Some Things We Believe:

The Lord’s Church in Leland

(Meeting in the Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, Leland, N.C.,

Sundays, 9:00 a.m. for Bible Study & 10:00 a.m. for worship.)

 

“Speaking the truth in love”—Eph. 4:15

 

  1.  That the Bible is the inspired word of God and is able to make us “wise unto salvation.”

         2 Tim. 3: 15-16

 

  1.  That we should speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent.

          I Pet. 4: 11;  Rev. 22: 18-19

 

  1.  That salvation comes through Jesus Christ, the son of God.  Jn. 14: 6; 2 Tim. 2: 10;  Acts 4: 12

 

  1.  That Jesus Christ built His church.  Matt. 16: 18;  Eph. 1: 22-23.

 

  1.  That the church is “the pillar and the ground of the truth,” whose responsibility is to share the good news of Jesus Christ.  I Tim. 3: 15

 

  1.  That in order to be saved, a person must
  •  Hear the gospel  Rom. 10: 17
  •  Believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God  John 8: 24; Mark 16: 15-16
  •  Repent of one’s sins  Luke 13: 3; Acts 2: 38; Acts 3: 19
  •  Confess Jesus Christ as the son of God Rom. 10: 9-10; Acts 8: 37
  •  Be baptized for the remission of sins  Acts 2: 38; Mark 16: 15-16
  •   Remain faithful until death Col. 1: 22-23; 2 Pet. 2: 20-22

 

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Mirth or mourning?

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, because that is the end of every man, and the living takes it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for when a face is sad a heart may be happy.             ————-Ecclesiastes 7:2-3

Mirth or mourning?

The King James version uses the word “mirth” instead of “feasting.” The holiday season is known as the season of mirth. Mirth means laughter, excitement and amusement. It is hard to conceal our joy during this time. You are considered to be a Grinch if you do not share in this excitement. When this season ends, immediately, we miss the laughter and enjoyments.

When tragedy strikes we especially want the time of feasting to return. Yet, Solomon wrote that this time in the “house of mourning” is a learning time. Saying goodbye to someone we love is not something we anticipate, but an important part of grieving. God has other things in store for us, and we must embrace them without our departed loved ones.

Today, no one mourns at the preaching of the gospel. We want the warm, happy stories. We treasure feeling good above feeling bad. Solomon and Jesus advise differently.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

 

—-Matthew 5:4

Which house are you in today?

Please send all questions and inquiries to:

Dana Emery

danaemery1954@yahoo.com

(910) 612-2456

Your Secret Father

“…And your Father who sees…in secret.” Matthew 6:4
Your secret Father

Some families give gifts, using a method of secret giving

(“secret Santa”). The object is to avoid overspending or over-
gifting. Names are drawn for each to secretly shop, buy and
wrap for their secret person. The thrill is knowing that they
don’t know who their secret giver is. Sadly, like Jethro Bodine,
this is the closest that they will come to being secret agents.

Jesus warned,
Beware of practicing your righteousness before men, to be noticed by
them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

—- Matthew 6:1.

He includes giving to someone, praying and fasting, Matthew
6:2-18. Each one of these has the potential to be a show, a
way to impress people.

The most impressive actions are the ones that no one knows
about, except God. This is why Jesus says to pray in your
closet and not brag to yourself either.

…Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that
your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in
secret will reward you.

—– Matthew 6:3-4

Religion has become a spectacle, entertainment, and a concert.
It was meant to be a close, meaningful relationship of an
individual with God. Our English word, “religion” comes from
the word ligament. True religion should pull you back to God
like a ligament and not be a display for man to see.
Sadly, many still prefer…
…The approval of men rather than the approval of God.

—– John 12:42.

The next time you have a chance to do anything good, keep it
a secret, seek the approval of God in everything, and God will
reward you.
Please send all questions and inquiries to:

Dana Emery
(910) 612-2456
Danaemery1954@yahoo.com

Are You Happy?

“…Words of sober truth.” Acts 26:25

Are you happy?

Every day you are exposed to items that promise to bring you happiness. Over 300 times daily an ad or billboard loudly insists that you are not happy. But if you have this one item, you will finally be happy.

The creator and savior of this world says that happiness comes from quieter sources. Jesus taught that happiness comes through things we normally avoid.

Blessed are the poor in spirit…those who mourn…the gentle…those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…the merciful…the pure in heart…the peacemakers…those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness….

—–Matthew 5:3-12

None of these qualities are mentioned in ads today. But the Lord promises happiness to you if these traits describe you.

So, are you happy? Is your happiness because of some earthly pursuit of happiness? Or is it because you have what the Lord says is a true happiness? The same Lord and savior once said,

If you know these things, you are happy if you do them.

—–John 13:17

Please send questions and comments to:

Dana Emery

(910) 612-2456

Danaemery1954@yahoo.com