Posts from The Pastor, are short excerpted messages from the pulpit preaching ministry of Leroy E. Ricks, Sr. here are New Berean Baptist Church and is intended to encourage your walk in faith with courage, confidence and hope.
In 1989, God allowed him to establish this ministry and he has faithfully served for over 28 years. He’s been focused on doing God’s will through the local church, it’s preaching, teaching and discipling of the many who have committed their lives for the cause of Christ.
Posts from the Pastor
A Pastor’s Care – The call of a Pastor is like no other ministry call. It is a call that appoints one to oversee the overall work of the local church ministry and executing “The Great Commission of Christ. Pastors have been appointed with the heart of God to stand in his stead (Jer. 3:15).
It’s Just A Tent – A tent is defined as a portable shelter made of cloth or some other material, supported by a simple support structure. It is designed to be sturdy, and transportable in the event conditions or circumstances warrant. The Apostle Paul wrote of the body we live in as Believers, is a tent, a temporary dwelling place (2 Cor. 5:1). At some point in time due to situations and circumstances beyond our control, we’re going fold and pack up this tent. It is a truth, this is the only earthly body we will get. And God does expect us to take care of it as it is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” 2 Cor. 5:1
Because we will be disrobed of the earthly body and be given a new one that will fitted for eternity (1 Cor. 15:53-54), we are encouraged by the word of the not to be too attached to it, it’s just a tent.
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Blessed by Obedience – Blessing is just a word used synonymously with other words in the scriptures like happy and favored. God wants us to know what blesses him. It is not as difficult to know what pleases the Lord our God because he included it in his word. In Hebrews 11:6, God tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” . Pleasing God requires trusting him at his word. Doing whatever we are persuaded to do, no matter how grand or not must be motivated by the desire to please God.
The perfect example of obedience to the Lord is in his son the Lord Jesus Christ. From eternity past, into time and eternity future Jesus completely fulfilled everything God assigned him to and God was pleased with obedience. In John 8:29, Jesus stated that he always do everything his Father had assigned him. When Jesus was presented to the world to begin his earthly ministry, John the baptizer along with others heard the voice of God say, “This is my son in who I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:16-17) . Jesus trusted his Father and did all of what his father assigned him including willfully go the cross.
A bad example, and there are many in the scriptures like Jonah not wanting to obey the Lord and go down to Nineveh. But Saul was instructed to go down and utterly destroy the Amalekites. Now what is interesting is that God’s preacher or messenger used the phrase, “utterly destroy”. There really can be only one meaning of that phrase and Saul chose not to utterly destroy but save some as a token to be offered to God as a sacrifice. It is not that God didn’t want him to sacrifice to him, but his assignment was to destroy the Amalekites utterly and he didn’t. No, God was not pleased (I Samuel 15:22). Obedience is ordained of God. God does want anything our disobedience for in Saul’s case it is equaled with witchcraft.
If we want to blessed, be a blessing, we must know that it is born, carried out and completed in obedience.
The Right Attitude
Life Is Going To Do Life
Pray As Jabez Prayed
Blessings Of Being In Christ
Growing Through The Church of Galatia
The Deliverer is Foretold
Some Do Not Know Him