"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"
(1 Peter 2:2 KJV)
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen."
(2 Peter 3:18 KJV)
We would all like to enrich our lives while improving ourselves and the lives of those around us. We need to know which things we are doing for Our Awesome God and for ourselves. This is not so easily done, but one way to start is to know what you are doing daily and insert changes with improvements as needed to be sure it is for God's glory. With this in mind, just take a week (last week) and write down what you did from Sunday through Saturday with the start of your day (time), what you did after you got up, got a drink, took a shower, had breakfast, etc. for the whole day including what time to bed that night. Do it for the full week on your computer, an old unused calendar or a pad of paper, leaving space for additions between the lines. Go through your list one item at a time and decide if it is for yourself or does it glorify God, or both; or is it something that leads you away from God. Put it somewhere that you can easily add or remove an activity, but get it down so you can tell what your usual routine is. Maybe it includes school, work, home or retirement activities, etc.
Anything that leads you away from God should be eliminated first. Replace it with God glorifying activities. Then consider putting other improvements into your daily activities that you aren't doing now and that glorify Our Awesome God. The schedule replacements and improvements might include things such as, spend time praying in the morning and evening, read the Bible for 1/2 hour daily or every other day, finding time and a Bible Study group to attend, go to Church on Wednesday evening, learning to pause when you are tense and talk to God, etc. The improvements may include anything that increases your growth and maturity in Christ.
Then take a new paper or calendar, or update your computer to make a new calendar of daily activities that includes the improvements as well as your daily activities. Now you may need to take some activities off your list or rearrange your present calendar in some way but be sure there are more activities to include God. If necessary, change several days to get the new activity in, but get it in! Make a fresh paper copy and use it to keep you on the new schedule. You will gain in Christian maturity as you regularly spend more time with Our Awesome God. Start your new schedule as soon as you can so it can become a habit in 2017.
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Awesome God and His love, mercy and grace for all of mankind. 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 that meets for an hour with a children's program called AWANA running 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!
"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!
"As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him."
(Deuteronomy 32:11-12 KJV)
Sometimes Our Awesome God reminds us of a parent bird, eager to show us what we can do. He takes us to a cliff and pushes us off into air so we can learn to "fly" by ourselves and He is there to catch us. If we were truly birds, we would already "know" by instinct how to move our "wings" and fly. Though we are not birds, God often pushes us into places we have never been so that we learn how to cope and gradually do better and better at the job while He waits to swoop in and rescue us if we need it. When Our Awesome God brings you into a perilous place, He is always there to rescue you and instruct you when you ask and trust Him.
Do you understand as a Christian that Our Awesome God may take away your feelings of comfort and your privileges in order to make you a stronger Christian? Do you see that God instructs His soldiers and children by not allowing them to lie at ease in bed but to go on difficult marches and service for Him? He makes them wade through streams, swim across rivers, climb steep mountains and walk long marches carrying their backpacks of sorrows. (But God will carry your sorrows if you ask Him.) This is how God develops and instructs soldiers and His children for His service. He knows that just dressing them up in proper clothes and giving them authority is not enough to make them strong, knowledgeable and wise in their jobs. It takes experience and action with instruction to make them ready to become His world leaders for Him.
Would this explain the situation you are in? Could Our Awesome God be uncovering your gifts and causing them to grow? Is He developing in you the qualities He needs in a leader? Are you ready for service with Our Awesome God? Learn the Bible and to pray to Him for help when you need it. Come join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we learn what God wants to teach us ---to fly His way in the job He has for you.
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 (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."
(Proverbs 4:23 KJV)
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
(Philippians 4:13 KJV)
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
(2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)
Major changes must occur when we are converted to Christianity and we begin to serve Our Awesome God (Ephesians 4:22-24 KJV). Our old practices and attitudes must be replaced by Christian ones. Christians must learn good practices like Bible study, prayer, love, faith, patience, attending church meetings, giving, teaching others, etc. We must also eliminate bad practices like foul language, uncontrolled temper, gambling, drugs, smoking, drinking, gossip, lying, pornography, sexual promiscuity, etc. Many of these will take some time and you can't successfully do it without God’s help.
If you try alone to change, you'll usually fail and likely become discouraged. Ask for Our Awesome God's help on each change and make prayer a necessity before you make decisions. Confess each sin immediately and ask God to forgive you each time you fall back into it. Keep trying, but be patient with yourself and God and you’ll actually make faster progress.
Our Awesome God will help you to change to His ways and His practices slow enough that you can understand why you are changing and you can see the benefits of changing from bad practices to good. Join a Celebrate Recovery group to encourage you, help you understand, and keep you on "track" with changing your old practice to God's practice and ways. Call Pastor Stevens at Living Word Baptist Church, 469-362-9010 for help finding a CR group near you.
Changing yourself to be more Christ-like is a life time job! God bless you! We encourage and help those who are using Christ as their example. 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, then at10:30 AM for worship and at 6:00 PM we have AWANA for children and Bible Study. 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!
Flo & Bill