"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."
(2 Peter 2:1 KJV)
Jesus warned us that “false Christs and false prophets” will come and will attempt to deceive even Our Awesome God’s elect (Matthew 24:23-27; see also 2 Peter 3:3 and Jude 17-18). The best way to guard yourself against falsehood and false teachers is to know the truth. To spot a counterfeit, study the real thing. Any believer who “correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and who makes a careful study of the Bible can identify false doctrine. For example, a believer who has read the activities of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Matthew 3:16-17 will immediately question any doctrine that denies the Trinity. Therefore, step one is to study the Bible and judge all teaching by what the Scripture says.
Both Peter and Jude write in their epistles warning us about false teachers in the churches posing as Christians and changing Our Awesome God's Holy Word. They have written these things about false teachers because to be forewarned is to be ready when you hear one and not to believe one. Peter and Jude are warning us that these false teachers are out there and have disrupted other churches. When you hear preaching on the TV or in your church pulpit, listen carefully, take down Scriptures (later look them up and see if they say to you what the person preaching said and then check with someone who knows their Bible, what does it say to them) and know your Bible.
Our Awesome God wants you to know Him well enough that you will check on anything that doesn't sound like God or what He would want you to believe or do. There are false teachers and even false prophets so don't get pulled in to a false religion or cult by listening to them. Read your Bible and pray daily keeping your focus on God!
We (as a church) want all people in church, worshipping Our Awesome God with faith and obedience every Sunday. If you are not yet a Christian, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your Creator and Savior. 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 along with AWANA for children (September tjrough May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."
(1 Timothy 4:12 KJV)
Our Awesome God inspired Paul to write these words to Timothy in the above Holy Bible Scripture. It shows that you are watched as an example, sometimes because you are young, sometimes because you are old and sometimes because you are a Christian. And sometimes because you have been all the above and have not always kept God's Word as you should.
A story is told of a high school senior who was honored for his integrity. It seems that they were in a spelling bee contest and the senior was given the word auditorium to spell. Bruce, the senior, looked down to think about how it was spelled and there it was written on the podium. He showed the judges where it was written and was given a harder word to spell. But his honesty was noticed and he was honored for it.
We just don't know when our actions might become an example to those around us. Our God wants us to be good examples of loving others more than ourselves, of honesty, of righteousness, of honoring God and justice. But if we are living our lives each day as Our Awesome God and Jesus Christ asked us to, then our behavior will model Their righteousness and love, no matter who is watching. Righteousness, love, honor for our God, and justice should be the goal of all Christians no matter what their age. Occasionally, we should play back in our minds what was said and make sure our part was truly honoring our Lord. Then ask yourself have I been a good example today for our Lord?
Keep your focus on Our Awesome God and what He would want you to do. Join us in praising and worshipping Our Awesome God at your church or mine but praise Him! He wants you to be a living example of what Jesus Christ taught everyday and in every way.
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 along with AWANA for children (September through May) until 7:30 PM. 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.
"And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him."
(Judges 4:10 KJV)
Barak was a mighty Hebrew warrior who answered the call of Our Awesome God despite overwhelming odds. His name means "lightning." In the time of the judges, Israel had drifted away from God again, and the Canaanites had oppressed them for 20 years. God called up Deborah, a wise and holy woman, to be a judge and prophetess over the Jews, the only female among the 12 judges named in the Book of Judges.
Deborah called Barak, telling him Our Awesome God had commanded him (Judges 4:6) to gather the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali and go to Mount Tabor. Barak hesitated, saying he would go only if Deborah went with him. Deborah agreed, but because of Barak's lack of faith in God, she told him, credit for the victory would not go to him, but to a woman.
Barak led a force of 10,000 men from Israel, but Sisera, commander of King Jabin's Canaanite army, had the supposed advantage because Sisera had 900 iron chariots. In ancient warfare, chariots were like tanks: swift, intimidating and deadly. The Lord sent a rain and the chariots became mired in the mud, so Barak slaughtered all those in chariots (Judges 4). True to Deborah’s prophesy the battle was over when Jael, a Kenite woman, killed Sisera with a tent stake. (Judges 4:21)
Barak recognized that Deborah's authority had been given to her by Our Awesome God, so he obeyed a woman, something rare in ancient times. He was a man of great courage and had faith that God would intervene on Israel's behalf. But, when Barak told Deborah he would not lead unless she accompanied him, he was putting faith in her relationship to God, not his. Deborah told him this doubt would cause Barak to lose credit for the victory to a woman, which came to pass.
Faith without doubting Our Awesome God is necessary for any worthwhile task, and the bigger the task, the more faith is required. God uses whom he wishes, whether a woman, like Deborah or an unknown man like Barak. God will use each of us if we put our faith in him, obey, and follow where he leads. Could you have faith enough not to doubt if Our Awesome God sent you? READ JUDGES 4.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others and reminding ourselves 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 along with a children's program called AWANA (September through May). There is more during the week, Bible Studies in homes and a Prayer Meeting on Wednesday. We love visitors!
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judea flee to the mountains:"
(Matthew 24:15-16 KJV)
Our Awesome God had His Biblical writers to write only seven Bible passages referring to what is called the "abomination of desolation". Three are in the Old Testament Book of Daniel, three are quotes of Jesus in the gospels and one is in Revelation. Other than the "future," the time of the event is not given and none of them give a clear description. Taken together, however, we can assemble some of the circumstances and certain actions that will take place.
First of all, Our Awesome God had the one writer state that the location clearly would be the Temple in Jerusalem. It is in a time of conquest when a foreign army surrounds the city. The actual event is the installation of an idol in the temple by the conquering commander who requires it to be worshipped as our God was. One event that fits the facts has already occurred. Antiochus IV Epiphanes conquered Jerusalem in 167 BC and set up an image of Zeus, along with an alter, in the temple. This may have been the fulfillment of one of Daniel's prophecies but it obviously is not the event of Jesus' warning.
Revelation 13:14-15 of our Holy Bible describes an event in the middle of the tribulation period, which is also consistent with all the prophesies. The "False Prophet" will set up an image of the "Beast" or Antichrist in the rebuilt temple and require its worship as a god on pain of death.
"The 'Abomination of Desolation' Identified at Last (by 7 Clues)" http://www.escapeallthesethings.com/abomination-desolation.htm, a paper by Tim McHyde, uses these seven scriptures and a few others to give us a basis for understanding and reasons for not believing other theories which have been offered over the years.
We need to know what these Bible Scriptures are saying and realize that, if you are a Christian, you won't go through the Tribulation Period. But read Tim McHyde's paper on the "Abomination of Desolation" referenced above because it will be a Terrible Time to live on earth.
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 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Worship Service. At 6:00 PM we have a Bible Study with AWANA for children (September through May) until 7:30 PM. 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!
"That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."
(1 John 1:3 KJV)
Prayer is fellowship with greater understanding of God. Your prayers should become so varied that soon you will have a relationship that varies. At times, you will just praise and adore Him. At other times, you will ask Our Awesome God for something that you really want Him to give you. Sometimes, when you think about your prayer you realize, it was one of Father and child and, at other times, it was disciple to teacher. Your relationship to God will change and hopefully mature as you learn more from the Creator of all.
As your prayers change, though, so will your relationship with God. There are about five basic forms that your prayers usually fall under, but many different ways you will phrase them. 1) The form that most prayers will fall under is adoration, 2) The next form is Intercession, 3) Another form is petition, 4) Still another form is repentance, and 5) The last is deliverance. There are three attitudes that should be present in all these prayers: dependence, earnestness and persistence.
In all the forms of prayer mentioned, we align our thinking with Our Awesome God remembering His love and purpose are for our good and remain completely open to Him. We must remain identified with God and that brings our thoughts in alignment with His. Whichever form we use to pray, we will soon realize that His purposes, no matter what the circumstances may be, are the right ones. Prayer is fellowship with Our Awesome God that, as we tell Him our thoughts and petitions, grows into a close relationship and love for Him. We know that He is our Father and is right in guiding us through this earthly life, because He loves us and wants us to mature.
Our Awesome God wants your prayers because He wants a closer relationship with you, His child! Join a church (if you haven't already) that prays often and loves our God. His son, Jesus Christ, died for you and took your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. So learn more about this Only God by praying. Praise the Lord!
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. Sunday evening we have Bible Study and AWANA for children (September through May) at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. There are many opportunities and encouragements to learn about God in our programs which include Bible Study groups at homes and Prayer Meetings at 7:00 PM on Wednesday with Bible Study.
"To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste."
(Deuteronomy 32:35 KJV)
Calamity/Disaster is any great misfortune, or cause of misery; generally applied to events or disasters which produce extensive evils, as loss of crops, earthquakes, conflagrations, defeat of armies, and the like. But it is applied also to the misfortunes, which bring great distress upon individuals. The results of calamities or disasters are rarely good most think. (KJV Dictionary).
Calamities or disasters are not something you look forward to getting. But the question we must ask is, what does Our Awesome God say about these calamities or disasters? And Jesus has not left us in the dark when it comes to the issue of why things like terrorist attacks and natural disasters occur. In Luke 13:1, some people brought news to Jesus that Pilate had slaughtered some Galilean worshipers with their sacrifices. Not only did they bring news, but they also had an opinion on the news. They did not state their opinion, but Jesus revealed their thoughts when He answered them in Luke 13:2, "…Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things?" Jesus responded further saying, "...Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall likewise perish." (Luke 13:3 KJV) In other words, Jesus told the people: You need to change the way you think. You have no right to say that this calamity or disaster was a commentary on the lives of the Galileans; instead, this calamity is a message for everyone. If you don’t repent, then you’ll perish like them.
Jesus knew that the people believed that the tragic massacre was a direct result of some great sin of the Galileans. This kind of thinking was not new. Job’s friends accused him of some secret sin, since he was suffering. Jesus’ disciples inquired about a blind man in John 9:2 KJV, "…Who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" This kind of thinking makes people today to say that a tornado or a hurricane happened at a particular place and time because of a particular lifestyle or sin. Our Awesome God often uses calamities or disasters to tell or warn us that if we don't repent of our sins then we will suffer as the people in the calamity did. It is a warning! We don't always know about other people but we know about our own sins and if we need to repent, that is what we should think of first not what others may or may not have done.
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 September through May 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!
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler".
(Psalms 91:1, 4 KJV)
The Shelter of Our Awesome God’s Wings provides safety, truth and refuge. In Psalm 17:8, David asked the Lord to hide him in the shadow of His wings, protecting him from danger and attack. We may not have physical enemies attacking us but Satan is continually attacking us with fears, despair, discouragement, and countless other negative thoughts. When we cry out to God for His protection, His Word and Spirit are our refuge and truth.
Our Awesome God’s wings bring healing. Malachi 4:2 says the Son of Righteousness rises with healing in His wings. Although the Lord may not always bring us physical healing from all our infirmities, He heals our souls and spirits. He replaces our earthly values and desires with His eternal heavenly ones. He brings us through our times of grief, pain, and suffering. And He restores our souls.
God’s wings offer protection, shelter, and provision. Luke 13:34 tells us how God longed to gather His people under His wings like a mother bird yet they would not come. Most of us have known the comfort and parental provision of food, housing, and other necessities of life. Our Awesome God will meet all of these earthly needs and more. The wings of God not only provided David with these comforts, but they also provided a place for David to praise Him. We can sing our songs of praise to Him as well, knowing that the warmth and security of His wings cover us even on our most lonely or pain-filled days. They will carry us with the strength we need until He flies us home.
Our Awesome God wants us to lean on Him and realize He can and will provide His children with shelter, protection, healing, comfort and freedom from despair. He wants to be our main focus in this world and in heaven, giving us everything we need. He will meet all our needs from food, clothing, shelter, to warmth, love, strength, and salvation through Jesus Christ if we are Christians.
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 along with AWANA for children (September through May) until 7:30 PM. And there is more during the week. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill