"Before the Lord : for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth."
(Psalms 96:13 KJV)
Our Awesome God is holy and righteous, merciful and loving. He made us in His image and we will be held accountable for our words and actions. This means that God will judge each of us for what we do and say and there will be consequences for all our actions. Once we, through Adam, had eaten the "the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil," we knew what was good and what was evil and we became responsible for doing only good things because we were made in God's image. We need to see that our fall into sin was not just a moral lapse but a deliberate turning away from God and a rejection of Him by man (Genesis 3). We inherited this rejection of God from Adam even though we really know that God's way is the only way that makes right and makes sense.
If a man does the wrong things and sins, there must be consequences for those sins, so Our Awesome God or Jesus Christ, the perfect one, must judge him. After physical death, that judgment will always yield the sentence of hell for eternity. But those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and will follow Him have already been judged by Jesus and won't have to go through this judgment because He has already suffered the consequences for us.
Yes, the good news is that Jesus Christ has come to earth, died on the cross, taking our sins on Himself, arose the third day and is now sitting by Our Awesome God, interceding for you when you sin. The only way you can get to heaven is to believe that Jesus Christ, God's son, did this.
This means that it is very important that Christians tell other people about our Savior, Jesus Christ. Those that accept Jesus Christ as their Savior will be forgiven their sins and allowed to come into heaven for eternity and some will even get rewards called golden crowns for their help in furthering God's kingdom on earth. All others who reject Jesus will suffer in hell for eternity. So Our Awesome God has given us the choice of heaven or hell.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by joining 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. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, there is also a Bible Study hour along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. 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!
"In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel,(became governor of Judah during the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem) 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)
Our Awesome God has a purpose in all He does and He carefully chooses who He will use to further His purposes. The first one we know of called by God was Abram (Genesis 12:1-3) when at the age of 75 years with no children, he was told to go to a land God would show him and God would make a "great nation" of his children.
This man wandered through and around Caanan for 100 years while God prepared him and the situation for the children of his new name, Abraham. He increased his faith, his patience and learned to trust God completely. He was God's choice.
Reuben was Jacob's oldest son and he should have inherited the covenant, but instead, God chose Judah. Now, Reuben sinned (Genesis 49:3-4) but so did Judah. However, Our Awesome God was obviously looking at the hearts of these men. He might have wanted them to be teachable, to listen when He spoke, be obedient, to love Him and to be softhearted. Judah was God's choice (Genesis 49:8-10).
Daniel, once a prince of Judah, was taken captive to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar and there he served God in several ways. But why him? There were many captives from Judah that God could have used but this man interpreted dreams for God, ruled seven years for Nebuchadnezzar, prayed and worshipped Our Awesome God, etc. (Daniel 19:2). Daniel was God's choice. He saw his heart and knew he was the one who would best do the job He wanted done.
Zerubbabel is the only person in the Bible that God told, "I have chosen you." (Haggai 2:23) He had been made governor of Judah during the reconstruction of the temple and the walls of Jerusalem. To learn more about Zerubbabel, read the Book in the Bible: Haggai.
God is still looking for people who have the characteristics He is looking for; teachable, softhearted, listens, and is obedient to Our Awesome God. Are you one of His children? Do you have the characteristics He needs in a leader? Because He will supply the strength, wisdom and anything else you need to get the job done.
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 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 the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye... So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him."
(Deuteronomy 32:9 -10, 12 KJV)
Jacob had many difficulties, often of his own making, as recorded in Genesis chapters 27 to 37. But he was faithful to Our Awesome God, who had chosen him to become the father of His chosen people and protected him and helped him overcome all of his difficulties.
Our Awesome God is also our parent. In order to teach us a necessary truth, He will lead us to the problem and push us into solving it. We forget He is right there watching and, if we ask, He will help us. We may not realize that when we, with His help, have solved the problem, we will possess an inexplicable power and confidence that we can acquire only through doing it with His help.
God may take away your comfortable life and privileges so that you will be a stronger Christian. He may be pushing you to learn how to handle certain difficulties, to realize your strengths and weaknesses in a situation and to remember that, when Our Awesome God puts you in a difficult position, He will be there to rescue you if needed. But some things in life have to be experienced so that you will have a stronger faith in God and the knowledge of what is at least a good way out that honors God.
We often say that we are having difficulties or even that Satan is bothering us but it may just be Our Awesome God making us more mature Christians. He loves us and wants us able to handle most situations, as any father would. He has a purpose and a job for you to do in life as well as in heaven. Are you confident that God and you can handle any difficulty?
If you are not confident that Our Awesome God and you can handle all your difficulties then get ready for more testing. Most of the human race needs many problems to teach him or her to solve problems in God's way: asking our Lord to help. Praise the Lord for difficulties!
Becoming confident and trusting in Our Lord needs to start with your becoming a Christian if you aren't. Then check the Bible to realize all the laws you have broken and that Jesus Christ came to earth as a man to save you from having to pay for breaking those laws. A Christian is just a saved sinner. Become a Christian by repenting of those sins and accepting Our Awesome God's gift of life.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. 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!
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
(Philippians 4:19 KJV)
"I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread."
(Psalms 37:25 KJV)
A good definition of Needs would be: anything without which a person cannot live or function to his maximal ability in the tasks to which God has called him or her. (Paraphrased from Easton's Bible Dictionary). Our Awesome God is committed to meeting your needs. He has always done what He said He would do (Genesis 17:16-17). He is unchanging and faithful (Hebrews 13:8). God created all things and all things belong to Him (Genesis 1:1), so He is more than rich enough to provide all the necessary things for His people.
So why do you feel that your "needs" aren't all being met? Most of the time, the real needs are taken care of but there are other things included that you want badly but can do without. We call these "wants" and they are often difficult to separate from the needs.
So let's look at specific needs as defined above. Basic individual needs are: food, water, shelter, clothing, some form of transportation and some have special medical needs. Everyone needs these just for survival.
Our Awesome God has given us responsibilities and tasks that generate needs under specific circumstances. We are to pay our debts (Psalm 37:21) and taxes (Romans 13:6-7). We must provide for our families (1st Timothy 5:8). We are to be involved with teaching the Gospel (Matthew 28:19-20).
All of these may generate needs that often are unique to the individual and Our Awesome God has promised to supply them all. But He doesn't say when and He wants you to ask Him for each one so you will clearly see His provision. Sometimes our wants sneak into our needs. You may ask for a new minivan for your family transportation need and receive an old microbus.
Probably most people in our society have more wants than needs. Sometimes the desire is so strong that it honestly feels like a need. But apply the definition and be honest: can I live and function without it? If so, then it is probably just a want. That doesn't say you can't have any wants! It's OK to ask God for your wants. He will often give them to you if it won't tempt you or hurt you, because He loves you.
God wants you to realize He loves you and would never harm you. Our Awesome God wants you to trust Him with your needs as well as all other aspects of your life. It takes giving all yourself to God, not just part of you, but a complete surrender to God who loves you unconditionally. Praise the Lord! See you in church.
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 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 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!
"And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came."
(Genesis 12:5 KJV)
Lot was Abraham's (Abram's) nephew who left Haran with him and traveled to Caanan in his Caravan. We know little about Lot and less of his household. His age is never mentioned but he must have been at least a teen-ager when they left Haran. There is no mention of family members, other than servants, before he settled in Sodom. While he stayed with Abraham, he was apparently a dutiful nephew and he was righteous before God (2 Peter 2:7-8). But the Old Testament scripture only tells us that he went with them to Egypt during the famine and he must have been righteous because Our Awesome God took him out of the judgment of Sodom.
After returning from Egypt, Abraham and Lot decided to separate to avoid family conflicts because their shepherds were fighting each other. Lot chose the fertile and well watered plains around Sodom where he could easily prosper by his own efforts. Later Lot sold his livestock for a house in Sodom with his wife and daughters.
When Lot moved his tents closer to Sodom, he made a poor decision based on worldly attractions. Lot soon moved into town and raised at least four daughters in a society so bad that Our Awesome God could not find ten righteous men in it. Lot became a part of that society and completely lost his witness for God. Still, being righteous, God made Lot escape from Sodom before He destroyed it. Only Lot and his two unmarried daughters survived God's judgment of Sodom. Lot never regained his close relationship with God and died in poverty as a result of his poor decisions.
We need to apply some of the lessons we can see in Lot's life to our own lives. First, when we follow Our Awesome God, it requires a lot of faith and effort, especially if we live up to the potential that He has for us. Second, we, like Lot, are surrounded by a corrupt and sinful society. We may try to get our children into good schools and in safe areas of the city, but it is hard to isolate them from worldly temptations, and almost impossible when we stop associating with other believers.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard. 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!
"Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord."
(Jeremiah 23:23-24 KJV)
The word "immanence" means Our Awesome God is present everywhere and knows everything and created everything. God manifests Himself in everything from history to the lives of people in both a mundane way and in a spectacular way. This has been taught for several millennia by most Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders as their doctrine of an eternal, transcendent and immanent God.
When you read the Bible carefully, you realize that Our Awesome God created the universe, a physical universe, out of nothing and that God Himself is greater than all other things in this physical realm He created. He is not physical, but spiritual. God exists outside of what can usually be seen by human beings which He created. Being a Spirit, He exists in a metaphysical "body." Read these verses to help you understand the difference in God's nature and ours: Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; 4:24; and Hebrews 11:3. God is everywhere, created everything, knows everything including what you just thought and is a Spirit so He usually cannot be seen by our earthly eyes.
The important things we need to know about God's immanence and transcendence is that: 1) The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. 2) He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding is complete. No one can understand as He does. 3) Our Awesome God is eternal, He is omnipotent and omniscient. 4) God is huge and no one and nothing can be compared to Him for there is no one like Him. He is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega. And the day we actually see God, we will know who He is and all things we know will fit together nicely. We will be home!
We will be able to know all that we need to know. But be assured Our Awesome God will know more and do more. He lives and keeps us alive!
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 (September through May). We have a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study that meets at 7:00 PM on Wednesday along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors and try to always appreciate God's creation.
"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 map above. 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 7:30 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!
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