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September 3, 2019, 2:26 PM

September 4, 2019

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” Matthew 24:37-39


We live in times when wickedness has once again filled the Earth. Scripture tells us that in Noah’s day the thoughts of people were evil all the time. We see times much like that in our day. We live in days of terrorism, mass shootings, human trafficking and perverted lifestyles. Why? The thoughts of people have turned away from God to the wickedness of the enemy. Has any of this taken God by surprise? Of course not! God has seen these times before and destroyed the world with a flood saving only Noah and his family.

Many would say that because of the flood, God must not be very compassionate. Some believe God to be watching us with the purpose of constantly looking for some reason to punish us for every wrong deed. The truth is; God is so loving and compassionate toward us that if there were a thousand steps between us He would take all but the last one. He still requires us to make the last step toward His freedom in Christ. Listen to how Jeff Kinley, author of As It Was in the Days of Noah, describes God so eloquently. “His is a heart more tender than mortal words can describe. More affectionate than human thought can imagine. Remarkably, He is simultaneously compassionate and holy, gracious and righteous, merciful and just, forgiving and wrathful. His infinite qualities harmoniously complement one another in a manner and at a level far above our human understanding. He is God –transcendent, yet personal. Invisible, yet intimate. Everlasting, yet ever present with us. The God who floods also forgives.”

Wow! What a Father we have and serve! Many in our day believe that the Great Flood is only a myth. However, Jesus made reference to Noah’s day when talking about the coming of the Son of Man. The writer of Hebrews talks of Noah’s faith in building the ark and Peter mentions Noah at least twice in his writings. The events of Noah’s day are true. During that time, evil was rampant upon the Earth. Look at the verses above again very carefully. Jesus is coming soon! Will you experience God’s compassion or His wrath? Today, you can have a relationship with Almighty God. You can be spared from the wrath of God but it is only possible in His Son, Jesus.


                                                                                                                                               We love you,

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August 27, 2019, 11:01 AM

August 28, 2019

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

Why do people find it difficult to listen when we share the most important message in all the world? We talk with people and even plead with them at times, but they struggle to accept our message. We talked Sunday about the antichristian spirit and how that spirit is rampant in our culture. We can feel and experience the darkness and wickedness against the ways of anything Christian. Movie critics frequently downplay the appeal and message of Christian films hoping that people will not watch them. However, even amid the critics, God’s message continues to shine forth. John gives us encouragement, as he did with early believers, that we are God’s children and have overcome the false spirit of the world.

John shares the real reason we have the power to overcome. He reminds us that the Spirit living inside of us is far greater than the antichristian spirit permeating this world. When we surrender our life to Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell with us. It is not like the Old Testament when the Holy Spirit would occasionally visit certain people to carry out God’s task. Now He dwells with us to encourage, convict and guide us in the ways of God. We should be so grateful for God’s anointing which sets us apart from the world to accomplish His purposes. Jesus told us that when the Spirit of truth came, He would guide us into all the truth. The truth is Jesus and we get into trouble when we try to define truth by our own ideas and experiences. The spirit of falsehood so rampant in John’s day is the same spirit of falsehood we experience today. False teachers and false prophets are of this world. When they speak, people are gullible and listen very intently to them. It is obvious that the world does not understand the things of God.

We should be so thankful that we are God’s children and belong to Him. The ways and ideas of this world seem odd and strange to us because we do not belong here. We are only here for a short time to carry out the purpose of God for which we were created. We know that this world is filled with falsehood and will not listen to the truth. Yet, that does not mean that we just give up and stop sharing the truth to others. No, it should challenge us to present the message even more because we are filled with compassion for those who are so blinded by the world’s viewpoint.

By the way, Overcomer is a great movie and well worth your time to watch. It does portray the truth even though the critics blast it as much as they can. Isn’t that what the enemy has been doing all along? Hope you have a great week as you continually stand for and proclaim the truth even in this dark world.

                                                                                                                                              We love you,

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August 20, 2019, 1:11 PM

August 21, 2019

"And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it'  Luke 14: 27-28
     Do people really count the cost of becoming a follower of Christ? It is expensive because it will cost us some things that are important to us. The passage above reminds us that Jesus warned people to count the cost of following Him before making a commitment. Following Jesus is a life-long commitment that doesn't necessarily mean long life, health or wealth. What would happen if it became illegal to live the Christian life in this country? What if we were told that professing a Christian lifestyle would lead to a prison term or worse? What if we were told that we could no longer meet together as a family of believers? Would we desire even more to be known as God's children or would we shrink back so that others may not find out? Hebrews 10:39 says, "But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved".
     One of the key elements missing among Christians today is commitment. We should be in for the long-term regardless of the circumstances. Sometimes we have the inclination to quickly give up before a task is completed. We have the tendency to quit when we become bored, frustrated or hurt. We often quit just on the brink of something spectacular that God is about to do. However, we live in times when we cannot afford to quit if the task is still before us. There should be a sense of urgency among us. The devil will use anything and everything to get us to quit and become unproductive Christians. We know that the cost of Christianity is extremely high, but we also know that we have been given the responsibility to share the message of Jesus with the world even in difficult circumstances.
     One of the commitments we made as a church family a few years ago was to support AWANA in every way possible. Sometimes it is tempting to give up because it may become frustrating or difficult. Please be in prayer about this extremely important ministry and how you can become involved. Even if we become bored, frustrated or hurt, we must persevere because it is such a critical time. Our children need us! We are looking forward with such anticipation to what God is about to do in this new year. We encourage you to get involved as we all commit to seeing our children come to know Christ personally and become His life-long disciple-makers. Please spend time encouraging them to follow through as they see us willing to totally commit ourselves to the full life of Christianity. May you each have a blessed and prosperous week as you live a life of commitment.
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August 13, 2019, 4:00 PM

August 14, 219

"Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other." Romans 12:4-5
This week is a devotion by Greg Laurie that I thought very informative.
"If you want to get the most out of church, then stop thinking like a consumer and start thinking like a communer. A consumer goes to church with an attitude that says, 'It's all about me. Do what I want to do'. A communer, on the other hand, goes to church with the realization that it's all about us, and more importantly, it's all about Him. A communer asks, 'How can I be a blessing to someone else today'?
If you become self-absorbed, then you will find that you're a very unhappy Christian.
God has given every Christian a spiritual gift or gifts. And those gifts need to be used. We read in 1 Corinthians 12:7 that 'a spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other'. And Romans 12:4-5 says, 'Just as our bodies have many parts and each has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other'. These aren't talents but spiritual gifts that come to us as believers. They're not given because we deserve them, because none of us deserve any of these gifts. Rather, God graciously bestows them upon us.

How do we discover our spiritual gifts? Go out and serve the Lord. Volunteer wherever you can, wherever there is a need. You'll know in time whether that is the gift God has called you to use. You'll discover through prayer and the process of elimination what your gifts are (and what they are not). Serving with fellow believers is not only important to those you serve, but it's also important to you. This is how to get the most out of church. When you bless others, you will be blessed yourself.'
Hope you enjoyed the article and praying you each have a great week!
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                                                                                                                             Brad and Virginia 

August 6, 2019, 11:36 AM

August 7, 2019

"He has saved us and called us to a holy life, not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace." 2 Timothy 1:9
God has a special purpose for your life! The enemy deceives and blinds people every day so that we cannot fully decipher the purpose God has for us. As we look at our culture, the distractions become evident all around us. The message Sunday morning described some of these distractions in detail. The distractions not only blind us to the truth but also cause us to miss out on the purpose for which God has called us. The four distractions we mentioned Sunday were fear, despair, disappointment and stress.
In reading another article this week, the author pointed out several other distractions in our culture. It is important that we know these distractions so that we can know the devil's schemes. First is what is called the comparison trap. The comparison trap occurs when we look at what others are doing and use that as a model for our own life. Probably, the largest comparison trap today is social media. We see what everyone else believes, the stuff they possess, and the reason their life seems so happy. When we compare to others, our life often seems so mundane and boring. How could someone so mundane serve God effectively?
Another area that can cause major distractions is control. Some have a real issue with wanting everything to go their way. When we are desiring to serve God, our thoughts must be totally focused on Him. Any thoughts about what we want or how we want to accomplish a task can become a real distraction and keep us from God's purpose.
A third distraction occurs when we fail to offer forgiveness to others. How can we legitimately carry out God's purpose if we are unwilling to forgive others? The entirety of God's message to mankind is about His forgiveness of sins through Jesus. Our unforgiveness can become one of the biggest distractions and hinderances to following God's purpose. Our desire is that you are made very aware of satan's tactics as he desires to distract all of us from God's real purpose.
                                                                                                                              We love you,
                                                                                                                              Brad and Virginia

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