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~September 2014~ 

THE QUESTION IS - ARE YOU NOW READY?

2 Corinthians 5:20: “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”                                             

2 Timothy 4:6-7: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”                        

We must never forget that this world is no longer our home.  Even though GOD made it and gave it to man to have rule (or dominion) over it, it is not the place “now” where GOD wants us to spend eternity.  After man’s fall from GOD’S Grace in Genesis Chapter 3, GOD began then teaching man how to make the transition from this world to another world that has not been corrupted by man or Satan.             

Man continued to stumble over himself and never could find a way out in the Old Testament because of that sin nature that he had allowed Satan to place on his life.  Man’s way out of his own “destruction” had become so difficult that GOD had to send JESUS as the Christ to show him a way out.  JESUS’ message to us was, this world could no longer afford us a home and that this was not the place where GOD has prepared for us to spend eternity with him.  So we can no longer claim citizenship of this land.  We have become ambassadors for the new land (our home) that GOD has prepared for us to live eternally with him.                    

Now I must proudly tell you because GOD loves us so much he is sponsoring a pilgrimage (or a journey) from this world to the place where he has prepared for us.  The question is, will you be ready to go?  Have you made preparation to leave this life for a far better life that GOD Himself has prepared for us.   

Now notice what Paul says, I am now ready to be offered.  “I am now ready to start my pilgrimage.”  The time of my departure is at hand, I have fought a good fight.  Yes, I had to struggle.  Everything didn’t always fall in line, but I have finished my course.  The course that GOD had laid out for me and I can proudly say, it wasn’t easy but I finished it.  And the most important thing for me, I KEPT THE FAITH!                

My dear children, if JESUS should tell you to begin your pilgrimage today or right now, what will your response be?  Will it be:  I Need More Time?  Or will you be able to say, LORD I Am Now Ready!

GOD BLESS YOU

BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER

PASTOR J. H. MILLER, SR.

~June 2014~

A New Beginning

~2 Corinthian 5:17-19~ “Therefore if any man be in CHRIST, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of GOD, who hath reconciled us to himself by JESUS CHRIST, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that GOD was in CHRIST, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”

First Baptist can you see what I see? GOD himself through His son JESUS is giving us a new start (a new beginning). Look at what He says and take Him at His word. He said, If any man be in CHRIST, he is a new creature. If any man accepts JESUS CHRIST he is a new creation. No matter what his or her past may have been, he or she is accepted by CHRIST unconditionally.  Now isn’t that good news. Old things are passed away, as if they had never happened.  No matter what they were, no matter how great the transgression was, all things have turned “Right Side Up”.

Now, I know you are saying, how could this happen?  You see, all things are of GOD. GOD has Free Will so He can do as He chooses. So He has chosen to allow us, you and I, another chance and He did it through His son JESUS CHRIST. Did you know that GOD sent His son JESUS to this for one reason and one reason only: That was to reconcile us to Him? The word reconcile means to bring together. GOD sent His only son to bring us together. Now do you agree with me, my dear children, that GOD through His son JESUS has made His last attempt to bring us together and closer to Him? Now GOD is not doing this for us because we don’t deserve it, but He does. GOD has allowed CHRIST to reconcile us to Him or to settle all differences between us and Him. He has given us the same ministry. We now have that ministry. The ministry of reconciliation, the ministry of settling all differences with each other, and He has given us the password to our salvation. If I give it to you will you use it? Well the password is RECONCILIATION! First Baptist let’s use it.

Congratulations to all our students on their COMMENCEMENT! The word commencement means the act of beginning.  Now that you have completed your first step I want you to know how proud we are of you. I know that you will do well as you prepare for your second step. GOD Bless You and each of you wishes to attend will receive a free ticket to the Jekalyn Carr Concert.

GOD BLESS YOU

BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER

PASTOR J. H. MILLER, SR.

~MAY 2014~ 

THE QUESTION IS WILL HE EVER LEAVE US?

THE ANSWER IS NO!

“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. ~John 14:18-21~

The question is will GOD ever get tired of bailing us out? He has shown such great love and passion and complete loyalty toward us, and whether we believe it or not we have become so dependent on Him. In other words we have taken Him for granted. He has been so faithful in His commitment to us that we are unable to see how one-sided the relationship is. So we go about our way doing whatever and whenever, and not realizing His commitment toward us. What He has to continue to do for us is to keep us in the right path.

We say, "we love Him", and I believe we do in our own selfish way. We seem to know how to turn to Him in our time of need. Yes, He hears from us in our times of sorrow and despair. We are so happy with Him when we are happy, but at the same time we are so ready to turn away from Him when things don't go our way.

First Baptist, I just had a flash! What do you think would happen if we would just turn to Him period? No ifs, ands, or buts. Just turn to Him unconditionally, through good times and bad times. You see, according to His words, He will never leave us comfortless. He will never leave us in an uncomfortable condition. His promise is that we should never feel lost, or helpless, or unwanted or unneeded, or used. For He told his disciples in John 14:19, “In a little while the world would see me no more: but ye see me. Because I live you shall live also.” You see the world should feel lost and empty, but not us! The world should feel that they have no hope, but not us! The world should feel that they are losing everything they have, but not us!

Now my dear children, if we are feeling these loses, then just may be we have found ourselves in a one sided relationship. Let us examine it now. We know that GOD has kept His “promise” never to leave us or forsake us. We can find His answer in Hebrews 13:5 part b. “For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” So then please listen to me, if by chance you feel GOD or I have forsaken you or that nothing is going right, then I must tell you, you should check yourself and I am sure you will find your answer. GOD said clearly in His word, He won't leave you comfortless, nor will he forsake you! And neither will I!

GOD BLESS YOU

BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER

PASTOR J. H. MILLER, SR.

~APRIL 2014~

WHILE ON OTHERS THOU ART CALLING!

Mark 10:46-47: “And they came to Jericho and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, set by the highway side begging and when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth he began to cry out and say, Jesus thou Son of David have mercy on me!”

When Jesus entered Jericho many people received the news that he was in their city and as he went through their city they came out to see him. Many followed him as he walked through. What an impressible sight it must have been to see the Son of God that they had heard so much about, walking down the street as "Big as Life". There was one man present that was not impressed by the crowd nor anything else others were seeing because he was blind. He could not see what the excitement was all about. But when he found out that it was Jesus his spirit began to rise up in him and he decided that this just could be the chance he had been waiting for so long. He called out to him, Thou Son of David! Others told him that he should hold his peace but knowing his condition he also knew that even if it was an embarrassment to his city, this might be his last chance. So he called out again and said, Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!

When Jesus heard his name being called, he stood still and commanded the blind man to be called. The blind man casting everything aside came to Jesus. Jesus said, "What do you want me to do for you"? The blind man said, "Lord, I want to receive my sight", and Jesus said to him, "your faith has made you whole". Immediately he received his sight.

First Baptist, notice Jesus did not come to Jericho to give sight to this one blind man, but because he was there and had the courage to call out to Jesus, admit that he needed help, and that Jesus was his last chance, he was healed. We should note that Jesus was on his way out of town. So the blind man knew that if he had any chance at all of being healed, it was about to leave town. He forgot about his pride and called out.

I say to you that Jesus has made himself available to you now, so don't you think it's time to take the chance and cry out. No, he didn't come for you, but all you need to do ·is let him know that you are here and if you cry loud enough he will hear you and you can come to him

and he will heal you!

GOD BLESS YOU

BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER

PASTOR J. H. MILLER, SR.

~March 2014~ 

The ABC's of Salvation

Receiving Christ is as simple as ABC…

Admit that you have sinned.

      “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  Since none of us are perfect, all of us are sinners (Romans 3:10-18).  The result of sin is spiritual death (Romans 6:23).  Spiritual death means eternal separation from God.  By God’s perfect standard, we are guilty of sin and therefore subject to the punishment for sin which is separation from God.  Admitting that we are sinners and separated from God is the first step all repentance, which is turning from sin and self and turning toward God.

Believe that Jesus Christ died for you.                                                                                                                                   

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).  Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s son and receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin.  God offers us salvation.  Although we have done nothing to deserve his love and salvation, God provided salvation for all who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus.

Confess your sins to God, and then confess that Jesus Christ is Lord all of your life.    

     “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).  Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to others. Like Jesus’ first followers in John 1, Christ invites us to “Come and See” what a life of faith looks like.

The ABCs of salvation was taken from the Faith Pathway Bible Studies for adults, Sunday school curriculum. This passage was written by Dr. JeVon Marshall.

Dr. Marshall believes that all obtaining salvation is as simple as ABC.

[A] First admit that you are a sinner, and you have to forget others expectations for you if you are addicted to sin.  In order for us to be delivered we must treat sin addiction as we would any other form of addiction, in other words we must admit that we have the problem in order to be delivered from the problem.

[B] You must believe that Christ died for you.  You must make it personal.  You must believe that everything that Christ did that man may be saved was just for you, and if you believe that if Christ had not done the things he did for your salvation you would have been condemned to an eternal HELL, then you shall be saved.

[C] Confess your sin to God, and then confess that Jesus Christ is Lord all of your life.  The word confess means – to own up to, or to admit to, or to acknowledge.  God is now saying to us clearly that in order for me to forgive all of your transgressions you must first take ownership of every sin you have ever committed in your life.  To take ownership is not complicated you just have to acknowledge that they are yours.  So you see “receiving Christ is as simple as ABC”.  Can you see now First Baptist that all you have to do is learn your ABCs.  {A} ADMIT {B} BELIEVE {C} CONFESS.  Well I finally learned my ABCs, what about you?  They were as easy as 1-2-3.  Wasn’t it?

God Bless You

Be good to each other

Pastor J. H.  Miller, Sr.

IS IT LOVE OR IS IT LUST?

“And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.” ~Mark 10:17-22~

When this young man came running to CHRIST very excited, saying, “Good Master, What must I do that I may inherit eternal life.” CHRIST gave him six (6) things that he must do:

  1. Do not commit adultery,
  2. Do not kill,
  3. Do not steal,
  4. Do not bear false witness,
  5. Defraud not,
  6. Honor thy father and mother.

The young man was elated (filled with joy) and said, “I have done all these things from my childhood up until now.” And JESUS casting His eyes on him, loved him, and said, “You are lacking one thing. Go sell all your possessions and give what you receive for them to the poor, and you shall have treasures in Heaven and come, take up your cross and follow me.” The young man began to think about all that he would have to give up to inherit one thing (eternal life) after his life on this earth has ended. His decision was I am giving up too much.  

As we enter into the month of February, a month that we focus on love, my question to you is, IS IT LOVE OR IS IT LUST? Webster’s dictionary says love is a powerful emotion felt for another person, manifesting itself in deep affection. Lust is a passionate desire to obtain something you don’t possess. So the question is, did this young man fall in love with CHRIST or did he simply lust after the one thing that he did not possess, and his money could not buy?

Now I know that this is love month or maybe it should be called commitment month. Is your relationship based on a real commitment to each other or is it based on a desire to possess something you don’t have? Do you look at your relationship as just another trophy or conquest? Just like the young ruler who felt like he was not receiving as much as he was giving up. When you look at your love one, how do you feel? Was it love that brought you together or was it lust? Was it something that the other person had that you needed, such as a home, car, money, or lifestyle?  In other words what thing drew you to that person? Was it their possessions or was it the person his/herself? Was it love or was it lust? If your love is failing or has failed, don’t you think it is time to examine your real feelings and be honest with yourself? Was it love or was it lust?

Remember what Paul said in I Corinthians 13:4-7, 13: “Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself (it doesn’t boast or brag), is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Now be real with yourself. After your self examination, Was It Love or Lust?       

GOD BLESS YOU

BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER

PASTOR J. H. MILLER, SR.

~February 2014~ 

The Year That Was

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;"

~II Corinthians 5:17-18~ 

First Baptist, the word I recommend to each and everyone of us is "RECONCILIATION". Paul is telling the Corinthian Church that it's time to reconcile, it's time to come together and settle all of their disagreements and put the past behind them. Well First Baptist, may I suggest the same thing to us? No matter what differences we may have had, no matter who we may have had them with, it is time to settle the matter and move on with life. In other words, let the past be the past.  Now there is something that I should tell you about the past. No matter what it may have been you cannot undo it.  One thing about your past, if you don't leave it behind you, it will destroy your future. So it is best that we reconcile (come to an agreement) with our past and move on with our lives. 

There were so many things that touched our lives in Two Thousand and Thirteen and some of us will carry the memory of them for the rest of our lives. Some good and some bad. As a church we were dealt some hard blows. We cherish the memory of some wonderful and faithful members who GOD called home and they have left a void in our lives.  They can never be replaced, but on the the other hand GOD directed some new saints to become a part of our fellowship. What a joy they have been.  GOD allowed us to complete our Family Life Center and it has been the blessing we thought it would be.  Yes, the year that was, brought us some challenges, but with the help of GOD we were able to overcome. So, if we are to go even higher this year in the LORD, we must put the past in its' proper pace and that is behind us. So, my dear children, who are so loved by me, if you have odds with anyone which may include husbands, wives, children, friends, or lovers, and most of all your enemy, it is time for RECONCILIATION. It is time for us to face the fact that we need each other to survive. You can start anew!

Let us look at what Paul said, "if any man be in CHRIST, he is a new creature." GOD has recreated us and has given us the ability to forgive and forget. "Old things are passed away; behold (look), all things are become new." 

So remember 2013 was the year that was, and for many reasons we will remember it. But it is not the year to come, so let's make 2014 the year of "RECONCILIATION". Let's forget our differences and come together in Christian Love! GOD Bless you, have a happy New Year.

GOD BLESS YOU 

BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER 

Pastor J. H. Miller, Sr.   

January 2014

Send For The Women!

Jeremiah 9:17-22: Thus saith the Lord of hosts, consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come: and send for cunning women, that they may come, And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.  For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! We are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.  Yet hear the word of the Lord, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation.  For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.  Speak, thus saith the Lord, even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them.                 

Because of the sin and wickedness of God’s people God is now allowing the invasion of Judah by Babylon and Jeremiah is now expressing his deep sorrow.  For he said when I comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me, Behold the voice of the cry of the daughters of my people because of them that dwell in a far country.  Is not the Lord in Zion?  Is not her King in her?  Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images and with strange vanities?(Jeremiah 8:18,19) Jeremiah could not control his sorrow for a people that he loved who are now out of control and the reason was sin!  He said they are all adultreous and the whole assembly is treacherous(Jer. 9:2).  They are not valiant for truth.  They commit one evil after another because they are ignorant of God(Jer.9:4).  They walk with slanderers, They deceive each other(Jer.9:5).  Nobody will speak the truth and they train others to lie.  Their entire effort is to sin and they refuse to know God(Jer. 9:6).  They speak deceit(Jer. 9:8) and they plot against each other.  They have forsaken all laws(Jer.9:13).  They would not obey God’s voice and they walked not in God’s ways.  They have walked after the imagination of their own heart(Jer. 9:14).  They have walked after idols.

First Baptist I have taken time and carefully laid out for you a sure formula for destruction.  For it was because of these sins and others that caused God to bring Judgement on Judah.  As you examine this lesson can’t you see the parallel between Judah and America?  We can see them turning away from God’s Law and embracing the law of what feels good to me is good for me.  So now that we know what the problem is, the question becomes what shall we do about it?  Well, Jeremiah indicates that since nothing else under the sun has worked it is time to call women to prayer.  Not just to prayer but to Prayer and Wailing!

You might ask, why the women?  Well the answer is simply the men did not have the answer.  Jeremiah knew the problem in Judah was caused by some mother’s child and who is better equipped to talk with “sincerity” about the concern of a child than a mother.  So Jeremiah is saying since nothing else is working, it’s time to activate the mothers.  Bring them together and let them pray and wail to God for the concern of their children and see if God won’t hear their cry.  Because it is their children dying in the city, and it is their children falling by the hand of violent men.  Well First Baptist, don’t you see we have tried everything else to stop the killing and the violence that we bring on ourselves.  We have tried marching and it hasn’t worked.  We have tried gathering on street corners and it hasn’t worked.  We have tried candle light vigils and they haven’t worked.  We have tried sending our men and women to prison that hasn’t worked, It seems like the only thing we haven’t tried is to call the grieving, caring, loving, and sorrowing mothers to prayer and wailing, speaking to God from their heart.  As Jeremiah has said, let’s see if God won’t hear them.  And First Baptist That’s Just What We Are Going To Do! 

GOD Bless You
Be Good To Each Other

Dr. J. H. Miller, Sr. (Pastor) 

~November 2013~

THE REASON HE CAME!
Zaccheaus’ Conversion

“And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
~Luke 19:9-10~

This lesson is about the conversion of a very wealthy man named Zaccheaus.  One who was held in high esteem among his peers and he was very rich.  At some point in his life he realized that something was missing and that something was a relationship with CHRIST.  So he became desperate to see Him.  Just learning about JESUS and not experiencing him is not enough.  We need a personal experience with Him ourselves.  So he sought to see JESUS.  Now remember I told you Zaccheaus was a very rich man, he had standards and traditions that he should keep.  The desire within him was so strong that he had to see CHRIST by any means necessary.  Now when seeing him at ground level didn’t work out he became even more desperate to see Him.  Zaccheaus then ran ahead of the crowd and climbed up a tree in order to see Him as He passed by.

Now that we know what Zacchaeus did to get CHRIST’S attention my question to you is, what did you do?  Do you have a plan to get to CHRIST when other efforts fail? What I want us to realize is that CHRIST is waiting on us to make the first move.  Now notice this about Zacchaeus, his life had become a total “wreck”. Despite his wealth and the pleasures and the comfort he enjoyed by having wealth, he was apparently empty and lonely in his heart.  He knew how he was hated by people, but still he dared to believe that if he could just see JESUS his whole image of himself could change.  What about us?  Have we come face to face with our fears knowing that if we could get to CHRIST our whole outlook on life could change.

Note: In order to be converted by CHRIST you have to go through three (3) Stages of Conversion:

1)      You have to become desperate to see just who JESUS is.

2)      You have to preserve in your attempt to see JESUS. You have to humble yourself. Don’t take NO for an answer.

3)      You have to be willing to receive the invitation of CHRIST.

Luke 19:5 ~ “And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.”

And after receiving the invitation, then came Zacchaeus’ confession. Luke 19:8 ~ “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.”

And after his confession came his salvation. Luke 19:9 ~ And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, for so much as he also is a son of Abraham.

And JESUS is saying to Zacchaeus and all of us sinners, you are the  reason I came.  You are the reason I left heaven to come to earth. Luke 19:10~ For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

My Prayer

LORD GOD I thank you for allowing your only son JESUS to come to this world and seek until He found us and then have enough love for us to correct and then save us. AMEN!

God Bless You 
Be Good To Each Other

Pastor J. H. Miller, Sr.

~January 2013~ 

 

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