with Brother Archie R. Green
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
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
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 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