"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 9:30 AM and 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. (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.
(1 Samuel 30:24 KJV)
In the Scripture verse above, David is talking to his army which was complaining because they were expected to share the prizes they had taken with the warriors who hadn't fought in the battle but had stayed with the supplies. David told them they would all share the prizes equally. And so it is today that when a war is won all get the praise and honor, and the veterans benefits, not just those holding the weapons.
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday observed annually on November 11 that honors military veterans, in other words, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I because major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 and signed into law by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Information found in "History of Veterans Day" U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.) So as Veterans Day is observed this year, think of the devastation of life suffered by our Armed Forces and also the enemies as we have defended ourselves and others.
Our ability to kill and get killed becomes more massive with each war, showing us what our sins have done to us as human beings. It seems to me that we Christians should be praying for Jesus Christ's Second Coming. It is past time to get close to God and straighten our lives out so that sins are rare and we are ready for seeing our Lord Jesus Christ!
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start 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 with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
" He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord."
(Psalms 113:9 KJV)
By definition, BARREN means unfruitful, unproductive or childless and is commonly used to describe a physical problem among women. A barren woman was considered abnormal in scripture and often interpreted as being punished by Our Awesome God. But the word, barren, is often used in other ways: barren ground - "...the water is naught, and the ground barren" (2 Kings 2:19 KJV); spiritual condition - "For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye should neither be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:8).
God has a purpose in barrenness; (Ironically, He can use it to make you more fruitful or to make you be more creative). Being unproductive or barren often invokes strong feelings and Our Awesome God uses our feelings to improve what we are doing or sometimes to get us to change what and how we are doing things. For instance, Hannah promised in tears to dedicate her son to God if He would remove her barrenness (1 Samuel, Chapter 1). There are times when God will purposefully allow us to go through barren places, as He did Hezekiah. "...God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart;" (2 Chronicles 32:31 KJV).
Many times when you may feel you have crossed into a place of spiritual barrenness, you may battle many feelings - discouragement, despair, anger, you feel unproductive, unfruitful, nothing is happening. God may be using the experience to accomplish something in you, to make you fruitful, more productive, to mature or think more creatively. These experiences are often used to have people develop a hunger to seek Our Awesome God so He can give them what they need and want to feel complete. It is for you to mature in your walk with God and usually means you need to get on your knees and talk to God. Pray, for God has a purpose in what He does and you are on earth now because your purpose here is to be fruitful. God is working in you!
Our Awesome God cares about the barren and wants them to bear fruit. God's kingdom is not a dead, dry, barren place, it is a place of growth and fruitfulness. "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit..." (John 15:5 KJV). God wants us to bear fruit and sometimes we don't even know we are fruitful.
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 (September through May) 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!
"And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz: and the name of the captain of his host was Abner, the son of Ner,"
(1 Samuel 14:50 KJV)
In the Bible the meaning of the name Abner is: Father is light, or father of light. The Old Testament Abner was Saul's cousin and army commander, ambitious and a clever strategist. He was the person who asked about David after his battle with the giant, Goliath, and who later introduced David to King Saul (1 Samuel 17:55-58). Abner was with the guard protecting Saul when David entered the camp of the king while everyone was asleep (1 Samuel 26:5-7).
After the death of Saul and his three sons in a battle with the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:1-6), Abner established Saul's son Ish-bosheth as the hereditary King. Of the 12 tribes of Israel, only the tribe of Judah followed Our Awesome God with David as King.
Soon a battle erupted between Ish-bosheth's army under Abner and David's forces under Joab. Abner fled and was pursued by Joab's brother, Asahel. Abner told Asahel twice to stop following him but the eager young soldier persisted and Abner turned and killed him. Joab was determined to avenge his brother. Several years later, Abner realized Saul's family was doomed to defeat and that David would be the next king, so he decided to change sides. He hoped that in exchange for his delivering Saul's kingdom, David would make him commander of his army. He was murdered by Joab.
Abner lived by his wits and his own will. God was someone with whom he would cooperate if it suited his plans, but otherwise, Abner did what seemed best for him at the time. We can identify with Abner's tendency to give God conditional cooperation since often our own obedience is greatest when the instructions in God's Word fit into our desires. But our allegiance to Our Awesome God is tested when His plans run contrary to our own plans. It is doubtful that Abner went to heaven.
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. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied."
(1 Samuel 17:45 KJV)
King Saul of Israel, of Our Awesome God's chosen people, had been fighting tooth and nail for every inch of the Promised Land since becoming king. Even though the land was "Promised," it did not come easy when you don't ask for God's help. (Most promised lands are that way - we have to work and struggle for them.)
Lately, the Philistines had been gaining the upper hand against Our Awesome God's people. King Saul was getting older and very weary. The Philistines unveiled their "secret weapon" - a nine foot nine giant named Goliath. This powerful, fearsome man was out daily taunting the Israelites, issuing a challenge that had King Saul's army cringing behind their shields. There wasn't a soldier in the camp who wanted to take on Goliath. Fear and despair took hold in the camp and ate away the courage of every last man. Each day Goliath looked bigger and the soldiers of Saul felt smaller and they were not asking God for help.
We all have an intimidating giant that bothers us whether we belong to Our Awesome God or not. It may relate to our job, a relationship, a parent, or our school. Giants keep changing according to our circumstances. Maybe your giant is a spirit of worry and fear that shouts across your valley every day – day after day. Perhaps you don’t even know what lies across the valley. Maybe you can’t get a handle on what that giant is, but it’s haunting you.
What giants try to stand in your way today if you are a child of Our Awesome God? Name them. Write them down. Think about how the giants of circumstance and opposition have combined to keep you enslaved to fear and sometimes have driven you almost to the brink of despair. How much longer will you hide in the rocks of fear? When are you going to step into the valley and face the giant eyeball to eyeball?
Once you have taken that first step into the valley and toward the giant, your faith increases and the next step is easier. Our Awesome God, in His infinite wisdom, knows you need to take that first step before He increases your faith in Him and gives you victory over the giants in your life. Our Awesome God is there to fight with you and for you because that fight is His also. God will bless you with victory!
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 with AWANA for children. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill