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February 11, 2018
I looked up on the internet how many times in the Bible fear not or do not be afraid appeared and apparently it is 365. Interesting isn’t it - I wonder if there is any correlation between how many days there is in the year and the amount of fear nots. How many opportunities have we missed because of fear of failure or fear of the unknown? How many times have we doubted God’s love and goodness because we were focused on problems rather than His great ability? The fear is not the problem, it is the not being courageous and doing what is right even when we do not feel like doing what He wants. Our meditation verse this week is a great antidote to fear. Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee yea, I will help thee; Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Also rehearsing to yourself and others of how God has met your needs and much of your wants in the past. One more thing that works for me is thanking God for the victories before I receive them. So, don’t be afraid but be courageous.
Meditation - Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee yea, I will help thee; Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
February 4, 2018
I came across an article on the 5 results of Christians not attending church. Last week I presented the first three, this week I will share the final two:
1. YOU WILL MISS OUT ON GOD’S PRIMARY DESIGN FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND WELL-BEING.
2. YOU DISOBEY GOD. 3. YOU MAKE A STATEMENT TO THE WORLD THAT GOD IS NOT WORTHY OF WORSHIP. 4. YOU CAN’T MINISTER TO ANYONE Too often people think that corporate worship is only about getting their own spiritual needs met. And therefore if they don’t have any spiritual needs at that time then there is no reason for them to attend. The problem with this view of worship is that it’s too individualistic and self-centered. As Christians, our lives are to be spent serving, helping and encouraging others. Missing church robs you of an opportunity to serve someone other than yourself. If you are gone on Sunday morning you can’t offer a word of encouragement to someone who needs it; you can’t welcome an unbeliever who doesn’t usually come to church; you can’t pray with a fellow member who is suffering; you can’t encourage the other members with your voice during times of corporate singing; you can’t encourage your pastor with your presence while he preaches the sermon he has labored over all week. These are just a few ways you can’t serve if you are absent on Sunday morning. 5. YOU SKIP OUT ON A FORETASTE OF HEAVEN. God created us to worship him. That’s the primary reason you exist. This is why the church was redeemed and this is what God’s people will do when Jesus returns and restores our fallen world. Revelation 22:3 gives a picture of this: “No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.” In 1988, three whales became trapped under a sheet of ice near the city of Point Barrow, Alaska. In an attempt to save the whales, rescuers dug a series of breathing holes in the ice leading back to the ocean. Two of the three whales were rescued because they were able to get the oxygen they needed and were guided in the correct direction. Similarly, Sunday morning worship is a like string of breathing holes the Lord provides for his people guiding and sustaining them until they make it to their true home in heaven. Meditation: Psalm 100:4–5 NLT Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
January 21, 2018
What better way to start the New Year than to emphasize prayer and the power of prayer. I am excited in what we will learn, and I look forward to the results. Many questions will be answered of how to pray and how to get results, as well as the things that hinder our prayers from being answered. This is going to be a six week series on prayer. I encourage you to invest your time to learn and experience super natural power. Does this sound like an over sale? Consider this conditional promise from God: John 15:7 NIV If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. Does it sound too good to be true? Come and check it out.
Meditation passage: John 15:7 NIV If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
January 14, 2018
HWFW – HWLW Can you figure what those eight letters represent? I’ll give you a hint, if you apply them daily it will be more effective than medicine for you emotional and mental outlook. Here is the answer; His Word First Word and His Word Last Word. That means to read and meditate on the Bible before anything else in morning and read and meditate should be the last thing before you go to sleep. So instead of allowing your mind to worry about your problems and being anxious of what lies ahead, fill your mind with God’s Word and watch how it will affect your whole day. Your first thoughts in the morning will be connected to God and you will know He has got you covered. Give this exercise a tryout for the next few weeks and you might find yourself sleeping better and having more energy. It will be a lot cheaper than pills.
Meditation verses: Psalm 119-9-11 NIV How can a young person stay on a path of purity? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
January 7, 2018
What better way to start the New Year than to emphasize prayer and the power of prayer. I am excited in what we will learn and look forward to the results. Many questions will be answered of how to pray and how to get results, as well as the things that hinder our prayers from being answered. This series on prayer will last six weeks. I encourage you to invest your time to learn and experience super natural power. Does this sound like an over sale? Consider this conditional promise from God: John 15:7 NIV If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. Does it sound too good to be true? Come and check it out.