Agape Bible Christian Fellowship in Martinsville

Mid-Week ​Message 

Removing the Shame 

Growing up my grandmother would comment when a storm occurred bringing light to heavy downpours of rain, “it’s a messy day, but we sure did need that rain.” My grandmother, being an avid gardener, comments hinged on the fact she understood the importance and necessity of rain for the growth and development of seeds and plants. As, I grew older my grandmother’s comments and sharing of gardening tips has provided greater insights into the value of storm rain that flows in every one’s life. 

Although, we may not always know or see when a storm is forming in our lives until we see the lightening, hear the thunder and feel the rain falling does not mean we've avoided a storm. A storm represents the struggles and obstacles that one faces in life; whether financial instability, failing health, broken relationships, or many of the other evils that seems to ruin our day. During life’s storms, it is very important to remain patient and never give up! We must remember, “God will never leave us or forsake us,” according to Deuteronomy 31:6.  In addition, Psalm 121:7-8, encourages “The Lord will keep you from all harm…he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” So be patient, because the Lord will keep all who belong to Him from the beginning until the end of their storms. 

Is rain the gift that no one wants but everyone needs? 
Rain is the constant reminder during the storm that we are capable of absorbing that which befalls us, capable of rolling off things that cannot stick or prevail against us, capable of seeing beyond the dark clouds to the “SON” shining. It is the patient endurance! James 5:7-8 suggests, “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” We do not have to fear, hate, complain, or bemoan when rain falls in our life. Just be patient! 

Additionally, rain represents the blessings one receives when coming through the harshness of the storm and finding comfort in knowing God is there. Rain makes the storm tolerable. In fact, rain is the element needed to move past the storms of life. We should learn and grow from the toughest situations and circumstances that we faced in life. Why? God’s faithfulness, grace and mercy which is a blessings in itself to humanity, rains within individual’s lives so that they can overcome and outgrow the storm. Expressions such as, “No pain, no gain” and “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger,” becomes evident of how much rain someone has received when others hear about their storm. 

This coming week, I encourage you to be patient, regardless of what you are going through. Ecclesiastes 7:8 teaches us, “the end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.” Truthfully, sometimes we just have to let some storms pass over us to mature in our faith and reliance on God. It is not meant for us to try to control, manipulate, or redirect situations and circumstances during the storm and rain. Some circumstances just require patience and endurance. Paul writes to believers in Romans 5:3-5, “We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that their hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Additionally, I pray you don’t stress or worry, but you remain patient and faithful to the fact that God will keep you through each of your storms! 
James


Elder J Hagwood

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4"a new commandment i give to you, that you love one another; as i have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
JOHN 13:34-35 nkjv

UpComing Events @

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quarterly Calendar


 November

11/3    It Is Well Conference

11/4    It Is Well Conference

11/5    Communion

11/5    Sport And Fellowship Effort

​           (NFL Game)

11/12  Veterans Day Service

11/18  Soup Bowl Ministry 

           Sport And Fellowship Effort 

           (College Game)

11/26  Family and Friends Funday 

           Sport And Fellowship Effort

           (NFL Game) 

December

12/3      Communion

12/10    Sport And Fellowship Effort

             (NFL Game)

12/16   Soup Bowl Ministry

            Sport And Fellowship Effort 

            (College Game)

12/17    Christmas Dinner 

12/30    16th Annual Watch Night Service 

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Wednesday 12:00pm and 7:00am

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Wednesday Narcotics Anonymous 5:30pm

Thursday Parenting Classes 6:00pm

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