"Jesus wept… Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it."
(John 11:35, 38 KJV)
"O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me."
(Psalms 30:2 KJV)
Grieving is something that happens to all who love and have lost a loved one to death as Our Awesome God knew it would. So grieving is a common human occurrence that we will all experience if we live long enough. How we are able to overcome it is important. Even Jesus Christ wept and mourned when His friend Lazarus died (Matthew 23:37-39) and He saw other people crying for Lazarus.
The attitude you have about grieving is important. We should realize that grieving is a natural response to the pain and loss we are experiencing. It is also true that grieving has the purpose of refreshing our attitude toward life and living. We need to keep in mind our grieving should be only for a time, it is temporary, as the purpose is met and then we consider the benefits for the person if they were a Christian (Psalm 30:5). There is an end to mourning, but we sometimes feel that we still have a vacant spot in our lives where that person resided while on earth. Prayerfully we will walk and talk with them in heaven with Our Awesome God.
One of the most important parts of grieving is telling Our Awesome God about it. God created us, He understands us (Psalms 139:2) and He loves us. When we talk to Him, we open our minds to the truth of His love, His faithfulness, His control of all things and that He does all things for our ultimate good.
There is another part of the grieving process which we need to help us overcome and that is sharing our grief with others. This is where Christ's church members can help. Read Galatians 6:2 and Romans 12:15. The ones grieving may feel that no one can grieve the way they are do... just ask some of them about their worst loss and how they felt. If you shun others while grieving you increase your feelings of isolation and misery. It is healthier to share our memories with Our Awesome God and carefully chosen others because it lessens our grief.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children, which goes until 7:30 PM On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, prayer and Bible Study. We love visitors!
"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil."
(Job 1:1 KJV)
Job is a book in the Bible that is said to be the oldest book in the Holy Bible. To help understand a person, what he might say, think or do, one needs to know what he does for a living, where he lived, when he lived, etc. So the Old Testament can tell us a lot if we read it carefully.
Job lived in "the land of Uz." So where was Uz and was it a city or an area? No one seemed to know where it was or what language they spoke. Uz, according to the Dead Sea document, The War Scroll, the land of Uz is mentioned as existing somewhere beyond the Euphrates possibly in relation to Aram, grandson of Noah. In Column 2 verse 11 of the scroll, it says, "they shall fight against the rest of the sons of Aramea (Aram?): Uz, Hul, Togar, and Mesha, who are beyond the Euphrates.". But no one is sure where it was located and if it had a different name at some time.
So from records found in different ancient cities, it can be concluded that Job grew up in an area that was beyond the Euphrates and that he was descended from Aram. This land of Uz marks Job as belonging to the Aramean people which had settled in the upper part of Mesopotamia.
At the approximate time of Job, the form of worship of God being used belongs to the early patriarchal type, with little ceremonial ritual and without a separate priesthood. Job is represented as a chieftain of immense wealth and high rank, blameless in all relations of his life.
The Book of Job tells the story of a righteous man who began to suffer. God allowed Satan to test Job's devotion. In time, three of Job's friends tried to explain his suffering as proof of his sinfulness. Even his wife had advised him to, ”curse God, and die.” (Job 2:9 KJV)
While God didn't take anything from Job, He allowed it to be taken from him and allows even the righteous to suffer. The purposes of this book of the Bible are many but consider 1) Job's unwavering faith in God in the face of his personal suffering and loss (What would we do?), 2) to show us how we should continue our faith in God through all trials we encounter and 3) God is Awesome in His justice and mercy. He has something better waiting for us that we can imagine and we will appreciate it more if we just keep total faith in Him!
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small Bible study groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Praise/Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. And there is more during the week. We love visitors!
"Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy."
(Proverbs 6:14-15 KJV)
"These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: …An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,"
(Proverbs 6:16, 18 KJV)
Being quick to do mischief is truly an abomination for God created goodness and love. We know God is Awesome and is merciful to those who attempt to resist evil but fall into it anyway. But He hates the practice of those who throw restraint to the wind and do evil on purpose or by plan. The idea that is presented here implies enjoyment and experience in wrongdoing, and looking for an opportunity to do evil. This person loves to make trouble for others! It is mischief!
These people often say when caught that they "were just having fun". But the consequences may be immense for the person that received the mischief. Our Awesome God knows whether it was done for fun without thinking of the consequences or whether it was planned for evil. Although the consequences are often scattered to several generations, mischief makers are people to avoid!
Our God is Awesome and aware of these people who do things on purpose and laugh at the consequences. We need to remember that "…calamity (shall) come suddenly;" and God will judge these mischief makers for what they do. We need to remember as we encounter them that vengeance is the Lord's, not ours. Our Awesome God will see that they are brought to justice. Pray that you don't ever do something "for fun" without thinking of the consequences. God rules and mischief does not bring "fun" for those who suffer the consequences. Be sure your "fun" is fun.
Our Awesome God is a loving, generous God who wants the best for all people. That is why He has a purpose for each person He puts on earth. Mischief is not God's purpose for you or anyone else. Are you living to create mischief, thinking it is "fun?" The consequences aren't always "fun."
LWBC is a loving church that tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members to do the same. Join us for church in the Sanctuary this coming Sunday at 10:30 AM. We also have Bible Study on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Sunday evening at 6:00 PM with AWANA, a program for children. Our programs are varied but we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. We love visitors!
"Jesus said: "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."
(Matthew 6:7 KJV)
Repetitions are good but Our Awesome God wants you to tell Him what you want and feel. Some begin with "The Lord's Prayer" and that is good if they go on to tell Him what they want. People sometimes pray many times a day but if you are saying the same thing every time God must feel like Jesus says in Matthew 6:7, "use not vain repetitions." Dr. Spurgeon wrote that "...They think they have prayed so much because they have prayed so long, whereas it is the work of the heart — the true pouring out of the desire before God — that is the thing to be looked at."
In Luke 11, His disciples were asking Him to teach them a formula so that when they prayed, Our Awesome God would listen to them and answer them as He did Jesus. They wanted God to respond when they asked and we should know that He doesn't always respond immediately. The use of repetitions or the length of the prayer won't make the speed of the answer increase. God will answer at the best time and in the best way. Prayers are quality when they come from the heart asking God to help.
When you need to talk to Our Awesome God, just do it, for our God wants to hear your prayers not a formula or a repetition and length makes no difference to Him. If you are in danger, you don't go through a set method of getting His attention, you just ask. Though there are some people that don't call on God when they need help because they don't want to bother Him, but Dwight L. Moody reportedly said, "Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant asking. The way to trouble God is not to ask at all."
The prayer should be from your heart telling Our Awesome God how you feel and what you want so that He ends up with quality not length (though frequency He appreciates). Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with AWANA, a children's program that goes until 7:30PM. We love visitors!
"Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again."
(Luke 24:7 KJV)
"Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils."
(Mark 16:9 KJV)
Be aware that "Easter" was not celebrated in America until the time of the Civil War when it came from Europe and was known as a pagan ceremony incorporated into the Roman Catholic Church. It was used in several different religions as a fertility ritual. The bunny rabbits and eggs (Ethel L. Urlin, Festival, Holy Days, and Saints Days, p. 73 or Albert Henry Newman, D.D., LL.D., A Manual of Church History, p. 299) with flowers are Anglo-Saxon in origin and not Christian.
Having stated the above, know that Our Awesome God's Holy Bible says that Jesus Christ was tried, condemned and crucified on a cross by sinful man at the time of the Jewish Passover around the time of Easter. Jesus was resurrected on a Sunday, "the first day of the week." (Matthew 28:1; Luke 24:1). We should remember and celebrate that resurrection every day and every time we enter His church. A special day should be set aside to celebrate His love for us and maybe it should be called EASTER. But should it be called Easter with eggs and rabbits? Or should we call it Resurrection Day? Or...?
Our Awesome God arose from the dead that day, appearing to over 500 people over the next 40 days before going to heaven. No other "god" has done this! We serve a risen Savior who has power over life and death, who is loving, merciful and just. We should celebrate every day that He is the Creator and Lord of all living and inanimate things, that He is God and that He understands us. And that He loved us enough to come earth to die for the sins we commit. Praise and celebrate our loving, living God!
If you don't know Our Awesome God, we would like you to join us as we learn more about Him and teach others about Him. We are trying to become more like Him as we await our time to join Him in heaven. We invite you to our three weekly church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) with Worship Service at (10:30 AM) and evening (6:00 PM) along with AWANA for children, and Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer Meeting (7:00 PM). When you come, ask about the Intercessory Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
"The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away... So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."
(Psalms 90:10, 12 KJV)
God is Awesome and says we should treasure time as a valuable commodity. We number our years, but God says every day and every hour is so precious we should treasure it and number it. Time is more valuable than money.
A. W. Tozer (Christian pastor and editor) wrote: "Time is a resource that is nonrenewable and nontransferable. You cannot store it, slow it up, hold it up, divide it up or give it up. You can’t hoard it up or save it for a rainy day–when it’s lost it’s unrecoverable. When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection." So, understand that you should treasure time as the most valuable asset you are given in this world besides Jesus Christ. It will soon fly away and never return. Time is more valuable than money, but it is like money because it can be spent and invested. But if you don't use time wisely, you lose it, like money. For Time will never slow down nor will you get any back!
We should consider the word Invest. What will you do with that extra Time you now have? We have all kinds of time-saving appliances, like microwave ovens. We love to take short cuts in order to "save time." Show me some of the time you’ve saved–where is it? You can’t save it; you can only spend it or invest it. Invest it in helping people to know Our Awesome God. Use it wisely and you will get interest on your investment in heaven, where those people will live. Use the time you spend on the T.V. or an electronic game spreading God's Word to all the people around you and reading God's Holy Bible. Time can be spent with Our Awesome God in prayer and doing His work is time wisely invested and the investment is grand.
You should use your time and your investment wisely so you will receive your rewards when your home will be Our Awesome God's home - Heaven. LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with along with AWANA, a children's program that goes until 7:30 PM. There is a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."
(1 Peter 2:24 KJV)
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 KJV)
The day Jesus Christ died for us on the cross is called "Good Friday?" This would seem to me to be a time for grief and sadness not a time to think of "good." Though somewhere in the article was the thought that it might have originally been called "God's Friday." But think of the sins we had committed and how long Our Awesome God had permitted them to occur before putting His Son to such a horrible and degrading death as the Roman Cross. How can we as humans doubt God's love for us?
A brief history of "Good Friday" should include such things as 1) by the first century following Jesus Christ's death, every Friday was a day of fasting and prayer, 2) by the fourth century the Church was observing the Friday before Easter as "Good Friday," and depending on the Church the traditions and rituals had changed. Most Churches had dark things such as clothing and the sanctuary dark with some having ritual prayers and times to say each of them. Certain Churches had their observation between certain hours and certain lessons were read during those hours.
There is a purpose behind this quiet and almost grim presentation and it is to make us aware of the grief and sacrifice of God's only begotten Son for our sins. It is to remind us that only a perfect non-sinning entity, Jesus Christ could be the sacrifice for us. Our Awesome God gave His only son, a part of Himself so that you could be forgiven your sins and become His adopted children. Such wonderful love! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:16-17 KJV). Can you truly doubt God's love?
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. There are Prayer Meetings at 7:00 PM on Wednesday and AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. See what you can do and learn!
Flo & Bill