"And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons."
(Exodus 28:1 KJV)
Aaron was Moses' older brother. He was born in 2365 BC, three years before Moses, before the Pharaoh's edict requiring the death of all male Hebrew infants. He was the ancestor of all Hebrew High Priests, the founder of the priesthood, and the first High Priest for Our Awesome God's chosen people. Aaron and his descendants tended the altar and offered sacrifices. Aaron's role, unlike Moses', was inherited; his sons continued the priesthood after him (Num. 20:26).
Aaron served as Moses' spokesman to Our Awesome God's people at God's command. Moses was not eloquent and had a speech impediment, so Aaron spoke for him (Ex. 4:10-16). It was Aaron, not Moses, who cast down the staff that became a snake before Pharaoh (Ex. 7:10-12). It was Aaron, not Moses, who held out his staff to trigger the first three plagues against Egypt (Exodus 7:19-20; 8:1-2 or 8:5-7). It was also Aaron who performed the signs for the elders before they went to Pharaoh (Exodus 4:30).
According to Jewish tradition, Aaron's most notable personal quality is that he was a peacemaker. Again, Jewish tradition says, Aaron loved peace so much that he participated in the incident of the Golden Calf (Ex. 32), constructing the idol in order to prevent dissension among the people. No matter what he really thought, Our Awesome God didn't seem to kill him or reprimand him for building The Golden Calf. Aaron did many other things before he died but he never entered the Promised Land.
This is one of the many people like us, found in the Bible which you are reading. Our Awesome God wants you to know these people as they show us what and how we often do things wrong while pointing out what we should continue to do. They show us how God uses bad and good people to do His work on earth. Aaron was a human being doing things both right and wrong. Sinning and asking for forgiveness daily. God can and will use you when He wants. Is it for good or to show others what not to do?
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 Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study and AWANA for children. Our programs include Home Bible Studies and a Wednesday Prayer Meeting but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors and practice the "love one another" commandment to all.
"Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:"
(Romans 7:20-22 KJV)
We will suffer in our flesh, whether we feed our bodies desires or deny its pleasures. We are constantly fighting between what we want to do versus what we know that Our Awesome God wants us to do. "All have sinned and fall short," but the blood of Christ has saved us from destruction. The battle is raging because we are given the power to overcome sin's grasps through the blood of Jesus Christ. There is no battle when there is no opposing side. It takes two, at least, to fight. When we are dead in our sins, there is no spiritual battle within us because there is not any spiritual life. The Spirit of God brings us to life spiritually, but we live in these bodies of flesh that still have a sinful nature. Thus, the battle rages in the lives of believers but the victory is assured because we are in Christ. This is our constant inner battle!
There is a coming "evil day," when the spiritual war will expand and the problems for believers will increase (Ephesians 5:15-16). This time will come in that future day when Satan's opposition will intensify, leading to the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and the final destruction of Satan and his hosts (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 12, 20).
The Christian warrior is to be characterized by vigilance, so that he will not be caught off guard by Satan’s schemes, and so that he will be able to stand in the final days of confrontation. Therefore he needs to be aware of the Spiritual Battles that are raging in and around him.
Don’t you desire to be all that God wants you to be because He is so good that He only gives you good things? And don’t you want to have all that God wants you to have because He wants the best for you? If so, then you have to accept that there are forces set against you to prevent you from having any of these things fulfilled in you. And we must fight those forces in spiritual battles, in earthly battles and in inner battles.
[Adaptations and ideas taken from "Spiritual Warfare (Ephesians 6:10-20)" A study by Bob Deffinbaugh from the Series, "Ephesians: The Glory of God in the Church."]
This article seems to include what needs to be known by Our Awesome God's Christian children. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church at 9:30 AM every Sunday for Bible Study, Worship at 10:30 and another Bible Study is at 6:00 PM on Sunday evening. We have an Intercessory Prayer Team and Bible Study at 7:00 PM Monday and Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
(Romans 12:2 KJV)
"And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom ye fight."
(Joshua 10:25 KJV)
Read the Our Awesome God's Holy Scripture above and especially Romans 12:2 carefully. It would seem that, according to this Scripture, we are to be in the world but not like the world. We are to be different. Not prideful or envious. Why? Because these forces that think they control the World (or earth) hate or battle with God because of pride and envy.
We, as Christians, are Our Awesome God’s children and the earth is God's. Thus, if the world is in conflict with God, the world is also in conflict with us. A big part of our Spiritual Battles is the Worldly or Earthly Battles we face because we are Christians and need to defend our faith. Remember Joshua in 10:25 as he told them that God would fight for them.
The prayer of Jesus to Our Awesome God in John 17:14-26 expresses the heart of Jesus since He knows the battles that we will and do face in this world. We are not called to be a part of the world, we are sent in to the world to be a witness of Jesus Christ. This is a miraculous calling and it takes the miracle of the Holy Spirit living in us to fulfill it and to remember God has won the real battle.
It also takes discernment to know the ways of Our Awesome God and the ways of the world. Because we are born into this world, we naturally think according to it. We have to be transformed to understand God’s ways instead (Romans 12:3). The battles here on earth are becoming more frequent and are becoming more intense when a person decides to accept Jesus as their Savior, the enemy will then attack from all directions. He will use circumstances, events, people, things and even doubt in a new Christian's mind to steal his heart back to his old ways.
When we are made aware of the world's influences and how they are in contrast to God's ways, we must then learn how to operate in the world as a true follower of God. It is one thing to be naive to the world's deceptions but once the truth is revealed, we have a responsibility to obey Our Awesome God's directions for us. Tomorrow the Our Awesome God series will include "#3 The Inner Battle."
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 10:30 AM for worship and at 6:00 PM we have AWANA for children and Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
(Isaiah 14:12, 14-15 KJV)
The above verse from the Book of Isaiah describes Satan's (Lucifer's) fall to earth and him starting his troubling of the nations of earth to dethrone Our Awesome God. When we talk about "spiritual battles," we are talking about there being a spiritual realm that we do not see and that we would like to ignore. But we need to believe that this spiritual realm exists because it does. Read Nehemiah 9:6, Luke 2:13-15, Ephesians 6:12 and then Colossians 1:15-16.
We all have the feeling, at times, that this world has more in it than we can see. If we can believe in Our Awesome God and Jesus Christ whom we can't see then surely we can believe in a spiritual battle that includes words, lies, deceit from Satan.
The Bible, Our Awesome God's Book, is filled with references to the heavenly realm (Numbers 22:22-25), a place that is physically invisible to our eyes today, yet very real in its existence. We Christians believe with the eyes of our heart, instead of just with the eyes in our head. There have been some who were able to see into the spiritual realm as physical images. (John in Revelation is one).
A portion of "spiritual battles" is the war within you between the flesh and the Spirit and it began in the Garden of Eden. It was the start of the second recorded battle between Satan and Our Awesome God in the war for God's place in heaven. Satan knew how much God loved man and chose to intercept men's souls (their allegiance) through lies and deceit in the Garden of Eden (the beginning of our spiritual battles). It is a battle between Satan and Our Awesome God and we are the pawns. So when we chose to sin, we chose to take Satan's side. Thus, we lose.
We need to know that the spiritual realm exists and that there is a spiritual battle for our souls so we can defend ourselves with God’s salvation and live eternally in heaven with Our Awesome God. Tomorrow, the Our Awesome God series will include "#2, The Earthly Battle."
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 many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true."
(John 10:41 KJV)
Our Awesome God created each of us as special individuals to do a specific job. Are you dissatisfied with yourself? You wanted to do something great or wonderful with your life. Instead you are not a genius, you have no unusual gifts and you have no special abilities. Average seems to be your existence. Nothing you do is worth making mention of unless it is the lack of change and zest in what you do. But do you fully understand the purpose you were put on earth for? Have you researched your purpose so that you have it memorized? Does God want you to teach? To preach? To be an example of Jesus?
Our Awesome God's Bible verse mentioned above is about John the Baptist who never performed a miracle that we know of but told rulers, disciples and anyone who would listen about Jesus Christ and who He was. And because of this Jesus went on to say of him, "For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." (Luke 7:28 KJV). John's job on earth was to tell of the coming of Jesus (John1:8) and it is your Christian job also (Matthew 28:19-20).
We should do all we can every day and do the "insignificant" jobs knowing that Our Awesome God will see. If you live with difficult people, win them to Christ with love. You know you made big mistakes in your life but don't let them control and cloud the rest of your life, because you are forgiven (1 John 1:9). Instead pray and ask God how He wants you to do the job, where He wants you to do it and when He wants you to do it. Start looking for a new and different way to tell people about Jesus Christ.
By living as an example of Christ and sharing simple truths about Him, you will be doing more good and sowing of His Words than you know (Isaiah 55:11). Just do the best you can for Our Awesome God and let Him do the rest to bring that person into the family of God. To do that, you need the encouragement and love of God's Church and people. Life is never a failure when you are doing God's Will. He has a purpose for you being here now!
We can help you find your purpose. Come 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 a 1½ hour program for children called AWANA. We have a Prayer Meeting that meets at 7:00 PM On Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
"Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant."
(1 Kings 8:56 KJV)
The above Holy Scripture is taken from a prayer that King Solomon was praying before the congregation of Israel. It is an example of what we can do when we pray and are not sure that our prayer is in line with what Our Awesome God would want or we are having a problem getting a clear answer from Him. Look up God's Promises in the Bible and see if there is one that applies to what you are praying for? When you find one, point it out to God in prayer and pray earnestly as King Solomon did.
Every promise of Holy Scripture is a letter from God which we can plead with God saying, "Do as you promised." If it is not the right time or something is wrong, God will show you as you continue to pray. Our Awesome God will not renege on His promise because He cannot do wrong but our God also will never renege because He loves us and wants what is best for you and others. Remember it is always better to ask God for a few specific requests than to ask for ten vague requests. God often ends up showing something else about His promise that you did not realize or a problem you need to overcome.
Often Our Awesome God uses His Promises as a way of showing you a weakness or problem in your life, so that, if there is an area you are having trouble verbalizing or teaching about, be sure to look up His Promises that seem to apply. When you feel comfortable teaching in this area, then stop get a clean paper and try writing it smoothly. It usually works! Each of us who are Christians has a Spirit filled life in him that needs to be fed and watered with God's Promises.
Our Awesome God uses our praying and His Holy Word to get in intimate contact and communication with us to change our minds and let us know how He thinks about something (Romans 12:2 KJV). When we begin to use this method, we realize He has it all in His Hands, all in His purpose, and we can relax knowing that this gives us a chance to live that Spirit free life allowing God to show us His Glory!
God's Promises will enrich your life and give you a greater feeling of His wonderful love. 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 for 1½ hours. And there is more during the week. We love visitors!
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
(John 15:13 KJV)
"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
(1 Corinthians 15:21 22 KJV)
Since ancient times man has honored those who have died while fighting their enemies. Memorial Day is a day the United States Government has set aside to honor our veterans who have lost their lives during conflict.
The exact date that a special day was set aside to honor soldiers who died while fighting in any of the States before the Civil War is difficult to determine. But on 5 May 1868 General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, ordered that flowers be placed on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery on all Union and Confederate soldiers' graves. And we do know that there were scattered ceremonies honoring the dead before the time of the Civil War. Nothing had been done on a National level to honor them annually but some states or cities in the Union and Confederate States had varying ceremonies to honor their dead soldiers.
After the Civil War, this collection of ceremonies became known as Decoration Day and honored soldiers of both the Union and the Confederate Armies. The 20th century ceremonies included honor for all military personnel in our country with speeches, flags, parades, visiting of graveyards, visiting of memorials, remembering past glories in military service and possibly potluck dinners after speeches. So Memorial Day now occurs at the beginning of summer although many of the activities that were associated with Decoration Day have been discontinued.
A typical program for the Arlington National Cemetery might include: 1) Being on the last Monday in May, 2) the gravestones in Arlington Cemetery have been decorated with United States flags for the weekend, 3) speeches made by famous people about those killed in battle and a 21 gun salute. Today, Memorial Day is a national holiday for remembering the men and women that died while serving in the United States and allowing us religious freedom.
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 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for Worship Service, then again at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, prayer and Bible Study. 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.
Flo & Bill