"Before the Lord : for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth."
(Psalms 96:13 KJV)
Our Awesome God is holy and righteous, merciful and loving. He made us in His image and we will be held accountable for our words and actions. This means that God will judge each of us for what we do and say and there will be consequences for all our actions. Once we, through Adam, had eaten the "the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil," we knew what was good and what was evil and we became responsible for doing only good things because we were made in God's image. We need to see that our fall into sin was not just a moral lapse but a deliberate turning away from God and a rejection of Him by man (Genesis 3). We inherited this rejection of God from Adam even though we really know that God's way is the only way that makes right and makes sense.
If a man does the wrong things and sins, there must be consequences for those sins, so Our Awesome God or Jesus Christ, the perfect one, must judge him. After physical death, that judgment will always yield the sentence of hell for eternity. But those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and will follow Him have already been judged by Jesus and won't have to go through this judgment because He has already suffered the consequences for us.
Yes, the good news is that Jesus Christ has come to earth, died on the cross, taking our sins on Himself, arose the third day and is now sitting by Our Awesome God, interceding for you when you sin. The only way you can get to heaven is to believe that Jesus Christ, God's son, did this.
This means that it is very important that Christians tell other people about our Savior, Jesus Christ. Those that accept Jesus Christ as their Savior will be forgiven their sins and allowed to come into heaven for eternity and some will even get rewards called golden crowns for their help in furthering God's kingdom on earth. All others who reject Jesus will suffer in hell for eternity. So Our Awesome God has given us the choice of heaven or hell.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by joining 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, there is also a Bible Study hour along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. 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 verify God hath heard me; He hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Which hath not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me!"
(Psalm 66:19-20 NKJV)
Our Awesome, infinite, complex, loving and righteous God will meet you where you are in your walk with Him. He can be so simple that a child of 6 years can understand Him or He can be so complex that you soon realize you will never know everything about Him. Most of us can only begin our conversation with Him where our knowledge of Him has led us. But we all need to talk with Him to understand Him as well as we can. Like all your friends and loved ones, be they neighbors or relatives, in order to know them you must talk to them. "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up". (Psalm 5:3 NKJV)
As with all conversations it may be simple or complex in nature, but you need to know you can ask Our Awesome God anything and He will have the answer. As you slowly feel your way into conversation with God you begin to feel more confident and aware that He is listening and understands. But God knows that you need to express it aloud; hearing yourself say it is important to your remembering.
Talking with Our Awesome God will never be boring! Tell Him how you feel. Start where you are comfortable and advance at your pace to a deeper knowledge and understanding of this powerful, eternal and all knowing God whom you can lean on. Go on, tell Him how you feel. God knows everything and loves you beyond any love we know or really understand. Think of that for a minute or two. What are you really waiting for? Begin your conversations now with God, the great "I AM"! Our Awesome God can and will do whatever is necessary (if anything is) because He has the power, love and mercy to do it. But He wants to hear you express your concerns and fears!
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. 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 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!
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."
(Psalms 100:1, 4 KJV)
"Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him."
(Psalms 68:4 KJV)
The best way to start a day is with praise and worship for Our Awesome God. It always begins the day on a positive note and we usually find that, at the end of a day, the day has been productive. Sometimes, we get all tense knowing some of the obstacles in our paths for a certain day. We do better if we start all days with a small worship service of our own. Read His Holy Bible, pick a praise Psalm and read it, tell our Father the problems you are concerned about, sing praises to Jesus Christ and lay your problems at Jesus' feet.
This sharing of your concerns with Someone who can do something about the problem will relieve that tension you have and you'll feel better. Knowing that Our Awesome God loves us (1 John 4:10) and does all things for our good (Romans 8:28) gives us great comfort in the tumult of this world. He keeps His promises and is always there with a strong arm to help us. We need to remind ourselves of His love, faithfulness and righteousness. So we should have a daily worship for Our Awesome God as we begin each day. Plan for it!! Make it happen.
You can vary your worship service as you want and need, using Our Awesome God's promises, praise songs, His attributes, Jesus Christ's love for us and naming the things God has done. We humans tend to forget what God has promised and done for us and we can become discouraged when we have problems. But if you dedicate a regular time every day to hold a personal worship period, it will keep you closer to Our Awesome God and remind you of His power and love. It will make your day more peaceful and less tense to live when you start it by worshipping God.
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 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!
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
(Philippians 4:19 KJV)
"I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread."
(Psalms 37:25 KJV)
A good definition of Needs would be: anything without which a person cannot live or function to his maximal ability in the tasks to which God has called him or her. (Paraphrased from Easton's Bible Dictionary). Our Awesome God is committed to meeting your needs. He has always done what He said He would do (Genesis 17:16-17). He is unchanging and faithful (Hebrews 13:8). God created all things and all things belong to Him (Genesis 1:1), so He is more than rich enough to provide all the necessary things for His people.
So why do you feel that your "needs" aren't all being met? Most of the time, the real needs are taken care of but there are other things included that you want badly but can do without. We call these "wants" and they are often difficult to separate from the needs.
So let's look at specific needs as defined above. Basic individual needs are: food, water, shelter, clothing, some form of transportation and some have special medical needs. Everyone needs these just for survival.
Our Awesome God has given us responsibilities and tasks that generate needs under specific circumstances. We are to pay our debts (Psalm 37:21) and taxes (Romans 13:6-7). We must provide for our families (1st Timothy 5:8). We are to be involved with teaching the Gospel (Matthew 28:19-20).
All of these may generate needs that often are unique to the individual and Our Awesome God has promised to supply them all. But He doesn't say when and He wants you to ask Him for each one so you will clearly see His provision. Sometimes our wants sneak into our needs. You may ask for a new minivan for your family transportation need and receive an old microbus.
Probably most people in our society have more wants than needs. Sometimes the desire is so strong that it honestly feels like a need. But apply the definition and be honest: can I live and function without it? If so, then it is probably just a want. That doesn't say you can't have any wants! It's OK to ask God for your wants. He will often give them to you if it won't tempt you or hurt you, because He loves you.
God wants you to realize He loves you and would never harm you. Our Awesome God wants you to trust Him with your needs as well as all other aspects of your life. It takes giving all yourself to God, not just part of you, but a complete surrender to God who loves you unconditionally. Praise the Lord! See you in church.
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 a 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!
"O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph."
(Psalms 47:1 KJV)
"Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed."
(1 Samuel 2:3 KJV)
How do we praise Our Awesome God? The Lord mainly wants our heart right and our praise to be heard. He wants us to be joyful, thankful, appreciative and loving. Do you express this as you sing? Do you lift your hands and voice in awe to our God? Do you praise God with your mouth?
When the Bible tells us to “PRAISE” Our Awesome God, it’s calling us to give vent to our adoring heart. Worship can be silent, but praise never is. Whether the song is slow or fast, or even if it's not a song at all but perhaps a shout or applause, it's irrelevant, but we are called to verbalize the adoration of our hearts. We are to tell Him that we appreciate Him and love Him.
The Bible emphasizes "praise" almost as much as prayer and if you pray and praise God, and you mean it, you are pleasing the Lord. Your praise is important to Our Awesome God. It tells Him where your heart is. It tells Him that you love and appreciate Him and that you know you do. It tells Him that you are okay. He never sleeps and He is always there to help you.
Our whole life should be a praise to our God, all of our being is to "praise God" including the spirit, soul and body. Real worship begins in our spirit and our praising of Our Awesome God will cause us to spiritually come into His presence. Remember that worship can be silent but "praising" never is. Remember also, there is power when you pray and praise Him at the same time.
Our Awesome God has done so much for us, such as creating this whole universe and all that is in it, making everything work together to keep everything reproducing what is needed to live and giving us a Savior in Jesus Christ so we could go to the heaven He made. We can surely find plenty to praise Him for.
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 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 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!
"Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods."
(Psalms 95:2, 3 KJV)
The Origin of Thanksgiving Day
In August 1620, the Mayflower, a 180-ton ship, set sail from Southampton, England. After difficulties with the vessel, resulting in her return to port, finally the voyage began. Her 102 passengers were to become some of the founding pilgrims of the United States of America. After weeks of plowing through the tumultuous Atlantic waters, battling strong winds, pounding waves and a number of problems with their vessel, the pilgrims spotted Cape Cod, off the coast of Massachusetts. Their intended location was off the Virginia coast, where other pilgrims had begun colonies.
Before anchoring at Plymouth Rock and disembarking to explore the territory, the pilgrims devised the "Mayflower Compact." This was to serve as the basis for governing their new colony, where all would have the freedom to worship God as they chose. The compact stated, "We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign lord King James... Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, covenant, and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic... and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony... Cape Cod, the 11th of November... " (Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth).
The next few months would prove to be difficult and trying. More than half of the original pilgrims did not survive the first, long, bleak New England winter. Often, two or three people would die in one day due to infection and sickness.
But, with the approaching of spring came new hope. The survivors built homes and planted crops. They made friendships with local Indian tribes, and traded with them. The passing of winter allowed the pilgrims to labor and produce, causing the colony to flourish.
After reaping their first harvest in the fall of 1621, the pilgrims dedicated a day for thanking God for the bounty with which He had blessed them. They had endured the many hardships that came with pioneering a new land.
This was a start of a new area of the world to spread God's Word in and to be more thankful for God's provision for us. But as we humans do, we forget about thanking Him. He has provided for Americans with a plentiful Hand from land to the riches in and on it, to the government that has been liberal with its freedoms of religion.
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church to hear God's Word. We start 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 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!
Flo & Bill