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May we not just go to church today but come to serve. May the Lord give each of us something to do - no matter how small or trivial.


Each of us has gifts and talents - do not let them go to waste!


Let's give it our all!   




Regarding our opening hymn yesterday "Amazing Grace", we could take almost any Biblical subject and look at God's grace to us in it. Because yesterday was communion Sunday, we considered God's grace to us in communion.


When Jesus assembled the disciples for the last supper and began to share with them about the cup and the bread, it could have been something that they just observed - listen to the teaching, try to understand what it meant, maybe ask a question. But it was not something for them just to observe - it was something they were to partake of, share in, be a part of - they were to eat and drink right along with Jesus


As we come to what we call communion, it could be just a teaching of what happened. We could just be spectators and listen to what Jesus did, enjoy the story, and be thankful for it. But again, we are to be participants, partakers, and sharers in the New Covenant. God made it so that we have something physical, something that we can see, taste and touch regarding this remembrance of Him. It helps us to identify with what Jesus did, to actually take the elements to ourselves, embrace them, and say "this is for me"


These few words certainly do not do justice to all that is involved in communion. But we rejoice to know that the body and blood were given for us and that we are welcome at His table.




We share this beautiful song with you - a great way to start the day:






We invite you to come and be with us this Sunday morning at 11 AM (November 8th) when Brian Wills will be our guest speaker. His information and abbreviated healing testimony is below. We believe for the outpouring of God's love and power in this service.






Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: ~ Romans 5:20


May we choose the "grace" side every time - it is the blessing side


That does not mean that we just go along with everything and not say "no" when necessary


For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; - Titus 2:11-12


If we are going to stand on God's grace, then our lives should show forth the characteristics mentioned above.




All of us will deal with difficulties in this life from time to time (at least). A good way to address them from a spiritual standpoint is to:


1. pray

2. declare God's word concerning it

3. do something for someone else because of the love of God


This is a great way to demonstrate and act on our faith.


Thank you Lord for giving each of us the right way to do this, and thank you for intervening and working in our various situations.




We invite you to come and be with us tomorrow at 11 AM (November 8th) when Brian Wills will be our guest speaker. His information and abbreviated healing testimony is below. We believe for the outpouring of God's love and power in this service.






Under the blood, the precious blood

Under the cleansing, healing flood

Keep me Savior from day to day

Under the precious blood


This chorus to our opening hymn yesterday should remind us of a verses in I Peter that says we were not redeemed by corruptible things like silver and gold, but by the precious blood of Jesus.


What did God consider so valuable that He would spill the precious blood of His Son and have Him put to death in order to secure? The answer is us, and our redemption is what He considered so valuable.


Though it is hard for our minds to truly comprehend it all, may God open our eyes to see it, understand it, live it out, and share it with others.




Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: ~ Proverbs 3:3


Paul began many of his epistles with the words: grace, mercy and peace ~ I & II Timothy, Titus


John also in the book of 2nd John


Jude began his fiery epistle with mercy, peace and love


And words from Jesus:


But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ~ Matthew 9:13


But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. ~ Matthew 12:7


In whatever situation we face, we should make sure we stand with the truth and look for a way to show mercy. This will bring blessing to ourselves and others.




Here is God's answer for anyone dealing with a problem of self esteem:


For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10


Even in this we do not esteem ourselves, but Christ in us the hope of glory.


A minister recently noted, if your self-esteem or identity is determined by anything physical or natural, it is very subject to change. So we should not let anything like this puff us up in pride.


Let us be proud of Jesus!




Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost - that's the kingdom of God ~ Romans 14:17


Dear Father show us what this means for us each day in every situation






Kirk Cameron recently had a post on his site entitled: How To Be Present Where You Are


The title likely was unusual enough to cause people to check it out. One of the points made in this post was how people can be somewhere physically, yet their attention and activity are directed somewhere else. In this particular scene, the person was with people in a social situation, yet their eyes, ears, thoughts and attention was (you guessed it) on the cell phone.


We well know that long before cell phones people could be self-absorbed, zoned-out, or in a fog; but with all these devices, cell phones, and earphones that are blue-tooth enabled; people can be sitting next to us but be in a land far, far away.


We actually looked at Kirk's article and thought about it this way:


How To Have God Very Present Where You Are


This should be very important to us as Christians. Wherever we are, may God's word be in our thoughts and motivation when we are out in public and with a group. May we ask for His leading always and warnings especially.


My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: ~ John 10:27


We believe and embrace this word that we hear the voice of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and we are so thankful.


May the Lord be very present where you are!




We earnestly pray for the people and country of France this morning. We declare our prayers to be fervent and effectual through the power of God's Spirit.


We ask for special wisdom and insight for security forces there. May the Christians of that land have special revelation and manifestations of the Spirit in raising up a standard against evil plans and schemes.


May the righteous be fearless in their stand and walk in the fullness of God's Spirit in these circumstances especially.


Thank you Lord for being very present this day in those who call upon You.




In Christian circles we are very familiar with the admonition to: stir up the gift of God which is in thee... ~ II Timothy 1:6


We often have the need to stir ourselves up in every realm - spirit, soul and body.


Thanksgiving season is here, the day is approaching and people need to be stirred up if there is to be a get-together. Cooks, shoppers, cleaners, planners, and even the eaters have to all do their part for a successful event.


How much more so for the spiritual side of Thanksgiving. We consider other words like gratitude and appreciation in giving thanks to God. One dictionary said thanksgiving is considered the correct response to a blessing.


We are told in the New Testament to be thankful and to give thanks. May we honor the Lord in showing Him that we are stirring up ourselves to be thankful - with the fruit our lips (Hebrews 13:15) and works of our hands.


Let all we do be in thanks to our heavenly Father.




From early years in our lives and from the first pages of the Bible, we learn that we will deal with good and evil in this life.


For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. ~ Romans 16:19


The simple way to deal with evil is to stay away from it if at all possible and not get involved with it. In order to do that effectively, we must be able to recognize it when we see it.


Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. ~ I Thessalonians 5:21-22


But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. ~ Hebrews 5:14


Many of us have learned lessons regarding good and evil through experience. Often that is not pleasant but the important thing is if we indeed learned something.


May we grow and mature as the scriptures admonish that we may live in and be blessed by that which is good. May we confront evil when necessary, overcome it, and be victorious in our stand against it.


Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. ~ Ephesians 6:16




When I have come to the end of today

I must make sure that I took time to pray

Not empty words or vain repetitions

But power-filled, effectual and fervent petitions




In considering the Thanksgiving season, a number of New Testament verses admonish us to give thanks. In light of this, today we want to emphasize the word "give". If you give somebody something, you do it to bless them, you do it to bring them some joy or happiness - perhaps you've given them something to meet a need. Maybe you gave your time instead of some "thing". Whatever the case, you did something because you care about them. Nobody made you do it, you just had a heart to give.


How much more so when we think about giving to God. In giving thanks and in giving praise we do it to bless Him, to show Him that we love Him, to demonstrate how important He is - that it is in our hearts and our delight our to honor Him.


Remember that we are told in scripture that He loves a cheerful giver ~ II Corinthians 9:7. This would be true with all that we give - including giving thanks unto Him. When we recognize that God would apply this to Himself, it ought to make us shout! God Himself is a cheerful giver - not a grudging one (remember the other part of the verse)


When we look at scripture to see all He has given and continues to give (cheerfully so) - we ought to shout again! So we cheerfully want to give thanks  - the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.




Yesterday we especially commented on the word "give" in connection with "give thanks". We mentioned giving cheerfully.


Along the same lines today, we encourage ourselves and readers to forgive cheerfully as well. Notice the word "give" in forgive.


From the dictionary we see forgive defined:


1. to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.


2. to give up all claim on account of; remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).


3. to grant pardon to (a person).


4. to cease to feel resentment against:

    to forgive one's enemies.


5. to cancel an indebtedness or liability of:

    to forgive the interest owed on a loan


Some may question whether we have the authority to forgive in every situation. Then we must ask do we have the authority to hold a grudge or hold something against someone in a situation.


The question comes down to individually, what we are we going to do.


Jesus talked a great deal and was very serious about forgiving. May God help us to walk in those words, to understand that it is an aspect of "giving", and may we indeed forgive cheerfully.




The word "thank" and its various forms are in the New Testament 131 times. Did your parents insist you learn and practice such terms as: please, thank you, yes ma'am/sir and no ma'am/sir? If so, it is likely that you continue it today regardless of your age. It is also likely you have found this aspect of your behavior to be blessing and helpful in relationships with others.


As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, there is an interesting verse in the Bible. In II Timothy 3:2, a list is given of how people will behave in the last days. It says that men will be "unthankful". You may wonder immediately "How hard is it to say Thank You?" It is not hard to say the words, yet to be thankful indicates a characteristic, a lifestyle, or basic attribute of who we are. Sadly, we see groups of people worldwide whose behavior demonstrates a severe lack of thankfulness.


If we truly are thankful people, we should exhibit this trait regularly and not wait until Thursday, November 25, 2015 to show forth any thankfulness. We thank God that our country still recognizes this day, still has it as a holiday, and we will celebrate and thank our Heavenly Father along with millions of others.


But never let us be accused of being unthankful. We should readily demonstrate our thanksgiving on a daily basis.




Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone! As we have mentioned before, thanksgiving should be a regular part of a Christian's lifestyle each day. We should practice Thanks- Living.


But we are grateful for the day itself as it gives opportunity to show thankfulness to God - in our individual families and all the way to a testimony to the world. It still demonstrates an importance to our country in that it is still a national holiday. It can be used as an excellent teaching tool especially to our children. In other words let's make the most of it to honor God and be an example to others.


As more and more attacks come at Christianity in the public sector, let us take the opportunity we still have to honor God this way in the public realm.


Blessings again to you during this Thanksgiving season, and we pray God in His mercy to bless America.




You build trust with others each time you choose integrity over image, truth over convenience, or honor over personal gain. ~ John Maxwell




Jesus, Paul and James all said that the law and the prophets are summed up in the commandment to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.


This is a challenge each day and a good prayer to pray

May love be my guide  - in the Holy Spirit abide

May my talk be the truth - may my walk be the proof

That love never fails  -  it always prevails

May someone be thankful that they spoke with us today.

Because the light of Christ within us helped them along their way.



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