Seize the Moment – Day 305

Today’s hymn focus will be

“More About Jesus”

Psalm 119:71   (ESV)
 
“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.”

 

Born in 1851, Eliza Edmunds Hewitt grew up and graduated as valedictorian of her school. She went on to teach in the public schools of Philadelphia. But her career was cut short when she suffered a debilitating back injury and became bed-ridden. Instead of becoming bitter or complaining to God about how unfair this was, she began studying English literature, singing and writing poetry. She took what appeared to be a bad situation and turned it around to be something positive. She took the time to learn more about Jesus, praying that He would open her eyes so she would see Him more and reflect more of Him.

 

            “More about Jesus, let me learn; More of His holy will discern;

            Spirit of God, my teacher be, showing the things of Christ to me.”

 

This poem, along with several others, became known to Professor John R. Sweney, music professor at Pennsylvania Military Academy, who put the lyrics to music.

 

We must wake up and determine in our hearts that we will not let the circumstances around us decide our attitude. We need to fully focus on Jesus and let His light and love shine through our lives. And that can only happen when we hunger and thirst for more of Him in our lives.

 

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“More About Jesus”
 
1
More about Jesus would I know,
More of His grace to others show;
More of His saving fulness see,
More of His love who died for me.
More, more about Jesus,
More, more about Jesus;
More of His saving fulness see,
More of His love who died for me.
2
More about Jesus let me learn,
More of His holy will discern;
Spirit of God my teacher be,
Showing the things of Christ to me.
More, more about Jesus,
More, more about Jesus;
More of His saving fulness see,
More of His love who died for me.
3
More about Jesus; in His Word,
Holding communion with my Lord;
Hearing His voice in every line,
Making each faithful saying mine.
More, more about Jesus,
More, more about Jesus;
More of His saving fulness see,
More of His love who died for me.
4
More about Jesus; on His throne,
Riches in glory all His own;
More of His kingdom’s sure increase;
More of His coming, Prince of Peace.
More, more about Jesus,
More, more about Jesus;
More of His saving fulness see,
More of His love who died for me.
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 304

Discernment in Today’s Information Age!

Hebrews 5

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, January 15.

 

There is more news and information available to people in today’s world than ever before. This requires of us to learn how to be discerning of what is good and evil.

 

The teaching in Hebrews 5:12-14 teaches us about this:

 

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

 

How do we grow in our ability to discern good and evil?

 

Developing and practicing discernment is a spiritual process led by the Holy Spirit, who uses the Word of God to cause you to become a person who knows the truth and who knows what is good.

 

This is an intentional process of study and application; it is the integration of our minds and hearts, doctrines and practices, private life and public life. Discernment is trained by constant practice.

 

Churches in the midst of this information age will not mature in faithfulness and grow in fruitfulness without each of us becoming discerning members of His body. We all are overwhelmed with dissident information and competing ideas and only those of us who choose obedience to Jesus Christ will ever become discerning of the things of God.

 

This is how we become wise! As Jesus taught us in Matthew 7:24, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

 

Seize the moment and build your house on the rock.
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 303

Draw Near!

Hebrews 4

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, January 14.

 

How are you practically experiencing the promises of God in your daily life?

 

For example, in Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus promised that in His easy yoke all who are weary and heavy burdened will find rest.

 

God’s word teaches us how this happens in Hebrews 4:11-13,

 

Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest… For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

 

Here are three ways reading your Bible daily helps you enter into His rest:

 

  1. There is a great rest to be found in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ when we daily enter the rhythm of being still and knowing that He is God. It is wearisome trying to be god! He is God, we are not!

 

  1. There is a clarifying conviction that comes from reading His Word because God knows us and our needs and sets us free from our burdens.

 

  1. There is the Counselor’s comfort when we invite the Holy Spirit to know our thoughts and hearts and speak truth to us.

 

As Hebrews 4:16 commands us, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

 

Every day as you read and pray the Word of God, draw near to God and He promises to draw near to you (James 4:8).

 

Seize the moment and draw near today! Allow His Spirit to make you lie down in green pastures and lead you beside still waters (Psalm 23:2)—be diligent to enter His rest today.

 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 302

Hold Fast to the Promises of God!

Hebrews 3

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, January 13.

 

This morning’s Bible reading in Hebrews 3 is a great reminder of Sunday’s sermon about how God has given us the privilege of partaking in His nature according to the precious and magnificent promises of God (see January 10, 2021 sermon on 2 Peter 1:3-4).

Listen to Hebrews 3:12-14,

 

Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end.

 

The Bible commands us to live “today” with a present tense, active faith. We are called to watch our hearts and maintain our walks of faith—to hold fast! So, please, do not lose heart: Jesus will accomplish that which He promised; your deliverance is guaranteed and your salvation is secured; God is faithful to keep all of His promises and the grace of Jesus Christ is sufficient for you today!

 

Today is the day the Lord has made so let us rejoice and be glad in it! Sing that song to yourself every morning and it will change your outlook on your day, more and more as you make it a habit of your life. That is part of training yourself in godliness.

 

May the Holy Spirit remind you today of God’s promise from Hebrews 3:6: “but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.” This is a promise with a practice—HOLD FAST!

 

Seize the moment and never stop starting! Today is a great day to walk with Jesus! This is a key to victorious living—hold fast to the promises of God!

 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 301

“Medic!”

Hebrews 2

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, January 12.

 

You have seen in the movies that when a soldier is wounded in battle, one of his buddies cries out, “medic”. What does the medic do, often putting himself in great danger—he goes to the man down to give him aid.

 

Like a medic on the battlefield, Jesus left his place of safety to enter the battlefield of human life; He came from heaven to earth in order to provide aid to anyone who would call upon His name: Jesus!

 

Hebrews 2:17-18 is a triumphant declaration of why Jesus Christ came into the world:

 

Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

 

Are you facing temptation in your life and need help? Are you struggling with issues of forgiveness in your relationships? Are you facing a health crisis or financial difficulty?

 

Cry out to Jesus today and He will come to your aid!

The Gospel is the story of the greatest rescue effort ever made in the history of humanity. Jesus came on a mission—to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10)!

 

Do you see someone else on the battlefield who is in need of Jesus’ help and rescue?

 

You have been saved to be a part of the great rescue work of Jesus! You have been blessed to be a blessing! You have been empowered and equipped with the presence of God’s Spirit in you!

 

Seize the moment and be the hands and feet of Jesus today. Pray for and then practically help someone today!

 

Don’t know where to start, check out the weekly prayer guide or the prayer request emails that go out from our church. There are many invitations for you to be a part of God’s work.

 

If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.

 

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Seize the Moment – Day 300

Worship Jesus Above All Else!

Hebrews 1

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, January 11.

 

Did you know that today is Daily Call #300? One day at a time!

 

As I read Hebrews 1, there is one message that is clear: Jesus Christ is to be worshipped above all things in all of creation.

 

Listen to Hebrews 1:1-4,

 

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

 

In this first chapter of Hebrews, the author quotes multiple Old Testament passages, including Psalm 104, to proclaim the awesomeness of God’s splendor and majesty that has been made known and visible to us through Jesus Christ.

 

The point is that Jesus is greater than all of creation, including the angels, which, throughout history up to today, people want to worship. Verse 14 teaches us that angels exist to “to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation.” The true purpose for all of creation, seen and unseen, is to bring glory to God so that we may know Him and enjoy Him forever.

 

Seize the moment and worship Jesus above all else; only He is worthy of your worship!   

 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 298

Hymn: “Hope Has a Name”

1 Peter 1:13  (ESV)

 “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

This modern-day hymn was written by Clynt Reddy, Connections Director at River Valley Church in 2017. He points out that our world is broken, and it is hard to ignore. It is his desire that we always seek hope that the best is yet to come, and that it can only be realized in our need for a Savior, Jesus! We have the hope that He will take the brokenness and sin and make them new by restoring relationships, purpose and freedom in our lives. Jesus is the anchor for our souls. In the grand narrative of human history, God invites us to be both partakers and participants in this story we call life. By doing so, He give us the power thru the Holy Spirit to be His people! We must resolve to forgive, to love, to find hope and to take this message to a world in need!

 

“Hope has a name. His Name is Jesus. My Savior’s cross has set the sinner free.

Hope has a name. His Name is Jesus. Oh Christ be praised, I have victory!”

 

Wake up and remember that Jesus is our ultimate hope and we have been commissioned to take this message to the ends of the world. Start in your neighborhood and see the difference He can make in your world! Let’s live our lives with strength and purpose that can only come from our relationship with Jesus!

 

 

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Hope Has a Name

There is a song, I know it well
A melody that’s never failed
On mountains high and valleys low
My soul will rest, my confidence, in You alone
 
Hope has a name, His name is Jesus
My Savior’s cross has set the sinner free
Hope has a name, His name is Jesus
Oh, Christ be praised, I have victory
 
There is a light, salvation’s flame
Christ undefeated, trampled the grave (come on)
See now the cross, be lifted high
The light has come, the light has won
Behold the Christ (sing it)
 
Hope has a name, His name is Jesus
My Savior’s cross has set the sinner free
Hope has a name, His name is Jesus
Oh, Christ be praised, I have victory (we say)
 
Hope has a name, His name is Jesus
My Savior’s cross has set the sinner free
Hope has a name, His name is Jesus
Oh, Christ be praised,…
 
 
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Seize the Moment – Day 297

Philemon as a Case Study of Romans 12:1-2

Philemon

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, January 8.

 

Change is hard, but the whole Christian life is about change—we are to be transformed through the renewal of our minds. This is demonstrated radically in the one chapter book called Philemon. The purpose of Philemon is the redemption of a person’s life and the transformation of their story.  

 

When we are saved, everything begins to change—how we view the world and relate to ourselves and other people. In this letter, Paul had to use his friendship and apostolic authority to get Philemon to stop thinking and behaving according to the political and economic patterns of this world and be transformed by the renewal of his mind.

 

In many ways, Philemon is a case study of Romans 12:1-2.

 

Listen to Paul write to Philemon about Onesimus in verses 10-12, 15-16, “I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart . . . For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.”

 

For you to truly live up to the radical call of Paul’s letter to Philemon, regardless of whether you are young or old in the faith, you must invite the Holy Spirit to challenge you in what areas of modern life and thinking you need to be transformed by the renewing of the mind and start relating to people and the world around you like a child of God.

 

Seize the moment and remember who you are in Jesus: you are no longer a slave to fear, you are a child of God.

 

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Seize the Moment – Day 296

A Gospel Reminder in Dark Days!

Titus 3

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, January 7.

 

This morning, it is my privilege and joy to call you in the midst of so much bad news and remind you of the gospel of Jesus Christ , which is the good news of a great joy to all people!

 

Paul reminds Titus of the grace of God in Titus 3:3-7: “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

 

The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news: it is God’s saving grace, God’s richness of mercy, God’s goodness and loving-kindness towards people.

 

As we learn from Titus 3, the gospel is light in darkness; it is the “But God…” in any and every situation of our lives (cf. Ephesians 2:4-5; Romans 6:23)

 

I know that you may have expected a phone call this morning to dwell on the political situation of our country, the civil unrest, or the uncertainty of Covid-19. But you have enough people talking about the problems.

 

I am called by God to unapologetically and unwaveringly proclaim the solution of God: “But God…”!

 

Seize the moment today and every time you hear or read a news story, declare to it: “But God…”! My God is bigger!

 

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Seize the Moment – Day 295

A Gospel Movement!

Titus 2

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, January 6—the Feast of Epiphany. This is a rich day for the Church; so, may the Lord cause you to rejoice in the miracle of Christmas once again, today.

 

God does not call us to build a monument to Jesus, but, rather, a movement of people who proclaim the gospel of Jesus. How are we invited, by God’s Word, to invest in people?

 

Men and women, alike, younger and older, we are all invited to hear the invitation.

 

Listen to Titus 2:3-8, “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”

 

What do we have that we can invest in other people? Here are a few ideas to help you to start to think about how God is inviting you:

Our time! This is the most limited; therefore, the most precious of our resources.

Our money! Your heart follows your money… So, be careful of where you lead your heart with how you invest your money!

Your heart! Talk about a precious and very limited resource. Love is your greatest enterprise and your greatest risk.

Your mind! Start training your mind with God’s Word so that you can invest your mental energy on what matter most in life.

 

Seize the moment and invest in a movement of the gospel of Jesus today. Pour all that you have into the eternal work of people.

 

If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.

 

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