with Brother Archie R. Green
SEPTEMBER 9, 2019
There have been more than enough times in my life where I literally could not form words RICH enough to adequately describe the Christian life. No matter how unrelenting it can be at times, I would not trade this life I have now for the life I once lived many years ago. Through many "toils and tears" and much fear I have learned the value of His Word. (Matthew 10:28) I left the traditions of men and have never looked back. (2 Timothy 3:14-15) This same Gospel I have pursued in sharing with others. (Matthew 28:18-20) Over the years the minimal number of those who have obeyed the glorious Gospel of Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) versus the ones who have not (Luke 6:46) is staggering; yet, the KNOWLEDGE of having tried to encourage men, women, boys and girls to come "out of darkness" and into His marvelous light brings me comfort. (2 Corinthians 5:11) I trust someone besides myself has had a similar journey. If so, are you still just as joy-filled, just as exuberant in sharing THAT Gospel (Galatians 1:6-9) today? Maybe even more convinced that you MUST share because He is Lord. (Luke 6:46) Love you one and all. God Bless. Archie
SEPTEMBER 2, 2019
One of the most coveted texts in the Bible comes from Ecclesiastes 3:1 where the Wise Man states, "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:". The phrase begs the follower of God to find true fulfillment in living each day of a blessed life with PURPOSE. Christians were never designed to live "flippant" lives. We are to go to bed and wake up each day looking forward to achieving the will of God so He might receive the glory among men He deserves. (Ephesians 5:15-16) Well how does one accomplish that? Read the next verse, "Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is." The Holy Spirit dd not lead the Apostle Paul or Solomon to instruct that life is hopeless or helplessly "disarrayed". Our God is the Great Designer; no matter what the evolutionist insists. HE is ORDER (cosmos) and demands His People live well-behaved lives full of intent so that those in the world can be drawn unto His Son where salvation lies. (Titus 2:8) Truly, as my mother said when growing up in her household, "there is a time and place for everything". It's time Brethren to prioritize God...then everything else. There is a RIGHT and we can know and follow that perfect design because it has been and will always be that season. (John 8:31) Love you one and all. Archie
AUGUST 26, 2019
As a small boy, I would watch episode after episode of "Lost In Space" where the Robot would scream out "danger Will Robinson...danger!" I would instantly be on the lookout for the imminent danger that would immediately reveal itself. (the music was a dead giveaway) (:-) The threat was predictable and contrived...but after all it was only TV. No real loss; we had a good scare and went back to eating our macaroni and cheese. Unfortunately, we did not get the message of the show, when in REAL danger SOMEONE, ANYONE should be screaming a WARNING! In a PC society, where literally for the right price "anything goes", we are failing our children and not giving them back to God to whom they belong. (Matthew 19:13-14) The outlandish acts of violence, sex and drug usage in Hollywood and often permitted in our own backyards is killing our children. Young minds are way too susceptible to the things they see and hear around them. It doesn't take long for the mind of a child to convince itself, there is no real danger here. (2 Corinthians 11:14) We are better served by young boys being convicted by sin and turning over their lives EARLY, so they won't jeopardize a great opportunity to serve the Lord as a deacon or elder. We can also strive to "train up" young girls with a goal "to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God may not be blasphemed." (Titus 2:4-5) Let's get to the basics...God first! (Matthew 6:33) Before our children ever come on the scene, let's ask God what He desires of them in their rearing (Judges 13:8) and please, please, please somebody start yelling danger while there is still a chance to save our kids souls from a devil's hell! Love you. Archie
AUGUST 19, 2019
Occasionally we will sing, "Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord; Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word. Make friends of God's children, help those who are weak, Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek." Do you have time today, will I make time today, to be holy? The term "holy" is sometimes defined as a separation. (Numbers 6:5) When a person decides to "detach" themselves from the world or just their former norm, it can be misconstrued as haughty or arrogant.
Our God is Holy, (Leviticus 11:44) and He demands those who follow Him to be the same (Leviticus 11:45) I would say that is simply just "keeping good company" . . . what do you think? Not everyone is willing to "come out from among them" (2 Corinthians 6:17), but those who do, will be blessed forever and ever, Amen. (John 14:23) What is holding you back from all the benefits clearly laid out in scripture? (Acts 22:16) Take advantage of God's promise and become holy. Please take a moment to contemplate these things. Love you one and all. Archie
AUGUST 12, 2019
It may seem almost impossible to quell one's emotion over matters of politics or community. Most of us feel pressured to "take a side" or even to make a stand over our personal convictions. We should honor our Christianity when deciding during any and/or all elections or political conversations. The real issue is when emotion goes unchecked; preventing Christ to be glorified in all. Proverbs 14:29 teaches, "He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly." Names are called, insults reign and the greatest offense occurs when Christians dissolve relationships over these VERY TEMPORAL matters.
The goal of Christ is to make us ONE. (John 17:20-21). Discuss the platforms, form opinions for opinion sakes, but never leave the cause of Christ to hopelessly assert the political Right or Left as being THE WAY; that was left up to Jesus and He has masterfully led us all. (John 14:6) Our politics should not lead our Christianity; instead our Christianity should guide our politics. (Romans 13:1-7) Please take a moment to think on these things. Love you one and all, Archie
AUGUST 5, 2019
Acts 2:42, "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." This is a great reminder of the intent placed in the life of a Christian. Our focus should be on the things above and not below. COMMUNITY then becomes our key term. One, those inside the Body, our Brethren, who we support, encourage and goal to be the best they can be.
Acts 10:24, Our neighbor...the other piece of community...those outside of Christ. They too are in need of the Apostle' teachings, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. The question is, do we love them as ourselves and are we willing to sacrifice the time, money and effort to give unto them the things that are needed?
Luke 10:35, We know what to do with the community and even where to go to find them; the BIG question is WHEN are we going to go do something about it? Please make a moment to think about these things. God Bless, Archie
JULY 29, 2019
Periodically we will sing the words, "Where He leads me I will follow, I'll go with Him, with Him all the way", and I am without doubt most of us truly believe we can and will do just that. But there will come times and possibly even now when it can be bitterly painful to do so.
Paul prayed repeatedly for relief in his personal struggle. (2 Cor 12:18) God's only response was simply, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." (Verse 9) So what is our lesson for today? Following in the footsteps of Jesus IS NOT an option, but a command. (1 Peter 2:21)
Following Jesus may come with some unpleasantries. (John 21:18-19) Yet, the MASTER of all things encourages us to trust in Him and do just that...follow!
Remember, in order to be and continue as His disciple for Heaven's sake, we cannot go back. (Luke 9:62) Please take a moment to think on these things. Love you one and all. God Bless! Archie
JULY 22, 2019
"At what cost peace?" The Bible always instructs Christians to strive for peace. . .in every situation. God commands us to be at peace with Him. (James 4:4) We are obligated to stand in harmony with the rest of humanity. (Romans 12:18) And I would further contend to believe we should be at peace with SELF once we have been able to master the first two. (2 Corinthians 7:10-11) Wouldn't it be wonderful to sing the following words with assurance, "When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, it is well, it is well, with my soul. It is well, with my soul".
Biblical peace is possible, but only when I am willing to deny self. (Romans 12:1-2) Please take a moment to contemplate these things. Love you one and all. Archie
JULY 15, 2019
Webster defines purpose as "the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists". I believe the very life of a Christian lies in this resolve. (Acts 17:28) What is it that you have purposed this day to bring about for the glory of the Father? Is it a gently spoken word? Is it a random act of compassion? Or perhaps, it is merely an effort on your part, my part, to NOT be the same discomforting person I USED to be while still in the world? (Colossians 3:5-10) Remember, it is always our choice to purposely become more and more like Christ OR stay intentionally content straightway lost for an eternity. (2 Peter 1:9) The purpose is clear. The only question is, will you and I take it? "For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:" 1 Peter 2:21.
Love you one and all, God Bless, Archie
JULY 7, 2019
As a child, I grew up listening to a radio program by Paul Harvey called "The Rest of the Story". It premiered on May 10, 1976 and consisted of stories presented as little-known or forgotten facts on a variety of subjects with some key element of the story held back until the end. I loved waiting for the whole reason behind the story or what I considered the "cliff-hanger"...the suspense built up in the "how will it end". You knew it would be informative. You knew it would be of great interest and you also knew YOU JUST HAD TO KNOW! There I sat and waited, not so patiently sometimes, for the outcome and BAM, there it was as clear as a bell. Very few times I was able to predict the result which was finally and ultimately revealed. The waiting was anxiety producing for a young and FAR too curious kid, but I wasn't going anywhere, NOT until I heard what I needed to hear; the REST of the story. That was what the broadcast was all about, right? From a spiritual standpoint, God has already given us the "rest of the story". (John 20:30-31) The real question is are we like that little child, who is "open and receptive" to that which has been given? (Matthew 18:2-4) This story (life) will end one day and with only TWO choices available for us, a good question would be "What Will Your Answer Be?" (Deuteronomy 30:19) Based on the evidence at hand, why not choose wisely? Please make a moment to consider these things, until then God Bless! Love you one and all, Archie.
JULY 1, 2019
One of the key terms in all the Bible is "remember". It was used to encourage Israel in recalling the God who had been gracious to them in every way. (Deuteronomy 8) It is used to format wisdom for those who desire to serve the Lord with gladness throughout their lives; starting from humble beginnings. (Ecclesiastes 12:1) The New Testament Christian is also charged to recollect the JUST sacrifice of God's Son for his or her redemption. (2 Timothy 2:8) To remember successfully though, we cannot linger or hold on to the past. (Unless, of course, it produces wisdom. Proverbs 4:5) Still some of Israel LONGED for what they perceived was better in Egypt. (Numbers 11:5) Lot's wife, pining for the affections of her city, was condemned to "move no more". (Genesis 19:26) Even with the precious knowledge of the liberty that lies ONLY in Christ Jesus, many today under New Testament redemption will eventually turn aside and face an eternity separated from the love of God. (2 Peter 2:20-22) Life is an ongoing battle between the justice, mercy and the grace of God AND Satan - who is the opposite. He desires our soul to spend an eternity with him. (Matthew 25:41) One of his greatest deceptions is to aide us in "short-term memory". This is used to help us forget the goodness of God which sustains us every day. I pray we never let him succeed in drawing us away from Christ for long . Revisit why you left the world; shouldn't your motivation be even STRONGER today than it was before? If not, what will you do about it? Praying ONLY, just won't cut it. Please take a moment and contemplate these things. Love you one and all in Christ, Archie. "For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins." 2 Peter 1:8-9
JUNE 24, 2019
Jesus makes the statement in Matthew 4:4, It is written: "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." From this cue we find there is something far greater that nourishes the soul, and it doesn't come from Cracker Barrel either, it is the living word of God. (1 Peter 2:2)
How do we succeed in our daily walk? What can we do to measure where we are now and provide enough for the future? And not only for ourselves, but also for those we love.
Are you and I making time to "feed" our souls adequately? We MUST study so if the day comes and we desperately need God's will to help see us through one more minute, hour or day . . . the guidance is there. (1 Timothy 4:13)
Bro Eddie Jones once said. "What are you giving the Holy Spirit to work with?" If He truly works through the Scriptures and you are not studying enough on a regular basis, WHO is leading you when those MOST difficult times arise? It can't be God, so it must be yourself and past experiences. Those things alone cannot keep me or you on the path of righteousness. They are futile and disingenuous at best.
Please make a moment to contemplate these things. Love you one and all, God Bless, Archie
JUNE 17, 2019
Raise your hand if you regularly load your personal day up with voluntary longsuffering? To be honest, if it was totally left up to me, I would beg off the list entirely. But it is impossible for the Christian to put away their responsibility in "suffering-long", either personally or socially. God imbrues this quality in 2 Peter 3:9 and Jesus exampled this behavior by going to Calvary for our sin. (1 Peter 2:21-24) So for us, it is not an option, but a COMMAND. Notice Galatians 6:2, we are to "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
Those who have put on Christ through obeying the Gospel message hold the unique responsibility to love and care for one another. John 13:35 It is also true, as Christians, we should learn to give our own self "a break". Too many of us fall prey to depression and various other anxieties when we do not practice ENDURANCE through the trials and mishaps of this life. In many cases we THINK and ACT as if we are alone, but we are not, ever! True, we are to bear our "own load". (Galatians 6:5) But it is equally true, "no man is an island unto himself".
Dealing successfully with suffering strengthens our patience; successfully suffering long, perfects our patience. Both are an acquired art. We as the Church, should never forget our role to fulfill the law of Christ in longsuffering TOGETHER! Please take a moment and think on these things. Love you one and all, God Bless, Archie.
JUNE 10, 2019
Our American society continues to try to debate and sequester the question "What is life and when does it begin?" I find it personally interesting many have no issue arguing that life spontaneously "sprang forth" from lifeless matter into life-filled matter but WILL NOT agree that LIVE matter can only produce LIVE matter. Truly goes against their own scientific evidence. What's at the basis of this dispute? The denial of Intelligent Design of course. IF life began when, where and why God stated it, then it leaves mankind helpless, hopelessly and in need of a Savior.
Whom, by the way, this same God ALSO supplied. (Genesis 1:1, John 3:16, Romans 3:25) For the Christian, our very being is embossed with the "fingerprints" of God. (Acts 17:28) So we believe and I pray we support the fact of "life is in the blood". (Leviticus 17:11) This not only gives humanity a reasonable explanation, but supplies TRUTH...the kind that saves! (Hebrews 11:6) Because KNOWING we have been sown in this world by the Everlasting God of Heaven, not just by happenstance, makes all the difference. Not just for those of us who can read this page, but also for the millions of innocent lives who cannot. The ones in our society whom WE choose to ignore and destroy each and sadly every year. He is not pleased. (Proverbs 1:10-11) Please take a moment to consider these things. Love you one and all, Archie.
JUNE 3, 2019
Paul writes to the Church in Thessalonica, "Therefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonica 4:18) This was recorded for Christians to encourage them in keeping their HOPE of Heaven alive. Those who had passed on before were only asleep, waiting for their final reward in being faithful during this life. (Matthew 5:12) All wonderful and encouraging news, but what about the here and now? Is there anything we can lay hold of while this physical life seems to drag on and on and on? Of course; God has made provisions for this as well. It is called the Church; and one of its main responsibilities is to bring COMFORT to the saints. It comes in the form of provoking one another unto love and good works. (Hebrews 10;24) Before we can get to our eternal rest, (Hebrews 4:3) we must labor and have the conviction to aid one another with the simplest of things...assembling together. Not just on the first day of the week, but as OFTEN as we have the occasion. We can also send a card, email, text or phone call to those missing, maybe even those struggling with sin, so they will know we care. This provides the needed "recharging" for the Christian to continue the Great Commission with zeal and knowledge; understanding we are never alone in the battle for eternal life. IF we make it, we will have to make it with others "cheering us on" ... pretty hard to accomplish if you are never present for the assembly or unwilling to assume your "Barnabas" role in the lives of others. Let's comfort one another as much as humanly possible. Please take a moment to contemplate these things. Love you one and all, Archie.
MAY 27, 2019
Webster defines virtue as "behavior showing high moral standards" and we, as Christians, should live very virtuous lives. Not because we desire to gain the confidence or notoriety among men, but because it draws us closer to the Great God of Heaven AND brings glory and honor to His name. (Titus 2:1-5)
Virtue is not a trait any of us are born with. It is taught, accrued and practiced WELL before it will be shown "perfect" in our daily lives. The question for this day is "What are you and I practicing TODAY to help speed this along?"
Paul states in Philippians 4:7-9, in order to have the "God of peace" in our lives, we MUST hear, see, learn and receive those things He and the other Apostles taught. Then DO them...in love. In mercy. In grace...just as we have been shown by the obedient example in the life of Jesus. (John 8:29)
How is your virtue this morning? If it is not where it should be, what are you willing to sacrifice to get it where it needs to be? Please take a moment to consider these things. God Bless you one and all, Archie.
MAY 20, 2019
God, in His INFINITE wisdom, established time for us so we could measure our lives and the events surrounding them. (Genesis 1:5) Solomon also stated in Ecclesiastes 3:1, "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:" Placing these two together we get the sense God desires our lives to be PRECIOUS and filled with PURPOSE.
God is "no respecter of persons"; neither you nor I will receive more life than He intends. So the real question is, what are we doing with the time God has given us? Can any of us come to the end of our journey and be confident to repeat the words of our dear Brother Paul, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7) I pray so. Because for you and me one day the "night" will come and we will not receive the crown of righteousness without working beforehand. (2 Timothy 4:8)
Please take a moment to contemplate these things. Love you one and all. God Bless, Archie
MAY 13, 2019
Many Christians, and even others who may consider themselves religious, will often refer to being "faithful" in their service to Christ. But what exactly is faithfulness? Is it simply a belief or thought process? Some think so. Others define faith by their actions; believing the MORE one does proves how much they care or love Jesus.
The ON-GOING argument over these two, supposedly, opposing measures are ended by properly studying the Scriptures. James 2:17-20 concludes, "faith without works is dead". So why the argument over the definition of faithfulness? Who really knows. Maybe for some, warming a pew every time the building is open, but desiring all the while to be some place else is faith to them. And maybe for others, helping little old ladies across the street, but never creasing the pages of Scripture to prove this is a righteous action might bring a certain "peace of mind" to them. Acts 17:11
All I know is this, father Abraham BELIEVED God, and DID what he was asked to do; therefore, he was justified and found to be FAITH-FILLED. Romans 4:3. I think that speaks for itself. Please take a moment and consider these things. Love you one and all. Archie
MAY 6, 2019
Remember the cookie cutter implements from yester years that Mom would pull out EVERY Christmas or other Holiday Seasons and bake to our hearts desire? I do. One of the things which stood out for me is that NO MATTER how often she would press into the dough, the imprint would never be different. How significant is that in relationship to the Spiritual? Paul stated in 2 Timothy 2:2, "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." Meaning: Christians, men and women, should be encouraging, training and expecting others to become MORE and MORE alike in Christ. When is the last time you contemplated putting in the effort to become someone's MENTOR?
God has taught us that life is fleeting. Hebrews 9:27 Because of this it is imperative we prepare someone to replace us to carry on the work needed. Dear friends, this cannot "wait until tomorrow...it should be going on this very minute. Acts 24:25 If we are walking according to Christ's footprints and yearning for an eternity with the Heavenly Host then let's get busy training others to be "about My Father's business"...today! Luke 2:49 Please take a moment to consider these things. Love, Archie
APRIL 29, 2019
How do you feel when one of the Family is going through a "rough Spot"? Do you revel in the fact that it is not you or do you find yourself immersed in the "same" hurt, pain, difficulty, tribulation, etc. as they are facing? How about when one is overjoyed with happiness, euphoria, excitement, passion, glee, exuberance, etc.; over a recent event in their lives and we can't wait to find a way to "douse the fire" of the one who is rejoicing?
God teaches us to be EMPATHETIC in our Christian Brotherhood. In Romans 12:15-16 Paul states, "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion."
Let'smake a point TODAY (and prayerfully everyday) to practice LOVE according to the will of God and bring JOY into his courts and praise for Him among men by the way we show love one to another! (John 13:34-35) Please take a moment from your busy day to consider these things. Love, Archie