Assembly Times

Sunday

9:30 am .... Bible Class
10:30 am ........ Worship

6:00 pm ......... Worship

Tuesday

10:00 am ..... Ladies Class

Wednesday

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

 

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Thursday
Jan282016

Unafraid! Unfettered

 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalms 27:1)

These are words of praise to God and strength to me. As God’s child I have courage to face my adversaries. I need not fear tomorrow for “God holds the future in His hands.” I fear not the past because “Jesus blood and righteousness” washed away all the sins that would harm me. I live for today knowing Jesus is my light and my salvation. “With God for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). He gives me strength (Psalm 27:1) to live and rest when I need it most (Matthew 11:28). It is Christ who strengthens me so I can do all things (Ph 4:13).
Being in Christ (Ep 2:6; Ga 3:27) is a rich blessing (Ep 1:3). People outside of Christ do not have the hope Christians own (Ep 2:12). We are promised the Spirit to help us in our infirmities (Jn 15:26; Ac 2:38), as we walk in the light (1Jn 1:7-9). 
A great exercise for Christians is to list the blessings we have in Christ. Use Ephesians 1 as a springboard for your list.
Chosen in Him 1:4; holy and blameless 1:4; in His love 1:4; Adopted 1:5; accepted in the beloved 1:6; redeemed 1:7; forgiven 1:7; riches of His grace 1:7-8; mystery of His will revealed to me 1:9; eternal inheritance 1:11; heard the truth 1:13; sealed with the Holy Spirit 1:13; know the hope of His calling 1:18; received the exceeding greatness of His power 1:19-20). There are many, many more listed through out the book of Ephesians. 
Being led in the paths of righteousness by the careful guidance of the shepherd (Ps 23) causes me to fear no evil. His protection and discipline keep me safe. I just need to follow Him wherever He goes (Re 14:4).
It is important to remember that while I bear my own burden, others also help me bear it (Ga 6:2; 5). It may cause me to bear in my own body the marks of Christ (Ga 6:17). Still I’m not afraid because God is for me (Ro 8:31). The abundant life (Jn 10:10), leads to helping others along the way--guarding the weak, bolstering the weary and warning the unruly (1Th 5:14). The example of love shown by God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit teaches us to do the same toward all people, even our enemies (1Jn 3:16; Mt 5:44). For, it was while we were enemies that Christ died for us (Ro 5:8, 10).
I am not afraid, I am free from worry for “the one who feeds the sparrow is the one who cares for me.” (Ira Stanphill) Why should I feel discouraged, “When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He: His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me” (Civilla D. Martin).

 

Thursday
Jan212016

The World is A Better Place Because of Your Love

 

Can you imagine a world without brotherly kindness and love? The Bible is filled with passages that teach us to love each other and serve each other. In fact we cannot truly love God without loving fellowman (1 John 4:20-21; 3:10, 14, 16). 
I feel sad for people who are not a part of God’s family. They don’t know the joy of being with people who have a genuine love for each other (1 Peter 1:22). Our Lord expects us to “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2) and to seize each opportunity to do good unto all men (Galatians 6:9-10).
Having been forgiven by God we as Christians are ready to forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 11:25; Ephesians 4:23; Colossians 3:13). Mercy, kindness, and help, make Christianity wonderful. In fact these principles set the religion of Christ apart from every other religion. 
Worldly people seek to repay evil with evil while the family of God “seeks to do good to everyone” (1 Thessalonians 5:15) God’s children pattern their lives after the Good Master who “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38)
This past couple weeks have allowed the love for Christ and love for one another to play out before our eyes. Visits, food, prayers, kind words, offers of help and financial assistance are just a part of what this church family did for two of our own families. I am so encouraged by you and your willingness to be like Jesus in a world that seldom takes time to care other! 
Remember we change the world through kindness and and acts of love (Romans 12:18-21 and Proverbs 25:21-22). People will know we are Christians by our love (John 13:35)! Dear saints, you have truly shown yourselves to be disciples of Christ in the last few weeks. For this I am truly, deeply grateful!
JDC

 

Wednesday
Jan202016

IT CAN AND WILL HAPPEN IF WE PURPOSE TO DO THE LORD'S WILL

 

Stemming the tide of decay of "Christian" values in America, or as the Bible puts it "turning the world upside down" (Acts 17:6), is going to be difficult; but, with God, all things are possible (Mark 10:27). These faithful gospel preachers took God's message everywhere. They talked about God's way everywhere they went.
Here is what the Scriptures lay out for Christians to do to change our world:
  • Come to know God and Christ --
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, 
and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)
“that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and 
may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his 
death,” (Philippians 3:10)
  • Become faithful students and teachers of God's Word --
"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" (2 Timothy 2:15)
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable 
for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in 
righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, 
equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17)
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19).
If this method worked in the Roman world over 2,000 years ago, it can and will work in this country or any country today. We don't have to depend upon presidents, kings or any political system to fix moral issues. We just need to let the Word of God sanctify and cleanse us (John 17:17).
Please God, give us hearts that learn, practice and teach your Will.

 

 

Thursday
Oct222015

Bring Your Bible To Church!

 

The Bible is the most important book ever written. It is written by God (2 Ti 3:15, 17). Within its pages are all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Pe 1:3). We will be judged by the words written in the book (Jn 12:48). Through the Bible we are made wise unto salvation (2 Ti 3:15). 
Preacher, the words of eternal life (Jn 6:68) are contained in the book. The people you are trying to reach must see your love for the word you teach. 
Elder, it is your job to show us you love the Lord’s book. The flock should see you read it study it.
Bible teacher, you hold great sway over your pupils. Let every student see his teacher revere God’s word enough to carry it Bible study and worship. Let them see you open and read, let them see you making notes and marking passages. 
Parents set the example for your children. What does it say to your children when we care not enough about God’s word to take it to worship, to search the Scriptures to see if what is being taught is the truth (Ac 17:11). 
It is amazing how many Bibles have been printed. Many more than there are people to read them. We live in an age where the Word of God is found in book form and electronic form. The ease of use has improved with the ability keep your notes on your phone or computer for a lifetime of study. 
I’m going to encourage EVERY MEMBER to bring your Bible, open and read it in every Bible class and during every sermon. (Mt 5:16). 
Over the 6 months I’ve tweaked my preaching style a bit. It has been a challenge for me. Instead of using all the passages I can find that teach a lesson, I am trying to expose the teaching in one particular section of Scripture.  I learned that it was frustrating to several people to try to keep up turing to several dozen passages for each point in my sermon. As we do more exegetical, expository study in class and sermons here at North Loop you should be able to open your Bible and keep up with perhaps only 2 or three supporting passages to emphasize a particular text. 
So, I hope you see the importance of Bible reading and study. I’m going to challenge you to bring your Bible to every assembly. Matters not if it is analog or electronic. Let us see it. Show your respect for God’s word and what we are doing here in study and worship. If you don’t own a Bible, please see me today and we will get  you one!
Wednesday
Jul292015

You Are Valuable as a Christian

God left us the Bible to guide us to heaven. Sadly, not many will read that sublime book. 

We are the only Bible the careless world will read,
We are the sinner's gospel; we are the scoffer's creed, We are the Lord's last message
Given in word and deed
What if the line is crooked
What if the type is blurred?
We are “ambassadors” for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). If we are not living for Jesus then any whom the Lord sends our way may miss the Savior living in you! Let us not forget that our footprints should lead to the Master. 
“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21)
The Lord reminds us to “...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16). Our every deed, word and action is either a reflection of our devotion to the Lord’s precepts.
It seems Christianity, the Bible and the Lord Himself are being denigrated more now than ever before. What many are saying about Christians does not describe the teachings of Scriptures. It more a picture of the hypocrite hiding behind the name of Jesus. We must be loyal, faithful and true to the doctrine and principles presented in the Holy text. 
Today is the day that we need to return to Bible preaching, teaching and living. Let us not pervert or change Truth for a lie (Rom 1:25) 
“If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” (1 John 1:6)
The Lord needs more of us boldly living what the Scriptures teach. We need more husbands and wives who model the Christian family, loving their children while rearing them in the Lord (Eph 6:4). We need more Christ following business people who embody the fairness found in Bible teaching (Col 4:1). 
The Lord calls us to live soberly and righteously in this present word (Titus 2:12), to be unfeigned, sincere and without offense until Jesus returns (Philippians 1:10). 
Our value as Christians is most evident when we live as closely to the Lord’s will as possible. Don’t get caught up in a love for this world (2 Timothy 4:10) causing us to abandon our faith and our good use for Christ!