"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!
"Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
(Isaiah 55:6-9 KJV)
Let's begin by stating that transcendence is the aspect of God's nature and power that is completely independent of the material universe and beyond all of its physical laws. We often contrast it with the immanence that says God is completely present in the physical world which makes Him accessible to man in various ways. Both are characteristics of Our Awesome God. Having both characteristics, God is able to communicate through prayer, "dreams" and "visions," and even make Balaam's donkey to "talk".
By now you should realize that Our Awesome God is completely free of creation. Our finite minds and experiences make it very hard to define and grasp who He is and what He can do because God is in all things around us but cannot be equated with all things.
Our Awesome God is a spirit because He is not made up of matter nor does He possess a physical nature as we do and the things around us do. He is free to do whatever He wants. He is only restricted by His perfection and His laws of judgment. He is our example of perfection and true judgment.
How can our perfect God co-exist with evil? God has allowed evil because without it there can be no recognition of God's perfect holiness and God's perfect love. He has allowed it to show more of His character for mankind. He loves His creations and wants them to love Him.
When we say God is transcendent, we mean that He is separate from His creation and not dependent on the created order in any way. Our Awesome God made the universe and He is therefore its sovereign ruler (Gen. 1:1). He has given us certain characteristics and knowledge, and has allowed us to use them for good or evil. So, depending on the choices we make, we can live forever, in heaven with Him - or in hell if we reject His salvation.
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 along with AWANA for children, which goes until 7:30 PM. There is more during the week. We love visitors!
"The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet."
(Nahum 1:3 KJV)
Nahum, an obscure minor prophet of Our Awesome God from Elkosh, about 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem, rose up about 2600 years ago and preached about the coming destruction of the city of Nineveh by a coalition of Babylonians, Scythians and Medes. He wrote a short and concise Book in the Bible that that told of the total destruction of Nineveh around 600 BC, which was about 2 years before it happened.
Nineveh at that time was the capital of the Assyrian Empire, which was one of the most powerful empires of the ancient world. The Assyrians conquered the kingdom of Israel in about 722 BC, about 2700 years ago, as Our Awesome God's prophets had foretold. The conquests of Israel and Nineveh were as ruthless and cruel as it was devastating. When reading this Book of Nahum, you realize the cruelty, the superstition, the idolatry, the injustice and the treachery that these people prided themselves for having.
This was a nation whose capital, Nineveh, had turned from their wicked ways when Our Awesome God had made Jonah preach to them. They knew about God and His creation and His standards but they ignored Nahum's prophecy. But Nahum was right. Nineveh would never again be a world power and today, it is little more than an archaeological site. In contrast, Israel is again a nation, and a relatively prosperous one at that.
Our Awesome God's holiness, justice and power are the foundation of Nahum's prophetic book. God rules over all the earth, even over those who do not acknowledge Him. Along with Nahum's writings about the destruction of Nineveh, there is also a message of hope that shines through. God is slow to anger (Nahum 1:3) and good (Nahum 1:7) and offers good tidings to those who want His blessings (Nahum 1:15). God remains the same always: slow to anger, blessing us, good to all and loving while giving us justice. We must remember that justice will occur for all, the consequences can be devastating.
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 along with a program for children called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM.. We have a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study that meets at 7:00 PM on Wednesday.
"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!
"Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be."
(James 3:9, 10 KJV)
The Holy Bible, and therefore Our Awesome God, recognizes the power of words. Our Awesome God spoke His creation into existence, and the gift of speech is one aspect of the creation man in the image of God that is special (Genesis 2:19-20). We should notice that, in the revelation of God’s law, words as well as actions are assigned moral values. Lying, blasphemy, taking the Lord's name in vain, and cursing are examples of sinful speech and actions are forbidden in the Mosaic Law but condoned by other religions associated with idol worship – unnecessary and Idol Words. Deity names are often used by our generation to bring additional potency and irreverence to our expressions. But do they? Or are they reflections of a sinful heart?
In the Holy Scripture cited above, we see that even back in James' time on earth people were using their mouths to praise or bless God and then to curse or use Our Awesome God's name in vain. A mouth used for cursing should not also be used for praising God, should it? It sounds like a deceitful person or maybe the person cannot decide whether he is a Christian or not. Either way, this is not a person to put a lot of trust in. We need to be careful what comes out of our mouths, it reflects what is in our heart.
We must remember that we Christians are Our Awesome God's temple and not a place to be using inappropriate Words. We are examples to all those around us. We should say what we mean and try not to make our words mean more than they do. Our Awesome God does not want us having idols in our lives or in our speech and certainly He does not want us using curse words. Be careful what you say and how you say something. Because you can never take the words back or the hurt they may cause. Use your words wisely!
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 Bible Study along with AWANA for children which goes until 7:30 PM, September through May. Wednesday at 7:00 PM, we have a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. We love visitors!
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me".
(2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV)
The power of Christ in us is perfected in our weakness. Here we see another great paradox of the kingdom of Our Awesome God. In this passage, most Bible scholars believe the "weakness" Paul spoke of was a physical affliction of some kind—"a thorn in the flesh."
Few humans can overcome the pressures of life. All around us people want more from us at work, at play and at home. Is there a financial need? Is there a relationship in crisis? Are you on your knees yet to Our Awesome God? Because He says, "for my strength is made perfect in weakness." Lean on our all powerful God!
Regardless of your situation, whatever brings you to your knees in weakness has the greatest potential for your personal success and spiritual victory. So often we pray for strength, when in actuality what the Lord wants is for us to remain in our weakness, utterly dependent upon Him. We think our physical "thorns" will hinder us from serving the Lord, when in reality, the very opposite is true. They are perfecting us so that Christ's divine power can be revealed through the window of our human weakness.
Paul could have listed all his victories and/or accomplishments but instead he told of his weakness and credited the power to Our Awesome God, as we should do because God is our power and our strength. We then can lean on Him when we realize how weak we really are and give Him the glory!
Oft times Our Awesome God makes you aware of your weakness and lack of strength without Him so that you can be a witness for His strength. That fear, that lack of self confidence or that illness may make you realize you do things in His strength and wisdom not your own. Although your physical abilities may be severely limited, there is no limit to what you may accomplish using God’s strength which has no limit.
Attend our church or another near you that believes Jesus died, taking all your sins upon Himself, and arose the third day to sit at the right hand of God in Heaven. Our Awesome God wants you to be weak to remind you that God wants you to depend upon His awesome power and strength. He is waiting for you to ask. We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and evening (6:00 PM), and Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) with AWANA on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week and the Intercessory Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
"For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments."
(Ezra 7:10 KJV)
The story in the Book of Ezra is one of redemption and deliverance. It emphasizes Our Awesome God's power and His keeping of His promises. Ezra was a contemporary of Nehemiah and lived in about 457 B.C. Ezra led a group of Jews from captivity in Babylon back to Jerusalem. The purpose of his journey was to restore the worship of God in the temple at Jerusalem.
Ezra was a scribe (scholar) of Our Awesome God. He was one of the first of a class of scholars dedicated to the knowledge and preservation of all the written and oral traditions of the Israelites. Ezra and those like him became the scribes, lawyers, and rabbis of Jesus’ day. Ezra was also a descendent of Aaron in the tribe of Levi, so he was a priest. The theme of Ezra’s life and work could be summed up by the phrase, “...the hand of the Lord my God was upon me...” (Ezra 7:28). Ezra used this phrase to indicate that God was blessing his work and to give God the credit for his success.
Ezra travelled from Babylon to Jerusalem, leading a group of Jews with money to help set up the Temple of Our Awesome God and the guards that King Artaxerxes had provided for their protection. Truly the hand of the Lord was upon him as Ezra had said because he got what he needed as God had set it up for him. Ezra knew the first five books of God's Word by memory so he knew the Jews were God's people.
Our Awesome God had His man set up to bring His Word back to His people after their captivity in Babylon and other countries. Ezra was a man who sought God and His Word and then put his belief into action. Are we people who seek God and His Word? This is important to know because God says, "seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7 KJV). If we aren't seeking more about God, what are we doing? God has so much to show us and tell us if we but look and listen.
Our Awesome God uses people like Ezra who are teachable, who listen, who are softhearted and are obedient to put God's requests into action. So put on your best and listen to His best to find the job and purpose He has just for you. Yes, our God has a job for you to further His Kingdom.
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 that goes until 7:30 PM. Prayer Meeting is on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill