Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam

October

Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – October 26, 2020

Holy Ground

Exodus 3:4-5 “So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

            Wherever God meets us, that place becomes holy ground. Moses discovered this truth one day when he was on the backside of the Sinai Desert. God got his attention when He caused a bush to burst into flames, yet the bush was not consumed. When Moses approached, God told him to take “his sandals off his feet”, because the place where he was standing was holy ground. Moses was to learn that day, “that it is God’s presence in a place that makes it holy!” It was from this place, that Moses received his call to be Israel’s deliverer.

            Wherever God meets us becomes a sacred place for us. Abraham had Bethel (Genesis 12:8; 13:1-4), Elijah had Mt Carmel (1 Kings 18:20-40), the woman of Samaria had Jacob’s well in Sychar (John 4:1-29), Saul of Tarsus, who became Paul the Apostle, had the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-9). I have Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, near Albany Georgia, where I met the Lord Jesus in salvation, and a military barracks in South Korea, where the Lord called me to preach His Word!

            We all have special places which hold spiritual meaning that we cherish. Of course, we do not worship the place, but the one who meets us there. If God is calling you from a burning bush, remove your sandals. Why? Because you standing on “Holy Ground.”

Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – October 19, 2020

Don’t Give The Devil A Foothold!

Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.”

            You’ve never met an adversary like the Devil. He’s always on the prowl. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” He’s seeking someone to devour. That could be you or me today!

            So, what should we do? The Bible tell us to resist him. That’s a good start. Don’t lay down and become a victim of his attack. But Paul also gives us some important advice that should always be part of our strategy to overcome the Devil. We are not to “give place to the Devil”. To “give place” is sometimes translated, “to give opportunity”. The Greek word literally means “a foothold”.  When we walk obediently, Satan has “no place” in our lives. He doesn’t have a foothold to gain an advantage over us. However, if we hold unconfessed sin in our lives, we give Satan a “foothold” to oppress us and harass us. Without the Lord’s forgiveness of sin, the Devil can attack the believer mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. We must get rid of our sin, through confession, so that we can get rid of Satan’s oppression.

            Don’t endure Satan’s oppression another day! Take back ground you have given up. Today, “Don’t Give The Devil A Foothold”!

Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – October 12, 2020

Don’t Underestimate The Good You Are Doing!

Acts 16:25 “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” 

            When I was a young man growing up in South Georgia, I remember going to the ponds and lakes in the area, doing some fishing and such. I also remember enjoying throwing rocks into some of those still waters, and being amazed how the ripples would go out so far from a single stone. One action can have quite an effect on your surroundings.

            That’s what happened when Paul and Silas were arrested in Philippi. They were awake, praying and singing hymns (probably some of the psalms) at midnight. The Bible makes it clear that their witness did not go unnoticed. The other prisoners were listening. I’m sure they wondered what would make these men be so joyous, while locked up for preaching the gospel. They were soon to find out that it was because of their relationship to God through the Lord Jesus. Their faithful witness bore fruit. After God opened all the doors of the prison, and freed them all of their chains, even the jailer gave his heart to Jesus.

            Wow! We are called to be faithful witnesses, to share the gospel, love people and trust God to use us as He sees fit. Paul and Silas could not have known that their praying and praising would start a revival in prison. They were simply doing what seemed right at the time.  

            So today, “Don’t Underestimate The Good You Are Doing”!

My Cell Phone number is (256) 375-8112. Please call or text me if you want to talk, or if you need something!

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam  
South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – October 5, 2020

The Blessings Of Renewed Fellowship!

Psalm 32:5, 7-8 “I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin…. You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”

A wall of separation had been erected between David and God. It was a wall of his own making. He had sinned with Bathsheba, and for possibly up to a year, he had not dealt with his sin before the Lord. But here in Psalm 32, we have the picture of that fellowship being restored. The solution to the problem came when David confessed his sin to God. The wall of separation came crashing down, and David found God waiting with open arms to receive him back into fellowship. What a blessing that is for all of us who have returned to the Lord’s welcoming embrace!

David recounts for us the blessings he discovered upon his return to the Lord and the sweet fellowship found in His presence. He mentioned God is a place to hide from the difficulties of life. He gives us help to make it through times of trouble. He gives us a song in our hearts and teaches us in the way we should go. In fact, so close is our relationship to him, our heavenly Father “guides us with His eye”.

Perhaps you feel distant from the Lord. Perhaps you need to come back to the Lord’s open arms and forgiving heart. Then you can know the “Blessings of Renewed Fellowship” with the Lord!

My Cell Phone number is (256) 375-8112. Please call or text me if you want to talk, or if you need something!

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam  

South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

September

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – September 30, 2020

Jesus Lives to Pray for Us 

Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

            Someone texted me this morning and simply said, “I have prayed for you and Mrs. Laura this morning.” What a great way to start a day. The power in those few words give great comfort and encouragement. You can’t help but have a spring in your step after that kind of greeting. What a friend!

            Jesus is that kind of friend, and more! The entire seventeenth chapter of John is a prayer Jesus prayed to the Father, right before He went the cross to die for us. And guess who was on His mind? You and me! A great portion of Jesus’ intercessory prayer was devoted to us. He asks that the father might allow us to know God in the fullest sense. That we might understand, accept, and obey His Word. He prays for our protection, for our unity, and for our joy. These are just a few of the things He knew we needed from our Father. I encourage you to read all of John 17 at some point today. It will be a tremendous blessing upon your life.

            The writer of Hebrews says the Lord Jesus “always lives” to pray for us. I don’t know about you, but that gives me great hope. That give me tremendous encouragement that today is going to work out just fine. I know I can breathe a little easier, knowing Jesus is concerned about how things go for me today.

That gives us great reason to celebrate today’s possibilities!

My Cell Phone number is (256) 375-8112. Please call or text me if you want to talk, or if you need something!

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam  

South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – September 29, 2020

Today’s Priority—To Please God

Galatians 1:10 “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”

Paul knew that you and I cannot please God, if we are always trying to please others. I know we appreciate the input of others, but if we are not careful, we will let this world, and “the cares of this world”, direct us away from God’s agenda for our life. Every day is precious, and we must seek to accomplish all that God wants us to do, and seek to do it His way.

            The apostle Paul states this truth clearly in our Scripture passage today. Paul’s goal in life was to one day hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21) In 2 Corinthians 5:9-10, Paul said, “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

 We have a responsibility to our Lord to consider today a great opportunity to “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness.” (Matthew 6:33)

So, what is your “Top Priority” today? May it be, “I want to Please The Lord”!

My Cell Phone number is (256) 375-8112. Please call or text me if you want to talk, or if you need something!

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 

South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – September 28, 2020

God’s Plan For You Today

Romans 8:28-30 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” 

            God always has a plan. Just read the Bible, and you find God constantly letting us in on the “Big Plan”. The book of Revelation is a great place to see a very dynamic picture of how God’s “Big Plan” ends. We all love to study that.

            But don’t forget that God also has many smaller parts of His “Big Plan”. Our Scripture passage today tells us that God is working everything in this world around His plan to make you and me, and all other believers, like His Son Jesus. I can hear you saying, “Wow, that is going to be a challenge!” I agree, but our God is more than up to any challenge, especially in His desire to fashion us into the image of His precious Son.

            I believe all Christians want to be like Christ. Jesus is our hero, our example, our master, our Lord, our friend, the one we want most to be like today. If we were to list some of the ways we want to be like Jesus, our list would probably have things like: be more loving, patient, sympathetic, sensitive, discerning, selfless, wise, and …. Well, you get the idea. And I like that list. But perhaps, because Christ was sinless, we might well be most like Him if we “sin less”. At least, I believe that’s a good start. If our lives are not pure, then I am convinced people are not going to think we are sincere when we try to show them Jesus through some of the other things on our list.

            The primary purpose for Jesus coming was to deal with our sin, and its effects on us. He squared off against sin because He knew it was the ruin of those He loved. That would be you and me. He dealt with the penalty of sin at the cross. He set us free from its power. It’s up to us to depend on the power of the Spirit of God as we choose to live righteously.

           So today, shall we not look to see how God will “work things out” so we will be more like Jesus when the day comes to an end!

My Cell Phone number is (256) 375-8112. Please call or text me if you want to talk, or if you need something!

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 
South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – September 27, 2020

Forgiveness From The Heart

Matthew 18:20-21 “Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

            It’s interesting that, in this passage, the Lord gives us a little insight into Peter’s heart. Seemingly, out of the blue, Peter asks Jesus about how often he should forgive people of their sins against him. He then throws out the number “seven”. Perhaps he had picked up from Scripture how often God uses the number seven in his dealings with people and the world in general. Perhaps he was dealing with a person who he was on “number eight”, and felt he had exhausted his patience. Regardless, the Lord assures Peter that we simply must not put a limit on our forgiveness of others. He then tells a parable about forgiveness, and concludes with this statement in Matthew 18:35, “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

            Jesus is obviously concerned that Peter give the proper response to the situation that he was facing. I am certain that Jesus knew exactly what Peter was thinking about, and knew that this could be a defining point in his life.

Our Lord is watching our lives as well. The fact that Jesus did not simply give the short answer, and move on, tells us that he wants us to freely give forgiveness to those who have hurt us. Surely, in light of how much our Lord has forgiven us, we can forgive those who wrong us. After all, could you imagine Jesus telling you, “Sorry, no more forgiveness for you”? I shudder to think of it!

So today, How much “Forgiveness is In Your Heart?” I trust it is at least “seventy times seven.”

My Cell Phone number is (256) 375-8112. Please call or text me if you want to talk, or if you need something!

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 
South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – September 26, 2020

The Blessing Of The Lord

Proverbs 10:22 “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.” 

            The Bible teaches us that the true source of riches, that is wealth, is the Lord. It is the “Blessing Of the Lord.” Whether you are speaking of material blessings, or spiritual blessing, they all come from our “Father in heaven”. 

In Numbers 6:24-26, we read, “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you peace.” This wonderful prayer of blessing was given by the Lord to Aaron and the priest of Israel to be used when praying over His people. It can, and should be used by Christians today.

  “Bless Us With Your Protection.” “The Lord bless you and keep you.” Keep means to watch or protect.

“Bless us with your Presence.” “The Lord make His face to shine upon you (and) lift up His countenance upon you.”

Bless us with your Pardon.” “The Lord…be gracious to you.” Israel was prone to wander rebelliously into sin. Apart from god’s grace, none of them would have entered the Promised Land. God saves and sustains us as well.

“Bless us with your peace.” “The Lord…give you peace.” God gave Israel peace, and He continues to grant peace to His people today.

           The Lord desires to bless you today. As your pastor I have prayed this prayer for you. Can I encourage you today, to pray this prayer for your family, and for at least one other family?

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam  

South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – September 25, 2020

Truth—The Currency of The Kingdom

 Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 

            The world always has a problem with truth. In fact, the world would say truth is relative. When Jesus told Pilate that he came into the world to “witness to the truth,” Pilate said, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38)  That is a great question. Of course, we know that Jesus said, “He is the truth” (John 14:6).

            The Bible says that Satan’s most natural language is lies. In John 8:44, Jesus said, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” Whenever Satan speaks, or leads someone else to speak, it will always be a distortion of the truth, which is indeed, a lie!

            Twisting the truth is what Satan did when he challenged Eve concerning the truth about what God had said regarding eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Saul distorted the truth when he was supposed to destroy the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15). When someone colors the truth, or distorts God’s Word, there is never any doubt concerning the source of that kind of thinking. Satan will always seek to lead people to serve their own interest. The believer must beware!

            Truth is the Currency of the Kingdom—Lies are the counterfeit money of Satan’s domain.

My Cell Phone number is (256) 375-8112. Please call or text me if you want to talk, or if you need something!

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 
South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – September 24, 2020

Trust the Lord To Guide You

 Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. 

            Living our lives as a child of the King is a marvelous experience. It is also an awesome responsibility. As we seek to know and do God’s will, we must learn to trust the Lord to guide us. Trust is a precious commodity. The one who has it is blessed indeed. The Bible talks a lot about trust. So the question I pose to you today is, “Who do you trust?” God encourages us to center our lives on Him, and to completely rely upon Him for guidance. In fact, we can all trust the Lord from the day we are born, until the day we die.

            We live in a society that does not produce much hope, or trust. In fact, the world is constantly deceiving people to the point that it brings a “false hope”, one that never delivers anything but hurt and despair. We cannot overcome the trials and tribulation of this life by ourselves. That’s why we need Christ. When we come to know Jesus as our Savior, we are given hope that will see us through any challenge. The Bible tells us in 1 John 4:4, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” We can trust Jesus to get us through all the circumstances of this life, and for everything in the life to come. All because we trust in Him!

            So, may we “Trust The Lord To Guide Us Today”!

My Cell Phone number is (256) 375-8112. Please call or text me if you want to talk, or if you need something!

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 

South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – September 23, 2020

The Power Of God’s Word

Hebrews 4: 12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

            God’s Word is the most powerful force in the world. It is able to do that which nothing else can do. It is alive, and can look into the very soul of man. No one can hide from its searching eye. The writer of Hebrews knew that nothing could resist it.

The psalmist also held the Word of God above all other things in this world. In Psalm 19:7 we read, “The Law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The Testimony of the Lord is sure, making the wise simple.”  Scripture is “the law of the LORD.” The Bible does not offer “suggestions” to mankind. Rather, it proclaims His authoritative precepts and laws, which are standards for all people of all times. The Bible is “perfect.” It is flawless truth, completely free of error. When it speaks, it speaks with pure, untainted accuracy.The Bible benefits the believer by “converting (restoring) the soul.” The soul includes one’s mind and emotions.

The Bible points us to heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord! You will not find anything else in this world that is “perfect”. Trust today in “The Power Of God’s Word”!

My Cell Phone number is (256) 375-8112. Please call or text me if you want to talk, or if you need something!

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 

South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – September 22, 2020

God’s Plan For Your Life

Jerimiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” 

            Our God is a God with plans. He knows each of us, and He knows what He wants our lives to be like. He knows what He wants us to do. Jeremiah is called the weeping prophet (Jeremiah 9:1 and 13:17). The Lord knew all about Jeremiah when He called him to be a prophet. He formed Jeremiah in the womb and knew him even before his mother gave him birth.

            God also knows you. Nothing surprises Him. In fact, He talks often about His plans for you. In Jeremiah 29:11 we read, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” As we live our lives in obedience to our Lord’s revealed will, we can live each day, secure in knowing that His plan for our lives will be for our good and His glory.

The Lord appointed Jeremiah, The young man stepped out in obedience and faith. His days were not always easy, but He finished the task the Lord gave him and was victorious. The Lord paved the way for Him, and He will do the same for you and me.

So today, may we seek to know and fulfill God’s plan for our lives!

My Cell Phone number is (256) 375-8112. Please call or text me if you want to talk, or if you need something!

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 

South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – September 21, 2020

Giving Like God Gives

2 Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 

             What kind of giver are you? What kind of giver do you want to be? Well, perhaps you would like to consider “Giving Like God Gives”. The Bible says much about our giving. But the main giver mentioned in Scripture is God. God’s gift was, of course, Jesus. That statement follows Paul’s two chapter appeal for the Corinthians to give an offering for the poor saints in Jerusalem. He assures them that they should give as God prospers them, and with cheerful hearts. But, it seems the whole while he is encouraging them, and us, to give to God’s work and people’s needs, he has in his mind, the one who gave His best—God. When God gave His Son Jesus to die the sinner’s death for us, He didn’t hold anything back. He did it because He loved us so much!

           So, God says there will always be a connection between what we give to the Lord, and our appreciation of what He has given to us. If the Bible’s view of Jesus is that he is God’s “indescribable gift”, what can we give Him in return? Perhaps the answer is “Nothing”—except our hearts, our worship, our thanksgiving, our obedience, our all. And when we place a gift in the offering plate (or the offering box we are using during these days of COVID 19, or mail a gift in  or bring it by the church, or give on line), that simple gift is symbolic of all those things. We are honoring the Lord with our possessions.

            When we give, it is one way to say, “Thanks God, for your Indescribable Gift!”

My Cell Phone number is (256) 375-8112. Please call or text me if you want to talk, or if you need something!

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 

South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – September 20, 2020

What About Tomorrow?

 Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

            One of the things that is almost always on our mind, is tomorrow. We wonder how tomorrow will turn out, even as we seek to get through today. No one knows what a day may bring. Life is filled with many uncertainties.  We find ourselves fretting over our jobs, stressing over our finances, or perplexed about our children’s lives. Jesus knew these concerns were always going to challenge our days here on earth. Jesus said we can trust our heavenly Father with today, and tomorrow.  Some days, I’m sure, we all realize that’s easier said than done.

            The writer of Psalm 121 was having one of those days. Let’s just call it a “stressing” day. But he states confidently that his trust is in the Lord, who constantly watches over him, to help him today, and tomorrow. In psalm 121:1-4 we read, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills– From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” Each night before I go to bed, I make one last round to ensure all our doors at home are locked. Almost without exception, I think of this passage of scripture, and thank the Lord that he will not be going to sleep, therefore I can sleep without fear. I know He will watch over us.

            As Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount, His desire is for us to allow our hearts to trust Him for tomorrow, just as we trust Him for today. Certainly, if He can handle the cares of today, He is more than able to handle our tomorrows. Listen to what God says in Isaiah 57:15, “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’” Did you get that, God says he “dwells in eternity”. That means he is in yesterday, today, and tomorrow, right now.

          So, Jesus said don’t worry about tomorrow. Why? Well, because He’s already there, and he is planning everything just for you! 

My Cell Phone number is (256) 375-8112. Please call or text me if you want to talk, or if you need something!

Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 

South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885