"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!
"In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, 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)
Zerubbabel was Our Awesome God's choice for the man to be in charge of getting Jerusalem rebuilt during the last of Israel's captivity in Babylon. As a descendent of King David, (1 Chronicles 3:10-19) he might have been king except for a curse placed on his grandfather, king Jeconiah, by God (Jeremiah 36:29-30). According to their custom, the Persian kings made him governor of Judea (Haggai 1:1) for the purpose of rebuilding the temple.
Zerubbabel understood that his assignment was Our Awesome God's work, ordered and supported by the king of Persia, and that he had responsibilities to both. When local leaders seeking to hinder the progress asked to join in the work, Zerubbabel said, "No!" (Ezra 4:1-4). He knew that God had ordained the sons of David to build the temple (1 Chronicles 11-12). When the king of Persia banned work on the temple, he stopped the work until the ban was lifted six years later. Under a patient and persistent Zerubbabel, the slow and painstaking work on the temple continued through local opposition and royal decree. In all, it took 23 years to finish rebuilding just the temple.
Zerubbabel was one of Our Awesome God's silent heroes. He didn't win a war. He didn't write a book. He just finished the job as best he could and in compliance with the applicable laws. How do you approach God's work? Do you do your best work and wait patiently for God to give the results? Are you satisfied with having completed a job for God, even when there is no recognition by people? Zerubbabel did what God wanted without public recognition.
Come join us in our church as we seek the will of God and work to expand His kingdom. There is always a need for Christian teachers and new ideas in presenting Our Awesome God to others so that all may hear the Word of the Lord correctly.
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 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 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 was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold."
(Genesis 13:2 KJV)
"And he said, I am Abraham's servant. And the Lord hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses."
(Genesis 24:34-35 KJV)
"In Israel, the measure of a person's wealth consisted mostly of flocks, herds and slaves." From, "Acquiring Wealth in the Ancient Near East," by Claude F. Mariottini for the Biblical Illustrator, Summer 2013 edition, page 12. Our Awesome God didn't provide minted coins or printed currency. Riches weren't measured in dollars or rubles but were measured by what they owned. "Abraham was a rich man because he had many 'sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female slaves, and camels and donkeys.' (Genesis 24:35 NASB). Esau took his cattle and livestock and moved away from his brother Jacob because their wealth was too great for them to live together (Genesis 36:6-8 NASB). Job had seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred donkeys, and many servants (Job 1:3 KJV).
“To preserve and protect their wealth, people needed a large retinue. Job had ‘a very large number of servants’ (Job 1:3 NASB). Abraham had 318 men born in his house (Genesis 14:14 NASB). These men, who probably were free-born servants and slaves working for Abraham. had fathers and mothers, wives and children. Thus Abraham's retinue possibly numbered more than one thousand people..." Excerpted from ibid.
So the patriarchs had riches but owned no land. Our Awesome God had promised He would give their descendants the rich and fertile land of Canaan for the large herds and flocks He would also give them. Two hundred fifty years later, these people were ready to settle down and serve God. But after they got their land, they never became, as He wanted, His priests for the world of unbelievers.
In America, we are all rich by the world's standards. If we are Christians why aren't we doing more to tell the world about Our Awesome God? We should be telling other nations and each other about our God, not doing less to further His Kingdom every year. Our spiritual and financial riches become less every year and we too may disappear as Israel did from 70 AD until 1948 AD. Our purpose is to tell the world about Jesus Christ's salvation.
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. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, we meet for Bible Study along with children's AWANA clubs which go until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study. We love children!
"Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him... So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great."
(Job 2:11, 13 KJV)
Please notice, these were three friends of Job who knew about Our Awesome God, and came by foot and donkey to mourn with him. Eliphaz, the Temanite, who came from Edom, from people that were known for their wisdom. Bildad, the Shuhite, who came from a powerful people that lived on both sides of the Euphrates, bordering on Arabia. Zophar, the Naamathite who was from Naaman which was possibly Arabian and close to Uz and Syria. These places are all a long way from Job's home, especially by foot. Do you have one friend who would travel that far to mourn with you over the loss of your children and wealth? Job had three.
They saw Job's grief and it took them 7 days before they could talk to him, but Scripture says that they wept with him. These people really loved him! They probably brought their families and possessions with them. Would you feel a friend's grief so much that you would wait 7 days to talk to him? These were real friends! Then they opened their mouths and told Job what they thought. Almost all commentaries that we read said how awful his friends were because they thought it was Job's fault.
We should take a closer look at these three friends and what they said. They thought they were helping Job and supporting him in his grief. Remember, true friends would die for you as Jesus Christ did. We should consider these as true friends, just set in their ways and not very subtle, but really wanting Job to repent for his sake.
Our Awesome God wants you to check yourself daily and repent of any sin you have committed. He wants you to know Him as Job did and know your Bible well enough to know when you sin. You are His child if you believe in His son, Jesus Christ, who died for you and took your sins upon Himself and then arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. Learn how to be a true friend, like
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. There are many opportunities to learn about God in our programs which include Bible Study groups, Prayer Meetings and AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM.
See you then, Friend!
"And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true."
(John 10:41 KJV)
Our Awesome God created each of us as special individuals to do a specific job. Are you dissatisfied with yourself? You wanted to do something great or wonderful with your life. Instead you are not a genius, you have no unusual gifts and you have no special abilities. Average seems to be your existence. Nothing you do is worth making mention of unless it is the lack of change and zest in what you do. But do you fully understand the purpose you were put on earth for? Have you researched your purpose so that you have it memorized? Does God want you to teach? To preach? To be an example of Jesus?
Our Awesome God's Bible verse mentioned above is about John the Baptist who never performed a miracle that we know of but told rulers, disciples and anyone who would listen about Jesus Christ and who He was. And because of this Jesus went on to say of him, "For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." (Luke 7:28 KJV). John's job on earth was to tell of the coming of Jesus (John1:8) and it is your Christian job also (Matthew 28:19-20).
We should do all we can every day and do the "insignificant" jobs knowing that Our Awesome God will see. If you live with difficult people, win them to Christ with love. You know you made big mistakes in your life but don't let them control and cloud the rest of your life, because you are forgiven (1 John 1:9). Instead pray and ask God how He wants you to do the job, where He wants you to do it and when He wants you to do it. Start looking for a new and different way to tell people about Jesus Christ.
By living as an example of Christ and sharing simple truths about Him, you will be doing more good and sowing of His Words than you know (Isaiah 55:11). Just do the best you can for Our Awesome God and let Him do the rest to bring that person into the family of God. To do that, you need the encouragement and love of God's Church and people. Life is never a failure when you are doing God's Will. He has a purpose for you being here now!
We can help you find your purpose. Come join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others 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 with a 1½ hour program for children called AWANA. We have a Prayer Meeting that meets at 7:00 PM On Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill