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Wednesday thoughts

Just a note to say— I love you.

From my heart I say this:

In my childhood, many people, including my parents had chickens running loose in the yard. This included mother hens, baby chicks, fryers to eat, and a rooster that crowed frequently. I have watched so many times that when a thunderstorm arose— the mother hen, in her own language, would gather her baby chicks under her wings until the storm passed.

As each week passes by, I wonder how many more until we can safely open our doors for worship. From my heart, I miss seeing each of you. I miss the hand shakes and hugs. I miss the words of encouragement. I miss the worship services that maybe I’ve taken for granted. My heart is broken that you and I cannot respond to an emergency at the hospital. I miss drinking coffee with the men and those times of fellowship. Oh, the list goes on of the things I miss.

I feel hopeless in a lot of ways, but I am reminded that God is our refuge and strength and is a very present help in times of trouble. I encourage you to practice your faith, be sensitive to others’ needs, check on others— especially the sick and shut-ins, and place yourself under the sheltering wings of the Almighty.

For our Wednesday Thoughts, I direct your attention to 1 Kings 18:36-39.

Why it Rained When Elijah Prayed

Introduction: Elijah Prayed

I. In the Name of the Lord (John 16:23)

II. In Faith “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

III. In Sincerity- Meditate on 2 Chronicles 7:14

IV. In Righteousness (1 John 3:22)

V. In Humility (Luke 18:13-14)

VI. In Forgiveness (Mark 11:25)

VII. With Perseverance (Luke 11:8-9)

Do you pray like Elijah prayed?
 
 
In relationship to the Coronavirus, we need to pray like Elijah prayed. Would you pray right now— like Elijah prayed?
 
Miss Seeing You,
 
Bro. Don
 
 
P.S. The church is not closed, and it is not dead. We are simply deployed on mission.
 
 

A note from a member to the Church Congregation:

Dear Church Family,

We appreciated your thoughts and prayers for Pam. Pam loved her church and church family. We take comfort knowing Pam was saved. God bless you.

Chuck Easley and Family


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“Be still and know that I am God.”

Exodus 14:13-15

I. Picture the Scene of this text:

God’s people were on the move from bondage to the Promised Land.
  • In front of them— was a raging sea.
  • To the rear of them was Pharaoh’s army.
  • God’s people were hemmed in and fear had set in.

In the midst of fear— Moses was saying to the people, “Fear not.”  Verse 13.

 
Regardless of the problem that confronts you and I— God’s message is always, “Fear not.” Verse 13.
 
In Psalm 46:10, we read the following, “Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
 
Read Psalm 27:3, Psalm 118:6, and Isaiah 43:1-2
 
Yes, the Israelites had fear. As they looked at their front, they saw a raging sea, and as they looked behind to an army chasing them.
 
Fear- One of the worst nightmares people can face.
 

II. What does fear do for you and I?

  • Worry
  • Making rash and hurried decisions
  • Striking out at people
  • Physical sickness
  • Ignoring God
  • Withdrawal into a shell of depression
  • To give up hope

III. What are you and I to do when fear strikes?

 
Turn to Jesus— He can and will bring peace and joy to our lives.  He can deliver us from fear.
 
John 14:27, 2 Timothy 1:7, Romans 8:35, 37-39
 

IV. What was God’s challenge to the Israelites?

 
Verses 13-14- Stand still— watch the salvation of the Lord.
 
Yes, a roaring sea was in front of them and Pharoah’s army behind them.  The natural reaction was to flee, and God’s leader says, “Stand still or be still and watch God at work.”
 
That same challenge applies to you and I in the midst of this pandemic.  God is saying to you and I— “Don’t cave in.”  Believe 2 Timothy 1:7.
 

V. What was the command of God to the Israelites? Move forward.

 
Read Exodus 14:13-15
 
People- There comes a times in our lives— even when fear has gotten a hold on us— that we are to rise and go forth, be diligent, and be steadfast.
 
1 Corinthians 15:58
Galatians 6:9
 
Conclusion: Is your life gripped with fear?
 
Think on what the Psalmist said in Psalm 118:6.
 
Spend one on one time reading and meditating on Psalm 91.
 
During these times, God’s church is not closed.  It is deployed on a great mission.
 
I am thankful that we have Facebook, YouTube, Live Streaming, and our Church Website.  Yes— we are deployed on mission.
 
Miss Seeing You,
 
Bro. Don

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Jesus’ Seven Last Sayings

“I commend my Spirit”

Luke 23:46

The word “commend” means to place with someone, to entrust, or to commit. Jesus was not helplessly watching His life slip away, but He consciously placed it in the care of, entrusted it to to, and committed it to the tender caring hands of His Father. Matthew Henry says, ” Our souls were forfeited, and He must go to redeem the forfeiture.” The price must be paid into the hands of God. The party offended by sin, to Him He had undertaken to make full satisfaction. It is just as if you owed someone a debt. When you went to satisfy that debt, it would only be proper and fitting to place the money into the hands of the one to whom it was owed. So, Jesus while paying the price for our redemption, placed the purchased price, His life, into the hands of His Father. “I commend my spirit.”


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Jesus’ Seven last Sayings

April 9, 2020
 
“I Thirst”  John 19:28
 
“I Thirst” is the fulfillment of Psalm 69:21.  Our Lord knew what was going on; He was fully in control as He obeyed the Father’s will.  He had refused to drink the pain deadening wine that was always offered to those about to be crucified.  In order to fulfill the scriptures in Psalm 69:21, He said, “I thirst.”  He was enduring real physical suffering, for He had a real human body.  He had just emerged from three hours of darkness when He felt the wrath of God and separation from God.  When you can have darkness, thirst, and isolation, you have— Hell!  Yes, there were physical reasons for his thirst, but there were also spiritual reasons.  Psalm 42:1-2
 
— “Be Transformed” by Warren Wiersbe
 

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Sunday School Apr 26th – As you survey the Cross

As you survey the Cross— you may hear the following:

I. “Nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matthew 17:20

It is possible

  • To cast all our cares upon Him
  • To have the thoughts and imaginations of our heart purified
  • To see the will of God in everything and to receive it not with sighing, but with singing
  • To take complete refuge in Divine Power and to become strong through and through

Nothing shall be impossible unto him that believes. What is God saying to you as you survey the cross on this April Sunday morning?

As you survey the Cross— you may hear the following:
 

II. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7

Have you prayed and prayed and waited and still no answer?

Are you tired of seeing nothing move?

Are you at the point of giving up?

Perhaps you have not waited in the right way. Romans 8:25- “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

Patience takes away worry. Patience takes away weeping. (He knows your need better than you do.)

James 1:4- “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire— wanting nothing.”

Think about what God could be saying to you.

As you survey the Cross— you may hear the following:
 

III. “My grace is sufficient for thee.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Please read the following devotion. It was printed in 1925 in a book entitled “Streams in the Desert.”
 

“My grace is sufficient for thee.” (2 Cor.12:9.)

The other evening I was riding home after a heavy day’s work. I felt very wearied, and sore depressed, when swiftly, and suddenly as a lightning flash, that text came to me, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” I reached home and looked it up in the original, and at last it came to me in this way, “MY grace is sufficient for thee”; and I said, “I should think it is, Lord,” and burst out laughing. I never fully understood what the holy laughter of Abraham was until then. It seemed to make unbelief so absurd. It was as though some little fish, being very thirsty, was troubled about drinking the river dry, and Father Thames said, “Drink away, little fish, my stream is sufficient for thee.” Or, it seemed after the seven years of plenty, a mouse feared it might die of famine; and Joseph might say, “Cheer up, little mouse, my granaries are sufficient for thee.” Again, I imagined a man away up yonder, in a lofty mountain, saying to himself, “I breathe so many cubic feet of air every year, I fear I shall exhaust the oxygen in the atmosphere,” but the earth might say, “Breathe away, 0 man, and fill the lungs ever, my atmosphere is sufficient for thee.” Oh, brethren, be great believers! Little faith will bring your souls to Heaven, but great faith will bring Heaven to your souls.
—C. H. Spurgeon.
His grace is great enough to meet the great things—
The crashing waves that overwhelm the soul,
The roaring winds that leave us stunned and breathless,
The sudden storms beyond our life’s control.
His grace is great enough to meet the small things—
The little pin-prick troubles that annoy,
The insect worries, buzzing and persistent,
The squeaking wheels that grate upon our joy.
 
—Annie Johnson Flint.
 

There is always a large balance to our credit in the bank of Heaven waiting for our exercise of faith in drawing it. Draw heavily upon His resources.

Yes, as you survey the cross, think about what the Lord is saying to you.

IV. “All things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23

Faith adds its Amen to God’s “Yes” and then takes it to hands off and leaves God to finish His work.

Its language is, “Commit they way unto the Lord, trust also in Him.” Psalm 37:5a

I simply take him at His Word. I praise Him that my prayer is heard and claim my answer from the Lord. I take; He undertakes.

Active faith says— I believe it, now I take.

Yes, I know that God is able and full, willing all to do.

He bids me to go forward.

Yes, as you survey the cross, what is God saying to you?

V. “Launch out into the deep” Luke 5:4b

In the devotional, “Streams in the Desert”, we read the following:

“Launch out into the deep.” (Luke 5:4.)

How deep He does not say. The depth into which we launch will depend upon how perfectly we have given up the shore, and the greatness of our need, and the apprehension of our possibilities. The fish were to be found in the deep, not in the shallow water.

So with us; our needs are to be met in the deep things of God. We are to launch out into the deep of God’s Word, which the Spirit can open up to us in such crystal fathomless meaning that the same words we have accepted in times past will have an ocean meaning in them, which renders their first meaning to us very shallow.

Into the deep of the Atonement, until Christ’s precious blood is so illuminated by the Spirit that it becomes an omnipotent balm, and food and medicine for the soul and body.

Into the deep of the Father’s will, until we apprehend it in its infinite minuteness and goodness, and its far-sweeping provision and care for us.

Into the deep of the Holy Spirit, until He becomes a bright, dazzling, sweet, fathomless summer sea, in which we bathe and bask and breathe, and lose ourselves and our sorrows in the calmness and peace of His everlasting presence.

Into the deep of the Holy Spirit, until He becomes a bright, marvelous answer to prayer, the most careful and tender guidance, the most thoughtful anticipation of our needs, the most accurate and supernatural shaping of our events.

Into the deep of God’s purposes and coming kingdom, until the Lord’s coming and His millennial reign are opened up to us; and beyond these the bright entrancing ages on ages unfold themselves, until the mental eye is dazed with light, and the heart flutters with inexpressible anticipations of its joy with Jesus and the glory to be revealed.

Into all these things, Jesus bids us launch. He made us and He made the deep, and to its fathomless depths He has fitted our longings and capabilities.—Soul Food.

“Its streams the whole creation reach, So plenteous is the store;

Enough for all, enough for each; Enough forevermore.”

Have you launched out into the deep?

Some people have cornstalk faith. Oh, so tall and green it stands, until a hard wind blows and down to the ground it goes.

Folks— Jesus said, “Launch out into the deep.”
 
This is our challenge in the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic.

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Sunday School Apr 19th – In Times of Trouble

Genesis 13

Arguments cause worry and trouble in the family.

Has your family ever faced a problem that caused worry and trouble.

Have you ever become involved in an argument with another member of your family over something that you both wanted? Most families have experienced this.

If this has happened in your family, you will understand better the experience of the two families in today’s Bible study. The Bible passage relates how two families felt and acted when they were confronted with a serious problem.

“The herdsmen schemed to outsmart each other. Arguments and fights developed among them. Arguing did not settle the disputes. A bad spirit existed among the families of the herdsmen.

Here are some possible solutions to the problem between the herdsmen: (Remember Abram was the chief of the tribe.)

1. Ask Abram to command Lot and his servants to leave and find other pasturelands. Abram already owned the land according to God’s earlier promise.

Abram could have ordered his herdsmen to fight until they defeated Lot and his men. Not only would this have given Abram more grazing lands, but he could have taken what remained of Lot’s flocks, also. There isn’t much doubt that Abram had more men to fight for him.

2. Ask Abram simply to issue a command that the fighting must stop and that those who disobeyed would be punished. He was the chieftain of the tribe and had the authority to do such.

3. Suggest that Abram divide the land and give Lot that portion that he wanted Lot to have and take the rest for himself. By doing this Abram could have assured himself of adequate grazing lands.

However, Abram did not use any of these possible solutions. Abram made this suggestion to Lot to settle the problem. Abram said, “Let there be no strife or fighting between us and our herdsmen.” Abram solved the problem by doing what God planned for families to do when they have problems. Abram acted unselfishly in the situation. Genesis 13:5-18 contains the solution Abram offered. As you read this passage, you will discover how Abram acted unselfishly to overcome trouble.

In many families today there is strife similar to that which Abram faced: fighting, quarreling, and disagreement. Does today’s scripture passage offer some helpful approaches to solving problems within your family as well as outside your family? How?

Lot made his choice. His choice was greedy. He selected the best land, filled with large areas of grassy grazing land and an oversupply of water. Thinking only of himself was the tragedy. Lot had learned many lessons from his Uncle Abram. But Lot forgot the most important lesson— in times of trouble, think about the other fellow.”

Note: The lesson today was printed in 1971 from the Sunday school department of Convention Press, Nashville, TN.

A forty-nine year old Sunday school lesson that is very applicable in 2020.


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Sunday School Apr 12th – Do you believe the report?

Text: Mark 16:9-14

For three days:

  • They had been living in the shadows.
  • Hope had been dead.
  • Their eyes had been swollen with weeping.

Oh, if they had only remembered that He had said He would rise again.

Thought: They could have been rejoicing all this time.

Did they forget Mark 14:28?

Matthew 17:22-23?

Matthew 16:21?

Do you believe that He arose? (Discussion)

I. Note the background of today’s text

Luke 24: 1-8

Mark 16:1-8

Note the response of the angel. Mark 16:6

Picture this conversation

  • You are looking for Jesus— He is not here— he is risen.
  • No grave could hold Him.
  • He made the tomb where He was buried.
  • Here on earth He showed His power over death.
  • He brought three people back from death to life again and now— He exhibits this power over death by coming back to life Himself.
  • He told you that He would be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and that on the third day, He would rise again.

Now look in your Bible. (Mark 16:9-11)

II. He appeared first to Mary Magdelene

She went to the tomb while it was yet dark. In John 20:11 we find her weeping. She looked into the sepulcher weeping and as she wept— the angel asked her, “Woman why weepest thou?” and she said, “Because they have taken away my Lord and I know not where they have laid Him.” John 20:11-13

Then note John 20:14-15.

Now read Mark 16:10-11

Did the disciples believe her report? No

Why? Was it because of her background? Was it because she was a woman? Was it a lack of faith on the part of the disciples, or was it fear— that had taken hold.

Now read Mark 16:12-13.

III. His appearance to two disciples on the road to Emmaus

What did they do? Neither believed.

Who were those two disciples? We are told the name of one. Read Luke 24:13-18. About what were they talking? Who joined them in their conversation? How did Jesus respond to them? Read Luke 24:27-31.

Now read Mark 16:12-13

On this Easter Sunday morning— Do you really believe? Do you really believe— that Jesus died and rose again— just for you?

IV. Now read Mark 16:14

Picture the scene— the disciples had gathered into a certain room and locked the doors because they feared the Jews and while they sat in grief— Jesus came and stood in their midst.

For what did he rebuke them?

Conclusion:

  • Do you believe that He arose?
  • Do you love Jesus?
  • Have you told others about Jesus?
  • How long has it been since you told others?

On this Easter Sunday morning of 2020, you and I have a message to tell.

Jesus Christ is our only Hope.


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Easter Sunday Communion

On this Easter Sunday— I encourage you as a family to conduct the Lord’s Supper in your home.  Listed below is the order of service.
 
Read Luke 22:7-22
 
Then the leader in the home may say:
 
We now come to observe the ordinance of the Lord’s supper, given to us to celebrate in memory of his broken body and shed blood.  It is said that on the night before He was betrayed, at the conclusion of the feast of the Passover,  in which He and His disciples were celebrating; He took bread and having blessed it, brake it and gave to His disciples and said, “This is my body, which is given for you.”
 
Pray
 
Break and pass out the bread and read the following:
 
John 6:58.  This is the bread which came down out of Heaven; not as the fathers ate, and died; He that eateth this bread shall live forever.”
 
On that same night, our Lord took the cup and having blessed it and gave it to His disciples and said, “This is my blood which was shed for you.”
 
Prayer
 
Pass out the drink
 
Read Hebrews 9:22
        1 John 1:7
 
“For as often as yet eat this bread and drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord’s death till he come.”  1 Corinthians 11:20
 
(Items you will need:  any fruit juice or water, appropriate cups, crackers or bread— on a plate)
 
You should choose the time that best fits your family.
 
In Christ,
 
Bro. Don

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Jesus Last Seven Sayings

Jesus calls Mary, “Woman”, just as He had in John 2 at the wedding at Cana.  His hour is come.  He is to die, but He will rise again.  He is to be glorified.  His relationship with His mother is to be severed. To her, as well as to us, He is to be the glorified Christ.  His resurrection will clear her name forever.  Her reputation will be vindicated, but she must come to Christ in faith just as every other believer comes.  While he is dying for  the sins of the world, He will not neglect her.  We know that many will be praying with the disciples in the upper room after His resurrection.  See Acts 1:14. Then afterwards, she drops out of the picture.  As long as she lived, John would keep her in his home and cared for her as the Lord Jesus asked him to do.
 
— “Through the Bible”  J. Vernon McGee

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How to Give Online or by Text Message to Kolola Springs

Now, more than ever, our church must stay the course. With families and small businesses in our community facing uncharted waters due to COVID-19, our mission remains the same. Through your generosity, we can continue to reach those in need and help them through this challenging time, while continuing to to pay the salaries of our staff.
 
Since it is not an option to give in person, we wanted to remind you that online giving and text giving is available on our brand new website, https://www.kololasprings.org.
 
Here is a short video on how online giving works:
 
 
 
 
Here is a short video on how text giving works:
 
 
Step 1: Text the word Give to our Giving Number: (662) 337-8889
Step 2: Tap the link sent back to you and fill out the one-time registration form
Step 3: Enter your gift information and tap “Confirm Your Gift”
 
The next time you give, simply send the gift amount to our Giving Number (so be sure you save it in your phone!).
 
Finally, in the coming days, our new church app will be available from the Apple or Google app stores. Once our new app is live, you will be able to give via the app as well. We will send out a separate email announcing the launch of our new app.
 
We appreciate you taking a few moments to learn about this secure way to give online to our church. Please, let us know if you have any questions.
 
In Christ,
 
Jason

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