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The Chair

Posted by Michael Napier on February 22, 2014 @ 8:40 PM

I recently read this story that reminds me of the tender love of our Lord. I cannot add anything to the message, so I post it as written with the prayer it will encourage you and remind you of the ever present attendance of the Lord Jesus Christ to those who accepted His free gift of eternal life.

A man's daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed. The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit. "I guess you were expecting me," he said. "No, who are you?", said the father. "I'm the new minister at your church," he replied. "When I saw the empty chair, I figured you knew I was going to show up." "Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden man. "Would you mind closing the door?" Puzzled, the minister shut the door. "I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter," said the man. "But all of my life I have never known how to pray.

At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head." "I abandoned any attempt at prayer," the old man continued, "until one day about four years ago my best friend said to me, 'Joe, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. Here is what I suggest. Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair. It's not spooky because he promised, "I'll be with you always." Then just speak to him and listen in the same way you're doing with me right now." "So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I'm careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty, chair she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm." The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old guy to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him, bid him a blessed day, and returned to the church.

Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon. "Did he die in peace?" he asked. "yes, when I left the house about two o'clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. But there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?" The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, "I wish we all could go like that."

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Romans 8:38-39
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Until Next Time,
Pastor Mike

10 Best Reasons to Home Church

Posted by Michael Napier on February 22, 2014 @ 8:40 PM

The Home Church movement is alive and well in America. I believe this is because many modern “Christians” find the local Church to not be their flavor of religion. Perhaps they have never considered the reminder of the Apostle Paul that the local assembly was “the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” Silly me, there I go again using the infallible Word of God.

After much consideration, I present to you Napier’s “10 Best Reasons to Home Church”.

• You find it very convenient. You enjoy; a short drive to church, being never concerned about arriving on time, attending with your pets, wearing whatever you like to services (e.g. pajamas, shorts, golf shoes, roller skates. Halloween masks) etc.

• Your attendance records are easy to keep.

• You can have church anywhere; home, the lake, mountains, deserts, ballgames, Wal-mart, etc. (Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. - Hebrews 10:25)

• You know everyone in YOUR church. You’re never concerned about anyone you find undesirable attending because you don’t invite them; after all it is YOUR church. (And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. - Luke 14:23)

• You can easily pray for all the people that were saved, baptized and growing in YOUR church (Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: - Matthew 28:19).

• You’re never burdened by and for those pesky missionaries, saving untold amounts of YOUR money or wasting YOUR valuable prayer time. (Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. - Philippians 4:15)

• YOU get to be in charge. You can be the pastor, deacon, teacher, apostle, pope, prime minister or whatever you decide. (And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: - Ephesians 4:11-12 )

• You agree with every sermon and if you don’t agree with visiting preacher, you just turn off the television. (And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. - 1 Corinthians 3:1-2)

• You’re encouraged by imagining yourself superior to those “ungodly” church goers that attend the local church and pray for each other, exhort one another, go soul winning, support missionaries, visit the sick, etc. – (For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. - 2 Corinthians 10:12)

• You have no need for out-reach or in-reach for you have no reach. You are not a church for you only have, at best, a family altar. – (Acts 2:41-47)

The home church movement in America is birthed by rebellion against God’s appointed authority and grows in the spirit of Antichrist opposing the Church that Jesus Christ died to redeem. Most of the people involved in the home church movement are either ignorant of Bible doctrine or in willing rebellion to the will of God for every believer. Personally I have pity for any saint that misses the sweet fellowship of the church and the joy of seeing God move in the lives of others. (In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. - 2 Timothy 2:25-26)

If you live in an area where there is no local assembly (1 – 2 hours driving distance) that is preaching and teaching the Word of God (KJB); begin a home bible study, start winning others to Jesus, and pray God will send a Pastor/Missionary to organize a King James Bible believing Baptist Church. If you have no church to attend, contact this ministry to see how we might help.

Until next time,
Pastor Mike

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