"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!
"A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards."
(Proverbs 29:11 KJV)
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
(2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)
Emotions are a part of living for the human being and they are even found in Our Awesome God. It is important that we recognize this and learn to control our emotions, that is, don't let our emotions control our actions. God controls His and we should try to control ours without repressing them. Emotions have psychological as well as physiological reactions that can be dangerous to us and to others, physically as well as spiritually. Much of the Bible records the emotions of great people of God and shows us where they sinned when they didn't control their emotions. The reasons we need to recognize our emotions are many but here are three:
First, our emotions are all around us and in us. Our emotions define our inner being and tell us constantly about our surroundings. The awareness of the life around us starts with what our emotions tell us about that world. In order that we continue to exist, we need to know something about our emotions. Emotions can cause increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and increased respirations.
Second, our emotions can come with great intensity. We often find ourselves struggling with them because the emotion is so strong and intense. You can usually put a thought out of your mind but an emotion that causes fear or dread is hard to overcome without the help of Our Awesome God. We need to realize that we cannot always get away from our feelings without His help.
Third, be very aware that emotions will not serve to make things correct. Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection are not correct just because emotionally we feel they are correct. True understanding of why Christ died and how much Our Awesome God loves us do bring hope and a happy heart in the Bible so our emotions are involved but they don't make it happen or make it right.
Our Awesome God gave us emotions so we can be happy, joyful and hopeful but also to show us the down side with frustration, doubt and anger. When we can control them with experience, prayer and help from Jesus Christ, we will be ready to move on toward maturity and eventually heaven. We are still in training and not a completed work yet. So don't give up on yourselves, just keep trying to get control of those emotions.
Come to our church which starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study and we meet again on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We enjoy visitors!
"Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof."
(2 Kings 13:14 KJV)
Most of us know Elijah and his works better than Elisha but Elisha, the prophet, was dying of a terminal illness and King Joash (also called Jehoash), who did "evil in the sight of Lord" (2 Kings 13:11), came down to see him and cry over him. Notice that the Holy Bible never says that they ever met before this but the king was worshipping "other gods". So, was Joash crying over Elisha's coming death or was he crying because he would no longer have someone to get Israel out of trouble? Elisha had the king shoot arrows and strike them on the floor before he prophecied the future for King Joash (2 Kings 13:19). Then it says Elisha died and was buried.
Our Awesome God also says they were burying another man when a band of Moabites attacked. So the people in the funeral let the body of the dead man down onto the bones of Elisha where he revived "and stood up on his feet" (2 Kings 13:21). Can you imagine the shock of the funeral party when they saw the dead man run by. Even after he died Elisha performed one more miracle.
Elisha’s words to Joash may have been spoken in a weak and faltering voice. But the resurrection of that corpse spoke volumes to Joash and the people of Israel about the power of God through His prophet. It assures us that what Our Awesome God says, He will do.
If all that was true of Elisha and the unnamed corpse, how much more true is it of our Lord Himself, who died, was buried, and who was raised from the dead on the third day. How seriously would we take the words of our Lord if His body were still in the tomb? But His bones were not there the next morning after He died on the cross, for He conquered death. He is alive and willing to help us. Jesus Christ is our salvation! Our Awesome God will do what He says He will do! Read and learn God's Holy Bible so you know Him and the things to come in the Book of Revelation.
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 (September through May) who go until 7:30 PM There is more during the week, especially Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill