"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding."
(Isaiah 40:28 KJV)
EL-OLAM: "Everlasting God" (Psalm 90:1-3) – Our Awesome God’s nature is without beginning or end, free from all constraints of time and, "From everlasting to everlasting, You are God." God's ways are everlasting. Read all of Psalm 90!
The above Scripture verse gives Him several identities. First the eternal, infinite God who is timeless but timely and second the Creator of the ends of the universe – He is Elohim. He is El-Olam – our timeless God who sees every end from His vantage point. We can trust Him because His supply of energy to maintain us never runs out. It is limitless. His vision never ceases. His understanding is beyond our comprehension. His love for us is beyond anything we know. Even when those around us tell us it is hopeless, God knows the reality of the future. Our Awesome God will carry us until He creates our new heaven and earth. We just need to believe Him and lean on Him while following His directions. Our Awesome God is in control! We just wait for Him!
There are and will be many obstructions in the way of God's World on earth. But He will go on removing them until He has thoroughly established His World and brought it to its highest glory, according to His design. His World will be run by His government with everything in it subject to His good providence. God will rule and overrule all things for His glory and our benefit. There will be no taint from evil or Satan around to encourage us to do wrong when God has completed His work. But we needed to see and know evil in order to know why we need to chose God. Praise Our Awesome God who loves us and can do no wrong!
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 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 and there is more during the week. We love visitors!
"I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live."
(Psalms 116:1-2 KJV)
How many times in your life have you just wanted someone to listen to your problem and allow you to "vent"? But how long has it been since someone listened to you and understood what you meant? Your problems and complaints are not trivial to you, though we may say to our children, "Can't it wait until morning?" Yes, life with its pressures and problems can be overwhelming, making you long for someone who will listen and understand.
Read Psalm 116 carefully for there is someone who never sleeps and always listens, Our Awesome God. He will listen. He will understand and He will answer at the right time. It is wonderful to know the Creator of all listens to us with all our confusions, our tiredness and our frustrations. He also listens to our excitement, joys and hope for the future. He will be there listening to our triumphs and despairs with understanding and love. Use His listening ear and know He is helping us to learn and understand more. God is for us! Who can stand against Him? He created all things that are, so He knows all. He could destroy all things. He is your Father and can do all things. He loves you and hears you.
Our Awesome God listens for our cries for help and He never fails to answer. He knows and has planned for the best answer for your problem and those around you. We are never alone with God there. Are you a Christian? Our Awesome God's Holy Bible teaches 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. So He is a living Savior not a dead one! So He takes the time to listen. His answers will help you as well as your neighbor.
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 many opportunities to learn about God in our programs which include Bible Study groups, Prayer Meetings at 7:00 PM on Wednesday and AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. See what you can do and learn!
"And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast."
(Luke 2:42 KJV)
There is more known about Family Life in the time of Jesus Christ than our previous 2 articles. Our Awesome God continued to build the Family into a strong unit but the men's jobs remained essentially unchanged: paying taxes to the king, teaching his boys an occupation and about God, managing his Family, herding and growing crops if on a farm and keeping the Feast Days. Civic business was conducted at the Market area in the village or city.
The women's major task was to have children but most of her day was used to raise them, to keep the house clean, to launder clothes, to obtain the vegetables, grind the wheat, teach the young children and cook the meals and get water for drinking, cooking, laundering and bathing. If she lived in the city, she or her servant had to go to the market which was located near the outside walls of the village or city.
Jews were usually light eaters but bread was part of all meals and needed to be ground and baked every other day. Low income food consisted of sheep or goats milk with butter and cheese that were made from it. Sweeteners were honey, juice from grapes or dates.
Locusts were a special treat, boiled or dried and ground up. While their dinners had beans, vegetables, lentils, onions and cucumbers, the middle income families would include fish, pigeons, kid, lamb and occasionally a chicken. The very rich had veal. All their food was strongly seasoned with mustard, saffron, capers, dill, mint, coriander and rosemary. They drank wine.
The aim of Family Life was to have children and children of both genders were loved. The boys were more important because they would stay in the family while the girls would leave when they married. The house was very important to Family Life and was usually small, made of baked clay and straw or wattle and daub built over or around a spring in a village. There was an outside staircase on a flat roofed house that added to the available living space. The larger houses in the village or city were built around a central courtyard. Most of the women who lived in a village had a garden where they could grow food and flowers. The rich would have a stone house and a servant to sweep the floor and a fireplace. But those with less wealth would have a simple brazier.
Family Life remains important today as it was in Christ's Time but it has changed again. Look for #4 Family next week. Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for the Worship Service. Our programs include AWANA and an Intercessory Prayer Team but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors!
"Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly".
(Proverbs 15:21 KJV)
"And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;"
(Philippians 1:9-10 KJV)
In its simplest definition, discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth and Our Awesome God created not only truth but also discernment.
"Among the gifts of the Holy Spirit scarcely one is of greater practical usefulness than the gift of discernment. This gift should be highly valued and frankly sought as being almost indispensable in these critical times. This gift will enable us to distinguish the chaff from the wheat and to divide the manifestations of the flesh from the operations of the Spirit." (A. W. Tozer)
Many Christians get in trouble and stumble because they lack a discerning spirit. They do not know their Holy Bible well enough to know what God says is right. They walk right into the traps Satan sets for them and wonder why it happened. We need to be able to tell right from wrong and pray about it.
We should raise our children to know and understand the Holy Bible (Our Awesome God's Bible) because it teaches discernment. Our children, thoroughly trained in the Bible, will know right from wrong and can tell when Satan is setting traps for them. They will know where to look in the Bible to be sure they are right. Good discernment needs to start when the person is young so that they can bypass many mistakes that they will otherwise make. The older you get, the more you are bombarded by the evil around you. You need to know right from wrong in theory as well as practice for good discernment.
The best thing to do is to make the Holy Bible your focus when you are in doubt about anything. Teach this to your children as they grow up and be sure they understand Our Awesome God's answer and bring it to our children's attention. God loves us all and your children need to know this.
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 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 and AWANA for children is held. And there is more during the week. We love visitors!
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
(James 5:16 KJV)
"Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;"
(Romans 12:11-12 KJV)
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
(Jeremiah 33:3 KJV)
"Fervourless prayer has no heart in it; it is an empty thing, an unfit vessel. Heart, soul, and life, must find place in all real praying. Heaven must be made to feel the force of this crying unto God". This was written by E. M. Bounds in his book, "The Necessity of Prayer".
Enthusiasm stems from two Greek words, en meaning "in" and theos, "God." To be enthusiastic is to be energized and inspired by Our Awesome God. A Biblical counterpart to enthusiastic is fervent. To be fervent in spirit is to "boil with heat, to be hot; as in boiling with genuine love for God and others." Also, zeal is a Biblical synonym for enthusiasm.
When you are fervent and enthusiastic about praying, it comes from the heart and a continual prayer such as this gets answers, but not always the way we prefer. Our Awesome God knows what is best and, since He wants the best for all His children, we should seek and accept His way. He sees and knows the best way for all (Romans 8:28).
Keep enthusiasm in your praying, it comes from the heart. Pray frequently, it puts your walk closer to God because you get to know Him better. He loves you and wants your attention. An encouraging church will help you develop an attitude of enthusiasm for your God and His work. Pray fervently and frequently to Our Awesome God! Then watch God work as He heals people mentally, physically and spiritually. It should make you look forward to what God will do today!
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
(Matthew 6:24 KJV)
"The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."
(Proverbs 22:7 KJV)
These Bible verses clearly state that Our Awesome God does not want His people in debt. He wants them debt free. He wants us to find a way to become free of the debts that entangle us and cause us to take our focus off of God. He even states His reasons why! Today, even our nation is a BIG debtor. Think of the possible consequences. Will we as a nation survive? What can we do? Pray!
We could start by getting our own finances in order so we have no credit card balance after paying it for the month, our car is paid off, our house mortgage doesn't makes us groan every month and we don't need to borrow money to pay our taxes. The total interest alone could be more than your paycheck! Are any of these a problem for you? Start with one at a time until they are gone.
There are a number of good programs to reduce and eliminate debt. All of them begin by making a list of only the needs of your family. It is often difficult for a person to separate his real needs from his "wants" and the programs will help you as will Our Awesome God if you ask Him. They show you ways to take control of your own finances but it takes determination and sacrifice to reduce your spending to just the needs so you can pay off your debts. The entire family must work together on it to succeed.
You can start yourself by just looking at your grocery list. What do you need for healthy, no frills meals? Mark off desserts and other extras. Talk about it with the family and get them involved. They will probably find more "wants" still hidden in the list. You can do the same sort of thing for clothing, transportation and housing.
The needs lists are not that difficult but it takes time and effort and another person to keep you honest. Moving from the lists to actions is where a program can help you. They have tricks you can use to stay on target for debt reduction and it is not all sacrifice, they have allowances for a limited amount of entertainment and indulgence.
If you can’t join a program, just start going through everything you buy and check if it is something that is a basic need. Take your list of basic needs and add the costs up for 6 months. Then go add up what you spent for the last 6 months to see what you can save. If this does not reduce the expenses to what your paycheck can cover, seek professional help. Ask your pastor about people who can help, using Biblical Principles, to reduce and then eliminate your debts. Our Awesome God loves you and does not want you burdened with debt and its problems.
"Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him."
(Genesis 40:23 KJV)
"And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. "
(Genesis 41:1 KJV)
"Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh."
(Genesis 41:14 KJV)
Joseph was the son of Jacob and Rachel and the great grandson of Abraham from Our Awesome God's chosen family. Joseph was the oldest son of Rachel so he was greatly loved by his father. He was hated by his jealous brothers and they sold him into slavery. In Egypt, he was put into prison unjustly and had been there several years when he met a man who was in prison with him and interpreted his dreams for him with God's help. Joseph had told the man what God had revealed that his dream meant and asked him to tell pharaoh about Joseph. Then he waited years before the man remembered his promise to tell the Pharaoh about Joseph. (Read Genesis 40-41).
The man was the chief butler in Pharaoh's palace when Pharaoh had a dream he wanted someone to interpret for him. At the butler’s suggestion, they sent for Joseph who told Pharaoh what Our Awesome God said the dream meant. Then Joseph was made a ruler over Egypt. The story of Joseph is important to show how Joseph trusted God and how God used his life to improve the lives of others including His chosen people. Joseph's trust in God was used to keep the Egyptians and God's chosen people from starving (Genesis 50:20).
We Christians, as Our Awesome God's adopted people, need to remember to trust God since He does all things for our good and to help others (Romans 8:28). God delayed answering Joseph's prayers for a greater purpose of meeting the needs of all of Joseph's family. Could God be waiting for you to become more trusting before He gives you answers? Or maybe there is something in your life God wants you to change to increase your trust in Him? Our Awesome God may have a greater plan to change things through you but He knows the right time to do it!
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 and there is more during the week. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill