Daily Bread Devotionals

July

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – July 14, 2020

Happy and Blessed

Psalm 32:1-2 “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

            I can imagine we have all played peek-a-boo at some point in our lives. I remember our grandkids loved to do it when they were little. I can’t count the number of times our granddaughter would cover her eyes with her hands, and say, “You can’t see me!” That was always funny, and so cute.

As I read theses verses in Psalm 32, I can’t help but think about this game when I hear David say, “Blessed is the man…in whose spirit there is no deceit.” David was probably experiencing the happiness of forgiven sin after his adultery with Bathsheba. David is saying, it is the person who does not have a deceitful spirit that is happy. Just as a child cannot really disappear from sight when she covers her eyes, neither does our sin disappear when we cover it with our lies, or our denials. Our unwillingness to be honest with God and confess our sin only blocks true fellowship with our Heavenly Father. God sees our transgressions just as clearly as we see that child who hides behind her hands.

So, today, do you want to be happy and blessed? Why not start with being honest with God!

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 – July 13, 2020

Living Like We trust God!

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

            Like any parent, God is so very pleased when we live like we trust Him. That’s the way Paul and Silas were living in the story our text is taken from. And I have no doubt, God was very pleased. So much so, that He shook the prison with an earthquake, and opened all the prison doors. Paul and Silas were then free to go, but they held back. They knew God was up to something. In fact, God used Paul and Silas to win the jailer, and his entire family, to the Lord.  

            Now, I suppose we could say Paul and Silas were “walking by faith.” After all, the Bible says in Habakkuk 2:4, “The just shall live by faith.”  I can imagine that Paul and Silas may not have felt much like singing, yet they praised the Lord anyway. They chose to trust God, and live like everything was going to be alright. That takes faith.

            The prophet Jeremiah preached for most of his life, with minimal positive response. However, he was faithful to trust God with the results. Even in the face of being threatened with death, Jeremiah continued to preach.

            God calls us to make a deliberate choice to walk by faith, to trust Him. This is an act of our will. May we, today, choose to trust the Lord as we “walk by faith”!

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 – July 12, 2020

So, You Want To Be Like Jesus?

Romans 8:13-14 “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” 

            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. I believe every born again believer is aware of this desire and does, at some level, think on it each day. Today, I’m thinking on it, and I want to encourage you to do the same.

            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 it’s power. It’s up to us to depend on the power of the Spirit of God as we choose to live righteously.

            That’s where today comes in. Today we can choose to be like Jesus. Because He was sinless, perhaps we can strive to “sin less” 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 – July 11, 2020

What Are You Following?

Proverbs 21:21 “He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness and honor.”

            The Book of Proverbs is in a section of the Bible called “The Wisdom Literature” for a good reason. It is most definitely known for its practical wisdom. This verse is one of the best examples of that straightforward truth. In this verse we find practical principles for living our lives in light of God’s wisdom.

            A very fundamental truth of life is stated in these simple words. God wants us to know that what we follow determines what we find. It is one of the simple truths in life that multitudes of people fail to realize until it is too late. The righteous life, and the life of sin are polar opposites. You can never follow one, and find the other. If we follow after sin, it is certain that we will find heartache, pain, and suffering. On the other hand, if we follow after righteousness, and the will of God, we will find joy, life and honor.

            The choice is before you. Which path will you choose to walk today? Think about it. We often say things like, “I never seem to have any choices of my own in life!” Well, today is your day. It’s “the day the Lord has made.” If you chose the right path, you will indeed be able to “rejoice in it!”

            What are you following 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 – July 10, 2020

Real Success!

1 Corinthians 13:1, 4-6 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal…. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”

            I have a desire to be successful. I bet you do too. Of course you do. We all want to be successful. But the real question on our minds, I’m sure, is how to do it, and how to know when we have achieved it. We certainly know it’s not in having an impressive resume, because no matter how much we accomplish for the good of those around us, someone will sooner or later come after us and do more, and do it better. Success can’t be measured by the size of our bank account, because we know, at the end of the game, all the money has to go back in the box. It’s most likely not found in making a name for ourselves, because even the best reputation will fade over time.

            So what do we mean when we say, “I want to be a success”? Perhaps it is wrapped up in our desire to make a lasting impact on our world for the glory of God, and the good of those God places in our lives. But, how can we do this? The apostle Paul was convinced it comes down to one characteristic of God which His Holy Spirit fills us with: love. Love will change our world quicker, and more forcefully, that anything known to man or angel. It’s a powerful tool God has made available for us, and it’s given without measure. God loves us with an “everlasting love”. Listen to what He says in Jeremiah 31:3, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.’” This same love, with which God has transformed our lives, is to be used by us, to change our world.

            When we love, it aligns our motives and our actions with God’s purpose and His heart. When we love with a pure motive, we tap into Christ’s power. And that my friends, is “Real Success”!

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 – July 9, 2020

Getting To the Bottom Line

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

            For the most part I’m a pragmatist. I will listen with interest as you tell me about your clock, but I’m most likely wanting to hear what time it is. I like to listen to a good (clean) joke, but I’m probably already wondering what the punch line is. I guess I am generally looking for the bottom line in a matter. That’s one reason, I suppose, that I like the book of Ecclesiastes so much. Solomon clearly states God’s “bottom Line” before he closes his book: “Fear God and keep His Commandments.”

            Solomon was King of Israel. He was her third King. His father David was a warrior, and established the kingdom and safely positioned it as a leader in the ancient world. Solomon was a builder. He tried to find fulfillment in many things. A quick read through the book will make that clear. However, he admits that none of his wealth, wives, or achievements brought him happiness. So in the last couple verses he gives God’s bottom line: “Fear God, and keep His Commandments.” If we fail in these two points, life will indeed be worthless.

             So, what about you? Have you rightly feared (respected) God by receiving His Son Jesus as your savior? Do you study and obey His commandments? If so, you have gotten in line with “God’s Bottom Line!”

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 – July 8, 2020

Expose My Heart, Really?

Psalm 139:1-2 “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.”

            Do we ever really think about our hearts? Perhaps we should. God makes reference to our hearts quite often in His Word. What is the condition of your heart? Is there a wall around it? A wall of shame, or anger, or pride? Have you ever opened your heart and invited God to look inside, to let Him see everything?

            David begins this Psalm acknowledging God’s perfect knowledge of all things, including his heart. Yet, when he comes to close his thoughts, he moves to invite God to really look at all that he thinks or feels. Listen to his prayer, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  (Psalm 139:23-24) Since we know that we can’t hide anything from God—not our feelings, desires, or even our thoughts—why not welcome God into our hearts for a loving inspection. After all, David was convinced that it would result in God being able to “lead (him) in the way everlasting.”

            It takes courage to invite God in for a good look at your heart (your feelings, thoughts, and desires). But the rewards are great. He will give peace, encouragement, and direction.

            So go ahead, why not open your heart to God 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 – July 7, 2020

It’s Possible With God!

Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

            Jesus has always been in the people business. In the context of our verse today, Jesus has been approached by a young man who wanted to know how to go to heaven. Jesus first dealt with him about the Law. He said he was moral. Then Jesus confronted him about his wealth, the things he possessed. He challenged him to sell what he had, give to the poor, and follow Him. The young man went away sad, because he loved his possessions more than his desire to know God.

            The disciples were confused. They wondered who then could be saved. Jesus said it is very difficult for a rich man to be saved, but then he makes this marvelous statement, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” The immediate application is important, but the unlimited implications of this truth are incredible!

            I take great comfort and strength in the fact that God brings possibilities into every seemingly impossible situation. Nothing is beyond His reach. He’s not worried about anything. He is God Almighty. I love the way God puts it in Jeremiah 32:26-27, “Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, ‘Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?’” That is a rhetorical question that demands the answer, “Nothing!”

            Today, you may face things that are impossible for you. I know the feeling. But I also know that your heavenly Father loves you, and wants to assure you that he can make a way, where there is no way!

            Trust Him today, for with God, “all things are possible!’

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 – July 6, 2020

I Know Someone Who Understands

Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

I suppose we have all had days when we thought, “No one really understands what I’m going through.” Maybe we even tried to share that with someone who just didn’t quite understand. Our list of the difficulties that come our way can be long: sickness, a broken heart, temptation, financial woes, family distress, grief, disappointment, loneliness, or missed opportunities. The list could go on.

The one thing I can assure you of today is this: God’s Word says that The Lord Jesus stands before our Heavenly Father as one who completely understands and is deeply moved by your situation. He can identify with you because He has experienced each and every aspect of your pain and suffering. This is our Great High Priest who said, “You believe in God, believe also in me.” This is the lovely Lord Jesus who said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” This is the God who said he is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3: 20). This is our Lord who understands.

Today, why not share your burden with Jesus, “The One Who Understands!”

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 – July 5, 2020

Forgive You—Again?

Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

            The great literary genius, C. S. Lewis once said, “Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea, until he has something to forgive.” I think, perhaps, we’ve all been challenged by this kind of statement at one time or another in our Christian walk. There was a cartoon drawing in a magazine that is a powerful reminder of this very thing. It shows an exasperated father saying to the prodigal son, “This is the fourth time we’ve killed the fatted calf.”

            Truthfully, as we consider the numerous times we’ve had to ask our heavenly Father for forgiveness, we are surely thankful that He does not keep a record. I love what the psalmist says in Psalm 130:3-4, “If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.”  Someone has said, “Go to the cross for forgiveness: stay at the cross and learn to forgive.”

            It was when Jesus was being mistreated on the cross, that he asked His Heavenly Father to forgive those who caused His pain (Luke 23:34). Perhaps someone has mistreated you. When Jesus asks us to forgive others, I know, and he knows, it is not humanly possible. It is a work of God’s grace in our lives. Jesus demonstrated how it could be done. Now He calls on us to draw from His strength, and do the same thing for those around us. It the only way to be blessed as we live out our faith.

            Step into freedom today, and forgive someone!

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 – July 4, 2020

You Can Count On It!

Psalm 90:2, 4 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night.”

            Eternity. That’s a long time. It’s where God lives. In fact He has always lived there. He sees everything from that vantage point. He is “from everlasting to everlasting.” That’s Bible talk for saying He has always been, and will always be.

            Time. That’s where we live. Our present existence is like a “dot on the line of eternity.” Even though that dot is very small, from God’s perspective, it’s still significant. That’s because you and I are there on that dot, this present moment in time. God is in the people business. He cares about you, and me.

            Prophecy. That’s important to God. It’s important to Him because it represents a completed event in God’s sight. Like when God moved the prophets to tell of the coming Messiah to be born in Bethlehem, He saw the prophecy and its fulfillment at the same time. The prophets had to wait for it to happen, but God saw it when He told the Prophets to write it in His book, the Bible. Jesus was born in time, but God saw it in eternity.

            In Hebrews 13:5, Jesus tells us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” That’s a promise from the one who lives in eternity, the one who is “from everlasting to everlasting.” Don’t ever doubt His promises or His prophecies. Once He speaks, “You Can Count On It!”

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 – July 3, 2020

What Can I Give?

Proverbs 3:9-10 “Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine”

            The Bible says much about our giving. But the main giver mentioned in Scripture is God. In 2 Corinthians 9:15, the Bible says, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”  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.

            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.

            Wow! What a 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 – July 2, 2020

Whatever We Ask

1 John 3:21-22 “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. “

            The phrase, “If our heart does not condemn us “, does not point to a sinless perfection, but to the spiritual status of every born-again believer. Resting on God’s grace silences a condemning heart and births a new confidence before God.    

John indicated that a confident prayer life is founded on obedience to God’s commandments. These commandments are summed up in a single commandment composed of faith and love. Believing on the name of Jesus is the entry to salvation.    

John also told us, “Whatever we ask we receive from Him.” The only requirement seems to be complete surrender of our will to God. The answer may not always be in the form that we expect, but rest assured, it is God’s best for us.  

God’s Word always seems to a link a right standing with the Lord with a natural desire to talk with Him about the issues of our lives. It’s the most natural thing in the world for a child of God to confidently bring life’s needs and concerns to Him. He desires to be part of our lives. In fact, he longs for it. In Jeremiah 33:3 He says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

Why not “call on Him” 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 – July 1, 2020

Reaching For The Future 

Philippians 3:12-14“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

The apostle Paul knew the importance of looking forward, of reaching forward. The past is important. We can learn from it, we can certainly be encouraged by it, but we cannot live in it. The “upward calling of God” upon our lives causes us to want to live for the Lord and His Kingdom every day. We are to fulfill this calling with energy and passion.

           None of us will reach perfection this side of heaven. The realization of this fact early in our Christian pilgrimage is vitally important to our walk with God. We are to take inventory each day. In so doing, we can identify areas of our lives that need improvement. As we forget the distractions of our past, we can reach for what is ahead.

            God’s plan for your future is really quite interesting. He is a very creative Lord. He wants to do more for you, and through you, than you ever imagined. So today, are you set to “Reach For The  Future” with our  Lord? If you are, let the journey begin!

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

June

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 30, 2020

United By Love

Colossians 3:14-15 “But above all things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you were also called in one body; and be thankful.”

            The modern condition in America is one that easily rejects the gospel, the authority of the Scripture, and the idea of moral absolutes. How do we change this course of thought and action, and then enhance acceptance of the good news of Jesus? No doubt, it takes the work of God. But as Christians there is something we can do as we pray for awakening. We must return to the Lord as our first love. Jesus said, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent” (Revelation 2:4-5).

            In today’s text, Paul, by the Spirit’s leadership, picked one extremely important characteristic of the elect. He picked an attribute that has a profound impact on the church and those outside of Christ: love. Love unites the people of God. We need unity to be effective in impacting the lostness of our culture.

            Our Lord made it clear we are known as His disciples by the way we love each other (John 13:35). Our witness for Christ is effective when we love each other and when peace rules our relationships.

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 – June 29, 2020

Blessed Are The Merciful

Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

            In the final four Beatitudes, Jesus speaks of how we are to live in the Kingdom. If there’s one thing we should celebrate in our Christian walk, it is the mercy God has shown to us in forgiving our sin, and placing us in His family. We are indeed blessed.

           The Lord points out that we are to reflect God’s “merciful nature” by extending that same mercy to those we come into contact with daily. We should extend the same forgiveness and compassion that we received in our salvation. The Bible tells us in James 5:11 “…that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”

             The Bible tells us in Proverbs 11:17, “The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.” We are to forgive those who wrong us, and pray for God to bless them with His mercy. It’s the only Christian thing to do. We know that people must repent before they can receive God’s mercy, but we are to leave all that to God.

            As we sow the seed of God’s mercy, we will reap the harvest of His continued blessing. One sign that we belong to Jesus, is that we readily extend God’s mercy to those who have failed God (and us).  

            Wow! What a way to start our day!

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 – June 27, 2020

Better To Serve The Lord

Psalm 84:10-11 “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

            We are constantly offered up pictures of the world as they party. They are convinced that we want to have the things they have and do the things they do so we can be happy. They make life look like a huge party full of beautiful, smiling people without a care in the world!

            But we know better. We know the tents those of the world erect and live in aren’t all the fun they make it out to be. There is a high price to pay for ignoring God in this world. There is more to life than what you see and do on this celestial ball. Being happy today does not give promise of a happy tomorrow. We all know plenty of broken lives and broken homes that prove that.

            But we have chosen another path. It is the path that leads into God’s presence. The psalmist calls it “entering God’s courts”. He speaks of serving the Lord as the place of contentment and joy. To be a “doorkeeper in God’s house” might seem insignificant to the world, but we know Jesus taught that greatness in the Kingdom comes through servanthood. The wise man looks to more than the latest high energy TV or internet commercial to choose his path.

            What about you? Do you believe it is better to serve the Lord, than to enjoy the world’s party? Make you choice 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 – June 26, 2020

Do Not Love The Evil World System

1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.

            The Bible makes it clear that we are to understand a passage of Scripture as it relates to the context. For instance, in John 3:16, we are told that God loves the world. Yet, here in our text, we are told not to love the world, or the things of the world. Is this a contradiction? Of course not. The word “world” is used three ways in the Bible. The context easily identifies which meaning is to be taken. It refers to the earth itself (1 Samuel 2:8), the people of this planet (John 3:16), and also, as in our present verse, the evil world system that is anti-Bible, anti-Christian, and anti-Jesus.

            The Devil controls this evil world system. It was Jesus who called Satan “the prince of this world” (John 12:31). Paul went on to say he is “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4).  In that great showdown in the wilderness, Satan offered this world system to Jesus, if he would only bow down to worship him. Jesus, of course, refused (Luke 4:5-8).

            Is it any wonder why our Lord constantly warns us to beware of this world, and its constant pull on us? We are not to be conformed to it (Romans 12:2). We are not to act like it, talk like it, or care for it (you really don’t have to rise to the level of loving the world for it to get you in trouble. “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32).

We must live in this world, but we must not live like it!

            What about You?

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 25, 2020

God: The Best Gift Giver!

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

            I have always enjoyed the Home Alone movies. Perhaps you have seen them. In Home Alone 2, Kevin is in New York City, alone. Kevin’s uncle Rob and aunt Georgette have a townhouse on 95th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. He finds the address in his dad’s contacts, which were in his backpack. He decides to go visit them after he remembers that, “They always give really good gifts.”

            I know someone else who “always gives really good gifts”!  He is our Heavenly Father. One of the greatest Bible verses of all (John 3:16), tells us that “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son for us.  The Apostol Paul calls Jesus God’s “indescribable gift.” Our words fail to grasp His greatness!

            Christ is the greatest gift ever given or received. From him flows forgiveness, freedom and fullness. In Matthew 13:45-46, the Bible speaks of a merchant finding “one pearl of great price.” He is willing to give up all he has to have that one pearl. Jesus is that Pearl!

            Our precious Jesus is indeed, “God’s Indescribable Gift.” Will you thank Him today for this gift?

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Because He Lives,

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 24, 2020

He Is Near!

Psalm 145:18-20 “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.”

            Of all the things that comfort me, the words of this psalm are at the top of my list. “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him.” God hears your cry. Even on a day like today, he is near. Your day may be shaping up to be a great day. Good! Your day may already seem like it could possibly be challenging beyond the norm. One thing is certain, you will not have to go it alone!

            Whether your concern is over a job, a relationship, or money (even the lack of money), He hears you. He not only hears you, the bible tells us He “delights in rescuing you.” God is glorified when we trust Him to watch over us. He will always “come to our rescue” when we call on Him. It may not work out the way we thought it would, but be assured, He is involved in “working things out for good” for those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

            How strong is your love for Him? I believe it is obvious that you love Him, because you are trying to grow closer to him right now: spending time in His word, thinking on the things of God.

Rest in His presence right now. Tell Him that you love Him!

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 – June 23, 2020

Fighting The Good Fight!

2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

I am familiar with human warfare. Though I was never in a frontline battle, I studied warfare for a number of years. I spent about 10 years in the army. I was in the infantry over six years, and a Chaplain over three years. I suppose we have all heard the saying, “There’s no such thing as a bad peace, or a good war.” Perhaps there’s something to that.

But as Christians, we are clearly told by our Lord that we must fight for righteousness in this world. Paul called it “the good fight”! We are told in this Scriptural passage that Paul, near the end of his battle-scarred life said, “I have fought the good fight.”

   The good fight for the Christian is worth the effort. After all, we are fighting for our Lord’s Kingdom. We are to choose our weapons. Remember what Paul said about these weapons. In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 we read, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

As we start each day, we must remember that we go into war with an ensnaring world, a weak flesh, and a very busy and determined Devil. He is relentless. The front lines of this spiritual battle is a rugged place. The stakes are high, but the rewards are great!

Today, will you commit to “Fight The Good Fight”!   

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Because He Lives,

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 22, 2020

Relying On God’s Power 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

            I believe most Christians really want to serve Christ. But sometimes, I think we may fail to speak out, or hesitate to give a witness for our Lord because we may feel inadequate. We may feel like there are people better able to serve Him, or perhaps better equipped than we are to complete the task we sense God speaking to us about.

            The truth is, the less we are able to do in life, the more we see God’s power when we do step out to accomplish the task He places on our hearts. God wants others to see Him working in our lives. Therefore, the less likely people think we might be able to achieve something for the Lord, the more people see God’s power working through us. A person with superior skill, education, money, or time may certainly use all these things for Kingdom service. But we must always know that it is God’s power doing the work. He is to receive the glory.

            Paul was a lot like us. He had physical ailments, ministry burdens, and even enemies who opposed his work for our Lord. Paul’s pleasure was not in the trying situations life presented to him, but in anticipating what Jesus could do through him, in spite of his weaknesses.

            Don’t let your situations cause you to doubt God’s ability and pleasure to use you. Your situations do not affect His power in the least.

Today, rely on His power as you do His Kingdom work!

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 – June 21, 2020

Persecution And The Kingdom 

Matthew 5:10-12 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

            One of the blessings of being a Christian is being worthy to “suffer for Christ.” That’s Bible talk for “persecution”. If we seek to live godly in Jesus, we will be persecuted. God affirms that little truth in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” Jesus’ words help us cope with this rather unnerving truth!

For the Christian, persecution is a reality. Jesus did not say “if”, but “when” you are persecuted. If we live Sprit-filled, separated, holy, prayerful lives, Satan will see to it that we are harassed by the world. When we are persecuted, what is our reaction? Jesus said we are to “rejoice and be glad”.  When the apostles were beaten for preaching about Jesus, they were “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name” (Acts 5:41). Finally, our Lord speaks of our reward for suffering persecution. Persecution is a sign that “ours is the kingdom”. Heaven is our reward!

If you suffer for “Christ’s sake”, be glad. Jesus said, “You’re in good company”!

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 – June 20, 2020

He Watches Over Us

Psalm 121:5-8 “The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.”

            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. He spoke words of wisdom to us in Matthew 6:34, saying, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Some days, I’m sure, we all realize that’s easier said than done.

            The writer of Psalm 121 was having one those days. Let’s just call it a “stressing” day. He begins by looking about him, and affirming that God was his helper. He then confirms that the Lord was his “keeper” The word keeper gives the sense of the Lord being our guardian. The one who guards and protects us.

            God’s Word says that the Lord watches over what we do. He does this at all times, both day and night. He further promises to do this now and forever.

            So, enjoy your day, for “The Lord Watches Over You”!

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Because He Lives,

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 19, 2020

Who Can We Trust?

 Isaiah 26:3-4 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.”

            Perfect peace is something that only the Christian can know. Jesus tells us that the world’s peace is not worth living for, or dying for. He is the only one who can give us true peace. He said it Himself in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

            God’s peace is never a passive peace. The only way imperfect people can have perfect peace is by trusting in the perfect Son of God. Paul testifies to this timeless truth in Philippians 4:6-7, where we read, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” As Isaiah has pointed out, we can have God’s peace as we keep our minds “stayed (think focused) on Him”.

            The peace Jesus gives defies worry, fear, uncertainty and circumstance. Our part in all this is to trust! And we can. The Lord is indeed, “everlasting strength.” There is nothing we face today, that He cannot handle.

            You Can Trust Him!

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Because He Lives,

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 18, 2020

Blessed Are The Peacemakers!

Matthew 5:9 “Blesse are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.”

            The prophet Isaiah tells us a lot about the Lord Jesus. In Isaiah 9:6 he records, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  It is this last title that the Lord Jesus says we are to incorporate into our own lives. When a person is saved, the Lord gives him His peace (John 14:27). The new believer suddenly has a desire to live at peace with himself and with other people. He becomes a “peacemaker.”

            In all of our lives we encounter both “troublemakers” and “peacemakers.” Troublemakers constantly keep problems and conflict stirred up. They have a rebellious spirit, and find it difficult to submit to anyone. They have critical spirits, disapproving of anything they didn’t think of, or anything they can’t control. Troublemakers are “children of the Devil.”

            Wow, enough about those people. Let’s talk about peacemakers. Praise God for peacemakers! They can calm tense situations without compromising biblical principles. They always seek to preserve “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). Peacemakers are “sons of God”

            Do you want to be blessed today? Seek to be like Jesus. Seek to be a peacemaker today!

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 17 2020

Victory Over The Devil!

Matthew 6:13 “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

            In these dark days we must not be ignorant regarding spiritual warfare. We are in a battle. God wants us to fight and win the good fight of faith. He expects us to pray in order to be delivered from Satan’s schemes. In Ephesians 6:11, God calls these schemes “the wiles of the devil”.

            So, how can we win? It begins with a clear understanding of the spiritual battle. Our struggle is not with people alone, but with the demonic forces behind the evil acts of those outside the will and purpose of God. In Ephesians 6:12, the Bible tells us, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  We must stop wasting time fighting people and start praying instead.

            We must also learn that we are seated with Jesus in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:4-6). Since He is Lord of all, we have authority over demonic forces (Mark 3:14-15). Christ within us is more powerful than Satan, who is in the world!

           We live on a battlefield, and we must be prepared. Our victory is only a prayer away. God is most definitely able to “deliver us from the evil one”! Will you believe this today?

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 16, 2020

What If The Answer Is No?

Acts 12:2-3 “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also.”

            There are times when we do not have all the answers. One such time is when the question comes up, “What if the answer from God is No”? In our text we find that the newly born church is in trouble. One of their leaders, James, is killed by Herod the King. This brought great joy to the unbelieving Jews. If there was one thing Herod wanted to do, it was to please the Jewish leaders.

Do we believe the church was praying for James to be delivered? I certainly do. When Herod then arrested Peter, thinking to do the same to Him, the Bible says, “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” (Acts12:5) In Peter’s case God intervened, and sent an angel to deliver him. Did God love Peter more than James? Of course not. Peter and James were both part of Jesus’ inner circle, yet it was not God’s sovereign will to save James from a martyr’s death.

            How did the church react? Did they stop praying? Did they get angry with God?  Did they get bitter toward God? Did they try to get even with Herod? The answer to these questions is, “No”!

            There are times when we must accept God’s answer because we trust His love and wisdom. The purpose of prayer is not to conform God to our will but to adjust our will to His, even, “When the Answer is No”.  

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Because He Lives,

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 15, 2020

The Healing Of Our Land

2 Chronicles 7:14 “And if My People, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked way, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

            We need a fresh movement of God. Too few are being saved and set free. Too many in our world have rejected the truth of the gospel. Far too many are focused on destroying our land, rather than attempting to build it up.

The Lord has revealed three keys that can unlock the door to God’s blessing and the healing of our land. What are they?

            Humility. “And if My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves.” God demands that we walk humbly before Him (Micah 6:8). When pride walks in, God walks out. When we focus on ourselves, we miss Him.

            Hunger. “And pray and seek my face.” For the blessing to come, God’s house must become a house of prayer. Prayer is not what we do before the real business, it is our real business!

            Holiness. “And turn from their wicked ways.”  We must repent and be cleansed by the Lord. When our sins are confessed and forsaken, He will pour out His grace and compassion.  In Proverbs 28:13, God’s Word says, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

           Will you join me in praying that God will sovereignly “heal our land”?

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 14, 2020

Trophies Of His Grace

Revelation 1:5-6 “And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

            Who is this one who grants His followers authority to reign? Who is this one who has made us “trophies of His grace”? His name is Jesus. He is Prophet, Priest, and King. In fact, He is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. As our High Priest, he entered the true tabernacle in heaven and into the true Holy of Holies and sprinkled His blood upon the mercy seat of God. He is paramount and has been given authority over all things

            What has he done for us? Jesus’ death completely removed our sin. He has shown us unconditional love. He has taught us that this love flows from the Father. He has washed us from our sin through His blood. He has given us new life, while removing from us the sentence of death that was upon us because of our sin.

            May we serve Him faithfully with grateful hearts? We deserve none of this, yet here we stand, “blessed beyond measure”.

            We are objects of His love, and have indeed, been made “trophies of His grace’!

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Because He Lives,

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 13, 2020

Just What We Need!

Psalm 145:17-19 “The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.”

            Our God is so rich and vast. These verses are packed with attributes of our God. We read He’s righteous. He’s gracious, He’s near, He fulfills desires, He hears, He saves.

            What do we need from the Lord? I believe we all here at South Luverne Baptist are desiring for God to come near, and visit us with His power. The Lord says we are to ask of Him, seek Him, and believe in faith that He will come through. We may not understand how, but we know we can trust His heart.

            We need to allow the words of Isaiah 55:8-9 to be personal for us: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

            When we fall, He will pick us up. When we’re hungry, He will feed us. When we open our hands, He satisfies. When we call on Him, He is near. James tells us, “Draw near unto God, and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8).

When we call upon God, we find He is “Just What We Need”!

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Because He Lives,

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 12, 2020

Giving Thanks To God

Colossians 1:3-5 “We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; because of the hope that is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.”

            I often hear that a Spirit-filled person is a grateful, thankful person. Paul was a man with a great attitude that displayed itself in gratitude. Vance Havner said, “We grow up taking things for granted and saving our flowers for the dead. All along the way, countless hands minister to our good, but rarely do we acknowledge them.”

            Remember, this letter to the Colossians was written from prison by the hand of a man with a tender spirit and a consuming graciousness. It really is amazing grace that can keep us grateful, no matter what life may throw at us.

            Do we reflect often on those for whom we are grateful? How about our Bible teachers, or friends who helped us through difficult times? What about our parents, for all they taught us?

            Perhaps today, we can share a word of thanks with those who have touched and encouraged us along our way. Perhaps today, we can display God’s gracious heart!

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 – June 11, 2020

Living Holy; Honoring God!

1 Peter 1:15-16 “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

            When we, as Christians, live holy lives, not only are we obeying God’s command, we are also honoring Him. Notice in this verse, the command is to be “holy in all our conduct.” Because we are robed in the righteousness of Christ, we stand holy before God. Peter is here referring, not to our position before God, but to our practice before all.

            When the Bible speaks of our being holy, it means we are to be dedicated to the exclusive use of God. We are to conduct ourselves in this world in such a way that it shows we are seeking His Kingdom above all. 

            We must not miss the fact that the character of our conduct is a reflection of the one who “called us out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). How could we ever think that our Heavenly Father would be pleased with His children if they live unholy lives that are completely contrary to His very nature?

            Notice the inclusiveness of God’s command. His holiness is to characterize “all’ of our behavior. Our Lord will not excuse ungodly behavior simply because it is confined to a certain area of our lives.

            Our reverential fear of our holy God moves our hearts to honor Him by being like Him.

            Shall we not honor our Heavenly Father today?

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam 

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 10, 2020

Now That’s An Invitation!

Revelation 20:20-21 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

            In our Scripture passage today, we find what I believe is the most incredible invitation ever given in all the universe. Jesus Christ, The King of Kings, and Lord of Lords has invited all of us, any one of us, to allow Him into our lives to live.

            We note first the one who extends this invitation – none other than Jesus Himself, the agent of creation, the author and finisher of our faith, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the Prince of Peace, our Savior – He is the one who invites you. There is no greater one. That’s the top of the ladder.

            Notice also that this is no quick, drop-by invitation. He wants to come into your life and spend some time, sitting right next to you at the dinner table. Just imagine what you two might talk about. I don’t know about you, but talking to Him in prayer seems pretty easy, compared with Him sitting right next to me at the table. I know it will be fine, but the thought still kind of blows my mind.

            If you think that is incredible, consider the final thing He mentions. He’ not talking about dinner, dessert, and He’s on His way. He is actually offering us a spot at the seat of authority, not at His feet as a slave. “Surely not”, you say. Well yes indeed, that is exactly what he assures!

           Now That’s An Invitation!

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Because He Lives,

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 9, 2020

What Is Your Mind Set On?

Philippians 3:17-21 “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame–who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”

            The message of the Bible always indicates that Christians who think the most of the next world are usually those who are doing the most good in this present world. As C. S Lewis says, “Aim at heaven, and you get earth thrown in. Aim at earth, and you get neither.”

Our scripture passage today points out what happens when we set our hearts and minds on things above; like heaven, and all that comes with that marvelous place. Unlike the worldly person who constantly thinks of this world, and the things it offers, as Christians we begin to see ourselves as pilgrims. We realize that we are not long for this world, and are looking to do all we can for our Lord while we have opportunity.

            As we eagerly await Jesus’ return, we anticipate the joy we will experience when He “transforms our body into one like His.” Those who do not know the Lord may say that “being so heavenly minded makes us no earthly good,” but I disagree. I am convinced that those whose minds are on heaven do a world of good!

            So, what will your mind be set on today?  Perhaps, at least for the next few moments, you will “think on things above”!

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 – June 8, 2020

The Blessing Of The Lord!

Psalm 103:2-4 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,”

            In Jesus Christ we have everything we need for the rest of eternity. When King David wrote this psalm, he was overflowing with gratitude for what God had done for him. “The Blessing of the Lord” (Proverbs 10:22) was upon him, and he could not keep silent. This blessing not only gives us all that we need to be in right standing with the Lord, it gives us the daily blessings that make life joyous!

            In this scriptural passage, we are encouraged not to forget the benefits of God’s grace that have come to us. First, in grace, God has forgiven us of all our sin. He releases us from the burdens that sin produces. Second, in grace, the Lord redeems our lives from destruction. We used to be slaves to sin, but now we are set free. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Finally, in grace, God covers us with His “loving-kindness and mercy.”

            All these blessings come to us because we belong to Him. Today, let us be grateful for “The Blessing of 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 – June 7, 2020

Enjoying the Water!

John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

            Jesus wants to make His home in our hearts. He wants to bring water to our dry, thirsty lives. Remember what he said to the little man in the tree, Zacchaeus, who had a big, empty spot in his heart? Jesus told him, “Today, I must stay at your house” (Luke 19:5).

            Jesus desires a close relationship with us. He wants to move into our lives. He not only wants to cleanse our hearts, He wants to live there. When he takes up residence in our lives, He assures us that, “out of our hearts will flow rivers of living water.” We’re talking, total satisfaction, and unlimited supply. Jesus is the source of salvation, and he lives within all who believe and trust in Him.

            The invitation is clear. “Come as you are,” He says, “and bring your parched life and your thirsty soul.” Bring your dried up and broken life. You will never thirst again, if you drink at His well of salvation. Jesus completely satisfies.

            Because this is true, don’t merely endure religion; enjoy a relationship with a Savior who satisfies. Enjoy the water, and share it with a thirsty soul 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 – June 6, 2020

The Fruit Reveals The Root

Matthew 12:35,37 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man, out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. . . For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”   

Clayton moved to Orlando, Florida, to become pastor of a church in that town. Shortly after arriving a new friend in the church came over to his house and told the pastor he wanted to plant an “orange tree” from which he could eat fruit in three years. The tree grew well, and in three years the fruit was ready. However, the tree produced, not oranges, but limes.

 It does not matter how long you wait for oranges from a lime tree: it will never produce oranges. The fruit revealed the root. When you hear bad words out of a person, then you have a bad root. Listen to people and discern their hearts by the words they speak. Things do not change by themselves, they only get revealed.

 Most Christians like to think well of everyone. Few believers are discerning. What is in the well comes up in the bucket. Perhaps we should stop trying to change the outside of people. May we focus on allowing God, who changes the inside of people, to use us? 

Our goal is not behavior modification, but heart transformation, which is only possible through Jesus.

Let’s change our world today, one heart at a time!

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 – June 5 2020

How Far Are You Willing To Go?

Mark 14:35 “He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed….”

Some believers are satisfied with only a superficial relationship with Jesus. Others desire to go as far as they can into the holiest moments with God. There is a price to be paid in pursuit of these special moments with our Lord.

On the night Jesus spent in special prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, various people responded to him in different ways. Some were so indifferent to Jesus, they weren’t concerned where He was. Then there was Judas, who knew exactly where Jesus was going, but was too absorbed with his own selfish schemes to join Him.

The rest of the disciples followed Him to the garden, but were distracted by fatigue and sleep. Jesus told them of the urgency of the hour, but they just could not understand it. Then, there was the inner circle, Peter, James, and John. They initially prayed with Him, yet even they could not grasp the gravity of the hour. Ultimately Jesus prayed alone. He went further than His disciples, and prayed longer. There was no one to go with Jesus when the greatest moment of intercession in human history came.

I wonder how it is with us. God is calling us to go deeper in our prayer life. The disciples did not have the Holy Spirit living in them as we do. Surely, with His abiding presence, we can “watch with Jesus” in prayer.

How far are you willing to go with Jesus 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 – June 4, 2020

Pleasing the One Who Sees!

Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”

           King David wrote Psalm 19. It is one of my absolute favorites! Okay, I hear you saying, “Bro. Sam, you are always saying one verse, chapter, or the other, is your “favorite”! And I would probably say, “Well this time, I really mean it”!

            The truth is, this great Psalm tells us so much about how we can know God, that it would literally take a week of devotionals to cover it. What I want to point out is, after David says so much about knowing our great God, he ends with an incredible prayer for his life to be pleasing to the Lord. King David lived with an awareness of God’s watching him as he lived his life.

            We please Him outwardly by our words, and we please Him inwardly by our thoughts. Life is a perfect melody when our inward and our outward are in harmony with each other. When we strive to allow the “words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts” to be acceptable to Him, our life will be a beautiful song to the Lord!

What about you? God loves you, and has given His Son to purchase your life. He gave His Son to be your rock and your redeemer. Is it your desire to please Him, to bring delight to His heart? If this is your prayer today, he will most definitely be pleased with 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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – June 3, 2020

Goodness-Who Knows

Galatians 5:22 “The fruit of the Spirit is … goodness”

            I have been to many National Cemeteries. I have buried quite a number of military men in National Cemeteries around the Southeastern United States. One day, I will most likely be buried in one of two national cemeteries we have in mind for my final resting place before the great resurrection day. One National Cemetery I have driven by, but have not had the privilege to visit, is Arlington National Cemetery. As you probably know, there is a memorial tomb there called the “Tomb of the Unknowns”. The inscription on the tomb reads: “Here Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known but to God.”

            If you are ever in doubt about what makes a person great, I would not suggest you start with the Hollywood elite, or those that are celebrated on the TV nightly. Greatness is not found in prestige, power or possessions. It is found, rather, in goodness, humility, service, and character, all of which can be found in military men and women. Many of these are ‘Known But to God”.

            What are you pursuing in life? More things, more toys, more connections? Or, do you desire to carry out God’s will and see Him glorified. Are you willing to allow the Spirit to develop within you God’s goodness; a goodness that will change this world in ways you can never imagine?

            If you are, then live for Christ today with the goodness of God at the center of your life. This world may not know you, but you will definitely be “Known to God”!

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 – June 2, 2020

Knowing The Deep Things of God!

1 Corinthians 2:9-11 “But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.”

            How exciting it is to think of all the wonderful things God has prepared for us in heaven. The Bible reveals much to us, as we read its pages where it speaks of our future home. But Paul says that many of these “spiritual certainties” can only be understood as God’s Spirit reveals them to us. 

            When Paul speaks of the “deep things of God”, he has in mind much more than just our heavenly home. As he quotes Isaiah 64:4, he is also speaking of things that the Lord wants to reveal concerning His heart on matters that are taking place, and will take place, here on earth. We need the Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds so we might understand the deeper things of God’s word, and how we should apply them to our lives. What a wonderful promise. Because the Holy Spirit lives within us, we can know God’s thoughts as He guides our lives.

            Are you ready to go “deeper with God”? There’s nothing mystical about it. Just listen to God’s Spirit as you read His 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 – June 1, 2020

Until Death Silences Our Tongues

Acts 4:20 “For we cannot but speak the things we have seen and heard.”

            John was from Romania. Under the communist, he had been persecuted and even tortured before the authorities banished him from their country. He was expelled because he refused to stop preaching about Jesus. He was allowed to go home with his wife and children, pack a suitcase for each of them, and board a jet for America. They left all behind—family, house, possessions, and friends—all for the sake of the gospel.

            Centuries earlier, Peter and John stood before the Jewish high court. They too were told by the authorities to stop preaching about Jesus. But Peter and John boldly announced that they could not, therefore they would not stop speaking about the Lord. They had seen too much to stop sharing. They had heard too much to stop speaking.

 Like these men, we must not allow a hostile world to silence us from speaking about Jesus. We have seen and heard too much to be silent. Christ has changed us through salvation. He has answered our prayers. We will not stop speaking about Jesus because we cannot stop speaking! Until death silences our tongues, may we speak of his grace and glory to all who will listen?

This is a great day to “speak the things we have seen and heard”!

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

May

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – May 31, 2020

Using the Gift you Have

1 Peter 4:10 “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

            So what’s your gift? Okay. You may thinking, “I’m not sure what my spirit gift is,” or maybe you’re thinking, “I’m not sure I have one.” Well, todays verse definitely answers the last question. God has given each of His children at least one spiritual gift to use for His glory, as you minister to His church (that would be the rest of us here at South Luverne Baptist and beyond).

            I heard a story about gifts. It’s a story about a little girl and her dad. Dad was busy studying at his dining room table. He was a pastor, and he was working on his Sunday sermon. He looked up to see her watching him with a smile.

            “What are you doing, Daddy?”

            “I’m studying for tomorrow’s sermon.”

            “Well, when you get done, I’ll give you a big hug.”

            With that, the little girl wrapped her arms around her father and squeezed the biggest hug she could muster. “Why did you do that?”, the daddy replied, “I’m not finished yet,” “I know,” said the little girl, “I just wanted you to know what it would feel like when you get done.”

            What a great picture this story is of our lives. We all have a gift to be used for our Lord. This pastor was using his “gift of prophecy”, and the little girl was using her “gift of encouragement.”

            Our time here is short. Our chances to use our gifts for God’s work are fleeting fast. The question for us today is, “Will we use the gift our Lord has given us?” Don’t wait too late!

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 – May 30, 2020

Our Turn to Serve

Matthew 25:34-36, 40 “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me’…. And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”

            Our Lord pointed out to His first century followers that their kindness and generosity to the people around them was the same as if they did it to Him. He wanted His followers to know that the “down and outs” were just as important to Him as the “well to dos” in this world. He was interested in them, and their welfare. This lesson in kindness and caring was necessary for His disciples to learn how to apply it to their lives.

            Have you ever considered that your generosity toward other people is held in such high esteem by our Lord? Perhaps now is a good time to consider it? In our scriptural passage today, Jesus mentions six common, everyday situations that we often encounter: (1) hunger; (2) thirst; (3) strangers (think outsider); (4) naked (think without means); (5) sickness; (6) incarceration. Of course, any one of these six situations could be huge, and could consume a lifetime of effort. We can probably all think of a time when our Lord has put someone in one of these situations in our path. Perhaps we can even remember being able to help the person in need.  Praise God for that opportunity.

            I cannot help but think that our Lord is simply saying that, as His followers, we are to be mindful of those in need that the Lord places in our paths. Jesus ministered to the masses (think the feeding of the 5000) and to the individuals (think Nicodemus) that he encountered during His time here on earth.

            Whose turn is it to serve? Well, today, perhaps it is “our turn”!

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 – May 29, 2020

Praying With A Purpose

1 Corinthians 3:14-16 “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,”

            We Christians believe in praying. We do a lot of it. Well, we should do a lot of it. I really do think most of us like to pray, and do it regularly. One thing to add to that discipline would be what Paul mentions here in our text. We should “pray with a purpose.” Paul begins this particular passage with the words, “For this reason I bow my knees….”

            The church at Ephesus was very special to Paul. He spent part of two missionary journeys there, and he stayed longer in Ephesus than any other city. Looking back at the letter we find Paul stating that the church had been given all the blessings of our rich salvation. In 3:13 he refers to the persecution the church is facing. I believe it was for this reason Paul wanted to pray for his flock in Ephesus. It’s a challenging world out there for Christians. We need a few extra prayers lifted up for us.  

            So, what does Paul pray for them, (and I believe for us)? Paul prayed for three things. First, he prayed for strength. This refers to inner courage against discouragement. Then He prayed for might. This points to the power we need for spiritual warfare. Finally, he prayed for enlightenment. This flows from the riches of His glory mentioned in Ephesians 1:18.

            Paul was serious about praying. He was focused on “praying with a purpose”.

Feel like praying? Why not “pray with a purpose” 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 – May 28, 2020

Praising God- Always

Job 10:12 “You have granted me life and favor, and Your care has preserved my spirit”.

            Wow! Did you get that? That’s quite a statement of praise, coming from a man who had found himself in what we could safely say was the deepest valley his life had ever seen. It is nothing short of amazing. For all intents and purposes, Job had lost almost everything that meant anything in life. His family and fortune had been taken from him.

What would we have done? Many of us would do what naturally comes to mind in times like these. We would groan under the weight of our circumstances. In fact, we just might want to blame someone (other than ourselves). Okay, so Job does have a little trouble seeing it was his fault. In fact God even agrees with Job. But God’s point in all of Job’s trials is not, “Whose fault is this?” God’s point is, “Who are you going to trust?”

Now that is where Job shines. Job didn’t understand his situation. He certainly did not like what he was going through. But Job’s words reflect his heart. Job was singularly focused on God. Without apology, he acknowledged God alone as the giver of life and favor. With every statement made in honor of God, Job seemed to grow stronger in his resolve to trust the Lord.

What about us? We’ve all been through a lot. Some more than others. Can we do what Job was doing? Can we say, “Everything comes from God, and I will trust Him!”?

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 – May 27, 2020

Is Your Heart Pure?

Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”.

            When a person becomes a Christian, the Lord Jesus changes him. Before conversion, his heart is wicked and deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9). Christ makes him a new creation, purging away the old and bringing in the new (2 Corinthians 5:17). As he delights himself in Jesus, God’s desires become his desires (Psalm 37:4). He ascends the Lord’s holy hill and stands in His presence with cleansed hands and a purified heart (Psalm 24:3-5). He desires to become holy because the Lord is holy (1 Peter 1:14-16). He no longer loves the world or its things that are passing away (1 John 2:15-16).

That is why there is conflict in the heart of every believer who is aggressively growing in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. As he reads his Bible, prays, witnesses to lost people, fellowships with other believers, worships the Lord in Spirit and in truth, and learns the blessing of tithing and giving offerings through the local church, he begins to pull away from the world.

The darkness of this world will increase as Christ’s return draws near (2 Tim. 3:1-5). May we be like Jesus-“pure in heart”. When we are saved, God begins a work in our lives that results in His purity being in our hearts, and reflected in the way we live. That purity will be demonstrated in the way we respond to the things that come into our lives.

Enjoy God’s peace today, as you live with a pure heart!

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 – May 26, 2020

Fear Or Faith?

Matthew 14:31 “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” 

            When faced with a serious challenge, what is your first response? Do you run from the situation, or do you stand and face the enemy with the shield of faith? God wants us to stand firm in our faith.

            He has promised to contend with those who contend with us (Psalm 18). Therefore, we can face each situation with confidence and power, knowing that He is with us and He is in control. 

 Jesus provides the wisdom you need for the challenge, the strength you need to do what seems impossible, and the protection you need from the enemy’s plots and schemes. You never have a reason to feel fearful, because you are God’s beloved, and He will fight for you.

            Remember the words of encouragement God gave Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

            Don’t allow fearful thoughts to keep you from seeing the Savior 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 

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – May 25, 2020

Are You Satisfied?

Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” 

            Usually, when I have enjoyed a great meal that Laura has prepared for us, I will look to her and say, “I’m satisfied”. What I mean by those words is that, my hunger and my thirst have been completely “satisfied”. I am full, and I am content. When Jesus said that those who “hunger and thirst after righteousness would be filled”, He was saying they would be completely satisfied.

            Hunger and thirst are the body’s way of telling us that we are empty. Our natural response to physical hunger and thirst is to seek food and water to satisfy our need. The Bible teaches that each person on this planet has an inner longing that only Jesus can satisfy. As we crave righteousness, we will turn from our sin and turn to the Savior, for the salvation He offers. Only then can we be filled, satisfied. Our selfishness will be replaced with the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

            Our desire for righteousness must be all consuming, powerful, guiding all that we think or do. Seeking God’s righteousness means that we value the opinion of God more than that of anyone else. It simply cannot be any other way!

            Are you satisfied? Are you filled to the full by God 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 – May 24, 2020

The Lord’s Pleasure

Psalm 149:4 “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.”

            Some of the best times we ever experience is when our kids and grandkids get to come home. Someone was just telling me today of a planned gathering of their family, with their kids and grandkids coming for a celebration. I could feel the excitement, the pleasure of the anticipated event as they spoke. Laura and I got to experience the same kind of excitement and pleasure when one our kids recently talked of a planned date to come visit. We all take pleasure in our children and grandkids. What a blessing they are to us!

            In Psalm 149, the psalmist encouraged the Israelites to praise the Lord because He took pleasure in them. With God’s pleasure comes His blessings. God had made many promises to His people, and he plans on keeping them. God has promised us forgiveness, restoration, salvation, and more, because we are His. This favor and blessing extends to the enjoyment of His salvation and presence in our lives. In Psalm 16:11, King David testifies, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

            In Psalm 149, the psalmist further notes that God “beatifies the humble with salvation.” The word “beatify” means to “crown or adorn”. The idea is that those who humble themselves before the Lord will honor Him and He will rescue them.

            Wow! What a blessing it is for our Father in heaven to find pleasure in us. We have something wonderful to celebrate 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 – May 23, 2020

True Victory

Romans 12:9 “Let Love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

            When life sends us sprawling, our response is an excellent measuring stick for how mature we are in our relationship with Christ. A response that demonstrates total and complete trust in the Lord is what He desires to see. That is the measure of true victory.

Turning to the Lord in difficult situations reinforces where our strength and hope reside. Paul, who experienced more than his share of adversity following his conversion, gave us great direction as to how we should respond in adversity, beginning with this: “Cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9).

As we enter the storms of life, clinging to the Lord reveals where our hearts are. Clinging is an action of determined grip, unwilling to let go no matter what the cost. 

And we know that, with Him, we will be able to endure anything that comes our way in life, and emerge victorious.

            I have seen so many demonstrations of Christian maturity in God’s people during these last two months. I believe God is going to use these experiences to strengthen our faith and increase our usefulness to Him as His faithful servants.

May we continue to “cling to what is good”!

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 – May 22, 2020

Is that Fair?

Isaiah 40:13-14 “Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has taught Him? With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, and showed Him the way of understanding?

            Trying to determine whether God is “fair” in a situation can be tricky. You ask, “Why”? Well that answer is very simple. The Bible never says God is fair. The world’s definition of fairness is based on the sliding scale of society’s values and the changing will of the majority. The Bible says God is always “just”. God will always maintain His justice. Unlike fairness, God’s justice is based on the unchanging principles of His Word.

            Trying to pass judgement on what God does, asking, “Is He fair?”, is much like walking into a room halfway through someone else’s argument, and being asked what you think. It’s impossible to respond accurately. For one thing, you don’t have all the facts. In fact, when it comes to God’s actions, you won’t have all the facts until you get to the other side of eternity. Actually, God never says you will understand everything, because you will never be God. We will certainly understand a lot better about many things when we get home.

            The bottom line. We must trust God to always do the right thing. The longer I live as a Christian, the more I am inclined not to ask God to explain Himself. It is certainly fine to ask God about things going on in your life. But, if he doesn’t explain it to you, will you trust His heart and His plan 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 – May 21, 2020

Wanted: Self –Control

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the Fruit of the Spirit is …self – control.”

            We are a society that is an act on impulse, do it if it feels good, instant-gratification people. Not only do we struggle with self-control, we have a hard time teaching it to our children. There are actually some new parenting books out that are emphasizing the need to teach the lost skill of patience and self- control to today’s adolescents.  One of them suggests that, “self-control is a foundational virtue on which other virtues depend, like kindness and gentleness.”

            God is also a parent. He’s our “Dad”, and He has made it clear that self-control is of extreme importance to Him. That’s why he listed it as a “fruit of the Spirit”! As Christian adults, we can readily appreciate the need for self-control. As children of the King, we can fully grasp why it is so important to have control over our bodies, our energies, our motives, and our purposes. It is the only way we can truly be useful servants to our master; faithful children to our Father.

            So, what is the key to gaining this important “fruit of the Spirit”? First, we must allow God’s Spirit to develop within us, our Father’s nature of self-control. Secondly, we must commit ourselves to acting on who we are in Christ; “children of God”!

            Oh, by the way, did I mention this is a life-long pursuit? Shall we begin 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 – May 20, 2020

God’s Perfect Word

Psalm 19:7 “The Law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The Testimony of the Lord is sure, making the wise simple; ”

             I am a Christian first, and a Baptist second. Anyone who is born again by God’s Spirit is on his way to heaven, regardless of what church he attends. Nevertheless, I am grateful to be part of a denomination that has steadfastly affirmed its conviction that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God. As Southern Baptists, we believe that the Bible not only contains God’s Word, but that it is God’s “perfect” Word.

The Precepts of God’s Word. 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 Perfection of God’s Word. The Bible is “perfect.” It is flawless truth, completely free of error. When it speaks, it speaks with pure, untainted accuracy.

The Power of God’s Word. 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 it 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 – May 19, 2020

The Day Of The Lord And God’s Mercy

Joel 2:12-13 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.”

Joel was a prophet of the Lord who magnified what is known in scripture as “The Day of the Lord”. This a time frame when God choses to judge man’s sin. Sometimes there was a “near” fulfillment and also an end time fulfillment. In the case of Judah, in 586 BC, God judged his wayward people through the invasion of Babylon. Joel was sent by God to Judah more than 200 years before this great day of Judgement took place. He had given them warning!

Joel also spoke another great time of judgment which is yet to take place. “The Day of Lord” he spoke of will yet be brought about in the end times. This day of judgement is spoken of in the book of Revelation, among other places. I believe this day will soon be upon this world.

But, in Joel 2, I also see a wonderful picture of God’s great heart for His people. Instead of unleashing wrath immediately and swiftly, God patiently seeks to woo their hearts back to him. That is what this great “age of grace” we are living in is all about.

            In 2 Peter 3:9, God’s Word says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

            God’s great kindness is being extended to all today. If you have yet to experience that kindness, reach out to him by trusting his Son, Jesus, as your Savior. If you know Him as Lord, share this good news with someone today. Before it’s too late!

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 – May 18, 2020

Spiritual Certainties

John 15:20 “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.”

            There are truths that apply in the natural realm, which are considered “certainties”. These “certainties” are usually referred to by scientist as “laws of nature”.  For instance, in 1687, Sir Isaac Newton stated his Three Laws of Motion. The third law states, “All forces occur in pairs, and these two forces are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction.” You may more readily recognize this law stated as: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

            I am confident that this law of motion applies to the spiritual world as well. If you push in the spiritual realm, you are going to feel pushback. This world system is under the control of Satan. 1 John 5:19 says, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” When we spread the gospel into Satan’s territory, there is going to be strong resistance – pushback. When we stand for what is right morally, in this sin – darkened world, we will experience pushback.

            Jesus told His disciples of the first century that they would be resisted, just as He was. This “spiritual certainty” applies to you and me as well. We are to be prepared for the spiritual battle. In fact, it is raging right now!

            Here’s another spiritual law for these times: “My Word will not return to me void” (Isaiah 55:11). May we trust in God’s spiritual certainties 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 – May 17, 2020

Living Sacrifices

Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”

God knows something about sacrifices. He offered His own Son as the spotless Lamb. Only the death of His perfect Son was a worthy enough offering to atone for the sins of mankind. God Himself set the standard, and met the standard. Complete: not partial, not conditional. That’s our God. He definitely knows something about sacrifices!

Now God asks us to lay down our lives on His alter as a living sacrifice. Just as the offerings of Israel long ago, once offered, our sacrifice cannot be reclaimed. We cannot make a partial sacrifice of our lives; it must be wholehearted. We belong entirely to Him.

Therefore, as Christians, Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”

As a Christian, your life is not your own. As a Christian, the way you live your life for God is your offering to Him. As a Christian, will you, today pursue holiness in such a way that your offering to God is unblemished and acceptable to Him?

When you do this, the God who knows something about sacrifices, will count your life “well pleasing to Him”!

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-

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – May 16, 2020

Be Strong And Courageous

Joshua 1:9 -“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage: do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  

God is Looking for Strong Servants. He is seeking believers who will faithfully take up their crosses and follow Him in faith without fearing the enemy.  

The Call to Strength and Courage. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage.” The Lord called Joshua to lead the people of God into the Promised Land. Though Moses was dead, God was not! His work had to continue. Likewise, He is calling us to serve Him faithfully in these difficult days.

The Enemies of Strength and Courage. “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed.” The Lord warned Joshua about the devil’s two most lethal weapons against the believer – fear (“Do not tremble”) and discouragement (“or be dismayed”).

The Source of Our Strength and Courage. “For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua was not left to himself to “work up” the strength and courage he needed to lead God’s people. God Himself would provide what was necessary.

As God Called Joshua, He also calls us. May we answer God’s call 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,
South Luverne Baptist Church
334-335-6850/334-335-6885

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – May 15, 2020

Are You Known In Heaven?

John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me.”

            Do you know God? Some might consider that an awkward question. Nevertheless, it is a valid and very important question. The apostle Paul said that one of his chief goals on earth was to “know Him (Jesus) and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings” (Phil. 3:10). Paul knew the Lord personally.

            But an equally valid and important question is, “Does God know you?” In our text, Jesus gives three characteristics of any true Christian. First, as one of Christ’s “sheep”, a Christian will “hear (His) voice”. Second, Jesus’ followers will be marked by the fact that He “knows” them. Third, a true Christian will be obvious because he desires to follow Jesus obediently.

            The second of these characteristics is fundamentally important. It is not enough for someone to say he knows about Christ. Christ Himself must acknowledge that person as His own.  I know of the president of the United States, but he does not know me. Even so, many people know about Jesus, but they do not know him personally, nor does He know them as their Savior and Lord.

            Are you known in Heaven? If you are, Celebrate it 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 – May 14, 2020

Fresh Bread

John 6:32-33, 35 “Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world… And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

            It a wonderful smell I never tire of – fresh bread. Often when I walk into the house from being at the office, or maybe out visiting, I am met with the unmistakable smell of freshly baked bread. I usually pause by the front door and try to name the kind of bread Laura has cooked. Life is good!

            Not much has changed in humanity. People are hungry. Hungry people need bread. “Bread, dear brothers, is the staff of life,” wrote Jonathan Swift, in 1704, when he published his book, “A Tale of a Tub.” Bread – there’s nothing like it. There’s nothing like Jesus either. Just as bread can meet your daily needs, so can He.

            Jesus said, “I am the bread of life, he who comes to me shall never hunger.” He knew that we all needed that which can sustain our spiritual life so desperately, he compared that need to the great need we have for physical bread.

            Hungry now? Come to Jesus for spiritual bread. Know of someone who is hungry? Point them to Jesus today. The Lord Jesus will satisfy that hunger!
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Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – May 13, 2020

Jesus Satisfies

Psalm 145:16 “You open Your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing.”

              One of the greatest experiences I have ever had, is to hike about 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail. I started back in the early 1990’s, and continued on until about 2002. We would hike about 40 miles of the trail each trip. One particular experience stands out. We were high up in the north Georgia Mountains, and we were about out of water. It was the dead of summer. But, we had a plan. We knew we were near the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River. When we found it, our reward was a rich find. The headwaters of the Chattahoochee River is a spring. The cool water we enjoyed was some of the most satisfying I have ever experienced.

              The Bible says that’s the way it is when we find Jesus. He satisfies like nothing we have ever experienced before. To have Jesus means to have it all. To trust Him means that all your needs are met. To know Him is to realize He is your dearest, most faithful companion.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

Are you ready to be “satisfied” today? Just look to Jesus!

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 – May 12, 2020

Answered Prayer

John 15: 7 – “If you abide in me, and My words abide in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

            One of the greatest joys of the Christian life is to see God answer our prayers. How awesome it is when we take something to the Lord in prayer, and He, through His Word, reveals to us His will regarding that matter. Then we can pray for Him to act according to His will until it becomes a reality. That is the process Jesus had in mind in our text.

            We Must Abide in Jesus. Every Christian is “in Christ” (1 Cor. 5:17). The moment we are saved, the Holy Spirit baptizes us into Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:13). To “abide” in Christ means that once we are saved, we walk in harmony with Christ and His desires for us.

             Jesus’ Word Must Abide in Us. The abiding Christian spends much time reading and studying the Bible. God’s Word becomes more important to Him than physical food (Matt. 4:4). When that happens, God Graciously hears and answers our prayers. Go to the Lord in humble prayer. The results will amaze you!

             I believe in Prayer. I’m confident that you do too! Join me today in thanking God for answered prayer. And while you’re at it, lift up a new request to Him. He can’t wait to answer!

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 – May 11, 2020

The Blessing Of the Lord

Proverbs 10:22 – “The blessing of the Lord that makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.”

Most people think that being rich is desirable. Yet Jesus warned that riches often hinder a person spiritually. One day, He said to His disciples, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Mark 10:25).”  Just because a person is rich does not necessarily mean he is blessed. God’s blessings are what make us truly rich. What are some of His greatest blessings?

The Blessing of Christ. The greatest of all blessings is His Son, Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. (John 3:16)

 The Blessing of Salvation. Salvation is the gift of God. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9) When we receive Jesus as our Savior, He gives us eternal life.

 The Blessing of The Bible. God has written a precious love letter to His children. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

 These are just some of the gifts God has given us. We are rich because we are blessed!

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 – May 10, 2020

The Comfort Of A Mother

Isaiah 66:13 “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;”

            This time of year, and particularly today,  we are all thinking of our mothers, our wives, who are mother to our children, and probably someone else who has been a mother-like figure in our life. The one thing they all have in common, is the comfort they give us. Though my mom died much too soon for my heart’s liking (she passed at age 57), she forged her place in my heart that only a mother can fill. As Laura filled the wonderful position as the loving, caring, comforting mother of our children, my heart was blessed, knowing that God had provided for them, what I had in my mother.

            God understands the comfort that only a mother can give. After all, a true mother’s heart can only come from the Lord. He is the one who put that motherly instinct to care for her young, not only in humans, but in the animal world as well.  According to our verse I have mentioned today, even the Lord wants to be like a mother to His people. That kind of caring, comforting love of a mother that we all have enjoyed, is also given to us in God’ loving, comforting care for us!

            Perhaps there’s more than one “mother” whom you need to appreciate this year.

            Be encouraged, that though our earthly mothers can never be replaced, Christ Jesus can comfort us with the tenderness and strength of a mother’s love!

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 – May 9, 2020

The Freedom That Matters Most

John 8:34-36 “Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin…Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

             As Americans, I believe we are all thankful for the freedoms we have enjoyed here in this great land. I also feel we have celebrated the blessings of God upon our way of life. I would probably think that some of you are a little like me, feeling that some of these cherished freedoms have been restricted in these recent weeks. I do believe our civil leaders are doing what they believe is best to move us safely through these difficult days. I know you join me in praying that God will soon heal our land, and return us to the way of life that allows us to share together in this blessed land we call, America!

            This time of “limited freedom,” as I have come to call it, has reminded me of a great spiritual truth. When God sets us free, we are “free indeed”! As Christians we know that the greatest freedom we, and any people in any land can have, is to live free from the enslavement of sin over our lives. Jesus, God’s Son, has freed us from sin’s control over our hearts and minds. That freedom my friends, no one can take away!

            The Bible teaches that we are to live by faith. The gift of freedom Jesus gives requires this faith. We must believe that He can root out the strongholds within our hearts and that he continuously works to make us free from all bondage. 

            Our responsibility is to say no to sin, and yes to God, as we trust Him to provide the all-encompassing liberty that our souls crave.

           So my friends, enjoy the freedom that God gives, and promises to never take way!

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 – May 8, 2020

The Counselor Everyone Needs!   

Psalm 119:24—“Your Testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.”    

Every Christian holds within His hand a supernatural source of advice, guidance, and counsel. The Bible is God’s perfect Word. Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;” One of the benefits of regular Bible study is being exposed to the eternal thoughts and supreme wisdom of God regarding any subject.    

Through Scripture, the child of God receives the guidance and encouragement he needs. The person who immerses himself in the biblical text discovers that the Lord Jesus, through His Holy Word, is indeed the “wonderful counselor” (Isaiah 9:6).    

To be sure, human counselors have their place. Proverbs 11:14 says, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” However, they should never serve as a substitute for the counsel of Scripture.    

Before you consult with a therapist or counselor, open God’s Word. Read it and meditate on what it says. It is a perfect treasure of divine wisdom just waiting at your fingertips. The doctor is in, if the patient is ready. His counsel is free. What are you waiting for?  

Let me encourage you to read your Bible today. It will literally change your life!  

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 – May 7, 2020

Heaven: Mind-Boggling

1 Corinthians 15:35,37, 42“ But someone will say, ‘How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?’ Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain–perhaps wheat or some other grain. So also is the resurrection of the dead.”

             We have several oak trees in our yard. You might ask me, “Bro. Sam, how do you know they are oak trees?” And I would probably answer, “Because we get acorns.” In fact, we get a lot of acorns. That’s probably why, at times, we have counted 21 deer in our front yard. (Okay, later in the season we do give them corn, but initially they come for the acorns.) I’m told, and I read, that the sawtooth oak trees in our yard are a favorite of deer. Some of those acorns escape the hungry deer, and end up in places like my front beds. There, they, die, and often come up as little trees. Now, to look at an acorn, you would probably never expect it to become a great oak tree. But that is just what it becomes!

            God’s word tells us that to compare our present bodies, as wonderful as they are, to our heavenly bodies, would sound like saying that little acorn will one day be a big oak. It’s mind-boggling, but it’s true!

            If you are a Christian, your glorified body will be so grand, so glorious, that you can only catch a fleeting glimpse of the wonder to come.

            Now that, is Mind-Boggling. What a glorious day that will be!

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 

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – May 6, 2020

Sin Is Crouching At The Door

Genesis 4:7 “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

            When temptation enters our hearts and minds, we either deal with it, and rule over it, or it eventually leads us to sin against our Savior. The time between the initial temptation, and the response we give for it is vital.

            Cain was well aware that God was pleased with Able, but was not accepting to Cain. The reason; Able honored the Lord and brought the right offering to God, with the right motive, and Cain did not. Cain became jealous, as thoughts of murder filled his mind. God warned Cain that sin was waiting at the door of his heart. The King James Version actually uses the word “crouching”. That is a very good translation of the Hebrew word, which refers to “an animal crouching, waiting to pounce”. Now was not the time to treat sin lightly! Now was the time to master the sin, and have victory over it. God assured Cain that he could say no to this temptation.

            Tragically, Cain did not master his sin. Instead, sin overtook him, and destroyed his life.

            Temptations come to us at unexpected moments. Sinful feeling may invade your heart today. Sinful thoughts may cross your mind. The Holy Spirit will warn you if God is not pleased with the direction of your thoughts and feelings. At that moment you must master the sin that crouches at the door. God assures you that you can, just like Cain. We always have a choice!

            May we today, be ready to master the temptation that may crouch at the door of our hearts? Jesus assures us that we can. It is our choice!

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 – May 5, 2020

A Commitment To Christ Is A Commitment To Truth

2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Laura and I have some friends who own about 80 acres in South Georgia. One of the great things about their place is that there’s plenty of room for various animals. For many years, they have had several horses. One of the things I have learned, is that horses can live a very long time (the average domestic horse lives about 36 years). Another thing I have learned is that horses are a big responsibility. I know on numerous occasions when we would be ready to leave their house to go to dinner, they would say, we need to feed the horses before we go. Sometimes when we’ve stayed overnight with them, I would notice that one of them would be out of the house very early, caring for the horses.

Once we commit to ownership, even in trying and inopportune times, joys and benefits come with it.

When it comes to a commitment to Christ, the same truths are in play. Some people want the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, without the accompanying lifestyle change that comes with a Christ follower (that’s what a Christian really is).

When it comes to owning horses, I’m told you know you’re growing when it becomes second nature to “muck out the stalls,” brush and feed your horse daily, and ride as often as you can

.Spiritually, we know we’re growing when it becomes second nature to have a daily quiet time: read our bibles and our devotionals daily, study God’s word, and desire its truth as we would food! Job 23:12 says, “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.”

We are living in a day when many will not hear the truth. May we today, as followers of Christ, accept God’s truth, and take serious our commitment to it, no matter the cost!

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – May 4, 2020

Patient and Kind!

Romans 2:4 “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”

            In this verse, God the Spirit used Paul to reveal two tools which God uses to shape our lives: patience and goodness. As this verse makes clear, God uses these two marvelous attributes of His character to help change our hearts and our lives.

            The Bible tells us, “God is love” (1 John 4:16). This helps us to understand why God tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:4 that, “Love is patient and kind”. When incorporated into our lives, the attributes of love, patience, and goodness will lead us into a deeper walk of fellowship with the Lord Jesus.

            God is patient because he sees all of our lives before they are lived. He knows what His plans are for you and me before we are born. In Jerimiah 29:11, God says, “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.” The Lord is willing to invest the time and energy necessary to get us to where He has appointed us to be, today and tomorrow!

            Today, will you journey with God, as He guides you into His “plan” for your life?

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 – May 3, 2020

Keep Your Heart!

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”

            I was reading on line this week about a 2015 recall order by Niagara Bottling. The company had to recall 14 brands of bottled spring water produced at two Pennsylvania manufacturing plants after the operator of one of its contracted springs failed to reveal evidence of E. coli bacteria at the spring’s source. Instead of delivering a thirst-quenching drink in the heat of summer, they delivered polluted containers of sickening E.coli.

            Proverbs 4:23 speaks of our heart being the “spring” from which our issues of life originate. Like bacteria in a commercial spring can contaminate every bottle of water, so our lives can be “contaminated” if our hearts are not pure. We must be careful. What flows in gets distributed in the way we think, and act. The word “keep” in this verse, is a strong word for “guard”, in the original Hebrew text. God is telling us that we must be very serious about protecting our hearts from evil thoughts and habits that will eventually find expression in our lives. To be “informed “is to be “forewarned. “

           The positive side of this truth is, if we fill our hearts with God’s truth and His goodness, this will also “spring” from our hearts as well. Jesus said, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45)

            Today, is a good day to “Keep (guard) our Hearts”!

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 

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – May 2, 2020

The Christian And Death

2 Corinthians 5:8  “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

            A group of young children were asked their opinions on the subject of death. Susan said, “When you die you don’t have to do homework in heaven, unless your teacher is there too.” Bill thoughtfully replied, “Maybe I’ll die someday, but I hope I don’t die on my birthday because it’s no fun to celebrate your birthday when you’re dead.” Cindy answered, “Only good people go to heaven. The other people go to where it’s hot all the time, like in Florida.” James added, “When you die, they bury you in the ground and your soul goes to heaven, but your body can’t go to heaven because it’s too crowded up there already.”

            It’s always cute to find out what children think of serious issues like death. What’s scary, is many adults often come up with similar thoughts! A good dose of Bible 101 in usually in order.

            So, what does God say about this inescapable thing called death? For the believer (the one who has placed his/her faith and trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord), “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” We have absolute confidence that our loved ones who have placed their faith in Jesus are immediately taken into the presence of God when their spirit leaves this world. And that simple truth, that hope that comes from our Lord, will bring a smile to your face!

I’m smiling right now. Will you join me?

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 – May 1, 2020

Just The One We Need!

Isaiah 9:6 – “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

When Jesus came to the earth, few understood who He really was. Angels tried to tell Mary and Joseph, and the shepherds, but they still were unable to grasp the complete meaning of God’s message. People are still confused about His identity. Who Is He?

The Wonderful Counselor.  Jesus came to give us wisdom. He is always available to us.

Mighty God. Jesus came to give us power.  He gives us salvation and sets us free from sin.

The Eternal Father. Jesus is both eternal, and one with the Father. He is just as divine as The Father or the Spirit.

The Prince of Peace. Jesus gives us the kind of peace He had while He was on earth. His peace is absolutely perfect.

            As I wake up each morning, it takes me just a moment to remember, “Yes, this Covid-19 shutdown is not just a dream. It’s still with us.” And then, I thank the God in heaven that He is still on His throne, and He sent Jesus because He loves us so much!

            Aren’t you glad God sent Jesus, He’s “Just The One We Need”!

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 

April

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 30, 2020

Shine For Jesus!

Daniel 12:3 “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.

            I grew up in the county. My brothers and I lay out under the stars of the South Georgia sky many nights. Nothing can compare to the brightness of the stars of heaven on a clear night. I have also lived in the big city. We lived in Ft. Worth, Texas during our days at Southwestern Seminary. Laura and I used to try to point out certain stars to our kids when they were young, but the Ft. Worth lights hindered the effort.

When city dwellers go to the country, they usually say something like, “Wow, the stars are so much brighter out here.” We know, of course, that the stars are not brighter, but the darkness around them makes them stand out.

Being a Christian in the world today can be discouraging at times, times when we look at how dark our surroundings are becoming. But just as the stars shine brightest when surrounded by pitch-black night sky, the light of Jesus in our lives will radiate through us as we are surrounded by the darkness of this age.

Jesus said,” Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Church, do not be disheartened. It’s our cue to take center stage and shine!         

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 – April 29, 2020

Knowing Jesus

Philippians 3:8 “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”

            Saul of Tarsus, who ultimately became known as Paul the Apostle, excelled all his classmates and contemporaries in learning about the God of the Hebrew Scriptures. He was able to quote Scripture at great length. He was ever ready for the debate of any theological doctrine one might choose. Every time he persecuted a Christian, He was certain he was fighting for truth, justice, and the excellent way of God! But Saul’s knowledge was an illusion.

            On day, under the hot sun on the road to Damascus, Saul met the one who he had been studying about all his life. He came face to face with the risen Lord Jesus. He made a decision on that eventful day. He decided he would spend the rest of his life seeking to know this one who had died to set him free of all his sin, and place his feet on the road to heaven.

            Saul, would now be known as Paul. His entire life changed the day he met Jesus.

            I can identify with Paul. My entire life changed the day I met Jesus! In March of 1974, I wasn’t on a road, but I was in a church. I began a quest that day. My desire is to know Christ Jesus. I wake everyday with that goal in mind. As the apostle Paul, I truly would not trade anything for this journey!

            Can you identify with Paul? I trust that you can. If not, why not start 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 – April 28, 2020

Never Separated From God’s Love

Romans 8:35 “ Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

            No matter how terrible, or frightening any experience might be, nothing can separate you from the love of God. God’s love for you is so intense, that no tribulation or distress can change His value of you. No persecution can be so painful that God’s love cannot bring comfort. Famine might starve you of daily food, but you will never hunger for God’s love. Just as death itself is incapable of robbing you of your heavenly Father’s love, poverty cannot strip you of God’s compassion.

            You can be confused if you base your view of God’s love on your circumstances. God did not say that you would never face hardship, persecution, or danger. If you doubt that God could love you and still allow you to experience difficult days, consider the life of Jesus. The Father’s great love for the Son, still allowed Him to give His Son on the cross. We are to try to watch God’s love in each circumstance of life. Don’t ever judge God’s love on your circumstances. Instead, evaluate your circumstances from God’s perspective.

            Let me encourage you to rest in your Heavenly Father’s Love 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
334-335-6850/334-335-688

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 27, 2020

Thinking Like Jesus!

Philippians 2:5-8 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

            God is the greatest story teller there has ever been. In these few verses, He tells the story of His Son Jesus, in perfect clarity. It is the story of how God’s son loved people more than He loved His place in glory. It is the story of how Jesus took on human limitations, to do what no mere human could do – settle the sin issue between God and man. It is the story of how Jesus “humbled Himself.”

            Someone has rightly said, “Humility is the setting aside of self for the benefit and betterment of another.” Humility shows us true love in both definition and description. In humility, Jesus, free of pretense or falsehood, acted with the purest of motives. He took on humanity, lived a perfect life, and then died “the sinner’s death” for you and me. The sinless Son of God died for you and for me. He did it because He loved us.

            What a wonderful story. But the story doesn’t end there.  He rose from the dead. He is alive today, and He calls on us to follow His example. The path of humility. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”. The fact that He asks it of us, assures us that it is possible.

            Would you accept God’s challenge today? Will you seek to “think Like Jesus” 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 – April 26, 2020

I Can’t Wait To Be There!

Hebrews 13:14 “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.”

We are on the road to heaven. We are children of the King. He has redeemed us and made us citizens of Glory. His Spirit lives within us. His blood covers our sin. His Word abides in our hearts. We are pilgrims passing through. We are seeking a city yet to come!

The Problem.  “For here we have no continuing city “. This world and its lusts are passing away. Man’s sin has ravaged its beauty. Man’s life here is only a vapor. This world is anything but a lasting city.

The Priority.but we seek.” Christians are seekers. The Savior sought and found us with salvation. Now we seek Him and His heavenly kingdom.

The Promise.the one (city) to come.”  Jesus offers an eternal city infinitely fairer than this world. What glory awaits us in that city!

Are you seeking a lasting city? Have you renounced this fallen world? Have you entered the narrow gate (Jesus)? Do you walk the narrow way that leads to life?

If you are a child of the King, then you are on the journey of your life. You are on your way to heaven.

Perhaps you will join me today in saying, “I can’t wait to be there”!

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 – April 25, 2020

The Priority Of Love

Colossians 3:14-15 “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you also were called in one body; and be thankful.”

The America we live in today is one that easily rejects the gospel. How do we change the course of this present generation? I believe we could all agree that it will take a sovereign act of our great God. It will take His working through His church in an unprecedented way.

            As Christians, while we await the spiritual awakening that we so desperately pray for, there are some things we can do that will make a difference. Perhaps the most important, is that we must return to “our first love” (Revelation 2:4-5).

            In our scriptural text today, Paul picked an attribute of the Christian church that will impact our world more than any that I know: love. Love will soften hearts. Love will soothe the soul. Love will give hope. Love will defuse anger. Love will unite. Love will never fail. Love will…

            Our Lord made it clear how the world would determine that we belong to Him: “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” Our witness for Christ is effective when we love each other, and peace rules in our relationships.

            May we “put on love” 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 – April 24, 2020

Our Burden Bearer

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

            When I was young, I spent about 16 months in South Korea. I was in the Army, on an “Unaccompanied Tour Of Duty”. That meant, of course, that you could not have your family with you. So, Laura, and our then 4 month old son Adam, stayed here in the states. I was an Infantry Sergeant back then, so our unit walked almost everywhere we went.  As we walked through the countryside on maneuvers, I noticed ladies, young and old alike, walking around with huge piles of wood, sticks, boards, and other burdens on their backs. Some of the older ones were bent way over. It seemed to be a way of life for them. It made me want to help, although it was not a possibility at the time.

            What a picture of the burdens that we all stumble under every day. Burdens of sorrow and loss, desperation and defeat, bitterness and suffering, fear and uncertainty. The list of logs strapped to our back is virtually unending.  

            How encouraging it is to read this word of hope and victory as we here David testify that, no matter how big our burden or what that burden may be, we can cast it on the Lord, and He can carry it. We know from the Word of God, and the Spirit of God that lives in us, that our God is not only able to carry our burdens, but He is able to carry us as well. He promises to take our burdens, lift us up, and stabilize us so that nothing will be able to move us! When David says “He will not permit the righteous to be moved”, the word ”moved”, means “to be shaken”.  

            The last thing God wants for us in these challenging times is to be “shaken”. Let me encourage you church, don’t be “shaken”. The lost world, as well as other believers, is watching us. They need to “hear” and “see”  hope and stability. God is counting on them hearing and seeing it through 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 – April 23, 2020

Worship – It’s What God’s People Do!

Psalm 95: 6-7 “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.”

            With a single word, God extends His invitation to you and me: come. We are encouraged to draw near and enter into His presence. The actions of our life are to reflect a humility of heart that can only come from a close walk with Him.

We are to acknowledge God for who He is, and for the great works that he does for His people. We must present him with the honor and praise that is due Him. We are to declare His glory and worth!

            True worship will bring rest to the child of God who approaches the heavenly Father in adoration. There is simply nothing to compare with it. Whether it is on a Sunday when come together corporately, or with our family, friends, or by ourselves, nothing is more wonderful than “drawing near to Him”.

            God invites you because of who you are in His eyes: The apple of His eye, His favored possession, “the sheep of His hand”.

            Let us “worship and bow down” before the Lord 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 – April 22, 2020

The Sure Way To Prosper!

2 Chronicles 31:20-21 “Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and He did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.”

            Those who serve the Lord with all their heart, will ensure that they prosper. It is a principle of Scripture that you can count on. Like us, Hezekiah, king of Judah, lived in a dangerous and tumultuous time. He faced powerful enemies. The popular religion of the day was idolatry (substituting other things for God), much as our day. His parents rejected God, and encouraged others to do the same (2 Chron. 28). Hezekiah had the opportunity to reject God as well, but he choose instead, “to seek the Lord with all his heart”.

Everyone, (including you and me), has a choice to decide to serve the Lord. As a result of Hezekiah’s determination to serve God, the Lord blessed him. In unsettled times, Hezekiah thrived, because he resolved to follow God, despite popular opinion.

When you do not set your heart to “seek the Lord”, and serve Him, calamity is sure to come your way!

Perhaps today is the day you will “seek your God with all your heart”? Then you will be “sure to prosper”!

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  

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 21, 2020

When Jesus Prays!

Luke 6:12 “Now it came to pass that He (Jesus) went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”

            The Bible tells us that Jesus often went off early in the morning to quiet places to pray. What do you suppose you might have heard if you could have been close enough to cup your ear and hear Him talk to His Father? To know what was on His heart that day, and what was on the Father’s heart as well, would indeed be a special blessing to us.

            Knowing what Jesus prayed about, might very well change the way we pray, the way we live. The truth is, though we certainly do not know of all that the Lord Jesus talked to the Father about, we do have a word for word transcript of several prayers of our Lord. One very special one is found in John’s gospel. In fact, 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 what was on His mind? You and I!

            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.

In Hebrews 7:25 the Bible says of Jesus, “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.”

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  

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 20, 2020

What God Requires!

Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good: And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

            In order to be pleasing to God, we must be willing to be in the center of His will as we prepare our hearts for the great work He wants to do in our lives. One of the ways we can do this is by seeking to do what God has revealed is His will for our lives. Notice God’s will in our text:

            We Are To Act Justly. The Christian is to “do justice”, or ”do what is right”. God is a holy God, and He desires for us to live holy lives. Our actions should be aligned with His holy Word. He wants every believer to think, speak, and act in a righteous, just, pure, Christ like manner.

We Are To Love Mercy. God has been merciful to us by giving forgiveness to us through His Son, Jesus. Likewise we are to be kind and merciful to others. Jesus said in Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you”.

We Are To Walk Humbly. God does not bless arrogant, boastful know-it-alls. We must walk as Jesus did—in humility (Philippians 2:3-8).

May we live in such a way that God will bless us with a fresh wind of the Spirit blowing through our church and our lives!

What, do you think, will the Lord require of you 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 – April 19, 2020

What Do You Delight In?

Psalm 119:33-35 “Teach me, Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it.”

            One thing is certain concerning the person who wrote Psalm 119 – He loved God’s Word, and wanted to apply it to his life.

Teach Me.” The application begins with learning God’s Word. The psalmist wanted to finish strong. He wanted to keep the Word of God to the end. He wanted more than “just a little Bible lesson”. We have all know people who have started well, but did not finish their life in faithful obedience to the Word. We do not want to be found in that number!

            “Give Me”. Unless there is the understanding of how to live it out in daily life, knowledge is of no great use to us. The psalmist was committed to keeping the Law with “his whole heart”.  This type of understanding, coupled with wholehearted application, will see us through the storms of life.

            “Make Me”. His final plea was for a faithful walk in the path that the Lord had marked out for him. God’s commandments will always establish a clear path for our lives. The psalmist’s love for the Lord and His Word is summed up in the phrase, “For I delight in it”.

            What will your motivation be today, for living out the Word of God ? Will you truly “Delight in Him and His 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 – April 18, 2020

Obedience – A Choice

Hebrews 5:8 “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience through the things He suffered.”

             Was Jesus not able to sin, or was he able not to sin? Those who study the Bible have wrestled with this timeless question for centuries. The first question holds that, because He was God, it was impossible for Jesus to sin. The second question suggests that it was possible for Jesus to sin, but He was able not to sin because of His commitment to the Father to obey His every command. One thing we know, Jesus was both God and man.

            Better than probably any New Testament verse, Hebrews 5:8 clearly illustrates Jesus’ humanity. The fact that Jesus had to learn obedience makes Him like us. The fact that He “was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15), makes Him like God!

            Jesus was a person with a choice to obey, or not to obey. Jesus was the Son of God, who learned to obey the Father. We are “sons and daughters of God” (Romans 8: 15-16), and we must learn to obey our Father as well.  Jesus gained the Father’s approval through His obedience, and so must we (“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” – Matt. 3:17).

            Obedience – A Choice…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 – April 17, 2020

God’s Will And Our Suffering

1 Peter 4:19 “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful creator.”

            Within God’s sovereign will is found all suffering. There’s not a sparrow that falls without His knowledge or a soul lost for eternity without His tearful response (In Ezekiel 33:11 God says, “Say unto them, as I live says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked ;…”). In the midst of the purposeful and sovereign will of God is one kind of suffering, often initiated by us, that God not only allows, but rewards.

            There are many ways to suffer in this world, where things happen to us on a daily basis. Peter is referring to the kind of suffering that we experience by choice, through our obedience to God’s “Kingdom calling” upon our lives. Such obedience may result in trials, temptations, discrimination, mockery, and yes, even beatings (I know, some of us might want to draw the line on that one). It’s the price we pay for living in this world, with our spirits and our bodies being submissive to our God!

Faithful obedience to our Lord will mean there’s no escaping this trial that is, I believe, about to come upon the Christian church. In my spirit, I believe something is changing in this world. We are about to see who the children of the Kingdom really are. We must be prepared to stand with our Lord!

 Remember, the common suffering God comforts. The Godly suffering He rewards. I pray that we will exchange neither for anything!

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 16, 2020

Hearing The Voice Of God In Life

Matthew 14:27 “But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

In out text, it is recorded that Jesus’ disciples were thrust into a violent storm that left them terrified and fearing for their lives. While in the middle of the storm they looked in the distance and saw something. Their fear of the storm had them on edge already. It was then that they concluded that it was a ghost, a spirit of some kind. What they saw terrorized them; however, the image they actually saw should have brought them joy, for it was Jesus,

            Even though the disciple’s perception was wrong, the Lord Jesus called out to them and told them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Hearing the familiar, confident, voice of Jesus changed the disciple’s perception, gave them hope, and drove out the fear that had paralyzed them. They knew now that they would survive. So much so, that Peter asked the Lord to command him to come to Him. And Peter became the only man we know, other than Jesus, to walk on water. This trip was getting better all the time!

            Hear me well church. As you walk through life, you will have times when what you see and feel around you, will cause fear. Times like we are going through now. In these moments, listen carefully for the voice of God, as he calls out to you saying, “Do not be afraid!”

            The more you hear His words, the clearer your perception will be, and fear will not win the day!

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 – April 15, 2020

Forgiveness – An Opportunity

Colossians 3:13 “Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another: even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

Hurt and forgiveness. Life, sooner or later, will present you with the opportunity to experience both. What you do with them, well…that is up to you.

Perhaps the wound has healed, but the scar is still there. A friend betrayed you. A teacher demoralized you. A parent left you. And you still live with it every day of your life.

Or maybe the injury is fresh. The company just fired you. The friend stills owns you money. Your spouse just told you….

Part of you may be a little bitter. Part of you may be a little broken. Part of you may want to flee, part of you may want to fight. Part of you may say “I just want to be left alone with my anger.” I do pray that is not the case.

God has put an opportunity before you. Do you let God put the fire out, or do you reach for another log? How do you put out the pain? How do you extinguish the hurt?

I have good news for you. God’s answer is forgiveness. Forgive others, just as Christ has forgiven you. But forgiveness is something we all must receive first. As we experience His forgiving us, Jesus shows us how to forgive others.

You cannot give what you have not received. Ask Jesus to show you how He has forgiven you first, and then forgive others. Only then, will you be free!

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 – April 14, 2020

God’s Wisdom and Your Life

Deuteronomy 4:5-6a “Surely I have taught you statutes and judgements, just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of all the people….”

            It has been said, “Wisdom is not what you know about the world, but how well you know God. Human reasoning will not make you wise. In fact, the Apostle Paul argues that human wisdom will always lead you to reject the ways of God (1 Cor. 1:18-25). God’s purpose of creating the nation of Israel for Himself, was to demonstrate His wisdom to the world though the obedience of His people.

            The same opportunity has been given to us, His people, today. As Christians, you and I have access to God’s wisdom, through His word. With God’s Spirit within us to guide us (John 16:13), our eyes will be opened to the truth of the scripture so that we can see things from God’s perspective. Only God sees the future, so only He can direct us through today, in such a way, that we will arrive at the end of the day, right where He has appointed!

            Will you this day, allow God to direct your life by His wisdom, so that those around you will see true wisdom, wisdom not of the world, but of God! Your family, and your friends, will be blessed as you make wise decisions!

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 – April 13, 2020

Walking With God

Genesis 6:9 “Noah Walked with God.”

In our scripture passage today we see that Noah chose to spend his time walking with the most important being in his life: God.

The complete story of Noah and the great flood in Genesis 6-9 reveals what was involved for this one man to keep in step with his Lord. Noah’s walk with God was notably marked by a steadfast faith and a willingness to trust God even when everyone else mocked him. His walk also set him apart from the wicked men and women of the world, none of whom cared to experience the power of a personal relationship with the Creator.

Most importantly, Noah’s walk with God clearly represented the fellowship he enjoyed with the Lord. In a time when the world experienced its darkest day, the Lord looked to Noah and said, “I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation” (Genesis 7:1).

The Wonderful news for us today is that God is just as excited about spending time with us, as He was with Noah. Jesus said, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” I believe these days are upon us. Will you stand and be counted for the Lord?

Will you walk with Him 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 – April 12, 2020

The Christian Faith And Absolute Truth

Luke 24:11-12 “And Their Words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. But Peter arose and ran to the tomb….”

            Luke, because he was an historian of first rank, rises head and shoulders above his secular peers. We learn much about the Christ, through his two works in our New Testament  –  The Gospel of Luke, and the Book of Acts. In these works he boldly asserts that Jesus of Nazareth rose physically from the tomb. 

Luke didn’t expect us to take this on “blind faith.” He tells us in his gospel that he carefully investigated everything from the beginning, and that we can rest assured that what he tells us can be trusted as the truth (Luke 1:1-3). He begins the Book of Acts by affirming that, after the resurrection, Jesus presented Himself, “alive by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3).

            It has been said, “The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. If the resurrection did not take place, then Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God, and the Christian faith is absolute truth.”

           Our faith is warm and personal, but it is based on the facts of the Word of God!

           Do you believe?

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Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 11, 2020

God’s Servant – God’s Agenda

Luke 17:10 “So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do’”

            The servant carries out the Master’s will. The servant does not tell the Master what to do. As servants, we do not choose the tasks we think ought to be done on behave of the Master. We do not decide when the work for the Master should be done, or where it is to be done. As servants, our function is to follow instructions.

            The Master, on the other hand, gives us directions. The Master does not tell the servant to develop a vision that will guide the Master, or the Master’s work. The Master is the one with the vision; the servant’s task is to help fulfill the Master’s purposes. That, by the way, is what His Vision is – fulfilling His purposes revealed in His Word!

            We are the servants, God is the Master (I’m sure you have noticed that I have been capitalizing “Master” in this devotional). We have to be careful not to reverse this. God may not reveal today what His intentions are for the next five years, but He will tell us what our next step should be.

            As God’s servants, let us have no other agenda, than to be obedient to whatever He tells us!

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam  
South Luverne Baptist Church
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Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 10, 2020

No Coincidences With God

Acts 17:26 “And He (God) has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their predetermined times and the boundaries of their dwellings.”

            Did you get that very significant point God is making in this verse? It is no accident that you are living in this century, this decade, and this very year. It is no coincidence that you are living in your town (for most of us Luverne, and the surrounding area), residing on the street you live, and with the neighbors you see every day (well maybe not every day, since our COVID- 19 “Stay at home order”). And is your circle of friends just coincidence? No way. God has determined it all!

            Consider for a moment, that you could have easily been born in another time, and in another place. Of all the billions of possibilities, of all the millions of people you could be friends with, God determined the exact time and place where you live now, and where you have lived over the span of your life. Some of you have lived here in this area all your life. Some of you are like Laura and I. God’s call upon our lives has led us to live in several communities and in several states, over our 42 years of ministry. We have been able to connect with friends, near and far, over the years, and have been greatly encouraged. The relationships we have built have been appointed by our great God.  

            When we consider this amazing truth, our lives take on new and profound significance. May we thank God today, for His sovereign hand upon our lives. May we thank Him for those He has brought, and continues to bring into 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  

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Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 9, 2020

Do It For His Sake

Psalm 23:3 “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake.”

            It is a certainty that all of God’s children face difficult times in this life. The Bible tells us that, “all who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). The challenge is living in fellowship with Jesus in such a way that our lives reflect grace, hope, and love in the midst of the valleys of our life.

            Today’s passage holds three truths that every Christian ought to understand. First, the Grace of God restores your weary soul. Sin, and weak faith, is most often what causes our soul to become weary. As long as we are on this side of eternity, we are in a spiritual battle that requires God’s children to be restored. Are you weary today? Claim God’s promise to restore your soul!

            Second, the Lord will be faithful to lead us down good and right paths in this life. Do you struggle with the sense that you have been traveling the wrong road in life? Turn to Jesus, and agree with him that the distance between you, is because you have failed to follow His leading. Allow Him to lead you down His paths of righteousness.

            Finally, your life is not your own. God created us to display His awesome glory. When we trust Him as he restores our souls, and leads us in His perfect way, it makes the world see His power being displayed in our lives, and that shows forth “His Glory”. It is “for His sake”!

            There is no regret in following Jesus!

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam  
South Luverne Baptist Church
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Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 8, 2020

The Answer To Fear

Psalm 27: 1, 4 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?…One thing I have desired of the Lord, that shall I seek; That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.”

            Fear is a very real thing that all of us have experienced at one time or another. The cause of our fear can sometimes be very obvious, and at times can be difficult to nail down. Some people fear death, and some people fear life. Some fear what is happening today, and some live in fear of the unknown for tomorrow.

            The psalmist understood the meaning of fear at the highest level. Let’s not forget that this is the same young man who had squared off with Goliath. Let’s not forget this is the same young man who ran for his life when King Saul felt threatened by him, and tried to kill him. King Saul wanted David dead, and seemed to be prepared to go to any lengths to make it happen. While hiding in caves trying to stay alive, even after Samuel had anointed him to be destined to become the next King of Israel, David knew the key to overcoming fear.

            This psalm says it all. It comes from an understanding heart to people like you and me. David really knew what he was talking about. He knew that, because God is so loving, He is the only one who can give us real strength to overcome our fear.  He holds us in the palms of his hands!

            No wonder David determined to desire God! No wonder He determined to seek Him. Will you tell the Lord of your desire to seek Him today? Will you trust Him to overcome any fear that comes against you?           

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam  

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 7, 2020

Are You Ready To Die?

Acts 21:13 “Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’”

As the ninety-five year old pastor from Smyrna stepped into the amphitheater, the crowd became silent. Polycarp had been converted to Christ as a young child and had actually studied at the feet of the apostle John. Now he was facing martyrdom unless he renounced his lifelong faith in Jesus.

             The Roman Proconsul, out of respect for his age, tried to reason with the bishop. But Polycarp made it clear that he would not renounce Christ under any circumstance. He said, “For eighty-six years I have been His servant, and He has never done me wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who has saved me?”

             Polycarp did die that day, and his blood, as Tertullian said, became “seed’ for Christ to sow.

             In our text, Paul was letting his friends know that he too was ready to die for Christ.

            Are you ready and willing to die for Christ? I pray that we all will count the cost and be willing to give our all for our Savior. 

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam  

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

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 6, 2020

God Chooses His Hours and His Delays

 Exodus 13:17 “Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by the way of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.”

The proximity of Egypt to the Promised Land can be seen with just a quick look at a map of the Mediterranean world. It would have taken only a matter of weeks for the Israelites to be led by Mosses to Canaan. They would have simply walked around the southeast corner of the Mediterranean Sea, and would have been at the door of the Promised Land. But Moses led the people into the Sinai desert. This was so they would not encounter the war-like Philistines, and fee back to Egypt, and slavery. Not understanding, that being alive with Moses, was better than being dead with the Philistines, the Israelites complained constantly.

How often do we find ourselves complaining about life’s circumstances without knowing what’s going on behind the scenes? God’ grace, and His hand of mercy is at work, guiding our steps as he protects us from the evils of this world, and our own tendencies to make the wrong decisions when the circumstances are difficult. God new that the Israelites were not ready to go to war with anyone, let alone the constantly waring Philistines (They would prove to be a formidable foe even in the days of King David).

May our response be, “Lord, thank you for this delay, for I know you see the whole picture,” instead of “Lord why are you allowing me to be inconvenienced?”

             God’s hedge of protection surrounds us, and His “goodness and mercy follows us, all the days of our life.” That makes today, a glorious day!

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam  
South Luverne Baptist Church
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Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 5, 2020

The Fountain

 Zachariah 13:1 “In that day, a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and fo the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.”

Years ago, when we lived in Talladega, Alabama, we used to take our granddaughter to the Birmingham Zoo, as often as we could. On those hat summer days there was a favorite spot for her to enjoy in that marvelous Kingdom. We called it, “The Fountain” (I think they call it “the Splash Pads”).

There was a large concrete area that had holes all over, which would shoot water up at various times and places. The kids would all run around, trying to get to where the jets of water were spraying up. It was one of the most enjoying times we could have, as we watched all the fun and joy that was experienced by all the children, including our granddaughter.

A fountain is a place of joy. That’s what I think of when I hear this Hymn:

            There is a fountain filled with blood

                        Draw form Immanuel’s veins;

            And Sinners, plunged beneath that flood’

                        Lose all their guilty stains.

God has opened up a fountain to you through the Lord Jesus. He invites you to come on in and enjoy His love. Don’t stand on the edges of His joy. Enjoy a fun filled journey with him-In His fountain! And I can promise you, it will bring Joy to His heart, to see your Joy!

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Because He Lives,

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Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 4, 2020

God And Giving

 Luke 6:38Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

            It happens almost every week. Out of nowhere someone in need will approach us. A car has broken down.  A job has been lost. A family member has been sick. The Holy Spirit will often prompt us to help. So we reach into our pockets and give. We do it because we want to help, and because we know it is the Christ-like thing to do.

           The generosity God desires is not always financial. Perhaps a friend in crisis needs your time when your schedule is full. Maybe plans for a leisurely day are interrupted when you need to attend the funeral of someone whose loved ones would be greatly encouraged by your presence.

            In the verse above, God simply says, “Give”. And when we “give”, God promises to “fill our blessings bag to the brim”.

           Sometimes we cannot imagine what it means to someone who sees Jesus in things we do for them. May we be a Blessing to someone 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 – April 3, 2020

Your Heavenly Father Knows you

Matthew 6:8 “Therefore, do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of, before you ask Him.”

Even before we call on Him, our heavenly Father is already working to provide all that we need. Isaiah 65:24 says, “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” Wow, that is some kind of promise!

Jesus wanted His disciples to learn how intimately God knew each of them. He assured them that, even before they prayed, He knew about their situation. That same promise is given to us. Our Heavenly Father knows exactly what we will face today and next week. He is eager for us to experience Him as He provides for us.

            To our surprise, we often find that God knows far better than we do what is best for us! He is prepared to show His strength through our weakness. He is prepared to meet our every need, if only we ask (Phil. 4:13).

            Let’s face today with great expectation. There’s no telling what God has planned for us this Day!           

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam  
South Luverne Baptist Church
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Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 2, 2020

Praying With Faith

Psalm 4:6-8 “There are many who say, ’Who will show us any good?’ Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.”

            Praying can be hard, especially in a world where we are surrounded by much unbelief. David was reminded of this all too often, as people who had lost heart would say, “Who will show us good?” As David prayed in faith, so should you and I. He asked the Lord to “lift up the light of Your countenance.” We should ask God, in times of difficulty, when unbelief is rampant, to stand up kike a banner of victory to give us the assurance that, “the battle belongs to the Lord!”

David prayed a prayer of faith, knowing and believing, that all he needed was the Lord’s presence. We may not be on the run like David was, in the context of this psalm, but we do, in these trying times, need God’s presence for peace.

            The apostle Paul wrote, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and thanksgiving, let your request be made know to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

            Enjoy God’s peace today, and tonight, as you “lie down in peace, and sleep.”

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
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Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – April 1, 2020

Applying Truth For Victory

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

            In grasping a clear picture of how we can weather the dangers that come with both victory and defeat, we must not forget to apply what we know. Understanding that God is our strength in weakness is one thing, but applying that truth in an effective way is another.

            The apostle Paul said he had learned the secret of contentment in any situation—Christ, the source of strength (Phil. 4:12-14). We must do more than just acknowledge God’s awesome power—we need to get it into our lives. We must submit our will to His will.  Asking God to give us strength to accomplish our will results in burnout.  God never promises us strength for our own plans, only His. That’s why submitting to His will is the first step in seeing His power begin to permeate our lives.

            We must also trust Him to control our circumstances for His purposes. Once we realize that God’s plans and purposes are greater than we could imagine, we also have to realize that the path He is leading us down will result in His glory.

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

March

Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – March 31, 2020

Praise The Lord

Matthew 6:13c “For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.”

Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. In the Model Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), He told them to begin their prayer with praise, then offer up prayers of submission, confession, intercession, and petition. Their prayers were to conclude just as they began—with heartfelt worship.

The Lord’s August Kingdom. God’s children are to say, ”Yours is the Kingdom.” God is the King of Kings. He reigns majestically over the universe, lofty and exalted.

The Lord’s Absolute Power. We also praise the Lord when we say, “Yours is the power.” God is Omnipotent. No one can usurp or overthrow His eternal, righteous government. Every human and angelic being is subservient to Him.

The Lords Awesome Glory. God is majestic in His royal eternal splendor. Thus, we worship Him by saying, “Yours is the glory forever.” God reigns in Glory. The Model Prayer ends with, “Amen,” which means “truly,” or “so be it.”

May we all begin our days with Praise of the Lord Jesus! Even the days when we are a little weary, a little tired, a little fearful, a little uncertain, a little….

Praise Be To Him!

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Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – March 30, 2020

Does God Have Access To You?

Acts 8:29-30 “Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go near and overtake this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’”

God is actively seeking to find those whose hearts are right with Him, and placing them where they can make a difference for His Kingdom. Some of the greatest missionaries in history did not live long lives, but their lives dramatically affected eternity.

God had access to Philip, and the book of Acts gives the exciting account of how God used Philip’s life to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Philip was not preoccupied with expanding His reputation as a great preacher or miracle worker. He was concerned that his life remain in the center of God’s activity. Philip was God centered. God had access to Philip!

Does God have access to you? Did you wake up this morning wondering how God is going to work your circumstances out so that your life intersects with that person He intends to touch through your life? Praise God for today’s possibilities!  

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam  
South Luverne Baptist Church
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Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – March 28, 2020

Choices

Joshua 24:15 “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served which were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose lord you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Man is incurably religious. We all worship something.  Travel to any place in the world and you will discover evidence of man’s religious nature.  Mongolia has its hilltop alters, England has its racks of Stonehenge, and Wall Street has its modern “golden calf” – a bull.  These have been places where people worship idols.  What are you worshiping?

Joshua was an old man when he spoke these words.  In his younger years, he had led the people of God across the Jordon River into the Promised Land.  As the Israelites conquered cities, they were exposed to many pagan cultures with various religious practices.  In our text, Joshua warned them of dangers of Idolatry.  

Joshua had made a brave decision and now made a bold declaration.  He and his family would serve the Lord!        
The Lord is calling us to stand in this generation.  We must reject the pagan beliefs of humanism, atheism, or agnosticism, and shun cults like Jehovah’s Witness and Mormons.  We must stand for Jesus Christ with our families, worshiping and serving Him above all! 

I sense, in this time of the COVID-19 crisis, people are open to our conversations about God’s role in all this. May we be ready to “give a defense to everyone who asks us a reason for the hope that is in us”! (1 Peter 3:15)                                 

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Because He Lives, Bro. Sam  
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Daily Bread With Bro. Sam – March 27, 2020

God Is Big Enough

Jeremiah 32:27—“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?”

            We should put our problems into the proper perspective. Perhaps, instead of saying, “God here is my problem”, we should say, “Problem here is my God!” Hearing those words remind us that there is no problem in our lives that God cannot handle.

           When we make our problems the objects of our lives, it is easy to become discouraged and forget that we have a God who will sustain us during our trials. However, when we change our perspective, we see that God becomes the object and focus of our lives. It doesn’t seem as if such a small detail would matter much, but when you visualize introducing your problems to almighty God, suddenly they seem smaller, and you and I realize just how triumphant we can be with His help.

           No matter what problems you are facing, always remember our God is big enough, strong enough, and powerful enough to take care of them. He is the answer to all of life’s problems. He is enough!

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 – March 23, 2020

How Can We Have The Peace Of God?

Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

This verse is part of Israel’s song of salvation, which has a theme of righteousness and peace. There can be no true peace apart from righteousness, and there can be no righteousness apart from salvation in Jesus Christ!

                Psalm 85:10 speaks of the salvation Jesus made possible for us, describing what took place at the cross: “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed”.

                Jesus is the source of true peace. Angels announced Jesus’s birth to the shepherds by saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill to all men!” (Luke 2:14).

                Jesus gives us peace in two ways. First, He gives us “peace with God”. We cannot have peace with God apart from the salvation that Jesus makes available. Second, He gives us “the Peace of God”. When Jesus is our Lord, “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard [our] hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

                So, as your pastor, today my word to  you from the Lord is, “Peace to you!” (John 20:26)

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Because He Lives,

Bro. Sam  

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