"Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son".
(Deuteronomy 7:3 KJV)
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? "
(2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV)
There are very few things of more importance to the Christian than the unequal yoke and yet very little is said or preached about it because we don't want to offend people. If we ignore it, it won't go away. While unequally yoked may refer to a business partner or several other close relationships, it needs to start in the home, teaching your children to look for a spouse among those who are of the same faith and belief in Jesus Christ as they are. Teach your children to get to really know their future spouse by meeting them and their families together and separately. Can you live happily with this person, their habits, their personality and their religious beliefs?
We want fewer divorces, fewer separations of parents, less arguments between parents and better parenting skills shown by parents. While being married to a spouse who believes in Our Awesome God as you do is no guarantee that the above will happen, it is one less obstacle your marriage will have to overcome. God does not want us influenced by this sinful world by living closely and intimately with nonbelievers. Because it will lead to one of you changing religions (do you really believe in the change?), leaving a void in your life if you leave Christ out, arguments and possibly divorce.
Usually if you check out the possible spouse carefully, including religion, and take inventory of possible problems, you can overcome some if not all mistakes. Our Awesome God wants your home and your life to be a happy one. He loves 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 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 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!
"But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; ...
(2 Corinthians 6:4-5 KJV)
As we look at these words written by Paul, we should realize that it is usually in the midst of these problems and situations that we can discover whether we are good servants of Our Awesome God or not. If we read carefully all of 2 Corinthians 6, we should ask ourselves which of these virtues we need to work on first.
If we start and look at just the conditions mentioned in verses 4 and 5, we can see that, if the circumstances included a need for more patience, ours can be increased by our problems, if we keep with our Christian teachings and even if our patience is stretched tight before it is released. Our Awesome God shows us if patience is still a problem for us, whether we need to keep working with it or if it is time to work on another virtue. But, with God's help, we will have learned more about our own abilities.
Our problems may be afflictions, which could be common to all (Job 5:7; 14:1; Psalms 34:19), are for the good of men (James 1:2) and for the glory of God (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; 1 Peter 4:14). These are to be borne with patience by the Lord's people (Psalms 94:12). So the afflictions can be many and with varied problems that could include anything from Job's problems in Job 5:7 to leprosy.
We need to remember that, as servants of God, we should handle these problems and situations, such that we learn better what to do, that it increases our knowledge and it glorifies Our Awesome God. This notifies those around us that we are God's children. In this way, at least part of God's purpose is met since we never know all of His purposes. As servants of God, Christians need to meet the spiritual as well as the physical needs of those around them. Check yourself: Are you a servant of God? Are there areas you could improve?
If we can improve any area of our lives, we should strive for the improvement so we can become the best servant we can be. We represent a perfect God even though we can never be perfect while on earth, we need to try.
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. 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 children's AWANA clubs which go 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 the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
(James 5:15-16 KJV)
"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"
(Luke 11:13 KJV)
As Christians, we need to realize that prayer is power and how it helps us to mature. Remember, also, that prayer is a mighty link with our heavenly Father and an incredible privilege and responsibility that He has given us to move His hand in impossible situations.
Our Awesome God has given us the power through prayer to move the hand of God. "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7 KJV) This means we have faith in God or Jesus Christ to do what we want done if that is within His Will.
The source of prayer power is the Holy Spirit and the instrument of prayer power is you. It is you when you are filled with the Holy Spirit and pray in Jesus name. In fact, it was by your prayer in Jesus name that the Holy Spirit was given to you, and by your prayer in His name, the Holy Spirit filled you and empowered you (Luke 11:13).
Our Awesome God has let us be the instrument of power but the power comes through our prayers only when we depend on the Holy Spirit and pray to Jesus Christ. Accordingly, when we pray in the Holy Spirit we are saying to God, “I can do nothing without you, Lord. You are my strength. I wait on You for power to do whatever it is You want me to do.” And then, out of our weakness, He gives us the omnipotent power of Christ (2 Corinthians 12:9).
As quoted above, Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7 KJV) What power! To be able to receive whatever we wish and have it in God's Will! It comes to us when we give ourselves totally to Him as His instrument of righteousness and our will becomes aligned with His.
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 (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 I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
(Matthew 16:18 KJV)
Peter was born about 1 AD in Bethsaida in Galilee, Israel. His family was all fishermen, including himself, his father and his brother, the apostle, Andrew. Peter and Andrew as well as their partners, the apostles James and John, were fishermen on the Sea of Galilee with Zebedee, the father of James and John. Peter and Andrew had been disciples of John, the Baptist. But that changed when they met and listened to Jesus Christ and He invited them to become "fishers of men".
After Peter recognized Jesus as the Messiah, Jesus included Him in His inner circle with James and John. He took them with Him at the time when Jairus' daughter was brought back from the dead (Mark 5:35-43), on the mountain top during the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9), and through the agony of Jesus at Gethsemane (Mark 14:33-42).
As predicted, Peter did deny Jesus three times before the cock crowed but after seeing Jesus again and talking to Him at the Sea of Galilee, he became a "sold out" fisherman for spreading the gospel to all men. Peter stood up at the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem and preached to them all and a great many were saved (Acts 2). It was under Peter's leadership that they chose a replacement for Judas and organized the church in Jerusalem.
During his early ministry, Peter preached only to the Jews but Our Awesome God gave Peter a vision and told him not to call anything cleansed by God unclean. Not long after, Peter preached to the Roman centurion and baptized his household. Soon the gentiles were being told of Jesus by Paul and others.
It was said that, when persecution of Christians started in Jerusalem, Peter went to Rome where he preached the gospel fearlessly to the church there. When they arrested him and were going to crucify him, he asked to be crucified upside down, not as his Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. Are we such "sold out" Christians?
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 10:30 AM for worship and caring from our church of Christians. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all visitors and love them!
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
(John 11:25-26 KJV)
The Apostle John wrote the above Holy Scripture with the help of Our Awesome God. In all five of the Books of the Bible that he wrote, and were later included in the King James Holy Bible, his words emphasized that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God, sent by the Father to take away the sins of the world. John often referred to himself as "the disciple Jesus loved".
Before becoming disciples, he and his brother, James were fishermen and were among the first called by Jesus. John, James, and Peter were the inner circle around Jesus during His ministry on earth. John, though the youngest, was honored to be with Jesus along with James and Peter at the time when Jairus' daughter was brought back from the dead, during the transfiguration on the mountain top and as witnesses to the agony of Jesus at Gethsemane.
John knew Joseph Caiaphas which made him able to attend Jesus' trial at the high priest's house. He was the only one of the twelve apostles who was present at the cross. John knew Jesus and his love for Jesus helped make him fearless as he later proclaimed the gospel after Jesus' death. He became an elder in the early church and assisted in spreading the gospel message. After Pentecost, John joined Peter to fearlessly preach the gospel in Jerusalem where he suffered beatings and imprisonment for it.
John worked in the church in Jerusalem for years, then he went to work in the church at Ephesus. A legend says that John, during a persecution, was taken to Rome in chains and thrown into a pot of boiling oil but emerged unhurt. That was before he was exiled to the island of Patmos where he wrote the Book of Revelation. John easily outlived all of the apostles and is reported to have died of old age at Ephesus about A.D. 98.
The love John had for Jesus Christ is an inspiration for all Christians. Are we as loving and faithful to Him as John was? Will we continue to serve Jesus Christ and spread His gospel to our world? Learn more about our Christian beliefs and Our Awesome God through the Holy Bible and preaching of that Bible.
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 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!
"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!
"Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.
(Lamentations 5:21 KJV)
When we are working and we make a mistake, we usually just try to correct it or make it error free, or we may apologize for making it. Some of these choices are better than others but the best is to ask of the Lord for wisdom to correct it (James 3:17). Think of your mistake as an opportunity to improve on what you are doing and start thinking, "What did I do wrong? What could I have done that would have been better?" Start using our mistakes to correct what we do wrong in our lives. Continue trying to find ways to improve on what you are doing, it is far better than even correcting our mistakes. Pray for wisdom from God. What we need to do is to turn our mistakes into "gifts"--"gifts" for Our Awesome God.
Whatever we do, we tend to do the same thing with our sins that we do with our "mistakes". Before we decide which way to go with our sins, we need to remember that Our Awesome God doesn't throw us away or hide us. He helps us with our corrections. He redeems us and shows us the best way to handle our sins and "mistakes". Prayer will help and give you the answer but take the time to hear His answer. What would our Lord suggest? Don't add to your one "mistake" with another "mistake", find the correct answer (James 1:5-8).
The "mistake" in your life can have life changing consequences. Remember Paul on the Damascus Road. He turned his life around with God's help and worked the way God wanted. In spite of Paul's history of persecuting Christians, Our Awesome God used him to spread the gospel around the world and to save many more from their lives of sin than he had persecuted for being a Christian (Acts 9:3-6).
The really important thing is not the "mistake" but that you know Jesus Christ and that you ask Him to help. Yes, correct the "mistakes" and make it better if you can, but make your life better because of those "mistakes".
If you need to learn something, Our Awesome God may use a "mistake" to help you see a problem and find the best answer for it. God also can use a "mistake" to make your life more productive and you a better Christian. Actually, Our Awesome God wants you to become free of those "mistakes". He loves you and offers you plenty of help correct your "mistakes".
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 10:30 AM for worship and caring from our church of Christians. 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