"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"
(Colossians 3:23 KJV)
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
(Philippians 4:13 KJV)
..."From the beginning, God instituted work. 'Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it' (Genesis 2:15). The very first thing the Lord did with Adam was to put him to work for his own benefit. It was not a curse. However, after the fall of Adam, work was included in the curse and was made more difficult. Work is so important to our daily lives that God commanded us to, 'work six days' (Exodus 34:21). In the New Testament, Paul was even more direct concerning work: 'If anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either' (2 Thessalonians 3:10). God's Word implies that there is dignity in all types of work. It does not elevate one honest profession above another. Jobs are not merely tasks whereby workers can earn money; they are also a means by which workers can use their talents and abilities to develop character—godly character.
The life of Daniel as recorded in the biblical book of Daniel
illustrates eight characteristics that made him a good ...'
"1) Work as if working for the Lord. We actually are serving the Lord in our work;(Ecclesiastes 9:10)...
2) Be honest. Employees should not give cause for their employers ever to question or doubt their honesty...
3) Be faithful. Godly employees need to establish goals of being faithful and excellent in their work and work habits...
4) Be a person of prayer...
5) Honor employer...(1 Peter 2:18).
6) Honor fellow employees. Wherever there are employees there will inevitably be office politics...
7) Verbalize his or her faith. Daniel verbalized his faith in God to those around him...
8) Hard work must be balanced by other primary priorities of life: relationship with Christ, spouse, and family...
The most important question people can ask every day is, 'For whom do I work?' If the answer is anything or anyone other than the Lord, the biblical principles of work are not being applied. God's Word has given some very direct principles concerning work that all Christians should know and observe." Extracted from the Web: "Biblical Perspective of Work," Crown Financial Ministries, author not named.
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM) Then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children (September through May) which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
"Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof."
(2 Kings 13:14 KJV)
Most of us know Elijah and his works better than Elisha but Elisha, the prophet, was dying of a terminal illness and King Joash (also called Jehoash), who did "evil in the sight of Lord" (2 Kings 13:11), came down to see him and cry over him. Notice that the Holy Bible never says that they ever met before this but the king was worshipping "other gods". So, was Joash crying over Elisha's coming death or was he crying because he would no longer have someone to get Israel out of trouble? Elisha had the king shoot arrows and strike them on the floor before he prophecied the future for King Joash (2 Kings 13:19). Then it says Elisha died and was buried.
Our Awesome God also says they were burying another man when a band of Moabites attacked. So the people in the funeral let the body of the dead man down onto the bones of Elisha where he revived "and stood up on his feet" (2 Kings 13:21). Can you imagine the shock of the funeral party when they saw the dead man run by. Even after he died Elisha performed one more miracle.
Elisha’s words to Joash may have been spoken in a weak and faltering voice. But the resurrection of that corpse spoke volumes to Joash and the people of Israel about the power of God through His prophet. It assures us that what Our Awesome God says, He will do.
If all that was true of Elisha and the unnamed corpse, how much more true is it of our Lord Himself, who died, was buried, and who was raised from the dead on the third day. How seriously would we take the words of our Lord if His body were still in the tomb? But His bones were not there the next morning after He died on the cross, for He conquered death. He is alive and willing to help us. Jesus Christ is our salvation! Our Awesome God will do what He says He will do! Read and learn God's Holy Bible so you know Him and the things to come in the Book of Revelation.
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 (September through May) who go until 7:30 PM There is more during the week, especially Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
"But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the Lord liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him."
(2 Kings 5:20 KJV)
While there is some similarity between Gehazi taking care of Elisha as Elisha took care of Elijah and then Elisha becoming the "chief prophet," these are different men. Gehazi had seen all the things Elisha had done and he still didn't realize that Elisha was doing it because his heart was right with Our Awesome God, that God was the important ingredient, not Elisha.
What was wrong with Gehazi?
1) Gehazi was a shepherd without the heart of a shepherd. We see this in the way he acted towards the Shunamite woman who was in pain following the death of her only son and ran to meet Elisha with the problem, expecting him to come and raise him back to life. He wanted to push the woman away when she caught the feet of Elisha but Elisha intervened and stopped him. Could this kind of attitude be the reason why Gehazi couldn’t raise the son when he was given the rod by Elisha to go and pray for him? (2 Kings 4: 24-31)
2) Gehazi had no fear of God. Do you have the fear of God? (Proverbs 1: 7, 9:10, Ecclesiastes 8:12). The Bible tells not to call, use or repeat the name of the Lord in vain. But to express his strong determination to pursue something evil, Gehazi said, "as the Lord lives." (2 Kings 5: 20) God chooses His man because He knows.
3). Gehazi was dishonest. Gehazi demonstrated a serious lack of honesty on one occasion, in the matter of Naaman, the Syrian, in which Gehazi received the leprosy that Naaman had been cured of. And while Elisha was able, by means of the Holy Spirit of God, to raise the dead as Elijah had done, in the matter of the raising of the Shunammite woman's son, Gehazi was unable to do it even when given the use of Elisha's staff by Elisha himself. Our Awesome God demands more from His children than Gehazi had (a true love of God) but he was given a chance, as we all are, to improve, though God knew he wouldn't. So he could never become "chief prophet" as he wanted to be. Praise the Lord!!
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and evening (6:00 PM), and Wednesday evening (7:00 PM). After Labor Day, there is also AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week and the Intercessory Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God! On 8/30/15 this website will have #4 Elisha's Death.
"And he went up from thence unto Beth–el: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them."
(2 Kings 2:23, 24 KJV)
This sounds horrible when we read what happened to these teenage to 25-year-old men. The term used by the author to refer to these young men is one that is quite flexible. It is used for a young child, but it can also refer to what we would call a “young man.” It is apparent that these are not “little boys” who accost Elisha, but “young men.” They were mocking God's chosen one - they were mocking Our Awesome God. What did Elisha "see" when he "turned back and looked on them?" Did he "see" all the sins they (God's people) had committed against God?
Scripture doesn't say that Elisha called up those bears. Our Awesome God called the bears. If God did it, He did it for a definite purpose or reason. So let's look at this for a moment and see what the reason could have been. This was a time that God's people were worshipping those "gods" made by the hands of man. Was Our Awesome God warning His people of the upcoming destruction of all Canaan by the Babylonians under King Nebuchnezzar? They needed to turn from their wicked ways and return to Yahweh. God always warns us! We just don't listen. And neither did they listen. They just kept insulting God!
Is Our Awesome God warning us of the coming Tribulation? Or maybe He is telling us with this long ago story that we, as a nation, are following false "gods" as the nation of Israel did. Are you following the true God? Or are you following a "world god?"
Come join us at our church or join any church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ, died for you and took your sins upon Himself, arising the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. Read the Book in the Bible called Revelation which talks about the time coming called Tribulation. Read the website tomorrow, 8/29/15, for #3 Elisha's Servant, Gehazi.
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 praise and worship, Sunday at 6:00 PM is Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study. We welcome all people and love them!
"He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over."
(2 Kings 2:13 -14 KJV)
2 Kings 2: 12-14 describes the transition of power from Elijah to Elisha. While there were a number of prophets in Israel, it would seem that Elijah was Our Awesome God's “chief prophet" of this time. After his departure, it was necessary that his successor be designated in a way that would make it clear he was the one in whom the spirit of Elijah had come to abide. By parting the waters of the Jordan River while 50 prophets watched him do it, Elisha proved he was now the "chief prophet."
Elisha means "God is salvation." He was anointed by Elijah as Our Awesome God instructed while plowing in his father, Shaphat's field with 12 yoke of oxen. So Elisha knew he was to take Elijah's place as "chief prophet" in Israel. Elisha asked for and received a "double portion" of the spirit of Elijah before or as Elijah left with his "chariot of fire". Elisha served as a prophet of the northern kingdom for more than 50 years, through the reigns of kings Jehoram, Jehu, Jehoahaz, and into the reign of Joash.
The first thing Our Awesome God did through Elisha was to "cure" the bitter waters of the spring in Jericho. Elisha threw some salt into it when the men of the city asked to make the waters better (2 Kings 2:18-20). It sweetened the waters and the land was no longer barren. Yes, he had the double portion of Elijah's spirit. Would he always use it wisely? Or was he human enough to mess things up? We know that Elijah was depressed and afraid. Tomorrow, 8/28/15, read the #2 Wise Prophet?
Our Awesome God was in charge of this universe when Elisha was here and He still keeps charge, but His Son, Jesus Christ, will be the ultimate authority into eternity. So learn as much as possible about this God that loves and wants you in His kingdom forever to mature as you get older not just wait but be active in His kingdom. Read His Book, the Holy Bible, and pray to Him.
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 until 7:30 PM (September through May). 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.
"Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness."
(Exodus 23:1 KJV)
Do rumors disturb you? Notice the Bible Scripture above from Our Awesome God, which says we should not lie or spread rumors. Rumors and gossip grow like a fast growing cancer and they can be damaging. They begin as a small lie and soon become huge, killing most people's trust as they grow. People spread rumors as do the radio, press, TV and now the Internet and social media.
People who have rumors spread about themselves will need to guard against loss of trust in others and will need help from Our Awesome God to keep from becoming cynical and disillusioned with people. This is a time to get closer to God by frequent, if not almost constant, prayers to Him.
Here are three ways that, with Our Awesome God's help, you can decrease the damage rumors can do. 1) Be careful that you don't start a rumor or repeat one. The truth is that most of us tend to enjoy hearing something bad about people, but don't be guilty of repeating it, even if you know it’s true. Think of the good things about that person. 2) Defend anyone who is being plagued by gossip or rumors. Remind others that it may not be true and that "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." It is usually best to think of how you would feel if you were that person. 3) If you are the victim, remember that truth will out and Our Awesome God will know the truth.
Improve your knowledge and trust in God by attending a church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ took your sins upon Himself and died for you, then rose on the third day and is now sitting by God, interceding for you when you sin. Our Awesome God wants you in heaven since He loves you already and so do the people of Living Word Baptist Church. Join us if you can!
Come work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others about Him 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 Praise and 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 until 7:30 PM (September through May). There is prayer meeting and Bible Study on Wednesday at 7:00 PM and more Bible Studies in homes during the week. We love visitors!
"I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart."
(Psalms 40:8 KJV)
"And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name."
(Luke 10:17 KJV)
All of our life is affected by how we Christians relate joy, happiness, and pleasure to both our discipleship and our relationship with Our Awesome God through Jesus Christ. How do you tell and show others that you are really enjoying your work for the Lord?
From the things they said, the disciples experience at evangelism far surpassed their expectations. They came back filled with rejoicing. When they said, “even the devils are subject unto us,” it would seem that their ability to cast out demons was far better than they had expected. They were happy to see this happen as they had trouble before. After all, the nine apostles had been unable to cast the demon out of the boy back in Luke 9:37-41. That they were able to cast out demons was proof to the disciples that they had great authority in Jesus' name. They had something to rejoice for in service to Jesus Christ because they saw proof that they could help. They told others what Our Awesome God had allowed them to do. But they were specially trained by Jesus Christ.
All who serve the Lord know that Our Awesome God does not always make battles easy for us to fight and, like Joshua, Paul or the disciples, He doesn't always go physically before us,. But how many problems does He get rid of that we never knew were there? And He will always help if you ask Him. When we do something that we can see has helped His cause, we should rejoice because we will probably only see a small portion of the good that Our Awesome God does with the service we perform.
We should show and tell others of the joy we get from serving the Lord. Don't be bragging about your accomplishments - brag instead on the Lord. He did it! You just supplied the hands! Find joy in serving Him every day!
We Christians should show our joy, happiness, and pleasure in serving and in our relationship with Our Awesome God through Jesus Christ. 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 along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM (September through May). 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!
Flo & Bill