Heritage Baptist Church

Stephen Brown, Marketplace Ministries, Inc.  www.mmiga.org


While on vacation, I reviewed the hotel guest services book. One page promoted Chianti's Lounge with a list of alcoholic beverages. Highlighted in bold letters were the words: STAY SPIRITED. Alcohol addiction can lead to liver disease and death. Romans 8:13, For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Recovered alcoholics that claim Christ can state they traded the spirits for the Spirit. 1 Peter 3:18 declares that we are made alive by the Spirit.  STAY SPIRITED


When a little girl was asked the difference between church clergy and church members, she replied, "Clergy get paid for being good; members are good for nothing." When I read this in Guideposts magazine, I thought of growing-up when adults would speak about a lazy person as good for nothing. We are not saved by good works, rather for good works. Christ on earth kept busy building His Father's Kingdom; we should do the same. Matthew 25:21, Jesus said, "Well done, good and faithful servant . . ."


An elderly lady was dying in a hospital with her three sons around her bed. She told one son to look inside her Bible for her funeral arrangements; then kissed him and said, "Good Night." To the second son she thanked him for taking her to the doctors and picking-up her prescription drugs; then kissed him and said, "Good Night." She thanked the third son for helping to pay medical bills; kissed him, and said, "Good-Bye." He asked,"Why did you say good night to my brothers, and good bye to me?" She replied, "Because I will see them again, but because you refused to listen to me, I will never see you again." With tears in his eyes, he said, "Tell me again about Jesus." Acts 16:31, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household."


While serving in the Navy JAG, I would interview military prisoners before submitting their case to a court-martial trial. I would record the court's decision; usually reduction in rank. In felony cases the court would order prison-time, and dishonorable discharge with a criminal record. I cannot recall one single case where the court found the accused not-guilty. I'm so thankful Christ on the cross cancelled our guilt. Psalm 3:5 (Holman Christian Standard Bible) "I will confess my sin to the Lord, and He will take away the guilt of my sin."


After reading Charles Sheldon's book, In His Steps, Atlanta businessman Robert Mitchell was challenged by Sheldon's question: What would Jesus do? In 1977 Michell formed a group of Christian business owners committed to appointing Christ as their company C.E.O. Known today as FCCI (Fellowship of Christian Companies International), it's the largest marketplace ministry movement dedicated to equipping and encouraging business owners to operate in accordance with Biblical principles. FCCI now serves 139 countries. Acts 10:36 . . . He is Lord of all.


Growing up, we drank from the kitchen water faucet, and the garden hose. I was shocked to read that today there are over 60 varieties of bottled water. In Joel Gregory's book, Homesick for God, he wrote, "A waiter may be asked: Is your water imported or domestic? Natural (one source) or processed (mixed sources)? Still or effervescent? If effervescent, is the carbonation natural or artificial?" When Jesus encountered the woman at the well, He told her, "Everyone who drinks this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never thirst. The water I give will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life" John 4:13-14.