"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
(Acts 17:11 KJV)
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:"
(1 Peter 2:21 KJV)
In the Christian walk through life and toward heaven, we must first have accepted Christ as our Savior, repenting of our sins and agreed to obey Him. Once we have become a Christian it is time to start growing in our knowledge and belief in Our Awesome God and His Son, Jesus Christ. All of us want to grow up and most of us know that if we don't grow we will eventually stagnate. So it is essential to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ. However, just growing for the sake of growing is not the intention of God. God expects our maturing to lead us to be more Christ-like in our living and behavior.
Over the last year, the articles written on this web page have been intended to help us to grow toward maturity in Christ and that idea will continue in 2016. We need to know how to increase our growth so here are some ways to mature. 1) We Must Study God's Word -- so that we can recognize His Word when we hear it
Read James 1:18-28. 2) We Must Pray -- so that we are talking to Him, listening for His answers and getting to understand Him better. Read Matthew 26:31-75. 3) We Must Fellowship with Other Christians so that we understand what they have learned, adding it to our own knowledge. Read I Corinthians 12:12-27. 4) We Must Witness for Christ -- so that we realize what we believe and why. Read Acts 26:12-29. 5) We Must Obey God -- so that we realize that obedience to Our Awesome God brings God's awesome power and knowledge for us to take the right action to correct a problem. Read Romans 6:14-23. Our growth to maturity will never be complete until we reach heaven, but we need a church that is teaching and moving toward maturity for us to grow.
Come join us as we work in Our Awesome God's fields, 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 and AWANA for the children until 7:30 PM. We have a choir, Intercessory Prayer Team and Wednesday night Bible Study. We love visitors! Watch our web site next year.
"And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season."
(Revelation 20:3 KJV)
Many Christians get fanatical about the millennium and sometimes even the tribulation. We really must not get fanatical or upset over the reign of Jesus Christ for a thousand years. The Bible says it will happen some way and we obviously see that this event could happen several ways. So we go around when it will happen and how it will occur and agree that it will occur. Jesus will reign for a thousand years while Satan is bound in the lake of fire. This thousand year reign of Christ should be a time of seeing the world and people at their best.
We need to look at Revelations 20:6 which says, "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:6 KJV)
Yes, Our Awesome God has a purpose for us to fulfill. Can you be a priest and a ruler? We have seen some very poor ones but none that leaned heavily on God all the time. Surely we can do better and Jesus will help us.
All our imaginings about what could happen are not as important as knowing that Our Awesome God knows best and His plans will be carried out. His plan for us is much bigger and even broader than eternal life for believers. Let us draw comfort, love, hope and encouragement from knowing our loving, creating God is in control and His will, shall be done, Amen!
Meanwhile, stay focused on Our Awesome God and His kingdom and His will. He wants us to know His plan, know His Bible, and to go into all His world and tell them about His plan. It needs to start with you becoming a Christian if you aren't. Then realize all the laws of God you have broken and that Jesus Christ, God's Son, came to earth as a man to save you from having to pay in eternity for breaking those laws. (A Christian is just a saved sinner who believes and repents of breaking God's Laws.) Become a Christian by repenting of those sins and obeying God.
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 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.
"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
(Hebrews 9:28 KJV)
Many terms, which we need to know and understand, are used for this marvelous event. They include "He rode a white horse" (Revelations 19:11), "that His coming" (1 Corinthians 15:23-24), "the last day" (John 6:39), "they shall see the Son of Man coming" (Matthew 24:29-30), etc. are a few. They are all referring to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ when He comes dressed as a warrior riding a white horse in the battle of Armageddon.
The importance of that day is beyond words. The Second Coming will be a day that vindicates Our Awesome God. It will be a day, when it will be known by all that He will eventually make all things right and undo the evil that has been done through the centuries.
The exact manner and time of Jesus Christ's return is not known. What is important is that we believe Him when He says He is our Savor, that He will return and that we stay eagerly awaiting His return to earth at all times. It is very clearly taught in the New Testament that Jesus will return (Matthew 24:29).
We need to realize that Jesus Christ's Second Coming means victory over death, sin and Satan. So the mere thought of Jesus' return should bring happiness and joy to the believer. All of humanities' enemies will have been defeated by Our Lord Jesus Christ as He raises His sword from the back of His white horse and leads His saints (us) to the battle of Armageddon.
Our belief in Christ's return has very practical effects for those who put action to their beliefs and teaching. It gives us a wonderful reason to live, a strong motivation for our evangelism, and a reason to live a pure life, avoiding sin, as we keep our eyes on the sky. Keep telling others about Our Awesome God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Improve your knowledge and trust in God by attending a church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ, who died for you and took your sins upon Himself and arose the third day, 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.
We (as a church) want all people in church, worshipping Our Awesome God with faith and obedience every Sunday. 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 who go until 7:30 PM. There is more during the week.
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
(Hebrews 9:27-28 KJV)
The Bible is full of verses that remind us we must die until Jesus Christ's Second Coming. The Bible identifies four different kinds of death: 1) physical death, 2) spiritual death, 3) second death and 4) death to sin. The first two deaths are the ones we will distinguish between.
Physical death means the irreversible loss of bodily functions and heart beat. To the Christian, it is the loss of the physical body not the end of life. The Old Testament treats death as the natural end of life; the end of trials, war and the beginning of a new and greater life with Our Awesome God. After Jesus Christ came and the New Testament was written, the writers viewed death as more than simply ending physical life, it is the opening of eternal life with God. Most religions teach that man dies because he has sinned.
Spiritual death refers to the state of alienation and separation from God because of man's sin. Sin causes an alienation from the life of God's Spirit as well from the love, righteousness and holiness of the Spirit. The Bible refers to the deep meaning of life being your fellowship with Our Awesome God. The deepest emotional pain would then be death and separation from God.
People who reject God often show active antagonism toward God and His creation which shows their spiritual death. These people will seek to do things they know God has forbidden. So those who refuse His grace in His Savior, Jesus Christ, are cast into darkness for eternity (Matthew 22:13). There is no hope for those who do not accept Jesus Christ. It is time to get to know Our Awesome God!
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. Our programs include AWANA for children on Sundays at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM and an Intercessory Prayer Team 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. Watch the website for #3 Second Coming!
"From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
(Matthew 4:17 KJV)
"When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power."
(Acts 1:6, 7 KJV)
The Christian world has been looking for the "Second Coming," the Second Advent or Christ's Second Appearing since Jesus Christ began to preach about it. The expectations of the second coming of Christ have been seen in His followers since He died on the cross and rose again, close to 2,000 years ago.
The Bible clearly states that Jesus will come again and, at that time, our world as we know it will end. Over the nearly 2,000 years since Jesus told us, we have developed many ideas and opinions about the upcoming end times because the Bible does not give us details as to what will happen. But it does say it could happen any time after certain things occur and each generation can see those things are occurring in their time so expectations remain high. We need to believe and trust in Our Awesome God and be prepared for end times.
God's redemption of sinful man is an ongoing process that will conclude when the Kingdom of God has reached its fulfillment. In the Old Testament, God led the Israelites to an understanding of truth and righteousness. Our Awesome God has led us to the final phase of the redemption process which began with the first coming of Jesus Christ and will be closed after all the events of the Second Coming have occurred. There will be judgment, the new spiritual bodies, the wicked will be put in hell and evil will be completely destroyed.
Yes, Jesus Christ will return to finish His work for Our Awesome God so His Kingdom will be complete. Are you one of God's children? He is waiting so long before He "comes again" so that all who can be saved will be saved. So if you are a Christian, you should tell all that you meet about Jesus Christ and if you aren't a Christian, you need to find our church or join any 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. God wants all to enjoy heaven with Him.
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Our Awesome God and His Son, Jesus Christ this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM for Bible Study along with AWANA, a children's program, 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 love visitors!
"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
(Romans 8:31- 32 KJV)
Anyone, and especially God, who would love us enough to send His Son to earth to eventually die on a cross for the removal of our sins, has to be for us. But this is Our Awesome God we are talking about. His total rule and dominion includes everywhere that we know exists. He is BIG! Everywhere! His justice, His mercy, His grace, His love is complete and far reaching. This God can do anything and He is for us!
Then we look at Psalm 118:4 which says, "Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth forever. I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (Psalms 118:4-6 KJV). We should not fear Our Awesome God as we fear man because He loves us and is for us. We should fear disappointing or disobeying Him.
Man should have a reverent fear of God because He is in control and will see that justice is done for all. We need to continue doing what God wants and following Him, leaving others for Him to discipline. Heaven is our home if we stay on God's path for us.
We need to remember, if we are going to do God's will and the work He has given us, that, "a servant is not above his master.."(John 13:16). This Awesome God we are following is the MASTER, He created justice, love, mercy and grace. He created everything good and nothing is too big or too small for Him including you, and you can trust Him with anything. Give reverent fear to Our Awesome God and let Him take care of all your problems.
Come with us as we work in Our Awesome God's fields, telling others about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and about our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles encouraging all its members to do the same. Join us for church in the Sanctuary this coming Sunday at 10:30 AM. We also have Bible Study on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. Our programs are varied, teaching AWANA for children and having Intercessory Prayer but we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible 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. We love visitors!
"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."
(Luke 2:7 KJV)
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
(Luke 2:11 KJV)
Our Awesome God sent His Son from Heaven, that magnificent glowing city with streets of gold, to a dirty manager, with smelly sheep and donkeys, to be a savior for you and me. He sent Jesus because He loves us. He knew we would sin again, but the Blood of Jesus was the only shield that could cover our sin from His sight.
Let's focus on the fact that the Jews had little hope under the oppression of mighty Rome and so, how could the birth of a poor insignificant child be important? At the time of Jesus' birth communication was poor, even if the people had recognized the eternal, lasting significance of His birth to us. But most did not realize what Jesus would do for us. So the angel's proclaiming His birth was all the attention He got. The people listened and spread the word among themselves, that He was our Savior.
People who meet Jesus Christ want to tell others about Him. The shepherds were told and they went to see this wonderful baby. They left, wanting to tell others about what they had seen and heard. If Our Awesome God had told the kings, the rich and the powerful, they would probably have killed Him. God knew what he was doing and how long it would take -- and He did it.
Our ways are not Our Awesome God's ways. We need to remember, God has a plan and a purpose for all He does and His ways will work. Christ came to live with us and grew up knowing and experiencing all our fears, worries, frustrations and temptations. So He can relate to us in all these areas.
We need to be more like the shepherds who really listened, saw and then went out, boldly telling all who would listen about our wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ. Our Awesome God had sent His only begotten Son to die for the sins we have committed. He gave hope to a hopeless small nation called to be His special people, the Jews. He gave hope to us as gentiles that we could be His adopted children and go to heaven. Praise His Holy Name!!
Come hear our Christmas Program and 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 AWANA a children's program. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill