As I read Proverbs 21:1, this week God gave me a fresh reminder that He is always in control. Stressing over relationships, work, school, finances, due dates, health challenges, transportation, increasing fees, registrations, taxes, gas prices, and other life issues can create unpleasant attitudes, and behaviors.
As Thanksgiving has past, and the New Year is rapidly approaching, try throwing your burdens to the Lord (I Peter 5:6-7), and focus on Who is really in control. Try deepening your trust in The Lord through prayer and meditating on scripture (Prov. 3:5-6). Try elimination complaining about what you don’t have and what you want, and remain thankful even after Thanksgiving (I Thess. ).
One last thing: Your stressing over stuff will not change anything or make you feel better (Matt. ), therefore put your trust in the One Who is really in control and enjoy unsurpassed peace (Phil. 4:7).
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas is hurting after the November 5th, senseless shooting of innocent children and adults. Thank God for courageous citizens who Intervene to help innocent and defenseless fellow-citizens under attack. Their fearless action saves lives.
Our thoughts and prayers are needed for our hurting brothers and sisters in Christ. Acts of compassion are also needed. Mt. Zion will make a donation directly to our Sister church to help out.
Christians, the enemy will try to use this and other church shootings, to keep us away from church services. However, God instructs us to increase our assembling together and encouraging each other as the day of our Lords return gets closer (Heb. 10:25).
Jesus taught His disciples that He sent them out as sheep among wolves. Then He told them to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matt. 10:16). An example of wisdom is using retired and active law enforcement officials to increase security in local churches.
Christians, as we demonstrate the love of Jesus, let us wisely use our resources to increase security in local churches, and to stay on wolf-alert.
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr
Friday, November 3, 2017
Captivity, chaos, debilitating circumstances can become your normal. Hence, when you cry out to God and He delivers you, keep moving forward.
After 400 years of slavery in Egypt, Israel wanted to go back to the oppressive conditions of slavery. They longed for the free meat (meat for slaves is not free), leeks, onions, etc (Numbers 11). What happened? The uncertainties of freedom and anticipation blocked Israel’s continued faith in God’s loving and powerful display of favor upon them.
You can be the same way. Your new life in Christ have unknowns. Hence, you will have to walk by faith and not by sight.
Christians, stay close to God in prayer, in the Word, in Christ-like service, and with godly friends, and you will experience refreshment, peace, joy, plus more, just keep moving forward with God (never desire, nor go back to your chaotic and debilitating past).
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.