Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 13, 2018 - Happy Mother's Day

Sunday School
The Whole Armor of God - Part 4
Review of precious lessons

  • Shod your feet - The Gospel of Peace - we must be ready to preach the Word in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:2
  • Shodding your feet has two purposes: to defend ourselves against the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16 - in all circumstances take up the shield of faith , with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. We must have confidence of or position in Christ and we must stand firm in the truth of God's Word.
  • 1 John 5:14 - And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. We must understand grace without abusing it.
  • Romans 6:1-6 - What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into Hid death. We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too, might walk in newness of life. For we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.  We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Sermon
Psalm 103:1-2 - Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. 
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
Subject: The Purpose of Praise
  • Praise means to acknowledge; to bow down in the presence of an awesome God.
  • God is worthy to be praised
  • Praise is to honor God; all the glory and honor belong to God.
  • We gather to worship God.
  • We should have a personal relationship with Jesus.
  • God is the one who woke us up this morning.
  • In Christ, we live.
  • God is the author and finisher of our faith.
  • Benefits are from God for us.
  • There's a whole lot of knowledge but God gives us wisdom.
  • Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don't think of yourself more highly than you ought to think.  Romans 12:3
  • I have a reasonable portion of my health and strength.
Mother's Day Luncheon Photos

             Happy Mother's Day!!!






 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

April 22, 2018

No Church Services Today
Below are some of the Spiritual Inspirational Thoughts used during the church service. These were gathered from the Bible, Internet, other church signs, poets, authors, etc.

  • The word listen contains the same amount of letters as the word silent. You can't really listen to someone unless you're silent.
  • He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.
  • Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away today's peace.
  • Prayer is not a "spare wheel' that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout.
  • Don't get ANTS - Automatic Negative Thoughts
  • Faith in Jesus breaks the power of sin.
  • Are you married to Christ or just dating on Sundays?
  • If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!
  • Don't worry about tomorrow, God is already there!
  • Life can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks!
  • The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith.
  • Comparing yourself to others is a thief to your joy.
  • Christianity is more than a collection of interesting facts; it is the power of God to everyone who believes.
  • God is God and we are not!
  • If you want to know what God has to say, read the Bible.
  • God is good at His job!
  • Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point.
  • A Christian's freedom is not to do as we please but as we ought.
  • If God is your co-pilot, move over.
  • Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
  • Faith is the ability to not panic.
  • Work for the Lord. The salary may not be much but the retirement benefit is out of this world.
  • Hot words never result in cool judgment.
  • A simple man believes anything but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
  • Thoughts become works....works become actions....actions become habits.....habits become your character.....be careful what you're thinking.
  • Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
  • If you are slinging mud, you are losing ground.
  • Be sure you taste your words before you spit them out.
  • Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never a weakness.
  • Grudges like babies grow when nursed.
  • God would never send a thirsty mind to a dry well.
  • God can do what he says he can do. As Savior he saves. As Deliverer he delivers. As Redeemer he redeems. As Master he assumes authority. As Bread of Life he provides. And as Almighty he exerts divine strength.
  • Don't allow a distraction to become your destruction.
  • A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.
  • If you have not time to PRAY, you will become PREY.
  • Don't follow the world, follow the Word.
  • Grace is not a license to sin.
  • If the grass looks greener on the other side, stop staring, comparing, and complaining. Start watering the grass you're standing on.
  • Never trust your tongue if your heart is bitter.
  • If you only pray when you're in trouble, you're in trouble.
  • Worry is the darkroom that develops negative thoughts.
  • Worship gets you through the hardest times in your life because it shifts your focus from the problem to the problem solver!!!
  • Do not regret growing older, it's a privilege denied to many.
  • Does God's Word lay on the surface of your brain or does it sink in and spread and marinate?
  • Faith in God must be exercised every day.
  • Is there anything too hard for God? Absolutely not! He can provide peace, strength and courage to face whatever you were up against. Don't give up. Put your hope in Him. There are no limits to what God can do. He can do far more than what we might ask of Him, More than we can even imagine.
  • What God began, He finished!
  • I day hemmed with prayer is less likely to unravel.
  • Nothing we have is because of luck or chance. It's all due to God's grace and favor.
  • Salvation is not based on a feeling.
  • Alcohol leaves you breathless, drugs leaves you senseless, evil leaves you heartless, death leaves you lifeless but God won't leave you regardless!!
  • God leads but do we follow?
  • When things go wrong, don't go with them!
  • No other birth has had the impact that Jesus' birth had.
  • Faith doesn't make things easier, it makes them possible.
  • God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into a victory. God is great and worthy to be praised.
  • Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it.
  • Be careful who you trust, remember the devil was once an angel.








 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

March 25, 2018

Sunday School
The Whole Armor of God - Part 4
References: Google, biblehub.org., gotquestons.org., onlineministries.edu., simplebible.com

You’ve Got Heart! Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on you own understanding…

 
o   We all have beating hearts. The heart is one of the most vital organs in the body. In Proverbs 4:23 it says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.

o   Ephesians 6:14b – “With the breastplate of righteousness in place.”

o   Righteousness means (uprightness, justice, honesty)

o   Righteousness also qualifies as being upright and living in alignment with God’s plan for our lives.

o   So we have TRUTH and now RIGHTEOUSNESS. Truth is the backbone and righteousness is upright living in the will of God.

o   If we are not in alignment with God then we are unrighteous and susceptible to Satan’s snares.

o   We have often heard the term, heart and soul, but do we really understand the meaning?

o   Humans are composed of the BODY which is the in the physical world; the SPIRIT which allows us to align with God; and the SOUL that is our own unique self.

o   It is the soul, that individual part of us that lends the most trouble. It is said that there are four parts to the soul: (1) the MIND which is our thoughts; (2) the WILL which refers to our goals/hopes/desires; (3) the EMOTION which are our feelings/reactions; and (4) CONSCIENCE which, if you are a true Christian, houses the Holy Spirit/rightness/decency/ethicalness/morals.

o   Satan can and does attack each part of the soul with relish and if we aren’t careful and in alignment with God, he will sneak in.

How Satan attacks the Soul
Satan can creep into our minds with untruths about God’s Word, using partial verses from the bible or twisting our thoughts thru negative feedback from others. When we used the opinion of others as a source instead of studying for ourselves, this causes confusion and mistrust of the bible.
When it comes to our will, Satan takes advantage by steering one towards a goal that is not in alignment with God’s plan for us or possibly a get rich quick scheme or luring one into an area that is not meant for them.
Emotions are where Satan can really shine when we allow our tempers to flare or depression to overtake us or frustration to linger or………..whatever!!
 
The conscience is influenced when the mind/mouth does something that is out of alignment with God, such as, “I’m going to give her/him a piece of my mind!” You know this is not a good idea but you do it anyway. You are out of alignment with God and His truth.
There are so many ways Satan can infiltrate our defenses if we are not Armored Up, if we are not in alignment with God. But there is always a way back. 
In Psalms 81:13-14 – “If my people would only listen to me, If Israel would only follow my ways, how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!
Whew!!!  Aren’t we glad that God has made sure that we are well dressed for battle?!
 
Sermon
P.E. Mittie Muse, Sr. delivered message from....
John 14:15 - "If you love me, keep my commandments"
Subject: If you say you love me, way do you treat me like you do?"
  • If you love me keep my commandments
  • It's hard to love, to give, trust, to forgive if you can't even keep the "two" commandments God asked of you which are "Love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
  • We humans cannot decide who God loves.
  • Don't let others steal your joy.
  • Don't be afraid to talk about Jesus.
  • Taking about God's goodness may renew someone else's faith.
  • Don't be afraid to praise God in good times and in bad.
  • Put your trust in the Lord.
  • After you've prayed, act like you've been in touch with God!
  • We must have a relationship with God and also realize that has Jesus was talked about, crucified, etc., we will also suffer.
  • Jesus wants us to do what he asked - the two commandments.
Quarterly Conference Luncheon Photos

Pastor Baggett, Mavis & Mittie Muse Sr.
 
 
 

 

 

 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

March 11, 2018

Sunday School
The Whole Armor of God - Part 3
References: Priscilla Shirer (Lifeway); Bible Hub; GotQuestions.org; Google; Matthew Henry; StudyLight.org
Satan's Tactics and Believers Way Back

#1 against the believer’s passion – The enemy wants to dim our whole desire for prayer & spiritual things.  Ephesians 6:10-20 – The Whole Armor of God

#2 against the believer’s focus – The believer tends to focus on the wrong thing such as a person, life situation, money, etc.  2 Corinthians 11:14 – And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

#3 against the believer’s personality/character – Satan magnifies insecurities in one’s self, so that doubt creeps in.  Ephesians 1:17-19 – I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  That power is the same as the mighty strength.

#4 against the believer’s family – the enemy will try to fragment/divide the believer’s home, pitting father against mother and children against parents and one another. Genesis 3:1-7 – Now the serpent was craftier than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”  “You will not certainly die,’ the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”……

#5 against the believer’s confidence – remembering past mistakes, wishing you could go back and change things.  Revelation 12:10 – Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah.  For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.

#6 against the believer’s own calling – Satan magnifies your worries, fears and anxieties so that we lose confidence.  Joshua 14:8 – But my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.

#7 against the believer’s purity – the enemy tries to move the believer towards the sins of the world.  Isaiah 59:1-2 – Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But our iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not heart.

#8 against the believer’s rest & contentment – the enemy seeks to stress your life to the breaking point.  Deuteronomy 5:15 – Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord you God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.
#9 against the believer’s heart – the enemy uses every opportunity to keep old wounds, hurts and bitterness uppermost in the believer’s mind so that there seems to be no way forward.


Hebrews 12:15 – See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
#10 against the believer’s relationships – the enemy disrupts friendships and community affiliations that wreck our true relationship with Christ.  1 Timothy 2:8 –Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up hold hands without anger or disputing.
Remember, that believers need to have a plan, a way to see and act on whatever comes unto them. And remember that prayer is one of the greatest tools.
Sermon
Psalm 100:1-5 - Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations.

Topic: What Should We Bring To Church?

  • Parents bring to church for their children: candy, gum, toys, baby bottles, smartphones with games.
  • Adults bring to church: books, word puzzles, note paper and sometimes their bibles.
  • We should be making a joyful noise!
  • We need to bring a right spirit to the Lord....one that is constant, steadfast and immovable in the Word of God.
  • The word noise means a shout.  We should raise an anthem of praise to the Almighty God.
  • Psalm 40:1-3 - I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.  Blessed is that man that makes the Lord his trust, and respect not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
  • 1 Peter 2:9 - But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
  • We need to bring a serving spirit to the Lord...willing to be in bondage to God's will; serving God with gladness and a spirit of laughter.
  • We need to bring a submissive spirit to God......willing to bow down. Remember, God made us and not we ourselves.  We should submit to God's purpose for us.
  • God took clay and molded it into His image and breathed life into our souls.
  • God saved us that we might serve Him.
  • Bring a spirit of sacrifice to God.  We are meant to praise God.
  • Psalm 150:6 - Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

 


Sunday, February 25, 2018

February 25, 2018

Sunday School
The Whole Armor of God - Part 2
References: Priscilla Shirer (LifeWay), Bible Hub; GotQuestions.org; LifeHopeandTruth.com

Review:  The Bible tells us that we are at war with the enemy (Satan) who is bent on destroying us. Paul warns us to beware of the tactics of Satan (2 Corinthians 2:11 - so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes).
How can we defend ourselves from Satan's stealthy and deadly attacks?
Paul address this when he compares the Roman soldier's armor to the Armor of God. (Isaiah 59:17 - God put on righteousness as His breastplate; and the helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped Himself in zeal as in a cloak.)
So we see that we do not have to be worried or disheartened by Satan's devices. We are not in this battle alone. We have access to the greatest power. We have God on our side.

Identifying Satan's characteristics so that we are able 
to know what we are up against.

Satan means the adversary of God. He is the antagonist to the plans and purposes of God. His will always seek to misconstrue and malign the character of God and attempt to thwart the purposes of God. Job 1:6 – One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them.
Devil means slanderer.  He intends to defame and malign the character and intentions of God and others. He will whisper lies in hopes of denigrating God’s reputation and diminish our confidence in God and mistrust God’s direction.  Matthew 4:1 – Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  Ephesians 4:25-27 – Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.  “In your anger do not sin”   Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Lucifer means day star or shining star.  His appearance is attractive, alluring and charming. Because of this, he can approach you in an appealing way to entice and lure your attention.  He doesn’t appear to be repulsive or foul so that you don’t see it coming. Isaiah 14:12-14 – How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.  I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”  Luke 10:18 – He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Tempter means one who tempts people for the purpose of enticing them to sin.  He seeks to mislead you so that you will become perverted.  He will intentionally set personalized temptations in your path that are not the gifts God set for you.  Matthew 4:3 – The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 1 Thessalonians 3:5 – For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.
Ruler of the World means the enemy is not isolated to one place or one individual. He has global methods of mayhem and destruction. He has carefully planned misleading perspectives, philosophies, doctrines and strategies for all societies.  John 12:31 – Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. – The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Prince of the Power of the Air/Prince of Darkness means the devil does not work alone. He is the leader of the dark forces and his invisible realm effects everything in this physical realm.  Ephesians 2:1-2 – As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Accuser means the one who condemns. He wants to weaken the believer’s confidence and convey condemnation and guilt into their lives by bringing up the past sins and mistakes in the believer’s lives.  Revelation 12:10 – Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:  “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah.  For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
Father of Lies means liar and falsifier.  There is no truth or light in the enemy.  He will twist, misconstrue and falsify the truth of the Word.  John 8:44 – You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Shoring up or defenses against the enemy is important. Remember that the enemy is sorely vexed in two specifics areas: (1) The biggest threat to Satan is the believer's strong FAITH in God and when the believer uses that faith in their daily lives. (2) When the believer admits/acknowledges/recognizes/confesses/concedes his/her weaknesses to him/herself.......A light is shone on the enemy's plans and the believer can begin the fight against Satan.  But you must keep a close eye on the weaknesses because Satan certainly is.
Sermon
Psalm 42:1-5 - As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shots of joy and praise among the festive throng.  Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.
Subject: An Answer for Your Trouble
  • We must put our trust in God.
  • We are often worn out and longing for God.
  • Remember that God is Omnipresent - everywhere
  • Do we allow Satan to creep in?
  • Common sense has become uncommon.
  • Is there an answer? YES, there is.
  • We sometimes tend find "Trouble in my way."
  • If we live for Christ, we will experience trouble.
  • Are you circled with trouble, stress, depression, worry, a feeling of anxiety, etc.?
  • Be not anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  Philippians 4:6-7
  • Concentrate on a right relationship with God.
 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 28, 2018

Sunday School
The Whole Armor of God - Part 1
References: Priscilla Shirer (LifeWay), Bible Hub; Got Questions.org

ΓΌ  Note: We as Christians do not want to be in the category of spiritual malnutrition for not taking advantage of God’s Word which is easily at our disposal.

Ephesians 6:10-19

10.  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
11.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13.  Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
14.  Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness. 
15.  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16.  in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18.  With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
19.  and pray….
Wrestle also means to struggle against; tussle or grapple with.  Looking back at v12 what are the four obstacles we wrestle against. 
So we see that our enemy is a spiritual one not a physical one. So our armor needs to be a spiritual one but Satan wants our attention on people; money; anger; malice; lies; adultery; hopelessness; etc. This way he can easily sneaks into our lives waging war against our minds and bodies.
At the end of the day if you’re feeling strained, emotional unstable, mentally fatigued, your body is exhausted, weighed down with fear, anger, unforgiveness, pride, insecurity, fate, gossip, plotting against another…..guess what……Satan is winning and we, as Christians, with the tools at our disposal, need to fight back using those tools. And remember v10Be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might.
As believers in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean that we are exempt from being battered by Satan every single day, hour, minute.

Do You Have The Vision?

Read 2 Kings 6:1-19 concentrating on verses 15-18.

Summarize what happened. 

In order to protect ourselves against Satan’s wiles, we must be able to identify what is going on around us and the first way to do that is to see, look at, or visualize our surroundings and what is happening daily, remembering that even though we wrestle against a spirit, recognizing the beginning signs of the devil attacks, gives us a starting point of the spiritual armor we will need to fight with.
And above all…….PRAY!
Satan’s deviltry unmasked……
Read Acts 19:11-41
Satan uses human weakness to stir up trouble for others as we’ve read from Acts with Demetrius the silversmith. And we see that crowds of people get in an uproar, some, not even knowing why.
This leads us to the present and how Satan can infiltrate our daily lives. But we tend to miscalculate and misjudge our abilities the wart off the attacks through Jesus Christ.
We get laden with fear and anxiety and tend to look at what we can see over what we cannot.
We need to remember that we are sealed in God’s protective arms and we need to call on that ARMOR we’re wearing.
Have we become unaware of the enemy’s craftiness? Have we not discerned his ability to quietly sneak under our defenses, cleverly distracting us from our heavenly goals?
We must be able to uncover the enemy. We must name him as this reveals his true character.
We must visualize and understand who the real enemy is underneath the surface. 
We wrestle with (1) rulers; (2) against the authorities; (3) against the powers of this dark world; (4) against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

What is the common denominator of the enemy & where are they located?  2 Corinthians 4:4 – The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  John 8:44 – You belong to your father, the devil. And you want to carry out your father’s desires.  He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.  Revelation 20:10 – And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown.  They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Where are we in all of this???
o   From Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
 Spiritual Blessings: Why are they called Spiritual blessings?? Because they are imparted to the waiting spirit by that Divine Spirit who communicates to us, all the most precious things of God. They are spiritual because the Holy Spirit is the medium of communication by which they reach man’s spirit.
Blessed by God who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places!!!  To get the gift we must go up!!!  They are in the heavenly  places and they cannot live anywhere else.
Blessing in Greek means “benefit.”

1 Chosen Before the Foundation of the World.  To know you’ve been chosen before the foundation of the world is to know that your life matters, that your existence isn’t an accident.  God was thinking of our destiny all along.2 Holy and Blameless.   Meaning we are fit to serve Him and worship Him despite our human nature. Through our righteousness in Christ, God gladly moves through us to touch others.3 In His Love.  In Christ we stand in agape love….that unconditional love.  We didn’t earn it.4 Predestined to Adoption.  God has made us His own. We are a part of God’s family.5 Accepted in the Beloved.  We aren’t rejected nor are we outcast.  We are pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.6 Redemption through His Blood. Without the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ, we would still be slaves to sin and eternal death.  Jesus paid for our freedom from sin and spiritual death.7. Forgiveness of Sins. In Christ, we are forgiven from sin-nature.8. Riches of His Grace Abound to You.  Grace means unmerited favor – abound means to have in abundance so in Christ we have an abundant measure of unmerited favor flowing into our lives like a mighty river that flows forever.
Sermon
  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 - There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to harvest, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to  speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Also read Habakkuk all three chapters
Subject: Faith For Every Season Of Life
We have a blessed assurance in God.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  Genesis 1:1  And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good. Genesis 1:3-4
We have spiritual seasons when everything seems to go wrong or all is right. The season of exercising, planting, Christmas gifting, 4th of July celebration, etc.
We face time of joy and of sorrow.
God uses these seasons to teach us who He is.
Good and bad times allows us to grow closer to God.
We have Immanuel - God with us!!!
I am a living testimony.
We need God to get through the seasons of our lives.
How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, "Violence!" but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted  Habakkuk 1:1-4
There is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
How often do you speak with God?
Cast all you cares on Him because He cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7
As you pray, are you in transmit mode? Meaning your finger is pressed on the transmit button and as soon as you've said what you want to say, you cut the connection.
Do you take time to listen to God? Have a dialogue with God not a monologue.
In verse 3-7 of Habakkuk, God said that He is doing something wonderful.
We do not understand God's way. God is God all by Himself.
In our humanity, we expect God to act one way but He has a plan that no one understands.  
We need to pray constantly.
In the end, God's plan will be fully revealed.
The righteous shall by faith.  Hebrews 10:38
We need to TRUST in the Lord in good times and in bad.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for the good, for those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28


 


 

 

Monday, January 15, 2018

January 14, 2018

Sunday School
The Whole Armor of God!
References: Bible.org; Matthew Henry; David Guzik - Blue Letter Bible; Bible Hub; Google
Ephesians 6:10-20
  • We Christians are in a life's spiritual warfare with Satan. Our battle cannot be fought with metal, bullets, iron, or stones.
  • In order to resist temptations and survive the many trials we face, God has provided a proper defense to stand firm in when Satan crosses our paths.
  • For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • The name Satan means adversary. Devil means accuser or slanderer. He is also called Adaddon which means destroyer.
  • Satan is a spirit and so are his demons. He delights in bringing chaos into our lives.
  • Satan and his demons are very powerful but God limits their power. They are not omnipresent or omniscient.
  • We can't see Satan and since we cannot see him, temptations and trials seem to come out of nowhere.
  • Satan uses deception to tempts us into sin. He portrays sin as so very attractive.
  • But God provided the Whole Armor.
  • We are to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. v10
  • The belt is the first piece of equipment. it represents truth or sincerity to fight against lies and decept.
  • The breastplate of righteousness. When we've repented and been forgiven of our sins and done right in the eyes of God (obeying God), our breastplate will protect us.
  • Shod the feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.  We should be ready and eager to preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God.
  • The shield of faith, above all, which enables us to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  Faith protects the Christian in many ways just like Daniel in the lion's den; like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
  • The helmet of salvation. Salvation is free, provided by the incredible sacrifice of Jesus Christ. With salvation, we have the hope of eternal life.
  • The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.  In Hebrews 4:12 it says, "For the Word of God is living and powerful, and shaper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
  • Jesus used the Word of God against Satan in the desert. Matthew 4:1-10
  • We must remember to sharpen our swords by regularly studying the bible.
  • Pray is last. We are to pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.....
  • Praying reminds us of the battles we face and strengthens our defenses against Satan. Prayer lets God know that we are fully committed to Him, praising Him in good times and bad times.
Sermon
Philippians 3:13-14 - Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Topic:  New Beginnings

  • Everything has a beginning.
  • In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1
  • We have a new beginning because of what Christ did on Calvary.
  • In life, we need to have a process of the order of things, one step at a times, to appreciate our daily lives.
  • To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
  • We should forget about the past. But we tend to want to hold onto it because it seems easier.
  • Stop being chained to the past. You can't go and fix it.
  • Do not be conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  Romans 12:2 
  • Jesus died so that we may be forgiven and have a new beginning.
  • Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14
  • Focus on looking within yourself rather than on someone else.
  • If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Romans 12:18
  • Restore right relationships.
  • Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17 











 

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