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January 20, 2015, 9:11 AM

Sunday's sermon Summed Up in 3 Statements: God Created it, He controls it

Genesis 2:7

1.  God is the one who created all life and all life is precious, especially mankind who God made in His image and is the only living thing with an eternal soul and the only creation that God breathed life into.

2.  God orchestrates life and is sovereign over all life; He forms us in the mothers womb according to Psalm 139:13-16 and knew us before we were ever born.  Clearly life begins at conception and God is the orchestrator of when it begins and every aspect of it. 

3.  God gives new life; in addition to creating physical life He also is the giver of Spiritual life in Him, abundant life through Him, forgiven life because of Him and Eternal life one day with Him for those that call upon Him for salvation.




January 16, 2015, 8:02 AM

A Penny's Worth of Thought: Why Has God Blessed You?

Have you experienced God’s blessings in your life?  

Or maybe you are going through a particularly rough time in your life and wonder why God has not blessed you?

Either way, have you stopped to ask Him why?

As people we often disconnect the circumstances in our lives from God working in our lives.  Also, we often disconnect God’s working in our lives from His purpose for our lives.

The reality is that even when we don’t perceive God is blessing us, we must understand and know that through the stillness of His hand, He is perfecting and working through us to draw us to Himself.  This in of itself is a blessing!  There may be reasons why God has stayed His hand.  This should draw our attention back to Him and to seek the answer as to why He has refrained from showering us with blessings.  When we do He will answer and that in itself is a blessing!

All the blessings he grants are not just for our gratification, but also for a greater purpose.  He does not just bless us with things so that we can have…things.  

He does so that as we realize His how great His love is for us we will be motivated to love Him to greater heights.

He does so that others may see in our lives that God is a God of love and power.

He does so that as our love overflows with blessings and love we in turn will share His love and bless others as He enables and directs us.  

Whether you realize how richly blessed you are or not, if you count your many blessings and name them one by one, it will surprise you what the Lord has done and your heart will not be able to contain it all and you will have no choice but to pass it on to others.




January 14, 2015, 7:56 AM

A Penny's Worth of Thought: Re-Orientation

If you were asked what are the most important aspects of the Christian life, how would you answer?

Now, If you were asked what is your church most in need of, what would you answer?

The truth is that the answer for the both should be the same.  God’s people are the church.  Yet, somehow as Christians and believers in Christ we tend to separate the two.  

I Corinthinas 12:12, 27

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

The people are the church.  The local church is the local body and all true believers make up the body of Christ globally.   We each serve different purposes and functions but we all are to work together.  

Love is the basis for all aspects as a Christian.  We can love because God first loved us.  We are commanded to Love God with all our heart, and love others as we would ourselves.

But…

The primary aspects needed in your life and in the church is to have an attitude of service.  Service comes out of love and an attitude of service is what drives the desire to volunteer, or perhaps better said, to surrender to service.  

Missions, nursery workers, small group teachers, evangelism, volunteering in the community all comes from an attitude of service.  

Revival may be the great need of our church’s today and but revival begins at home in our hearts and it is brought about by God through an attitude of service!

We are called to be the servants of God!  Servants serve because they have the surrendered to service.

Oh Christian, pray that God would re-orient your thinking to be that of a servant.  That he would open our eyes to the need of an attitude of service.

What would happen in our lives, our homes, our communities, our church’s if all of God’s people would surrender to service?

It just might change your life.  It just might change the world!

 



January 13, 2015, 8:50 AM

A Penny's Worth of Thought: Please Excuse Me God

God, please excuse me from reading your Word the Bible.  

You see, many times it is uncomfortable for me when I read it.  It seems that often while I am reading I am convicted by what I am reading.  It seems that it pierces me way down deep and uncovers things about myself in a way that I just am not comfortable with.

Yes, there are certainly times when I am encourage in what I am reading.  There are also many times that I read a promise or of an event that I either had not read before (or at least don't remember reading) or had forgotten about and it encourages me, lifts my spirits and gives me hope but...

To be honest God, I know I don't read the Bible like I know I should.  I know what I was taught about it being good for me so that I can grow as a Christian.  I even know that my friend who was not a believer began reading it on a dare and was convicted and got saved!  I know that it would help to live this life I live if I would read it more.  I know you have said it is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.  But, God there are just so many other things to take up my time I just don't seem to have time to read it even if I wanted to.  Work, cleaning, kids, spouse, friends, vacations, errands, life is just so busy.  

The reality is God, is that even when I do read it and even when it does not make me uncomfortable by pointing out things in my life that I need to change, there are other times when I just don't understand what it is trying to say.  

Maybe if I prayed more, I would understand it more.  Maybe if I asked you to help me understand it I would and then enjoy it more.  Maybe I would learn that I can't really understand what you are trying to tell me in your Word unless I ask you to give me understanding through your spirit.  

Maybe my excuse is that I don't really want to change, maybe my excuse is I really don't want to understand what it is you desire for me because then I would also understand that you would give me a desire for what you want and the understanding to know that you would give me the strength to do and live as I should.  Maybe my excuse is that as long as I don't know I can't be held liable for it.  Maybe my excuse is that I find all kinds of other things to do instead of spending time with you.

I know these are probably not great excuses God, I admit that.  God I want to be a good person, I want to know you better. I want to know what your will is for me.  I really do want you to show me the areas of my life that are holding me back from being all that I can be in you because of you and your love.  

Wait...What is that?  You are still working on me?  Even now?  What do you mean that this conversation is a prayer and you have heard me and will help me?  You mean that my being honest with you is what you have wanted all along?  You love me just the same anyway?  

I didn't realize you loved me like that God?

Maybe this can be a new start God?  Maybe if you will help me I will read my Bible and pray more.  Because, God if you can love me like that no matter what...

I want to know you more.




January 12, 2015, 9:14 AM

Sunday's Sermon Summed Up in 3 Statements

Hosea 14

1.  God’s people (the church) as fallen because of sin, but God has called His people to return to a right relationship with Him through turning back and repenting from sin.

2.  By turning from sin we are to turn from our own ways and man’s ways and rely on God for all that we we need; we are to become dependent on Him.

3.  When we turn from sin and turn to the Lord in dependance, He has promised to heal us, restore and revive us and to bless us in a mighty and miraculous way so that all the world will know that it could only be God


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