"Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils."
(1 Corinthians 10:21 KJV)
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
(Ephesians 5:11 KJV)
"Halloween is celebrated by millions of people as a fun time for kids, putting on costumes, and going door-to-door to get candy. But it is also known as a time of witches, ghouls, goblins, and ghosts. On one hand, some see Halloween as a harmless time of fun and on the other, a ghastly and demonically inspired night to be avoided.
"As Christians, there is a lot of debate on whether or not we should participate in Halloween. Is it alright to go trick-or-treating? Can we dress our kids up in costumes on that day? If we do any of this, are we celebrating an evil?
"The word Halloween is derived from the term 'All Hallows Eve' which occurred on Oct. 31, the end of summer in Northwestern Europe. 'All Saints Day,' or 'All Hallows Day' was the next Day, Nov. 1st. Therefore, Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day...
"The Bible definitely speaks negatively about occult practices, spirits, and witches and condemns not only the practice but also the people who are involved in it. As Christians, we are to have nothing to do with the occult. Tarot Cards, contacting the dead, séances, lucky charms, etc., are all unbiblical and can harm a Christian's fellowship with God and open the Christian to demonic oppression. Most Christians know this and avoid these activities. But, the question still remains. Since there are ancient pagan connections and present occult connections, what should the Christians do?...
"The Christian is not to be involved with or support the occult, witchcraft, demonism, or any other thing that uplifts the occult. To do so is to contradict God’s word, dabble in the demonic, and invite judgment from God. If a Halloween celebration is centered on demons, devils, spirits, etc., I would say don't have anything to do with it...
"On the other hand, it isn't wrong to dress up in a costume and go door-to-door saying 'Trick or Treat.' Provided that the costume isn't demonic, I can't see anything wrong with this. It's just fun for the kids."... Written by Matt Slick for http:// www.carm.org/halloween.
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 children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. There are plans for more during the week of Bible Discussions in homes. Prayer Meeting is held on Wednesday at 7:00 PM followed by a Bible Study. We love visitors!
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
(Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV)
Self-image teachers would like us to believe that we must have good self-images or else the devil will have a strong foothold in our lives. They believe that a poor self-image will keep us from recognizing our worth to Our Awesome God and therefore we won’t accept His gift of salvation. Satan just loves it when fads like this get started.
When we evaluate ourselves according to sound judgment, what do we find? As believers we will find that Our Awesome God has reached down to us totally by His grace to save unworthy sinners, making us children of God! We have been made worthy by God, not because we deserved it, but because of God’s love (Romans 5:8, John 3:16). Our value is not based upon a comparison of ourselves with others (as a matter of fact, that is forbidden in 2 Corinthians 10:12) but upon the position that we have in Christ as "...heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ..." (Romans 8:17 KJV)
As Christians, are we supposed to think badly about ourselves? Not at all! The Scriptural position is that we are to focus on Our Awesome God and others, not ourselves (Matt. 22:36-40). Any preoccupation with self (either in thinking too highly or too lowly) is an unbiblical response to God’s Word. Scripture starts from the position that we already love ourselves and commands us to love others equally. As a matter of fact, we are to put the interests of others before our own.
Our Awesome God knows that our preoccupation with self is a barrier to our believing and accepting that He would do all He has done to make us His children. We need to stop worrying about our self image and start remembering that Jesus Christ said to "love your neighbor as yourself". Focus on God and other people, not on yourself. Come join us at Living Word Baptist Church or find a Bible preaching, believing and teaching church close to you. But don't believe fads that people come up with. Instead, test it against a good Bible that was translated from the originally written languages. Read and know the Bible!!Join us at Living Word Baptist Church at 10:30 AM every Sunday and 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 I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
(Matthew 16:18 KJV)
Peter was born about 1 AD in Bethsaida in Galilee, Israel. His family was all fishermen, including himself, his father and his brother, the apostle, Andrew. Peter and Andrew as well as their partners, the apostles James and John, were fishermen on the Sea of Galilee with Zebedee, the father of James and John. Peter and Andrew had been disciples of John, the Baptist. But that changed when they met and listened to Jesus Christ and He invited them to become "fishers of men".
After Peter recognized Jesus as the Messiah, Jesus included Him in His inner circle with James and John. He took them with Him at the time when Jairus' daughter was brought back from the dead (Mark 5:35-43), on the mountain top during the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9), and through the agony of Jesus at Gethsemane (Mark 14:33-42).
As predicted, Peter did deny Jesus three times before the cock crowed but after seeing Jesus again and talking to Him at the Sea of Galilee, he became a "sold out" fisherman for spreading the gospel to all men. Peter stood up at the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem and preached to them all and a great many were saved (Acts 2). It was under Peter's leadership that they chose a replacement for Judas and organized the church in Jerusalem.
During his early ministry, Peter preached only to the Jews but Our Awesome God gave Peter a vision and told him not to call anything cleansed by God unclean. Not long after, Peter preached to the Roman centurion and baptized his household. Soon the gentiles were being told of Jesus by Paul and others.
It was said that, when persecution of Christians started in Jerusalem, Peter went to Rome where he preached the gospel fearlessly to the church there. When they arrested him and were going to crucify him, he asked to be crucified upside down, not as his Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. Are we such "sold out" Christians?
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 caring from our church of Christians. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all visitors and love them!
"And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."
(Luke 22:31-32 KJV)
Testing of a person by Our Awesome God is usually done through their faith. We feel the testing of our faith as more acute when it involves us feeling alone with the problem. The feeling of being deserted by everyone will make you feel as a soldier would if all his weapons were removed and he was asked to wipe out a tank. Alone!
Paul wrote, "I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7) but they cut off his head not long after. His faith was still there. There were three things he rejoiced in having done: 1) "having fought the good fight", 2) "having finished the race" and he had, 3) "kept the faith". Paul's faith had been tested multiple times, making his faith stronger, and he passed as he joined Jesus in heaven. May our faith be as strong when our testing occurs. May we remember that we are never alone even when we are wrong we can always ask Our Awesome God to come be with us, and He will, testing us and strengthening us to teach us to lean on our Lord as we spread God's message to all.
Like Paul, we need to keep trying so we can finish "the race" and keep "the faith" so that we can wear that crown like Paul will wear. So that we can test and strengthen our faith and know that we can do it because, having the faith, we believe. Our Awesome God may be testing us so we will know how much faith we have. We need to remember that the most important thing we can do is have faith in Our Awesome God and keep that faith strong. So if testing will strengthen that faith then let us be glad He is testing us, for the time will come when we will need a strong faith like Paul.
Faith is "an unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence". Our Awesome God is a reality to me. He is in my heart and helps me daily, testing me as I go through , increasing my faith and knowledge of my Father God. You develop by testing and pushing yourself to your limit in anything to get better at it. God helps you to do the same.
Come join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others about His story of love and salvation. 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 program for children called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. We have a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study that meets at 7:00 PM on Wednesday.
"Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee."
(Song of Solomon 8:5 KJV)
We all have something that causes us to want to lean on or get help from someone more knowledgeable, such as Our Awesome God. It may be something we know nothing about or have failed to overcome in the past, and we need someone to help us. Now, being a human, we don't want to admit that we are fearful of failure with this problem we have, so we try to get information from someone else without them knowing or we read up on the subject. In short, we do almost everything possible to keep from admitting we need help. Have you ever done that? Pride is awful!
Someone was praying the other day and they ended their prayer with "Oh, Lord help support us on every leaning side!" Immediately my attention was caught, this person was admitting they needed some help to keep them out of trouble. Their "leaning sides" needed support and he was admitting it by appropriately asking Our Awesome God for that support. This was a good person to know! And that name will be remembered!
Do you have a "leaning side?" Can you admit it and ask Our Awesome God for help? If you don't know God it is time you did. Seek a Holy Bible with no additions, such as a King James or a New King James Version, and a church that preaches and 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. If we do know Him we should be spending more time on our knees asking God for help and then using the help that He provides, whether it is strength, providing a person more knowledgeable in the subject or giving you the knowledge in some other way, He will provide. God is our Father and He is waiting for us to stop struggling and just ask Him. He loves you! He is my beloved for it brings me peace and a warm feeling of 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 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!
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen... But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
(Hebrews 11:1, 6 KJV)
What exactly is Faith? Webster's Dictionary says faith is "an unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence." Though Webster's Dictionary says we don't need evidence to have faith, as Christians we do have evidence for our faith if we need it. 1) We have the Holy Bible: 66 books, 40 authors, written in 3 languages, over 1600 years, prophecy, and moral and spiritual truth. 2) We Christians have the resurrection of Jesus Christ; confidence in His words, and evidence of God's truth in our lives. 3) We have archeological finds that prove what the Holy Bible has stated so we believe and have faith in the Holy Bible.
The nearest definition of faith we have in the Holy Bible is found right here in Hebrews 11:1 which is above. In the NIV Bible, Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." The single most important thing in a person's life is their faith in Our Awesome God. An important point, though, is that faith is only as good as the object in which it is placed, so place your faith in Jesus Christ who has proved Himself. All the faith in the world in something false won't help you. It will only increase your doubt the next time you are asked to have faith in something.
Faith is "an unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence". But don't think you can make something happen just because you believe it. Our Awesome God is a reality to me. He is in my heart and helps me daily. I see His miracles physically happen around me. Faith and belief in Jesus Christ encourages us to do right to all around us, loving and helping each other. We have faith in our Our Awesome God because of His character. We just need to remember our God never lets us down, He never changes, He loves us and He knows how much we have. How great is your faith in God?
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Awesome God and His love, mercy and grace for all of mankind. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we love others while preaching and teaching from our Holy Bible about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Our church has a Bible Study at 9:30 AM on Sunday and Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday at 7:00 PM, we have Prayer Requests with prayers and Bible Study. We love visitors!
"And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there."
(Genesis 11:31 KJV)
Abraham, Our Awesome God's chosen man, once lived in Ur of Mesopotamia with his family. What do we know about ancient Ur? What we know is that ancient Ur is being explored in a Tel in Iraq. Once a coastal city near the mouth of the Euphrates River on the Persian Gulf, the city of Ur is now well inland, south of the Euphrates River on its right bank. Because the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers flooded many times with wind and heavy erosion, the Persian Gulf coast moved away from the city away and eventually to its present location.
The famous Ziggurat of Ur is located here. The city-state of Ur was a growing city in the fourth millennium BC and in the third millennium BC (3800 BC), the city was described as a city-state with a king. Cuneiform tablets are plentiful and described the business of the city-state and the business of the kings. This city-state had the best of everything that archeology has so far has found of this time period in technology. In fact, Ur was the most centralized bureaucratic state so far found in the ancient world of this time. The other fact that testifies to Ur's importance is the amazing amount of wealth that was buried in kings' tombs here and from where these jewels and things had to come. Places like Asia Minor, Iran and India. They were very rich, even during the Early Bronze Age. They belonged at this time to the empire of Sumer. Around 2047 to 2030 BC a king named Ur-Nammu came to rule and the people developed an irrigation system, a ziggurat was built, two-story houses with 12 and 13 rooms were built with plastered walls and the king wrote a code of laws 300 years before Hammurabi did. This was the city of Ur where Abraham was probably born and grew up. Our Awesome God chose well when He chose Abraham but He always chooses well for He knows what is best. Abraham was wealthy and he chose to follow God and wander the desert. He knew God!
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 which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) there is a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. When you come, ask about the choir and Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill