"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."
(Psalms 100:1, 4 KJV)
"Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him."
(Psalms 68:4 KJV)
The best way to proceed is to start a day with praise and worship for Our Awesome God. It always starts the day on a positive note and usually finds that at the end of a day, the day has been productive. Sometimes, we get all tense knowing some of the obstacles in our paths for a certain day. We do better if we start all days with a small worship service of our own. Read His Holy Bible, pick a praise Psalm and read it, tell our Father the problems you are concerned about, sing praises to Jesus Christ and lay your problems at Jesus' feet.
This sharing of your concerns with Someone who can do something about the problem will relieve that tension you have and you'll feel better. That Our Awesome God loves us and does all things for our good is in Scripture and makes us all feel better. We need to remind ourselves of His love, faithfulness and righteousness. He keeps His promises and is always there with a strong arm to help us. So we should have a daily worship for Our Awesome God as we begin each day. Plan for it!! Make it happen.
You can vary the worship service as you want and need, using Our Awesome God's promises, praise songs, His attributes, Jesus Christ's love for us and naming the things God has done. We, humans, forget what God has promised and done for us and we can become discouraged when we do. So have a short worship of God of your own each morning and remind yourself daily of the things He has done and will do.
Having a regular time of prayer and worship each day helps us to remember that Our Awesome God is a marvelous God who loves us and has done so much for us already with marvelous things to come for the Christian. It will make your day more peaceful and less tense to live after you start it by worshipping 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 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors
"Therefore now, Lord, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said."
(1 Chronicles 17:23 KJV)
The above Scripture was prayed by David and was one of those encouraging times when he could say to God, "You promised." It is beautiful and inspiring when we can put our fingers on a promise that Our Awesome God has made concerning a prayer request we have made. Most times, we wonder what God really wants and is our prayer within His purpose or another way of saying it is, "Am I praying in the right way for this prayer to be blessed by God?"
There are few things that feel as good as putting your finger on a Scripture Verse and saying, "You promised, Father." And yet, we have to remember that the promise may have been made under different circumstances, often for a different reason and in a different time period. We need to be careful what we think Our Awesome God has promised to do and for whom. Check what you know about the promise and ask Him if it applies when you pray. He loves you, He'll listen to you. He always does and He knows your voice! And He answers all prayers.
Be sure our Father God knows how you feel about the prayer request. So if you feel as some do, that every promise of Scripture is a letter from God which we may plead before Him with this reasonable request: "Do as you promised, Lord," you can be sure Our Awesome God knows. I know that God will do the right thing though I may tell Him what I would like Him to do.
Our church has an Intercessory Prayer Team that is always in need of members. We would love to find new members to enlarge our Team. Come join us in our church as we become more active in changing lives and presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. We always need Christian teachers and new ideas in presenting Our Awesome God to others. We are a church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ died for you and took your sins upon Himself and arose the third day and is now sitting by God, interceding for you when you sin.
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. Our programs include a Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors!
"In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts."
(Haggai 2:23 KJV)
Zerubbabel was Our Awesome God's choice for the man to be in charge of getting Jerusalem rebuilt during the last of Israel's captivity in Babylon. As a descendent of King David, (1 Chronicles 3:10-19) he might have been king except for a curse placed on his grandfather, king Jeconiah, by God (Jeremiah 36:29-30). According to their custom, the Persian kings made him governor of Judea (Haggai 1:1) for the purpose of rebuilding the temple.
Zerubbabel understood that his assignment was Our Awesome God's work, ordered and supported by the king of Persia, and that he had responsibilities to both. When local leaders seeking to hinder the progress asked to join in the work, Zerubbabel said, "No!" (Ezra 4:1-4). He knew that God had ordained the sons of David to build the temple (1 Chronicles 11-12). When the king of Persia banned work on the temple, he stopped the work until the ban was lifted six years later. Under a patient and persistent Zerubbabel, the slow and painstaking work on the temple continued through local opposition and royal decree. In all, it took 23 years to finish rebuilding just the temple.
Zerubbabel was one of Our Awesome God's silent heroes. He didn't win a war. He didn't write a book. He just finished the job as best he could and in compliance with the applicable laws. How do you approach God's work? Do you do your best work and wait patiently for God to give the results? Are you satisfied with having completed a job for God, even when there is no recognition by people? Zerubbable did what God wanted without public recognition.
Come join us in our church as we seek the will of God and work to expand His kingdom. There is always a need for Christian teachers and new ideas in presenting Our Awesome God to others so that all may hear the Word of the Lord correctly.
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 for an hour and there is more during the week. We love visitors!
"O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph."
(Psalms 47:1 KJV)
"Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed."
(1 Samuel 2:3 KJV)
How do we praise Our Awesome God? The Lord mainly wants our heart right and our praise to be heard. He wants us to be joyful, thankful, appreciative and loving. Do you express this as you sing? Do you lift your hands and voice in awe to our God? Do you praise God with your mouth?
When the Bible tells us to “PRAISE” Our Awesome God, it’s calling us to give vent to our adoring heart. Worship can be silent, but praise never is. Whether the song is slow or fast, or even if it’s not a song at all but perhaps a shout or applause, it’s irrelevant, but we are called to verbalize the adoration of our hearts. We are to tell Him that we appreciate Him and love Him.
The Bible emphasizes "praise" almost as much as prayer and if you pray and praise God, and you mean it, you are pleasing the Lord. Your praise is important to Our Awesome God. It tells Him where your heart is. It tells Him that you love and appreciate Him and that you know you do. It tells Him that you are okay. He never sleeps and He is always there to help you.
Our whole life should be a praise to our God, all of our being is to "praise God" including the spirit, soul and body. Real worship begins in our spirit and our praising of Our Awesome God will cause us to spiritually come into His presence. Remember that worship can be silent but "praising" never is. Remember also, there is power when you pray and praise Him at the same time.
Our Awesome God has done so much for us, such as creating this whole universe and all that is in it, making everything work together to keep everything reproducing what is needed to live and giving us a Savior in Jesus Christ so we could go to the heaven He made. We can surely find plenty to praise Him for.
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 for 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 people and love them!
"Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods."
(Psalms 95:2, 3 KJV)
The Origin of Thanksgiving Day
In August 1620, the Mayflower, a 180-ton ship, set sail from Southampton, England. After difficulties with the vessel, resulting in her return to port, finally the voyage began. Her 102 passengers were to become some of the founding pilgrims of the United States of America. After weeks of plowing through the tumultuous Atlantic waters, battling strong winds, pounding waves and a number of problems with their vessel, the pilgrims spotted Cape Cod, off the coast of Massachusetts. Their intended location was off the Virginia coast, where other pilgrims had begun colonies.
Before anchoring at Plymouth Rock and disembarking to explore the territory, the pilgrims devised the "Mayflower Compact." This was to serve as the basis for governing their new colony, where all would have the freedom to worship God as they chose. The compact stated, "We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign lord King James... Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, covenant, and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic... and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony... Cape Cod, the 11th of November... " (Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth).
The next few months would prove to be difficult and trying. More than half of the original pilgrims did not survive the first, long, bleak New England winter. Often, two or three people would die in one day due to infection and sickness.
But, with the approaching of spring came new hope. The survivors built homes and planted crops. They made friendships with local Indian tribes, and traded with them. The passing of winter allowed the pilgrims to labor and produce, causing the colony to flourish.
After reaping their first harvest in the fall of 1621, the pilgrims dedicated a day for thanking God for the bounty with which He had blessed them. They had endured the many hardships that came with pioneering a new land.
This was start of a new area to spread God's Word. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church to hear God's Word.
"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. Lucifer means "Bearer of Light" and it was the name of Satan before he rebelled against God.
Luke 10:18 says, "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. (Luke 10:17-18 KJV). 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 and can cause us problems. 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 and 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 enabled 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 when Satan successfully tempted Eve to sin. 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 but Jesus Christ has already won. 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 with Satan, his demons/fallen angels and God with His angels. 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 by accepting Jesus Christ.
"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)
Haran was a city of western Asia that had many names. It was called Haran when Abram(Abraham) lived there. It was known as "the city of Nahor" (Genesis 24:10) when Abraham sent his servant to find Isaac a wife. The Greeks and Romans knew it as Carrae. Jacob stayed here when he worked for Laban.
Haran stood near the Belik River, about 70 miles from where the Belik flows into the Euphrates River in Upper Mesopotamia. This makes it about 600 miles northwest of Ur. The route of Abram's journey from Ur to Canaan is shown on the above map. The three major caravan routes, south, east and west, met at Haran, making it a place where nations brought in their goods, cultures and religions.
It is not clear when Haran became the center for the worship of the moon god, Sin, but it was there in ancient times. Shalmaneser II built a temple for the moon god. Though the temple was destroyed several times over the years, it was lavishly rebuilt each time. So the worship of Sin continued until, at least, the 13th century when the Mongols destroyed the last known temple.
Our Awesome God allows such things to occur to show and teach us that false religions will always fail. We need to avoid being attracted to what seems to be the right thing just because everyone is doing it. Cults are prevalent today in our society but God removed Abraham from such people and, if we let Him, He will remove us too. Don't get involved in a group that does not worship Our Awesome God in the way His Holy Bible says He wants to be worshipped. Our God remains the same in His plans, His love and the Way of Salvation since the beginning of His time. He loves you! Read His Bible and pray to Him.
Join us for worship at Living Word Baptist Church at 10:30 AM every Sunday. Bible Study is at 6:00 PM on Sunday evening with a children's AWANA until 7:00 PM. We have an Intercessory Prayer Team and midweek Bible Study at 7:00 PM on Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill