Monday, September 17, 2018

Annual Conference Coming Up

The North Texas Annual Conference of the 10th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will be held September 26-29, 2018 at Smith Chapel AME Church, Dallas, Texas. Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie is the Presiding Prelate.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

September 9, 2018

Sunday School
The Holy Spirit - Part 4

His Spirit Will Rest Upon You
1 Peter 4:12-14 – Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

Who Is the Holy Spirit and What Does He Do?
What does he do when he comes? What is involved in this resting upon us?
He is the Spirit of truth (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13) and brings to your mind whatever truth you need – little or much.      

  • All the forces of darkness will seek to confuse and obscure the light of truth in that hour. All the proportions of power in this world will appear to make God look distant, small, ineffective — like nothing. That is the goal of Satan and sin: to make God look useless and worthless. The work of the Holy Spirit in that hour — the work of the Spirit of truth — is to rest upon you with whatever measure of truth you will need in order to be faithful.    
  • Jesus said, "When the Spirit of truth comes.....He will glorify me." (John 16:13-14)'
  • The ground and the center and the goal of all the truth the Spirit brings is the glory of Jesus Christ — the greatness, the excellency, the beauties of Jesus. The essence of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to magnify the beauty of Christ in the human mind and heart. Therefore, in the hour of trial, he will not let us forget Jesus. Jesus said, “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). Always. Including the final hour of testing. And the work of the Holy Spirit is to cause us to remember him, and to see him with the eyes of our hearts (2 Corinthians 3:17–18; Ephesians 1:17–18).
  • "The Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." (1 Peter 4:14) Which means at least two things: He causes us to feel that the glory we are losing here is not worth keeping, and the glory we are about to gain is infinitely better.
  • The Spirit of glory will cause us to experience the reality of 1 Peter 5:10-11: "And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen."
  • In the hour of trial, the Holy Spirit will overcome your doubts and give you the assurance that you need.The Spirit of glory rest upon you, in the midst of the loss of all earthly glory, and testifies to your heart: "You are an heir of infinite glory. You belong to Christ. You will be glorified with Him. You may be sure of this."
  • Jesus said, “Do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit” (Mark 13:11). The Spirit of glory and of God will rest upon you. If, in his power, he wants you speechless, you need say nothing. If he wants you to speak, he will give you words. Count on it. Trust him.
  • And in himself, he will give you the Father and the Son. You will taste — with no pressure, in the hour of pain, to articulate a careful doctrine of the Trinity — the living experience of 2 Corinthians 13:14: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.” In other words, may you experience the precious, personal presence of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one God. But they are three persons. And you will experience each of them in the hour of your trial — the Father’s care and tenderness for his child, the Savior’s redeeming love to cover all your sin, and the Spirit’s sustaining of faith so that you taste in that hour the preciousness of the presence of each divine Person: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Daniel 7:1-3 - In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spoke and said, I saw in my vision by night, and , behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.  And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. 
Subject: God Is Still In Control
  • There is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • Nations are trying to overpower one another.
  • There was injustice in the old Testament.
  • 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. Ephesians 6:12
  • Christians are under attack from all directions but God is still in control.
  • Your adversary the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
  • Remember, the Kingdom of God is coming, then there will be no more injustices.







Sunday, August 26, 2018

August 26, 2018

Sunday School
The Holy Spirit - Part 3
Question from 2nd Sunday...What does "give up the ghost" mean?

Give up the ghost – the original Hebrew word was gaw-vah (ghost) meaning to breathe our, to exhale.  Giving up the ghost means taking the dying breath.
A few examples of this are Acts 5:5-10; Acts 12:23 & Luke 23:46 (King James version)
How the Holy Spirit works in one’s life
It's impossible to follow God unless we are led by the Spirit. And the only way to be led by the Spirit is to follow God's command to be filled by the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Interestingly, God contrasts being filled with the Spirit with being drunk. Somebody who is drunk with wine or alcohol is controlled by and consumed by alcohol. But somebody who is "drunk in the Spirit" is controlled and consumed by the Spirit, who helps us live holy lives.
How are we filled with the Spirit? The Holy Spirit entered you when you decided to give your life to Christ, to become a Christian. But we need to continually ask the Holy Spirit to lead us, to guide us, to help us do the things God wants us to do. When we're growing as Christians, we should allow the Spirit to take control over more and more areas of our lives.
The Holy Spirit plays many roles… from John 14:15-27 “I will not leave you as orphans,”  Jesus promises that the Spirit will bring us peace.  Jesus also says that the Spirit will help us recall the things we’ve learned about God.
In John 16, Jesus calls the Holy Spirit, a “Counselor” who will guide us in or everyday lives. One way He does this is by convicting us of sin. God wants us to get rid of the things that displease Him, and the only way to identify those things is to be convicted by the Spirit. The Spirit works through our conscience to make us aware of sin in our lives.
From Romans 8 – The Holy Spirit will help us stop sinning and do the things that pleases God. Also, the Spirit helps us pray. He helps s in times when we don’t know what to say in prayer and actually intercedes for us.
Now, does the Spirit do everything for us….NO! We are responsible for studying and praying and asking for guidance.

Question? How do we know when we are led by the Holy Spirit and the evil spirit?
Galatians 5:22-23 - “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  If these things are evident in our lives, then we are on the correct path. Since we live by the Holy Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Seven Attributes of the Holy Spirit
  1. The Holy Spirit is a loving Comforter. When we face trials and tribulations, whose words are more important to comfort us: someone who doesn't know us or love us, or someone who knows every single thing about and loves us anyway?!
  2. The Holy Spirit is a faithful Comforter. People will fail us and hurt us but the Holy Spirit will never do that. He loves us even until the end.
  3. The Holy Spirit is an untiring Comforter. Sometimes when we try to comfort a person, we find it's beyond our capability and we grow tired and stop. And there are some people who cannot or will not be comforted. In fact, the more you attempt to comfort them, the worse they become. The Holy Spirit never loses heart or becomes weary.
  4. The Holy Spirit is a wise Comforter. We often listen to people for advice, who give the wrong advice as Job's friends did. A person's advice is like the wrong medicine, it could harm you and it doesn't cure what's ailing you. But the Holy Spirit is wise and is able to dissect, cut away and heal us, if we allow it.
  5. The Holy Spirit is a safe Comforter. Often family and friends give unsafe advice steeped in worldly knowledge. But the Holy Spirit is safe. You can rest and trust in Him. You can drink from His cup of consolation and drink fully in the knowledge that there are no bitter dregs in His cup.
  6. The Holy Spirit is an active Comforter. He intercedes for us. He will never leave us or forsake us but will actively lead and guide us in the perfect will of God.
  7. The Holy Spirit is an ever present Comforter. We don't have to send for Him. He's already right here with us. We can reach our to him no matter where we are.
Philippians 4:6-9 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hears and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever  things are just, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Subject: Attacking Anxiety
We need to have wisdom and self-control in life
Anxiety's cure is prayer
Take God at His Word!
In God's will we have peace of mind.
Cast all your cares on Him; for He cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7
Worry makes matters worse. There is no value in worrying.
Anxiety Is Focused On.....
  • Worrying about things that may never happen
  • Worrying about things in the past knowing you can't go back to change them
  • Worrying about criticism from others
  • Worrying about one's health
  • Worrying about the problems of the day
Worry pulls tomorrow's clouds over today's sunshine!
Remember what God said in Jeremiah 29:11-13 - "For I know the plans I have for you." declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart."
Jesus has conquered the world, so we really have nothing to worry or be anxious about.



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

August 12, 2018

Sunday School
The Holy Spirit - Part 2
  • Genesis 6:3 - the Holy Spirit strives with man but as humans, our days are numbered.
  • Ephesians 4:30 - The Holy Spirit can be grieved by us. (And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, where by ye are sealed unto the day or redemption.) The four cardinal sins forbidden are regarded as grieving the Holy Spirit. This implies that there is a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and man, that He would be grieved by our transgressions.
  • Hebrews 10:29 - We can insult the Holy Spirit. (How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?)  There is no middle ground between the highest reverence and utter contumely in this case; to those who did not receive Jesus as Lord; has treated with outrage and insult the Spirit of whose gifts he had been a partaker of. 
  • Acts 5:3 - The Holy Spirit can be lied to. (Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?) The Holy Spirit was in the apostles and well aware of the actions of Ananias and his wife. None but Satan could have been so bold as to influence his heart. Ananias lied against the Holy Spirit when he held back part of the price of the land which he had said that the whole was for charitable use.
  • Matthew 12:31-32 - The Holy Spirit can be blasphemed. (And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.  Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.)  In these verses we see the gracious assurance of the pardon of all sin on the gospel. However, to deny the Holy Spirit, one is denying the power of God.

Matthew 9:27-31 - As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, calling out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" When He had gone indoors, the blind men came to Him, and He asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord," they replied. Then He touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith let it be done to you;" and their sight was restored. Jesus warned they sternly, "See that no one knows about this." But they went out and spread the news about Him all over that region.
Subject: How Does Jess Test Our Faith?
  • What are you expecting God to do in your life?
  • Faith is the substance hope for, the evidence of things unseen. Hebrews 11:1
  • When we do what God expects of us, all is well.
  • Whatever is not of faith, is sin.
  • Without faith it is impossible to please God.  Hebrews 11:6
  • Improving faith is a test from God.
  • Faith is like a muscle, we need to develop it by testing it.
  • The testing of your faith develops perseverance. James 1:3
How does Got test our faith?
Through trials and tribulations 
1 Peter 1:6-7 - In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes 3ven though refined by fire-may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Isaiah 48:10 - See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
Through some of the demands He makes on our lives
God asks the seemingly impossible of us but it is through faith that we may accomplish it.
Hope and faith are positive expectations.
Through our dollars
Malachi 3:10 - Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My House. "Test Me in this," says the Lord of Hosts. "See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."
Luke 16:10 - Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much...
Through delay.
If all or needs were met immediately, we wouldn't need faith.
Isaiah 40:31 - But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount p with wings like eagles; They shall run and not be weary; They shall walk and not faint.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

July 22, 2018

Sunday School
The Holy Spirit - Part 1
  • 1 Timothy 3:16 - Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 - However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" - the tings God has prepared for those who love Him - these are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person's thought except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thought of God except the Spirit of God. ( This is the Holy Spirit having knowledge.)
  • 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 - Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to a another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines. (This is the Holy Spirit distributing gifts as He wills.)
  • Romans 8:27 - And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God. (This is the Holy Spirit who has a mind.)
  • Romans 15:30 - I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. (This is the Holy Spirit who love us.)
  • John 15:26 & 16:13 - "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father - the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father - He will testify about me.  But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. (This is the Holy Spirit testifying of Jesus and exalting God and Jesus over Himself.)
  • Romans 8:26 - In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (This is the Holy Spirit interceding for us.)
  • 1 John 2:20-27 - But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth. Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist - denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us - eternal life.  John 14:26 - But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 - For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Subject: The Christians Warfare
  • John 8:32 - Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
  • The nature of this warfare, this Christian warfare is something we need to recognize because it can come in many guises such as a person, a place or a thing. And as we know Satan mimics God by using a small, still voice, whispering in you inner ear that you really need this or that or you really need to give this person a piece of your mind, etc.
  • Satan's warfare is corrupt and evil, spiritual wickedness; idols, dishonesty, deceit & hypocrisy.
  • Satan's stronghold is well guarded. We don't want to allow Satan to get a foot-hold or he will turn it into a stronghold in your life.
  • We, however, have the Whole Armor of God.
  • Satan wants every much to destroy us but our armor protects us at all times if we but use it.
The Strongholds of Satan
  1.  Ignorance to the things of God. Solution: We need to study to show thyself approved unto God. 2 Timothy 2:15
  2. Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before fall. Proverbs 16:18   Solution: Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say  to each of you: don' think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Instead, be reasonable since God has measured out a portion of faith to each one of us.  Romans 12:3
  3. Prejudice - openly downing another.  Solution: We should weapons of God and not carnal weapons.
  4. Unbelief in God.  Solution: The sum of Your Word is truth. And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. Psalm 119:160   "If you can?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for one who believes." Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"  Mark 9:23-24
Finally, if you as a Christian were arrested today, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

Sunday, July 8, 2018

July 8, 2018

Due to the 4th of July celebration, church service was canceled so that members could attend an Alumni church service at the local Senior Center.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

June 24, 2018

Sunday School
1 Timothy 3:16

 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, awas seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
In English translation.......
“Who was manifested in the flesh,
justified in the Spirit,
seen of angels,
was preached among the Gentiles,
believed on in the world,
taken up into glory.”
  • And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness - Jesus was born of a virgin, from divine to human yet both. This is the mystery revealed to us.
  • God was manifest in the flesh  for a reason - 1 John 3:8 The one who dose what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
  • Manifest in the flesh.—When the Son of God came forth from the Father “He was manifested in the flesh;” or, in other divine words, “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father”
  • Justified in the Spirit - either by the Spirit of God, making His human nature pure and hold, and preserving it from original sin and taint. By descending on Him at His baptism (Luke 3:21-22); by His resurrection from the dead that Christ's marvelous claims to the Godhead were justified.
  • Seen of angles -  the angles who inhabit heaven.  Hebrews 1:6 - And again, when God brings His firstborn into the world, He says, "Let all God's angels worship Him."
  • Preached unto the GentilesActs 22:21 - "Then the Lord said to me, 'Go, I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'" Isaiah 49:6 - God says, "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth."
  • Believed on in the world - Hebrews 11:3 - By faith we understand that the universe was form by God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.   John 12:47 - As for anyone who hears My words and does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
  • Received up into glory - Jesus was raised from the dead and had a glory put upon His risen body. Jesus ascended into heaven in a cloud -  Acts 1:9 -  Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2 - We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain. (For He said, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured you: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Subject : Such A Time As This
  • Through Jesus we are able to repent and commit ourselves to God.
  • Matthew 6:20 -  But lay up yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
  • Acts 20:35 - It is more blessed to give than to receive. 
  • We should always, in all things, put God first.
  • 2 Corinthians 4  -  Spiritual Treasures in Clay Pots; Living by Faith
  • While Satan is busy remember that God is in control.
  • God is forgiveness, mercy, grace and love.
  • We Christians must hold on, endure, be steadfast.
  • We must hold on to God's unchanging hand.  Romans 8:35 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

June 10, 2018

Sunday School

Imperfection (Us) into Perfection
through Jesus Christ

Who is the scripture referring to and does it or can it apply to us today?

Ø John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Ø 2 Corinthians 12:9 – But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Ø Hebrews 1:3 – He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the Word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty of high…
Ø Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ø Matthew 4:48 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Ø 1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
Ø Hebrews 10:1 – For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.
Ø Hebrews 5:9 – And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him….
Ø 2 Timothy 2:15 – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Ø Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Ø Acts 2:38 – And Peter said to them, ’Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Ø John 1:1-3 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.
Ø James 2:10 – For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
Ø Hebrews 9:11 – But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
Ø Hebrews 2:10 – For it was fitting the He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
Ø 1 Timothy 2:1-15 – First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,…..
Ø Philippians 4:19 – And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Ø Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Ø 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Ø 1Corinthians 2:6 – Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.
Ø Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Ø Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.
Ø Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ø John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.’
Ø Revelation 1:8 – ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’
Ø 1 John 4:12 – No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us.
Ø 1 Peter 5:10 – And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in  Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 
Psalm 115:1-3 - Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.  Why do the nations say, "Where is their God?" Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him.
Subject: "But God!"
  • What is man that Thou art mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him? Psalm 8:4-6
  • How great is our God?!
  • God created the heavens and the earth.
  • "But," when coupled with the name of God = will change grief to hope; changes sin to salvation; changes death of the soul to eternal life.
  • There is nothing to hard for God.
  • With God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
  • The sinner needs God to save his sin sick soul.
  • Christ died for our sins.
  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
  • No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • We are the called out. 1 Peter 2:9
  • Nothing is hidden from God.  Hebrews 4:13
  • God's grace, peace, mercy, love.......all from God alone!
  • God is worthy to be praised.  Psalm 145:3

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