Cross Bearing

“Jesus said,  If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple‘ (Luke 14:26-27). Christ’s use of hatred here refers to the authority to which a person submits, not to natural affection. Your submission to Christ, your trust in him, must be so great that by comparison your allegiance to conflicting authorities is like hatred. Submitting so completely to Christ’s authority is unreasonable for anyone but a dead man — that is one who has made Christ the Lord of his life…. A dead man has no possessions.

“Whenever we place a stipulation on our obedience to God, we completely deny our trust in him. Any reservation about submitting to God discloses that we think we can take better care of ourselves than God can, that God does not know what is best for us. How foolish! Anything less than joyful submission is a denial of God’s supreme authority, wisdom and love, and of our self-death.” — Dr. Keith Phillips

Jesus said that unless a corn (kernel) of wheat fall into the ground and die it will abide alone. But he did not call us to abide alone. He called us to bring forth much fruit. If we would be fruitful for Christ Jesus, then we must indeed learn to die to our own desires and count even his blessings to be expendable as did Abraham. God tested Abraham at the most emotionally sensitive area of his life. Sure he loved God; but he loved Isaac too. Was he willing to put the Lord before Isaac? Was he willing to obey God rather than follow his own desires?
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Premier of New Christian Film

You are cordially invited to attend the premiere showing!

The makers of Bubble Trouble present their latest production Heartstrings, another adventure in the Siblings series. During a family road trip, the Moores’ vehicle breaks down outside of an out-of-the-way bed and breakfast owned by the Morton family. Gator’s sleuthing abilities find him crossways with a foreboding stranger while trying to solve a Morton family mystery. The adventure, comedy, and drama of Heartstrings make this film a real treasure families can enjoy.

Heartstrings premieres August 16th at 8:00pm hosted by Heumoore Productions and Faith Presbyterian Church Reformed in Mesquite, TX. Admission is free. Fellowship and snacks will start at 7:00pm

Directions and location information are available by clicking this link.

We hope to see you there!