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Tuesday

10:00 am ..... Ladies Class

Wednesday

7:00 pm ...... Bible Class

 

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Wednesday
Sep282016

SIN

 

“SIN”

We’ve all heard the story of the preacher who was asked, “What are you preaching on Sunday?” He responded, “Sin.” The querist retorted, “Well are you fer or agin it?” It seems sin is a taboo topic in our world today. The politically correct movement wants us to use words like “illness,” “mistakes,” “misguided” or some other term that will not make someone feel guilty or responsible for sin. 
However, sin is an important subject and it is dealt with through out the Bible. We need to be warned of sin’s danger. We kneed to understand its consequence. We should remind people the price paid for it. The entirety of Scripture surrounds God’s plan to redeem mankind from the penalty and problems of sin. 
Jesus gave His life because all accountable human beings have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23). This problem of sin comes at a high price and penalty DEATH (Rom 3:23; Eze 18:20). It seems the devil spends all his energy and time tricking and tempting us to sin (1 Pet 5:8). Our advocate who helps us overcome the wicked one gave His life as ransom and payment for the sins of every person who will accept that pardon (1 Jn 2:1)
Sin creates a rift between God and mankind because God is of purer eyes than to behold evil (Hab 1:13; Isa 59:1,2). The only thing that reconciles us back to the Father is the blood of His dear Son (Heb 10:4; Col 1:20). It is through Christ that God’s price is satisfied (1 Jon 2:1-2). 
The gospel message is that Jesus receives repentant sinners. He frees us from the curse of sin (Rev 1:5). When you think of the high price paid to save you and me it should cause us to flee even the appearance of sinfulness. 
If you are a Christian will you not share the Good News that Sin cannot defeat us, that Jesus paid the debt for our transgression? 
Erdmann Neumeister penned these beautiful words that remind us of the cheer bringing words!

Sinners Jesus Will Receive

Sinners Jesus will receive;

 Sound this word of grace to all
Who the heavenly pathway leave,
 All who linger, all who fall.
Come, and He will give you rest;
 Trust Him, for His Word is plain;
He will take the sinfulest;
 Christ receiveth sinful men.
Christ receiveth sinful men,
 Even me with all my sin;
Purged from every spot and stain,
 Heaven with Him I enter in.
Sing it o’er and over again;
 Christ receiveth sinful men;
Make the message clear and plain:
 Christ receiveth sinful men.
We need to be talking about sin a lot more. We need to expose its ugliness and teach the world how to be freed from it.
Joseph D. Chase

 

Monday
Jul182016

HOSEA - Obedience and Sacrifice

 

“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6 ESV)
The “unturned cake” [Israel of old] (Hosea 7:8) were very much like us. They misplaced their trust. They were a pancake burned on one side (Politically) and raw dough on the other (Love for God). God never wanted outward signs without inward change (Joel 2:13). 
Saul learned a lesson that Israel soon forgot: 
“22 And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.”” (1 Samuel 15:22–23 ESV)
God wanted His gadding bride to be faithful. The powerful idea of “love, honor and obey” was lost in the flitting heart of God’s chosen people. Obedience to God certainly means never surrendering ourselves to serve self or any other god. More so faithfulness calls for a true and loyal heart.
Notice these powerful passages that support this idea.
“6   In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. 7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: 8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”” (Psalms 40:6–8 ESV)
“16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem;  19 then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.” (Psalms 51:16–19 ESV)
“21   Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh. 22 For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’” (Jeremiah 7:21–23 ESV)
“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6 ESV)
“21   “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. 22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. 23 Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. 24 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:21–24 ESV)
“6   “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” 8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:6–8 ESV)
“Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”” (Matthew 9:13 ESV)

 

Monday
Jul112016

Eraser Prejudice

 

Friends, what needs to be done to fix prejudice, bigotry, and hatred is not going to be easy. It is going to take going the 2nd mile, being proactively kind and respecting the needs of others above our own. Few of these actions come naturally and have to be chosen, cultivated and carefully carried out.
I do know that we cannot undo in the hurts, sorrow and damage done to people in the past. Granted the sins of our fathers carry consequence for many generations. It would be nice to say, okay let's wipe the slate clean and move on. That kind of reconciliation only happens when both sides agree to let go of the past.
Most of us will not understand the darkness put in the hearts and lives of others by abuse. Often that kind of damage is only healed by God. So for us to dismiss years of ill treatment of any group of people is a type of abuse in itself. People who have been diminished carry deep scars that never really heal.
Let us also remember, viewing every person as evil seldom allows for healing or reconciliation. With that in mind, we might find kindness and tenderness will open the door to an equal relationship between people.
Interestingly enough there is a plan for reconciliation found in the great Peacemaker. He taught us to love our enemies, bless and don't curse, repay evil with kindness, look to the needs of others, treat all people with patience. The religion of Jesus brings all people to level ground at the foot of the cross. "There is no longer slave nor free, rich or poor, male or female for we are all one in Christ" (Galatians 3:28). "For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him," (Romans 10:12). "Here (in Christ) there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. "You see in Christ we are again what God made us to be "children of God." (1 John 3:1).
The simple call of Jesus is to treat others as we want to be treated (Matthew 7:12). As Paul states, we are to "do good unto all men" (Galatians 6:10) and to "esteem others better than self" (Philippians 2:3).

 

 

Thursday
Jun232016

Renewing A Passion for God. 

How much do you long to be in God's presence? How much joy do  you derive from your relationship with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? 

Maybe we have emphasized “truth” and “obedience” without remembering “heart” and “joy” of being a child of God. Let us never forget from where we came. Ephesians 2:1-12, teaches we were helpless, hopeless, and without God in the world. Romans 6:23 tells us that unforgiven sinners are lost and bound for a terrible eternity in a place designed for God’s archenemy (Matthew 25:41). But the picture for those in Christ is one of hope, freedom, joy, peace that passes understanding (Ephesians 4:4; John 8:36; Romans 14:17; Galatians 5:22). 

Our “new life” (2 Corinthians 5:17) in Christ should lead us to joyous service that glorifies God. We’ve put of the old lust for worldly and sinful things and started craving a true relationship with God. The outlook of life for those born anew is thrilling and delightful. 

One of my favorite authors is Henry David Thoreau. To say the least he could summarize enormous ideas with an economy of verbiage.  He stated, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” The Bible reminds us that life without God has no purpose. We will never find true joy when we miss the real purpose for living in this world...

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalms 37:4 ESV)

We are made for God’s glory (Isaiah 43:7). So are we joyous, peaceful and satisfied because of our purposeful living to honor and glorify God? 

It seems too many Christians spend week after week pursuing a list of rules, checking off their duty list with “quiet desperation.” Maybe their bodies are going through all the proper motions but it brings no delight to their lives or faces.

I am reminded of the rich man who kept all the commands of God from his childhood up. Yet he left Jesus sad when asked to “care” for the poor.

Our joy and delight in serving God will shine through in our attitude, the fervor in which we serve, sing and worship. I won’t be doing my duty out of compulsion. Instead I’ll server from a heart of gratitude. I’ll want to be in God’s presence because of the relationship I develop with Him. 

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalms 27:4 ESV)

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalms 63:1 ESV)

These two passages (and many others) are polar opposite to obedience without love and devotion. They indict those who serve and worship only because they “have to.” 

Perhaps it is time to seriously consider our spiritual ardor and what it is saying about not only my relationship with God but my salvation too. 

Joseph Chase

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Mike Vestal a tremendous student and teacher of God's Word produced a 12 lesson study on Renewing Our Passion for God. I don't believe it is available commercially (I wish it was). I've benefitted tremendously from those lessons. 

Thursday
Jun162016

Remember Me, O Mighty One!

When storms around are sweeping,

When lone my watch I’m keeping,

’Mid fires of evil falling,

’Mid tempters’ voices calling,

When walking on life’s ocean,

Control its raging motion;

When from its dangers shrinking,

When in its dread deep sinking,

When weight of sin oppresses,

When dark despair distresses;

All through the life that’s mortal,

And when I pass death’s portal,

Remember me, O mighty One!

Remember me, O mighty One!

Joanna Kinkel

Everything that happens to and in God’s creation is important to the Father (Matthew 10:29). He feeds the sparrow and takes care of all of His creation. The sweet truth is that God sees me. He knows my burdens and my joys. Not only does he know but he helps us in every time of need and victory (Hebrews 4:16; 7:29). 

Jeremiah, though known as the weeping prophet, did not loose faith in God’s deliverance and restoration (Jeremiah 27:22, 30:17). God’s promises to comfort and keep us should fortify our hearts in the hours of crises and hurt (Psalm 121:1,2). The rock of salvation is “steadfast and sure while the billows roll.” It is with confidence that we can live knowing the all powerful God is for us (Romans 8:31). David properly stated:

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalms 124:8 ESV)

Brethren, I don’t know if we ever get to the point that we don’t suffer from too little faith. When tragedy strikes it seems human to feel abandoned, deserted and all alone. Even the great prophet Elijah suffered from that short sightedness (1 Kings 19). There comes a point when we must look to God realizing that He will carry me through. 

Rejoice today that God is a “present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). He is near to all who call upon Him (Psalm 145:18). He is our stronghold (Psalm 9:9). 

Joe Chase