"Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth."
(Genesis 11:9 KJV)
In the Holy Bible an interpreter may be of two kinds. He may be a translator, one who conveys the meaning of words spoken or written in one language to persons reading or speaking in another, and he can do this either orally or in writing. The other possibility is the interpreter may be one who interprets Bible prophecy by telling the meaning, significance, and understanding of prophetic dreams, visions, and messages of divine origin. Again, this could be written or spoken.
The confusion of man's language during the building of the Tower of Babel caused by man’s arrogance and at Our Awesome God’s command resulted in the human family becoming a multilingual race. This created the new professions of interpreter and translator. While the gift of interpretation was used by many as the years went by (Genesis 42:23 & 2 Chronicles 32:31 KJV), this gift was given to Jesus Christ's faithful disciples in 33 AD by the Holy Spirit to uplift the followers by teaching in their own languages (Acts 2:4-11). Other wonderful gifts were given to this group with instructions on how to use them.
Interpretation became more important as languages and visions changed. Some interpretations were false and self-serving.
We often over-look the instructions on how to use these gifts and how to identify those that are given by the Holy Spirit. Read 1 Corinthians 12 through 14 but read carefully verses 12:7 and 14:26-27. These tell you that if people don't understand or aren't uplifted, one should be silent. This gift is not for your glorification but for Our Awesome God's glory and honor. One’s ability to interpret is marvelous but it must be used wisely and with the understanding that it must glorify God, not us.
Like all gifts that Our Awesome God gives, from interpretation to pastoring to teaching to cleaning the church, we must do our best with the ones we have and not take them to use for any other purpose than for the glorification of God as He wants it done. If it is done any other way or for any purpose than God's, we will get in trouble eventually.
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.
"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 I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea."
(Revelation 21:1 KJV)
When looking for information about heaven, Our Awesome God's Bible seems to be cryptic. We stumble over word pictures of crowns, streets of gold, thrones, etc. All these images seem to be stumbling blocks or deterrents to our understanding heaven. The images are actually meant to be incentives. The word pictures of palms, crowns, streets of gold, thrones, seas of glass are symbols as used in our Holy Bible.
Joni Eareckson Tada once said, "One purpose of a symbol is to represent in a simple way a more complex action or idea." We need to remember that Our Awesome God often uses symbols to help us become curious about something such as heaven.
If we use the images of heaven given to us in Scripture as symbols, then we will be getting a partial view of heaven, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; …" (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV). So heaven will be a blurred image of what it really is unless we use these symbols as incentives to look deeper into God’s Word.
It is also thought that, since Scripture is always comparing things in heaven to something we know here on earth, maybe heaven is indescribable. That possibly our language cannot come close to allowing we humans to understand what Paul saw in 2 Corinthians 12:2, the prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 1:26-28 or John in Revelation. But what a wonderful place they describe.
Our Awesome God has prepared for us a new adventure when we get to heaven. Join me on 6/23/15 for the next discussion on heaven called: #2 NEW Everything? Meanwhile, read the Book of Revelation and John's description of heaven. Pray to walk a little closer to Our Awesome God.
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 Worship Service. At 6:00 PM we have a Bible Study along 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!
"For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;"
(Song of Solomon 2:11-12 KJV)
"This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him."
(Lamentations 3:21-24 KJV)
Many of us have gardens that have plants that come back each year when Spring comes and Winter is past. The lilies, tulips and crocuses pop up out of the ground to remind us that Our Awesome God gives an opportunity to rest and renew our strength before our next trial or temptation if we lean on Him.
There are times when we need to rest in the arms of Our Awesome God and absorb His peace, love and faithfulness. Some of us do this with vacations, some with retreats, some with fasting and some with frequent prayers and some use all of these methods to keep their focus on God. But be aware that there are "winters" in our lives. That is not unusual but we need the hope found in God's Holy Word and we should use it. Those "winters" need the renewal of "spring" in the form of Jesus Christ as our loving God planned it. As we remember at Easter, Jesus Christ died for us and rose from the dead to allow all those who believe in Him to live forever with Him. This great love and faithfulness is a gift to us, sinful people, and should be remembered in our darkest "winter" night because we can be assured that "spring" with it's renewal is on the way.
Renewal is Our Awesome God's plan to keep you from experiencing what we call "burnout" in our professional life and in our work for Him. So lean on our powerful God and on Jesus Christ to keep your feelings of peace, of love from above and the knowledge that He is there whenever you need Him. We need our God always.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. 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 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!
"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!
"For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke."
(Isaiah 59:17 KJV)
As we put on the last two parts of our armor, we need to remember that our conflict with Satan is spiritual which means we protect ourselves every day with this armor from Our Awesome God. But know what each piece of protection is for and use it.
5) Helmet of Salvation---protects the mind, which is the battleground of salvation, from the fiery darts of Satan. This helmet protects your mind from the doubts and lies (fiery darts) that Satan will give you to make you wonder if you are saved and Our Awesome God's child. Know your Holy Bible to stengthen the helmet!
6) The Sword of the Spirit---is the Word of Our Awesome God that comes out of your mouth with power and authority when you have the Holy Spirit in you and you know God's Word. The sword of the Spirit -- the sword is the Word of God, your weapon against Satan. But in order to use your weapon well, you have to practice with it. A soldier never wants to go into battle with an unfamiliar weapon or without practicing.
Ephesians 6:12, written by Our Awesome God, clearly indicates that the conflict with Satan is spiritual, and therefore no tangible weapons can be effectively employed against him and his minions. We are not given a list of specific tactics Satan will use. However, the passage is quite clear that, when we follow all the instructions faithfully, we will be able to stand, and we will have victory regardless of Satan’s strategy. The good news is that none of these six pieces of the Full Armor of God require power on our part. Jesus Christ has already won our victory through his sacrificial death on the cross. We only have to put on the effective armor he has given us.
You now have the full armor of Our Awesome God who has already won against Satan. But you need to stand firm in your love and faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Don't doubt when confronted by others disbelief, you have the more than adequate Armor of Our Awesome God. You know He is right! Fight for what?
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 program for children called AWANA that lasts until 7:30 PM. We have an 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!
"To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"
(Ephesians 1:6-7 KJV)
The biblical meaning of grace is defined as divine blessing and unmerited favor from Our Awesome God, that brings joy and salvation to undeserving man. The word "Grace" goes beyond that, even to love given by a perfect God, Father God, to imperfect man who continues to sin and needs God's grace. The Book of Titus says, "For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" (Titus 3:3-5 KJV)
We need to talk about what, next to Jesus, is the sweetest word in all of the Bible, the word, "Grace." Without Grace you cannot know Our Awesome God. Without Grace you cannot understand God. Without Grace you cannot relate to God. There is not a word that is more important to the Christian than the word, Grace.
The Greek word, "charis" gives the idea of enabling and giving generously without thought of any return this is grace as God gives it. The receiver feels love and thankfulness. Grace is an attribute of Our Awesome God and can be thought of as the reason for all favors given to us by God. God’s love makes Him want to give to us in spite of our disobedient behavior and His Grace allows it to happen without compromising His righteousness. God’s righteousness still requires death as the payment for sin and Our Awesome God has also fulfilled that requirement through Jesus Christ, His ultimate act of Grace.
Our Awesome God wants you to recognize that everything, even life itself, is given through His Grace. He has revealed Himself through His Grace so you can know and understand Him and His Laws. His Grace provides a way for you to become His child and inherit eternal life. Join a church that reads the Bible, prays and preaches that Jesus, the Son of God, is our Savior giving us grace.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Our programs include AWANA for children on Sunday at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM and a Bible Study. We love visitors and practice the "love one another" commandment to all.
Flo & Bill