FAMILY TIES

By

Shelby G. Floyd

 

Good morning. We hope you are adjusting to your stay at home because of Covid-19. I heard one member would go sit in a chair and ask himself a question. And then he would move to another chair and answer his question. In other words he was talking to himself. That reminds me of a story that my mom told about when she was growing up. There was a man that was always talking to himself! They would kid him about it. One day they asked him why he was talking to himself so much. His answer was classic. “I like to talk to a smart man and I like to hear a smart man talk!”

Today is Easter Sunday and we have a lot of good memories of hunting Easter eggs and family get-together on this holiday. We will have the opportunity to share the joy with little children again. Later in our service today we will remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord when we take communion as we do so each Sunday.

I am speaking to you about Family Ties. Do you miss being with your family? I miss being with my family. I miss having a cup of coffee with my son and his wife and visiting with our daughters in Florida and their families. We also miss being with our grandchildren and great grandchildren. With patience we will also be back meeting as a congregation in one place before too long. Continue reading “FAMILY TIES”

VICTORY AVENUE

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Shelby G. Floyd

What a great song service today! There is nothing like a great song service to lift a preacher up and cause him to do the best job he can in presenting a sermon (Ephesians 5:18-19). We appreciate so much all of you singing out on those beautiful songs in praise to our God.

I am sure that all of us are very happy with the good weather and the Thanksgiving holiday we’ve had this past week. We were blessed last week to have our daughter Cheryl and Greg with us. And today we’re glad to have our daughter Teresa and John with us. We are also glad that many of you have family and visitors with you today.

Some time ago I preached a series of lessons based on the streets in the neighborhood around our church building. The people who planned this neighborhood must have been religious, because they named the streets after biblical concepts. I presented sermons on Faith Street, Melody Avenue, Hope Court and Love Avenue. The Bible declares that there is “faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). But I overlooked one of the streets around our church building-and that is the street called Victory Avenue. That is the title of this lesson. Continue reading “VICTORY AVENUE”

The New Birth

By

Shelby G. Floyd

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1 Peter 1:22-25
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For,
“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.
NIV

We have just lived to see the new birth of our second great grand-daughter and expect the new birth of our first great grand-son next month. The physical new birth of a child is one of the great wonders of life and blessing from God. An even greater wonder is how Almighty God can take a sin-laden person and give that person new life spiritually, with the promise of everlasting life to come.

In a conversation with Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, Jesus stated that there must be a radical change before he could enter the kingdom of God. In highly figurative language, Jesus spoke of this radical change under the figure of a new birth. “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3: 3-5 NKJV). Continue reading “The New Birth”