Learning How to Praise God

We will be teaching on several key Hebrew words in the Old Testament that are translated “praise,” each having a unique and distinct meaning in the original language. When we learn the applications of these words, we will will be better equipped to adaquately praise the One who is worthy.

What Is Your View Of God?

If you have a distorted image of God, you will have a distorted image of yourself. God put you in a place where He would always accept you and be well pleased with who you are. He put you in the safest place ever. He put you in  Christ! His grace is the empowering presence of God that enables you to become what He sees when He looks at you. That’s why we must focus on being Christlike.

Oh, He is such a good, good Father!

Grumbling

Grumbling caused people to stop seeing miracles, become offended
by Christ’s words, and stop walking with Him. As it was then, so it is
today. Grumbling will ultimately cause you to stop walking with Jesus.
It is a killer. Incredibly, the early disciples (not just the Pharisees) found
fault with the Son of God! They had heaven in their midst and couldn’t
see it. That’s what a grumbling attitude can do.
This poison is prevalent in the church today. I tell you plainly: God
doesn’t want a grumbling people to represent Him on earth. If we are
habitually gossiping, grumbling or complaining, we should beware: the
path we are on leads away from Christ. …

Make lists of people and things that you are thankful to God for. Let’s
put an end to grumbling and complaining and become a people who
possess the wonderful life of God!           Francis Frangipane

 

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

There was a cost.  There was the cross.  Freedom isn’t free.

With God’s help, Our country is standing because of those who were willing to pay the cost of freedom. The early days of fighting for freedom the Revolutionary War brought an unknown amount of casualties. Again, Freedom isn’t free.

America has always stepped up because America understands the cost of freedom. Why? Because America was founded on Christian values. The flag waves because of Christian values.  Because we know in this country without His Holy Spirit, freedom can’t exist. That is why America is always on the front lines, standing tall against the rising darkness that brings bondage to the people. Those men and women whom we honor today, who gave the ultimate sacrifice, were on those front lines against this darkness. They stood for the flag, they stood for the constitution, they stood for the National Anthem and they stood for freedom.

If anyone should understand the cost of freedom – it is the people who have been given freedom through the cross of Jesus Christ.

Our freedoms are being compromised every day. We are losing so many of those liberties and freedoms. Our constitution is being criticized and under attack every day. Those men and women whom we honor today “stood up for freedom” so that we could be free. They gave their lives; the cost was high. We cannot let that cost be for nothing.

As we enjoy the freedom of backyard cookouts with friends and family, remember those who fought and died for it.

“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it.”  -John Adams

Knowing the Holy Spirit

We need to know the Holy Spirit as our Helper and the One who empowers. If we fail to acknowledge Him and know Him as the one who empowers us, we will struggle in our walk with trying to do things from our own ability.

Well, you know how that works out!

….. Starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed. 38 “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him.              Acts 10:37-39  NASB

 

 

National Day Of Prayer

National Day Of Prayer!

The community is invited to come together for a time of prayer for the nation. We will be meeting at Rutherford County Courthouse May 3rd at 12 Noon.

Be involved in this special time, come join us as we unite together to seek God on behalf of our nation.

 

A Look at “They That Wait”

I’ve been studying Isaiah 40 for a Series called “They That Wait.”  WOW, what a wonderful study it is. While Israel was in Assyrian capitative, God begins to show them His Magnificence, Majesty and Might. Then He encourages His “captured people” to wait upon the Lord. The Hebrew picture here of “wait” is not necessarily about  time , but a picture of gathering yourself (mind , will, emotions) and tying (binding) all that you are to the hope and expectations of the Lord.  WOW! What a fresh revelation!

This goes along with Heb 6:17-20, “When God wanted to guarantee His promises, He gave His word, a rock-solid guarantee —   18 God can’t break His word. And because His word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. 19 It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God     THE MESSAGE

There Are No Lone Rangers In The Kingdom of God

 

When I was growing up I remember watching a TV hero called The Lone Ranger. Siding with good, the Lone Ranger was independent, operated on his own agenda and belonged to no particular community. He wore a mask and would slip in and out of town anonymously. People were left asking, “Who was that masked man?”

Many Christians today are adopting the Lone Ranger lifestyle. They visit various churches and attend numerous conferences and events. But they don’t become involved in a local church community and so remain on the fringes, unknown, unsupported and underutilized. But that’s not God’s intention!

Why did Jesus organize His church and call it a body, a flock, a fellowship, and a family? Because He never intended for His Kingdom to be made up of lone rangers. Why did He command us to make disciples, train people for the work of ministry, and pour our lives into the development of lives? Because lone rangers will never have the impact He desires for His Kingdom.

God knows we need loving support, and He calls us to be interdependent servants in the community of believers under properly aligned leadership.The writer of Hebrews exhorts us not to forsake the assembly, in other words, the local church (Hebrews 10:25). Scripture helps us understand that the Christian life is a community life.

We are told in Ephesians 4:11-15, “Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching… Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ”

As we come into this alignment, mutually submitted to authority and to one another, we will be built up in the unity of our faith. This is the only way that we can become mature in Christ. Without this alignment, the Lone Ranger Christians remain alone, struggling to mature, wandering from one teaching to the next. They do not have the support they need to grow in unity to their fullness in Christ.