger than even his familial bond. Jonathan was a true friend. He believed truth and wanted David to continue believing. Are you are a friend? Do you try to be there in the difficult times? Do you risk yourself for your friend? Are you a giver or merely a taker? Does your idea of friendship speak of what a friend does for you or what you do for them? Let's be an encourager. Photo by Anna Vander Stel on Unsplash
I Samuel 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. David is facing Goliath, the giant. The giant is a warrior with much training and experience. David comes not in his power but the power of God. He comes to defend the God that Goliath has been defaming. David knows that he can win because his cause is just. He knows that God will work because he is there to stand for God. Today you will decide to serve God and do right in your power or His. God has a purpose for your life. You will not be able to do it all but He can. He will. He will make a difference in your life if you rely on Him. Photo by Ricardo Cruz on Unsplash
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