Posts from May 2013

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A Child’s Prayer by Linda

by Rev. Tom Shelton

As a child and even now, I pray, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” If you are truly a Christian, you can believe this simple prayer.  I John 5: 13 assures […]

Be So Strong in the Lord That Nothing Can Distrub Your Peace of Mind

by Rev. Tom Shelton

“Who made you?”  Someone once asked a little girl.  She replied, “God made me that much, (indicating with her two hands the ordinary size of a newborn infant,) “and I growed the rest myself.”  The little girl said this in her simplicity.  Profound thinking must surely lead us to the same conclusion—that God made us […]

Scripture Verse for the Week

by Rev. Tom Shelton

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”  (Psalm 23:1) [There are a total of six verses in this Psalm.  If you have not memorized  the entire Psalm, please do so this week.]

“DUST” by Linda

by Rev. Tom Shelton

For someone allergic to dust, housecleaning is a challenge! It makes me think of the disciples, instructed and sent forth by Jesus, traveling the dusty roads, shaking dust from their feet when those of a household or community would not receive or hear their words about Him. I think I can deal with a little […]

Understanding the Demands of our Commitment

by Rev. Tom Shelton

ROMANS 12:2 Previously we examined our commitment to God as His Disciples.  (Romans 12:1)  The basis for making our commitment to God is fivefold: Because of the spiritual enemies that “all” Disciples face. (I Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:10-18) Because the work of the Lord is the most important life function that the Disciple has.  (John […]

“Spring Cleaning” with Linda

by Rev. Tom Shelton

House spring cleaning,  AGAIN!  Yard and garden clean-up and spruce-up, AGAIN.       It gets harder, but it’s necessary, and there are those enjoyable moments and satisfaction of a job well done.  I can do it.  Time AGAIN to clear out the cobwebs of my mind, my attitudes and actions, but it’s necessary, EVERY DAY.  […]

Learning the Difference!

by Rev. Tom Shelton

I Peter 2: 1-3; Matthew 5: 13 PART ONE I. INTRODUCTION Peter has already instructed the Disciple on how to live a holy, a life that is different from the world, the unsaved, the carnal.  We are about to start the second chapter of I Peter.  However, as Peter has pointed out to us it […]

Understanding and Growing a Disciple’s Dedication

by Rev. Tom Shelton

A TWO STEP PROCESS In discipleship we recognize that God had a plan for humankind when He created the world, and he has a plan for each individual life.  There are many people in the world who wander around through life without ever accepting God’s plan.  Therefore, they miss out on God’s loving direction in […]

Understanding our Act of Commitment

by Rev. Tom Shelton

Romans 12:1 Let’s review a little to get our minds fixed on Discipleship.  Remember, Christ  said: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which […]

A True Disciple Puts Jesus First

by Rev. Tom Shelton

MATTHEW 16: 24-27 KEY VERSE:  MATTHEW 16:24  “If anyone desires to come after Me, let Him deny himself, and take up His cross, and follow Me.” PRINCIPLE:  Disciples are devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ. “Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and […]