From the Desk of Matriarch Pastor Lucille Ford:

The Riches of Our Faith At Christ’s Expense

I pray for your mind to leap with joy, as you comprehend the riches of our faith. May the reading of the scriptures open our eyes with utter simplicity, which was once obscure, be obvious and plain to us without a doubt. I am in awe of God’s riches at Christ’s expense. It should remind us of the cost of His grace. God’s unmerited favor toward man cost Christ His life. The Scriptures say, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowed with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9). Jesus tasted death for you and for me Paul wrote: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14).

As Christians we are rich today because of the price paid by Christ at Calvary (Ephesians 1:3, 7: 3:7-11). Let’s be good stewards of the manifold grace that has been shown to every one of us (1 Peter 4:10). How can you and I do any less, considering the awesome price that God’s grace cost Christ?

Christ has died
Christ is risen
Christ will come again!

“Let us proclaim the riches of our faith!”

Knowing What You Believe
2 Timothy 1:12-14

What we believe affects every area of our lives and shapes every decision we make, yet few of us will take the time to think about what we accept as true. For the most part all belief systems have a foundation. What do you base your convictions on, is it on your lifestyle, reasoning, and desires? We ought to adapt a life to our faith in Him and know that Jesus is the authority of His Word.

Our version should not be base on personal reasoning. We are not to pick and choose which parts of the Bible to believe, or add other philosophies or ideas to the Scripture. God’s word is the only true and reliable foundation for belief, because it contains the recorded thoughts of an eternal, all knowing God. All other concepts must be measured against it to determine their validity.

Knowing what the Bible says is essential for developing a sound system of beliefs founded on the truth and wisdom of God. For you see, a faith anchored in the Scriptures is our protection against deception.

Each time you face a problem or decision, search for the answer in the Scripture. Ask God to help you understand what He is saying. He loves communicating with you, and as you spend time with Him. He’ll open your mind to know His thoughts. And remember, all that we profess must be backed up with a life of integrity.