Saturday June 22, 2019
Elder Jerry Lightsey referred to the scriptures listed below, preaching that the word of The Lord is settled for ever in heaven. It remains the same and never changes, because it comes from the unchangeable God. Through God we have natural life with its appetite for sustaining nourishment provided through natural earthly resources. Through God we have spiritual life in the rebirth with its appetite for sustaining nourishment provided through heavenly resources. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Our life on earth, as the People of God, is sustained through both appetites.
After our life on earth is over, our need for earthly nourishment will end, but our spiritual life will continue and the words of God shall not pass away. They will endure forever. They that hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled. They will not be forsaken, nor be forced to beg for bread. Like birds in a nest, they are fed as they open their mouths upward. As they mature, they need food to grow stronger, enabling them to function in a realm they were meant for. With birds, it is to soar above the earth, and with Godís People, it is to enter the Kingdom of Heaven to enjoy the heavenly places, or spiritual blessings.
The gospel is food for the people having appetites for righteousness. The gospel is a spiritual message prepared for people that are equipped to consume it, digest it, and be strengthened by it. As our body is strengthened when fed the proper diet, improving the quality of natural life, so our spiritual life improves as well, when it is fed properly. Spiritual growth is in grace, and in knowledge of the truth. The more knowledgeable people are of Jesus Christ and His Righteousness, the easier it is to walk in a straight way, avoiding the enticements that would distract them, building up their lives on a solid foundation. Unlike our natural lives that weaken with age, no matter what we eat, spiritually we continue growing stronger as we get older, feasting on spiritual food. (Hosea 4:6; Matthew 4:4; 5:6; 24:34-35; John 1:1-4; 1 Samuel 3:19; 1 Peter 1:21-25; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 2:5; 4:18; Psalm 37:25; 105:30; 119: 36, 89-90, 105; Jeremiah 31:3; Proverbs 3:16-17; Ephesians 1:3-6)
Sunday June 23, 2019
Elder Jerry Lightsey was the first to preach this morning. He said God is faithful to us, even when we are not faithful to Him. We all were like being in a stream flowing down until God changed our direction. We felt a desire for something that could not be found where life was taking us. Before the we were ok with it. Now we are drawn to people we once felt uncomfortable around. We could see we had more in common with them than with than others. As we walked in the direction we were drawn, the lighter our burdens became and the greater our joy was in seeing what was ahead. Our lives became more productive in things that really matter. We wanted our livest to magnify what God had done rather than what we had done.
The more we learned about God, understanding He was the source of our life, we could see the changes taking place with us was cleaning up our lives. None of it could have been possible without the work accomplished within us. We wanted to hold on to the one that brought those changes about, to feel His presence consistently with us. We found it to be a relationship, friendship, kinship, companionship, and communion with God the Father, the Son, and all those so affected as we through the Holy Spirit, which is embodied in the Fellowship of Jesus Christ our Lord unto which we are called. Dwelling among a community of believers is the greatest joy we can experience whole we live on the earth. (Psalm 126:3-5; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; John 3:30; 15:1-11; 1 John 1:3)
Elder Tommie Stanaland followed brother Jerry in preaching. He used the account of the Valley of Dry Bones to show Ezekiel, the Prophet to Israel, God is able to raise the dead. They were at a low ebb, having been taken captive, and the Temple with Jerusalem was destroyed. They thought all for them was over, and their hope was lost. They needed reassuring. Before the prophet could give them the assurance they needed, he had to have assurance. God gave it to him in a vision. Through this experience he was able to tell the people hope was not lost. These bones represented the whole House of Israel, for whom God would restore to life, and open their graves.
All Godís People experience things that cause them to doubt, and they need reminding that God has all power, and nothing is impossible with Him. They lost what was established under Moses and the covenant based on the law and the blood of animals. They did not lose anything that covenant represented. They only lost the joy of it in their time. Jesus came establishing a new era based on better promises and a new covenant through His own blood where He reigns over His own House in The Heavenly Kingdom. The promises under the old covenant are fulfilled in Christ Jesus and we wait for His second coming when the last enemy, death, will be put under His feet and He will have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father.
As with the prophets, like Ezekiel, God made known to the apostles what they needed to know to pass on to us for our comfort and growth in spiritual understanding. Jesus was transfigured with Moses and Elijah where James, John, and Peter were brought to witness it. From the Day of Pentecost onward peter preached the gospel. When the end of his way on earth the image of Jesus was still vivid in his mind. He was still stirring up the pure minds of the People of God in remembrance of these things that they might be established in the present truth. God is still calling and qualifying men to follow in the footsteps of left by the Jesus Apostles. (Ezekiel 37:1-14; Isaiah 61:1-4; Luke 4:17-19; 1 Corinthians 15:24-26; Matthew 17:2; Mark 9:2: 2 Peter 1:12-18)