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Pastor Vic Redding, Senior Pastor at Faith Free Will Baptist Church, will share his heart with us here. Please check in often, as Pastor Vic posts when led by God.
Several years ago while in Orlando Fl my oldest son who has always been interested in reptiles decided to visit one of the leading reptile centers in the US.The man who runs the place collects venom from many different deadly snakes and sends their antidotes all over the world in hopes of saving people who have been bitten and would face certain death without it.Though I am not a fan of reptiles I went with him.While looking around at the different snakes and read how deadly their bite was,I remembered some words of Jesus Christ found in John 3:14 ,15 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,even so must the Son of man be lifted up.That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,but have eternal life."The story of this event is found in Numbers 21:4-9 ,when read we find God sending fiery serpents( venomous snakes) as punishment.People begin to die and they began to plead with Moses to seek God for them.Moses is instructed by God to make a brass serpent,put it on a pole ,hold it up and when one was bitten if they looked up to it they would be healed.The truths revealed thru this story stand as a message of hope and salvation.Three things are revealed,that if heeded every sinner could be saved: (1) Realize you are bitten--According to the word of God we all have, Romans 3 proves we have all sinned against God.Romans 5 declares all quilty thru Adam,s disobedients.Ephesians 2 declares us as dead in the transpasses of sin and seperated from God.So there is no doubt we have been bitten.(2) Seek the right remedy--In the natural world,it can mean life or death when it comes to the right antidote,the wrong one will bring death no matter how sincere the doctor is who gives it.The only answer to our sin death is Jesus Christ.As He was lifted up on the cross,as God's substitue for our sins,Jesus and Jesus only is the right answer for all.Acts 4:12 declares"neither is there salvation in any other,for there is none other name under heaven given among men,whereby we must be saved"Read John 3:16 ,17 for further truths.(3)Believe and accept the remedy offered--An antidote is no good if it is ignored,neglected,or put off in taking it.Sadly here is our biggest problem,we look for other ways to God instead of the only one He has given.Going to church,being baptized,doing good deeds,trying to obey the Ten Commandments,observing all kinds of religous do lists wont do it.There is only one "WAY" to God and the answer is found in the words Jesus Christ in John 14:6 "I AM THE WAY,THE TRUTH,AND THE LIFE,NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER,BUT BY ME." In Christ Pastor Vic
How busy was your day? Did it seem like you couldn’t get anything done, that you just ran out of time? Our lives are like that more often than we like to admit. There is the rush to get kids up and to school, the rush to get ourselves ready for work, then the rush to get home eat dinner and get everything in order so we can be ready to start all over again tomorrow. I for one know the business of being busy. I go to bed sometimes overwhelmed by all I had to do and thinking of what I would need to do the next day. Visit the nursing home, be at the hospital at a certain time for a member's surgery, visit someone in their home, then go home and make a few phone calls and begin preparing sermon for the next church service. Then it hits me, God have I made time for you? His answer is before me Psalms 46:10"be still, and know that I am God" and when I do just that, he reminds me that no one should ever be so busy that he is put aside from anything we have planned for the day. When I read this psalm I see a lot of turmoil, trouble, roaring but right in the midst of it all is God and no matter what the day may be holding God is my refuge, my strength, my very present help. So the next time you feel yourself getting to busy, take a deep breath, whisper his name and you just might get a surprise of a soft still voice whispering "child I'm here". One other thing; it might be a good idea to get up a little earlier and spend some quiet time with him before the rush.
Proverbs 3:27 says "Withhold not good from them to whom it is due,when it is in the power of thine hand to do it."To often in striving to do what God has given us to do,we overlook those among us who God places in our lives to get the job done.In reading Exodus 31 God gives two men Bezaleel and Ahoiab the Spirit,wisdom,knowledge and understanding to do what God had commanded Moses to get done.We at Faith Freewill Bapt. have truly been blessed that God gave us two men to accomplish that which in all honesty most of us could not do.Brother Steve Forcum and Brother David Dinkins have worked many hours redesigning our website.It amazes me when I talk with them how God is giving them insights in many different ways to set up this work to make easy for anyone who comes into site to find what can help them in their walk with the Lord.The other thing I thank them for is their determined hearts to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ not our church.The message is not us, it is Christ,it is not us, it is the Gospel,it is not us,it is the disire of God to save souls,it is not us,it is to feed the flock of God with the eternal truths of His Holy Word.The good things we can give to Steve and David is our prayers and our encouragement to continue their work for the Lord.Hebrews 6:10 "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love,which ye have shewed toward His name,in that ye ministered to the saints,and do minister."My prayer is "may God reach the hearts of all with His message of hope".
The United States has been involved in thirty wars with over 1.3 millons deaths of brave men and women.Truly we all would give thanks for such a sacrifice by so many but the greatest sacrifice is no doubt God giving His only begotten Son Jesus Christ who died for our sins upon the cross,but rose again the third day to give all who believe eternal life.Since the beginning the devil has waged a war against God and all those who have a personal relationship with him.It has been said that a soldier is no better than his equipment and you and I have the very best.Read Ephesians 6:10-18 .I will not take time to list all the Apostle Paul says here,but what cannot be ignored is God is our source of victory,but I give you three things to realize (1) our strength and power in this war is God (2) our enemy is the devil (3) we need to be dressed in God's armour.Sadly we have many wounded among us who need to be healed and the only way it can happen is to rededicate themselves to Christ and get dressed spiritually.If you are one then understant this the:word of God,prayer,attending church and fellowishipping with the saints is what you need.Neglect of those things God has ordained to bring us to maturity and victory will bring defeat in our lives.So beloved: get dressed and march off to war,"for greater is He in you,than he that is in the world".I john 4:4
As I am writing this,my thoughts are on tomorrow which is the day Harold Camping says Jesus is coming,the time according to him is 6:00pm.I will not take the time to give us the scriptures to prove him wrong but I will give you some of this false teacher's beliefs:(1)proclaimed the Lord's return in 1994.(2)now says will be May 21,2011 at 6:00pm(3)teaches no one has been saved between 1988-1994.(4)teaches church age ended in 1994(5)teaches the Holy Spirit is no longer working in the church.(6)teaches every church that is still holding services and people meeting their are apostate.(7) He and his followers are the only ones who have the truth.I read last night some interesting things that are being done:An atheist has set up website which will go get the pets of those raptured so they wont starve to death for $150.00 if Christ does come.Another athiest has a website that for a fee will send an email to unsaved loved ones that their saved love ones have been raptured and will no longer be seen here.It has been reported that some of those who believe him have cleaned out thieir savings accounts since money will not be needed.The sadness of this false prophesy is it gives this dark world another reason to refuse Christ as their needed Savior and to view real born again christians as nuts.Do I believe in The Lord's return? Yes,but it could be anytime-today,tomorrow,next week or next year.The real answer to that question is found in Matthew 24:36 ,44 "But of that day and hour knoweth no man,no,not the angels in heaven,but My Father only.Therefore be you ready:for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." ARE YOU READY?
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Pastor Vic Redding
Faith Free Will Baptist Church
2010 Colby St.
Greensboro, NC 27407