"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!
"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;"
(Matthew 26:26-27 KJV)
We know that Our Awesome God does all things for a good purpose, so why did Jesus, on the same night Judas betrayed Him, start the ordinance of communion? He was showing us His coming death on the cross, with the necessary blood, and it shows His love for us. Communion is a great way to picture and remember the awful humbling death with shed blood that Jesus endured for us. It teaches about how great His love for us is and, with the right words, it helps us to renew our commitment to Jesus Christ each time we have communion. No greater gift has ever been given to man since creation.
This is a wonderful teaching tool for all children of Our Awesome God and other children, but communion also focuses our attention on Jesus Christ, which is very important. Focusing our lives on Jesus is the way to keep our lives producing good results for Him. The world tries to keep Him out of most history books but Christians know that He is the central figure in life itself. Be sure you put Him as the main figure in your life!
When observing communion, we take time to examine ourselves: "But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup." (1 Corinthians 11:28 KJV) In observing communion, we are proclaiming His death until He comes. It is, then, a statement of faith: "Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord." (1 Corinthians 11:27 KJV) It is important that we take time to check ourselves for unconfessed sins and ask Our Awesome God to bring them to our attention so we can ask forgiveness for them.
Come join us at 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. We have communion once a quarter as a definite time was not set in the Bible to do it.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church this coming Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study. We have Worship Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM and Sunday evening Bible Study at 6:00 PM along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. Our programs are varied 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!
"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 growth to lead us to more Christ-like living.
Over the last two years, 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 the way to increase our growth so here are ways to grow. 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, and 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 to take the right course of 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, for otherwise we stagnate. It is hard to know what Our Awesome God wants us to do to further His Kingdom so we must keep in close contact with Him and His Holy Word, spreading His Word and watch how others are being successful. But always preaching and teaching from His Holy Bible.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard. 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 extending to 7:30 PM. There are plans for more during the week of Bible Discussions in homes. Prayer meeting is on Wednesday. We love visitors!
"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."
(Philippians 3:20-21 KJV)
Our earthly bodies are all corrupted by sin (Romans 7:24-25) but we will get new spiritual bodies from Our Awesome God that are incorruptible and will have no pain and no growing old. These bodies will be bodies that last through all eternity. Our entrance to heaven requires a new body (1 Corinthians 15:50). Our hearts will be new too, and purified so that sin is not sitting ready to pounce on us (Psalms 17:4). If our heart desires heaven, then we will want to place our citizenship there, so it follows that we also want to know more about heaven.
We will get a new mind from Our Awesome God to go with our new heart and body. "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV) So now things are known on earth in "part" but when we get to heaven we will have the mind of Christ (1 John 3:2). Most important is that we won't be sinning or tempted to sin as we are here on earth.
Our Awesome God has planned it all out from beginning to end (Acts 17:26). Our Christian encounters here are not by chance but are encounters with friends that God knew would help us and would enrich our lives. We will see many of them in heaven and meet many others including the great Biblical characters that are in the Holy Bible. That also is why we should want to know more about heaven.
Our Awesome God will work while we are on earth to improve us for the time when we will become perfect in body, heart and mind for His new heaven and earth. The feeling of being without sin must be marvelous. Remember, only Christians go to heaven because they are the ones that want to be with God in heaven. Look again at our website on 6/24/15 for #3 Is Heaven Our Home? This will be part 3 of Heaven with Our Awesome God.
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. There is more during the week. Bible Studies in homes and a Prayer meeting with a Bible Study on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea."
(Revelation 21:1 KJV)
When looking for information about heaven, Our Awesome God's Bible seems to be cryptic. We stumble over word pictures of crowns, streets of gold, thrones, etc. All these images seem to be stumbling blocks or deterrents to our understanding heaven. The images are actually meant to be incentives. The word pictures of palms, crowns, streets of gold, thrones, seas of glass are symbols as used in our Holy Bible.
Joni Eareckson Tada once said, "One purpose of a symbol is to represent in a simple way a more complex action or idea." We need to remember that Our Awesome God often uses symbols to help us become curious about something such as heaven.
If we use the images of heaven given to us in Scripture as symbols, then we will be getting a partial view of heaven, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; …" (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV). So heaven will be a blurred image of what it really is unless we use these symbols as incentives to look deeper into God’s Word.
It is also thought that, since Scripture is always comparing things in heaven to something we know here on earth, maybe heaven is indescribable. That possibly our language cannot come close to allowing we humans to understand what Paul saw in 2 Corinthians 12:2, the prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 1:26-28 or John in Revelation. But what a wonderful place they describe.
Our Awesome God has prepared for us a new adventure when we get to heaven. Join me on 6/23/15 for the next discussion on heaven called: #2 NEW Everything? Meanwhile, read the Book of Revelation and John's description of heaven. Pray to walk a little closer to Our Awesome God.
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. 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!
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
(John 15:13 KJV)
"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
(1 Corinthians 15:21 22 KJV)
Since ancient times man has honored those who have died while fighting their enemies. Memorial Day is a day the United States Government has set aside to honor our veterans who have lost their lives during conflict.
The exact date that a special day was set aside to honor soldiers who died while fighting in any of the States before the Civil War is difficult to determine. But on 5 May 1868 General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, ordered that flowers be placed on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery on all Union and Confederate soldiers' graves. And we do know that there were scattered ceremonies honoring the dead before the time of the Civil War. Nothing had been done on a National level to honor them annually but some states or cities in the Union and Confederate States had varying ceremonies to honor their dead soldiers.
After the Civil War, this collection of ceremonies became known as Decoration Day and honored soldiers of both the Union and the Confederate Armies. The 20th century ceremonies included honor for all military personnel in our country with speeches, flags, parades, visiting of graveyards, visiting of memorials, remembering past glories in military service and possibly potluck dinners after speeches. So Memorial Day now occurs at the beginning of summer although many of the activities that were associated with Decoration Day have been discontinued.
A typical program for the Arlington National Cemetery might include: 1) Being on the last Monday in May, 2) the gravestones in Arlington Cemetery have been decorated with United States flags for the weekend, 3) speeches made by famous people about those killed in battle and a 21 gun salute. Today, Memorial Day is a national holiday for remembering the men and women that died while serving in the United States and allowing us religious freedom.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for Worship Service, then again at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, prayer and Bible Study. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
"Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
(1 Chronicles 16:29 KJV)
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
(John 4:23-24 KJV)
Have you ever wondered, "Am I pleasing God when I worship the way I do? What could I do to make Him really happy?" Ways to worship Our Awesome God might include giving, praising and even singing but we want to know what God really wants from us when we worship in all the ways mentioned above.
The Bible doesn't say much about specific ways to worship God except the detailed instructions of the Mosaic Laws. The Bible does tell us that God wants your heart to be in the worship and that He sees the heart. What does seem to be of importance to Our Awesome God is the motivation of your heart as in "...in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24 & Mark 12:43-44).
After reading the Scriptures above, it seems that God is interested in two things: 1) God wants you to give Him glory and, 2) He wants the worship to be in the right Spirit and with the truth in your heart which equals your motivation for the worship. But a third interest of God is 3) that everyone gets a chance to know about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Don't just go through the motions of worship, do it with all your heart.
We must be involved in worshipping, giving, praising and even singing with the right motivation and giving God the glory for what He has done. So check your motivation for doing anything for the Our Awesome God because He will know whether it is acceptable or not. If your motivation is not right, change your motivation quickly. Spend time just telling God about the wonderful things has done for you.
When your motivation is right, you will begin to feel an excitement as worship time or praise time approaches. Do you realize that one of the primary resources to uplift your spirit is giving praise and bringing glory to God? Fulfilling your purpose of worshipping the Lord satisfies an inner need (or purpose) you have. Check your worship and see if it is pleasing to both you and God!
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!
Flo & Bill