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Bible Reading Plan for Week of January 27

In the time of Judges we learn that people did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and what was right in their own eyes.  That same sentiment may describe our own time.  As we keep reading Judges this week, let’s learn from the past and desire to not do what is right in our own eyes, but what God says is right.  Let’s also live up to our potential and not waste what God has given us…

“All We Have Left to Do Now Is Pray”

One reason God does not answer our prayers is that we offer faithless requests.  Sure we might pray to him but our faith in his ability to answer those prayers is tragically minimal. In fact, one of the most tragically inaccurate statements concerning prayer is used in churches regularly: “All we have left to do now is pray.” Can you imagine what that sounds like to the ears of God? God hears his very own children (1 John 3:1) whom he…

As We Gather

Sunday January 27th, 2019 Scripture: Psalm 5:7-8 7. But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you. 8. Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. As we prepare for our worship gathering this week, here is a link to the songs we will be singing during our services. Service Order: Call to Worship…

Creation

Untouched yet by Mankind, Creation was perfect in the beginning.  God displayed His goodness and purpose in what He created and how He created it. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1). The Creator of Creation The names of God used in Scripture usually signify something unique is transpiring. El is the Hebrew name for God. Elohim is the plural name for God(s). The name used for who created the heavens and the earth is…

Bible Reading Plan for the Week of January 20

We have finished reading through the first five books of the Bible, and this week we start in Judges.  Joshua has led the Israelites and they have settled into the Promised Land.  However, Joshua dies and now “judges” (deliverers, saviors) are given to help God’s people against their enemies.  There is a cycle of sin, subjugation, supplication, and salvation throughout the book of Judges.  May we learn from this devastating cycle and break it in our own lives.  On Saturday…

Are You Progressively Becoming More Like Jesus?

Christians love talking about the day when we met Jesus or when we will see Jesus, but what about every other day when we are supposed to become like Jesus? Let me give you 3 theological terms that you need to learn: Justification– the declaration of holiness Sanctification– the process of holiness Glorification– the completion of holiness Justification is the day you receive the gospel and God declares you not-guilty.  The charges have been put upon another.  The gavel drops…

The Story of the Bible

To understand the Old Testament fully, you need to understand it within the context of the entire Bible.  Here is a summary of the story of the Bible. Old Testament Sections Creation– God created the world out of nothing. Fall– Mankind rebelled against God. Flood– God punished sin. Covenant– God made a covenant with Abraham’s family. Placement– God placed Joseph and his family in Egypt. Exodus– God rescued the Israelites from bondage. Commandments– God gave commandments to His rescued people.…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of January 13

We will finish the book of Joshua this week.  The land is distributed among the Israelites and Joshua encourages the people to continue following God.  God has been faithful and kept His promises.  He has brought His people into a land flowing with milk and honey.  Reflect on God’s faithfulness in your life as you read this week. On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the questions below…

As We Gather

Sunday January 13th, 2019 Scripture: Psalm 3:8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! As we prepare for our worship gathering this week, here is a link to the songs we will be singing during our services. Sunday Music Service Order: Call to Worship – Psalm 3:8 – Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) – Confession: Colossians 3:1-2 – Cornerstone Message: Jesus Came to Turn Over Tables [Mark 11:1-25] Reflection and Response – Center Mission Focus:PWC Brenda Bagwell…

Families Running Ragged

Psalm 127 is attributed to Solomon.  Known for his wisdom, this worship song is his reminder of the need for God to be central in every home.  It’s a reminder to all parents that children are indeed a gift hand-wrapped by God. Unless the LORD builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the LORD watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain. In vain you get up early and stay up late, working hard to have…

Old Testament Overview

The Old Testament is a foundational pillar of the Christian faith.  Unfortunately, it is often avoided due to its complex nature, extensive lists, and historical distance.  As believers, we are called to embrace the entirety of God’s Word for our sanctification. God’s Word teaches us regarding the importance of knowing the entire counsel of God: Joshua 1:8 Psalm 119:160 Acts 20:27 2 Tim. 2:15 2 Tim. 3:16-17 Why the Old Testament Is Important It displays the magnificent character of God.…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of January 6

Joshua is now commanding the Israelites, and he leads them across the Jordan River into the Promised Land.  Joshua takes his orders from God, and he directs the Israelites in how they need to drive out the people of the land.  The conquest and distribution of the land is outlined in this book of the Bible. On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the questions below regarding the…