Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father." (Genesis 49:1, 2 KJV)
To be an Israelite by blood, a person must be a descendent of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The 12 sons of Jacob had grown into 12 tribes by the time they left Egypt. All together they had become a 3 million man "nation" of Our Amazing Creator's chosen people.
The tribe of Levi was to be dedicated to God's service. Moses, a Levite, was the leader out of Egypt and Our Amazing Creator gave him the Law. God made Moses' brother, Aaron, the High Priest in charge of all the sacrifices and worship in the Tabernacle, assisted by his sons. The rest of the Levites were responsible for tabernacle transport, security, maintenance and provisions.
Also of special consideration, the tribe of Joseph was divided between the two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. These "half tribes" were given equality with the other 11 tribes so 13 tribes came to conquer and divide up Canaan, the Promised Land.
Only 12 tribes received large tracts of land. Those people needed access to the priesthood through the Levites, so instead of a land tract, Our Awesome God gave the Levites cities with adjoining "suburbs" within all the other tribal lands. So the 12 landed tribes were: Reuben, Simeon, Judah, Issachar, Zebulon, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Ephraim and Manasseh. The four most prominent have been mentioned earlier as: Judah: The tribe of kings and the most preeminent of the 12 tribes in the Bible. Reuben: Descended from Jacob’s firstborn, whom Jacob said was as “uncontrolled as water” (Genesis 49:4). Simeon: The man Simeon (with his brother Levi) slaughtered the men of an entire city to avenge his sister (Genesis 34:25–31). Levi: The tribe of Levi is noted for standing by Moses during the golden calf incident at Mount Sinai (Exodus 32:25–29). There are 13 Tribes mentioned here but only twelve inherited land from or around the land of Canaan because the tribe of Levi only inherited cities. The Twelve Tribes of Israel refer to the twelve tribes who inherited land in or around Canaan when it was divided by Joshua.
Come join us. There is always a need for Christian teachers and new ideas in presenting Our Amazing Creator to others. 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. We have AWANA for children and a Bible Study group at 6:00 PM on Sunday. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." (Mark 1:15 KJV)
"And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."
(John 6:69 KJV)
A definition for the word "believe" is 1) to accept as true or real, 2) to accept the truth, existence, worth, etc., of something, 3) to trust someone; have confidence, 4) to have religious faith (from Webster's Comprehensive Dictionary 2004 edition). In order to believe, we must have some knowledge concerning what is to be believed, we need trust or confidence, and we need faith.
When someone comes to the point of believing in Jesus Christ, they have to know enough about Jesus to have confidence and faith in Him. After they make a profession of faith, we need to continue to teach them and show them how to learn more about Our Amazing Creator. This means they need to believe that the Holy Bible is God's Word to man without doubt. Again we are asking them to believe in something that cannot be proven beyond a doubt until we get to heaven. Maybe we should look at the things around us to realize life takes more than man can do by himself. It takes God!!
As we and the new believer see Our Amazing Creator working His miracles in our lives, the beliefs we have will deepen and change, bringing us closer to God. When we see and read of the miracles that happen all around us, we know mere humans couldn't think or do something without help. This is often called maturing. It is a wonderful way to increase your faith, knowledge and belief in Him.
There is also a difference in believing in Our Amazing Creator and Jesus Christ and to believe what He says. If He says He can do all things and we believe Him, why don't we let Him do them? Instead, our prayers are careful that we don't make our requests "too big for God." If He indicates that He wants us to do something, we timidly step forward and make a small movement when in order to meet His request we may need to move quickly and decisively. No job is too small or large for God. So believe Him! Trust Him with the impossible. Ask Him! Don't be timid! He will do the best for everyone.
We (as a church) want all people in church, worshipping Our Amazing Creator with faith and obedience every Sunday. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we study, pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study, 10:30 AM for the Worship Service and at 6:00 PM for an hour of Bible Study along with AWANA clubs 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 love visitors!
"And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord : therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing." (Genesis 29:35 KJV)
Jacob’s fourth son, Judah, whose mother was Leah, was a natural leader. It is important to note that Judah’s decisions were often shaped more by the pressures of the moment than by a conscious desire to cooperate with Our Amazing Creator’s plan. But once he did recognize his mistakes, he was willing to admit them and do something about them. There is a situation in Genesis 37:26-28, where Judah recommended that his brothers sell Joseph to the Ishmaelite's instead of taking his life and his brothers listened. Then they actually sold him and took his torn and bloodied coat of many colors to Jacob, their father.
Judah's experience with Tamar, his daughter-in-law, (Genesis 38:1-11) and the final confrontation over Joseph (Genesis 37:26-27) are both examples of Judah’s willingness to bear the blame when confronted. Most people have problems seeing that the sin was theirs, then admitting it, and then doing something about it. But he didn't. In these instances he tried to make restitution for what he had done. Our Amazing Creator uses sinners who know they have sinned and repent of that sin. They can become His adopted children called Christians.
The incident with Tamar, when she became pregnant by Judah, produced the only set of twins recorded by the twelve sons. And through one of those twins, Perez, Judah is in the lineage of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. God wants us to get involved in His (and our) ministry to the world. Our Amazing Creator used kings David and Solomon of the tribe of Judah to demonstrate leadership with His direction to make our human efforts work the best (2 Chronicles 6) and later with Kings, Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:1,3,5) and Josiah (2 Kings 22:1-2). Jesus Christ now reigns as the King from the Tribe of Judah for eternity. Praise the Lord!
Our Amazing Creator can use an unsaved sinner as well as a saved sinner but prefers to use someone who can and does admit to his or her sins. God used the Tribe of Judah for leadership for His people in the Southern Kingdom or Judah after the Kingdom of Israel divided.
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Amazing Creator 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 a Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday at 7 PM, we have Prayer Requests and Bible Study. We love visitors! Are you a Judah?
"And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi." (Genesis 29:34 KJV)
Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah from Our Amazing Creator's chosen people. Leah was still concerned about getting Jacob to love her so the Scripture above tells some of her words, but her father had tricked Jacob when they were married and Jacob probably never loved her. Levi, with his brother, Simeon, took murderous retribution on a family when they got angry over the rape of their sister, Dinah. Jacob said they made him "stink" when he described it in Genesis 34:30. Still, God made Aaron, a descendent of Levi, the first anointed High Priest.
From Levi, Jacob's third son, came the Levites who were dedicated to Our Amazing Creator's service. As such, they were later not treated as other tribes in that the Tribe of Levi was not included in the tribes who were given separate allotments of land during the conquest of Canaan, when the nation of Israel was first established. Moses had singled out the Tribe of Levi to serve as the nation's priests. This tribe served all positions in the tabernacle and the temple from the High Priest, to musicians, to cleaning the instruments of sacrificial worship, to lighting of incense (Luke 1:9) until the last temple was destroyed in 70 AD. As priests to the nation of Israel, the Levites needed to be distributed among the tribes rather than confined to a single territory.
Instead of a land allotment, Joshua, who led the conquest of Canaan, gave 48 towns, scattered throughout the land of Israel, to the Tribe of Levi. The descendants of Levi were given the responsibility for properly taking down, moving and setting up the tabernacle and also for guarding, maintaining and assisting the priests (Aaron and his descendants) during services performed in and associated with the tabernacle (Numbers 3:21-37) and later on in the temple at Jerusalem.
Our Amazing Creator established the tribe of Levi as the principal agents for communication with God in the nation of Israel. They were to lead the nation to be a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:6) in teaching the rest of the world about God. Instead, God had to send the nation warnings through His prophets and for 1500 years the Levites made access to Our Amazing Creator so difficult that few would even attempt it. He didn't really give up on Israel, but God also included the Gentiles by giving them a chance to become His adopted sons through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. You can become a son of Our Amazing Creator who loves you and knows your many sins as He does all my sins. If God can forgive the many sins of the Tribe of Levi, He can forgive your sins.
We invite you to our church to learn that God Is Awesome on Sunday mornings (9:30 AM) and the Worship Service at (10:30 AM); then on Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) we have a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. When you come, ask about the choir, AWANA for children and Prayer Meeting.
"If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15 KJV)
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." (John 14:21 KJV)
According to Holman's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, a succinct definition of biblical obedience is, "to hear God's Word and act accordingly." Then biblical obedience means simply to hear, trust, submit and surrender to Our Amazing Creator and obey his Word.
In the above Scripture Verse, it states that we will keep His Commandments if we love Our Amazing Creator. But we are flawed in our love because we are always sinning and that is breaking or not following God's Commandments. Can we be obedient and follow His Commandments which are for our own good? Deuteronomy 11:26–28 sums it up like this: "Obey and you will be blessed. Disobey and you will be cursed."
Commandments from Our Amazing Creator are given with love and an understanding of what you need. God gave commandments to us because He loves us and wants the best for us. As we grow older, it oft times becomes harder to believe that God can have no other reasons for giving us commandments. This is because we often equate God with our earthly fathers and the fathers we see around us. God is God and He created you! He loves you with a love that is beyond description! And He is only demanding your loving obedience to help you.
It will improve our welfare and happiness to obey Our Amazing Creator! We will prosper in all our endeavors, we will be better people, and we will have an eternal home with all amenities. But most of all, we will show our love for God in obeying Him. It is so little to ask us to do when God has done so much for us! Try hard to allow Him to lead your way through this world for He knows all the right answers and all the best things to do. Jesus Christ is that perfect leader we have always wanted and needed!
Our Amazing Creator with His knowledge, love, mercy and grace is all we need, if we obey and accept Jesus Christ, for eternal life in heaven. We need to learn as much as possible about God, His Son and the purpose for our lives on earth and in heaven. So join us each Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for Worship Service. AWANA for children and more Bible Studies are available; and the choir is being reorganized. We want you to know and love our God! We at LWBC teach and preach from God's Holy Bible and believe that He sent His Son for our salvation. Come learn with us!
"And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened up her womb: but Rachel was barren." (Genesis 29:31 KJV)
There was a "contest?" between (Our Amazing Creator's chosen man) Jacob's two wives; Leah (the unloved wife) and her sister, Rachel (the loved wife). So Leah bore Jacob's first son, Reuben, and when she gave birth to the second son she said, "Because the Lord hath heard that I am hated, He has therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon." (Genesis 29:33 KJV)
Simeon, the second son of Jacob by Leah, and progenitor of one of the tribes of Israel was born at Padan-aram. Simeon was prominent in two incidents: He was associated with his brother Levi in the cruel massacre of the Shechemites in revenge for the defilement of Dinah (their sister), for which act he was rebuked by Jacob (Genesis 34:25); later he was taken by Joseph as a hostage and imprisoned until his brothers had returned with Benjamin (Genesis 42:24KJV).
Jacob, when he was about to die in Egypt, prophesied concerning his children and said of Simeon, " Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel." (Genesis 49:5-7)
Simeon became a tribe found within the shadow of Judah with a number of cities that were given to them by Judah because Judah had too much. Together with their brethren they fought to drive out the Caananites but never drove them completely out. I often feel this tribe was satisfied with too little and left things half done because, like us, they only accomplished a small amount of what Our Amazing Creator wanted them to do. God wants us to have it all but we don't obey Him completely and turn everything over to Him so we only get a small blessing.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment is to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Amazing Creator 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 who go until 7:30 PM (September through May). Wednesday at 7:00 PM is Prayer Requests and Bible Study. We love visitors!
"My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." (1 John 3:18 KJV)
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." (1 John 4:7 KJV)
We have lost the true meaning of love, as the Bible and Our Amazing Creator defines it, since it has been corrupted in the common usage of the English language and society. Most often, love is confused with infatuation - that elated, "high" feeling we get when we "fall in love." This kind of "love" is something that lasts typically less than a year and, unless replaced by true love, results in broken relationships or a broken marriage.
The Bible and Jesus are very emphatic that we should love because Our Amazing Creator gave us that characteristic of Himself. It would certainly change our world if we all loved our neighbors as ourselves and put them as more important than ourselves.Think about this, if we truly love, we will focus on that person or possibly a thing (but when something cannot love you, it is usually impossible to sustain that love over a long period of time) to the exclusion of all other persons or things. We will put them before thinking of ourselves. Moreover, you will think of them more frequently than anything else in your life. Do you really like and believe in them? If you really like and believe, you would even die for them. This is love! Just be sure you understand where you are going and what the consequences might be of this love. True love is for a life time or eternity!
Real love, whether Agape, Phileo, or even Eros, would cause the number of wars and murders to decrease. We should all practice Agape Love. It brings a lifetime and an eternity of love closer to all Christians.Our Amazing Creator accepts anyone who realizes that he is sinning and wants to stop sinning and do it God's way. Come, tell Him your sins and that you are ready to stop. All Christians have confessed, because only our Lord can get rid of sin for you. Don't wait! A Christian is just a saved sinner. Become a Christian by repenting of those sins and believing in Christ's ability to pay your sin debt.
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 Amazing Creator 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 clubs for children which goes until 7:30 PM. We love visitors!
"Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's:)" (1 Chronicles 5:1-2 KJV)
To be an Israelite (Our Amazing Creator's chosen people) by blood, a person must be a descendent of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Reuben was an Israelite. He was also the first born son of Jacob. The 12 sons of Jacob are the patriarchs of the 12 Tribes of Israel.
There was a "contest?" between Jacob's two wives; Leah (the unloved wife) and her sister, Rachel (the loved wife) and Leah was the mother of the first born, Reuben. "And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, "Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me" (Genesis 29:32 KJV).
As the first born son, Reuben was in line to receive the birthright. However, in Our Amazing Creator's Holy Bible is written, "And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:" (Genesis 35:22 KJV). This sin, disrespecting God and Jacob, his father, cost him his birthright. Near the time of his death in Egypt, Jacob described each of his sons and his words for Reuben were: "Reuben, thou are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power. Unstable as water, thou shall not excel; because you went up to thy father's bed; then you defiledst it: He went up to my couch." (Genesis 49:3-4 KJV) Here was a man who came from Our Amazing Creator's chosen people and he wasted it in the sins he committed until he lost his birthright. Then he caused his family to sin with his inability to control his anger and to control his sons. But God used him to build up and protect His people from their enemies by giving him strength (1 Chronicles 5:18).
In spite of our behavior, Our Amazing Creator can and does use us to further His purpose. But if we could learn His Will a little faster than Reuben did, it might help the entire human race to arrive at God's purpose sooner.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles. 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 clubs for children until 7:30 PM (September through May). On Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM, we have a Prayer Meeting and a Bible Study. We love visitors!
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily 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." (Psalms 66:18-20 KJV)
Our Amazing Creator is infinite, complex, loving and righteous, but He will meet you where you are in your understanding of 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 and that is where you should begin for He will be there too.
Like all your friends and loved ones, be they neighbors or relatives, in order to know them well we must talk to them (pray). Our Amazing Creator wants you to converse or talk with Him so that you slowly understand and love Him. So bring all of your preconceived ideas and start talking to Him. You will grow to love your time with Him!
"Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." (Psalms 5:1-3 KJV)
In the above Scripture, King David is talking to Our Amazing Creator and asking Him to hear his prayers. So as you slowly feel your way into the conversation with God, be aware that, though He knows what you are thinking, He knows that you need to express it aloud.
Conversation with God will never be boring! Think of all He knows! Start where you are comfortable and advance at your pace to a deeper knowledge and understanding of this powerful, eternal and all knowing God. Our Amazing Creator knows everything and loves you beyond any love we know or really understand. You will grow to love the feeling of peace His talks give when you become earnestly involved in talking (praying) to Him. It's addicting! It gives you wisdom!
If you are hesitant to pray or to talk to Our Amazing Creator, our Wednesday night prayer meeting at 7:00 pm is a good place to learn or advance your understanding and confidence in praying. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 10:30 AM for worship and at 6:00 PM for Bible Study and AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. We care as a 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 people and love them!
Our Amazing Creator is written by Flo and Bill Richardson. They have been Christians for over 50 years and have worked with all ages. Hope you enjoy their view on the Bible and Our Amazing Creator.