He Still Works Miracles

This, the first of His signs (attesting miracles), Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and revealed His glory [displaying His deity and His great power openly], and His disciples believed [confidently] in Him [as the Messiah—they adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Him]. – John 2:11 

In our Thursday night Bible study we’ve begun going through the book of John. We’ve only covered the first 2 chapters, but it’s been full of insight.

One of the things that I’ve learned about the book, as a whole, is how it is centered solely upon Jesus Chirst and His Deity (another word for The Nature of God).

John’s intent was to reveal Him as such (Son of God) so that the world in turn might believe; and it was through the working of many miracles, that, not only his disciples, but many others as well, came to believe on His name and put their total trust in Him.

When God works miracles, I believe He does it with an intended purpose attached to it; one of the purposes, I personally believe, is that others might initially come to trust Him; and for those that know Him, that they might come to trust Him more and more.

I can testify of a myriad of miracles of which I’ve heard about, seen with my own eyes, or personally experienced myself. If told, they would all give testimony to the Goodness and Glory of God.

But there is one miracle, that, to me, tops them all.  

The Miracle of A changed Life.

There is nothing more powerful, and greater, than taking a wayward life, who had “no” sense of direction towards what is good and right, and “no” desire for God (or the things of God), and change His entire disposition (the inner being) to want to Live, Breathe, and Think in a way that was totally foreign to him before that Transformation.

Only God could do that!

A work that is just as miraculous as turning the water into wine; and a work that I am so Grateful  He is still in the business of doing today. 

If you’ve entertained doubt concerning the power and ability of our Loving Father, I encourage you today with this truth that I pray your soul may find refuge and rest in:….. “God Still Works Miracles”.

Father, today we Thank You that you are still a miracle working God. And Lord, we thank you that we have experienced your miracle working power in our lives. Help us, Lord, to tell others of Your mighty works, that You may be glorified and many other sons and daughters may be brought to Glory!

In Jesus name, Amen…
May God Be With You, 

Pastor Lowe

Not By Bread Alone

And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know, that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. – ( Deuteronomy 8:3 )

This morning in meditation I was thinking on Psalms 1 and what it says about the man who makes the word of God his delight.

It says, in essence, that he shall be like a tree that is planted by the rivers of water…. (the result of meditating in the law of God day and night). 

His roots shall go down deep, and he will be both fruitful and able to stand through the storms and difficulties of life. 
God’s word has that effect on all those who believe it and stand upon it.

Yet, sadly, we are living in a time in which men are becoming so dependent (more than ever) upon so many other means of surviving and sustaining ourselves (by ourselves) …. But we were never meant to be independent of our Creator.

We are not independent creatures.
In the wilderness wanderings of the children of Israel, one of God’s greatest tasks was to lead the people to understand, and know, that they were not to depend upon themselves, but upon Him. 

One of the primary means He used to show them such was by way of trials and hardship. The text says, “He humbled them, and allowed them to hunger and fed them with manna….. to teach them that man shall not live by bread alone, But by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

In recent months, many of us have endured some afflictions, hardships, and inconveniences in one way or another. Life has become “different”, to say the least. 

But, in the midst of what we’ve endured, have we come to the realization that we are truly needy and dependent?
Have we trusted in the means, that we’ve devised, to alleviate the ill effects of what confronts us?

Or, have we resolved, that, it is Not By Bread Alone….  But by every word that God has spoken?
His Word is our only Hope.

Father, help us to learn and embrace what you worked to teach the children of Israel. That we don’t live by bread alone, but By your Living Word.

In The Love Of God,
Pastor Lowe

He Is Ever Mindful Of Us

The Lord hath been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. – Psalm 115:12 

Several weeks ago one of our dearest members went into the hospital for a sickness that had gotten worse. Her condition was to the point that they thought it was best to keep her hospitalized.

During the course of her stay there, for the time she was there, she could have no visitors, except by way of the outside window.

Her circumstance really grieved my heart, and I thought about how countless others were going through similar difficulties with loved ones who were either hospitalized, or in nursing homes, all around the country.

So, a group of us decided that we would go pay her a visit and sing some songs through the window, just to brighten her day.

But before we ever had a chance to go visit, we got the news that she would be soon transferred to another facility, and then eventually get to go be in the home of her daughter.

Her daughter told us that we would be more than welcome to come into her home to visit; That was certainly much more than we could’ve ever hoped for!

As I processed the events that had just taken place on Ms. Roma’s behalf, I couldn’t stop thinking about How Mindful God was of us, in the midst of this circumstance.

He knew we missed her and wanted to see her ….. He knew we cared for her and wanted to encourage her…. And just as well, He knew we wanted to be able to say goodbye and hold her hand one last time.

We got the opportunity to do all of the above.

I believe He Sovereignly worked all of that out because He Loves Us and is Ever and Always Mindful of Us.

Father, thank You so much for the multitude of your thoughts towards us; and thank you for how You often express those thoughts toward us in some of the most special ways. Help us to trust your heart for us and Live our Lives accordingly.

In Jesus Name,

This Devotional is Dedicated to the Life and Loving Memory of Ms. Roma Linkous.

In Christ, 
Pastor Lowe

 Roma “Lucille” Linkous
January 29, 1938 – March 7, 2021

Roma “Lucille”, Linkous born is Delorme W.V., to Almeda and Thomas Dotson, went home to be with the Lord, March 7, 2021 surrounded by family. Roma is survived by four children; Brenda Linkous Hughes, Linda Linkous Johnson, Patty Dotson, Michael Linkous; Her sisters Helen Jobe, Kathleen Loftus, and brother Glen Dotson;
several grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mom raised three children alone after the death of her husband in 1966. Mom always worked hard to make sure we always had what we needed. Later mom became a caregiver for many years. She loved taking care of others. The most important thing about mom was her love for Jesus Christ, her church family and her family.

II Corinthians 5:6-9 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (for we walk by faith, not by sight:) we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be
accepted in him.

Services at 6:30 PM
March11. 2021
Medical Center Baptist Church, 

Pastor Darwin Lowe
7015 Wurzbach Rd,
an Antonio, TX 78240, 

Fuel For The Soul

“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.” – Leviticus 6:13.. (KJV)

The fire mentioned in the verse above is a fire that was initially started by God Himself.

Yet, even though God was the initiator of the fire, the priests were responsible for keeping that fire burning.
The scripture says that “it shall never go out”.

One of the means by which they were instructed, to keep the fire burning, was to put wood on it every morning…. “and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning” (vs. 12)

Wood was the fuel that would drive the fire. So, as long as the fire would have wood put in it, it would continue to burn and not go out.

Sometimes, we complain about being “burnt out”. (That’s a term that is used for someone that is totally exhausted from having overworked.) 

In other words, we feel like we’ve burned all that we could, and we have nothing left.

That happens spiritually as well; and when it does, it affects every facet of our lives, in one way or another.

The answer for keeping the passion strong and the fire burning?

Put wood on it “every morning”.

Time in God’s presence, and time spent in His word, is Fuel for the Soul; and it’s the fuel that will never allow the fire started in our hearts, by God, to go out.

Father, though we have so many things going in our lives, help us to never neglect taking the time to put wood on the Fire that you started in our hearts. Let it continue to burn and never go out.

In The Love Of God,

Pastor Lowe

He Took My Place

Isaiah 53:4-6  4)Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. 6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, everyone, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (NKJV)

I normally share a short verse for the devotionals; but someone shared this particular verse on Facebook, and after I read it, I thought it very much worthy of sharing in devotion.

One of the reasons why I felt compelled to share these verses is because it was the God given understanding of these verses that initially resulted in my personal salvation.

As if it was yesterday, I can vividly recall being at very very low point in my life. I was invited to a worship service/conference by a mentor and friend; and it was right there in that meeting that These verses literally made sense to me and my eyes were opened.

Before that point, all I could seem to think about was all of the wrong and evil I had previously done; unable to pick my head up as a result of the weight of guilt from all of the bad choices I had made.

Everyone that I had in my life was either angry, disappointed, or hurt by my choices…. I believe I even despised my ownself.

Yet, in spite of my sinful choices and destructive ways, it was in “That Place” that The Lord met me with a love and compassion that only He can give, and He opened my heart to see and realize that He had in fact Taken my place and took upon Himself what I “rightfully” deserved.

That truth Broke My Heart and changed my life.

If I was a half decent man, I don’t know if it would’ve hurt so much to know that an innocent man, out of love, suffered as much as He did for me.

But the fact that I was as despicable as I was made it unbearable to resist the kind of love exemplified In The sacrifice that Jesus made for me…. Little Ole “me”.

He Took My Place…. He Took Your Place… He Took Our Place… 

This…. Is…. The Heart of The Gospel Message.

He took the place of every person you and I will ever see in the course of a day.

Father, today we stand grateful for the Love you showed by taking our place so that we might know Peace. As you made the sacrifice for us to have life (eternal), help us to show the same love for others, in your strength.
In Jesus Name.

Peace and Blessings, 

Pastor Lowe

Walking With A Limp

So Jacob was left alone, and a Man [came and] wrestled with him until daybreak. – Genesis 32:24 (AMP)

When I was a young pup in middle school I played quarterback on the seventh grade B team. I had never played football In my entire life up to that point.
My grandparents allowed me to play, with the condition that I would keep my grades up and stay out of trouble (Staying out of trouble meant, doing as I’m told).

A few days prior to our second game of the season, I missed a Friday night church service, of which my grandfather had already forewarned that I betta’ not miss.As a result of not being where I should’ve been that night, I ended up getting into a fight, and the report came back to my grandfather.
I didn’t know that he knew, at the time. But, because I knew I missed church and would be in trouble anyway, I stayed outside the house until all of the lights were off, and snuck in the house afterwards.
I went sound to sleep, but I was awakened to a hot leather belt several hours later (I can still almost feel it now…. lol).
During the course of my punishment, I can remember making insistent promises to my grandfather that I won’t do it “no mo granddaddy!!”. But that didn’t stop him.

Several days later, we had our second game of the season. That would be my last game.While running along the sideline, an opponent appeared in front of me, so I cut into the middle of a crowd of opponents, and was hit so hard that I suffered a fracture to my femur bone.
After a couple of weeks on traction, and a few more months In an almost full body cast, I was left with the support of crutches for several more months.
Needless to say, even after all of that, I was still left walking with a Limp for a long time afterward.

Yet, that Limp, for me, served as a constant reminder that God is real, and He will, out of Love, get my attention by any means he has to. But it’s always for His Glory, and my benefit.

He wrestled with Jacob because he wanted to break him of all of his self-reliance, independence, and pride (I believe it was the same in my case).Though Jacob was determined to have his own way, the Limp he incurred was a testament to the fact that he finally came (almost by force it seems) to a place of increasing reliance and trust in God.(He was left in a position of leaning upon God for support)

Do you Walk with a Limp? Where are you when it comes to total and complete reliance upon The Lord? Who/What do you lean on?

Father, we know that it is your will that we trust you with all of our hearts and yield to you all that we are. But, sometimes we tend to take the reigns and lean on our own strength and understanding, and we put our hope and trust in other things. Help us, by your Grace, to rely solely upon you.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Lowe

The Evidence Of Trust

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee." - Isaiah 26:3 
I can remember growing up hearing my grandmother quote quite a few scriptures around the house. It seemed like she had a verse for almost every circumstance that we would go through in life.
I could always tell which ones were her favorites, because those would be the ones that she would quote the most.
Reading and looking over Isaiah 26:3 earlier this week reminded me of her, because this was one of her very "favorite" verses of scripture. 
In fact, this is the only one that I can recall hearing her quote at the top of her lungs almost every time she made mention of it. I'm not exactly sure why, but I can only imagine that it was because this one was worthy of extra emphasis; and also, because she had experienced and come to know the reality of it's Truth for herself.
Whenever one of us would go through some sort of turmoil of our own, and would be totally anxious and worried about the outcome of the situation, "momma" would never allow us to leave her house carrying the same fear or worry that we came with.

I didn't know this at the time, nor did I realize and grasp it, but that is a literal Promise!
Isaiah said, Thou (God) will keep in Perfect (and constant) Peace the one whose mind is [committed and focused on you....], because he trusts in you.
In other words, trust God, and keep your mind on Him, and He will keep you in Perfect Peace.
This peace is not a temporal peace, or a peace that is penetrable; but a peace that can overrule fear, agitation, worry, anxiety, or any circumstance that may come our way.
Where is my mind and affections set today? In Whom do I trust?
If it's The Lord, His peace will be the evidence that I'm truly trusting in Him.
Lord, Help us to keep our minds and hearts stayed on you, and grant that we trust you constantly with all of our heart. It's only by the help of your Hand that this is possible; therefore, we invite you to be The Help we need.

In His Love,
Pastor Lowe

Believe and trust in ALL of God’s plan

If we never were in need of healing then God wouldn’t be the healer that He is. I believe He heals but I also know He doesn’t always choose that.
As Christians, a responsibility we must bear; means believing in His power in the midst of our trials. I believe through trials we are tested, changed, molded, strengthened, and built up.
If you find yourself sick with the flu, cold, pneumonia, or Covid, etc it doesn’t mean that you and I don’t believe enough or that we’re hiding a sin. I believe and trust in ALL of God’s plans; even when that means He doesn’t choose to heal me and I’m inconvenienced. Be encouraged. Remember that Job’s suffering was definitely NOT the result of a lack of faith.
He STILL loves us. He STILL has a plan. How we respond in our trial is important; draw closer to God and allow Him to walk with you through the dark hour.
I choose to run to God in the midst of the storm. We are not alone.  My personal prayer — “Lord if I’m in need of spiritual healing; then I want and seek that first!!!”
If you are in need of prayer my husband and I would love to pray for you in our prayer time. Love you all.

Pastor and Laurie Lowe