Of all the God given rolls in life, motherhood is in the top of importance. A mother’s unselfish unconditional love and nurturing I feel is just what the Lord had in mind when he structured the family. When we look throughout history we see mothers willing to sacrifice and do without so their children could survive and thrive. The hours are long and the reward seems a ways off ,but keep perservering mothers ,reaping day is coming and your children will rise up and call you blessed! Don’t succumb to this last day spirit of ” me-ism” and lovers of you own selves more than lovers of God! Being a chaste keeper at home far out weighs the materialism and temporal success that this day has lifted to the pinnacle of importance! The old saying “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world ” is so true. Look at Moses and his mother jochebed. She only had a few of his formative years to influence him but influence him she did!! When he came to years he refused to be called the son of pharoah’s daughter but rather chose to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. He was Gods choice to lead the people of God out of bondage and into the promised land This decision was a direct result of a mother’s nurturing influence.
Oh how important is motherhood! Not only can a mother influence for good but she can hinder,misdirect and confuse her children by her foolish and selfish desires. My heart goes out to those who did not have /do not have a good mother or a mother at all. Mother’s day represents a painful reminder of something blessed that they have missed in life. The picture that is painted of all the good ,loving and sacrificing mother’s and their children’s honoring of them ,even after death is an arrow to the heart of those who have suffered with immature, self centered and absent mothers . May I encourage you today ,the scripture records “when father and mother forsake you the Lord will take you up” ! He will be your mother and your father he will love you unconditionally and will never forsake you!
To the mothers that have shown their love by sacrifice and unselfish living and giving ,our respect goes to the stars for you and we truly thank you for showing what motherhood is all about!
I want to thank my wife Elizabeth Gray for being a real mother and grandmother to our children and grand children. I also want to thank Emma Butler for her example of motherhood and being a great mother in law and grandmother to our children.
Happy Mother’s Day to all
John 15:4 KJV
 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Without connection to the vine the branch is powerless to bring forth fruit on it’s own. The branches life blood is from the vine and any disconnect will eventually result in the death of the branch! Our theme this year is to be “fruitful and clean in 2016” Prayer is one of the most essential ingredients in a Christian’s life. There is no substitute for prevailing ,agonizing ,travailing prayer! The now I lay me down to sleep prayers and the short snippet prayers as we are on the go cannot replace the thought captivating prayer in the Holy Ghost. Giving God our undivided attention is not only honoring him but the only way to the travailing that brings forth spiritual children. Let us not take the easy way being lazy depending on someone else’s prayers as the manner of some is. But let us take a hold of the horns of the altar and pray until victory comes and righteousness is rained down upon us. As someone has succinctly stated Much Prayer ,Much Power ,Little Prayer,Little Power,No Prayer,No Power! Stay connected abide in the vine,hide his word in your heart. Let us rise up and show this generation that the effectual Fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much!
2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
There is hope today because of that Easter morning ! Sin has caused darkness in the realm of all who have been born into the world causing us to live in the bondage and confinement of darkness. We who had no hope,no light,no joy have seen a glorious great light. Matthew 4:16 “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”This light has brought liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison doors to those that are bound.
” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”John 1:1-5
You don’t have stay in darkness and captivity HE LIVES ! And because he lives we can face tomorrow.
Remember service tomorrow begins at 2 pm. There will be just one service tomorrow.The Spirit of God has been so rich in these services and the preaching has been with heaven sent anointing!
Psalm 32:1-2 KJV Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
God is married to the backslider and if he is dealing with you, you had better run to the rock and be broken!!
Revelation 21:1-3 KJV And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Revelation 21:10-17 KJV
 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;  And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.  And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.  And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.  And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
That is basically a little farther than Birmingham ,Alabama to Phoenix ,Az.
If you divided up the city in mile cubed rooms that would be 33,75,000,000 rooms!
If you spent 1 minute in each room it would take you 2,343,750 days or 6421 years 232 days or 91.7 lifetimes to view the whole city.
1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV
 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Don’t you want to go there!