My God My Neighbor Sunday, Oct 28 2018 

Today’s scripture may be found in Exodus chapter 20 verses 1-17:

20 Then God spoke all these words, saying,

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of [a]slavery.

“You shall have no other gods [b]before Me.

“You shall not make for yourself [c]an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not [d]leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who [e]stays with you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

And also John 1:17 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth [a]were realized through Jesus Christ.

When God gave Moses the law it came on two tablets. The first tablet has all the commandments relating to God. The second tablet has all the commandments relating to ourselves and others.

And also Matthew 22:35-40

35 One of them, [n]a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [o]foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

The problem is we put the second before the first. We love our neighbor and ourselves before we love God.

With the world there is dread, trials tribulations, frustrations, emptiness, crisis, and lawlessness.

What is the value of our beliefs? Why are we so robbed of our blessings? The light shines in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not. We can’t see what the problem is because we have our priorities all mixed up. The law shines the light on that. The law points out our need for Christ. That is the function of the law? God is Holy.

Why did God give Moses the law? Why did Moses come first then Jesus? Why didn’t Jesus just come right away and get us all out of this mess? That question focuses  on putting man’s way above God’s way. It puts us as the focus instead of God. God should be first and our fellowman second. The world puts the second table first. Without God we can do nothing.

How can we love our neighbor as ourselves with all the disunity? Do we love ourselves? The only way we can know the truth is when God’s law shines its’ light upon us.

The world wants to know how to get practical knowledge in order to cope in the world. How to get through the current crisis. They want to know how to get through with it all. Of course we need help. The nation needs help. But we can’t always start with ourselves and others and then call on God as a last resort in desperation.

We are all just like Adam. We point the finger and say it wasn’t me, it was the woman you gave me. We blame others for what we do. Look at the nations. Same story. There is nothing wrong with me or my country.

James 4:1-3

[a]What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? [b]Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask [c]with wrong motives, so that you may spend it [d]on your pleasures.

We need to start with God.

As Christians it is possible for us to stand in the presence of God before the throne of grace. Introduce ourselves to the ten commandments in the exact order they are given. He is the only God. He is Almighty. He is Sovereign. He is the Creator and Sustain-er of the whole universe. God is Spirit. God is Holy. He demands our total allegiance. We are to worship only Him.

In the world, people live for their children, their wives, their jobs, their possessions, their desires, their accomplishments and successes. They live entirely for themselves.

God is a jealous God, a righteous God, a just God. Jesus did not come to destroy the law but to “fulfill” it. Matthew 5:18 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

God is judging us all this present hour. We are reaping our own rewards.

There is only one test. What is your relationship with God? Do you worship Him, love Him, keep His commandments?

God has a purpose-to bring us out of bondage. God is preparing Christians for that purpose. His Kingdom shall reign and rule over all.

 

 

 


 

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My Church My Call Saturday, Oct 27 2018 

The scriptures for today may be found in the book of Luke chapter 7 verses 41-50:

41 “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred [a]denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.” 44 Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” 49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say [b]to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” 50 And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

And also the book of John chapter 1 verse 17:

17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth [a]were realized through Jesus Christ.

Why isn’t the church filled with joy and peace and contentment?

One of the primary reasons is because they say that grace and truth are in the law. But here it says grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. We know God’s law is truthful and has always been so the conclusion is that we need the law. One of the reasons Christ came to live among us is to correct the misuse of God’s law.

What is the value of all of this for us?

It is the “fullness of Christ”. You see the law was a foreshadowing of Christ. So now we have a marriage of grace and truth. A “better” way.

Why is it we are not more thankful to God for the sacrifice of His only Son, Jesus?

Many churches today dismiss the law and say, “We don’t have to bother with that anymore. We are saved by faith.”

But grace does not dismiss the law. Romans 3:31 Do we then nullify [a]the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law. It helps us to realize we need forgiveness.

What is the state of your love to the LORD your God?

You will never appreciate grace until you realize your need forgiveness.  Have you ever known deep repentance?

47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.

Unless you know the depth of your iniquity and your need of Christ you will never know the love.

Some think that sin is anything that messes up my life. If I could just stop doing this or that I would be perfect and everything would be alright. But sin is against God. They aren’t concerned with God. They just want to be happy. They want happiness rather than holiness.

Matthew 5:“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Living in a worldly way comes when we dismiss the law of God which leads to a “false joy”. We should examine ourselves in view of the law. The other problem is mixing the law and grace. The moment you begin to miss them you have no joy at all because you are constantly going back under the law again. We are under grace.

Prayer diminishes when we are under the law. Here we go, “I failed again.”

With grace you are sanctified. With the world you need to be circumcised along with Christ. They always try to add something to it. You have to do this or that in order to be saved and you are constantly frustrated going from religion to religion looking for the truth. But truth without grace is not enough.

Galatians 5:1-3

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.

 

My Contentment, My Fullness Friday, Oct 26 2018 

The verses for today may be found in the book of Philippians chapter 4 verses 11-13:

11 Not that I speak [a]from want, for I have learned to be [b]content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things [c]through Him who strengthens me.

And together with John 1:16 16 For of His fullness [a]we have all received, and [b]grace upon grace.

And also 1 John 5:1a Whoever believes that Jesus is the [a]Christ is [b]born of God.

Let’s begin right away to test ourselves in light of these scriptures. Let’s compare ourselves to the apostle Paul who is one of the New Testament examples of a saint who has received of the fullness of Christ.

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.

How difficult is it to arrive at contentment?

The world’s solution is wealth, pleasure, ambition, position, and pride. But this leads only to discontent, stress, worry, and dissatisfaction.

Acts 16:23-25

23 When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely; 24 [l]and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the [m]stocks.

25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Paul has been whipped, jailed, and put into stocks, yet he prays and sings hymns to praise God.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to [b]torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast [c]about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with [d]insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Here again Paul has turned upside down his circumstances.

2 Timothy 4:76-8

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Like Paul, we too have received of His fullness and grace upon grace. It does not matter what our temperament is because it says “all we”and it is His fullness we have received. We possess it.

The world would say, “Talk is cheap. I’ve seen you Christians. There is no difference. You worry and fret just like everybody else.” They should judge us by what they see.

Divine contentment persists in all circumstances. God is the God of hills and valleys. Paul says, “I have learned in whatsoever state I am in I am content whether I am abased or I abound.”

Can you say, “always I am content”? Have you received of His fullness?

Divine contentment renders us independent of our circumstances. It is like living in the center of a hurricane.

Divine contentment is learned. It is not something we just get instantly when we are saved. Paul says, “I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry.”

Christ can give you of His fullness anywhere. You don’t have to become a monk and separate yourself from people. Our LORD prayed in John 17:13-15 13 But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them [d]from [e]the evil one.

Think, work it out -verse 12 from above: 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

The word “learned” here means “initiated” into the secret, “lead” by the Holy Spirit, “illumination” of our spirit by Him.

And finally, verse 13 from above: 13 I can do all things [c]through Him who strengthens me. I like the King James version which says “through Christ”. So there is no question who Paul is talking about.

How does He do it? The moment you receive the fullness of Christ your desire decreases for worldly solutions. New affections push off the old desires just like spring blossoms on fruit trees push away the old dead leaves. The knowledge of Him and His fullness gives us complete satisfaction. Thy loving kindness is better than life. But Christ is all, and in all.  For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.

Do you know how to be abased? The saint is driven the more to seek the face of Christ. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. For when I am weak, then I am strong. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Do you know how to abound? If you have the  fullness you have a new view of life. The Christian needs Him even more when abounding. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

 

 

 

 

 

My Helper, My Friend Thursday, Oct 25 2018 

The verses for today may be found in the book of Philippians chapter 4 verses 5-7:

Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is [a]near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all [b]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I’d like to take these scriptures together with John 1:16 16 For of His fullness [a]we have all received, and [b]grace upon grace.

And also the verse Philippians 1:29 29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.

Now here we have a conundrum. On the one had we are told that we have all received of His fullness and on the other we will suffer for His sake. On the one hand it says be anxious for nothing and yet we know in the world we shall have tribulations and trials.

So what is the world’s solution to this? Well they will tell you to become a fatalist which only leads to being defeated by the devil. Or they will  offer you some sort of psychological answer like positive thinking. The world says if your anxious take a drink or a drug to settle you down.

How can a man be at peace? Paul doesn’t just tell us don’t be anxious without a way. No-no, he tells us three things we must do and they are “but in everything by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

We are not alone. Jesus is with us. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.

John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Never be a victim of trials. Never worry, fret, be anxious, nor nervous. This instant you begin to have these thoughts do the three things. Sure makes it easier to pray without ceasing.

But how can we pray? Apart from Him you can do nothing. Romans 5:1-2

Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and [b]we exult in hope of the glory of God.

Hebrews 4:16 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 10:19 19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus.

We can pray with confidence and assurance because we know God loves us-John 3:16. We can pray in the name of Jesus.

We can Thank God! Thank Him for salvation, the hairs of your head are all numbered, blessings, ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, health, strength, family, and new birth.

1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

We have the sureness of his care and promises. You see, God cannot change.

Romans 8:37-39

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If God be for us who can be against us.  All things work together for good to those that love Him and are called according to His purpose. The LORD is my Helper and I care not what man can do unto me.. Our God is a gracious God. The peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. God is peace….eternal peace. Holiness always leads to peace. God gives us His peace.

Ephesians 3:19 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Peace be unto you all.

My Savior My Hope Wednesday, Oct 24 2018 

 

The verses for today may be found in the book of Philippians 3 verses 15-21:

15 Let us therefore, as many as are [a]perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16 however, let us keep [b]living by that same standard to which we have attained.

17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. 18 For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their [c]appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. 20 For our [d]citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform [e]the body of our humble state into conformity with [f]the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

We will begin with the definition of terms beginning with “Savior”. Many would say to you that it means that “Christ died for my sins on the cross at Calvary and saved me from hell and gave me the right to enter heaven when I die.” And, that is all true. But, it is more than that.  He was also the Savior of the whole cosmos. It tells us that in the previous chapter 2 verses 9 and 10: For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Thank God for this.

Let me ask you this one question, “Do you know you are saved?”

How do you know this? Do you hope for heaven? Do you hope for the coming of Christ? Do you live for Christ? Does the Holy Spirit bear witness with your spirit that you are a child of God? Have you given up trusting in man to save you: Politics, commercialism, indeed the whole world?

Our citizenship is in heaven.

We eagerly wait for a Savior: The LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Is Jesus transforming you from the body of your humble state into conformity with the body of His glory?

2 Corinthians 3:18 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Now let’s go on to define hope: Heb 11:1 11 Now faith is the [a]assurance of things [b]hoped for, the [c]conviction of things not seen.

Ephesians 2: For by grace you have been saved through faith; and [h]that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.

Matthew 12:21 21 “And in His name the [c]Gentiles will hope.”

Romans 1:5 5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and [b]we exult in hope of the glory of God.

Hope is a yearning. It is something unseen that you know that you have in your grasp. Have you lost all hope? I pray that you find it again in Jesus Christ my Savior and my hope.

Jude 1:24-25 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

To Fear or Not to Fear? Tuesday, Oct 16 2018 

That is an important question and when taken directly from scripture the results may surprise you.

John 9:31 31 We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.

Acts 13:26 26 “Brethren, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Philippians 2:12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

1 Peter 2:17 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the [b]king.

Revelation 14:7 and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”

Now let’s take the “No Fear” verses.

Do not fear persecutors.

Matthew 10: “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

1 Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you [b]are blessed. And do not fear their [c]intimidation, and do not be troubled,

Do not fear your value to God.

Deuteronomy 31: Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”

Luke 12: Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Romans 8:14 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery [a]leading to fear again, but you have received [b]a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear [a]involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

 

Seeking God Through Prayer Thursday, Oct 11 2018 

One of the most intimate ways we seek God is through prayer. David sought God in the Psalms over and over again. When he was feeling far from God, He prayed in Psalm 51:11-12 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Let’s come boldly to the throne of grace today and pray to our Father which is in heaven. May His Kingdom come and His Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Let’s praise His holy name as we pray. Let’s pray in the Spirit. Thank-you, Lord for this new day and all of the blessings you have in store. Thank-you for the answered prayers from yesterday.

Help us to see your hand at work in our lives and lead us into the way everlasting. Direct our paths as we acknowledge you in all we do. Help us to mortify the deeds of our bodies in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Components of Christian Faith Tuesday, Oct 9 2018 

  1. Adoration: We love God because He first loved us.
  2. Revelation:  Witness of the Spirit with our spirit: Romans 8: 16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
  3. Compassion of Christ: For the lost, for the sick,

    The Anointed Bearer of Glad Tidings

    [a]The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
        because the Lord has anointed me;
    He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted,
        to bind up the brokenhearted,
    To proclaim liberty to the captives,
        release to the prisoners,
    To announce a year of favor from the Lord
        and a day of vindication by our God;
    To comfort all who mourn;
        to place on those who mourn in Zion
        a diadem instead of ashes,
    To give them oil of gladness instead of mourning,
        a glorious mantle instead of a faint spirit.

  4. Acknowledgement of God’s Power: 2 Peter 1:1-3To those who have received a faith of the same [b]kind as ours, [c]by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us [d]by His own glory and [e]excellence.
  5. Confirmation by the Word: Hebrews 1:Now faith is the [a]assurance of things [b]hoped for, the [c]conviction of things not seen.
  6. Prayer to God through Jesus Christ:
    2 Thessalonians 1:10-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    10 when He comes to be glorified [a]in His [b]saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will [c]count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  7. Individual Confirmation:
    Mark 16:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 These [a]signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

  8. Thanksgiving:

    Thanksgiving for God’s Deliverance

    10 [d]I will rejoice heartily in the Lord,
        my being exults in my God;
    For he has clothed me with garments of salvation,
        and wrapped me in a robe of justice,
    Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
        as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
    11 As the earth brings forth its shoots,
        and a garden makes its seeds spring up,
    So will the Lord God make justice spring up,
        and praise before all the nations.

  9. Individual Input:
    Romans 5:10-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved [a]by His life. 11 And not only this, [b]but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

  10. Call to action:as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, [f]according to the proportion of his faith; if [g]service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [h]liberality; he who [i]leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

    Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; [j]give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the [k]saints, [l]practicing hospitality.

    14 Bless those who persecute [m]you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but [n]associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. [o]Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but [p]leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

  11. Confirmation of Faith:
    Romans 1:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed [a]from faith to faith; as it is written, “[b]But the righteous man shall live by faith.”

Components of Worship Sunday, Oct 7 2018 

  1. Adoration of God through worship music, dancing, singing.
  2. Revelation from God for our need for Him for all things by the reading of a scripture as Christ got up and read from Isaiah.
  3. Compassion from Christ: “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Preparing your hearts in silence for:
  4. Acknowledgement of Christ and remembrance of Him by the taking of communion.
  5. Confirmation by the Word received from preaching.
  6. Requests to God for the needs of those attending worship. Pray for one another.
  7. Individual Confirmation and receiving of testimonies of God’s hand working in our lives day to day.
  8. Thanksgiving, praise and worship for answered prayers.
  9. Individual output through the receiving of tithes and offerings from those attending worship.
  10. Your Input by announcement of condition of missions, ministries, home groups, visiting, and children’s.
  11. Call to action by announcement of activities and opportunities for service within the church, community, state, and nation.
  12. Confirmation of faith by those accepting Christ then in unison give the doxology, “May the LORD guard between you and me while we are absent one from another.”

Components of Devotions Saturday, Oct 6 2018 

  1. Adoration of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
  2. Revelation from God:  Lord, reveal to me this day your grace and truth what to do in  order to grow in devotion to you.
  3. Compassion from God:  Lord, fill me with a compassionate heart in coming to you full of the desire to receive your love gift today in order to be able to fulfill your purpose for this day with all sincerity.
  4.  Acknowledgement of God’s power:  Lord, you so love the world that you gave your only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  5. Confirmation by the Word: 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
  6. Requests from God-Prayer:  Lord, give us this day our daily Word, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil…
  7. Individual Confirmation:  Lord, help me to know and feel your love, your power, your presence, your peace, your protection, your joy, great faith, great hope, patience by the Holy Ghost.
  8. Thanksgiving to God: Lord, thank-you for all you give us; your righteousness, your holiness, your covering, your forgiveness, your justification, your sanctification, your salvation.
  9. Individual Input:  Lord, as I read and meditate on your Word, let it work in me your transforming power over my mind, my life, my heart.  In Christ Jesus my LORD.
  10. Your Output: Lord, as I share these lessons you’ve taught in today’s devotions help me to reflect you in I do in you.
  11. Call to Action:  Lord, help me to live out this life devoted to you and your purposes.  May you be glorified in all that I do today.  May the power of your resurrection grace conquer every trial.
  12. Confirmation of faith: In order to affix your devotions tell someone about what devotion God has revealed to you. Post a blog, keep a journal, call a friend, tell a family member.

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