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January 17, 2021


“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming

“In His Steps: Part Three”

Galatians 2:20 (RSV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

1 Peter 2:21 (RSV)
21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

O God:

We thank Thee for Thy LOVE, we acknowledge all that You do for us seen and unseen, we are most grateful for all Your blessings to us, the good things and even the bad things that You use for our good and spiritual growth. Above all we glorify and worship You for who you are and the great gift of salvation You give to us through the BLOOD SACRIFICE of Your only begotten son Jesus Christ…………………

Give us strength to live another day;
Let us not turn coward before its difficulties or prove faithless to its duties; Let us not lose faith in other people; Keep us humble and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or the meanness of others; Preserve us from minding little wounds or giving them;
Help us to keep our hearts clean, and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten us or take away the joy of our conscious integrity;

Open wide the eyes of our souls that we may see good in all things; Grant us this day some new vision of thy truth as we study Your word; Inspire us with the spirit of joy and gladness; and make us the cup of strength to suffering souls; in the name of our robust Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen and eternally Amen.


Today we continue to study the Biblical characteristics and qualities of a genuine ChrisTian……………………….

18) Joy

Proverbs 15:13 (RSV)
13 A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.

John 15:11 (RSV)
11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

John 17:13 (RSV)
13 But now I am coming to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

Joy will allow us to enjoy His creation, others, and our circumstances with an expression of delight and real, authentic happiness from and with harmony with God and others. Joy in our heart has the ability to save us from much external pain and frustrations……………….

19) Peace

Matthew 5:9 (RSV)
9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Colossians 3:15 (RSV)
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

Philippians 4:7 (RSV)
7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Peace is surrendering and yielding to the Lord’s control, for He is our ultimate peace!!! It is allowing tranquility to be our tone and to control our composure. This will be fueled by our harmonious relationship with God so we can hand over control of our heart, will, and mind to Him. Once we make real peace with God, we will be able to make and maintain peace with others. This peace is not necessarily the absence of strife in our lives, but spiritual tranquility in spite of our circumstances!!!

John 14:27 (RSV)
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

This is the same peace we are to offer to the Lost through a LOVE RELATIONSHIP THEY CAN HAVE WITH JESUS CHRIST………………

IT IS TRUE AND ABSOLUTE PEACE!!!!!!! NOT WHAT THE WORLD CALLS PEACE…………………………………………………

20) Courage

Deuteronomy 31:6 (RSV)
6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you."

1 John 4:4 (RSV)
4 Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Courage realizes that God has given us the strength to face any situation, trial, or peril. It is the ability to react, knowing that God is in control, that He who is in me is greater than he who is against me.

Philippians 4:13 (RSV)
13 I can do all things in him who strengthens me.

Romans 8:31 (RSV)
31 What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?

Romans 8:37-39 (RSV)
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Neither any external force, nor any inner insecurities, or feelings of failure, or unworthiness, or any other feeling or emotion can separate us from THE ABSOLUTE LOVE OF GOD!!!!!!!

WE ARE INDEED MORE THAN CONQUERERS……………………………..

NOT BECAUSE OF WHOM WE ARE, but because of WHO HE IS!!!!!!!

JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS ONE……………………………………

21) Purity and Holiness

Matthew 5:8 (RSV)
8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Philippians 4:8 (RSV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

1 Timothy 1:5 (RSV)
5 whereas the aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.

1 Timothy 5:22 (RSV)
22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor participate in another man's sins; keep yourself pure.

James 4:8 (RSV)
8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind.

Purity & Holiness is being set apart for God’s use, which is holiness in action. Not simply being “ DO NOTTERS”, but far more  being “DOERS OF LIFE”……………………………………………….

DOING that which is: true, honorable, just, pure, LOVELY, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, caring, compassionate, kind………………………………….

DO THESE…………………………………………THIS IS HOLINESS WHEN DONE IN THE NAME OF GOD!!!

HOLINESS IS TRUE LOVE IN ACTION!!!!!!!

22) Obedience

Deuteronomy 13:4 (RSV)
4 You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him, and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and cleave to him.

Proverbs 19:16 (RSV)
16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his life; he who despises the word will die.

John 15:14 (RSV)
14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (RSV)
5 We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Obedience is submitting to do what God requires of us. It is also recognizing the authority that God has given to others, such as the pastor and Bible teachers, and the responsibility that God has given ChrisTians, the Church, TO REACH OUT TO THE LOST, THE NEEDY, TO OUR FELLOW HUMANITY AROUND US.

OBEDIENCE IS TO LOVE AND SERVE!!!!!!!

LOVE GOD, LOVE ALL OF GOD’S CREATION!!!

23) Forgiving

Luke 11:4 (RSV)
4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation."

Luke 23:34 (RSV)
34 And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." And they cast lots to divide his garments.

Ephesians 4:32 (RSV)
32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Colossians 3:13 (RSV)
13 forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Forgiving is the realization of how much we have been forgiven by Christ. This enables us to forgive the insignificant things that are done to us. It involves not being resentful to others, and ignoring the wrongs that we have received so we can heal relationships by expressing Christ’s LOVE. Understanding how GREAT OUR SINS WERE, HOW DEPRAVED WE ONCE WERE WITHOUT CHRIST, should MOVE US TO COMPASSION, PATIENCE, HUMILITY, and LOVE TOWARDS THOSE WHO STILL STRUGGLE WITH THEIR OWN SINS…………………………………………………..

24) Fairness

Matthew 7:12 (RSV)
12 So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

Fairness sees a situation from the viewpoint of each person involved and not just ours. It seeks the best, just, equable solution, even if it hurts us. Professing ChrisTians are NOT ALWAYS RIGHT, nor are Non-professing ChrisTians ALWAYS WRONG!!! We are not to judge according to appearance, but are to make judgments based on sober, solemn, and with effort to discern the truth………………………..

Matthew 7:2 (RSV)
2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.

John 7:24 (RSV)
24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment."

WE ARE IN GREAT ERROR IF WE SAY THE BIBLE TEACHES NOT TO JUDGE………………………………….On the contrary, it teaches that we are to take the act of Judging an action very, very, very seriously; not according to how we feel, but according TO WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN ACCORDANCE TO GOD’S WORD THE BIBLE IN COMPLETE CONTEXT. JUDGMENT TAKES SOBER, SERIOUS, INTENSE THINKING, WITH MUCH EFFORT!!! NEVER TO CONDEMN THE PERSON, but, TO DETERMINE THE ACT ITSELF, the CONSEQUENCES, and THE PROPER ACTION TO TAKE AS A RESULT!!!
 

25) Wisdom

1 Kings 3:9 (RSV)
9 Give thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to govern this thy great people?"

Psalm 119:97-98 (RSV)
97 Oh, how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day. 98 Thy commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.

Wisdom truly desires the knowledge of God’s Word the Bible and the proper application to our life. This will enable us to make good judgments and decisions. ALL OUR DECISIONS SHOULD BE BASED ON THE BIBLE, IN PROPER CONTEXT.

YES: ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!

And “no”, I am not perfect at this either……………………………………

26) Diligence

Proverbs 10:4 (RSV)
4 A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Romans 12:11 (KJV)
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Colossians 3:23 (RSV)
23 Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men,

Diligence allows us to operate with our best for His highest with excitement and passion in order to complete our work and call from the Lord. We serve not to get paid, not to be rewarded, not to win or maintain our salvation, WE SERVE DILIGENTLY BECAUSE WE LOVE GOD, AND ALL THAT HE LOVES!!!!!!!

WE SERVE BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE HIM HAPPY!!!!!!!

WE SERVE BECAUSE WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE GOD, NOT BECAUSE WE MUST, but BECAUSE WE WANT TO……………………………………………….

THAT IS GENUINE LOVE!!!

18) Joy

19) Peace

20) Courage

21) Purity and Holiness

22) Obedience

23) Forgiving

24) Fairness

25) Wisdom

26) Diligence

All these and many more are the qualities and characteristics of the genuine ChrisTian, next week we will continue to study more…………………..

Let us realize NONE OF US WILL COME EVEN CLOSE TO HAVING ALL OF THEM…………………..THAT IS WHY WE ALWAYS NEED JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!

AMEN TO THAT!!!!!!!

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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January 10, 2021


“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming

“In His Steps: Part Two”

Galatians 2:20 (RSV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

1 Peter 2:21 (RSV)
21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

Oh Lord,  how we thank and praise You for the everlasting life that You have given to us Your children by Your wonderful grace and LOVE. May we grow day by day to be more like You, full of compassion, kindness, and victorious LOVE. Saturate our hearts with Your LOVE so that we as Your Church may LOVE You more and more with every passing breath,

Thank You, for Your Holy Spirit Who is encouraging us Your people to be more like Your beLOVED son Jesus ChrisT. I, we, want to reflect Your grace and Your beauty

in thought, word and deed. We ask that we may devote our time and hearts to reflect on all You have done for us –so that You are magnified more and more in our

lives, and that the people around us would see You through us – and that the beauty of our Lord and Redeemer Jesus ChrisT may be seen by all in our lives.

Heavenly Father, You have called us to grow in grace, to increase our understanding of Jesus and to develop a close and intimate LOVE-relationship with You. Lord, this is what I, we,  desire to do, and we pray we may come to know You more and more each and every day.

Thank You Father for the Bible, which is written to help all humanity understand Your ways, Your truth, Your LOVE, Your compassion, Your only begotten son Jesus ChrisT, and Your ONE AND ONLY WAY TO ETERNAL SALVATION, thank You for the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who has promised to guide us in the way that we should go.

We pray that we may learn to walk in spirit and truth so that we may mature in our Christian faith – as we study the Bible and learn to live godly lives in ChrisT Jesus,

Heavenly Father we are called to abide in Christ, to rest in His LOVE, to remain connected with the Lord Jesus and to depend upon Him in all things.. knowing that He alone is the true and living Vine - so that our lives might bear much fruit.. and glorify our Father in heaven.


We pray that by the power of Your Holy Spirit we as Your people, Your Church, may remain firmly connected to Christ and willingly submit to Your perfect pruning shears, so that any part in us that is not of Christ, may be trimmed away.. so that we may be enabled to grow in grace and mature in our Christian walk.

Root out any bad attitude, foolish thoughts or wrong motives that may start to formulate in our minds.. and which may hinder our growth or infect our spiritual life

- and help us we pray, to take every thought captive to Christ – so that we may become a fruitful branch and bear much fruit, assisting many to receive Your son

Jesus ChrisT as their only Lord, their only God, and only Savior - to the glory of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, forever and ever in Jesus

name we pray, Amen and eternally Amen…………………………………….

Today we continue to study the Biblical characteristics and qualities of a genuine ChrisTian……………………….

9) Gratitude

1 Corinthians 4:7 (RSV)
7 For who sees anything different in you? What have you that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (RSV)
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Gratitude is an attitude of being thankful, even when we do not see what we have. This is an aspect of worship, expressing to God and others how they have benefited our lives by showing their support and benevolence.

10) Contentment

Romans 9:19-21 (RSV)
19 You will say to me then, "Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?" 20 But who are you, a man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, "Why have you made me thus?"
21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for beauty and another for menial use?

Philippians 4:10-13 (RSV)
10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me; you were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want.
13 I can do all things in him who strengthens me.

1 Timothy 6:6-9 (RSV)
6 There is great gain in godliness with contentment;
7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world; 8 but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.

Contentment is the attitude of accepting whatever God provides for us, and being blessed with it. It does not seek what we do not need for gratification, and does not find happiness in the shallow things of life. It allows us to serve God and our fellow mankind effectively in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in………………………………..

11) Generosity

Deuteronomy 16:17 (RSV)
17 every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you.

Matthew 10:8 (RSV)
8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay.

2 Corinthians 8:11-12 (RSV)
11 so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not.

Generosity allows us to give to others because God has given abundantly to us. It is the wise use of stewardship and the attitude that all I have belongs to God and knowing we are the caretakers for His purpose. We give of our gifts, of our possessions, and the hardest of all, WE GIVE OF OUR TIME……………………….

Once when I was a young ChrisTian, I found a person on the streets of Detroit that needed assistance, he feared for his life. I took him to the Police, they said they COULD DO NOTHING. After listening to him and observing his demeanor, HE SCARED ME!!! I took my eyes off Jesus. Instead of spending time with him, I took the easy way out, and put him up in a motel and gave him money for food and left. The next day I found he used the money for beer, and a girl spent the night with him. *I did give out of LOVE, but I failed because I DID NOT GIVE OF MY TIME!!! Generosity includes ALL THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US.

12) Responsibility

Romans 14:12 (RSV)
12 So each of us shall give account of himself to God.

We are called as God’s stewards to manage that which belongs to God. While God has graciously entrusted us with the care, development, and enjoyment of everything He owns as His stewards, we are responsible to manage His holdings well and according to His desires and purposes.

Although God gives us “all things richly to enjoy,” nothing is ours. Nothing really belongs to us. God owns everything; we’re responsible for how we treat it and what we do with it. While we complain about our rights here on earth, the Bible constantly asks, What about your responsibilities? Owners have rights; stewards have responsibilities.

13) Dependability

1 Corinthians 4:2 (RSV)
2 Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.

Colossians 1:10 (RSV)
10 to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Dependable is being constantly reliable and trustworthy. It will allow us to continue in our commitments even if it means personal sacrifice. It will allow others to trust us and to seek us out in their times of need. Remember WE ARE HERE TO SERVE GOD AND OUR FELLOWMAN…….

BY HIS GRACE!!!!!!!

14) Compassion

Job 29:13 (RSV)
13 The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

Isaiah 40:11 (RSV)
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Matthew 9:36 (KJV)
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

Mark 1:41 (RSV)
41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, "I will; be clean."

1 Peter 3:8 (KJV)
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

Compassion will feel the pain and plight of others. It will enable us to convey a deep feeling of LOVE and concern that moves us to meet their distresses, struggles, and needs. It will NOT ALLOW US TO LOOK DOWN ON PEOPLE AS SINNERS, but, AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS NEEDING TO BE SAVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

15) Efficient

Psalm 90:12 (KJV)
12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Ephesians 4:23-24 (RSV)
23 and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 5:15-16 (RSV)
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil.

1 Peter 4:10 (RSV)
10 As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:

Efficient is being well organized, competent, and resourceful so we can make the most of every situation, doing our best and seeking better ways. LOVE is our foundation, but to simply arbitrarily do things, is not the answer. God wants us to study His word the Bible and be efficient and wise on how we behave and respond to situations HE PUTS US IN………………………………………………………….

16) Discretion

Psalm 112:5 (RSV)
5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.

Proverbs 22:3 (RSV)
3 A prudent man sees danger and hides himself; but the simple go on, and suffer for it.

Romans 12:2 (RSV)
2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Discretion keeps our minds and focus on sound judgment, giving serious attention and thought to what is going on. It will carefully choose our words, attitudes, and actions to be right for any given situation, thus avoiding words and actions that could result in adverse consequences.  We are to LOVE, care, show compassion, but that DOES NOT MEAN WE DO NOT DISCERN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, AND ACT IN A PRUDENT AND JUDICIOUS WAY!!!

17) Understanding

Psalm 119:34 (RSV)
34 Give me understanding, that I may keep thy law and observe it with my whole heart.

Understanding is the ability to reason and comprehend situations. As ChrisTians WE DO NOT JUST BLINDLY DO THINGS, we must as ChrisT did, we must COUNT THE COST!!!

Next week we will continue with studying the Biblical characteristics and qualities of a genuine ChrisTian……………………….

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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January 3, 2021


Blessed New Year !!!


a” Church

Evanston, Wyomimg

“ In His Steps: Part One ”

Galatians 2:20 (RSV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

1 Peter 2:21 (RSV)
21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

God, our Father, You have saved us and eternally redeemed us from all our past, present, and future sins. You have by Your LOVE and grace adopted us as Your children.

You have called us to be like Your only begotten Son Jesus ChrisT. We humbly request that You would teach us by Your word, by Your Holy Spirit TO BE AS MUCH LIKE HIM AS POSSIBLE. Living not for ourselves but for Him, living not for ourselves, but for those He willingly and sacrificially lived and died for.

Help us in our daily moment by moment lives to vibrantly, exuberantly, and luminously reflect genuinely and naturally the character and qualities of our beLOVED Savior, as we seek to follow in His LOVING footsteps.

Let us not merely say WE ARE CHRISTIANS, let us not merely say WE BELIEVE IN JESUS, let us not merely say we want to be good people, but with all Your omnipotent power, with all Your omniscience, we beseech Thee to help us possess in every fiber of our beings the glorious compulsion from within our souls to live, serve, and to be like Your Son Jesus……….

Let us not sway to the right or to the left, but seeking, learning, and living Your Holy Writ the “66” books of the Old and New Testaments, the Holy Bible, let us be Your Ambassadors of Your merciful reconciliation to all the world.

Give us wisdom, grace, mercy, strength, everything we need to serve You and Your LOVE according to Your sweet call on our lives. Let it be not us that lives, but ChrsT within us.

In Jesus the blessed Redeemer’s name we pray, Amen and eternally Amen……………………..

Over the course of the next several weeks we will be discussing the characteristics or qualities that indicate a person is a GENUINE CHRISTIAN……………………………

As we are to allow Jesus to live in and through us, it is our sweet, sweet, obligation of LOVE to reflect His character and qualities in our lives. So, we will study the scriptures TO SEE THE CHARACTER, THE QUALITIES, THAT EXEMPLIFY JESUS, so we can be more like Him.

Let us begin……………………………………………….

1) LOVE

John 13:1 (RSV)
1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

John 15:13 (RSV)
13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

1 Corinthians 13:3 (RSV)
3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

 LOVE will enable us to appreciate our brothers and sisters in the Lord, and, our families, and of course all others GOD PUTS IN OUR LIVES. LOVE is taking the initiative, the creativity, the sincere effort to build up and meet the needs of others without expecting anything in return. LOVE IS THE FOUNDATION OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND WORTHY……..

1 John 4:8 (RSV)
8 He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.

God is LOVE and if we are truly His, we WILL LOVE AS HE DOES!!! There is absolutely NO ROOM for being rude, condemning, or insulting to even the worst of sinners. THEY ARE NOT PERVERTS, ABOMINATIONS, MONSTERS, SUBHUMANS, OR DISGUSTING SINNERS!!! They are LOST brothers and sisters, AS WE WERE LOST, NEEDING SALVATION, THEY NEED SALVATION………………….

As ChrisT out of LOVE stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, begging us to LET HIM IN. We are the Redeemed, in the LIFE-BOATSOF HIS LOVE, AND IN LOVE STREACHING OUR HANDS OUT TO PULL THE LOST INTO THE SAVING LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST……………………..

IT IS FOR LOVE SAKE THAT WE SEEK THE REDEMPTION OF SINNERS, NOT BECAUSE WE SEE THEM AS EVIL…………………………………………

2) HUMILITY

Luke 22:27 (RSV)
27 For which is the greater, one who sits at table, or one who serves? Is it not the one who sits at table? But I am among you as one who serves.

Philippians 2:8 (RSV)
8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.

1 Peter 5:3-5 (RSV)
3 not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd is manifested you will obtain the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise you that are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

Humility minimizes arrogance and removes pride. It is understanding our fallen nature and tendency to think we are better than we are, and our striving to lift up ourselves above others and God. It is admitting that others, and more importantly God is responsible for our achievements. Humbleness will enable us to be a teachable person who is willing to have the attitude of submission and servant-hood, one who confesses sin and remembers how Christ served us! It is humility THAT DECLARES TO US WE ARE NO BETTER THAN THE WORST OF SINNERS!!! We are saved by God’s grace and His grace alone.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (RSV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God -- 9 not because of works, lest any man should boast.

Titus 3:5-6 (RSV)
5 he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, 6 which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

THE SAME GRACE HE IS WILLING TO POUR ON ALL SINNERS WHO COME TO HIM HUMBLY IN TRUE REPENTANCE!!!

It is the same humility that Paul exemplifies, and that we should demonstrate by truly confessing without ChrisT WE ARE THE WORST OF SINNERS!!!!!!!

1 Timothy 1:15-16 (RSV)
15 The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners;
16 but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

The LOVE of God and with the humility of God, WE SHOULD SEE IN THE LOST THOSE NEEDING TO BE RESCUED, REDEEMED, SAVED, not those needing to be condemned!!! For in their lost state THEY ARE CONDEMNED ALREADY……………………………

WE ARE TO RESCUE NOT CONDEMN!!!!!!!

3) Patience

2 Peter 3:9 (RSV)
9 The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Romans 12:12 (RSV)
12 Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

James 1:3 (KJV)
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

James 1:12 (RSV)
12 Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.

Patience is showing tolerance and fortitude to others, and even accepting difficult situations from them and God without making demands and conditions. We realize the great effort God took to save us, therefore we should have great patience when sharing, caring, LOVING, and reaching out to the LOST………………..

I tried to help them, I tried to reach out to them, they’re just bad; is the result often of impatience and or laziness………………………..

4) Faithfulness

1 Corinthians 1:9 (RSV)
9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Matthew 17:19-20 (RSV)
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" 20 He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, `Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you."

Matthew 25:21 (KJV)
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Hebrews 11:1 (RSV)
1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

1 Thessalonians 5:24 (RSV)
24 He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Faithfulness is the “gluing” fruit that will preserve our faith and the other characters of the Spirit as well as identify God’s Will so we can be dependable and trusting to God and others. 

5) Gentleness

Isaiah 40:11 (RSV)
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Philippians 4:5 (NIV2011)
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

2 Timothy 2:24 (KJV)
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

1 Thessalonians 2:7 (KJV)
7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

Gentleness is the character that will show calmness, personal care, and tenderness in meeting the needs of others. Gently encouraging others to see a need of a change to their behavior. It is God’s job to convict of sin, not us!!! We are to gently point to the truth…………..

Fire and brimstone work and are needed for some, yet more people will be won to the Lord by gentleness and tenderness…………………

6) Friendship

John 15:15 (RSV)
15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Proverbs 27:17 (KJV)
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Friendship is the companionship and closeness we are to have with one another. It is the commitment to help form the character in others. This is not to be feared but embraced, even when it hurts! In most cases you must develop friendship with another before you can share God’s truth with them………………………..Friendship SHOWS YOU GENUINELY CARE!!! It is not our purpose to have victory over the LOST, it is our purpose to help THE LOST HAVE VICTORY OVER THEIR OWN SINS………

7) Honesty and Truthfulness

Titus 1:2 (RSV)
2 in hope of eternal life which God, who never lies, promised ages ago

2 Corinthians 8:21 (KJV)
21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Ephesians 4:25 (KJV)
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Honesty & Truthfulness mean being straight and honest with others and doing what is right. This trait will allow us to earn trust from others by being accurate with facts and situations.

8) Availability

Mark 1:17-18 (RSV)
17 And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men." 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Acts 16:10 (RSV)
10 And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedo'nia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

Availability is being willing to adjust our own schedule, agenda, and plans to fit the right desires of God and others. It makes personal priorities secondary to the needs of God and others. It is to reflect God’s priorities so we are always available to Him and others when we are serving. As Jesus is available to us, WE NEED TO BE AVAILABLE TO OTHERS…………………….

 Summary:

1) LOVE

2) HUMILITY

3) Patience

4) Faithfulness

5) Gentleness

6) Friendship

7) Honesty and Truthfulness

8) Availability


All that we do must be founded on LOVE, motivated by HUMILITY, executed with PATIENCE, FAITHFUL to God’s Word, shared GENTLY  to others, encouraging FRIENDSHIP, always based on HONESTY and TRUTH, and ever AVAILABLE to serve Him and our fellow man…………………………………….

This is how God, how Jesus, LOVINGLY WORKS WITH US HIS CHILDREN AND IT IS HOW IF WE ARE GENUINE CHRISTIANS, GENUINELY HIS CHILDREN, IT WILL BE THE CHARACTERISTICS AND QUALITIES WE WILL EXEMPLIFY WITH OTHERS; EVEN FOR OUR ENEMIES!!!!!!!

Romans 5:8 (RSV)
8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

 Matthew 5:44-45 (RSV)
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Next week we will continue to study the qualities and characteristics that indicate a GENUINE CHRISTIAN……………………………….

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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December 27, 2020

“a” Church

Evanston, Wyoming

New Year's 2021

"A Time for Every Season"

At the end of each year we look back with retrospect on the ending year. We think of our goals and dreams, our hopes and desires, what we had wanted to happen and what actually did happen. What we had reason to believe could and would happen, and those things which completely took us by surprise… We think of our joys and sorrows, our victories and defeats, our gains and our losses…We think of the world and how it is the same and how it has changed… And then we turn to the new year with our new hopes, and our new dreams and our new expectations…

Ecclesiastes 3 v 1-8

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

Lord as we make ready to leave the year 2020, let us not forget all the LOVE, mercy, and grace, that You have put upon our lives. Let us ever be grateful to You and praise You most genuinely for being “The” God, The ONLY God, and our God!!!!!!! Oh there would be no beauty in life without You!!! Thank You for all the successes we have had this year, we are thankful for what we have learned in our failures and losses. We praise You for the people You have put in our lives, and those You have decided to take from our presence. We are most grateful for our families, friends, and LOVED ones that You have bestowed upon each of us. We thank You for each breath, each experience, each moment of 2020.

We thank you and eternally glorify Your name for Your LOVE, Your most beLOVED Son and our Savior Jesus Christ, the most wonderful Holy Spirit, and Your eternally inerrant, infallible word the Holy Bible!!!

And finally we thank You for the New Year of 2021, and all that it holds for us! Oh Lord go with us, be with us, and above all help us to LOVE and serve You with every fiber of our being, help us to reach out to all those who are around us in sincere humility and LOVE. In Jesus name we pray, Amen and Eternally Amen!!!!!!!

In the coming year; many of us will experience great plenty and some of us great need. Some of us will discover our purposes in life, some of us will continue to search for our place in the sun. Many new ones will be born into this world.

Couples will become parents, and parents will become grandparents, there will be new godfathers and godmothers. There will be new students, and one’s graduating…

As the new come into the world, others will be leaving this world. LOVED one’s killed in war, by illness or accident, some destroyed by vicious and thoughtless evil ones. Some will die from natural causes, some that are listening to this message right now, may not be here for next Christmas, for our next new year, for the next message.

In 2021 there will be great opportunities to share the LOVE of Jesus Christ with others, and there will be many who are found not to be part of God’s kingdom…

There will be times when we must go to war, when we must protect ourselves and others from harm. There will be times when some must die for their sins and others who will die because of someone else’s sins.

There will be opportunities in 2021 to heal others by what we say and by what we do…….

There will be a time when the killing must stop, and people must find the peace of God…….

There will be times of uncontrollable weeping and pain and sorrow. There will be times of glorious joy and miraculous victories, times of unbelievable happiness, and times of tremendous loss for some… Times to laugh and times to cry, times to dance, and times we cannot. There will be times when we must give up much, and times we must give much to others.

Times when we must not judge, and times when we must judge…

There will be times when with all God’s LOVE we must embrace others, and times because of God’s LOVE we must not embrace them…

There will be times of loss, and times of gain…Times to give up and times to refuse to give up……. There will be times we must turn our back, and other times we must stand firm with others…

There will be times in 2021 that we must speak up even if it appears we are intolerant or hurtful to others. There will be other times we will feel like we will burst if we do not speak up, and yet for God’s purposes we must be silent…

There will be times we must declare the LOVE of God, and times we must declare His Judgment on sin……. There will be times of great opportunity to reconcile fallen mankind to God and bring peace into their lives, our lives, and there will be times when that must give way to God’s justice on sin….

A time of PEACE and a time of WAR; a time for SALVATION and yes, a time for DAMNATION…….

Only God knows what is in store for each one of us in 2021, but as surely as He is a LOVING, COMPASSIONATE GOD; those who are truly His can have absolute faith and assurance that He will go with us…That He WILL NEVER EVER LEAVE US OR FORSAKE US…….

Matthew 28 v 20B

“…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

He will NEVER LET US GO!!!

John 6:37 (RSV)
37 All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out.

Romans 8:38-39 (RSV)
38 For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

By the WILL, LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY of GOD!!!!!!!

Blessed New Year 2021!!!!!!!

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Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc