"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
(Psalms 27:14 KJV)
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
(Jeremiah 33:3 KJV)
Life is full of decisions we must make. Our Awesome God has promised to help us make wise decisions. He wants us to ask Him, being as detailed as we can, while letting Him make the final decision. If you don't intend to follow God's advice, don't ask Him, because He will know you won't do as He advises. It is always a good idea to find what the Bible says on your subject. You need to see how God usually answers a request such as yours. Pray about it! Then prepare yourself because Our Awesome God wants you to ask so He can answer.
There are several things to do: 1) Confess all your sins you haven't already asked God to forgive (1 John 1:9), 2) submit yourself to His decision (1 Peter 5:6), 3) believe that God will give you your request (Mark 11: 22), 4) Ask according to His will for your request to be done (1 John 5:14-15) and then 5) wait for His answer, it will come
but we don't know when. Be sure to thank Him and praise Him for His answer!
Our Awesome God wants to guide you through the snares of life on earth. That is why He put you here. God put that snare there or allowed it to be there for a purpose, to help you. When God answers, you should feel great peace and confidence in knowing God is guiding you. It is possible that no one else will agree with your decision but, if you did what God told you - what does it matter what others think? If He says it, do it, just be sure He answered and it is not your own wants. God knows what will work best.
The ultimate purpose we should be seeking is Our Awesome God guiding us in every decision we make for all eternity. We need His wisdom, His knowledge, His mercy for all, His grace, His patience, His faithfulness and His love. When we get His guidance, we know we are doing what He wants and that He will have the correct way for us to go. Praise Him and thank Him!
LWBC is a loving, church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church in the Sanctuary this coming Sunday at 10:30 AM. We also have Bible Study on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Sunday evening at 6:00 PM with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Meeting 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!
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."
(2 Corinthians 5:20 KJV)
This was an appeal for fellow workers in the Lord to reconcile with the Lord. But reconciliation is an absolute. You are either reconciled or you are not, there is no middle ground. To be reconciled, there must first be absolute agreement on what is important. Then there must be complete and total agreement on every detail of what is important. Our Awesome God has told us what is important to Him and given us the details in His Holy Bible. So what has to happen for us to become reconciled? God is sovereign and He doesn’t change so we have to bring ourselves into agreement with Him. For example, God says that marriage is between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:23-24, Leviticus 18:22). If you do not fully agree, you are not reconciled with God. So every sin in God’s Bible can prevent reconciliation. Just being reconciled and agreeing with God doesn’t keep us from sinning but it helps us to recognize that we have sinned and need to seek forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
Our churches and their doctrine also need to reconcile with God. Perhaps one barrier is the failure to preach the gospel of Christ from the pulpit (Mark 16:15). Many churches have turned their focus to social reform and local issues when the focus should stay on Our Awesome God and His basic message: that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin.
We all need to preach what is really in that Bible with conviction in our voice, hearts and minds. Our Awesome God wants man to get HIS message, not ours. When God's message is preached with no additions or subtractions, whether it is by voice or printed word, then reconciliation can start. But reconciliation is not always obedience. We need to be ready and prepared to change the way we live, think and act. It would be awesome to see a real revival in our time, where people were so inspired and filled with the Holy Spirit that they forgot how sophisticated they think they are. We all need an infusion of Jesus Christ!
We should read Our Awesome God's Holy Bible and hear His Word preached while we repent of our sinning. That is a given. But you need to know the real God and, to be reconciled to Him, you need to know Him well. Find a church where His Word is preached and people encourage others while loving all those around them. Our God wants us to reconcile with, to come back to, Him. He has a wonderful eternal home waiting for you, His child. Come Home!
Our church, LWBC, 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 lasting 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!
"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief".
(Mark 9:23-24 KJV)
In the Scripture above, Jesus said that everything is possible, not that everything would be granted just because you prayed to God for it. Our Awesome God may be trying to teach you the way of faith. The training for a life of faith that is powerful may encompass many different areas of learning including a trial of faith, the patience of faith and the courage of faith.
When you have made your request to God, and the answer still does not come, what are you to do? How about, keep on believing His Word and praying? Don't be swayed from praying by what you think you see or feel. Then as you stand firm, your faith is being developed, strengthened and deepened into the power of faith. Read your Bible and pray. God will tell you if He wants you to quit praying to Him about something.
Our Awesome God often keeps you waiting longer for an answer so you can experience the patience of faith. Keep expecting Him to answer because He will answer. You may have to endure ridicule, hardship and even incarceration to increase your courage in faith. But many of the heroes of the faith, such as Abraham, Moses and Joseph to name a few, had their faith tested and strengthened by God until their faith held strong.
Our Awesome God knows when to strengthen us and how to teach us what we need to do to have complete faith in Him. Faith is strengthened and deepened when you experience it in life. God will increase your faith and make you realize He is always with you and you can lean on Him. Faith is the one thing He wants from you that proves you believe in Him. The power of faith is awesome when your faith is in Our Awesome God. So bring on the trials so we can be stronger in our faith in God. We can be sure He will help us increase our faith in Him.
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 the Praise and Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study 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 welcome all people and love them!
"Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber."
(John 18:40 KJV)
"Barabbas was a prisoner during Jesus' time, convicted of committing murder during a rebellion. Jesus Christ and Barabbas were both prisoners of Pilate on the morning of Jesus Christ's crucifixion, and were part of an intriguing and significant prisoner exchange. As the book of Luke reports...
"Here we have two captive prisoners: Jesus and Barabbas. Jesus, who has officially been found innocent, and Barabbas, who has officially been found guilty. Specifically, Barabbas was guilty of rebellion (John 18:40), the exact same thing Jesus was accused but found innocent of (Luke 23:14). Through that rebellion, Barabbas had committed murder (Mark 15:7), and faced the death penalty...
"In Israel, the word for ‘son of’ was ‘bar’, which is where Barabbas gets the first part of his name. ‘Abba’ was the word for ‘father’ or simply ‘daddy’, which is why Jesus prayed to ‘Abba, Father’ in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:36). So, Barabbas literally translates to ‘son of the father’. This name is useless for the purpose that ‘son of’ names were designed for, of distinguishing people from each other based on having different fathers; Barabbas’ unspecified parents might as well have named their child ‘Anonymous’. Barabbas could have been pretty much anyone; we are all children of fathers. You could even argue that we have all taken part in rebellion — against parents, or authority figures, and certainly against God.
“And that is the beauty of this little prisoner exchange: Jesus, innocent, and the Son of the Father, takes the punishment that Barabbas, the anonymous everyman, rightfully deserved. Barabbas was guilty of rebellion that led to murder; Jesus was murdered as punishment for every man’s rebellion." These are excerpts from "The Significance of the Story of Jesus and Barabbas" written by Kevin at http://Christianity.yoexpert.com/Christianity-general/what-is-the-significance-of-the-story-of-jesus-and-506.html.
Jesus Christ was crucified for "everyman's" sin and took our punishment on the cross completing Our Awesome God's purpose for Jesus being on earth. Our God is in control but he wants you to agree He is God and that we will obey His Son, Jesus Christ.
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. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM.
"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"
(Luke 6:37 KJV)
"Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing."
(1 Peter 3:9 KJV)
Jesus, the Son of Our Awesome God, passionately taught us to forgive others, to let go, to let Him handle it. He wants us to be at peace and for that to happen, anger must be replaced by forgiveness.
A few years ago, Christianity Today featured a cover story entitled, “The Forgiveness Factor: Social Scientist discover the power of a Christian virtue” (January 10, 2000). In it, they discussed how researchers have discovered the importance of forgiveness. What was most interesting was that they had come to the conclusion that the one who does the forgiving is the one who benefited the most. Jesus has been telling us this since He was on earth as a human in 33 AD and now scientists admit it.
Forgiving others is a commandment because stored anger often turns to bitterness. Not forgiving others is a sin. Our Awesome God will not forgive us if we do not forgive others (Mark 11:26).
Therefore, as Our Awesome God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12-13). Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Forgiving is necessary if you want to be at peace with God and yourself. The consequences of not forgiving others is not good for you and usually ends in you becoming bitter. Our Judge told us what we should do when He was on earth. It will not be easy but it is worth all our effort to forgive others. Our Awesome God will take care of revenge or consequences. It is God's job not ours to give judgment and sentence because He knows all things and is just. Our job is to obey and forgive others. Read Numbers 14:19-20, Matthew 5:23-24, Luke 17:3-4, and John 8:7. See you in heaven if not before!
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 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. Wednesday we have Prayer Requests and Bible Study at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
"And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever."
(2 Chronicles 7:3 KJV)
"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God".
(Mark 10:18 KJV)
Goodness is a part of God's nature. In the Bible, the "goodness" of Our Awesome God often refers to His generosity in providing abundantly for mankind's needs and benefits before we ask (Psalms 23:6). It can also refer to God's generous mercy and patience that allows more time for sinners to repent (Romans 2:4). Think of the centuries He has waited and watched mankind sin and has not yet sent Jesus Christ to bring His Christian children home in the "Rapture."
God's goodness is much more than just those things. It is the very essence of Our Awesome God's nature — His righteousness and holiness. In Ephesians 5:9, we can see that His goodness is closely associated with righteousness and truth to the extent that, if we have God's goodness, we have godliness or God-likeness. This is what all Christians attempt to emulate and cannot without His help and then never to the extent that God has it. His goodness is so great that it lights all of heaven.
The Holy Bible gives us God's complete "instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). We should cherish it and read it far more than any other book or resource we have! Only through it and prayer can we learn to be like God. Our Awesome God summarizes His standards of goodness in the Ten Commandments. Psalm 119:172 tells us that "all Your commandments are righteousness." So God intends that they be our guides for life. Are they yours?
Christians should be trying to have more of God's goodness so that they are more like Jesus Christ. This may take more than a life time. Our Awesome God will decide when He can use us because He knows when our conviction is firmly grounded. He even knows what He will have you do (maybe after the first thousand years of heaven). What would you like to do for God? Rule a town or city? Move to a new planet or universe? Plant new vineyards or trees? Sing in His Royal Choir or paint new pictures of new lands God has created? Who knows what God wants us to do? We will need the goodness of God to succeed.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others and reminding ourselves 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 children's program called AWANA. There is more during the week of Bible Studies in homes and Prayer Meeting on Wednesday. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill