Category Archives: Timeless Truths

Are your affections on things above?

Ron Coale, Rev.

Ron Coale, Rev.

Living a worry free Christian life by setting your affections on things above.

Christians today struggle with how to make it in this world.  Life is hard and there is no respect for the Christian who lives off of “spiritual welfare.”  God has given us all of the tools that we need to navigate this life, but we must not become a part of this world system.  Christians should live above of this world system, and it should hold nothing that would compete for our affections, but it does.

Christians have a choice to make regarding their affections: we can give them to this present life, or to the life to come; we can give them to this world or to the new world.  This present world, and all of the things we are affectionate about is going to be destroyed by God and replaced with a new one.  The choice is whether we will set our affections on the things of old or the things anew.

To live a healthy, worry free life, you must set your affections on things above and not on things of the earth. All true lovers of God know that they are dead to this worldly life and the things that it has to offer. There is nothing in the world that can compete with the life that we have hidden in Christ, which will be revealed to us when He appears. Christians who live for the pleasures, satisfaction or rewards of this life, are misguided in their affections. It is not what Christ can do for you, it is what Christ has ALREADY DONE for you. Is this world your home or are you just passing through?

Colossians 3:1-4

The Excellence of God

Ron Coale, Rev.

Ron Coale, Rev.

Psalms 8:9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Too often people don’t slow down enough to even consider God. They know the Creator exists, but they don’t move Him to the front of their minds for special consideration.  The Psalmist did, and when he did, he came away with this wonderful thought recorded in this special verse of Scripture.  Do you notice that he is not asking a question?  He is not trying to find out how excellent God’s name is.  He is making an exclamation.  He moved the Lord to the forefront of his mind and it came to Him that the Lords name is excellent in all of the earth.

We too can see the excellence of God.  We too can be overwhelmed with the excellence of God in His name.  All we have to do is take a moment and move Him to the forefront of our minds.

Offended in Jesus

Ron Coale, Rev.

Ron Coale, Rev.

Matthew 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

People today seem to be offended about everything.  Everybody you meet gets offended about something you do or say.  There is no getting away from it.  It seems like people go out of their way to get offended about something.  It seems like it is the new norm.  Everybody has a chip on their shoulder just waiting for someone to knock it off so they can get offended and bring attention to themselves.

Jesus preaches not getting offended, especially in Him.  The world would be a much kinder and safer place if people just chose to not be offended.  There would be much more love and caring for each other if there was less getting offended.  There would be less pride and more helping each other.

The first offence that people have tumbling them down a long slope of bitterness is in the Lord Jesus Christ.  More than ever, society is anti-Jesus.  They are not neutral as they claim to be best for everyone, but they have taken one side against God; they are offended in the Lord Jesus Christ.  The more society moves away from Jesus because they are offended in Him, the less blessing they will receive. We need God’s blessing more than ever.  If our country is going to return to it’s former glory, then it needs, no, it must have the blessing of God.

 

Judgmental People

Ron Coale, Rev.

Ron Coale, Rev.

Judgmental people can be most irritating at times, especially when they won’t let you explain your actions or position. Today’s Timeless Truth is about Matthew 7:1-2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

The most judgmental people in the world are those who talk about other people being judgmental about them.  You see, a person cannot help but be judgmental because everything we do begins with a judgment: (What clothes to wear, what food to eat, what activity to be involved in).  Everything we do is a judgment call including telling others they should not be judgmental.

Have you ever run across someone who told you not to be judgmental because you were a Christian, and and what you were doing was not a Christian thing to do?  There are plenty of people who know this verse of Scripture but don’t know a thing about the character of God.  They just know Matt 7:1-2 because it helps them stifle Christians.  The problem is there are plenty of Christians who believe these uninformed “teachers” of God’s Word.  These “know it all’s” have taken one word and replaced the definition of it with another word and unsuspecting Christians don’t even notice.  What they mean to say is, “Don’t be so ‘critical’ of me because it is not nice,” but they say, “Don’t be so judgmental” instead.  The old bamboozle (sigh!).

So, because the swap in meaning of the words, people totally misinterpret the meaning of this verse of Scripture.  It does not mean that you should not judge.  It does not even mean to judge a person the way you would want to be judged.  It means that we should have a little mercy on our brothers because we are all going to be judged some day; Be a little pitiful because someday we are going to be on the “hot seat” too!  If Judgmental people would just “judge” the Bible rightly, then they, and we, would be much happier.

What Do You Hear?

 

Ron Coale, Rev.

Ron Coale, Rev.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

Listen!  What do you hear?  I mean, what do you hear about Jesus?  Is it something YOU don’t agree with?  Or, is it something from the Bible that you just don’t like?  This is the case with most people.  They don’t like the way a preacher preaches or they don’t like the message God has given him.  Perhaps it “steps on their toes” a little bit and they think, “He’s preaching at me.”  These kind of people do not love truth, and they are greatly mistaken on the power of God.  Like Lucifer, they lift themselves up with pride and deny the presence of God by pawning it off on a man.  Huh?  They think the preacher is preaching instead of God preaching through him.  In other words, they have lost faith in the power of God.

So, because they don’t want to humble themselves, they start shopping for another teacher to tell them what they want to hear.  They would rather turn their ears away from the truth than search their hearts to see if God is speaking to them?  They are so “right with God” they never have a reason to go to the prayer bench.

Listen!  What do you hear?  Do you hear God, or do you hear your own self?

Rev. Ron Coale, Pastor

 

Christian Addicts

Addicts1 Corinthians 16:15 “…they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,”

 

In our society, the word “addiction” has an extremely bad connotation.  It is usually related to alcohol, drugs, food, cigarettes, etc.  But, there are some things that are good to be addicted to.  It is good to be addicted to your marriage, raising your children right, telling the truth, etc.  But the best addiction of all, is to be addicted to God and the ministering of His saints.

In the Christian world, we have what is known as “dabblers.”  They dabble a little here and dabble a little there; and when something becomes boring to them, they aren’t interested in it anymore.  As long as they are getting something out of it, then they are interested in it, but as soon as they aren’t getting anything out of it, then they give up and move on to something else they can dabble in for awhile.  What they need to do is become: addicted!

Herein is a great problem.  There are not enough addicts to the ministry of God.  Think about it!  You can’t get anything from a ministry, if there isn’t someone who first gives to it.  I don’t mean just money.  I mean everything.  Their treasures, talents, and most importantly–their time.  I am talking about: dedicated, out of their minds in love with Jesus, addicts.  Where are those people?  Where are those preachers?  Where are those deacons and elders?  Where are those parishioners?  That’s what our churches, country, and world needs–people who are addicted to Christ!

Shelter in a Time of Storm

TTPsalm 91:1-6  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surley he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover the with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Thou shalt not be afraid for terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Each of us will at some point of out life experience those “dark hours.”  These are the times when we feel that no one cares; no one is listening.  It is at these times when we feel all alone against the raging storms of life and there is no hope for ever being happy again.  We feel like giving up and allowing the destroyer to have his way with us.  But, friend, these are also the times when the saints have God protecting and shielding us from the rages of the storms of life.  We have a shelter in a time of storm.

God is always our protector, but He does not only do that by soaring in the lofty heavens, looking down like the ever watchful eagle, He also is very near to us.  When the “noisome pestilence” of life finally drives us mad with desire to give up, He is there, covering us with the feathers of His wings.  In this way He takes the brunt of the storm upon Himself; He is our shelter and warmth until the storm passes over.  He holds us steady so we won’t fall to certain destruction.  Why then do we not feel His ever presence?  This happens all too often and we don’t “feel” Him there because we are too busy looking on the storm instead of snuggling into His loving embrace.  Like the young, we too are disappointed that there is a storm so we cannot go out into the radiant sunshine an frolic for a little while. We are looking at our circumstances instead of our situation.

No one likes to go through a trial—a storm of life.  They are not fun because we can’t go out and do what we want to do.  Instead, we must stay inside under shelter.  And here is the key—we cannot do what we want to do!  The storms interrupt our plans.  They always come at the most inconvenient times.  They are never on our schedule of the day; our things-to-do-list.  They are most troublesome by nature.  But, it is only from the place of protection that we can be delivered from the storm; that we can be shielded from the trial.  AND, whether we know it or not, it is in these times that we get closer to God.

Almost always, when a trial comes in our life, do we run to God for our help.  Amazingly, the unsaved, unrepentant, atheist will do so as well.  They are always willing to accept prayer for them in their time of trial or despair.  They want to have the protection and hope that comes from a loving relationship with God, but don’t want to stay under His wing.  Like a child on a playground who wants to climb the monkey bars on his own falls off and gets an owey, when the hurt comes, when there is pain, he immediately runs to mommy.  Why is that?  They want protection, warmth, shelter and security.

So friends, if you are going through a trial today, if you have been going through some despairing times, the very best thing for you to do is to run to God, get under His wing, snuggle up to Him, and wait out the storm.

“Nice words preacher, but can you be a little more practical?”

Yes!  Go to the word of God.  Open your Bibles and read some comforting words.  Passages that will often meet the needs in times of trouble are mostly in the Psalms.  There is much healing and relief in these passages.  But that is not all.  Pray!  If you cannot find your way to God, ask Him to find you.  If you seek Him, He will find you.  And, when He does, He will protect you, love you, warm you and shelter you from all of the storms of life.

~Pastor

Why Don’t You Fly?

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A. J. Gordon was the great Baptist pastor of the Clarendon Church in Boston, Massachusetts. One day he met a young boy in front of the sanctuary carrying a rusty cage in which several birds fluttered nervously. Gordon inquired, “Son, where did you get those birds?”

“I trapped them out in the field.”

“What are you going to do with them?”

“I’m going to play with them, and then I guess I’ll just feed them to an old cat we have at home.”

When Gordon offered to buy them, the lad exclaimed, “Mister, you don’t want them, they’re just little old wild birds and can’t sing very well.”

“I’ll give you $2 for the cage and the birds.”

“Okay, it’s a deal, but you’re making a bad bargain.” The exchange was made and the boy went away whistling, happy with his shiny coins. Gordon walked around to the back of the church property, opened the door of the small wire coop, and let the struggling creatures soar into the blue. The next Sunday he took the empty cage into the pulpit and used it to illustrate his sermon about Christ’s coming to seek and to save the lost — paying for them with His own precious blood. “That boy told me the birds were not songsters,” said Gordon, “but when I released them and they winged their way heavenward, it seemed to me they were singing, ‘Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed!'”

This is what Jesus did for each saved saint of God.  He set us free from the cage of sin in which we are trapped.  It is only by His precious blood that the door of sin is open and freedom is at hand.  Jesus paid for our sin.  He is the only one who could ever pay for it, because His blood is pure and sinless.  Ours is not.  No matter how much we may cry out that we don’t belong in the cage of sin, our blood is still sinful.  What binds us, what holds us is the sinful blood contained within our veins.  As it bleeds out, more is produced in it’s place, and it is just as sinful as that which it replaces.

Our problem is a blood problem.  Let me simply say it like this, “we have bad blood.”  Yes, there is bad blood between us and God, and it can never be purified.  We can only have an advocate who will accept us, and then present us to the Father based on the pure blood coursing His veins—That is what Jesus Christ did.

The door is now open.  The way is made clear.  There is nothing standing in the way that would hinder us from leaving the cage of death.  But, sadly, there are many who will not venture into the open air of the heavens.  With fear or pride they huddle in the back of the cage, making excuse after excuse about why it cannot be real.  At the same time, they witness (over and over again), another one step to the edge and soar with open wings, into the open free air.  How terrible life must be for those who live in fear.  How hopeless life must seem for those who will do anything but stretch their wings and fly.

If you are not saved today, I hope you will come to your senses and get right with God now.  ~Pastor Coale

Church Fellowship

TTChurch Fellowship helps meet man’s need for companionship.   God uses fellowship and the church to strengthen the Christian and to accomplish His work in the world.  From the time of Adam’s creation, God saw, “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen.2:18).  God’s initial solution was to establish the institution of marriage.  However, man’s need for fellowship goes beyond marriage.  He needs others with whom to grow in Christ and to serve.  Every Christian needs church and fellowship.

Our fellowship in the church is much more valuable than fellowship for other purposes because God’s presence makes it different.  Christ established the principle that where two or three are gathered together in His name, there He would be in the midst of them. This makes our time with God’s people very special.  Fellowshipping with the saints around the things of God is actually a way for us to fellowship with God Himself because He also meets with us when we come together.

When Paul and Barnabas returned to Antioch to report all that God had done with them, the Bible says that they gathered the church together.  This means that the church was not a building or an organization but the people themselves.  The people are the church.  God established the church so that we could meet together, worship Him together, grow together, fellowship together, work together and pray together.  God could have just let us do these things on our own or in our separate families, but He didn’t.  He knew that we would need the fellowship of other saints to live healthy spiritual lives.

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The Love of Many Waxing Cold

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  Why is it that the Love of many will become cold?  Because iniquity abounds!  Our present society has turned to sinful things like no other society … Continue reading